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Zachary Bartush Capacity Building Coordinator Miami University – OxfordOffice of Community Engagement and Service
Work Phone: 513-529-1425 Website: Visit Website

BA, Austin College, 2010

What major projects do you work on as a VISTA?

As a VISTA, I work on a number of different projects with community based agencies. One of the most prominent ones is the Ohio Benefit Bank(OBB). I hope to form a network of local OBB sites to better serve the local community during my term.

Zach is a 2nd-year VISTA, read his 2010-2011 VISTA Impact Report here, and view his 2010-2011 Impact Presentation here

Why did you choose to be an Ohio Campus Compact VISTA?

I became on OCC VISTA to help promote awareness and action on issues of poverty in the communities around institutions of Higher Education. I also hope that my actions will result in life long community minded volunteers.



Tell us something about yourself

I come from a small town named after a Cheese in North Texas.

Post VISTA, I hope to pursue graduate study in Community Psychology or work to prevent youth involvement in the juvenile justice system using community based preventions and interventions.

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Wilson Cardwell Community Partnership Coordinator Miami University – OxfordOffice of Community Engagement and Service
Home Phone: 513-529-1425 Website: Visit Website

B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Philosophy, Miami University, 2008

What major projects do you work on as a VISTA?

I am primarily a liaison for the university and our community partners. I meet with them to find out their community’s needs and then match students, student organizations and Greek Life to service projects in Greater Cincinnati.

Why did you choose to be an Ohio Campus Compact VISTA?

I wanted to serve a second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA and felt serving through the OCC was a natural fit.

Tell us something about yourself

First in my large family to graduate from college. I have six sisters and four brothers.

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Rebecca Fensler Poverty Programs Coordinator Wright State UniversityOffice of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
Work Phone: 937-775-2082

Website: http://www.wright.edu/academicaffairs/servicelearning/foodpantry/



B.A. Ohio Northern University

M.A. University of Findlay

What major projects do you work on as a VISTA?

As a VISTA at WSU, I coordinate the WSU Friendship Food Pantry, one of the first food pantries on a college campus in Ohio. I am responsible for the pantry’s operations, including recruiting, training, and managing volunteers, creating policies and procedures, as well as raising in-kind and monetary donations. I also place student volunteers at community partner agencies that address food access and homelessness.

Rebecca is a 2nd-year VISTA, read her 2010-2011 VISTA Impact Report here and view her 2010-2011 Impact Presentation here

Why did you choose to be an Ohio Campus Compact VISTA?

Before serving as a VISTA, I worked in volunteer management. I spent time convincing people to give back to their communities. I decided I would challenge myself to do the same by becoming a VISTA.



Tell us something about yourself

One of the most important things I do is advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer.

After VISTA, I plan to continue work in the non-profit field, hopefully in fundraising and development while pursuing my Master’s degree in Social Work.

Favorite quote

“Nobody made a greater mistake then he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

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Khadine Kelly University of CincinnatiCenter for Community Engagement
Work Phone: 513-556-1559

B.A. in Sociology, Berea College, 2008

M.A. in Social Work, University of Cincinnati, 2010

What major projects do you work on as a VISTA?

I currently am doing my VISTA year of service with the Center for Community Engagement at the University of Cincinnati, where my main task is coordinating a mentoring program called Zoo-Mates. This is an innovative program that pairs University of Cincinnati students with students from a local Cincinnati Public School, who are currently experiencing homelessness, with a yearlong mentoring experience.

Why did you choose to be an Ohio Campus Compact VISTA?

I choose to be an Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, because I wanted to be a part of a system that was working to make the world a better place and work in my local community doing something that changed the life of others around me.

Tell us something about yourself

I was born and raised in Jamaica; I enjoy any activity that is outside. Sunny days make me smile and for the days that are not so sunny, I use my smile to brighten those days. I love to read and spend time with family and friends—cooking, laughing and having a good time.

My plan after completing my year of service is to work in a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the lives of children. Wherever that takes me is up in the air, but I wherever that is I plan on being happy.

Favorite quote

“Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults.”

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Kyle Maust College Club Coordinator Wilmington CollegeCenter for Service and Civic Engagement
Work Phone: 937-382-6661 x306

B.S. in Sports Administration, Wilmington College, 2011

What major projects do you work on as a VISTA?

As a VISTA at Wilmington College, I work primarily on a college access program known as College Club at two local sites, Clinton County Youth Council and Blanchester Middle School, in Clinton County. I also work on a monthly newsletter for the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, and oversee the service-placed work-study students in our community.

Why did you choose to be an Ohio Campus Compact VISTA?

During college, I was actively involved with service and the Center for Service and Civic Engagement; with this, I built many relationships with people involved in service at Wilmington College. After graduation, I was asked to apply for the position and I thought it would be the perfect way to continue my service to this college and community.

Tell us something about yourself

I am a huge Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds fan! The defining moment of my life so far was my decision to join Tau Kappa Beta fraternity in 2009, their dedication to service changed my life.

Post-VISTA, I would like to attend graduate school, to either study Student Affairs in Higher Education or Sports Administration; and one day be a high school or collegiate Athletic Director.

Favorite quote

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan

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Tara Purvis Youth and Literacy Programs Coordinator Wright State UniversityOffice of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
Work Phone: 937-775-4265

B.A. in Social Work, Wright State, 2011

What major projects do you work on as a VISTA?

I coordinate tutoring programs for local schools. I also work on special activities like Family Fun Night and Clean up Days. I work with Westwood PreK-8, Thurgood Marshall High School, Saville Elementary School and others in the Dayton area.

Why did you choose to be an Ohio Campus Compact VISTA?

I wanted to continue working with the staff and students at both Westwood PreK-8 and Wright State University. I saw being a VISTA as an amazing opportunity to work with the wonderful communities in Dayton.

Tell us something about yourself

I am a mom to a amazing 2 year old boy, I have to say that was the most defining moment in my life.

Post VISTA I plan on working on my graduate degree in Social Work in the future.

Favorite quote

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Jessica Toglia Miami University – HamiltonCenter for Civic Engagement
Work Phone: 513-785-3280

B.S. in Sport Media, Ithaca College, 2008

M.S. in Sport Studies, Miami University, 2011



Jessica Toglia grew up in Central New York where she attended and graduated from Ithaca College (IC) in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Media. Upon graduation, Toglia moved to Ohio and enrolled and completed her master’s degree in August 2011 in Sport Studies at Miami University. Her master’s thesis research addressed alumni perceptions of Native American mascots and athletic team nicknames at the college level.

Currently, she works as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Miami University’s regional campus in Hamilton, Ohio where her duties include civic engagement work and volunteerism. One of projects includes working with the YWCA of Hamilton and their Girls Incorporated program. Girls Inc. inspires and empowers girls of all ages. She chose Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA because it was in the community she went to graduate school in and really saw potential for exciting work!

Jessica is a 2nd-year VISTA, read her 2010-2011 VISTA Impact Report here

Toglia is considering doctoral education with the goal of obtaining a position in public service. Jessica is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Toglia. Her favorite quote is: “Not being able to do everything is not an excuse to do nothing.”

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