Cassie Clemente

Cassie Clemente

Cassie Clemente

Chief of Staff/Director of Advancement
JVC Milwaukee 06

Fun Fact: Was born on Friday the 13th (April)

Where did you go to college and how did the experience shape you?

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, go Seahawks! I spent a lot of time on the river, barefoot, building community, and just being present. St. Mary’s is a state school on the St. Mary’s River (not religiously affiliated), and it is one of the most community-oriented places I’ve ever been. It’s the place I call home and where I can be my fullest expression of God’s love. I hope one day we will get more JVs from SMCM!

What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?

I love to cook – the creativity and using my hands helps me relax after a hard day. I especially love to have a friend over and chop veggies together, maybe drink a beer or two, and just hang out in the kitchen chatting freely. I also love spending time in the woods or on the water, which brings me back to the wonder of God’s love and my connection to that through nature.

How would your friends or family describe you?

A little quirky, nerdy, probably too deeply reflective, full of energy, and way too committed to my work. My siblings describe me as “a barefoot, rabbit food-eating hippy,” which is an interpretation of my defiance against “dressing to impress.”

What is most rewarding about your role at JVC?

I see a big part of my role as holding and honoring the stories, joys, and questions from our community. I have the opportunity to connect with students, campus contacts, JVs, FJVs, donors, staff and former staff, friends and family, and anyone who is desiring a deeper connection to our mission – to enter places of prayer and longing together, to offer perspective and a listening ear. We at JVC are in the business of building a world that is more connected, more rooted in faith, and more intentional – more just and more hopeful – this is exactly how I want to be in business.

What do you wish other people knew about JVC?

That it is a lot of fun. I think we often, myself included, take ourselves so seriously. There is so much pain and injustice in the world, and it can be easy for me to get lost in that darkness sometimes. There is such light, joy, and hope in JVC – we are a community of people who love getting to know one another, having fun, laughing, playing games, and finding light and love in the ordinary. Where else do you start meetings with questions like “what type of mode of transportation best describes how you are coming to this space?” or other ways to bring our fullest hearts and souls into a conversation?