Jacob Fortman

When did you serve as a CRC Intern?
2016-2017

Where are you now?
I currently live in Ann Arbor.

What are you doing? 
I am just about to start my MA at the University of Michigan.

How has your work with the CRC helped you in your current work or activities? 
CRC helped tremendously. I used many of my CRC activities in grad school applications.

What is your fondest memory of your work with the CRC?
My fondest memory is organizing a storytelling concert based around the true life experiences of refugees in America.

What CRC work was most meaningful to you?
The refugee storytelling concert was the most meaningful work for me. Also, organizing an Earth Day Music Festival was tons of fun as well.

What is one piece of advice you’d give future CRC Interns? 
My one piece of advice for future CRC interns is to take initiative and think outside the box.

What project, initiative or program would you like to see the CRC consider as an opportunity for the future?
I would love to see the CRC continue working with East Lansing Public Library. That's an awesome spot.



Ryan Martini

When did you serve as a CRC Intern?
2015-2016

Where are you now? 
Washington, DC

What are you doing? 
Policy Coordinator for the American Forest Foundation

How has your work with the CRC helped you in your current work or activities? 
The CRC taught me to collaborate with diverse groups of people, organizations and governments to make an impact throughout the community.

What is your fondest memory of your work with the CRC?
We put together a community music concert at the Bailey Pump House. Seeing all the students and kids enjoying the music on a snowy day was inspiring on artistic and community levels.

What CRC work was most meaningful to you?
I got to see how some people really care about their community – even the most minute details. It may seem as though they are nitpicking but some people really put in an effort to support perfection.  

What is one piece of advice you’d give future CRC Interns? 
Get your hours done early and meet as many people as possible.

What project, initiative or program would you like to see the CRC consider as an opportunity for the future?
Tree planting on campus and in the parks.


Payden Myers

When did you serve as a CRC Intern?
2015-2016, 2016-2017

Where are you now?
Now I work at Stryker, a medical device company.

What are you doing? 
I am a financial analysis in a 3 year rotational program traveling to different locations each year and being placed in a different area with finance.
 
How has your work with the CRC helped you in your current work or activities? 
Experience with communication, organization, and project management.

What is your fondest memory of your work with the CRC?
All of the weekly meetings describing our highs and lows for the week. Also the many events I got to be a part of with some really close friends of mine.

What CRC work was most meaningful to you?
Taste of East Lansing. This event brought hundreds of people together and really defines CRC if you ask me.

What is one piece of advice you’d give future CRC Interns? 
Get involved, don’t be afraid to engage, and stand out. 

What project, initiative or program would you like to see the CRC consider as an opportunity for the future?
I would like to see Taste of East Lansing back.

CRC Intern Alumni

Where Are They Now? 

Community Relations Coalition

The Community Relations Coalition is excited to share with you Where Are They Now featuring CRC Intern Alumni.


In this section, we will learn about the CRC's impact on Intern Alumni and their communities!


Kelsey Nuorala

When did you serve as a CRC Intern?
2016-2017

Where are you now?
Senior at MSU in the nursing program, so still in EL. 

What are you doing? 
Finishing my last semester before I move to Chicago to be a nurse at Northwestern Hospital. 

How has your work with the CRC helped you in your current work or activities? 
Just talking to people in the community and getting to know people from all different backgrounds has helped me because as a nurse I see people from every walk of life. It gave me a lot of communication skills that I can use in my career for years to come. 

What is your fondest memory of your work with the CRC?
I loved getting to know all the other interns, we had so much fun planning events together and hanging out at our weekly meetings. 

What CRC work was most meaningful to you?
Working with Prime Time senior center for the adopt-a-grandparent program was meaningful to me because it felt so personal and I could tell it was really making a difference to the community member we were partnered with. 

What is one piece of advice you’d give future CRC Interns? 
Get to know as many community members as you can! They can be an incredibly helpful resource for you either while you are an intern, or even after college. There are tons of connections to be made in the East Lansing area.

