Julia A. Cawvey received her BA from Kalamazoo College, and MA in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. Julia started her career with Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo and joined the CIS of Michigan team in 2015. Throughout her career she has worked to improve the educational outcomes and experiences of students in low resourced schools and first generation college students. Julia is passionate about increasing access to educational opportunity for youth, supporting them while in the K-12 and post-secondary educational system and making sure it is relevant to their lives. She has worked for national programs like TRiO Upward Bound, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program, and Jumpstart for Children. Julia is a champion for children. When not working with youth she can be found playing with her 2 puppies, cooking, or walking in the woods.
DeVaughn Croxton is a positive product of Detroit, MI. He graduated from Cass Technical High School and then proceeded to get his Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from Michigan State University. DeVaughn has a passion for STEM and mentoring and hopes to dedicate his career to helping the youth of today become the successful adults of tomorrow. His ultimate goal is to own his own engineering firm and enhance lives through technology on a global scale.
Meg McElhone is currently a Site Coordinator in Lansing for her third year. Previously, McElhone has been an AmeriCorps VISTA and a VISTA Leader, and worked for the State of Michigan with the Department of Health and Human Services. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a Religious Studies minor from Emmanuel College in Boston. She enjoys traveling and reading in her free time, as well as board games with friends and family.
Shalyn Stack was born and raised in Clinton Township, Michigan, a suburb of Metro Detroit. Shalyn graduated from Alma College in 2014 with a degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies with high honors. After graduating, Shalyn moved to Saginaw, MI to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA at Delta College and Washington Elementary. She ran the Public Achievement Mentoring Program, bringing Delta College students to Washington Elementary to serve as mentors to fourth and fifth grade students. This is where she found her passion working with kids and education.
After her AmeriCorps service ended she moved to Lansing, MI to serve as a VISTA Leader with Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). After being in this role for a year, she continued to work for MNA as the Interim Program Manager for MNA’s AmeriCorps VISTA Program. It was at MNA where she learned program development, project coordination, grant writing and how to facilitate professional development trainings for AmeriCorps members.
Shalyn started working with Communities in Schools of Michigan in Lansing as the Site Coordinator at Willow Elementary in January 2018. Shalyn also works for the City of Lansing’s Parks and Recreation as an After School Program Coordinator and Summer Camp Instructor.