Maris Dishno is serving as the Garden Education and Volunteer Specialist at the Duluth Community Gardens Program. Maris is a proud Wisconsinite and graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point with a degree in Political Science and minors in Environmental Geography and Spanish. After graduation, she moved to Albany, NY to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Schenectady County Center for Juvenile Justice. Maris found her passion in helping others by following her life motto: making a difference in the world one life at a time. At a young age, she discovered this desire in helping others when she traveled to Mexico and Guatemala on mission trips. Following her aspiration to make a difference, she then traveled to Central America, Europe, and the Northeast Coast of the United States to learn more about different cultures and perspectives. Maris’s excitement to serve with the Duluth Community Garden Programs comes from her passion in protecting the environment. As a minor in Environmental Geography and growing up around nature, she developed a dedication for preserving the thing that matters the most: the environment. Her desire and passion to make a difference in the world is what led her to serve a second year in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She is excited to continue to make a difference for her communities.

After two years as an AmeriCorps member, Maris has received a full Fellowship to complete her Masters in Public Service with a specialization in the Nonprofit Sector at Marquette University.