Coordinator of the Month: Autumn Yoder
Name: Autumn Yoder
Hometown: Somerset, PA
College Attended / Major: Guilford College / BA in Sociology-Anthropology / BA in Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently Getting Master’s Degree at Maryland University of Integrative Health / MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health with a concentration in Community Nutrition Education
HealthCorps School Placement/State/City: Ada High School/Ada/OK
Fun Fact: I am getting hitched on April 21st! #BensonBound
HC: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
AY: When I was in AmeriCorps in California, I discovered HealthCorps online and loved it instantly! I am very passionate about nutrition and fitness and wanted to share that passion. I attended the Sacramento Highway to Health event in 2014 and got to talk to Olympia about the program. I fell in love with it even more, but had to wait a year to apply. So glad I did!
HC: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
AY: Building relationships and mentoring the students! It has been so much fun watching my all-star students grow and try new healthy foods and exercise.
HC: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities in which you are involved?
AY: Grad school takes up a lot of my time but I am also involved in a women’s bible study, training for a half-marathon/doing CrossFit, wedding planning, and getting to the great outdoors when I can.
HC: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
AY: I will most likely be a nutrition coach for the Chickasaw Nation (recently had my interview!) for a few years. Ultimately my fiancé and I want to own our own gym with crossfit, a running club, a coffee shop with nutrition/fitness coaching, yoga, meditation, and other mental health counseling/services. I would also love to have my own community garden and farm-to-table restaurant. Lots of career goals!
HC: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
AY: That I have more patience, flexibility, and resilience than I have ever imagined. I have also learned first hand that God places you exactly where you need to be to find the love and support you deserve. My time in Ada has brought me an amazing group of friends and new family.
We want to thank Autumn Yoder for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.