Current Year (2016-2017)
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Athri Ranganathan is a recent graduate of Amherst College, where he majored in Sociology. He has spent the past few years taking courses in social and cultural studies, political and environmental movements, and literature, and interning at college-access programs, nonprofits, and schools. During college, Athri was part of communities such as the Center for Community Engagement, the Amherst Program in Critical Theory, the Chamber Music Ensemble, and Book and Plow Farm. These studies, experiences, and groups emphasized thoughtfulness, intentional living, and giving back. They, along with his parents and family, have encouraged Athri’s participation in QVS. Athri looks forward to the silent worship of Quakerism, and hopes to use it for reflection and personal development! He will work with the American Friends Service Committee. in Atlanta next year, community organizing around the issue of housing rights.
Olivia Frank recently graduated from Skidmore College in upstate New York, where she spent four years studying Sociology, Inter-Group Relations and Education; skiing; cultivating the courage to sing at open mic nights; leading an education activist club; researching Restorative Justice; facilitating racial dialogues through the Inter-Group Relations Program; exploring the campus woods; and examining the country/world/herself with amazing housemates on their kitchen floor. Outside of Skidmore, impactful experiences include a summer in Cambodia, a semester in Denmark, a camping community on the shores of the Dead Sea, every improv dance class she’s ever taken, and every solo adventure she’s embarked upon. She is passionate about racial justice, particularly in our country’s school and criminal justice systems. Ultimately, she strives to imbue genuine meaning in buzzwords like Decolonization and Collectivism through everyday practices and ways of being. Therefore, she is very excited to be joining the Southern Center for Human Rights and living in intentional community with Atlanta QVS.
Claire Hannapel grew up in Durham, North Carolina where she attended Durham Friends Meeting. This past May she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill having designed an Interdisciplinary Food Systems major. At Carolina, she was heavily involved with food justice and advocacy groups that campaigned for more fair, local, and sustainable food on campus. Off campus she found opportunity to volunteer with under served communities and food pantries, as well as organize educational trips to local farms. This summer Claire will be leading a crew of high school student volunteers in Maine where they will be performing trail work and living in the back country. Claire is excited to move to Atlanta this fall to continue engaging in meaningful work in the southeast. This year she will be serving with Georgia Law Center for the Homeless.
Detmer Kremer graduated from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, where he majored in Anthropology and minored in Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Originally he is from Nij Beets, the Netherlands, and has attended a United World College in Bosnia and Herzegovina to finish his high school. At Bates he also studied abroad in Samoa and Vietnam, as well as conducting research in Maine, Grenada, Latvia, and Lithuania. He wrote a senior thesis focusing on the Baha’i Faith, and how Baha’is negotiate their religious and cultural identities. Detmer has been active in matters of gender, race, class, and citizenship status at Bates, and is excited to start as a Fellow with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity this year.
Elise Riley grew up in Philadelphia, PA. She is a life-long member of Germantown Monthly Meeting, and has attended many Quaker educational institutions in her past. She most recently graduated from Haverford College in May 2016. Her initial high school passion for Latin led Elise to pursue an undergraduate degree in Linguistics at Haverford. Her senior thesis explored the systems of language revitalization practices used by speakers of indigenous languages within the US. In college, she was also a member of the crew team and worked on several committees dedicated to planning an enriching first- year orientation program. During her junior year, Elise spent a semester in Rome, Italy staying with a host family and studying the living history of the city. In her free time, she enjoys expanding her personal knowledge base through a voracious reading habit and exploring museums. She also loves musicals, opera, and knitting. Elise is thrilled to be spending a year in Atlanta with new F/friends, and will be serving with the Frazer Center.
A spiritual enthusiast, DJ in the making, lover and student of love and life, Kimani Keaton is on the journey of becoming a healer, chef, writer, park ranger, and entrepreneur. In May 2016, she graduated from Dickinson College with a double major in Sociology and Religion. Originally from New York City, Kimani has found homes in many parts of the world and the people she has encountered on her life journey. After having been introduced to Quakerism at The Westtown School, she has found solace in silence and nature. Catch her if you can on Soundcloud, in Atlanta parks, reading a book while crossing the street, or riding her bike to her job at The Kindezi School in Old Fourth Ward this year.
