2018 AmeriCorps VISTAs

VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. In 2016, AmeriCorps St. Louis added AmeriCorps VISTAs to our team!


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Jane Kersch

Development and Events Coordinator

Jane is from Dubuque, Iowa. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Global Resource Systems with a minor in Sustainability from Iowa State University. She served with AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team Year 24. Prior to serving, she worked for her local Parks & Recreation, where she discovered her passion for public lands and local government. Politics, animals, The Office, and memes make her happy. Jane is excited to strengthen and grow AmeriCorps St. Louis’ capacity for service this year as a VISTA member.


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Julian Schriedel

Volunteer and Social Media Coordinator

Julian is a St. Louis native and has a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science (Geoscience), and a minor in Spanish from Saint Louis University. Prior to serving, Julian spent three semesters studying in Spain, traveled to 13 countries, and worked in Canada as a tree-planter for a season. Julian began serving on the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team in February 2017. Julian is now serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for AmeriCorps St. Louis. In her current position, Julian hopes to continue serving her community by mobilizing volunteers through social media and working with her fellow VISTAs to increase the service capacity of AmeriCorps St. Louis. 


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Jimmy Tyler

Disaster Support Coordinator

Jimmy is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He received a Bachelor’s in History and a Minor in Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Jimmy started with AmeriCorps St. Louis as a Member of Year 24 and has decided to become a part of the VISTA team focusing on Disaster Response. Before ERT, Jimmy had a slew of different occupations like working on a golf course, managing an office, and substitute teaching. Jimmy became interested in trying to take more trips into the wild which lead him to AmeriCorps St. Louis. As a VISTA Member, Jimmy hopes to raise awareness to local communities about disaster response and is excited to learn as well.