AmeriCorps VISTA

Meet Our Current VISTA Members

NC Campus Engagement VISTAs serve in the NC Afterschool Corps and the NC Hunger Corps at host sites across the state. They have the unique opportunity of serving at the intersection of higher education and community engagement and building the capacity of campus and community organization partnerships, while also expanding volunteer opportunities for students and community members.

The NC Hunger Corps are AmeriCorps members who support programs and organizations that address food security and healthy eating among low-income children, families, and individuals. Hunger Corps VISTA members are placed at higher education institutions or community-based organizations and may support on-campus and off-campus food security programs.  

The NC Afterschool Corps are AmeriCorps members placed at higher education institutions and community-based organizations to build the capacity of afterschool programs that serve underserved children, youth, and families. Corps members primarily work to increase volunteer involvement with and funding for the afterschool program. They also strive to raise community awareness of the value of afterschool programs.

AmeriCorps VISTA
Neely Griggs
NC Hunger Corps

Neely Griggs

Anna Johnson
NC Hunger Corps

Anna Johnson

Marguerite Leek
NC Hunger Corps

Marguerite Leek

Mitchell Moravec
NC Hunger Corps

Mitchell Moravec

Elly Thompson
NC Afterschool Corps

Elly Thompson

Maddy Smith
NC Hunger Corps

Maddy Smith

Demetrice Sheard
NC Hunger Corps

Demetrice Sheard

Desiree Ofodile
NC Afterschool Corps

Desiree Ofodile

Fernando Sanchez
NC Hunger Corps

Fernando Sanchez

Laura Manigrasso
NC Hunger Corps

Laura Manigrasso

Hannah Fraser
VISTA Leader

Hannah Fraser

Erin Guy
NC Hunger Corps

Erin Guy

NC Hunger Corps

Neely Griggs

Service Year Host Site: Wingate University, Collaborative for the Common Good
From:  West Point, Mississippi
Alma Mater:  University of Mississippi – Public Policy Leadership, German, and Business
Before service:  Working on a certified naturally grown farm.
Hobby:  Loves to go on hikes with her dog and spend time outside.
Fun Fact: Favorite quote is from T.S. Eliot, “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”

NC Hunger Corps

Anna Johnson

Service Year Host Site:  Warren Wilson College
From:  Greensboro, NC
Alma Mater:  Warren Wilson College – B.A. in Environmental Policy and Justice, and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies.
Before service:  Worked on campus with the previous VISTA on food security projects.
Hobby:  Enjoys hiking, swimming, kayaking, camping, watching the sunrise/sunset, and everything in between!
Fun fact:  Has been dancing since she was very young, having been trained in most dance styles, from ballet to African to contemporary.

NC Hunger Corps

Marguerite Leek

Service Year Host Site:    Duke University – Graduate and Professional Student Council Community Pantry
From:  Waynesville, NC
Alma mater:  UNC-Chapel Hill – B.A. in Communications and Global Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies.
Before service:  Completed her first AmeriCorps VISTA term at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Hobby:  Enjoys sewing, crocheting, walking, hiking, baking, and watching reality television.
Fun Fact: In college, was heavily involved with local organizations working towards food access in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community. Also volunteered as a Study Abroad Peer Ambassador and an Academic Advising Peer at UNC.

NC Hunger Corps

Mitchell Moravec

Service Year Host Site:    NC Central University – Campus Pantry
From:  Born in Aurora, OH, relocated to Raleigh, NC for school and beyond!
Alma mater:  NC State University – B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Material Sciences Engineering; NC State University – Master of Public Administration
Before service:  Served as a post-grad volunteer with Wake County Women’s Center and Wake Up and Read!
Hobby:  Loves Crossword Puzzles (currently on a 63-day streak with the NYT!).
Fun fact: Studied abroad in Oxford, England and Poznań, Poland.

NC Afterschool Corps

Elly Thompson

Service Year Host Site:  Duke University – Office of Durham and Community Affairs
From:  Charlotte, NC
Alma mater:  UNC – Chapel Hill – B.A. in Public Policy with a concentration in Education and a minor in History
Before service:  This is Elly’s second term of VISTA service with the same host site.  Before AmeriCorps, she was completing her undergraduate degree and working in a tutoring program through the YMCA of the Triangle.
Hobby:  Loves painting (when she can find time to do it) and enjoys spending time in nature/taking walks with friends.
Fun fact:  Studied abroad at the University of Bristol in England.

NC Hunger Corps

Maddy Smith

Service Year Host Site:  NC State University – Feed the Pack Pantry
From:  Atlanta, GA
Alma mater:  Dickinson College – B.A. in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Food Studies.
Before service:  Volunteering with the local YWCA’s sexual assault hotline. Also taught children about how a farm functions and where their food comes from on an educational farm in Brevard, NC.
Hobby:  Enjoys hiking, dancing, making ice cream, and being outside.
Fun fact: She was present for an animal birth at the farm this summer!

NC Hunger Corps

Demetrice Sheard

Service Year Host Site:  East Carolina University – Purple Pantry
From:  Columbia, SC
Alma mater:  Coastal Carolina University – B.A. in Public Health
Before service:  Worked for a friend’s painting business.
Hobby:  Enjoys working out at the gym or reading about cryptocurrency and stocks.
Fun fact: He knows basic sign language!

NC Afterschool Corps

Desiree Ofodile

Service Year Host Site:  NC State University – Juntos Program
From:  Raleigh, NC
Alma mater:  UNC-Chapel Hill – B.A. in Biology and minors in Medical Anthropology and Medicine, Literature, and Culture
Before service:  Worked at WakeMed Hospital while studying at UNC.
Hobby:  Enjoys singing.
Fun fact: Completed medical missions in Honduras and Nigeria.

NC Hunger Corps

Fernando Sanchez

Service Year Host Site: Triangle Bikeworks
From: Chapel Hill, NC
Before service:  He loves to go fishing, ride his bike, and play video games
Hobby:  He loves to go fishing, ride his bike, and play video games
Fun fact: He has yet to catch the Covid-19 virus *knocks on wood*

NC Hunger Corps

Laura Manigrasso

Service Year Host Site: Alamance Community College
From: Hillsborough, NC
Alma mater: Syracuse University
Before service: Volunteering at a variety of food pantries, and working part time for a caterer specializing in vegan cooking
Hobby: Gardening/creating native pollinator gardens
Fun fact: Her dream vacation would be a biking trip across the British Isles

VISTA Leader

Hannah Fraser

Service Year Host Site: NC Campus Engagement
From: Apex, NC
Alma mater: Western Carolina University
Before service: Before this service year, Hannah served in the NC Hunger Corps at Wingate University. Before that, she studied Sociology and Spanish at Western Carolina University.
Hobby: She loves spending time with her cats, doing yoga, and singing.
Fun fact: She studied abroad in Costa Rica for four months!

NC Hunger Corps

Erin Guy

Service Year Host Site: UNC Asheville Key Center for Engaged Learning
From: Morgantown, WV
Alma mater: West Virginia University – Bachelors of International Relations
Before service: Finishing her bachelor’s degree
Hobby: Going to music festivals!
Fun fact: She has a cat named Sadie