VCSC Student Staff
Miguelina Ortiz Burgos '19, Service Corps ACCESS TO EDUCATION Program Coordinator
Hello there! My name is Miguelina and I am a third-year Lawrence student majoring in Anthropology. I was born in the Dominican Republic, but moved to New York City when I was 13 years old. In addition to coordinating the VITAL tutoring program, I tutor elementary students at the Appleton YMCA. I am very passionate about working with little kids and addressing issues concerning education, which is why I am so excited to work again for the Volunteer & Community Service Center as the Access to Education Program Coordinator this year. I am looking forward to working with everyone in the Lawrence community, and to inspire others about the importance of education and volunteering.
Weiqi Liang '19, Service Corps ELDER ADVOCACY Program Coordinator
Hello! My name is Weiqi (Pounced: “Vicky”), a junior, studying both Philosophy and Gender Studies. I was born in Guangdong, China. (So, I speak Cantonese!) However, I moved to San Francisco when I was 15. I love singing, listening music and watching dramas. I was raised by my grandparents, so I was passionate about working with elderly since high school. For this reason, I am so excited to work for the VCSC as the Elder Advocacy program coordinator this year. I am looking forward to make volunteering more accessible for everyone because I view volunteerism as a way to giving back to the community and collaborating altogether. Therefore, I am not only feeling reward from volunteering, but I can also make more friends.
Barbara Espinosa '20, Service Corps FAIR HOUSING & HUNGER Program Coordinator
Hi! My name is Barbara Espinosa. I'm from Quito, Ecuador and I plan to major in Anthropology. I am part of the Women's Soccer team and of the Student Ambassador Program. I love to play soccer, ride horses and read. I am excited to work with Lawrentians and the Appleton community!
Jordyn Plieseis'19, B.Y.E (Black Youth Empowerment) Coordinator
Hi! My name is Jordyn Plieseis, and I am the '17-'18 Black Youth Empowerment Program Coordinator for the VCSC. I am an anthropology major with a minor in gender studies from Milwaukee, WI. I am also on the premed track and participate the American Medical Student Association, CODA, GlobeMed, and more! I am so excited to work with the VCSC family this year, and I cannot wait to see what the year has to offer!
Hi! My name is Alexis. I am from right here in Appleton, Wisconsin. I am a Psychology major with an Art History minor. I am a member of the women's tennis team and apart of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In my free time you can find my reading a book by my favorite author Stephen King, cuddling my kitty Cole, on the courts or hiding in my room watching Netflix. During the summer I spend most of my time volunteering with several organizations including Camp Hope and Miracle League. I am so excited to be apart of the VCSC team. I look forward to helping students find fun, creative ways to get out and give back to the community.
Hi! My name is Sally, and I am from Skokie, Illinois. I am a senior here at Lawrence, majoring in Music Education and minoring in Ethnic Studies. I am the philanthropy chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the president of the ACDA chapter at Lawrence. I am also on the board for Deep Listeners of LU and the NAfME chapter at Lawrence, and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Mortar Board. My favorite season is Fall, and in my free time, I enjoy crafting, eating chocolate, and spending time with friends. I am so excited to be working at the VCSC again this year. I am passionate about social justice and volunteering, and I am excited to be part of a team of people who feel the same, and where I can push myself to learn more about social justice issues in the world and be active in our own community!
Allie Horton '19, Service Corps ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Program Coordinator
Hi! My name is Allie Horton and I'm from the tiny town of Dodgeville, WI. I'm a junior, majoring in general/choral music education. I'm involved in some awesome things on campus, including SLUG, ORC, intramural soccer, the LARY Buddy program, Deep Listening Club, and CORE. I'm also a member of Cantala and IGLU (Improvisation Group of LU) over in the conservatory. I love being in the sunshine, listening to good music, and saving worms who are stranded on the sidewalk. I'm looking forward to bringing amazing volunteer opportunities to Lawrentians as the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator!.
Claudia Loza '18, Service Corps DIVERSITY & INCLUSION Program Coordinator & O.L.A.S (Organization of Latin American Students) Coordinator
Hello! My name is Claudia Loza and I am currently a sophomore at Lawrence University. I am a neuroscience major with a premed focus and am from Chicago, Illinois. Some of my favorite things to do include reading, creative writing, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends! I am currently involved with a couple of organizations on campus which include Alianza and CODA.
Sam Taylor '19, Service Corps ACCESS TO THE ARTS Program Coordinator
Hello there! My name is Sam Taylor, and I couldn't be more excited to join the VCSC Team! I'm from Monona, WI (Madison area). While I'm currently undecided as to what my major will be, I am thoroughly involved with different groups and programs around campus. I participate in several ensembles at the Conservatory, including the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Combo (where I play bass). Some of my favorite hobbies include tap dancing, tennis, and eating corn dogs. I look forward to promoting volunteer work through the arts and to collaborating with students and Appletonians to build a more unified community.
Hi my name is Samuel Parkhurst. I am a sophomore from St. Paul, Minnesota and I plan to major in Computer Science and Chinese. I am a member of the Men's Soccer team and of Sigma Phi Epsilon. I like to play soccer and read. I am looking forward to working as an office manager next year!
Michael Thao '18, H.Y.P.E (Hmong Youth Pride and Empowerment) Coordinator
Hello! My name is Michael Thao. I am a Biology Major and am from Crystal, Minnesota. I take part in organizations such as PAO and CODA and I am a student worker in the Diversity Center on campus. I am also the new coordinator of the youth group called Hmong Youth Pride and Empowerment (HYPE). The youth group is programmed in a local school near campus and revolves around volunteers and teens from the school using their time to have conversations and partake in activities on Hmong Culture, education and empowerment of Hmong youths. Some of the things I love to do are watching films, playing tennis and spending time with my family. I am enthusiastic about uniting Lawrence students with the other students in the community and hope to create a productive and warm setting for both groups to join.
Sophie Dion-Kirschner '20, Service Corps CHILD ADVOCACY Program Coordinator
Hello! My name is Sophie and I am thrilled to be a new member of the VCSC! Growing up I split time both on a small island in Washington State, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here on campus, I enjoy my research in the biology department, spending time with my LARY Buddy, going on adventures with my friends, and piratey things. My work in the VCSC will be as a mediator between Lawrence and the Appleton community, enhancing Child Advocacy, and coordinating LARY Buddies at Edison Elementary. Come find me if there’s anything I can do for you!