Adele McKiernan is a recent graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison where they studied History and Integrated Liberal Studies. Before heading to college, they grew up in the Boston area, but feel at home in the Midwest. They can’t wait to serve Missouri Healthcare for All while living in community with other Lorettos. In their free time, Adele likes to draw and collage, write short stories, and run short distances.
Amelie Rode is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and recently graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.A. in English and in Women’s and Gender Studies. She loves to travel, hike, camp, and garden. In her free time, you can also find her with her nose in a book or with pen to paper, creating stories and poems. Amelie will be serving at the Loretto Academy in El Paso, Texas as a student activities coordinator. She is so excited to spend a year with the rad folks at Loretto Academy and within the Loretto Volunteer Community!
Amy Maltz is from Salem, Oregon and is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego with a major in Ethnic Studies and a double minor in Women’s and Gender Studies as well as Theology and Religious Studies. This year Amy will join the first cohort in El Paso, Texas as the volunteer for The Opportunity Center, a multi-faceted resource center for homeless folks. Amy loves to read, dance, have deep talks and is an aspiring vegan.
Brianna Nielson recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in biology, minor in psychology, and a passion for exploring the intersections of healthcare and social justice. She’ll be spending the year working to improve the coordination and continuation of medical care for veterans with the St. Louis VA ComPACT team. When she’s not busy reading about healthcare delivery systems, Brianna enjoys walking around new cities, camping out in coffee shops, and spending time with the people she loves.
Candace Okon is originally from Dallas, Texas but has spent much of her adult life in St Louis, MO. She graduated with a degree in history from Washington University in St Louis. While living in the city of St Louis, Candace volunteered with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis in conjunction with the Taize Community in Burgundy, France to bring racial reconciliation and healing to the city. In addition to volunteering, she enjoys spending time outdoors (camping, hiking, kayaking), traveling abroad, and listening to live music.
Isabel Ngo graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and minors in English and Studio Arts. During her time at LMU, she wrote for the university newspaper The Loyolan and volunteered with Ignatians Service Organization. This year, Isabel has been working as the Housing and Employment Counselor at Villa María, a transitional shelter for homeless women in El Paso, Texas. In her spare time, Isabel enjoys drawing, reading comics, and writing poetry.
Leora Mosman is originally from Los Angeles and recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College where she studied Politics and Women’s & Gender Studies. In DC, she will be serving at the UN High Commission on Refugees where she hopes to continue learning how to effectively sp eak truth to power and pursue justice in corners where it is needed most. She has four younger siblings and can’t wait to live in a house full of people again!
Lindsey Faust hails from the great state of Texas, but she called New York City - and specifically the Bronx - her home for the last four years until graduating from Fordham University with degrees in theology and communication & culture in May 2018. She is passionate about warm weather, art museums, and hanging out with her little brother. She hopes to pursue academia in the field of Catholic theology, investigating Church structure and its intersection with social and ecclesial justice. As she serves St. Louis’ Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America, Lindsey hopes to approach advocacy for immigrants and their rights keeping fiercely in mind the inherent human dignity afforded equally to each person.
Madeline Herries is from St. Louis, MO and just graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a degree in Religious Studies. She will be serving at Nerinx Hall High School (where she graduated from in 2014) as an Assistant Campus Minister. She is incredibly passionate about sustainability, self-love, and personal reflection. She spends most of her free time talking with friends about how we are going to change the world or cuddling with her cat, Mona Lisa.
Marissa (Mari) Nuñez, an El Paso native, recently graduated from St. John's University in Queens, New York with a degree in Enterprise Regulation and a minor in Dramatic Arts. Throughout college, she was heavily involved in theater and dance, serving as a director, producer, choreographer, and dancer for various productions. Mari deeply enjoys listening to music, dancing, and the occasional Netflix binge. She's excited to be serving through the Loretto Volunteer Program in her placement at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.
Melissa Cedillo was born and raised a Southern Californian native. She studied Theological studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Melissa is passionate about the intersectionality of domestic violence awareness, immigration rights, and education. She enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and road trips.
Melissa Feito is originally from Miami, FL and graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA in 2016. She studied English, and double minored in Communication & Media studies and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality studies. During her time in college, she was a writing tutor, a freeform DJ, a founding member of a creative writing club, and was involved in the Catholic chaplaincy and the Interfaith Student Council. Always a lover of public radio, last year Melissa discovered her passion and talent for audio production through her placement at Interfaith Voices, where she will be continuing for a second year. In her free time she likes to cook, read sci-fi and fantasy novels, go to the movies, and play music.
Sawyer Hill is from Roselle, IL and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 2018 after majoring in Theology and Social Welfare & Justice. Sawyer enjoys spending her free time outside climbing, cycling and soaking in the sun when it decides to come out in the summer in Milwaukee. She has been known to cook the occasional lasagna for a crowd and loves having people over for tea. Sawyer is excited to be serving at the Center Against Family and Sexual Violence in El Paso and to experience the Southwest for the first time!
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