About Us

Children And Youth VISTA Project

Project Beginning

In 2003, the Lake Effect Leaders project began as The Children & Youth AmeriCorps VISTA Project of Northwestern Pennsylvania. As a collaborative effort of Allegheny College, Edinboro University, Gannon University and Mercyhurst college, the project was built to serve nonprofit agencies addressing the needs of under-served children and youth living in Erie and Crawford counties. Three years later, the project transformed into The Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA project in 2006.

Project Now: Current Cohort 2018

Project Now

Today, the Lake Effect Leaders is a multi-county intermediary AmeriCorps VISTA Program Grant that serves as a pipeline for nonprofit leadership development. Led by a partnership consisting of Allegheny College, Gannon University, and Mercyhurst University, the program professionally equips VISTA members to serve critical capacity-building functions in nonprofit organizations in order to eliminate poverty. 22 VISTA members are currently serving with the project. 

Lake Effect Leaders Pennsylvania

Project Future

Lake Effect Leaders strives to build the next generation of nonprofit leaders for Northwestern Pennsylvania by harnessing the skills and passions of recent college graduates, as well as training and mentoring in best practices of nonprofit management. 

Lake Effect Leadership

Project Director

Gabrielle Bradshaw

Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA Project Director

Coordinating Commitee

Colin Hurley

Director of Community Engagement at Mercyhurst University

Coordinating Committee Member

Coordinating Committee

Erika Ramalho

Director of Community and Government Relations at Gannon University

Coordinating Committee Member

Coordinating Commitee

Dave Roncolato

Director of Civic Engagement at Allegheny College

Coordinating Committee Member

Program Officer

Taryn Vanaskie

Program Officer

Corporation for National and Community Service/PA State Office: Philadelphia

State Program Director

Bernard Brown

State Program Director

Corporation for National and Community Service/PA State Office: Philadelphia