Kiersten serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and works with MCAN to bridge the communication gaps between Michigan high school students and colleges that have formed as a result of COVID-19. Prior to joining MCAN, Kiersten worked as a full-time camp counselor in rural Arizona where she gained invaluable experience working with disadvantaged children ages 7-13. She also completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Denver. During that time, she served in the Denver Public School District as a high school student success coach. Her interest in education shifted from direct interventions in secondary school to the macro, systemic, aspects of higher education.
Kiersten graduated from Spring Arbor University with a bachelor's degree in psychology in the fall of 2018. Her mother has been a high school teacher for 26 years and instilled the value of education within her from a very early age. Kiersten will always fight for is the opportunity for students to experience new places and cultures, as she believes it humanizes that which might be negatively labeled "other." While attending SAU she participated in a three-week cross-cultural experience to Zambia, and studied abroad in Guatemala for a full semester. Those out-of-the-classroom learning experiences had a huge impact on how she views the world and those around her.
Outside of her service with MCAN, Kiersten loves to read and rave about her favorite books on social media. She also can be found snuggling her 12-pound cat, Carley.