Nate Freeman

Nate Freeman is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated cum laude from Samford University in May 2019 as a marketing major with a concentration in sports marketing. While at Samford, he served on the Brock School of Business’s Dean’s Student Advisory Council, the Student Ministry Team for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), and was a Presidential Scholar. After Impact America, Nate plans on beginning a career in non-profit management.
Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
I had the incredible opportunity to go to Budapest, Hungary with my church during Spring Break 2019. The people that we met were so friendly and welcoming, the food and overall culture was amazing, and the sights were breathtaking. It was an experience that I will never forget, and I hope to go back some day.
What is your biggest strength?
Listening. I have a passion for hearing people’s stories and how they got to where they are. As a result, I think I am someone that people feel very comfortable speaking to.
Who is someone that you admire and why?
As an self-proclaimed amateur baseball historian, I have always had a deep admiration for Roberto Clemente. Not only was he a Hall of Fame right-fielder, but he also was an extremely diligent humanitarian that worked tirelessly to serve the underserved. He also did all of this while experiencing intense racial and cultural biases, being from Puerto Rico and one of the first Latino baseball players in MLB history. His life was an inspiration for me to both be excellent in whatever I do and to always be thinking about the wellbeing of others.

Kiarra Broadnax

Born in Anchorage, AK, and raised in Smiths Station, Alabama, Kiarra Broadnax graduated from Samford University where she majored in Political Science and completed a minor in Sociology. As an undergraduate, Kiarra was a member of Samford’s policy debate team and her proudest moment was winning Junior Varsity debater of the year in the Southeast region.

 

What do you do for fun?

When I am not working with the SpeakFirst students I enjoy reading, traveling, and shopping.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I’m in the process of learning Russian.

Adam Schraffenberger

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2020 Adam Schraffenberger graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with degrees in Business Economics and International Business; he also minored in Spanish and earned a Business Spanish Certificate. Adam did many faculty-led short-term study abroad excursions throughout his university career, as well as he studied abroad in Bilbao, Spain for the 2018-2019 academic year. After serving with Impact America, Adam plans on pursuing a career in the non-profit sector.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I really enjoy football (soccer). Playing it, talking about it, watching it, whatever, it has been such a great sport and staple throughout my life. When my hometown finally got a professional team, I immediately bought season tickets and have had them ever since (that team would be FC Cincinnati. I am also an avid Arsenal supporter in the English Premier League as well as SD Eibar in La Liga (Spain).

 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been?

Within the autonomous community of the Basque Country in Spain, in the province of Gipuzkoa, there lies a little town called Eibar. The town has roughly 27,000 people. However, this place will always be memorable to me because of their football club, SD Eibar, and their home stadium, Ipurua Municipal Stadium. It felt right. A unique venue with green, mountainous terrain surrounding it, giving it a different feel than most top league stadiums.

 

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“It gets easier. Every day it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.” – Bojack Horseman

 

Ben Bolton

Ben Bolton, born in Hattiesburg, MS, grew up in Greensboro, NC after moving there when he was seven years old. This past spring in 2020, Ben graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in history and psychology. While in college, Ben spent a semester abroad in London and was a DJ at his college radio station, WXYC. After serving with Impact America, Ben plans to attend law school to pursue a career in public interest law. 

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to both play and listen to music! I enjoy discovering new artists and listening to music across all genres. More often than not, I’m listening to music throughout the whole day. 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

The Outer Banks in North Carolina, specifically Jockey’s Ridge State Park! I first went when I was fourteen and have gone back several times since. It’s a beautiful part of the state, and visiting the sand dunes there is a really great experience. 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’m a huge Roman history nerd. Some of my favorite courses in college were on Roman history, and I love to read books on the topic. Although if you ask some of my friends, this may actually be common knowledge about me. There’s definitely been times I’ve found ways to bring up Roman history when it had no relevance whatsoever in conversations. 

 

Ann Mirette Carroll

From Decatur, Alabama, Ann Mirette graduated cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 2020 with a major in political science and a distinction in poverty studies. While at BSC, Ann Mirette founded the BSC chapter of Students Demand Action, a group meant to educate college students about the importance of gun control, as well as partnered with the Birmingham YWCA to educate her campus on domestic violence during DVA month. Ann Mirette also became a member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega and later was elected president and served as chapter present in 2019. After serving with Impact America, she wants to continue to work for organizations that strive to help others.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to hang out with friends, go on hikes with my dogs, and go thrifting with my significant other. 

 

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

My favorite service experience is when my sorority would go and volunteer at a local women’s and children’s shelter. We would go twice a month and sometimes help around the shelter or collect and bring in necessary items for the women and children and other times we would go in and just hang out with the women and do crafts with the children. Domestic violence is a huge issue in this country and meeting survivors of DV was very inspirational and grounding. 

