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Posted March 25, 2013 | comments Leave a comment

Karen Poff: Welcome Keith Maskell, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer

Keith Maskell

Keith Maskell joined Virginia Cooperative Extension on Feb. 18 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Shenandoah County. Maskell brings a wide range of professional experiences to his new role. He was born and raised in Alpena, Mich. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He majored in Personal Financial Planning and Economics.

Maskell started his own business when he was 12 years old. He has had many successful start-ups since. Keith has remained civic-oriented since high school. He has been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Youth Volunteer Corps, Habitat for Humanity, and the Alternative Spring Break programs. He also likes to be active in church and governmental matters.

When he isn't working to save the world, Maskell spends his time playing his guitar, listening to old jazz and blues records, and reading up on philosophy and world history. He also likes to be outdoors fishing, hiking, and camping. He enjoys running cross country and watching Red Wings hockey.

Maskell is to serve in Shenandoah County for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. He will be responsible for organizing the Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program. The program will provide financial management education to area residents through trained volunteers. After his service, he plans to go to graduate school to study nonprofit management, public policy, and finance.

Maskell looks forward to serving Shenandoah County and Extension. He has "hit the ground running," updating curriculum and writing grant proposals. He looks forward to fully adsorbing everything the Northern Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Please join me in welcoming him into our community.

You can reach him by calling the VCE-Shenandoah County office at 540-459-6140 or by sending an e-mail to nsvfep@gmail.com.

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