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Meet the VISION Staff

Becca Timmermans, Program Coordinator Becca T.

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Where I call home: Ypsilanti, although, I did most of my growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Major/Class Standing:  My undergraduate degree is in social work (and a gender studies minor) and I have a master's in social work degree with a focus in community organizing and children, youth and families.

Why VISION: I have been the coordinator for the VISION Volunteer Center since November 2014 and I love this work. It is such an honor to work with both students and communities. Our students have such wonderful things to offer the community and the community has such wonderful things to offer our students. As we engage in the community we must be having conversations about listening to the community, diversity, privilege, -isms, social justice, etc. Being a part of diversity and community involvement helps us to have the tools, language, and resources to have those conversations within the work of community engagement. Did I mention that we have amazing students and an amazing community? We have amazing students and an amazing community.

Tyler Dotson, Office ManagerTyler

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Where I call home: Cleveland, OH

Major/Class Standing: Neuroscience, sophomore

Why VISION: I chose VISION because I wanted to play a key role in the volunteer opportunities that take place on and off campus and I also love being involved with the community I am in.



Tylermarie Russell, ASB Coordinator and BSW Intern                                                                                                                                 tylermarie

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Where I call home: Ypsilanti

Major/class standing: I am a social work major, and I'm minoring in Literature. I am a senior, graduating in April!

Why VISION: I choose to continue working with VISION because I love what VISION does--not only for Eastern, but for Ypsilanti, too. I love that community is at the heart of VISION. I also love the Alternative Breaks movement, and being able to continually be a part of that has been so rewarding.


Sarah Lemke, Alternative Weekends and Community Conversations Coordinator                                                                            Sarah

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Where I call home: I'm originally from Renton, WA but I love my new home in Ypsi.

Major/Class :OT-intent/Junior

Why VISION: I love Ypsi and over the past few years VISION has given me the opportunity to engage in our community as well as others. It's one of the big reasons I was able to make Ypsi one of my homes and it continues to give me opportunities to learn and grow.

Xochitl M. Calix, VISION Graduate Assistant X

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Where I call home: Southwest Detroit, Michigan

Major/Class Standing: Educational Leadership: HESA, 1st year Graduate student.

Why VISION: I chose to go for the VISION graduate assistant position because my values and commitment to social justice align with VISION's mission and demonstrate it through our programs and opportunities for students to be active in our communities. I am completing the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master of Arts Program (HESA) and have an invested effort in VISION and scale programs, like the Alternative Breaks program we organize, that support and guide others to share and build intergenerational and inclusive communities to drive positive change and create lasting results for all levels of our society. 

Tasia Heintzelman, Alernative Weekends and Community Conversations Coordinator Tasia

Pronouns: She/Her/Her

Where I call home: Kalamazoo, Michigan/Ypsilanti, Michigan

Major/Class standing: Interdisciplinary Environmental Science and Society. Senior

Why VISION: I chose to apply for VISION because I believe that students should be engaged in the communities that they are going to school in. While in VISION I have taken part in a lot of conversations and activities that have allowed me to grow as a student, a person, and as an active citizen.  

Michael Rafo, Major Projects and Pen Pals CoordinatorMR

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Where I call home: Ypsilanti, Michigan

Major/Class standing: Sociology, Junior

Why VISION: I chose to work in VISION because it gives me the opportunity to give back to the community that I call home. It also gives me the opportunity to help my fellow students engage in quality community service  while at the same time growing as individuals.



The VISION Volunteer Center is part of Diversity & Community Involvement