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    #ChrisFitzgerald, #SiliconValley '97. Mac catches up with fellow '97 Alum, Chris Fitzgerald, as she shares her celebration about how the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center just secured affordable housing for their clients. She also talks about how she's continuing to work with Public Allies Alumni creating more accessibility for persons with disabilities. ( Click on her photo again to get to the audio!

    #ElvisThao, Milwaukee. Alisha Klapps catches with with Elvis Thao, who has just released a new album with his band, The Creatives. To hear the audio, click on Elvis' pic one more time.

    #TracyHrajnoha, Milwaukee. Our newest correspondent, Alisha Klapps Balistreri, catches up with Milwaukee Alum, Tracy Hrajnoha - who reflects on her celebrations as a youth advocate. Great to have Alisha join the Catching Up team to bring us Milwaukee stories!

    #KenyaCleveland, #DC '12. This is a very special edition of the pod, as this one features a call to action. Kenya Cleveland (DC '12) works with Beacon House in Ward 5 of Washington DC, and wants you to know about how great her organization is so that you'll come out and volunteer to tutor. So, DC'ers, I challenge you to answer the call and catch up with Kenya by contacting her at mailto:kcleveland... or 202-529-7376.

    #JulieMendez, #Maryland '10We're back after a month hiatus, catching up with inaugural Maryland Ally Alum, Julie Mendez, who now works with the Maryland Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism. Julie shares about how to find the celebration in the day to day, and how "Everyone Leads" factors into her work.

    David McCoy, Milwaukee '05. David has just been awarded the Alumni Leadership and Impact award by Public Allies New York this past year for his work with the Global Alliance for Community Development. ( David shared how Public Allies shaped his community development philosophy, and shouts out the Alum (and Staff) who have influenced him most. Click on this link to Catch Up -

    Brittany Coley, '10. The Pod is back, and this time we interview an Alum from the inaugural class of Public Allies Indianapolis. Brittany catches us up as she is a student ambassador for nontraditional students at Ivy Tech, and is starting to blog about her own leadership journey at Listen to the pod here -

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    Lina Fenequito, North Carolina '03. Lina talks about her design work with, and her Swap-O-Matic is a piece inspired by community and conscious consumption. (It was just featured on CNN - Lina also shouts out a fellow Carolina alumna, and answers the Alum-to-Alum question: "What's the future of Public Allies?" Listen here -

    Onleilove Alston, New York '05. Onleilove is currently working as an organizing associate at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and she updates us on her own mission. She also namechecks 4 PA Alumni, probably the most impressive shout-out session ever in the illustrious history of the 'pod. Catch up with Onleilove!

    Aquil Charlton, Chicago '01. Aquil fully celebrates his post-Public Allies life (which includes marriage, matriculation and his music with He also answers a tough Alum-2-Alum question: "If the world didn't need changing, then what would you be doing?"

    Scott James (Eagle Rock '07) is close to publishing his first novel, "Sidewalk Ritual" and he's doing it through kickstarter. scottandrewjames....

    Scott James, Eagle Rock '07. Scott celebrates with us his accomplishment of writing his first novel, "Sidewalk Ritual." ( During the "shout-out" section, Scott had forgot to acknowledge Eric Farmer, his Fellowship mentor and the officiant in his wedding. Click on the link to catch up with Scott --

    Christina Drushel, Maryland '10 & '11. We catch up with Christina, who is working to stamp out child hunger in Maryland by 2015.

    Christina Drushel, Maryland '11. Not an interview, but an article where she talks about she's working at the Maryland Governor's Office for Children.

    ...Gary Williams, Maryland '10. Catch up with Gary, who is now a senior program manager at Public Allies Maryland.

    ...Shipra Prakash, New York '09. Shipra celebrates a successful anti-bullying campaign, and jumps into a metaphorical time machine to give herself advice.

    ...Megan Anderson, Chicago '10. As the first Catching Up interview, Megan updates us on how she's continuing to ensure a diverse workforce, and gracefully handles our clumsy attempts at creating a new nickname for her job.

    ...Michael Harrington, Chicago, '11. Michael shares his passion for sustainability, as well as recalls his most intense team service project experience.

    ...Jerry Horton, New York '01. Jerry calls in from Phoenix, AZ and shares his update - making newcomers feel more connected to Phoenix, and the top 3 skills needed to mobilize communities.

    ...Katherine Jones, Connecticut '09. Catch up with Katherine, who is doing her darndest to save National Service as a Field Organizer.

    ...Yaniv Kleinman, Miami '11. Catch up with Yaniv, as he checks in from the south side of Chicago, working on his graduate degree in international development.

    ...Carson Henry, Delaware '06. Catch up with Carson who integrates the Asset-Based Community Development philosophy in all aspects of his work, as well as his definition of "recycling."

    ...Melia Dicker, Silicon Valley '04. Catch up with Melia as she reflects on starting a new nonprofit, and what core values resonate with her most today.

    Connecticut '11. Catch up with this rather new Alum, who shares her celebration of conducting her first professional mediation, and offers her opinion of what the world needs more of.