What project, initiative or program would you like to see the CRC consider as an opportunity for the future?
Maybe some more environmental-based events/programs. Our event last year on earth day would be awesome to expand. 


Christina Ignasia

When did you serve as a CRC Intern?
2014-2015, 2015-2016

Where are you now?
Detroit, Michigan

What are you doing? 
I am a transportation planner in Detroit at the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). I also am a candidate in the Masters of Urban Planning program at Wayne State University. 

How has your work with the CRC helped you in your current work or activities? 
The CRC helped me build on my communication skills- which is significant in every field of work! I also learned more about local government which is related to the work I do as an urban planner. 

What is your fondest memory of your work with the CRC?
I met some of my best life friends through the CRC that I am beyond thankful for. Good people who do good things.

One of my favorite memories through the CRC was the opportunity to meet Bryan Stevenson who is the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. This book created an environment in the City of East Lansing for a dialogue to be had regarding race and our criminal “justice” system.

Also, every ice-cream social!

What CRC work was most meaningful to you?
Having important and hard conversations with neighbors and peers. I use the phrase “We all live here” in many aspects of my life on a daily basis. Taking the time to understand the views and concerns of others makes a big impact in coming to resolutions.

What is one piece of advice you’d give future CRC Interns? 
Show up on time, be present!

What project, initiative or program would you like to see the CRC consider as an opportunity for the future?
I would like to see the issue of affordable housing in East Lansing be explored in the future.


Asmaa Walton

When did you serve as a CRC Intern?
2015-2016, 2016-2017

Where are you now?
I’m currently in New York.

What are you doing? 
I currently attend NYU and I’m getting a masters in Art Politics.

How has your work with the CRC helped you in your current work or activities? 
While working with the CRC, I was able to do work with kids which was great because my background is in arts education and because of the CRC, I found out about the EL Arts Commission and became the only student commissioner. That position has been a great addition to my resume and I made great connections from it. One of those connections even wrote me a letter of recommendation for NYU.

What is your fondest memory of your work with the CRC?
I really enjoyed my last Autumn Fest. The weather was amazing! But I also enjoyed the moments during orientation when we had our day of team building for both years. 

What CRC work was most meaningful to you?
I really enjoyed getting to know the permanent residents that lived in East Lansing. It was like seeing a part of East Lansing that I didn’t know was there.

What is one piece of advice you’d give future CRC Interns? 
Take advantage of the resources this position gives you. East Lansing has a lot to offer beyond Michigan State.

What project, initiative or program would you like to see the CRC consider as an opportunity for the future?
I am not sure what interns are doing this year but I know last year we talked a lot about eliminating door to door outreach because it didn’t seem effective.


Kelly Ronquist

When did you serve as a CRC Intern?
2015-2016, 2016-2017

Where are you now?
Denver, CO

What are you doing? 
Working for DaVita

How has your work with the CRC helped you in your current work or activities? 
I understand the importance of community relations in all businesses and organizations. I have become more eager to be involved in the community that I live in now and reach out to my new neighbors. 

What is your fondest memory of your work with the CRC?
My first year we had an end of the year dinner at my house and we all just had a blast and danced and sang songs. In addition, the homecoming parade my first year was so fun and we were screaming chants. We were all dressed as rock stars! 

What CRC work was most meaningful to you?
Participation in the Prime Time program outside of just tech hours. Going to some of their programming and hosting events with the members. 

What is one piece of advice you’d give future CRC Interns? 
Try to make the experience unique to you and if there is something that could be done a more efficient way then speak up and make it happen. CRC can get stuck in their ways. In addition, try to get the interns together outside of work time to go out and hang together. My first year we were a really tight group. Not so much my second year. 

What project, initiative or program would you like to see the CRC consider as an opportunity for the future?
Continue to put on events that will have an impact instead of putting on events just for the numbers or because it was done the year before.