2016-2017 Members

Ellen Chaleff Web

EJ Chaleff & Fred

Literacy Programs

EJ grew up on Long Island and graduated from Division Avenue High School.  She came to South Bend to attend the University of Notre Dame, and graduated with a degree in anthropology and minors in poverty studies and gender studies.  She previously served at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, and is serving the year through the Litcorps program, teaching after school at Harrison Primary Center and Wilson Primary Center.  After Americorps, she hopes to get her teaching license and find a way to combine her loves of education and social services.

Fred the service dog was adopted by EJ on October 31, 2014.  He was the first mental illness service dog on Notre Dame's campus, and serves as the resident Ameridog at the Robinson Center.





Abby Demars Web

Abby DeMars

Community Volunteer Coordinator
Boys & Girls Club

Abby engages with schools and companies in the the Mishawaka/South Bend communities to increase community involvement at the Boys & Girls Club. Originally from South Bend, she is also a recent graduate of Notre Dame in Political Science and Theology and is enjoying getting to know the culture, student groups, and local organizations in the area more. This year of service with AmeriCorps is giving her extensive experience with children and in the education system and she plans to become certified to teach secondary education after she finishes. 





Aurelie Delavignette Web

Aurelie Delavignette

Program Coordinator
Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture

This is my second year as an AmeriCorps member, and I'm very excited to work with the students and staff at the NDCAC.  Another highlight will be getting to spend the year under the guidance of Andy Kostielney, who is simply remarkable.




Alex Garner Web

Alex Garner

Assistant Program Director
Youth Development Programs






Abby Johnson Web

Abby Johnson

Deputy Director
Take Ten Programs






Elliot Lorenc Web

Elliot Lorenc

Shakespeare Programs


Sheila McCarthy
Program Coordinator
Westfield Initiative

Lauren Morisseau Web

Lauren Morisseau

ENL Preschool Coordinator
Literacy Programs

Lauren Morisseau serves in the English as a New Language Preschool as a full-time service member. She graduated from Notre Dame in 2015 with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Peace and Gender studies. Shortly after, she moved to Nashville where she worked as an adult educator and after-school program tutor at a refugee services agency. She is grateful to have the opportunity to be back in South Bend this year serving the city she loves. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cooking, community gardening, and knitting scarves for her friends.