Lake Tahoe AmeriCorps program announces new director
Special to the Bonanza
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is pleased to announce Kelly Larson as Program Director of Parasol’s AmeriCorps Program.
Larson replaces Allison Eybel, who served as Program Director since 2008. Eybel is leaving Parasol to pursue her career in education.
Parasol’s AmeriCorps program, now in its 15th year, engages volunteers in direct service and capacity building to address unmet community needs.
The Parasol AmeriCorps program currently has 11 members serving in the areas of education, health, social services and environment.
As Program Director, Larson will continue to work with the individual team members and host sites to ensure compliance with all AmeriCorps grant requirements.
“My goal is to uphold the quality of Parasol’s innovative and award winning AmeriCorps program,” said Larson. “One of the first projects is to help evolve this year’s team service project aimed to fulfill a need in our community.”
Raised in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Larson has a love for the mountain lifestyle and feels right at home at Tahoe, where she has been working as a ski and snowboard instructor, watercraft inspector and in leadership capacities for youth.
Larson is a graduate of the University of Montana with a double major in Environmental Science and Communication Studies.
Upon graduating, she completed a term of service with AmeriCorps in the Campus Sustainability Office at Portland State University working on energy conservation programs for the PSU campus.
“We are very pleased to have Kelly leading our AmeriCorps Program,” said Claudia Andersen, Parasol CEO. “She will be able to mentor the current team and manage the team meetings, trainings and professional development as well as help with the community service project the team will begin planning in January.”
Jean Eick is the Communications Manager for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Visit Parasol.org to learn more.