Nicolina Hansen-Neff grew up in Keizer, Oregon where she attended Salem Friends Meeting. She is a recent graduate of Earlham College, where she studied math, music, and Spanish. When she returned from a semester abroad in Spain, she spent the summer before her final year of undergrad as an intern at Amigos Latino Center in Richmond, Indiana. In her free time, she likes to sing, dance, play music, go backpacking, read, and have Good Conversations (and wholly appreciates the power of Good Silences, as well). She enjoys working with children and is looking forward to serving with Kindezi West Lake this year.
John Madden grew up in Pennsauken, New Jersey with his loving mother, father, and sister. John graduated from Guilford College in May, ’16 where he completed a bachelor of arts in Sociology & Anthropology and a bachelor of science in Community & Justice Studies. As a Bonner scholar John worked on many different efforts in the realm of food justice in the Southeast. These include a food bank, farmer’s market, food (re)packaging/delivery programs, and farm on Guilford’s campus, as well as internships with Student Action with Farmworkers where he worked with the South Carolina Migrant Education Program reaching out to farmworker families and supporting children in scholastic efforts. John believes that giving people more access, knowledge, and control of their food systems is the best way to out root systemic injustices embedded in modern food systems. John understands injustices to be part of a network of interconnected oppression’s embedded in society, so to truly work to end one injustice means to work towards broader liberation. John is ecstatic to be able to learn from and support 9to5 this coming year in their work for economic justice in Atlanta and beyond!
Cristina Eraso Cordoba
Cristina Eraso Cordoba grew up in Pasto, Colombia. She graduated from Mariana University, a Catholic school in the same city, in 2016 with degree in Law. She worked at a Quaker summer camp for 3 years in Vermont, which was where she found out about Quaker community. Coming from a traditional Colombian family and being interested in human rights and social justice, she decided to write her thesis about Indigenous Communities, which led her to learn lots of different and amazing things about these groups. She will be serving at Metrowest Worker Center-CASA, where she is going to learn and help in a meaningful way. She is also really excited to work in a multilingual and multiracial workplace. Also, her first language is Spanish and her year with QVS will be the first time that she spends more than three months away from home. She is very hopeful and happy for this year in Boston.
Libby Stillwell graduated from Guilford College in May 2016 with a BA in Psychology and Peace and Conflict Studies. Growing up, Libby attended New England Yearly Meeting, and Friends Camp. Throughout college, Libby served as the Conflict Resolution Resource Center Coordinator, a Teacher’s Assistant, a Resident Advisor, and a Tour Guide. During her time at Guilford, Libby also worked as an Assistant Archivist in the Friend’s Historical Collection, provided childcare to Friendship Friends Meeting, and was a Quaker Leadership Scholars Recipient. As an alumnus of The Meeting School, Westtown, and Guilford College, Libby values of the kind of transformative learning that a Quaker education supports and is extremely excited to join The Cambridge Friends’ School for their 2016-17 academic year in Boston.
Lily Hayward grew up in the Boston area and is very excited for the opportunity to live and work within this community after being away from home for the past few years. Lily was introduced to Quakerism while attending Guilford College, where she studied Sociology/Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Ceramics. At Guilford she explored courses focused on experiential learning where she developed a passion for finding connections between human health and environmental health while critically thinking about society. This led her to study abroad for a January Term in Rwanda centered on social and environmental justice. She participated in peace & community building workshops at the Quaker Peace House in Kigali and worked with local university students to generate a long term relationship between the two schools. In her downtime she loves cooking, playing ultimate frisbee, and being outdoors. She looks forward to intentional community living with the QVS Fellows and is ready to start working with Boston Health Care for the Homeless.
Zenaida Peterson is a queer, poet of color from Atlanta, Georgia who was raised Unitarian Universalist. She is the daughter of activists and the granddaughter of a Quaker. She graduated from Simmons College in May of 2015 with a majors in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Public Policy. Since graduation she has been living in Madrid, Spain teaching English to hooligans whom she grew to love and traveling through parts of the world she never thought she would see. When people ask Zenaida why she is leaving the sunny, “no pasa nada” world of Spain, she tells them that she wants to stay but her life work is in the United States. She says that she needs to be dealing with issues of oppression with her feet in the soil of the country that has so much work to do. She is ecstatic about working towards anti-oppression and mindfulness service with VISIONS inc. in Boston this year.
