History and Mission
Our mission is to connect passionate people with transformative community projects to fight poverty.
Our story began in 2006 when several Yavapai County agencies saw a gap in services, so they brought together a small team of AmeriCorps VISTA members to fight poverty in the region. Several members chose to stay after their service year to develop the Yavapai County VISTA Project. In 2009, we became Serve Yavapai and a program of Prescott College, increasing in scope and size to 25 VISTA members.
During 2013, we expanded to Pima County as well, thus becoming Arizona Serve. We were awarded our first AmeriCorps State and National grant in 2015, which broadened the part- and full-time direct service opportunities available for projects targeting healthy futures, education, and economic opportunities. Additionally, in 2015, Arizona Serve established a partnership with the Tucson Mayor's office in order to implement the Tucson Community Schools Initiative. This initiative places members in three school districts to improve high school graduation rates and connect students to college and career opportunities.
Today, we are a team over 200 strong. We are proud to have one of the largest and top performing AmeriCorps project in the state of Arizona. Our staff, many of whom were National Service members themselves, oversees a collaborative team environment that allows us to support communities in the fight against poverty.
For general questions or information, please contact us at AmeriCorps@arizonaserve.org.
Celia Robidoux, Interim Executive Director
Values based leadership is what Celia is all about. She has been involved in her community advocating for social justice on various issues since she was 12 years young. Service means a lot to her, and is a great responsibility she carries with her in her work towards a better community for all. Her passion for service and social justice comes from her family, friends and the two years of AmeriCorps service she gave with Public Allies Arizona, a program of the ASU Lodestar Center. Celia has put together over 25 different community service projects and continues to work with various community based campaigns and coalitions such as Youth on the Rise, as well as nationally such as Opportunity Nation, which is a national network of advocates who have personal experience with barriers to advancement in America. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Justice Studies with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Certification. Celia served as a nationally certified trainer and the chair of board development for the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Phoenix Chapter where she led the vision and work on recruiting, training, and retaining the board of directors. She is currently a board member of PAtchwork, the Alumni network and board for Public Allies Alumni in Arizona.
Ann Drazkowski, Recruitment and Communications Manager
Ann moved to Tucson from Wisconsin in 2015 to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Arizona Serve and stayed on an additional year as a VISTA team leader. She served in both roles with the Community Schools Initiative, and then supported Arizona Serve as a Recruitment Specialist. Ann holds a Master's of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she developed skills in program evaluation and non-profit management. She is passionate about recruiting talented individuals to serve in AmeriCorps State and VISTA roles and to develop communication strategies that will share the valuable impact Arizona Serve's AmeriCorps members provide to the community.
Meg Riley, Community Schools Program Manager
Meg has been a teacher in Arizona since 1999 working primarily with high school students learning English as a second language. She has served as department coordinator at Catalina High School facilitating testing, curriculum development, and student access to required coursework. Before moving to Arizona, Meg attended university in Vermont and graduate school in Minnesota. In addition to her work in schools, Meg has worked with parent and family outreach within the Tucson refugee community through CENTER, a Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest program.
Molly Sheehy, AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager
A graduate of Prescott College, Molly was pleased at the opportunity to give back to the Prescott community after completing her studies. She spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation—an organization that provides much-needed financial support to children in foster care. Molly completed a second year of service as Arizona Serve’s Tucson VISTA Team Leader. After completing her year as a VISTA Leader, Molly was hired as a Program Manager in Tucson supporting Arizona Serve's AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State teams.
Andrew L. Pawlicki-Sinclair, AmeriCorps State Program Manager
Andrew was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He received his B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he studied human rights. He returned to Tucson in 2015 to serve as a VISTA as a Community School Coordinator at Santa Rita High School, part of the Tucson Community Schools Initiative Operation AmeriCorps grant. Andrew served a second year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader with the Community Schools Initiative before joining the Arizona Serve AmeriCorps State staff.
