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Amy Ezhaya

SECond Mission AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Amy Ezhaya is our new SECond Mission AmeriCorps VISTA Leader. She is originally from Maine and joined AmeriCorps VISTA in 2013 as a member at the University of Maine, Orono. Her first project consisted of capacity building activities with the student veteran population at the University of Maine VETS Office (Veterans Education Transition Services). Now, in her second year with VISTA as a VISTA leader, Amy served 6 months with the Maine VISTA Project before transferring to her placement here in Denver.

Prior to her first year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA, Amy graduated from the University of Florida majoring in International Relations and continued on to receive her Master's in Education. She has taught a variety of students in numerous countries, including Thailand, China, India, and Morocco.

Amy is passionate about veteran’s affairs, specifically on programing that leads to student veteran success in higher education. Amy is eager to help develop the SECond Mission AmeriCorps VISTA project and lend her skills in assisting the new AmeriCorps VISTA members and supervisors.  Her goals include making this a successful year for the VISTAs at their various college campus placements and assisting the supervisors with understanding the AmeriCorps VISTA Project and all it can offer their programs.


This isn’t a story about war, about the wounds—both visible and invisible—that soldiers are left to carry after war, or the trauma that goes hand in hand with being a soldier.  You won’t find details of battle or unsettling imagery in this tale.  This story is about strength and determination beyond the experience of war; this story embodies the power of self-identity as a veteran.  It’s a story of integrating the person that you once were with the person you are now...