Meet the Team: Alabama

Melanie Jacobi Rhodes

Melanie Jacobi Rhodes, Alabama State Director

Melanie Jacobi Rhodes is a native of Pensacola, FL and graduated from Stetson University, in 2004 with a B.A. in sociology and Spanish.  While in school, she was the captain of the rowing team, volunteered with… Read More >

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Channing Kennedy Bethke

Channing Kennedy Bethke, National Program Director

Channing Kennedy Bethke, a native of Athens, Alabama, graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in May 2009 with a B.A. in history and political Science and a Distinction in Leadership Studies. Read More >

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Kaitlin Nobles

Kaitlin Nobles, Development Director

Kaitlin Nobles, a native of Pinson, AL, graduated cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in economics. Read More >

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Rebekah McMahen

Rebekah McMahen, Fiscal Officer

Rebekah migrated to the sunny south to attend Samford University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. In 2015 Rebekah joined the Impact America team as an AmeriCorps Member, and now serves as Fiscal Officer. Read More >

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Karli Boulware

Karli Boulware, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Senior Training Coordinator

Karli Boulware, a native of Greenville, AL, graduated magna cum laude from The University of Alabama, where she majored in Accounting. Read More >

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Maggie Baucom

Maggie Baucom, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Volunteer Coordinator

Maggie Baucom was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She moved to Birmingham in 2012 to attend Samford University, where she graduated cum laude in 2016. Read More >

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Jessica Chriesman

Jessica Chriesman, Media Production Coordinator

Jessica Chriesman hails from Birmingham, Alabama, the Magic City. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in filmmaking and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read More >

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Chris Murphree

Chris Murphree, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Training Coordinator

Christopher Murphree, a native of Birmingham, AL, graduated from the Sewanee: The University of the South in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in American Studies and minors in education and history. Read More >

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Mary Kate Thomas

Mary Kate Thomas, SaveFirst Director

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Mary Kate graduated cum laude from Samford University in 2016. Read More >

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Lallie Bennett

Lallie Bennett, AmeriCorps Member

Senior FocusFirst Coordinator

Lallie Bennett, a native of Meridian, MS, graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in psychology. Read More >

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Sheila Blair

Sheila Blair, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Community Outreach Coordinator

Sheila Blair graduated magna cum laude from New York University, where she majored in anthropology. Read More >

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Jimika Colvin

Jimika Colvin, Senior Program Officer

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Jimika Colvin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in human development and family studies from Auburn University. Read More >

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Alyx Hawkins

Alyx Hawkins, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Training Coordinator

Alyx Hawkins, a native of Birmingham, graduated in 2017 magna cum laude from Auburn University with a degree in health services administration and minors in business and history. Read More >

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Declan McBride

Declan McBride, Senior AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst High School Coach

Declan McBride returned from Surrey, England to study Sociology at Wittenberg University, where his senior thesis focused on institutional racism surrounding Ohio Election Law. Read More >

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Jamie McClintock

Jamie McClintock, AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst Middle School Coordinator, CollegeFirst Coordinator

Jamie McClintock, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 2017, with a BA in English: Public and Professional Writing and a minor in French. Read More >

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Kaitlyn Roberts

Kaitlyn Roberts, Recruitment Director

Born and raised in Hoover Alabama, Kaitlyn Roberts, graduated magna cum laude with University Honors from the University of South Alabama with a major in chemistry in 2017 Read More >

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Meredith Smith

Meredith Smith, FocusFirst Director

Meredith Smith, from Homewood, AL, graduated cum laude from Auburn University with a major in Political Science and minor in Community and Civic Engagement. Read More >

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Catherine McIntyre

Catherine McIntyre, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Catherine McIntyre, raised in Anderson, South Carolina, graduate Clemson University in 2017 with a major in psychology and a minor in legal studies. Read More >

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Mitch McCollum

Mitch McCollum, Deputy Fiscal Officer

Mitchell McCollum was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2017 with a B.A. in economics and business. During college, he was a member of the Phi… Read More >

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Malee Galloway

Malee Galloway, Program & Fiscal Associate

Malee Galloway calls Hayden, Alabama home. She graduated cum laude from Samford University, where she majored in political science and minored in philosophy. As a student, she served on Student Judiciary Counsel and maintained an… Read More >

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Marissa Musk

Marissa Musk, Program Officer

Marissa Musk, a native of Muskegon, Michigan, graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a degree in biomedical laboratory science. While in school, she was an active member of her community service fraternity, Alpha… Read More >

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Madison Bentley

Madison Bentley, AmeriCorps Member

Madison Bentley, a native of Northport, Alabama, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2018. She majored in business with a specialization in global business and minored in German, which lead her… Read More >

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David Beutel

David Beutel, AmeriCorps Member

Born in Alabama but raised in Calhoun, Georgia, David graduated magna cum laude in 2018 from Samford University with a triple major in history, Spanish, and global studies. While at Samford, David completed the University… Read More >

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Jenny Blazic

Jenny Blazic, AmeriCorps Member

Jenny Blazic, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2017 with a major in classics. As an undergraduate, Jenny was a member of the cross country team, the… Read More >

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DeJa Body

DeJa Body, AmeriCorps Member

DeJa graduated summa cum laude from Alabama State University in 2017. She earned her B.A. in political science with a minor in history. As an undergraduate DeJa served as President of ASU's Model United Nations… Read More >

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Robin Cameron

Robin Cameron, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Robin Cameron is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where she majored in biology and double minored in chemistry and public health. As an undergraduate, Robin… Read More >

