Meet GCN’s New AmeriCorps VISTA Members

For 20 years, AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members have been dedicating their lives to fighting poverty across the United States. GCN has a unique opportunity to utilize this vibrant group of professionals to strengthen organizational capacity and better serve Georgia’s nonprofits. 

                    (Left to right): Malika Whitley, Averri Liggins, Kimyetta Hayden and Taylor Northern 

These new AmeriCorps VISTA staff members will be with GCN from November 2013-November 2014. Read more about their background (and fun facts) below!

Malika Whitley

Membership Coordinator

Malika is a graduate of Oglethorpe University with a B.A. in International Communications, Cultural Relations and Social Economics. She loves to travel and has acquired professional work experience in 8 different countries within the social enterprise sector. Malika looks forward to furthering her skillset and knowledge to make a positive and ongoing impact on communities.

Fun Fact: Malika is the founder of ChopArt, a volunteer-run arts nonprofit for homeless youth


Averri Liggins

Membership Coordinator

In May, Averri graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelors of Arts & Sciences in Political Science. She is so excited to join the AmeriCorps VISTA program here at GCN and looks forward to a successful year.

Fun Fact: After hours, you usually can find her participating in beauty pageants, designing websites/flyers, volunteering, or sleeping.


Kimyetta Hayden

Marketing Coordinator

Kimyetta is a graduate student at Marist College studying Organizational Leadership and Communication. Her background includes marketing and advertising. She's been married for 13 years and has three children.

Fun Fact: Kimyetta Loves Fantasy Football!


Taylor Northern

Consulting Coordinator

Though Taylor is new to GCN, this is his second term with the AmeriCorps VISTA program. He served his first term with Habitat for Humanity International in the global programs department. Taylor graduated from University of Georgia with a Bachelors in International Affairs. 

Fun Fact: Taylor can play four different instruments (and is looking to learn a fifth!).


Anita James is a Communications Coordinator at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits 

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