Alisa Ndoci (she/her) grew up in Fushe-Arrez, Albania and first came to the United States as a junior in highschool through Youth Exchange and Study (YES). After her exchange year she decided to pursue an education in the U.S. and continued to complete her AA degree at a community college and completed her BA in Political Science at Gonzaga University. Alisa wants to study environmental and immigration law in hope to pursue her goal of working towards collective liberation, equity and justice. Alisa's favorite activities include camping, skiing, hiking, dancing, painting, writing poetry and catching sunsets.
Emily Fordham (she/her) grew up in Moorestown, NJ but also calls the town of Mashpee, MA her home, as she has spend many summers living, visiting family and working there. Emily graduated in May 2021 from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA where she studied Psychology primarily, with minors in Autism Behavioral Studies and Philosophy. Emily has many hobbies including singing, going on long walks, playing ukelele, eating ice cream, and reading. Emily intends to explore all that Denver has to offer and looks forward to living in intentional community with fellow Loretto Volunteers and serving at The Women's Bean Project.
Georgia Rawhouser-Mylet (she/her) grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa with majors in Political Science and Spanish. At Grinnell, she was involved with the Liberal Arts in Prison Program, where she coordinated academic programming for incarcerated students and tutored math and social studies in prisons. She was also a member of the choir and loves singing and is trying to learn to play guitar. In her free time, she likes cooking, gardening, hiking, crafting, listening to podcasts, and going on walks with friends. She is interested in politics and public policy, especially as tools of social justice. While living in El Paso, she hopes to continue improving her Spanish and learning new vocabulary words. She is excited and grateful to be a Loretto Volunteer this year and is looking forward to her work at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.
Jax Viteznik (she/her) grew up in Portland, OR and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She is looking forward to her time and Denver and hopes to expand her role as an intersectional feminist, focusing on reproductive rights, racial justice, disability accessibility, and sustainability. Jax loves to travel and meet new people, but as an introvert at heart, she also loves to read, write, and spend time with her dog.
Julia Regalbuto (she/her) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 2019 with a major in English and minors in Spanish, History, and Theatre. She then served for 2 years with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps: in Los Angeles, California at Dolores Mission Church as the Youth Ministry Assistant, and in Newark, New Jersey at NJ LEEP as the College Bound Program Coordinator. She is excited to serve this year in El Paso with Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services as a Legal Assistant. When not exploring the cities that each hold a place in her heart, Julia enjoys creating kitchen experiments, reading historical fiction and fantasy (and sometimes historical-fiction-fantasy), adding to an ever-increasing number of wall decorations, and settling in for a solid rom-com.
Kayla Howell (she/her/hers) grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She is a recent graduate form Xavier University in Environmental Science with minors in Art and peace and justice studies. Kayla has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping and birdwatching. She also loves art and when she’s not pointing out a bird to the nearest stranger you can see her drawing one. Kayla is excited to move to El Paso and enjoy the sun and work with Villa Maria. She is passionate about social change in a variety of issues and can’t wait to join the Loretto Volunteers.
Manon Nadeau (she/her) grew up in Holyoke, Massachusetts and later attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. She graduated in the spring of 2021 with a degree in English & Secondary Education. During her time at Saint A's, Manon deeply valued her relationships built and days spent at the Sununu Youth Services Center for Adjudicated Youth and this is where her passion for solidarity was fostered. She is passionate about working with youth who are underserved and developing an understanding of the lives they live and the systems that too often hold them down. She is also passionate about grief advocacy, normalization and awareness. When her mind isn't on the work she cares about, you might find Manon reading or sharing poetry, spending time outside, listening to any music genre under the sun (hiphop, class rock, Broadway...you name it), or yearning to try new foods. She is eager and thankful to start this new journey in Denver with the Loretto Program and Urban Peak! Manon is serving with Urban Peak in Denver, CO.
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