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Allison Carley

Allison Carley, AmeriCorps Member

Allison Carley was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and graduated with honors from Clemson University in 2018.  At Clemson she completed her degree in health sciences with a minor in psychology. During her… Read More >

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Carrie Clower

Carrie Clower, AmeriCorps Member

Carrie Clower grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated magna cum laude with honors from The University of Alabama in 2017 with a BA in political science and communication studies and a minor in German.… Read More >

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Casey Cunningham

Casey Cunningham, AmeriCorps Member

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Casey graduated summa cum laude from Samford University in May 2018 with majors in English and Spanish and a minor in social entrepreneurship. During her time at Samford, she… Read More >

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Eleanore Denegre

Eleanore Denegre, AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst High School Coach

Eleanore Denegre, originally from Billings, Montana, graduated from Reed College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. Her senior thesis focused on the role of gender and race in the creation of artificial… Read More >

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Charlotte Gemes

Charlotte Gemes, AmeriCorps Member

Hailing from Bronxville, NY, Charlotte Gemes graduated from the University of Virginia. She studied human biology and graduated summa cum laude. While at UVA, Charlotte was the founder of Team One Love, which educates about… Read More >

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Mary Moran Harris

Mary Moran Harris, AmeriCorps Member

Mary Moran Harris, a recent magna cum laude graduate from the University of Alabama, hails from Mobile, Alabama. While completing her major in biology, Mary Moran served as the vice president of Kappa Kappa Gamma… Read More >

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Katie Heroux

Katie Heroux, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Taunton, Massachusetts, Katie Heroux graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 2018 with a double major in history and classical studies and a concentration in peace and justice. As an undergraduate,… Read More >

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Roger Johnson

Roger Johnson, AmeriCorps Member

Roger Johnson, born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, attended Rhodes College where he graduated magna cum laude in May 2018. Roger majored in history and minored in Greek and Roman studies. At Rhodes, Roger was… Read More >

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Dee Kendrick

Dee Kendrick, AmeriCorps Member

Dee Kendrick, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated with a bachelor's degree in public health and African American studies. As an undergraduate, Dee served as Social Chair… Read More >

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Kiana Kennamore

Kiana Kennamore, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Born and raised in Florence, Alabama, in 2017 Kiana Kennamore graduated from The University of Alabama, where she double majored in African American Studies and human environmental sciences. As an undergraduate, Kiana served as founder… Read More >

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Catherine Li

Catherine Li, AmeriCorps Member

Catherine Li was born in Washington DC, and raised in China and Singapore. She graduated from Cornell University with a major in bioengineering and minors in inequality studies and biomedical engineering. While in school, Catherine… Read More >

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Liz Macro

Liz Macro, AmeriCorps Member

Media Production Fellow

Liz Macro, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University in 2018. She graduated with a double major in graphic design and history and a minor in dance. As an… Read More >

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Will McCrary

Will McCrary, AmeriCorps Member

Hailing from Moody, Alabama, Will McCrary graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a double major in history and anthropology. At Alabama, he was part of the Honors College and Emerging Scholars… Read More >

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Honour McDaniel

Honour McDaniel, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Honour McDaniel, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, completed a Bachelor's in public health with a certificate in health communication at the University of Kentucky. While at UK, Honour spent most of her time conducting research… Read More >

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Myah Morton

Myah Morton, AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst High School Coach

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Myah Morton graduated from Ramsay High School in 2014, where she was a member of the SpeakFirst High School Debate team. Myah then went to the University of Alabama… Read More >

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Tommie Pearson

Tommie Pearson, AmeriCorps Member

Tommie was born in Sumter, South Carolina, raised in Westchester Co., New York, and recently graduated from Binghamton University, The State University of New York. He majored in political science. As an undergraduate, Tommie served… Read More >

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Eddie Randall

Eddie Randall, AmeriCorps Member

Edwin Randall, native of Hoover, Alabama, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama  with a degree in psychology in 2018. As an undergraduate, Edwin served as a Lead Volunteer for the Every Move… Read More >

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Zack Rogers

Zack Rogers, AmeriCorps Member

Media Production Fellow

Zack Rogers was born in South Carolina, but raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in media studies and multimedia production and minoring… Read More >

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Martin Schwarze

Martin Schwarze, AmeriCorps Member

Martin Schwarze recently finished studying at the University of Alabama graduating summa cum laude. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, he chose to experience college in one of the best ways imaginable: surrounded by college football… Read More >

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Maggie Selesky

Maggie Selesky, AmeriCorps Member

Maggie Selesky, a native of Birmingham, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in Italian. While at university, she served as the Chief Marketing Officer… Read More >

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Ellie Stayner

Ellie Stayner, AmeriCorps Member

Media Production Fellow

Ellie Stayner was born in Burlington, Vermont, and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, then traveled west for college. In 2017, she earned a degree with honors in film and digital media with a concentration in film… Read More >

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Johnny Thurber

Johnny Thurber, AmeriCorps Member

Johnny Thurber grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and recently graduated from Wake Forest University where he majored in psychology and minored in film and media studies. He served on the executive board as Event Support… Read More >

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Alex Watts

Alex Watts, AmeriCorps Member

Hailing from Alabaster, Alabama, Alex Watts graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2018 where he double-majored in economics and mathematics with a minor in Italian. While in school, Alex performed in a… Read More >

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Peyton Yurk

Peyton Yurk, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Peyton Yurk graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama with a major in human development and family studies and a minor in psychology. During her undergraduate years,… Read More >

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