Fun Fact: Has broken 12 bones.
I am passionate about young people working in service and solidarity in pursuit of social change. I grew up within Special Olympics where I worked on youth leadership initiatives with young people with and without intellectual disabilities from across the world to build inclusive communities and campuses. Then I got the chance to help launch a non-profit called The Future Project, where we worked with young people in urban public high schools to lead transformative student-led change in their schools. Coming to JVC has allowed me to combine this passion with my own journey of exploring my Catholic faith and in particular Ignatian Spirituality – and for that I am hugely grateful.
I went to Yale University where I received a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Academically I was shaped by this degree which challenged me to look across disciplines and see the ways in which the world we live in is shaped by the intersections of these areas. Beyond the classroom, the experience of captaining the Yale Rugby Team and launching Spread the Word to End the Word (a campaign to end the use of the word “retard”) shaped me by instilling in me an unwavering belief in the power of a great team.
More than anything I love spending time outdoors with family and friends – hiking, biking, anything that floats, and team sports.
My grandfather. He was a dreamer and a builder who was tireless in his devotion to his family and those closest to him, as well as those living on the margins of our world. He was deeply grounded in his faith, unwavering in his integrity to who he sought to be, and dedicated to sharing a message of love and service with the world.
The most rewarding part of my role is the chance to travel the country and meet members of our community from all walks of life – volunteers, Jesuits, campus partners, donors, agency partners, and so on. I get to hear the stories of how impactful JVC has been in so many lives and get the chance to dream about the future and ways we can continue to grow and improve.
I wish people knew how incredibly dedicated and hard-working the people on our staff at JVC are – so much of their work is behind the scenes and goes unnoticed!
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Fun Fact: Favorite food is quesadillas.
I enjoy running, doing yoga, and am an avid reader. These activities are restorative and stimulating for me.
My grandmothers. They both have exemplified selflessness in small, daily ways for my whole life. They also both have a great sense of humor, which concurrently brings a stability and lightness to our family.
Women’s issues: I hope to be working to create a more just and equitable society for females throughout my life. I am equally passionate about mental health and access to mental health resources for underserved communities.
It is an opportunity to learn about yourself and the complexities of the social issues we face. People considering JVC should think less about the change they want to instigate outside of themselves, and more about the change they hope to instigate within themselves.
“Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” Mary Oliver
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Fun Fact: Enjoys fiction writing.
I spent a semester abroad through the Casa de la Solidaridad program in El Salvador, which set me on the path I’m on now. My outdoor education experiences in college also informed my interest in JVC’s value of simple living.
I studied writing and Spanish at Loyola University Maryland. Loyola gave me an entry point into Ignatian spirituality and also helped me discover some personal passions–writing, speaking Spanish, outdoor access, and others–that are a big part of my life now.
I think it’s funny when the absurd is taken as true or sincere. That happens among friends when a silly joke is deepened through ten minutes of additional conversation, or in movies like Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
When a JV comes up to me at Orientation and reminds me that I spoke in their class way back in the fall, or when they remember who I am just by a half-day interaction at their alma mater. That makes me feel like our recruiting work has real, direct impact on others.
I wish people knew how much our staff care about the work we do. I feel like decisions are made with many voices at JVC, and after a lot of reflection. Both things are a testament to the care our staff have for the mission.
Fun Fact: Sets her alarm at weird times (e.g. 6:57 am) because she likes to tell herself “just 3 more minutes before I actually have to get up.”
I had never heard of JVC until a few months after graduating from college. I actually wanted to be a JV but I had just gotten my dog, so instead I thought “why not work for JVC?” I applied to one of the open positions and was hired a soon after.
I love getting outside to take walks with my four month old son and our little black pug. We all love the fresh air, change of scenery, and exercise.
My great Aunt Estelle. She was the most hardworking, kind, independent, and adventurous person I have ever known. She was the first U.S. American woman to summit Mount Fuji in Japan, and was one of the oldest women to attempt to climb Mount Everest. My Aunt ‘Stelle never married but would visit our family often bearing gifts (simple things like pencils or a new coloring book). When she visited she would do yard work, laundry, cooking, and whatever needed to be done. She genuinely loved working hard and helping out. She was also a devout Catholic with steadfast trust in the Lord.
I am most passionate about the right to life. Mother Theresa said, “The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child.”
The most rewarding part of my role is assisting others in tasks that feel very simple to me, but can feel very burdensome for others.
Chief of Staff/Director of Advancement
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Fun Fact: Was born on Friday the 13th (April)
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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Fun Fact: Traveled to 13 National Parks and hula hooped in all of them.
I love opportunities to hear someone’s story. When people talk about JVC, it’s usually tied to things that ground them and are meaningful. I find that so engaging.
University of St. Thomas with a degree in Justice and Peace Studies. One of my professors told us, “a lot of what you learn here will break your heart but if you stick around, you will find even more reasons to be hopeful.” That speaks to my experience: there is great sadness and suffering in the world but the will to overcome and create change is bigger, bolder and brighter.
Krista Tippett, the host of On Being. Her podcasts remind me of the power and magic of real conversation, and the way stories can transform both the speaker and the listener. She asks generous questions in a way that invite honest, dignified and revelatory responses.
Getting to meet new people and celebrating the rich history and tradition of the JVs. There’s a special kinship I immediately feel when I find out someone is a former volunteer or a friend of JVC.
