Welcome to the team Kelsey!

Kelsey HeadshotLocal First Arizona is so excited to welcome Kelsey Melvin to the northern Arizona office. Kelsey is an Americorps VISTA volunteer who joined Meg Williams Jamison in the new Cottonwood-based office in November. As our northern Arizona outreach specialist, she will complete a year of service with Americorps and will be with Local First Arizona until November 2015. Americorps was established in 1965 and the VISTA program includes a group of individuals dedicated to bringing communities and individuals out of poverty throughout the country. Like other VISTAs, Kelsey will focus her efforts building organizational, administrative and financial capacity for our organization. She will help Local First Arizona foster economic development in northern and rural Arizona and will be assisting with a variety of programs and projects coming up. Welcome Kelsey!

Kelsey is an Arizona native with a heart for service. She believes strongly that she has the need to give back in her life and looks forward to the opportunity to do so serving her home state. Please feel free to reach out to Kelsey anytime if you have questions at [email protected]. She looks forward to meeting all of you, as time goes on.

KelseyFaireGet to know Kelsey... here are some fun facts about our new northern Arizona outreach specialist!

1) She graduated from ASU with BAE in Secondary Education in Biological Studies

2) She was born and raised in the Phoenix suburbs

3) She is fluent in ASL ( American Sign Language) and Japanese

4) She fenced on her college team

5) She volunteer every year out at the Arizona Renaissance Festival

6) She looooves reading

7) She enjoys camping, cooking, and volunteering