AMERICORPS VISTA VOLUNTEERS

Each year, more than 5 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds help meet local needs through a wide array of service opportunities through the Corporation for National and Community Service's core programs: AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund. These programs and others, such as the Volunteer Generation Fund, support projects in six priority areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

 

 

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based, and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. For more information on AmeriCorps *VISTA, visit www.nationalservice.org.

 

  

OLIVIA GOLDEN

Database Management & Marketing 

Olivia Golden is a 2013 graduate from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English Literary Studies. She is a native of Mcgehee, Arkansas and currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is serving her second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and has volunteered with several non-profits in the past.  She is in charge of Database Management and Marketing for The STAND Foundation, Inc.

MARCELL DEAN

Media Specialist

After transferring from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Marcell Dean earned an Associates in Communication at Texarkana Community College.  Dean, a native of Chicago, IL, currently lives in Little Rock. Dean is trained in gospel and jazz music and teaches music once a month at his church. He is the previous owner of a jazz lounge. Dean is serving in his second year as a VISTA. He is the Media Specialist for the STAND Foundation, Inc. 

TOBY DAUGHTERY

Lead Recruiter | Outreach Coordinator

Toby Daughtery is a Pulaski Technical Institute graduate who continued his education with a Shelby Breedlove scholarship to UALR, receiving a Bachelor's of Arts in sociology. He is the lead recruiter and outreach coordinator for The STAND Foundation and an outstanding motivational speaker.

SANDRA FLEMING

Program Assistant

Sandra Robinson Fleming is a first-year VISTA volunteer. A graduate of Philander Smith College, Sandra is assisting with the development and implementation of the Edward Coleman Leadership Institute. She has extensive experience working in private and government settings. Sandra has also volunteered with several non-profit organizations which will be very beneficial during her year of service.

TAMIKA KEENER

Social Media Operations Asst, Little Rock, AR

Tamika is a native of North Little Rock Arkansas. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She is a recent graduate of the STAND Foundation Leadership Institute. Tamika is a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She is the founder of Project B.M.W. Mentoring program and Purple ButtAfly Services Inc. She is an active member of the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus. She is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Tamika has a great passion and zeal for community service.  She is serving her first year as a VISTA for The STAND Foundation, Inc. as a recruiter.

QUSHANDA BASS

Program Developer, Little Rock, AR

Qushanda Bass is a 2019 graduate of Shorter College, where she has earned a degree in Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a career in Political Science at Philander Smith College. Qushanda is passionate about living a positively productive life and its possibilities. She helps bridge gaps between youth and families to overcome communication barriers that will build capacity and reduce poverty in low-income communities. Qushanda is an AmeriCorps VISTA with the STAND Foundation Leadership Institute. In this role, she assists individuals in attaining progressive career paths through the development of programs that empower using leadership, career planning, and community involvement.

Daron Plummer

IT Specialist, Little Rock, AR

JULIA CHEARS-YOUNG, PH.D

Research Analyst

Daron Plummer Jr., has a passion for information technology (IT), and owns his own IT consulting firm, A Plus Technologies. Daron is a graduate of J.A. Fair High School in Little Rock, Arkansas and served four years in the Army National Guard. He is a minister at Covenant Faith Praise and Worship Church located in Sherwood, Arkansas. Daron is serving in his first year as a VISTA with the STAND Foundation, Inc. as an IT Specialist.

Dr. Chears-Young has over 12 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection which includes, developing research protocols (e.g., surveys, questionnaires, assessments), facilitating focus groups, interviewing, conducting observations, analyzing data, writing technical reports, and presentations.  She has worked on numerous research and evaluation projects in education and health sciences research, and program evaluation; servicing various social services, non-profit, PK-12, medical, state and county organizations. Dr. Chears-Young has more than a decade of experience as an examiner responsible for administering secure psychological and educational assessments.

 

Dr. Chears-Young is a devout believer and is committed to giving back through charitable contributions and volunteering her time to the ministry.

 

She is native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she earned her Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a certificate in Human Resource Development from the University of Cincinnati.

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