Clockwise from top left: Sarah Critchfield, Hayley Morgan, Madeline Beaulieu, Annie Bryan, Becca Krasky, Helen Schlosser, Emma Wellman, Elyse McMahon
Meet our current volunteers!
Annie Bryan (she/her) grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Annie graduated from Saint Louis University in 2020 with degrees in Public Health and Women's & Gender Studies. This year, she will be serving with Loretto at Kelly Memorial Food Pantry in El Paso, Texas. Long-term, Annie hopes to follow a recipe, uplift shared stories through writing, and find a work-life balance.
Becca Krasky (she/her) is a second year volunteer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She majored in Environmental Studies and Geography at Macalester College. Becca works as the Sustainability Coordinator at Angelica Village, a nonprofit intentional community that houses refugee and immigrant families and youth. She has found her niche in growing food, at Angelica Village, her own backyard, anywhere there's a patch of earth and some seeds. Her newest projects are seed saving, mushroom growing, and permaculture design. When she's not in the garden, Becca is probably in the kitchen, baking bread or cooking. She's also a fan of fermentation: she's kept both a sourdough starter (named SourDoug) and a kombucha SCOBY (heretofore nameless) going since November, 2019, and might make some sauerkraut if any of her cabbages actually grow. Becca does have interests besides food: she loves walks, hikes, and long bike rides, is an avid reader, and usually has a project on her knitting needles.
Elyse McMahon (she/hers) is a recent graduate from the University of Dayton where she majored in Political Science and Human Rights Studies. In her free time, she loves spending time with others, having deep conversations, rock climbing, hiking, playing Scrabble, and reading too many books at a time. As an Ohio native, Elyse is eager to move to El Paso and soak up the borderland sun and join the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy team. Elyse is passionate about justice, equity, and education, and she cannot wait to jump right into this work!
Emma Wellman (she/her) grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a backyard full of chickens. She left the desert for the cold when she moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota to attend Macalester College. In the past four years, Emma lived in nine different places (dorm rooms/apartments/houses/cabin), and one of her favorite activities was wandering through and exploring the different neighborhoods she lived in. Emma graduated in May with a major in psychology, minor in anthropology, and a concentration in public health. Last summer, Emma worked at a Quaker summer camp leading backpacking trips, and during the school year, she worked with kids with autism. She is excited to be continuing a similar type of work with her service year at Havern School in Denver, and she is equally excited to be moving back to a state with mountains. Before Covid, Emma spent nearly half of her evenings swing dancing. She also enjoys hiking, baking, and board games.
Hayley Morgan (she/her) is from Massachusetts and graduated from Saint Anselm College where she studied politics and history. One of her favorite parts of college was being able to work for ABC during the New Hampshire Democratic Primary Debates and being able to meet many of the candidates. She is particularly passionate about voting rights, social justice, and Tudor history. She is thrilled to be a Loretto Volunteer and looks forward to working at the Opportunity Center in El Paso, TX. In her free time, she loves to write, listen to Broadway cast albums, and listening to podcasts about famous historical women. Helen Mehls (she/her) grew up in Elm Grove, Wisconsin which is a small suburb outside of Milwaukee. She comes from a large family and falls in line as the second youngest of eight kids. She is fluent in sarcasm, very open and honest, and thrives in new environments. She recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a bachelor’s in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. Helen transferred to the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain during her sophomore year of college; and last summer she worked as the Immigration and Refugee Services intern at Catholic Charities USA in Washington D.C. Both of these experiences inspired her passion to work for immigration reform and do her part in aiding immigrants to obtain their U.S. citizenship. Helen is a very physically active person and takes pleasure in running, biking, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, you name it. She also enjoys cooking (mainly breakfast and dessert), reading novels about World War II, and listening to podcasts. Another passion of Helen’s is music. She comes from a very musical family and as an adolescent frequently attended outdoor concerts and festivals which are very common in Milwaukee. Not only that, Helen loves traveling to new cities and exploring their unique aspects. Therefore, she is excited to be in El Paso and learn what it has to offer as a culturally-rich Texas city as well as explore the surrounding natural environment by hiking. Helen is looking forward to meeting her new roommates and beginning this incredible year with positivity, openness, and motivation.
Madeline Beaulieu (she/her) grew up in Vestal, New York, a small town in upstate New York. She has a mother who is a veterinarian, a father who is a forester, and a younger brother who goes to Binghamton University. She has played soccer for most of her life and went to Canisius College to play at the collegiate level, while pursuing a degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish. While at school, she has lived the past four years in Buffalo, New York and is excited to move to a new part of the country for the first time. Specifically, she is very excited to move to Denver and be a part of a new community there. Currently she is taking a gap year, while applying to medical schools, with hopes of becoming a doctor one day. She really enjoys getting to know people, learning new things, and expanding her experiences. She is really passionate about social justice and helping people in general (hence the goal to go to medical school). She loves to spend her free time being outdoors, reading, hanging out with family and friends, and trying new foods! She is extremely thankful and excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Loretto Volunteer Program family!!
Sarah Critchfield (she/her) was born in St. Louis and just finished studying English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Dayton. When she isn’t sharing stories, she is skateboarding, ordering oat milk lattes, contemplating getting bangs, or crying to Lorde in the car. Sarah loves to write and read about gender, sexuality, prison abolition, communicating across difference, shame, and sisterhood. Sarah has plans to overshare on the internet, break into the feminist stand-up scene, and do her best to dismantle white-supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression. The five things that make her happy are hugs from friends, finding new vegetarian restaurants, scrolling through Twitter, doing people’s astrological birth charts, and meeting people’s families.
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