Ecclesiastes 9:7: “Go then, eat your food with joy and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God is pleased with your works.” I have come to know God through good food on the table and good people to eat it with. I like to think that shared meals delight God in a special way.
Fun Fact: Has seen every movie on the AFI top 100 Films list.
I am a born collaborator and have found great opportunities to work closely with just about every member of the staff on something. Also, I am a bit of a social planner and like to find fun activities to do with co-workers, from movie screenings to trivia nights.
I attended Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. I was involved in music, theater, residence life, and campus ministry. I loved my religious studies courses, and still nurse a passion for interreligious dialogue as a means to peace. My Edmundite education gave me a foundation for pursuing a life grounded in service and justice. Also, Vermont is the best state.
When I asked them, they said I am imaginative, creative, funny, outgoing, energetic, empathetic, and a team player. They also mentioned my freakish ability to rattle off obscure movie trivia. And that I am easily distracted by family text messages.
Nothing makes me laugh harder than being told not to laugh. And awkward silences. And my family’s responses to “How would your friends or family describe you?”
There are many ways to stay involved with JVC after completing a year or two of service, from serving as support people in the communities where volunteers live and work, to participating in FJV retreats and social gatherings, to supporting the current volunteers with prayers, messages of encouragement, and gifts made in their honor.
Fun Fact: Recently discovered how to ferment vegetables – easy and delicious!
A passion for forming young people in deepening of faith and responding to oppression and brokenness, leading to a revitalization of the U.S. Church through justice and tenderness. My volunteer year with Sojourners in Washington DC was formative and I’m grateful to help support that experience for others.
Gardening is a full-body experience that brings me closer to our Creator. Helping tend and steward the earth’s creativity provides models for how to live the rest of my life, seeking to foster environments where others can thrive.
Racial justice. Over past five years I’ve been on a journey to understand my whiteness and privilege, the impact it’s had on me and others, and what my response can be particularly as a Catholic in a church with a sinful, racist history. Seeking reconciling relationship has been my primary lens while living in Washington DC over the past eight years, and the journey is just beginning.
Being able to share the stories of JVC with our community of JVs, FJVs, supporters and funders. I am also thankful for the flexibility to work part-time while caring full-time for my son Ezra.
Jeremiah 18:1-6, because it challenges me to be open to God’s abundant, unexpected creativity in my life & in the world. Perhaps JVC is like a Potter’s House – a place where people open to change are molded into service for and with others.
Fun Fact: Once marched in a parade on Main Street in Disney World.
I appreciate the emphasis on social justice and the progressive work behind it. Our staff is constantly looking for improvement and seeking equality.
I enjoy spending time outside. Something about it is very peaceful and I always feel centered after being in nature.
Every single person on staff makes a difference, and that level of commitment is recognized. It is extremely rewarding to feel like your contributions are valued.
Fun Fact: Previously had a business called Deb’s Dogs, where she boarded up to 10 dogs in her one- bedroom apartment.
I received my MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Clay. I was the youngest student in the program and being surrounded with very talented artists helped me to formulate my vision of beauty.
I love to walk to a nearby park that has a beautiful path with streams and meadows; to witness the change of seasons surrounding me and to have the time for reflection. I also love to care for plants and it brings me such delight when my plants have a new leaf or flower.
Avatar Meher Baba. His life revealed Godliness as truth through love.
Deuteronomy 6:5. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart….” If I could practice this always I would be able to respond with wholehearted loving kindness in any situation, with the determination and commitment of true faith.
Program Coordinator – Mobile, New Orleans, Albuquerque
Fun Fact: Interned at a brewery in Duluth, MN.
My experience as an Amate House volunteer in Chicago was life-giving and made me passionate about the opportunity for a year of service. I joined JVC’s staff to have the opportunity to recruit and support JVs through their year.
I attended St. Cloud State University for two years, then transferred to the College of Saint Benedict where I graduated with a B.A. in Business Management. College provided many opportunities to build leadership skills and work in team settings. It was also challenging, as I faced mental and physical health issues along the way.
I laugh a lot. But one of the things I miss most about Minnesota is the exchange of movie quotes between my siblings and I. It’s a gift, really, that between us we have so many classic comedies from the 90s and early 2000s memorized. Whatever comes up in “real life,” someone has the perfect movie quote for it.
I’m most passionate about mental health and wellness, as mental health issues are pervasive, multifaceted, and (seemingly) within all communities of people. It’s an issue that challenges traditional ideas of “who is in need,” as those struggling with mental illness come from any mixture of economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
I am amazed by the involvement and dedication of our local support teams. These people live and work in the same cities as JVs and are entrenched in local nonprofits and churches. It’s evidence that JVC is not just a one-year program, but an ever-growing community of people working for change.
Program Coordinator – Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose
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Fun Fact: Actually related to President George Washington.
I had an enlightening and formative year when I was a JV, and I want to provide that space for others.
Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV where I earned my BA in English.
I enjoy exploring new places and trying new things because it helps me feel connected to the area.
Elizabeth Bennet. She is strong, knows what she wants out of life, and is capable of owning up to her mistakes and growing from them.
Well, now they might describe me as adventurous or impulsive, given that I accepted this job and moved across the country in the span of a week! Normally I think they would describe me as caring, funny, and quiet.
The connections that I make and the people that I get to know.
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