This group of extraordinary people come into work and work harder and smarter so that they can support our AmeriCorps Members to have a positive service year experience. The Impact Staff lead on the program and service experience, providing training, support, mentorship, guidance, and so much more to the 70 AmeriCorps members. The resource and development staff help to secure all the necessary resources to support our service in the City of Manchester. The development and impact staff teams work together to build our strong beloved community.
My name is Tyler Wands. I grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. I originally joined City Year for three reason: the kids, working on teams, and service. This year I will be the Impact Manager at Bakersville Elementary School. The thing I like best about my role is the wide range of people I get to build relationships; AmeriCorps members, teachers, school staff, City Year staff, students, etc. I have visited the Great Wall of China and Forbidden City twice. The best book I have read recently is Looking For Alaska by John Green.
My name is Renee Coburn and I serve as the Learning and Development Manager. I was born in Melbourne Australia and I grew up in Acton, Massachusetts. I graduated from the University of Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After graduation, I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to teach 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies at a Title I middle school from 2011-2013. My passion for teaching to the whole child took root during my teaching experience where I pioneered a community garden project. This experience brought me back to my home state in Massachusetts where I served as an AmeriCorps Direct Service Member with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters®. My service experience paired with my pedagogical and classroom experience led me to City Year. I served two years as an Impact Manager with City Year New Hampshire and am transitioning into a new position focused around training the corps. I am most excited to plan and implement engaging training sessions that meet the needs of our corps members, enhance the AmeriCorps member experience, and strengthen the impact we have on students in Manchester. During the summer, I love to read and am currently reading Faithful Place by Tana French.
My name is Christopher Potter, and I'm 26 years old from Arlington, Massachusetts. I proudly serve as the Impact Manager at Beech Street Elementary School. I live and work on Manchester's East Side, which I am glad to call home. In addition to managing the Beech St. team, I run CYNH's "Idealist Journey" leadership development program, helping every AmeriCorps member get clear about his or her unique leadership mission and develop the skills to enact it. A fun fact about me is that I helped students win $60,000 to get their local park renovated when I worked as a community organizer in St. Louis. A book I've been reading recently is Francis of Assisi: A New Biography by Augustine Thompson.
My name is Neal Hunter and I am from Buffalo, NY. I am from a very small town in Buffalo. Every year we have Bring Your Tractor to School Day, a corn festival, and a jamboree. I came to City Year in between my Junior and Senior year of college (2012-2013). Since then I have returned and have continued to partner with this organization and its mission. I really appreciate the opportunity to be involved in affecting the education system; while continuously participating in addressing the problems I see in our society. City Year affords an invaluable opportunity for an individual--like myself, who lacks a background in education, and doesn't entertain any desire of being a teacher in the future to be connected to students and recognize the importance of education and the work we do. I am an Impact Manager at Northwest Elementary School. I really look forward to building a team and having the opportunity to support all teachers, corps members, and school administration ensuring that our year is successful. The best book I have read so far is Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle.
My name is Julia Lorentsen and I'm from New Hampshire. I decided to join City Year to serve my home state and work with students! I'm an Impact Manager for Gossler Park Elementary School. I love getting to be in the schools every day, and working with a new team of inspiring young people every year! I have reread the Harry Potter series every summer since it has come out. The best book I have read lately is Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond.
I am Joshua Rose and I am from Belgrade, Maine! I decided to join City Year because I wanted to join a community of people and make a positive difference in the world. I am an Impact Manager serving at McDonough Elementary school, and I love collaborating with the brilliant and inspiring people I work with every day in order to service our Manchester community. I love watching clouds at all different parts of the day, and at different points of observation. The last interesting book I read was Cutting through Spiritual Materialism Chögyam Trungpa.
My name is Kimberly Bylancik. I grew up in Schenectady, NY, but Harrisville, NH is home. I chose City Year as I was searching for an organization that aligned with my values and a place where I could contribute to and grow professionally. I am a proud Impact Manager serving at Parker Varney Elementary School! What I like best about my role is exactly the reason I applied for my role: supporting the corps member experience. Leadership and character development is my passion, and working with 18-25 year olds as they grow within their service and as people is a perfect fit. I coach a competitive jump rope team, and have become lovingly obsessed with the sport. The best book I have read lately is The Smell of Other People's Houses.
