AmeriCorps VISTA, Kaitlyn Sullivan graduated from Emerson College in 2015 where she majored in Communication Studies. She is a certified mediator and previously volunteered in various small claims courts in Western, MA. Excited to have the opportunity to work with Heart-to-Heart, Katie is serving as our Grant Writer and Research Specialist.
M Paige Garrison
M Paige Garrison joined the Heart-to-Heart as an AmericorpVISTA – Resource Development Specialist. Her role is to build resource capacity – time, talent, treasure – through cultivation and collaboration; deepening relationships and expanding program opportunities for client constituencies in Camden and the region. She holds two undergraduate degrees: a BS - Nutrition Sciences/ Bio-Chemistry; and a BS - Business Administration. She earned an MBA - Finance & Marketing from Temple University in 1982; and post-Masters certificates in Psycho-Educational Processes; and in Theology.
During her 45 years experience in strategic planning, finance, project management and marketing Ms. Garrison worked for the Fortune 50 corporations of Campbell Soup Company, American Home Products–Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, AT&T, the non-profit SJ Chamber of Commerce and a private University. She rose through the career ranks, holding positions from analyst and manager, to director to vice-president. From the onset of her career volunteering through corporate commitments, faith communities and agencies have been a continuous endeavor: working with disadvantaged families and the underserved in Camden, Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley region; serving on various boards, and providing pro-bono services in strategic planning and development to churches and non-profits.
How Will You Make a Difference?
This is an opportunity to spend one year serving full-time to make a difference here at home. Whether in your hometown or across the country, this is a unique chance to improve your life and the lives of others. AmeriCorps VISTA is about helping all individuals reach their fullest potential. VISTA is designed to build the capacity of an organization and enhance its ability to serve the community. As a result, VISTA impacts both the person serving as well as the individuals served. From Alaska to Puerto Rico, AmeriCorps VISTA members are building communities while building their careers.
Michael Coley no stranger to helping those who are incarcerated or have the status of a returning citizen. Michael is the CEO and founder of Fresh Start Correspondence a writing ministry that was formed more than seven years ago. It was established to encourage those who have seemed to have lost their way. Mr. Coley is dedicated to serving others. Michael is the Community Outreach Specialist with Heart-to-Heart, a Vista role that is definitely in line with his desire to help others. Michael is looking forward to a year of service with the Vista program.
River Dunavin is a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and a facilitator for Heart-to-Heart: Comienzos East, Inc. River cultivated a rich educational foundation with the Nonviolent Communication process, through training with Marshall Rosenberg and 26 other CNVC Certified Trainers from four continents. Since 2006, River facilitated Nonviolent Communication programs in New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. As a Heart-to-Heart facilitator, River offers training to groups inside correctional facilities and to communities on the outside in the Delaware Valley. River is the co-founder of the open, Heart-to-Heart practice group meeting Tuesday mornings in Camden, New Jersey. River is proud to serve Heart-to-Heart as an AmeriCorps VISTA “volunteer” through November 2017.
River earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. He retired from a career in K-12 public education serving the school districts in Albuquerque New Mexico and in Houston Texas. River is an advanced credentialed mediator. He is experienced in small claims, child custody, divorce, marriage, and family mediation cases.River is a mediator with Good Shepherd Mediation Program in Philadelphia.
River is a member of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators. He served on the boards of directors of the Network for Nonviolent Communication, HoustonNVC, the Association for Conflict Resolution–Houston, and Heart-to-Heart. River served as a Long-term Care Ombudsman in Texas and Pennsylvania.River is passionate about ending the War on Drugs and mass incarceration in the United States. River longs for nonviolent cultures in relationships, organizations, and communities. He is part of a coalition helping to bring to Camden City restorative justice and restorative circles to help heal individuals and communities injured through crime, neglect, and marginalization.
Lifting People Out of Poverty Since 1965
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring their passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. The most pressing challenges we face as a nation require the most courageous and creative people to address them. An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.