AmeriCorps Members

Our amazing AmeriCorps Members come from near and far, with all experience levels, and eager to GET THINGS DONE! Discover fun facts about our currently serving AmeriCorps members!

JFS AmeriCorps Members

Alex Winter

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

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Originally from the DC-Baltimore area, Alex spent two years at Community Forklift, a nonprofit reuse center, managing the volunteer program as well as two donation-based programs that supported low-income community members and local projects. Before her time in nonprofit management, Alex spent a year working for an international development firm that supported country transitions from conflict to sustainable peace. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s in Government & Politics and recently was accepted into the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Social Work program. In her free time, Alex loves cooking and volunteering.

Maya Allen

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

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Nate Beiser

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

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Nate Beiser grew up in a small town in Illinois (there’s a Walmart!) called Jerseyville. Nate’s hometown is about 15 minutes from the Mississippi River and he grew up on a farm that primarily produced soybean, alfalfa, and corn. He attended college in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management. He studied Emergency Management in order to pursue his dream of working in the public service sector. After graduating, he headed west to San Diego. He enjoys getting to know people and learning more about other walks of life. He is also dedicated to giving back to the community and making a difference in the world.

Silvia Cortes-Araujo

Jewish Family Service of San Diego

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Silvia Cortes-Araujo supports the Refugee Resettlement Department at Jewish Family Service (JFS) of San Diego. In this capacity, Silvia oversees the volunteer management program and community outreach. As a daughter of immigrants, Silvia grew up understanding the importance of helping those in need. She first came in contact with JFS San Diego as an intern within the Refugee Resettlement Department and quickly became passionate about helping her community. Silvia looks forward to working with volunteers to assist refugee families in acclimating to San Diego and starting a path to self-sufficiency. Silvia recently finished her senior year at San Diego State University, studying International Security and Conflict Resolution with an emphasis in Global Justice. She will graduate this May.

AmeriCorps VIPs in the Community

Audrey Tamayo

Balboa Park Conservancy

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Audrey Tamayo was born and raised in San Diego. She recently attended UC Santa Barbara, studying Political Science and Latin American & Iberian Studies. She is now serving with Balboa Park Conservancy implementing and managing the new Balboa Park Tree Steward program and the Balboa Park Ambassador Program. Audrey wants to attend graduate school for International Relations – so, on her free time, you will catch her applying to school.

Benjamin Cisneros

MANA de San Diego

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Benjamin Cisneros was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Recently, Benjamin graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Pre-Therapeutic Psychology. After serving with MANA de San Diego, Benjamin wants to pursue his passion for social justice and equality, either attending law school with an emphasis on immigration or graduate school to move into the field of Urban Development. On his free time, Benjamin enjoys visiting local coffee shops to expand his knowledge and love for coffee and food paring. He also loves watching the Food Network, cooking, running, and going to spin class. Beyond his love for exercising and cooking, music has been an important and influential part of Benjamin’s life, learning Alto, Tenor and Bari Saxophone, Tuba, Baritone, and Euphonium. Music is a space of comfort and relief for Benjamin, while simultaneously challenging him to reach new and unexperienced emotions. Benjamin strives to be a person of passion and integrity, while remaining realistic yet hopeful. In his role as an AmeriCorps Fellow, he hopes to highlight the importance of community and culture – as they are both crucial to the relationships that define us.

Garth Denton-Borhaug

ProduceGood

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Garth joined the San Diego AmeriCorps Cohort in 2017, supporting and elevating the volunteer program with Produce Good. Originally from the East Coast, Garth has taken a liking to the sunny San Diego weather and joined forces again with Produce Good, serving a second year of service as the AmeriCorps VIP Lead.  Garth is an alumnus from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. In his second term, Garth looks forward to further exploring food insecurity and food waste in San Diego and is grateful to work with an incredible nonprofit that aligns with both his background and passion.

