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AmeriCorps VISTA Profile: Marissa Mark
Marissa Mark and Sarah Bates

Yamhill County Medical Reserve Corps members are getting to know their new AmeriCorps VISTA member.  Marissa Mark began her year of national service as the AmeriCorps VISTA working on Yamhill County’s Medical Reserve Corps and public health accreditation process.  She is one of 24 VISTAs -- or Volunteers in Service to America -- that the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division places around Oregon.                                              

Here is more about Marissa Mark in her own words:

What did you do before this?

I graduated from Linfield College with a degree in health education in 2012.

What has pleasantly surprised you in your new position?

I really enjoy the people I work with and the volunteers that I coordinate. Since I am so young, it is really interesting to get the perspectives of others.

What do you see as the point of an AmeriCorps VISTA year of service, for you and for others?

For me it’s really about the big picture. Most of what I do is kind of behind-the-scenes work that in turn will help the general public out in the long run. Although I don’t do a lot of direct service, my job is important so that others can help directly.

What is an accomplishment so far that you’d like to share?

I have already increased membership of our MRC unit by ten percent. 

What would a successful year on your position look like?  What do you hope to achieve?

I hope to end my VISTA year with a (mostly) self-sustaining MRC unit that is able to recruit, train, and prepare on its own.

Any thoughts or inspiration about what you want to do next after your VISTA year?

My plan for next year is to go to grad school.  I am currently studying to take the GRE and plan to apply to Oregon State University to start earning my MPH in the fall of 2013.

On a personal note, what was your best vacation ever?

Not exactly a vacation, but I got to go to Germany and Belgium with my school to study beer.

What was the last book you read? 

The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

Last, what is your favorite movie? 

10 Things I Hate about You.

Contact information:

Yamhill County MRC members can reach Marissa Mark at:


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