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Profile: Talisa Jacobs (AFSCME Local 2983)

BACKGROUND:

Talisa is an Activity Specialist at Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institute. She has worked at the Mental Health Institute for over 16 years and has been a state employee for over 17 and a half years. Talisa works with patients to teach them coping skills, how to handle life stressors, and how to keep healthy.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: NEW LONDON WRESTLING BOOSTER CLUB

About two years ago, her son’s wrestling coach at New London High School asked Talisa to not only join the wrestling booster club - but to become the president. Talisa agreed. As the president of the booster club she helps plan wrestling meets and coordinates with the coaches, superintendent, activities director, and school board. The booster club also prepares meals for wrestlers to eat at meets.

The primary responsibility of the booster club is fundraising to purchase equipment for the New London wrestling program. This benefits not just high school wrestlers, but the junior high wrestlers and kids ages three to twelve in the wrestling program. In total, over sixty-five wrestlers benefit from the club’s efforts. Her son is one of those wrestlers; Talisa is proud of his high level of sportsmanship and athletic accomplishments including multiple conference and district championships, twice being a state qualifier, and finishing third at the 2015 state championship.

Talisa is a member of the Henry County Drug Coalition, a group of people who work together to plan alcohol and drug free events for students in Henry County. Talisa also previously served on the board of her local Habitat for Humanity group and was a Girl Scout leader.

Talisa and her husband Kevin, a fellow AFSCME Local 2983 member and Mt. Pleasant Mental Health Institute employee, are licensed foster parents. They are also a licensed adoptive family. They have adopted one child from the foster care system and are in the process of adopting a second child from the foster care system.

WHY SHE VOLUNTEERS—IN HER OWN WORDS:

“I strongly believe that wresting teaches respect, responsibility, and sportsmanship. I am proud to be able to help support the wrestling program in New London.”

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