Graham Sanders

Graham Sanders, born and raised in Cullman, Alabama, graduated cum laude from Furman University with a degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Graham worked as a Resident Assistant and Research Fellow with the Psychology Department. After serving with Impact America, he plans to attend Optometry School.

 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
When I was in high school my dad and I made a trip to Boston for spring break. I’m a big Boston Celtics fan and we went to a game and sat in like the 10th row. I also really enjoyed seeing all of the historical sites in Boston, as I find that period of history fascinating.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I know quite a bit about investing both as a retirement strategy and for fun and I am continuously researching new things about the subject.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy playing most sports video games as my way of relaxing. I also watch a lot of sports, both on TV and in person. You can catch me at most Furman football and basketball games!

Javier Mundul

Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, but raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina,  Javier attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 2021. He was awarded degree honors for a successful defense of his honors thesis and he also received cum laude distinction. As an undergraduate, Javier was a member of Vanderbilt’s Model United Nations team, a member of the International Association, and a part of Phi Alpha Theta. After serving with Impact America, Javier will be attending Law School.

What do you like to do for fun?
As an avid runner and hiker, I enjoy exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains and other hiking trails and ranges in North Carolina. My love for exploration came from my time in Washington, DC where I got to thoroughly explore the history of the United States and I deem it as one of my most memorable experiences where I got to see the rise and struggle of the country throughout history. My love for exploration is also one of my greatest strengths as I love tackling new problems, finding and asking new questions, and seeing things through to the end.

Grace Falgoust

Born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana, in 2021 Grace Falgoust graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University, where she majored in Psychology and earned General and Departmental Honors. As an undergraduate, Grace served as a Wellness Ambassador for the Honors College, participated on three psychology-based research teams, was the Alumni Development Chair for the advisory board of the College of Behavioral, Health and Social Sciences, and was the treasurer of the Psychology Club. Grace also volunteered through Clemson Hope, where she mentored under-privileged children weekly, and was an active member of her sorority, Chi Omega. After serving with Impact America, Grace plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love long walks with friends, listening to a good playlist, live music, road trips, and cooking something new.

 

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

“Pivot. Pivot. PIVOT”- Ross, Friends

 

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

West Texas! The area is sparsely populated, so the sky is completely dark. On a clear night, it feels like you can see the whole sky.

 

Who is someone you admire and why?

I really admire Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. She’s a pediatrician who has been the Surgeon General of California since 2019. She is known for linking adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress with harmful effects to health later in life. Dr. Harris’s work has positively affected the lives of thousands of children and has led to research that will aid many more.

Sophia Steele

Sophia Steele, born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, graduated from Clemson University in 2021 with a major in English and a minor in Theatre. As an undergraduate, Sophia was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and the Clemson Tiger Newspaper where she wrote for the Opinions column. After serving with Impact America, she hopes to attend graduate school for journalism. 

 

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My most proud accomplishment is being accepted into the Disney College Program in 2019, where I got to serve as a lifeguard at Typhoon Lagoon. Not only did I rescue more than 20 people, I also got the chance to make lifelong friends and great memories!

 

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

“She burned too bright for this world.” –Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

 

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

My most meaningful extracurricular experience is also one of my most memorable service experiences. My sorority does an annual “Walk a Mile” relay race between different fraternities and sororities on campus, where the teams race each other in high heels! All the proceeds from the event go to the sorority’s main philanthropy: Safe Harbor. 

 

Alicia Shaw

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Alicia Shaw graduated from USC Upstate with a BA in Business Administration in May 2019. As an undergraduate, Alicia served as a member of A. Bevy Inc., which is an organization to help college students discover their purpose in life along with serving local communities.

 

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment is graduating college.

 

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to spend time with family and travel to different places.

 

Who is someone you admire and why?

I admire my mother because she’s hard-working, and loves to dedicate her free time to the church & local community.

 

Shonice Forrest

Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Shonice graduated from University of South Carolina – Upstate as a sociology major with a minor in non-profit administration. In the final semester of her senior year, she earned the very first Mission Delivery Internship at Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Shonice plans on going on to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in public administration.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
Interning at Make-A-Wish South Carolina was the most meaningful service experience in college. Being able to grant the one true wish of critically ill children was so fulfilling. The wishes provided them something to look forward to and with a memory that’ll last them a lifetime.

Who is someone you admire and why?

Someone I admire most would be my mother. She raised me by herself and put me through school by working two jobs. She’s done all of this while having to take care of my grandfather who was diagnosed with dementia five years ago.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to try out new restaurants with friends and explore the city.

