Meet GCN’s New Americorps VISTA Members

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


(Front row, left to right): Courtney Grippe, Nicole Morado, Alexis Benton, Anita James and Yasmine Horton. 
(Back row, left to right): Trevor Cason, Dwight Helton, Didi Henry, Malcolm Perry and Dan Watson

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

Alexis Benton

Technology & Data Coordinator

Born and raised in Greensboro, NC. Attended Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC, and obtained a Bachelor in Management Information Systems (MIS) with a minor in Accounting.

Fun Fact: I really love to sing, but my singing is horrible!

Trevor Cason

Special Projects & Research Coordinator

Albany State University graduate and currently obtaining a Master in Public Administration at Georgia State University. Enjoys working within the Metropolitan community and aspires to work in public service.

Fun Fact: Loves swimming in waters that are free of animals that can eat him.

Courtney Grippe

Development Coordinator

Born in Buffalo, NY, and raised in Gwinnett County. Graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.

Fun fact: I am currently training for my first half marathon!

Dwight Helton

Special Projects Coordinator

A 2008 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College and Phi Beta Kappa member-in-course with a Bachelor in Political Science. Aspiration is to be an instrument for creative and impactful service to my community, nation and world.

Fun Fact: Secret old school late 1980s wrestling fan with Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage being my favorites.

Didi Henry

Georgia Gives Coordinator

Native of Metro Atlanta and a UGA Grad with a Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communications. Currently seeking a Master in Internet Marketing

Fun Fact: An avid CrossFitter. Her mother cleverly named her after herself, but backwards (Didi’s name: Derdlim, her mother’s: Mildred).

Yasmine Horton

Opportunity Knocks Coordinator

Life-long learner, Yasmine is a recent public relations graduate from Georgia Southern University. She's constantly trying to find new avenues to build relationships, whether it’s manipulating 140 characters or evoking emotions through a really good story. As the Marketing Coordinator for Opportunity Knocks, she's excited about connecting people with jobs that change the world.

Fun fact: An avid Googler that boasts at least 10 tabs open at once.

Anita James, MSW

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Born in Brooklyn, NY. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing and Social Administration.

Fun Fact: Swam with the dolphins last summer in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Nicole Morado

Consulting Coordinator

Recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Economics from Georgia Tech.  Really excited to help GCN enhance their consulting services and help nonprofits grow in reach and service. 

Fun Fact: Huge Kung Fu fan and love all Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies.

Malcolm Perry

Development Coordinator

Originally born in San Diego, CA, and raised in Atlanta, GA. Malcolm recently graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in Psychology.

Fun Fact: An avid Alabama Crimson Tide fanatic and a part time Director. 

Dan Watson

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Dan is a Midwesterner who is still not quite sure how he ended up in the South. After graduating with a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa, he spent a few years working in the publishing industry in Charleston, SC.

Fun Fact: The only thing he really needs to be happy is a nice pair of slacks. 

Anita James is Communications Coordinator at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits 

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