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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.


Jaleah White, VISION Volunteer Center Graduate Assistant jaleah

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Where I call home:  Anywhere I am with my mom, dad, and sister (truly we could be anywhere)

Major/Class Standing: Accounting, Graduate Student

Why VISION:  I have always enjoyed doing service, and originally it was for selfish reasons. But when I found VISION I just couldn't leave. Where else would I go to become the most educated and prepared social justice warrior? VISION has developed me into an active citizen that is committed to equity in society and I couldn't imagine being anyone or anywhere else.


Tyler Dotson, Major Projects Coordinator tyler

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where I call home: Cleveland, OH

Major/Class Standing: Sociology and Philosophy, Junior

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. Working in VISION has allowed me to travel far and wide across and out of the country, learn about various social issues, and meet some amazing people along the way. 


Destiny Chatman, Pen Pals Coordinator & BSW Internreemphoto

Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Where I call home:  Detroit, MI 

Major/Class Standing:  Social Work, Senior 

Why VISION:  As part of the Bachelor's of Social Work program, I must complete 200 hours of field placement. Based on my application for field placement, it was decided that VISION Volunteer Center would be a good fit. After meeting with Becca and hearing the different opportunities and services that I would be able to administer to the community, I decided this was something I would like to be part of.


Reem Yassine, ASB Coordinatordestinyphoto

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where I call home: Northville, Michigan

Major/Class standing: Biology with minors in Chemistry & Psychology, Senior 

Why VISION:  VISION is a community that has provided me the resources to learn more about myself and my community.  I love being a part of the community involvement effort and have a passion for supporting minoritized groups. The VISION family has provided me many opportunities to move forward along the Active Citizen Continuum, to build connections with students from different lived experiences, and to expand on my leadership skills. After being involved as a Site Leader for two years, I chose to pay it forward and apply to work as a member of the VISION staff team.

Carter Smeader, AB Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator carter

Pronouns: he/him/his

Where I call home: Frankenmuth, Michigan

Major/Class standing: Arts & Entertainment Management with Minors in Marketing & Music

Why VISION:  I have always liked to get involved with the community and VISION has given me the opportunity to both give back to the community and the University. VISION has helped me grow as an individual and to gain more knowledge on social justice.

The VISION Volunteer Center is part of Diversity & Community Involvement