Annie Reifsnyder, Training and Program Manager
Annie moved to Prescott in August of 2017 to serve as the VISTA leader and has since transitioned into the Training and Program Manager role also based in Prescott. She calls Arlington Heights, IL her hometown. She received a bachelor degree at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN and majored in Religious Studies with a focus in Islam. A semester abroad in Kenya with the School of International Training propelled her to join the Peace Corps. She was placed after graduation in Benin, West Africa where she spent one term teaching English and another serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader. After her time abroad Annie return stateside and received a masters degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Annie worked in various capacities for the Boys Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee before turning once again to service, this time as a VISTA summer associate for Access Alaska based in Fairbanks. Annie loves to travel far and wide and has recently developed perhaps an unhealthy obsession with the National Parks.
Becky Peters, Recruitment and Program Coordinator
Becky Peters was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in northern Colorado. She attended Colorado State University where she earned a degree in Environmental Sociology and Women and Gender studies. Upon graduation, she returned to Tucson where she completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA working as a program developer for an affordable housing non-profit. Her year of service helped her to build connections in Tucson that allowed her to continue her work in case management for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. She currently serves as the Recruitment and Program Coordinator assisting with recruitment and outreach, fulfilling vital administrative tasks, and managing a small group of members. When she is not with Arizona Serve, Becky can be found walking her dog Lou, scoping out the best cup of coffee in Tucson, doing yoga, spending ridiculous amounts of money at The Loft Cinema or planning her next road trip.
Camille Corsino, Training and Program Coordinator
Camille moved to Tucson from Fajardo, Puerto Rico in 2016 to serve as a VISTA Community School Coordinator for Santa Rita High School. After falling in love with Tucson she decided to re-apply to an Arizona Serve AmeriCorps position and served in 2017 as the State Team Leader for the Tucson Community Schools Initiative. Camille now serves in a staff position at Arizona Serve as the Training and Program Coordinator. She manages a cohort of high school members serving in Tucson, Vail, Rio Rico and Nogales. She also facilitates and deploys all of the training and guest speaker events in Tucson. Camille has a degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and enjoys hiking, traveling and photography in her spare time.
Renee App, Tucson VISTA Team Leader
Renee App is a native of Portland Oregon and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the School of Sociology. Renee joined the Arizona Serve Team as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2017, serving at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona with their Community Engagement team. She fell in love with Tucson community, and now serves as the VISTA Team Leader in Tucson . Renee spends her free time dancing, practicing yoga, volunteering with the Humane Society, and spending time in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. She holds a passion for Mental Health & Wellness, and plans to pursue that passion as a profession in her future endeavors
Sarah Haber, Prescott VISTA Team Leader
Sarah moved to Arizona in the summer of 2017 from New City, NY after graduating from State University of New York at Oswego, where she received a degree in Public Relations. Her first VISTA term was for the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce serving as the Community Volunteer Program Coordinator. There, she developed an online database to help to local nonprofits connect with people looking to volunteer. She loved the southwest so much, she decided to extend her service for another year and take on the position of the AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader for Prescott. Sarah likes playing rugby, hiking, and exploring new places.
Keisha Green, Community Schools State Team Leader
Keisha is a relatively new arrival to Tucson. In June 2017, she moved to Arizona from Durango, Colorado graduating from Fort Lewis College with a BA in International Business and a minor in French. She discovered Fort Lewis when being recruited onto the school’s Varsity women’s soccer team. There, she completed 15 years of playing competitive soccer throughout the Southwest region and in parts of Germany. During her undergraduate years, Keisha also spent time traveling abroad studying French in Pau, France. Her experiences abroad and in the states have shaped her to become the individual she is now; someone interested in current events and passionate about learning how to support her community. Keisha happened upon AmeriCorps when noticing one of their library advertisements in Oro Valley. Since then, she has served one year with Arizona Serve at the University of Arizona and is now positioned as a State Leader under the Community Schools Initiative. Keisha is excited to take on another opportunity to work with AZ Serve and to contribute her skills toward developing education in South Tucson.
Victoria Vass, Economic Opportunity State Team Leader
Victoria Vass holds a BA in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill. Following her love of justice, truth, and beauty, Victoria has pursued volunteer opportunities with the International Rescue Committee, Curamericas Global, the Roy Cooper Campaign for Governor, the Mountains to Sea Trail, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Most recently, she served as an AmeriCorps member in Washington State with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. When missing, Victoria can be found reading, dancing the blues, and winning board games.