ACED Fellow, 2013 Applied Economics
Holding a bachelor's degrees in economics and mathematics, Alyssa came to the Stevenson Center eager to build on her experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and to learn from others. After her year on campus, she completed her professional practice with the Fremont Area Community Foundation in Michigan, where she focused on local poverty. Immediately following her fellowship, she secured a position there as a Program Officer. Alyssa stated, "Without my experience at the Stevenson Center and my unique placement with the Community Foundation, I would not have discovered some of my true professional interests, gained more confidence as a valuable contributor in any workplace, nor would I have been able to secure a great position with a great organization."
As a staff member with the Community Foundation for more than two years, Alyssa has grown professionally in many ways. She extended her research as a Fellow to implement a strategic Poverty to Prosperity framework. She reviews grant applications, with an average annual portfolio of $2 million. She coordinates the Community Foundation’s efforts to improve outcome and performance evaluation, and she is participating in an Executive Leadership Mentoring Program through the Council of Michigan Foundations.
Alyssa volunteers as a tax preparer with the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and she is a big sister through the Newaygo County Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
ACED Fellow, 2014 Sociology
Case completed his professional practice with Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) of Sedgwick County, which is an organization that trains and supervises volunteers to support the interests of children in Child in Need of Care situations. Case’s main responsibilities were volunteer training, supervision, and case management. Case helped to create an older youth CASA program. These older youths may have smaller chances of adoption and may not have the tools to be successful after being released from custody at the age of 18.
Case is currently the Academic Resource Center Director, Title IX Coordinator, and ADA Coordinator for Newman University in Wichita, KS. Previously, Case was a Community Liaison (community engagement, project management, and public relations) for the City Manager's Office of the City of Wichita. He has gained local volunteer experience as a board member of the 'Leadership and Athletic Development Foundation', a leadership team member for 'LOVE Wichita', and other local community activities. Case's career includes non-profit, private sector, and public sector positions. Along with his M.S. in Sociology from ISU, Case also holds BA's in Sociology, History, and Psychology.
ACED Fellow, 2006 Political Science
Pat serves as the Executive Director at the Center for Hope Outreach Programs, an organization within the Center for Hope International Ministries. Pat has oversight of the Food Pantry Network which includes two locations in Bloomington. In addition, Pat supervises a community-based clothing distribution center, manages educational empowerment workshops, and partners with local entities to provide care to senior citizens and other at-risk populations.
Pat’s professional practice was with the Center for Hope as an AmeriCorps member. Her capstone project there focused on evaluation practices.
“I am pleased to report that the Center for Hope Outreach Programs is reaching as many as 10,000 residents annually in McLean County,” Pat commented. “Many claim that the impact our program has had on themselves and their families has been life changing.”
Both the Center for Hope program and Pat herself have received various recognitions for their work including multiple nominations for Women of Distinction and the Illinois Municipal Human Relations Award.
“I felt the course offerings which included a much needed grant writing course would be especially helpful. What I hadn’t anticipated was how helpful the Stevenson Center staff would be as well,” Pat remarked. “People like Frank Beck, Beverly Beyer, and the late Martha Boudeman went out of their way to make the educational experience the best it could be. They always set aside time to talk, answer questions and provide materials that would enrich the entire process.”