Beth Deroshia, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Beth Deroshia, a Georgia native, is the Americorps VISTA Leader for UGA's VISTA Network. She previously completed three years of VISTA service with Action Ministries, working on a variety of hunger relief programs.Beth has almost two decades of experience in non-profit, community, and government agencies, including The Boys & Girls Clubs, Athens Regional Library, and Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services. She graduated from UGA in 2000 with a degree in English Literature. Returning in 2013 after finding her passion in non-profit work, graduate study in the School of Social Work's Non-Profit Management and Leadership program seemed like the next logical step. Being illogical, she signed up for a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA and has found a passion in helping agencies identify partners and build capacity. Now in her fourth service term, she identifies the timeline as one of the most appealing factors of VISTA service. "When you have a finite timetable to complete a goal and to add value to a project, you want to see that you've done something amazing by the end of the year. I think it makes you hustle. There isn't a lot of 'wait and see,' and I enjoy that pace."  Beth lives in Athens with her husband and has one seventeen-year-old son, Justice, who she refers to as "the most rewarding service-learning project I've undertaken by far."