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MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Holiday Newsletter Hello MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA members oneand all,
Everyone at MACC joins me in wishing you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season.I feel so very fortunate to still be in this position after so many years. It remains the best job I could ever imagine and the best part of it remains you, the VISTAs! To me, once a MACC VISTA, always aMACC VISTA. Of course, many years have passed since my first day as your MACCAmeriCorps*VISTA Leader in June of 1997, but I still believe in the same basic idea I held onto thatday: Young people and college students can and do make a difference. The MACC AmeriCorps*VISTAProgram has come along way since those first days. As the years progressed we moved into developingthe infrastructure for campus based civic engagement efforts, paying attention to student and communityvoice and looking at the issues of social justice embedded in our work. Now in 2012, our program is fullyfocused on the development of campus-community partnerships for education and economicopportunity. We look at the impact of college students in the community where they serve. Our currentMACC AmeriCorps*VISTA members are fully embedded in their assigned partnerships and serve incrucial liaison roles between campuses and community based organizations and schools. Our MACCAmeriCorps*VISTA members continue to ask tough questions and challenge their students to think reflectively and to serve effectively.As you may have noticed, this format is a bit different then my typical holiday email. I have wanted todo a more expanded type of update for a long time. As the years go by I remain impressed by all of youand the things you have done with your lives. I wanted to share with you some pictures and someprofiles of MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA alums that are still connected to MACC in some way. Next timewe will focus on another sub set of the community. I hope that this is the first of many more of theseelectronic updates. I think its a great way to showcase this incredible community. Special thanks to mycurrent MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Leaders, Tory Atkins and Jackie Hodgson for making this happen.In closing let me remind you that I always love hearing from you and hope that you continue to updateme on what is happening in your lives.Enjoy and take care!KC 
Alumni Profiles
We asked MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA Alums who are still using their experiences in the field tocomment on how they remain connected to MACC and/or AmeriCorps.
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

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