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.
Steven Talbott (He/Him)
Service Year Host Site: Duke University – ARAC, Office of Durham and Community Affairs
From: Originally from Jacksonville, FL; moved to Durham, NC last year
Alma Mater: Florida Atlantic University – B.A. in Criminal Justice
Before service: Was an intern for the Criminal Justice Resource Center in the city of Durham
Hobby: He is a huge movie and TV show buff; he also loves to read and play video games
Fun fact: He used to take up archery and Kendo back home
Cam Lemons (He/They)
Service Year Host Site: UNC Ashville – Key Center
From: Born in Raeford, NC; relocated in August 2022 from Fayetteville, NC to Asheville, NC
Attended: University of North Carolina Ashville – Currently taking classes working toward their Bachelor’s in Anthropology, with a minor in Psychology
Before service: Was a Community Fellow at the UNCA Key Center, still involved in non-profits but more direct service based
Hobby: He paints, plays video games, reads, and spends time with his dog, Biscuit
Fun fact: He goes back to Raeford every year to see a horse-racing event with his friends from home
Julianna Cesarini (She/Her)
Service Year Host Site: Warren Wilson College
From: Grew up in Mobile, AL and moved to Swannanoa, NC for college and stayed for her VISTA service placement
Alma mater: Warren Wilson College – B.A. in Global Studies, Minor in Political Science and History
Before service: Member of the Bonner Leaders work crew at Warren Wilson College
Hobby: She loves testing new recipes and traveling to see concerts
Fun fact: She studied in Pavia, Italy for a semester at one of the oldest universities in Europe!
Kaleigh Steigman (She/Her)
Service Year Host Site: NC State University – Pack Essentials Hub
From: Grew up in Charlottesville, VA, and moved to Raleigh, NC for VISTA service
Alma mater: Virginia Tech – B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs, majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning
Before service: Full-time student and intern at the EPA and Virginia Tech Office of Sustainability
Hobby: Cooking, crafting, and spending time with pets
Fun fact: She hopes to visit all 50 states one day!
Mina Jang (She/Her)
Service Year Host Site: Duke University – Transportation and Communications
From: Born in South Korea, raised in CA, lived in NC for the past four years
Alma mater: Duke University – B.A. in English with a minor in Korean
Before service: Graduated from Duke in May
Hobby: She enjoys making collages and watching Bob’s Burgers
Fun fact: She wants to join a roller derby team, but first she needs to learn how to roller skate!
Victoria Tartivita (She/Her)
Service Year Host Site: Warren Wilson College
From: Lived in NJ, attended college in VA, and recently moved to Swannanoa, NC for VISTA service
Alma mater: James Madison University – B.S. in Biology, minoring in Medical Humanities & Honors Interdisciplinary Studies
Before service: Interned abroad for six weeks in Valencia, Spain
Hobby: Enjoys reading, playing board and card games, exploring cities and local coffee shops, & playing with all animals
Fun fact: She loves to bake – her specialties are scones and brownies 🙂
Calvin Rausch (She/Her)
Service Year Host Site: Duke University
From: Marietta, GA
Alma mater: University of Georgia (UGA) – B.A. in International Affairs and B.A. in Political Science, minoring in Public Policy & Administration
Before service: Served with student government at UGA and started the campus’s first fresh produce food pantry!
Hobby: Calvin loves hiking, traveling, and hosting dinner parties for her friends
Fun fact: Calvin gave a Ted Talk this year on staying informed in service and cultivating a respectful culture of volunteerism!
Alexis May (She/Her)
Service Year Host Site: Alamance Community College
From: Danville, CA; moved to Burlington, NC for VISTA service
Alma mater: Clemson University – B.S. in Criminal Justice, minoring in Sustainability and Geology
Before service: Was a Senior Analyst on a crisis response team at a retail based GSOC (Global Security Operations Center)
Hobby: Hiking, camping, and being outdoors
Fun fact: Loves Yerba Mate (a South American herbal drink) and is a Brand Ambacebador for Guayaki
Elissa Brady (She/Her)
Service Year Host Site: Duke University – Jumpstart
From: North Walpole, NH
Alma mater: Union College, Schenectady, NY – B.S. in Neuroscience, with a cognitive focus
Before service: Full-time student
Hobby: She enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with friends
Fun fact: Her Dad’s name is Tom Brady!
Rakeeme Baldwin (He/Him)
Service Year Host Site: NC Central University – Campus Pantry
From: Fairmont, NC; relocated to Durham, NC for VISTA service
Alma mater: NC Central University – Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
Before service: Worked for Courageous Conversations Global Foundation, which promotes and teaches racial healing across the world
Hobby: He loves watching TV, playing video games, learning, swimming, and helping others
Fun fact: He is a very passionate writer!
Madeline DeLorenzo (She/Her)
Service Year Host Site: NC Campus Engagement
From: Upstate NY
Alma mater: SUNY (State University of New York) at Cortland – B.A. in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising
Before service: Prior to service she did a year of service with AmeriCorps NCCC out of the Southern Region
Hobby: She loves to cook, she crochets in her free time, and she loves doing anything outside exploring new places.
Fun fact: She started a book club and is an avid reader!