TwispWorks AmeriCorps VISTA Members
Three members of the AmeriCorps VISTA program will spend the next year working at TwispWorks on projects related to economic development for the Methow Valley and Okanogan County.
Listen to an interview on KTRT with the three new members of tour team.
The VISTA members are participating in a federally-funded national service program designed to help communities alleviate poverty. VISTA members work full time for one year. They receive a poverty-level living stipend and, at the end of their service, a grant towards future education or student loan debt.
At TwispWorks, the VISTA members will work on developing programs proposed by the community during the 2009-2010 master planning process for the TwispWorks property.
The community is invited to a reception on Thursday, May 10 from 4- 6 p.m. at TwispWorks to meet the VISTA members and help them get acquainted with the community.
Elan Ebeling will serve as a Teen and Young Adult Opportunity Coordinator. She will work to develop polices and funding for the Valley Teen Center, recently established at TwispWorks, and will research and develop vocational training programs for teens and young adults.
Elan graduated in 2011 from the University of Oregon with a degree in History. Since graduating, she spent time traveling in Eastern Europe before moving home to Seattle, Washington where she developed a passion for youth programs during her time as a community center Youth Tutor. She is excited to explore everything the beautiful Methow Valley has to offer. Elan spends her free time singing, hiking, reading, playing music and fantasy baseball, and making avocado smoothies.
Marissa Burkett will serve as Agriculture Assistance Program Coordinator. She will work on the development of cooperative marketing and distribution ideas for local agricultural products, and will work with the Red Shed Produce Program to establish an educational garden on the TwispWorks campus.
Born in Amelia Island, Florida, Marissa studied marketing at the University of North Florida. An internship for the UN World Food Programme in Rome, Italy instilled in her a passion for agriculture, the environment and economic development. In her spare time, Marissa acts as volunteer Fundraising Coordinator for a nonprofit that supports a small school in Mozambique and also enjoys drawing, cycling, music, exploring and hanging out with her dog, Camille.
Alison Gilette will serve as Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator. She will work on developing programs to help Methow Valley businesses start and expand, and will work with the non-profit InventionWorks to establish an educational computer lab at TwispWorks.
A native of Michigan, Alison has a BS in environmental science and a Master’s in urban and regional planning. She worked on economic development programs in rural North Carolina before coming to Twisp. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, climbing and cooking.