Neighbors: Waverly native finds niche with Junior Achievement – Elmira Star

Waverly native and 2011 Misericordia University graduate Rianna Carlisle found a career that combined her passion for education with her love of nonprofit organizations when she became program manager for Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“Junior Achievement was the best of both worlds for me — nonprofit and education,” she said.

“I knew from my first interview with the organization and my first tour of the facility that this is where I want to be.”

As program manager, Rianna oversees and implements in-class programs across Junior Achievement’s service region and helps develop simulated communities that teach students a range of financial issues, from personal to business to community.

She’s also responsible for recruiting and training volunteers and teaching through experiential learning.

“(Junior Achievement) needed someone that was capable of teaching K-12, and my Misericordia education was the perfect fit because I took courses in elementary education as well as secondary education,” Rianna said.

“It definitely helps me communicate with administrators, educators and the business community because I understand and relate to the needs of many of my constituents and many students.”

Rianna, 24, graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2009. She chose to continue her education at Misericordia, in nearby Dallas, based on the reputation of its educational programs.

“Most importantly, I knew Misericordia was a small school dedicated to their students and their community,” said Rianna, now a Kingston resident.

She loves her new job and said, “It feels good to know that I’m making a difference in the community and helping volunteers and students become better individuals. It’s extremely rewarding.”

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