 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been. 

Two summers ago I went to Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia with my significant other. Savannah is a really cool and interesting city and Tybee Island was just a really relaxing and great place to get away to. 

 

Candace Boyd

Candace Boyd grew up in Livingston, AL. In 2016, she graduated magna cum laude from UA majoring in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management. She worked as a Data Analyst for 2 years and realized it was unfulfilling and not the correct path for her. After doing a lot of soul searching, Candace realized becoming a physician offers the challenges and fulfillment she’s seeking. After serving with Impact America, she plans to pursue medical school.  

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to be outside, hiking, fishing (bass fishing or fly fishing), etc page. I also like to attend concerts and food festivals. 

 

What’s something most people don’t know about you? 

I grew up on a cattle farm. 

 

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

I enjoyed being a member of the Rotaract Club. I was allowed the opportunity to read books to preschool children while promoting literacy to surrounding communities. 

 

Brook Araya

Brook Araya was born in Ethiopia, and his family moved to the United States when he was 6, when he settled in Chelsea, Alabama. He recieved a degree in philosophy from UAB and is beginning his MPH in epidemiology in the fall of 2020. He has always wanted to be a neurosurgeon. He loves television shows, as well as running and spending time with friends.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love running, working out, making music, talking with friends and watching tv.

 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been:

I spent 3 months in Jamaica in fall 2019 and it was an amazing experience. A very “backpacking around Europe” type of experience getting to know myself.

 

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“Discipline is freedom.”

Fanta Mitchell

Fanta Mitchell, originally from Sumter, South Carolina but moved to Austell, Georgia 9 years ago, graduated from Mercer University with a double major in International Affairs and Global Health in May of 2020. As an undergraduate, she served on the executive board of Mercer’s Residence Hall Association and worked with Read United, an initiative of United Way of Central Georgia, tutoring elementary school students. After Impact, Fanta plans to attend graduate school to receive her MPH.

 

What do you like to do for fun? 

I enjoy discovering new things about the city I live in, especially trying out new restaurants! I also enjoy binge-watching new TV shows on Netflix or Hulu. 

 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

In 2018, I went to Cape Town, South Africa on a study abroad trip. It was my first, true experience of traveling abroad. Cape Town was such a memorable place because I was able to establish my love for public health and quickly added Global Health as my second major when I returned to campus.

 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Most people assume my name originates from the popular soda, “Fanta,” however my parents got the inspiration from the movie “Roots” by Alex Haley. 

 

Alexa Helms

Alexa Helms was born and raised in Slocomb, Alabama and went on to graduate from Jacksonville State University, cum laude, with an undergraduate degree in accounting. While attending JSU, Alexa was an active member of the Marching Southerners where she played piano, the vice president of alumni relations for the international fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, and a member of the professional accounting fraternity of Beta Alpha Psi page. After her time with Impact America, Alexa plans to acquire a master’s degree in accounting and sit for the CPA exam. 

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I come from a very musical family so in my free time I love to play the piano and listen to vinyl records.

 

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

One of the most meaningful service experiences I have had led me to join the Impact America team. I was an advanced tax intern for the spring 2019 SaveFirst initiative in Jacksonville, Alabama. While interning at the tax sites I was exposed to so many people from so many different walks of life and it was so rewarding to be able to alleviate the stress of taxes from their minds. 

 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

My final season with the Marching Southerners at JSU, we went to Indianapolis, Indiana and performed in Lucas Oil Stadium for a huge crowd of high schoolers on the final day of the Grand Nationals of Bands of America competition. Being able to perform in such a historic venue and for so many young people with an obvious passion for music was enough to give me goosebumps.  

Katie Kyle

Originally from Athens, Alabama, Katie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and minors in Chemistry and STEM Education. As an undergraduate, Katie participated in research through the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy and served as an after-school science teacher with a local non-profit in Fairfield, Alabama. Katie was also the recipient of the UAB Ever Faithful 50 Award in 2020. After serving with Impact America, Katie plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician in underserved communities.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

In my time as a science teacher, I worked with a lot of students who struggled in school only because they didn’t have proper vision care. Many of them were some of the brightest kids I’ve ever met, and it was hard for me to see them struggle to read and write, knowing their amazing potential. These experiences are what led me to join Impact America as a Service Member. I am thrilled to be supporting the health and wellbeing of children in underserved communities across Alabama.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy gardening, kayaking, and cooking for my friends and family. My signature dish is chicken pot pie, which was inspired by my grandmother’s family recipe. On the weekends, I can normally be found perusing one of Birmingham’s many wonderful thrift stores or secondhand shops.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I own all of the books and movies on DVD, and I’ve seen them so many times that I can quote most of the lines by heart.