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
Fernando Sanchez
NC Afterschool Corps

Fernando Sanchez (He/Him)

Laura Manigrasso
NC Hunger Corps

Laura Manigrasso (She/Her)

Erin Guy
NC Hunger Corps

Erin Guy (She/Her)

Taylor Sligh, VISTA
NC Hunger Corps

Taylor Sligh (She/Her)

Sam Colston, VISTA
NC Hunger Corps

Sam Colston (They/Them)

Sebastian Pruett, VISTA Leader
VISTA Leader

Sebastian Pruett (He/They)

Abijah Gattis, VISTA
NC Hunger Corps

Abijah Gattis (They/He)

NC Afterschool Corps

Steven Talbott (He/Him)

NC Afterschool Corps

Fernando Sanchez (He/Him)

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 (She/Her)

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

NC Hunger Corps

Erin Guy (She/Her)

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

NC Hunger Corps

Taylor Sligh (She/Her)

Service Year Host Site:  NC State University – Feed the Pack Pantry
From:  Greenville, SC
Alma mater:  Wingate University – B.A. in Communication, Minor in Spanish
Before service:  Was a full-time student at Wingate University; worked on campus in Residence Life, Community Standards, and Student Orientation
Hobby:  Writes poetry and stories (currently has about ten on-going stories that she’s working on)
Fun fact:  She is an ordained minister

NC Hunger Corps

Sam Colston (They/Them)

Service Year Host Site:  Warren Wilson College
From:  Cincinnati, OH
Alma Mater:  Warren Wilson College – B.A. in Environmental Studies
Before service:  Was a full-time student at Warren Wilson and did a lot of volunteering with the school; interned with Bounty & Soul in Black Mountain, NC
Hobby:  Enjoys running and playing the keyboard
Fun fact:  They’ve played steel drums in the Caribbean

VISTA Leader

Sebastian Pruett (He/They)

Service Year Host Site: NC Campus Engagement
From: Born in San Jose, CA; lived in NC, CO, and PA; recently moved to Burlington, NC for VISTA Leader Service
Alma mater: Penn State University, Scranton – B.A. in Corporate Communication
Before service: Served as a VISTA Member in Reading, PA
Hobby: He enjoys playing video games & spending time with his dog, Max
Fun fact: They’re currently part of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign playing as a Dragonborn Barbarian named Var!

NC Hunger Corps

Abijah Gattis (They/He)

Service Year Host Site: Guilford College
From: Durham, NC
Alma mater: Guilford College
Before service: AmeriCorps member with CTNC at Duke Campus Farm 
Hobby: Pottery
Fun fact: I am a Sagittarius 

NC Afterschool Corps

Steven Talbott (He/Him)

Service Year Host Site:  Duke University – Office of Durham and Community Affairs