The OAFC has VISTAs placed in clinics around the state as well as our main office. VISTA members assist clinics in fundraising, grant writing, volunteer recruitment, electronic medical record implementation, and community promotion. They are valuable assets, tackling projects that the clinic or association may not have time or resources for otherwise.
Meet our year-long members below!
Yearlong VISTA Members
Michael L. Paquet - Earth Angel Farm
Mike is a native of Northeast Ohio and is a rather non-traditional AmeriCorps VISTA member working with developmentally and physically disabled individuals at Earth Angel Farm in Trumbull County. He has taught classes on political science and urban studies at the University-level for some time and is interested in building and increasing capacity of beginning farmers through an initiative that promotes agricultural skills in at-risk populations.
Ryan Russell - OPEN M
Ryan is the AmeriCorps VISTA at OPEN M Clinic in Akron, Ohio. Born and raised in Akron, Ryan graduated from the University of Akron with a Biochemistry degree in December 2016 and is currently applying to medical school. As a VISTA at OPEN M Clinic, he is working to increase the capacity of the clinic to provide quality medical care for the uninsured. In his free time, Ryan enjoys weightlifting, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family.
Brian Cornwell - UHCAN
Brian Cornwell attended The University of Akron where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. During his time at The University of Akron, he interned in the Physical Anthropology lab at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He was lucky enough to learn what it was like working in a museum and how to handle and repair skeletal remains. He is excited to serve as a VISTA.
Abi Hubacher - Asian American Community Services
Abi Hubacher is from Columbus, Ohio. Born and was raised a buckeye. She attended the Ohio State University, majoring in Biochemistry with research distinction and minoring in Medical Humanities. She previously worked as a lab assistant at Battelle Memorial Institute and a private organic chemistry tutor at OSU. She is also an active volunteer at her church's youth group and worship band. She enjoy playing board games with friends and hiking in her free time.