2018 Selma CNTR AmeriCorps VISTA's
Mary Carter is an AmeriCorps VISTA. she was born in Selma, AL on January 22 to Dianne and Charles Carter at 5:06 am at Vaughn Regional Medical Center. She is the sixth of seven children, 3 boys and 4 girls. When she was 4 years old her family and she moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. She stayed up north for about 3 years before coming back to Selma.
When she was 16 years old her interest of becoming a nurse started to take effect and she looked forward to making this dream come true. As she entered 11th grade at Dallas County High, she entered the medical program. During her 11th and 12th grade year, she was very motivated to make sure her grades were up to standard so that she could complete the class. In April of 2006, just a month before she was about to graduate high school she had taken her State test and passed it. She was a C.N.A!!
When she was 22, she had her first child. His name is Marquel. (now 8). She wanted to focus on her child at that time so when she was 23, she went back to college and obtained her Associates in Criminal Justice. When she was 28 she had her second child. Her name is Malaysia (now 18 months). Her children and her mother are the reason that she is who she is today. They bring her so much joy. She truly feels blessed!!
She has a few more things that she wants to accomplish in life before she turns a certain age, but she is a strong believer, and she knows that she can do all things through Christ that strengthens her!
Ursula De Ville is an AmeriCorps VISTA and a native of Selma. She decided to return home after serving eight years in the United States Navy. In 2014, she graduated from Faulkner University with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating, she was employed by Dallas County Court Services as both a case manager and a court liaison. She worked with Veteran, Adult, and Family Drug Courts.
It is her goal to receive a master’s in counseling to service veterans with PTSD, depression, and other mental health issues. Finally, she is the proud mother of six and an Ordained Evangelist of 17 years, which enables and propels her to serve.
Economic Development VISTA
Marla Moore is an AmeriCorps VISTA. She was born and raised in Selma, AL. She is the 4th child of 5 and the youngest girl of the bunch! Also, she is the mother of the most incredible 11-year-old boy that she knows. In addition to being a sister and a mother, she’s also a senior at Concordia College Alabama (Criminal Justice).
Recently, she served as an intern with the Connie Tucker Social Justice Internship program at the Selma Center for Nonviolence Truth and Reconciliation — this was a wonderful and full experience for her. She feels like she gained a wealth of knowledge about social justice, community, and made some awesome friends! Lastly, she’s excited about starting her first year as an AmeriCorps VISTA because she use to complain about what was wrong with her community instead of seeing what’s good in it and how she can be a part of making it better. So, when this opportunity became available she decided this was a chance to help and give a year of service to it. She is a level 1 Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Trainer.
Summer Sturdivant is an AmeriCorps VISTA and resident of the historic Selma, Al. She is a 21-year-old Psychology major aspiring to be a clinical therapist. Currently she attends Southern New Hampshire-Online. She is a graduate of Dallas County High School and is also the first student from her high school to receive her associate degree while still in high school from Wallace Community College-Selma. Summer is the co-founder of “Young, Black and Gifted” which focuses on keeping the youth involved in the community. Summer’s main focus for Selma is to “become ONE”. She believes in being the change you want to see.