Service Corps

Service Corps members provide math tutoring and drug abuse prevention education using the “Too Good for Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10” wellness curricula to elementary school students. Service Corps members also serve as sponsors for anti-drug UNITE Clubs and recruit volunteers for school-based prevention programs.
A National Model
In October 2012, the UNITE Service Corps initiative was heralded “as a model to other rural counties across the country” by Wendy Spencer, executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which directs the AmeriCorps initiative across the United States.

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2016-17 UNITE Service Corps Members

UNITE will employ 54 full-time AmeriCorps members at 53 schools in 17 school districts in 14 counties during the 2016-17 school year.

School System Member School Served

Bell Co. americorps_mug_placeholder-web  Vacant Bell School Center
  warren_matthew-web  Matthew Warren Yellow Creek Elementary

Carter Co. baier_cassie-web  Cassie Baier Heritage Elementary
  logsdon_ann-web  Ann Logsdon Olive Hill Elementary
  greene_courtney-web  Courtney Greene Tygart Creek Elementary
  bonnette_kelli-web  Kelli Bonnette Prichard Elementary

East Bernstadt Ind. couch_tessa-web  Tessa Couch East Bernstadt Elementary

Harlan Co. bush_mary-web  Mary Bush Black Mountain Elementary
  caldwell_zack-web  Zack Caldwell Cawood Elementary
  gamboa_marilyn-web  Marilyn Gamboa James A. Cawood Elementary
  americorps_mug_placeholder-web  Vacant Cumberland Elementary
  freeman_april-web  April Freeman Evarts Elementary
  americorps_mug_placeholder-web  Caylee Johnson Rosspoint Elementary

Harlan Ind. freeman_chrissie-web  Chrissie Freeman Harlan Elementary

Jenkins Ind. newsome_devin-web  Devin Newsome Jenkins Elementary

Johnson Co. vanhoose_kayla_moore-web  Kayla Moore Vanhoose Central Elementary
  moore_tanya-web  Tanya Moore Central Elementary (Meade)
  Ramey_Jodie  Jodie Ramey Flat Gap Elementary
  fannin_lakin-web  Lakin Fannin Highland Elementary
  chafins_james-web  James Chafins Porter Elementary
  burchett_jeff-web  Jeff Burchett W.R. Castle Elementary

Laurel Co. mcwhorter_cali-web  Callie McWhorter Camp Ground Elementary
  napier_emily-web  Emily Napier Hunter Hills Elementary

Leslie Co. melton_crystal-web  Crystal Melton Hayes Lewis Elementary
  ritterholz_amy-web  Amy Ritterholz Mountain View Elementary
  shell_britany-web  Brittany Shell Stinnett Elementary
  woods_oma-web  Oma Woods W.B. Muncy Elementary

Letcher Co. dixon_carrie-web  Carrie Dixon Cowan Elementary
  breeding_brittany-web  Brittany Breeding Letcher Elementary
  williams_shellie-web  Shellie Williams West Whitesburg Elementary

Lincoln Co. steberl_kathy-web  Kathy Steberl Waynesburg Elementary

Morgan Co. engle_christina-web  Christina Engle East Valley Elementary
  mays_sara-web  Sara Mays Wrigley Elementary

Perry Co. eldridge_kelsi-web  Kelsi Eldridge A.B. Combs Elementary
  combs_tiffany-web  Tiffany Combs R.W. Combs Elementary

Pike Co. scaggs_jessica-web  Jessica Scaggs Bevins Elementary
  bryant_karen-web  Karen Bryant Dorton Elementary
  fields_jerry-web  Jerry Fields Elkhorn City Elementary
  hunt_clarence-web  Clarence Hunt Feds Creek Elementary
  robinson_georgetta-web  Georgetta Robinson Johns Creek Elementary
  may_keith-web  Keith May Millard Elementary
  miller_susie-web  Susie Miller Mullins Elementary
  wagner_marsha-web  Marsha Wagner Phelps Elementary
  hackney_amanda-web  Amanda Hackney Southside Elementary
  stewart_rebecca-web  Rebecca Stewart Valley Elementary

Pulaski Co. hubbard_sheranda-web  Sheranda Hubbard Burnside Elementary
  thomas_lori-web  Lori Thomas Nancy Elementary
  addington_holly-web  Holly Addington Pulaski Elementary

Rockcastle Co. americorps_mug_placeholder-web  Vacant Brodhead Elementary
  smith_nacole-web  Nacole Smith Mt. Vernon Elementary
  burton_lauren-web  Lauren Burton Roundstone Elementary

Wolfe Co. usher_stacy-web  Stacy Usher Campton Elementary
  terrill_kayla-web  Kayla Terrill Red River Valley Elementary
  americorps_mug_placeholder-web  Vacant Rogers Elementary


Making A Difference

Americorps UNITE employed 44 full-time AmeriCorps members for the 2015-16 school yearas part of its UNITE Service Corps (USC) initiative. These members recorded the following statistics:

  • 1,573 students were tutored in mathematics. Math test scores for these students showed an average growth of 30.2% in math knowledge.
  • 3,378 students were taught the “Too Good For Drugs” and “Healthy Futures/Take 10!” curricula. Test scores for these students showed an average growth of 35% in drug education and healthy decision-making knowledge.
  • 8,240 adult volunteers were recruited for school-related activities. These individuals contributed 25,353 volunteer service hours.
  • 6,676 students were were mentored by Service Corps members.
  • All of the Service Corps members were state certified in disaster and emergency response by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, enabling them to become leaders on local disaster response teams when the need arises.
  • Members sponsored or co-sponsored 53 UNITE Clubs at their schools with 4,353 registered student members.
Members of the 2016-17 UNITE Service Corps attended an orientation in Pikeville on September 6, 2016.

Members of the 2016-17 UNITE Service Corps attended an orientation in Pikeville on September 6, 2016.

In the News

  • Training on the “Too Good For Drugs” curriculum used by UNITE Service Corps members was conducted by the Mendez Foundation View photos. 10-26-16
  • UNITE Service Corps members for the 2016-17 school year attended orientation in Pikeville on September 6, 2016, and in London on October 18, 2016. View photos. 10-18-16
  • UNITE Service Corps presents “Above and Beyond” awards during a 2015-16 year-end celebration held June 9, 2016, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Read story and View photos. 6-9-16
  • UNITE Service Corps receives funding for 44 AmeriCorps members in 2015-16 school year. Read story.
  • The UNITE Service Corps held a 2014-15 year-end celebration at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg on June 4, 2015. View photos. 6-4-16
  • USC members attend AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary conference. Read story and View photos 9-12-14
  • Service, accomplishments recognized at year-end celebration. Read story and View photos 5-27-14
  • The UNITE Service Corps has received funding for 44 AmeriCorps members for the 2014-15 school year as part of its UNITE Service Corps (USC) initiative. Read story. 5-5-14
  • UNITE Service Corps expected to set record with holiday food drive collections. Read story 11-7-13
  • Wolfe County “Stuff The Bus” food drive results in largest donation ever to food pantry. View the WYMT news story. 10-29-13
  • In May 2012, the UNITE Service Corps initiative was honored for the second time in two years with the “Governor’s Citation” for its excellent leadership and service by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Read story about the Governor’s Citation.
  • View photos from the year-end celebration conducted May 23, 2013, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Read story about that event.


Learn more

For information about the UNITE Service Corps contact:
kincer_melinda_2015_web  Melinda Kincer at or 386-9077.
little_marionette-web  Marionette Little at or 865-387-5341.
trusty_debbie-2014-web  Debbie Trusty at or 606-889-0422.