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Meet the CPDC ServiceWorks Team

Introducing the five dynamic young women—all with a passion for service and community-building—who are CPDC’s ServiceWorks VISTA team! Between now and July 2016, the team will deliver a youth service and employability training program that will provide professional development, networking, and project management skills for young adults residing in CPDC’s Washington DC area communities.

Khadija_CPDCKhadija Carr hails from Silver Spring, Maryland and has called it home for all of her life.  She is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology. In college, Khadija was very active in service and leadership as a Community Senate Secretary, Resident Advisor, and Multicultural Leadership Scholar.  In addition, as a Principled Problem Solving Scholar, she gained a keen understanding about the connection between business and crafting social good. As a ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTA, she looks forward to leveraging her passion for equity and inclusion to create meaningful ways to engage youth.



Sarah_CPDCSarah Klotz, a native of the DC area, is a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Hispanic and Cultural Studies.  Prior to her VISTA term she studied social movements and development in Argentina and Colombia. She went on to work in outreach and communications with SIT Study Abroad and the Latin American Youth Center and provided visual media production support at the Center for Law and Social Policy in DC.  Sarah enjoys the craft arts, especially ceramics, video production, and jumping around outside.



Terrica_CPDCTerrica Mitchell, originally from Tampa, FL, is a recent graduate of Mary Baldwin University (Staunton, VA) with a B.A. in Political Science.  In college she served as an active leader in numerous organizations including:  Black Student Alliance, Minority Clubs United, Ida B. Wells Society and was a “Big Sista” in the Ubuntu Mentoring program.  Along with her various campus roles, she worked in the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Inclusive Excellence. As a ‘Boldy Baldwin’ woman, Terrica dares to be intentional and dedicated to civic engagement and seeks out opportunities to give back to communities.


Katharine_CPDCKatie O’Marra is a native New Yorker and recent graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx, where she studied International Political Economy, Sociology, and Arabic. She brings to ServiceWorks a passion for building strong communities in service—a mission fortified during her years as an executive board member and team leader for Global Outreach service projects. These interests were further realized during Katie’s six month journey in Amman, Jordan where she worked with an NGO to bring sports camp to girls taking refuge in Jordan from their homelands of Syria, Palestine, and Iraq. Katie hopes to continue creating intentional and safe communities for young people of all backgrounds in her work as a ServiceWorks VISTA at CPDC.


Marisa_CPDCMarisa Strothenke, born and raised in Wauwatosa, WI, is optimistic, nature-loving, and a recent graduate of St. Norbert College with a BA in Psychology. On campus, Marisa held leadership roles in many student organizations, coordinated campus events, planned service opportunities for students, led and participated in various alternative break trips, and worked as a Project and Marketing Coordinator in her college’s Community Service and Learning office. She is excited to be serving with CPDC as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and aims to gain skills and confidence to take the next step in her professional career. Marisa hopes to work in the non-profit field and have the opportunity to continue to create positive change within her community.


For the latest from our CPDC ServiceWorks team, be sure to join us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CPDCorg  and stay tuned to the blog!

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