Jeremy Poehnert, 1998-2001
I served as a MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA from 1998-2001. Iserved for two years at what is now Fitchburg State Universityand one year at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After my terms as a VISTA, I worked in the service office atSimmons, a women’s college in Boston for seven years. Duringmost of the time at Simmons I had the delightful opportunity tocontinue working with MACC, as our office hosted a number of wonderful MACC VISTAs and participated in MACC’sAmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service program.Since 2008 I’ve been working at MACC on a number of different projects. At MACC, I work on alittle bit of everything, and it has given me the opportunity to learn a lot more about institutions aroundthe state and national trends in service and civic engagement. It is especially exciting to see each newgeneration of MACC AmeriCorps*VISTAs as they go through their year of service.I recently finished my Master’s degree in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. I loved the program and got a tremendous amount out of it, both personallyand professionally. Now I am taking courses for fun. I’m really interested in human developmentacross the lifespan, so I’m taking courses in early childhood education at Middlesex CommunityCollege.I was a MACC VISTA in 2000-2001 working at Northeastern University's Center of CommunityService, and I am still at the Center and partnering with MACC 12 years later! During my VISTA year I was primarily responsible for building an infrastructure of resources to support faculty in their use of service-learning. In addition to my work with service-learning, I was also excited for the opportunity todesign the Center's first web site, manage co-curricular community service initiatives and support bothgraduate and undergraduate students. Not only did I develop meaningful relationships with my fellowVISTAs that year, but I found a home at Northeastern. When my VISTA year ended I assumed therole of Assistant Director and went on to supervise and benefit from the support of more MACCVISTAs. Throughout this time, I also progressed in my responsibilities and in 2004 I was promoted toAssociate Director & Service-Learning Coordinator, which allowed me to focus almost exclusively onthe expansion of service-learning. The following year I completed my MS in Applied EducationPsychology, with a concentration in College Student Development & Counseling. And this past July, Iwas named the Center's Director. All the while my relationship with MACC has remainedstrong. Whether attending conferences; acting as the campus contact for the Student Leadership inService program; or this year participating in the first Community Service Learning DirectorsFellowship program; MACC remains a constant resource, convener and advocate for communityengagement in Higher Education. I can also say that in addition to MACC giving me the opportunityto pursue the career I desired, I really appreciate being placed at Northeastern for personal reasons. In2011 I married a former Department colleague who I begun a friendship with my first day as aVISTA. Northeastern was truly the perfect match for me and I will always be grateful to MACC for providing me this opportunity.
Kristen (Simonelli) Doggett, 2000-2001