Corporation for National and Community Service
From the Web site of AmeriCorps
In recognition of Eli Segal’s leadership and entrepreneurship, the Corporation’s Board of Directors created the Eli Segal Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship is open to AmeriCorps alumni who have exceptional leadership, drive, and commitment who will help to advance the mission and strategic goals of the Corporation. Segal Fellows work closely with the CEO on projects that benefit the national service field. Fellows will carry out projects, advance their career development and gain a first-hand understanding of national service and the workings of a federal agency. To apply please click here.
The Corporation for National and Community Service selected Paula Katrina “PK” Drago to receive the 2012 Eli Segal Fellow award. Originally from Schenectady, New York, Paula Katrina Drago, 24, joined the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in 2009 after graduating from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs. She returned to serve a second term as Team Leader, and during her time in NCCC she had the opportunity to work with summer camps, environmental education centers, food banks, and organizations serving children and adults with special needs all across the Pacific Region of the United States. Paula KKatrina also spent time in the New Orleans area serving with Camp Hope and the St. Bernard Project, two non-profits dedicated to rebuilding in Louisiana. Serving in NCCC allowed her to master the art of parallel parking a 15-passenger van, accumulate library cards from 5 different states, and meet amazing and wonderful people across the country. Before joining CNCS in July, Paula Katrina spent the last year serving as a National Direct AmeriCorps Member with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC in the Volunteer Services Department and was involved with the DC AmeriCorps Leadership Council. She is absolutely thrilled to be this year's CNCS Segal Fellow!
William Chrysanthos '11
William Chrysanthos, a former AmeriCorps member whose service included terms with the Breakthrough Collaborative, Teach for America, and Hands On Mississippi, was named the Eli Segal Fellow for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in 2011. A native of Medford, Massachusetts, Chrysanthos, 30, started his AmeriCorps service with the Breakthrough Collaborative while in high school and continued through college while a student at Tufts University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Chrysanthos eventually served as the Assistant Director of Breakthrough Cambridge, and an award was established in his name to recognize leaders who best exemplify the "spirit of service". While serving as a AmeriCorps member in Teach for America from 2003-05, he designed and taught a five-subject instructional program for lower functioning, learning disabled, and at-risk middle school students in St. Louis, MO. Since 2006, he has spent four years helping residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast recover from the damage of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, where he began as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Biloxi, MS. He continued his service as a Case Manager for a Biloxi non-profit named Hope Community Development Agency, before he eventually returned to become the AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager for the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service. His service as the Eli Segal Fellow took him to Washington DC, where he continues to serve in disaster services with the CNCS.
Iris Dooling '10
A native of Hobart, Indiana, Iris Dooling, 26, started her AmeriCorps service with the Indiana Reading Corps-AmeriCorps at DePauw University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in English literature and French in 2006. While at DePauw, she founded the Putnam County Pride Project, an elementary student writing project designed to develop community pride and encourage improved community-college relations. Her Teach for America AmeriCorps service was at Crestworth Middle School in Baton Rouge, LA, in 2006-07, where she led 92 low-performing students to master an average of 70% of the English curriculum and 80% of the grade-level writing skills. She also spent the summer of 2007 as a National Leadership Fellow with Breakthrough/Summerbridge New Orleans, where she trained and supported 30 student teachers to instruct and mentor at-risk, low-income middle school students. From 2007 until 2009, Dooling ran the Louisiana State AmeriCorps program for Habitat for Humanity. “I’m honored to have been chosen for this fellowship,” Dooling said. “Serving in AmeriCorps set me on the path to a career in service. My goal as the Eli Segal Fellow is to continue the service I started with AmeriCorps and to make a difference in the lives of AmeriCorps members—and those they serve.”
Julie M. Proulx '07
Julie Proulx is currently a student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. As a Master in Public Policy and Urban Planning candidate, Julie studies the dynamics of urban design, land use policy, and cultural identity in promoting civic engagement and sustainable communities. Prior to graduate school, Julie worked on national service policy, operations, and strategy from the Office of the CEO at the Corporation for National and Community Service – the federal agency tasked with supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility to address critical community needs. As 2007-2008 Eli Segal Fellow, she helped launch the agency's national multi-sector corporate pro bono initiative and produced a national conference session on Millennial leadership in social activism. After receiving a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from M.I.T. in 2006, Julie served more than 1,900 hours on post-Katrina recovery efforts with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Julie is committed to public service and continues to strengthen her skills in effective policy-making, management, and community development.
John Enterline '06
John received a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Notre Dame in 2004. Following graduation he worked in Fort Wayne, IN, and started tutoring children of refugees in his spare time. The tutoring sparked his interest in service, and he applied to AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. He began serving in January of 2005 and during his 10-month term he served with several nonprofit organizations focusing on housing and the environment, as well as working at a Red Cross facility in Louisiana assisting Hurricane Katrina victims. Looking back on his year of AmeriCorps service, Enterline recalled, “The intangible life-changing forces come to life within people around dedicated national service work and it is an honor to be working among the people who have taken the torch of Eli Segal’s fire for national service and run with it. And I am forever indebted to those who have made national service possible because of the impact it had on my life and those I served.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Providing service opportunities for millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds, Corporation programs include Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.