I'm Andie Dayne and I'm getting married on August 6th, so you'll come to know me as Andie Houle. I am originally from Wisconsin, but have lived in New Hampshire for the past 7 years and have been serving with CYNH the entire time. I decided to be part of City Year as a corps member back in 2009-2010 because I was passionate about making sure kids were excited about learning and had access to the best educational opportunities possible. What keeps me here is the love I have for this CYNH and Manchester community. This place is home. My role is Associate Director of Impact, which is new to me this year, leading the Impact Services Team to support the corps with the resources and training they need to do excellent service. Additionally, I manage all of our evaluation and data processes. I also support the City Year Providence site with their evaluation work, so my time is shared between two sites. Serving two sites, I constantly get new perspectives that help me be a better member of our Beloved Community. My favorite sports teams are Marquette University Basketball, Appalachian State University Football and, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball. I'm trying to become a New England Patriots fan but I just can't let go of my Green Bay Packers yet. I always like coaching books. One of my favorites of all time is They Call Me Coach by UCLA coaching great, John Wooden.
My name is Quinn Slayton and I am a Midwest, corn-fed, gravy-loving coastal dweller. Though I grew up in the soy, melon, and corn fields of Indiana, I always longed for the sea and mountains. After many years of working for the Washington Reading Corps AmeriCorps program in Washington State, I relocated to my spouse’s home state of New Hampshire in 2012. I came to City Year because I was inspired to continue working in national service with energetic young people who want to change the world. I am proud to be part of this mission driven organization. My role as Senior Impact Director means that I get to come to work every day to support a strong team of staff and corps members who are impacting the hearts and minds of children in our community. I have a BFA in Metal Casting & Furniture Making from Ball State University. The most recent book I’ve read is Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff, which takes place in New England.
My name is John Houlihan and I am the Impact Coach at City Year New Hampshire. After 12 years in public education as a both a High School Teacher and then a High School Assistant Principal, I came to City Year as what might be considered a "non-traditional" staff member. I most enjoy the overwhelming positive energy and collective effort that is an everyday way of life at CYNH. I have the pleasure of working with AmeriCorps members and staff in the collective pursuit of helping them hone their craft to maximize their impact in the lives of the students we serve. What could be better than playing a small role in the positive development of so many special individuals. In turn, I have learned a tremendous amount around my own personal growth as a professional, a husband, and a father of two. The work that is done at City Year is often hard to explain but I think of it as the relentless attempt to help young people open the many doors that lay before them while showing them they possess the courage and foundational skills needed to enter. I highly recommend the book, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell for its ability to connect the dots between success and opportunities for success. Lack of opportunity and exposure almost pre-determines an individual's success rather than the old notion of hard-work being the one element separating the winners from the losers.
My name is Steve Buske and I joined City Year to gain a firsthand understanding of the world of education. I serve as an Impact Manager at Henry Wilson Elementary School. My favorite part of my role is working in the afterschool space. The AmeriCorps Members are able to lead clubs about their own interests, and have exposed the students to many new and interesting topics. A fun fact about me is that I once won a copy of 'Shrek' in a coloring contest. My favorite book is The Way you Wear your Hat by Bill Zehme.
My name is Yessica Garcia and I am from Rochelle Illinois. I decided to join City Year because I want to help shape the AmeriCorps Member experience and I believe that every child is entitled to a high quality education. I am an Impact Manager at Hallsville Elementary School. The best part about my role will seeing the growth all the individuals in my team. One interesting fact about me is that I have lived in three countries including Mexico, United States, and Spain. The best book I have read so far is Female and Nomad Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World by Rita Golden Gelman.
Resource and Development Staff
My name is Elizabeth Kulig and I am from Manchester, NH. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to join City Year and find a way to give back to the community I've always called home. I serve as a Development Associate and much of my role is dedicated to events. I love being able to introduce people to City Year through our events. It's a fun and great way to let people know a little bit about our organization. In the first 6 months of 2016, I logged over 26,000 sky miles, traveling on 8 separate trips. One of the most captivating books I read lately was Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer. It was a hard, but important read.
