Getting to know the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps cohort — Part 3

We are so excited to welcome this year’s AmeriCorps cohort — 23 civic-minded individuals who are committed to spending the next year at area nonprofits working hard to make Nashville a better place to live. Here’s a little bit of insight into these amazing individuals who are helping Nashville nonprofits serve the community in a variety of ways.

Ashley Leon
First 3! Coordinator
The Family Center

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I wanted to serve with AmeriCorps to improve the lives of others and offer my time to help disadvantaged communities. I was interested in an organization that would allow me to give back to the community while partaking in leadership development, which is what drew me to AmeriCorps.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A:  I am most excited to collaborate with the Family Center staff to improve the health and wellbeing of young children and expand parents’ early childhood knowledge through the First 3! Parent Seminar.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I am a major foodie; I love trying different food options.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: I spend my time watching movies, painting, and dancing when I’m not serving or volunteering.


C. McNutt
Urban Tree Education Coordinator
Nashville Tree Foundation

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: It’s truly a unique experience that allows one to connect with the community and develop professional skills while working side by side with a multitude of nonprofits.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: Getting my hands in the soil and planting trees to help restore the tree canopy after the devastating tornado and powerful storms blew through Nashville.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: My biggest childhood fear was butterflies. I was convinced if it got too close to them I’d either hurt or kill them on accident, so I’d run away every time they came near me.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: When I’m not serving or volunteering, I’m probably out on a hiking trail, at a park slacklining, or rolling down some hills on my longboard.

Hannah Mathis
Creative Sustainability Volunteer Engagement Leader
Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I wanted to learn more about working in a nonprofit, and to dedicate my time to helping others.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: Gaining experience working in a nonprofit setting and meeting awesome people.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I am obsessed with mushrooms — house decor, clothing, drawings of them, reading about them, and observing them in nature!

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: Hiking, biking, taking photos, drawing, going to concerts, listening to true crime podcasts, and cooking.


Maddy Johnson
Community Trees Outreach Coordinator
Nashville Tree Foundation

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: It is a great opportunity to make a positive impact in the surrounding community and gain hands-on experience in my field.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am excited to meet new people and learn about the Nashville Tree Foundation’s work and projects.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I know how to juggle! Limes and clementines are the easiest.

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: Making art, biking, playing guitar, or cooking.

Rachel Geiger
Community Education Coordinator
Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Q: What drew you to serve with AmeriCorps?
A: I had previously been working with a for-profit company and got a chance to reevaluate my path when COVID hit. I realized I hadn’t been happy in what I was doing and decided to look into positions with the nonprofit sector. AmeriCorps gave me the chance to reorient my life to align with my values.

Q: What are you most excited to do in your new service position?
A: I am most excited to make a difference in the lives of the kids served by the education program at Turnip Green.

Q: What is a silly/random fact about you?
A: I’m currently on day 131 of my Duolingo streak!

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not serving or volunteering?
A: You can often find me trying to make new vegetarian recipes, singing the songs stuck in my head, reading yet another biography, or swimming in the lake.



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