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Team Stronger, Safer Neighborhoods

As a Mayoral Aide, Jon Carlson works in the Police Department to develop goals, devise strategy and oversee the effort. Carlson is a property owner, Near South neighborhood leader and former member of the City-County Planning Commission. Jon

Jon is officed at City Hall on 10th & K in the Police Department.

"I am Meghan Sullivan, AmeriCorps member working on the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods Team. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, I have been living in Lincoln for three years. It is an exciting opportunity to be able to work directly for my neighborhood and also, it has been really fun working with the kids at Prescott Elementary. I have my BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and my MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Upon completing my master's degree in May 2011, I decided to stay in Lincoln and work with my local community. I am a year-round biker and a volunteer bike mechanic at the Near South Community Bike Kitchen. I look forward to helping with Stronger Safer Neighborhoods.." Meghan

Meghan is located at Prescott Elementary near 20th & South.

Our Former AmeriCorps Members:

"Hello! I am Alex Leonard and I was an AmeriCorps member with Stronger, Safer Neighborhoods. Born and raised right here in Lincoln, I graduated from LSE in 2005 and UNL in 2009 with a BS of Business Admin, with a Finance major and Sociology minor. I hope to attend grad school soon to get my MBA and/or a MS in Real Estate. While in college, I was very involved in service based organizations and AmeriCorps gave me that chance to stay involved and make a difference in Lincoln; and now a full time position. My ultimate goal in life is to be a real estate developer, with an emphasis on eco-friendly reurbanization. Stronger Safer is a great initiative because there are so many different aspects to learn from whether it be policy making, community organizing, and event planning; just to name a few." Alex

Alex was stationed at City Hall on 10th & K in the Police Department.

"My name is Stephen "Steve" Hassler and I am an AmeriCorps Project Assistant with the Mayor's Stronger, Safer Neighborhoods Initiative.  As a lifelong Lincoln resident on the verge of leaving for graduate studies, an AmeriCorps role offered the perfect opportunity for me to give back to my community in a big way before an indefinite departure.  Working with Stronger, Safer has been a great experience and in my role I feel as if I am actually making a difference in peoples' lives.  A large part of my work specifically involves the coordination of an event called the Lincoln Energy Challenge.  The Challenge is a collaborative effort between various businesses, organizations, and city initiatives - such as Stronger, Safer Neighborhoods and Cleaner Greener Lincoln.  Through the Challenge, it is our goal to get 2,000 homes to pledge to be conscious of energy use, as well as visit over 100 homes to educate and actually help improve comfort and efficiency.  My work also involves some community planning and outreach through leadership of afterschool clubs, trash cleanup walks, and various other volunteer-driven events.

"I attended Lincoln Southwest High School (class of '05) where I was active in various sports and clubs.  I graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2009 with a degree in systems engineering.  While at UNL I was an active member of the University's Greek system and research community.  I will be attending graduate school in September 2011 at either Duke, MIT, or Stanford where I will be pursuing a degree in engineering management. "

Stephen was officed at the Lincoln Energy Challenge Office at 2134 O Steet.

"Hello! I'm Christian Thomsen one of the latest batch of AmeriCorps workers working in the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods program. I'm originally from Minden, NE home of the world famous Pioneer Village. I graduated from UNL with a BA in Classics in 2008 and worked at the Pershing elementary CLC before joining the SSN team. As a long time resident of the Near South neighborhood I was excited to have an opportunity to give back to my community. Also, it's exciting to be at Prescott and continue to be able to work with children and help build a brighter future. I'll be attending law school at the University of Chicago next fall, with the ultimate goal of working for the Department of Justice. " Chris

Chris was located at Prescott Elementary.

"Hello and thank you for your interest in the Stronger, Safer Neighborhoods Initiative. My name is Betty McGuire and I am proud to be working through AmeriCorps with the Mayor’s initiative towards improving the quality of life in Lincoln. I am currently working on my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and I will soon have completed my degree in Spanish. I joined AmeriCorps because I wanted to contribute to the Lincoln community. I am from Omaha and when I came to Lincoln I decided to continue my volunteer work and sought out AmeriCorps. I have experience working with youths, but I wanted something new and SSN caught my eye. I would love to take the skills that I have gained with me to grad school and beyond. One day I hope to be working with contractors in low income housing areas on sustainable community building. My goal is to aid in the planning, regulating or development of eco cities and the education of sustainable lifestyles." betty

Betty was officed at NeighborWorks.

"I'm Will Moller, one of the fine AmeriCorps Members working for the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods program.  I'm from Clarendon Hills, a western suburb of Chicago, though most recently I was living in Portland, OR.  I graduated from Principia College in Biology, B.S. and hope to attend graduate school at UNL next year studying sustainable agriculture.  I wanted to work for Americorps, and the SSN program specifically, because of the unique opportunity to directly serve and improve a community while utilizing my interest and background in science and environmental topics.  It's a wonderful feeling to be serving and actively participating within a community." Will

Will was located at Prescott Elementary.