Meet Our VISTAs
2019-2020 Church Health VISTAs
Physical Rehabilitation VISTA
Hometown: John’s Creek, GA
College: University of Georgia (Biology)
This year at Church Health, I look forward to immersing myself in the vast array of opportunities that Church Health has to offer to the surrounding communities. From healthcare to faith, Church Health really has had an impact on the lives of many and being apart of this organization is something I am very excited about. In this year, I aim to fully comprehend and understand what it truly means to care for one another. Church Health isn’t just about healthcare, but about creating a balance in one’s life. This year, I hope to better understand this balance and make a difference with the individuals I interact with. I hope to learn more characteristics and values that will help mold me into a more wholesome, compassionate future physician.
“Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.”
Behavioral Health VISTA
College: Christian Brothers University (Biology)
I am a native of Scotland, UK. I arrived in the United States in 2015 and attended college until graduation in May of this year. Throughout college I was a student athlete, playing Division 1 soccer in New York my freshman year and then Division 2 soccer in Memphis, TN for the remaining 3 years. I am a pre-med student and this intertwines with my decision to work within Church Health. My role is heavily involved with the community and addresses a key issue in today’s medical community; the opioid epidemic. I am an avid cook and musician, and currently I am training for my second St Jude Marathon that takes place in December 2019.
“Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.” – Ernest Hemingway
Workforce Development VISTA
Hometown: Jackson, TN
College: University of Memphis (Health and Human Performance)
I graduated from the University of Memphis in 2017, after majoring in Health and Human Performances, while minoring in Business Management.
I’ve been doing community work for the last two years, serving as a Community Project Manager, and before then, a community organizer.
I’ve always had a heart for people, and the things that bring out the best in us all. That’s why I enjoy music, food, art, movies, nature, and things that really tend to bring people closer.
Coming from an impoverished location, and seeing the difference a lack of resources can make, I look forward to learning all that I can within my time here to be of a greater impact, especially to those who grew up in similar circumstances like myself. I believe with equity, community, and ingenuity, we can be the change we wanted to see as children, and we can show others how to do the same.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela
Wellness Education VISTA
Hometown: Lakeland, TN
College: Mississippi State (Nutrition)
I am a 2019 graduate from Mississippi State University and I am planning on becoming a registered dietitian. I love food and love helping people try new things. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Thailand and Los Angeles while being a member of the marching band. I am looking forward to helping educate people about health through healthier food choices and can’t wait to make a difference in my community!
“It’s sad knowing it’s over, but it’s nice knowing there is a new beginning.”
The Well VISTA
Hometown: Memphis, TN
College: University of Memphis (Liberal Studies)
I am excited to be a part of the Church Health team and to contribute to sustainable change in the Memphis community! I graduated in August 2019 and plan to go to graduate school next fall for Nonprofit Administration. My interests range from community development, sociology of poverty, and psychological development of children. During my free-time I enjoy attending yoga classes, being outdoors riding bikes and kayaking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to getting to know Church Health and the communities it serves!
Health Ministry VISTA
Hometown: Memphis, TN
College: University of Memphis (Health Promotion)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Health Promotion. During my stay at the University of Memphis, I had the opportunity to work with several inspiring non-profits. Working with such organizations has shown me the powerful impact caring for those in our community can have.
One of the reasons I chose Church Health is because I also deeply believe in the importance of caring for a person’s body and spiritual well-being.Throughout this year I hope to learn and develop skill sets that will help me better serve those who are underserved. My aspiration is to one day open my own non-profit that focuses on wholistic forms of healthcare, community outreach and other preventive strategies.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13