Program Coordinator – Bridgeport, Boston and Portland
Fun Fact: Played collegiate rugby and won two divisional championships with Molloy College.
What passions and experiences have brought you to JVC’s staff?
In the past two years, I’ve been blessed to work with refugees. It was a spiritual experience to listen to their stories and experiences. The best part has been knowing that by helping them in a significant point in their lives, I am part of their success story in the U.S.
Did you participate in a volunteer program?
Yes, Dominican Volunteers USA in 2014-16. During my first year, I was an ESL and job class instructor for refugees in Chicago. In my second year, I was an employment specialist in Atlanta.
Where did you go to college and how did the experience shape you?
I went to Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY where I studied Secondary Math and Special Education. I was involved in rugby, campus ministries, student government and the performing arts club. The people in each of those groups shaped my perspective on life.
What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?
I enjoy being a great sports fan and playing different sports. I’m really competitive, and playing a casual game of baseball, softball or rugby allows me to forget stress.
How would your friends or family describe you?
The most important descriptors they would name are my humor and ability to listen. Laughter makes each day enjoyable, and it’s important to be attentive and intentional in conversations as you never know how close of a connection you might develop with someone.
What is most rewarding about your role at JVC?
Being able to guide volunteers in their time of service, influencing them through struggles, and hearing their successes throughout the year. Also, helping recruit new young adults who wish to give of themselves and journeying with them in their discernment process.