Columbia alumni board
Our alumni support our work and drive change in their local communities long after serving with City Year.
Kymmie Cartledge is the career development facilitator for Brooklyn Cayce High School and the owner of Career Jam Coaching LLC. She is also the creator of SimplyKymtastic.com: A Blog of Millennials and Beyond. She graduated from Columbia College with a degree in elementary education. She served as a team leader for City Year Columbia.
Monica Biswas completed her service years 1997-1999 in Columbia SC, creating and teaching a substance abuse prevention curriculum for middle school students, and tutoring literacy to elementary school students. It remains the most transformative experience of her now 20-year long career in the healthcare and education sectors. She received her master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health with a focus on health education and social behavior and has since worked for the MA Department of Public Health, Education Development Center and Boston Medical Center. She currently works for Athenahealth, coordinating training opportunities for healthcare providers and staff. Monica is also a mother of two elementary school boys and lives outside of Boston. Her passions include writing, dance and meditation.
Jacqui Branch currently works for City Year as an impact manager, guiding AmeriCorps members to meet their service performance requirements and leadership potential. Jacqui is from Chicago and studied at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. In her first year with City Year in South Carolina, Jacqui provided daily, full-time classroom support for two third-grade classes, behavior coaching and other student supports. Prior to her service with City Year, Jacqui worked in community outreach and building capacity in nonprofits.
Nicole Carman is a current juris doctor candidate at the University of South Carolina School of Law, expected to graduate in 2021. Nicole grew up in Wurtland, KY, and is a graduate of Raceland-Worthington High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Morehead State University in 2016, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Nicole completed her year of national service with City Year Little Rock in 2017.