AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA members — Volunteers in Service to America — give their time and talent to community organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty.

IAFCC VISTAs serve in a variety of roles at their clinics, and complete special projects to help support the IAFCC’s mission of improving access to quality healthcare for low-income individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.

VISTA members may also receive many benefits, including a living allowance, relocation allowance, healthcare reimbursement, education award and more. Click here to read more about the benefits of becoming a VISTA.

Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA here.

Meet our 2021-2022 VISTA Members!

Caitlin Bratland

Clinic: Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Position: VISTA Leader

In August 2020, my time as a Marketing and Fund Development VISTA in Dallas came to an end. After moving back to Chicago, I began working on an MPA. As VISTA Leader, I hope to support IAFCC VISTA members in getting the most out of their service while they work towards completing their objectives. I had great VISTA leaders, and I am thrilled to have the chance to pay it forward. I enjoy fitness, podcasts, and listening to music. Looking forward to a year of service! 

Ariana Aloisio

Clinic: Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Position: VISTA Leader

Amidst all of the uncertainty that the pandemic brought, I received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Marquette University and continued to pursue my passion for health care and inherent motivation to cater to those in need. Through connecting with AmeriCorps and the Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics(WAFCC), I was immersed into the world of public health and was pushed to access skills and strengths that I will take with me through my career. Using the skills gained during my service year in Wisconsin, I plan to take these strengths and passions to my home state of Illinois to reach even more individuals who may struggle to access basic health care and needs. 

Anjali Patel

Clinic: Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Position: Substance Use and Behavioral Health Coordinator

 Hi! My name is Anjali and I am originally from Schaumburg, IL. I recently graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where I immersed myself in non-profit work that showed me how compassion and empowerment could build community resilience. I am passionate about improving health equity and ensuring that marginalized groups can receive affirmative care. I am excited to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the IAFCC office working to expand the Substance Use and Behavioral Health Project! Outside of this work, I enjoy reading, trying new foods, traveling to new places, and enjoying time in the sun!

Marissa Sorini

Clinic: Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Position: Data Collection and Fund Development VISTA

My name is Marissa Sorini. I recently graduated from DePauw University (2020). I majored in Classical Studies and minored in Latin. I will be doing Data Collection and Fund Development for IAFCC. In my free time I enjoy playing card games, working on puzzles, or watching comedy shows.

Eimi Percival

Clinic: Bolingbrook Christian Health Center
Position: Volunteer Management, Communications, and Data Management VISTA

Cate Ettinger

Clinic: CommunityHealth
Position: Education and Engagement VISTA

Cate Ettinger graduated from Northwestern University with her B.S. History and Social Policy in 2019. Originally from Sacramento, CA, she has worked at a number of nonprofits over the years, focusing on both education and refugee resettlement. She received a 2020 Fulbright grant to work as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia for 10 months. Her time teaching in a rural secondary school was cut short by evacuation due to COVID-19, and she returned to Chicago to pursue a service year through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She believes that healthcare is a fundamental human right, and is excited to work with the staff, providers, and volunteers at CommunityHealth to facilitate positive change.

Alisha Vohra

Clinic: DuPage Health Coalition
Position: Health Equity Outreach Coordinator

Alisha serves as the Health Equity Outreach Coordinator for the DuPage Health Coalition (DHC). Originally from Naperville, IL, she recently graduated from Northwestern University with her B.A. in Biological Sciences and Global Health Studies. While in college, she discovered her passion for global and public health and is very excited to help increase health equity and access in the community she calls home! Outside of work, you can find her baking, finding new places to satisfy her love for coffee or reading up on her next travel destination

Ashley Lederman

Clinic: The Loretto Hospital
Position: Community Outreach Coordinator and Medical Records VISTA

Ashley is the Community Outreach Coordinator and Medical Records VISTA at Loretto Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology through the University of Illinois-Springfield. She is passionate about increasing access to health care and improving health literacy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their dog, and two cats.

Adelaide Del Angel

Clinic: Old Irving Park Community Clinic
Position: Data, Social Media and Fund Development VISTA

My name is Adelaide Del Angel. I am originally from Chicago and currently live in Evanston. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I studied molecular and cellular biology pre-med with a minor is Spanish. I will be spending the next year with Old Irving Park Community Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. My role in the clinic is data, social media, and fund development through the lens of capacity building as a VISTA.

Alexa Beeson

Clinic: Rx Outreach
Position: Clinic Outreach Coordinator

I’m Alexa and I am the Clinic Outreach Coordinator for Rx Outreach in St. Louis, Missouri. I’m originally from Connecticut and just graduated from Washington University in St. Louis this past May with a Bachelor’s in Classics and Anthropology with a concentration in Global Health and the Environment. I am super passionate about health equity and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, has access to affordable medication, and I look forward to using that passion to create a sustainable and flexible marketing scheme in order to get more patients the medications they need to thrive. I love to cook, bike, and listen to audiobooks in my free time!