Elizabeth Haas

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Elizabeth Haas graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University in December 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Language & International Health, and a minor in Biological Sciences. As a Tiger, Elizabeth was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority, Clemson University Guide Association, Clemson Wesley Foundation, Club Triathlon Team, and worked as a Group Fitness Instructor. After serving with Impact, Elizabeth hopes to work in clinical research and eventually pursue a PhD in epidemiology. 

 

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

I had the incredible opportunity to be a medical translator for the Joseph F. Sullivan Center mobile unit on Clemson’s campus my senior year. I got to travel to different areas of the Upstate and expand my medical knowledge as I assisted our nurse practitioners in treating our Spanish-speaking patients!

 

Who is someone you admire and why?

My entire life I always looked up to my sweet grandmother, Nana, who passed away in June 2018. Nana was the most selfless person I have ever known, and she instilled in me the passion to love and serve others. I want to commit my life to service and closing gaps in education and healthcare, just as my Nana did as a teacher in Birmingham City Schools in the 80s and 90s.

 

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

The summer before my senior year of high school I was selected as a Department of State NSLI-Y scholarship recipient to study abroad in Deyang, China. For 2 months, I lived with a host family and studied Mandarin at the local international school. While this was one of the most challenging experiences I have ever had, I learned so much about myself, the world around me, and my passion for learning languages!

 

Natalie Salomone

Natalie Marie Salomone was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to South Carolina in 2013. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. During her time at university she was an adult leader for Venturing, a co-ed youth program run by the Boy Scout of America that focuses on leadership, organization, communication and reasonability. 

 

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I love to travel and experience new cultures. I got to travel extensively in North America and Europe on educational tours including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Poland, San Marino, Spain, Slovakia, United States, and Vatican City.

 

Describe the most memorable place you’ve been.

The most memorable place I have been was the Vatican. It is truly inspiring and beautiful, as well as a deeply peaceful and thought-provoking place. My family and I where lucky enough to be a part blessing done by the Pope. 

 

What is your proudest accomplishment? 

My proudest accomplishment is graduating college with a bachelor’s and associates degree. As a first generation American it was hard navigating the whole process by myself. However, I pride myself in doing it on my own and succeeding on my journey!

 

Tom LeGrand

Dr. Tom LeGrand comes to Impact America with significant study and experience in facilitating effective
service. He received his Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1998 and pastored or
served on staff at churches in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina. His career in church
service has spanned almost 25 years.

Tom centered his ministry on motivating churches to engage their communities and grow awareness of
the needs around them. He led several ecumenical and multi-cultural service projects, particularly in
South Carolina. His churches cooperated on efforts to empower communities in Allendale County, as
well as ministry to the homeless in Greenville.

He earned his doctorate at Gardner-Webb University, where he focused his dissertation research on the
practice of Service-learning. He also served for four years as the Director of the University’s IMPACT
Center for Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility. He continues to offer guest lectures and teach as an
adjunct professor.

Tom and his wife, Tracy, are both graduates of Furman University. They have been married for almost 29
years and have two children: Spencer (28) and Abbie (20). Abbie is currently a sophomore at the
University of South Carolina.

Katie Bert

Katie Bert was born and raised in Prattville, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University in 2019 cum laude where she majored in Biomedical Science with a concentration in Pre-Med. Katie studied abroad in Milan, Italy as well as a short-term study abroad in the Dominican Republic. She was also an active member of her church and a member of Auburn’s Alpha Epsilon Delta club. After serving with Impact America, she hopes to attend medical school. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love doing anything that involves being outdoors, whether it is walking my dog, going for a run, or going on a hike. I also love to travel and experience and learn about new cultures!

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

It is so hard to choose just one memorable place, but I would say that out of all the places I have been Venice, Italy stands out the most. It was such a beautiful and unique place and was unlike anywhere that I have ever been. Plus the pasta and gelato were unforgettable!

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

One of my most meaningful service experiences would have to be volunteering at Give Kids the World. Give Kids the World is an organization that gives children with critical illnesses and their families a week-long, free vacation where the whole family gets to enjoy rides, shows, parties, ice cream, and so many other fun things. Volunteering here was such a life-changing experience and getting to interact and assist the families, especially the kids, reminded me of what it was like to believe in fairy tales and let go and enjoy life. The bravery and strength that every one of these children exhibited was so inspiring and I can’t wait to go back and volunteer again. The best part about this organization is that while the children are here they get to forget about their illness and get to enjoy being a kid again. Give Kids the World is by far the most magical place on Earth!