Welcome your new Fund Development & Event Coordination Intern, Anna Skelton!
Anna is a senior at Michigan State University studying communication with a specialization in Public Relations. She has a particular passion in planning events and decision-making based on what is best for our society. She is an avid supporter of all Michigan State Athletics. Go Green!!! When Anna has free time she loves to hangout with her family and friends. She also loves to go on road trips and belt out to music.
Anna is from a small town and loves being able to be in a small community. Even if she is on a large campus or in a large city she is able to find that small community that would do anything for each other and care for each other. She puts her whole heart into everything she does. She loves being apart of something bigger than herself. Anna hopes that when she graduates college she can be a part of something life changing for others all around the world.
Anna is a student assistant for MSU orientation program for incoming freshmen. She loves being able to show future students the opportunities that MSU can offer to them. Anna has so much passion for helping people. She loves being able to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. She is so excited to start doing this internship at the Firecracker Foundation!
Meet your Volunteer Office Administrator, Claire Plagens!
Claire is a sophomore at Michigan State studying Social Work with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Along with being part of the Firecracker team, Claire works as a Social Media & Outreach intern for the documentary Every Two Minutes. She is fiercely dedicated to advocating for all survivors of sexual trauma. When not posing as a student, you can find her obsessively Netflix-binging, attempting yoga, or tucked behind her camera. She has a big soft spot for fur kids and loves movies, traveling, and (poorly executed) crafting. In the future, Claire hopes to work as a clinical social worker that deals specifically with childhood trauma.
Meet Nora Carpenter, your Grant Research and Writing Intern!
Nora Carpenter is gearing up for her fourth and final year at Michigan State University. Nora is a native of Kalamazoo, a place she loves for it’s proud and invested community members, arts scene, and diversity. Her early involvement in the local theater, her beloved summer camp, and her high school improv team showed Nora the value of art, play, and working with others. She carried her passion for artsy, fun communities to the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Studying the arts and humanities for the past four years has given her the skills to approach social issues holistically, ethically, and with enthusiasm rooted in a passion for civic engagement. She is pursuing a minor in arts and cultural management and hopes to work for organizations that enrich communities and promote the arts. Nora has previously worked with theaters in Kalamazoo, East Lansing, and Washington, D.C. in areas of grant writing, board work, and strategic planning. She is thrilled to be working on grant writing and research for The Firecracker Foundation this summer and hopes to learn a lot.
Welcome your new Generous Practice Intern, Angie Furtaw!
Angie recently graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and a Minor in Health Promotions. After a trail of personal hardships followed her from her childhood she found empowerment through running cross country. Running beyond her self defined limits built a confidence in her that she hadn’t felt before. Gradually she moved into other forms of exercise, and found a psychological form of healing was transpiring within her. Angie found this to be so healing to her mind, body, and soul and just knew she had to share this with others.
During college Angie got her ACSM certification to personal train, as well as taught yoga and other fitness classes. She also worked with a campus ministry, honing in her skills of listening and supporting students in their own personal pursuit of healing.
Since graduating, Angie has gotten hired as a Children’s Advocate at St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home. She also volunteers her time teaching children to garden at Foster Park in Eastside Lansing.
In the fall, she wishes to pursue a more well rounded education in her efforts to help others by obtaining her Masters Degree in Counseling/Psychology.
When she’s not making up healthy recipes you may find her wandering the Midwest with her husband. She also loves the sunshine, traveling, hiking, and photography. Someday when she retires, she wants to open a little coffee shop / venue with her husband out west.
Angie is just beginning to work with The Firecracker Foundation’s Teen Yoga Committee and help organize other fundraising events all over Michigan. She is excited to learn and grow with such an inspiring team!