Meet Our 2021-22 AmeriCorps Service Members
Each fall, we welcome a crew of hardworking individuals from across the country to complete nearly a year of service (1,700 hours) with us—in our offices and production shop, and on our construction sites. They’re part of the backbone of what we do, and we are so grateful for their amazing work. For the next 11 months, we’re proud to be working alongside these nine AmeriCorps service members, some returning for a second year. Here’s a quick introduction to this dynamic crew:
This University of Houston graduate is continuing the AmeriCorps service she started with Habitat Metro Denver in September 2021 as a Home Preservation team crew leader. In this role, Areli is helping to ensure local homeowners can stay in their homes for years to come. Before working with Habitat, Areli served in AmeriCorps CitySquare and with the nonprofit All Hands and Hearts in Houston.
Since September 2021, Bethany has been key to helping Habitat Metro Denver’s Volunteer Department recruit amazing people to serve in rewarding roles with the organization. She’s an Alabama native who earned her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Alabama.
This is Casi’s second year of AmeriCorps service with Habitat Metro Denver. While she worked with Habitat’s Real Estate Development team her first year, she’ll be switching gears and serving as a construction crew leader. “I look forward to continuing to grow the relationships that I have built with our amazing staff and volunteers, and to serving directly on our construction sites.”
Donald brings to Habitat years of service, including within his church, the Four Corners Native American Indian Reservations, AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. His passion for helping others initially brought him to Habitat when he served as board president of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, and upon his retirement, he decided to return to Habitat service, this time as a Habitat Metro Denver construction crew leader.
Before joining Habitat Metro Denver in September 2021, Eric served through AmeriCorps’ City Year Denver program, helping students with their academic and social-emotional development. He’s continuing his role as a construction crew leader, eager to change lives for the better.
Evan is continuing his role as a Habitat Metro Denver construction crew leader after starting with the organization in September 2021. Following his service, Evan, who has a degree in political science from Salisbury University, plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy.
Lia is taking a gap year from college to complete her first year of AmeriCorps service with Habitat. She’ll be working as a construction crew leader and is excited to gain new skills. “But I’m also excited to explore Denver and the surrounding hiking trails,” she shares.
A Habitat Metro Denver construction crew leader since September 2021, Rachael was drawn to the role as an opportunity to develop her leadership skills and make a difference across metro Denver. She’s currently earning a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from the University of Denver.
Before she joined Habitat Metro Denver as a construction crew leader last fall, Susanna organized homes. Originally from outside Baltimore, Maryland, Susanna earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2020.