Jessica Diller

North County Lifeline

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Jessica Diller is serving at North County Lifeline, focusing on Youth Development. As a San Diego native, Jessica is happy to be back at home in San Diego County, after attending Olin College of Engineering – a school just outside of Boston, in Needham, MA. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in May 2018, but since has transitioned her interests towards non-profit and community development. Jessica enjoys hiking and loves finding new trails and areas of nature to explore. Beyond her outdoor adventures, Jessica is also the proud guardian of a cat, hamster, and beta fish.

Johnathan Camitan

Words Alive

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Jonathan Camitan is a native San Diegan and recently studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Prior to serving with AmeriCorps, Johnathan worked as legal assistant at De Castro P.C and as administrative assistant at the Philippine Consulate of San Diego. As a 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Fellow, Johnathan joined literacy non-profit, Words Alive, which focuses on literacy advocacy for children and at-risk teens. Jonathan’s passion for reading makes him a perfect fit to continually develop and create the volunteer program with Words Alive.

Julia Hart

International Rescue Committee

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Julia Hart grew up on a dirt road in a small town in Colorado, with three cats and two chickens. She recently moved to San Diego from Denver to escape the snow and serve as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow with the International Rescue Committee’s youth programs. In this capacity, Julia hopes to make positive connections with students, volunteers, clients, and whomever in the office turns out to be the best at making desserts. Her great passions in life are running, mountain biking, eating Doritos while hiking, and generally making sure that other people are happy. Julia looks forward to exploring San Diego, working with the city’s refugee population, and learning how to eat Doritos while surfing. She is thrilled to be part of a cohort of incredibly driven, supportive individuals devoted to strengthening the San Diego community.

Kat Salazar

South Bay Community Services

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Kat Salazar dreams of saving the world. She strives to become a superhero. Born and raised in the O.C., she graduated from Cal State University of Fullerton with B.S. in Health Science focusing on Global Health. Venturing to San Diego, Kat believes AmeriCorps is the first step towards making the world a better place, starting with the local community. Becoming a VIP Fellow at South Bay Community Services will assist her in future goals to travel internationally and promote health in developing countries. Ultimately, Kat hopes to inspire others by always being kind, passionate, and resilient.

Korina Borash

Serving Seniors

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Settling in San Diego as a young professional was a big decision for Korina Borash, but AmeriCorps has made the transition more seamless and more fun. Korina moved from Minnesota in July 2018 and has since enjoyed the beaches, farmers markets, and sunsets on the west coast. With the help of AmeriCorps Fellows, Korina hopes to become more connected while making a positive impact in her new community. When she’s not in the office recruiting volunteers for Serving Seniors, you can find Korina attempting to surf, stuffing her face with tacos, or cruising up the 101.

Maria Cuevas

North County Lifeline

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Maria Cuevas moved to San Diego from Riverside to attend UC San Diego – this is where her volunteering journey began. In college, Maria coordinated and participated in service learning trips, focused on issues from youth-led urban gardening to environmental conservation. Since, Maria has worked with communities and individuals who have been impacted by homelessness and the foster care system. In this vein, Maria is excited to work with North County Lifeline to expand the volunteer program and improve integral services for our community. Combining her passion for volunteerism and social issues, Maria is interested in exploring a career in social work. When Maria is not saving the world, you can find her reading a good book with a large cup of coffee, dancing, or enjoying the Oceanside Pier.

Priscilla Perez

International Rescue Committee

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Priscilla Perez was born and raised in San Diego and recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Anthropology. Priscilla’s volunteer career started in high school and continued into college, volunteering at the Arc of San Diego and UCSD Hospital. Volunteering has truly become a passion for Priscilla – so much so, Priscilla wants to dedicate her life to helping others. This love of giving back makes the AmeriCorps VIP program a perfect fit for Priscilla, who after her service, plans to help others as a future doctor. Beyond serving her community, you can find Priscilla and her dog, Zoey, walking in beautiful Balboa Park on the weekends.