Program Coordinator – Cleveland, Kansas City, St. Louis
JVC Cleveland 12, Chicago 13
Fun Fact: While in high school won a jalapeno eating contest as a part of a local news segment.
What experiences brought you to JVC’s staff?
I recently made a 19th Annotation retreat and among many revelations was the call to work more closely with my faith. In the same way that I felt transformed by the spiritual exercises, JVC offers a transformative experience to hundreds of volunteers each year. As a staff member I am able to aid in that formational change.
Where did you go to college and how did the experience shape you?
I attended Loyola University Chicago and the campus was a perfect home base for further exploration of the city. It was an easy train or bus ride to other neighborhoods and new experiences. The unlimited transportation pass that the school gave heightened my sense of independence, freedom, and wonder of the world and the people in it.
What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?
I love to coach! I have been coaching since I was 16. I started with basketball and moved into rugby. It challenges me to communicate effectively, set goals, and create a constructive environment for my players to both fail and succeed.
What is most rewarding about your role at JVC?
I love that the staff of JVC work toward the four values of spirituality, simple living, community and social justice as much as the volunteers. I am not holding the volunteers to a standard that I do not follow myself. Even as we express the values differently, it is rewarding to share the desire to live the values.
What is your favorite passage from the bible and why?
I am drawn to the parable of the workers that were hired at different times during the day but were all paid the same amount. This parable is as jarring to our sensibilities today as it was in Jesus’ time. This passage reminds me to stay humble to appreciate that everyone has their own relationship and path to God.