2015-2016 Members

Full Time Members


Omar Bell

Program Coordinator
Westville Initiative








Kristina Charleston

Assistant Program Director
Youth Development Programs


Liv Chen

Deputy Director
Take Ten Programs








Madeline Coneys

Community Volunteer Coordinator
Boys & Girls Clubs










Aurelie Delavignette

Program Coordinator
Advances Skills & Entrepreneurship









Lauren Haruno

Literacy Programs

Lauren graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2015 with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology.  She is excited to be back in the Bend even if it means another winter away from her sunny home state of Hawaii.  Lauren enjoys working in youth-based programs and over the years has enjoyed the experiences that keep her laughing, goofy, and on her toes. She relishes the opportunity to continue growing with young people at the RCLC. She's a lover of hula dancing and a cupcake enthusiast.  





Maya Hippensteel

Literacy Programs
Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

A native of North Manchester, Indiana, Maya grew up with her nose in a book and her feet on a stage, peddling a bicycle, or trekking through wilderness. After studying voice and linguistics during her college years at Bennington College in Vermont and Indiana University Bloomington in her home state and teaching high school English for a semester, Maya has delighted in melding her academic specialties and experience with her passion for service since 2014. Last year, she served as the full-time AmeriCorps member in the Shakespeare program, and although she dearly misses her wonderful Shakespearean actors/students, she is pleased to be a member of the LitCorps team this year.



Grace Lazarz

Shakespeare Programs

Grace graduated in May 2015 from DePauw University with degrees in English Literature and Theatre.  She has worked with youth and Shakespeare in several ways, such as directing three week Shakespeare intensives through the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, directing with and assistant managing DePauw's Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare, as well as working with Summer Shakespeare Ghana in Accra, Ghana.  She loves serving at the RCLC because of its tight-knit, collaborative environment, as well as the wonderful community members involved in the wide range of programming.



Emmeline Schwarz

Emmeline Schwarz

ELL Preschool Coordinator
Literacy Programs

Who am I? 24601!

Just kidding, I'm not Jean ValJean. My childhood was spent on the beaches and farms of Southwestern Michigan. After graduating from New Buffalo High School, I attended Western Michigan University, pursuing a dual major in Spanish and Anthropology. One of my favorite parts of being an AmeriCorps Member is singing and dancing with our children in the ENL Preschool. When not serving, you might spot me being a beach bum, baking, and obviously, singing Broadway show tunes.