Sarah Levy grew up in Maryland just outside of Washington DC, and attended a small Quaker school from age 5 to 18. Although she was a member of a Presbyterian church with her family, she came to deeply value the Quaker practice of meeting for worship, as well as the community’s focus on pursuing social and environmental justice. After high school, Sarah headed off to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she majored in Latin American Studies with a focus on the intersections of race and gender. The summer after her sophomore year, she participated in an Anthropological field school program in Shiripuno, Ecuador, where she began to learn the indigenous language of the region, Kichwa, and interviewed the women of the community about the tourism business they had started. This experience inspired her to return the following summer to live in Shiripuno for a month in order to continue exploring the ways in which the women’s business had impacted gender roles in the community. While in college, Sarah was also heavily involved with the McKeen Center for the Common Good, engaging in leadership training, ESL tutoring and just hanging out and chatting with all of the thoughtful people there, reflecting on privilege and the problematic aspects of service work. Her other interests include cooking, eating, riding her bike, listening to music, and singing. Sarah will be serving with the Community Action Agency of Somerville in Boston this year.
Derek Blankenship is a native Californian and an aspiring renaissance man. He graduated from Whittier College in May 2016 with a B.A. in English literature and minors in Computer Science and Mandarin Chinese. He’s spent 3 months in a Chinese language immersion program in Beijing, 3 weeks at a youth technology camp at UCLA, 7 days at a Buddhist temple, and a few hours harvesting vegetables at an Eco-village in Southern Arizona. Derek appreciates the opportunity to have many diverse experiences such as these in order to expand his knowledge and understanding as much as possible. He first discovered Quakerism through the Journal of John Woolman, which he read from in a Whittier College course called Philosophy of Simplicity. He deeply admires this Quaker value, and strives to embody it as Woolman did. As part of that mission, Derek regularly attends Quaker meetings for worship at First Friends Church in Whittier, CA, and is always looking for ways to find the Spirit in everyday life. That search has led him to pursue service work, and he is much looking forward to working with the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program in the coming year.
Ian Bartimole was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. During his time at Shaker Heights High School, he became a part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. He then attended Earlham College, earning his undergraduate degree in Philosophy. In the beginning of his experience at Earlham, first-year seminars centered on the question: How shall we live? Since then, much of Ian’s own journey has been lived out in relation and response to this question. For him, it prompts a constant attentiveness to our individual and communal ways of life, and an engagement in a search for more fruitful, just, and compassionate relations with the individuals around us. Ian studied abroad in Dharamshala, India for a semester, taking courses on Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan struggle for autonomy. He conducted his senior capstone research on the work of Spinoza, asking questions about the way to ‘Freedom,’ here a kind of Enlightenment which is at once spiritual, intellectual, and emotional. Ian loves to read, write, and dialogue with his peers, always in the hope of learning together and relating authentically to one another. His all-time favorite work has been serving as a counselor for 6th grade campers for 3 of the past 4 years, teaching them how to canoe, and pushing them to understand the impacts (both positive and negative) they might have on one another. He is excited to be serving with QVS in Boston at The Cambridge Friends School.
Maile Munro recently graduated with a degree in English and Political Science from Guilford College. She grew up Seattle and spent most of her time playing volleyball and soccer, skiing in the winter, or camping in the summer, and reading any short story collection she could get her hands on. Maile’s first exposure to Quakerism was at Guilford College, and she immediately felt blown away by a faith centered on treasuring all voices and experiences. Maile’s summer has been filled by an internship with SEIU Union Summer, a program that brings people into the labor movement to learn and get pumped about collective action. This year Maile is excited to be serving with Energy Coordinating Agency in Philadelphia.
