Meet the Team: Florida

Stephen Black

Stephen Black, President and Founder

Stephen Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, grew up in New Mexico after most of his family left the state in the 1950's and 60's following his grandfather's role in controversial Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Read More >

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Sarah Louise Smith

Sarah Louise Smith, Executive Director

Sarah Louise Smith, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, graduated cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in June 2006 with a B.A. in political economy. She received an MBA from The University of Alabama in May 2012. Read More >

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Stephanie Strickland

Stephanie Strickland, Florida State Director

Born in Jacksonville, FL, Stephanie Strickland received her bachelor's degree in Italian & Spanish from Florida State University where she had minors in environmental science & policy management and Portuguese. Read More >

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Anaelisse Aponte

Anaelisse Aponte, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Anaelisse Aponte was born in Puerto Rico, but has lived in numerous places throughout the Americas and England. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations and minors in hospitality management and Portuguese. Read More >

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Yara Asad

Yara Asad, AmeriCorps Member

Born in Palestine, Yara Asad moved to America at a young age and has spent the majority of her years living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a recent graduate of Florida State University and majored in International Affairs. Read More >

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Taylor Higdon

Taylor Higdon, AmeriCorps Member

After attending Saint John's River State College with a concentration in Acting and Theatre Arts, Taylor received her Bachelors in social work from Florida State University in 2014. Read More >

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Kelly Likos

Kelly Likos, AmeriCorps Member

Kelly graduated from the University of Alabama in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, a concentration in medical anthropology, and a minor in French. Read More >

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Corissa Raymond

Corissa Raymond, AmeriCorps Member

Corissa Raymond was born and raised in Central Florida and, in May 2017, graduated cum laude from Rollins College where she majored in psychology and minored in chemistry. Read More >

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Christopher Westfall

Christopher Westfall, AmeriCorps Member

Christopher Westfall, a native of Dunnellon, FL, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish. Read More >

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Impact America, an AmeriCorps Program, is housed and supported by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.  Additional office space is provided by UAB and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.