My name is Ricardo Esquivias and I'm 28 years old from Richmond, California. I've had the pleasure of serving as an Americorps Member and Team Leader at City Year New Hampshire from 2010 to 2012. Since then, I stayed with the organization and am currently the Development and Site Operations Manager. What I enjoy most about my role are the numerous opportunities to help build our foundation by working in different databases as we expand and scale our program services. A fun fact about me is that I love the performing arts and thoroughly enjoyed and recommend the book, A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon.
My name is Jen (Hallee) Little and I'm from Nashua, NH and currently live in Concord, NH. I joined City Year because of the belief in the power of young people and the intentional focus on community. I'm the Director of External Affairs and I love that I get to help think about how City Year is interacting with the community, specifically the Manchester community, our school communities, and the City Year alumni community. I've lived in 7 towns/cities in NH (Nashua, Hampton, Portsmouth, Manchester, Exeter, Tilton, and Concord). I'm currently reading Our Kids by Robert Putnam.
My name is Vilma Silva, I'm 28 years old and I was born in Cape Verde Islands and raised in Bridgeport, CT. When I first joined City Year, I wanted to do something to support students in communities in need. I wanted to be a part of the national movement on education reform. I stayed with City Year because its mission and values are aligned with my morals and the way I want to live my life. My role at City Year as a Project Manager means various things. What I am looking forward to most this year is engaging with the corps in a way I haven't since being an AmeriCorps Member myself. I look forward to the relationships and support I'll provide throughout the service year. I enjoy the process of cooking, cleaning and organizing spaces. I find all three to be a time where I can focus only at the project at hand which gives me a piece of mind and relaxation. The best book I have read lately is Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.
My name is Harvey Vincent and I am from New Jersey by birth, Delaware by heart and New Hampshire by circumstance. I joined City Year back in 2012 because I had the pleasure of mentoring high school students planning to attend the University of Delaware while I was in undergrad and I wanted to continue to do work that made a difference while exploring a new city. I am currently a Northeast Regional Recruitment Manager with City Year and I love being the bridge that connects some of our nation's most passionate young people to City Year. I LOVE games. Board or video. I down right love them. If you need or have suggestions on any games or want to set up a game night let me know! The best book I have read lately was The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I cried for a good 45 minutes.
My name is Pawn Nitichan. I born and raised in Thailand but came to City Year NH via Baltimore. I want to spend my daily efforts helping to make this world a more equal, prosperous, peaceful and just place, this is why I came to City Year. I believe that service can be a powerful common ground for all people. I am the Executive Director of City Year NH and VP of City Year Inc. I love opportunities to inspire people to invest more in our young people and in our communities. I also grateful for opportunities to be a leader among wonderful and idealistic people that made up City Year NH community. I love to dance and I love nature. The best book I have read lately was Strength Based Leadership by Tom Rath.
My name is Ted Wing and I am originally from Springfield, Massachusetts. I was an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston and did a second term of service with City Year New Hampshire. I am starting my 13th City Year. I chose to serve with City Year because I was interested in becoming a teacher and wanted a hands on experience working in a classroom with students. I serve as the Development Director and lead the development team to secure the financial resources required to support our 70 AmeriCorps members working across eight elementary schools while promoting and increasing community awareness through events and communications. What I enjoy the most about my role is the amazing team that I get to work alongside every day and the opportunities we have to engage our AmeriCorps members with our champions and donors. My wife Kelly and I met while both serving at City Year New Hampshire. The best book I have read so far was Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen.
My name is Michael Harper and I decided to become a part of City Year because I believe that all young people deserve an opportunity and have the right to a quality education. I also believe that the young people who serve in City Year are an inspiration. In my role I serve as the Admissions Manager for the Northeast Region. What I enjoy most about my role is having the opportunity to serve as the "gatekeeper" of City Year, and that I have a unique opportunity to establish a relationship with incoming City Year AmeriCorps members before they even arrive for their start of service. My fun fact is that I am passionate about coaching football. I aspire to be a college and ultimately professional football coach. The novel I've read lately has to be A Painted House by John Grisham and best non-fiction is a book called Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky.