Kristi Anne McKenzie, AmeriCorps Assist. (she/her)
I am a fifth generation Oregonian, born and raised in the southeast Portland metro area. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents as a child, absorbing their Depression-era habits and Scottish frugality, as well as a love of reading. As a first-generation college graduate, I appreciate how their modeled behaviors set the trajectory for my life.
I am an avid collector of life experiences and love discovering how a class I took or a part-time job I held have given me the skills or knowledge needed for a different application. For example, using the cooking skills I learned while working in a restaurant into the ability to prepare meals for the homeless, or changing my theatrical set-building knowledge into an opportunity to teach women how to safely use power tools while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. As the AmeriCorps Program Assistant, I hope to translate the skills I once used to assist soldiers in the Civil Affairs branch of the Army Reserves into support for JVC Northwest volunteers.
For the past six years, I have been a member of the Imago Dei Gospel Choir, an experience that has exposed me to many different service opportunities within, and the chance to learn from, the African-American community. When I am not singing, I can be found conducting genealogical research, studying Gaelic, working on my vintage Airstream, or playing with my dog, Joplin.