2017 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!


Devon Dovgan

Development and Events Coordinator

Devon is from Merritt Island, Florida. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and a Certificate in Outdoor Leadership from Hollins University in Virginia. Devon served with City Year Miami in 2011-2012 and AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team Year 23. Devon loves the outdoors and spent previous summers working as a wilderness and backpacking instructor in the Pacific Northwest and Sierra mountains in California. Additionally, she competed four times in the ACA Collegiate Race Series National Championships in whitewater paddling while she was at Hollins University.  Devon is excited to strengthen and grow AmeriCorps St. Louis’ capacity for service this year as a VISTA member.


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. 


Brenna Thompson

Disaster Support Coordinator

Brenna is from Westmoreland, New Hampshire. She received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and is currently taking classes to receive her Emergency Medical Technician certification. Brenna was a member of the Emergency Response Team during Year 23 and decided to continue her service with ERT as a VISTA member. Prior to ERT, Brenna was a backpacking trip leader on the Appalachian Trail in the 100 mile Wilderness of Maine. She is an avid backpacker and one day hopes to hike the John Muir Trail in California. While as a VISTA member, Brenna hopes to help AmeriCorps St. Louis become more sustainable and efficient in their disaster services. She is excited for what Year 24 will bring.