Vilma Gamarra Vilma Gamarra was born and raised in Queens, New York to Peruvian parents and goes to Peru to visit family as often as she can. Her passion for social equality led her to major in Peace Studies and minor in Philosophy at Goucher College. Coming from a culture in which stereotypical gender roles are seen as tradition, her first step towards becoming an activist was advocating for women equality. In high school, joining the YMCA’s leaders group and global teens program gave her a space in which her interest to become an active member for social change was nurtured and developed. Her path towards peace studies was cemented and focused on economic inequality, immigration, education inequality, race and ethnicity, ableism, and gender inequality. While at Goucher she was a leader for the Christian Fellowship and worked in the Futuro Latino Learning Center. She is excited to learn more about Quakerism and become a part of QVS. She will be working at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia this year.
Krista Snyder was raised in a small, rural town in western Pennsylvania. She recently graduated from Ursinus College, where she majored in Philosophy and Neuroscience. An active member of Ursinus’ community, Krista enjoyed serving as a member of Ursinus College Student Government, working in the Berman Museum of Art, tutoring, and competing on Ursinus’ Track and Field and Cross Country teams. Entering her senior year, she completed summer research exploring the ethical implications of cognitive enhancing drugs. During her time at Ursinus, Krista’s passion for social justice and equal opportunity developed as she explored the disadvantages and injustices that people face due to various inequalities through her studies. She is looking forward to experiencing and embracing the Quaker faith for the first time with QVS. Krista will serve as the Sustainable Development Fellow for the Friends Rehabilitation Program in Philadelphia this year.
Emily Whitted was raised on a sheep farm in Burke’s Garden, VA. She recently graduated from the University of Richmond, majoring in English and minoring in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Education & Society. During her college years, she developed a serious passion for intersectional feminism and social justice through the WILL* Program. This led her to search for a fulfilling post-grad opportunity that could cultivate a community that cared deeply about inequality, and she was lucky to stumble upon QVS! Although never having any exposure to Quakerism before, she is very excited to learn more. As a bit of a return to her childhood experiences with organic farming, Emily will be serving at Fair Food this year.
Haley Castle-Miller grew up in Chalfont, Pennsylvania as a member of Doylestown Friends Meeting. She attended Buckingham Friends School and George School, a Quaker boarding school in Newtown, Pennsylvania. She graduated in May 2016 from Goucher College with a double major in Spanish and Peace Studies, a choice that reflected her desire to engage in a self-directed, in-depth, and powerful analysis of the foundations of conflict. Throughout her time at Goucher College, she taught ESL classes to adults in Baltimore through the Futuro Latino Learning Center. Her junior year she had the opportunity to study abroad in Argentina, where she lived with a host family and gained proficiency in the Spanish language. The following year she used her knowledge of Spanish to aid in consecutive interpretation at the World Plenary Meeting in Peru. While at the conference she felt able to reconnect to aspects of spirituality and Quakerism, which she seeks to explore further during her year in the Quaker Voluntary Service. Haley looks forward to a challenging year full of adventure, learning, and exploration of all kinds, and hopes to grow into a more compassionate, confident, and humble person as a result. She will be serving for the year at the Lutheran Settlement House in Philadelphia.
Christina Elcock graduated from Brunel University with a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing – and left with a desire to learn more about the world. She was born and bred in London and has spent the majority of her gap year travelling to places like Colombia to voluntarily assist in teaching English and to Vermont at a Quaker-based summer camp to nurture, teach and empower young girls. Although in these experiences she was the educator, Christina was also doing a lot of learning. These experiences were incredibly discerning for her and were a large part of her spiritual journey. It was what helped pave the way for this new chapter at QVS with Bread & Roses Community Fund, and she will be leaving a marketing role in the travel sector to make this possible. Christina is immensely excited to participate in something meaningful and much bigger than herself. She’s keen to continue to learn about their works, this journey she’s on and applying Quaker values to both her work and home life. Aside from this, Christina finds profound gratification in travel and writing and also administrate a digital poets’ & writers’ channel on Instagram. In addition to this, it’s books, arts & culture, the warm-hearted, occasional meditation and great food that are the secret ingredients that make for a contented self. Christina will be serving in Philadelphia this year.
Elizabeth Anderson grew up in the Chicago suburbs attending Downers Grove Friends Meeting. She then attended Earlham college where she studied Business and Nonprofit management with a minor in Women, gender and sexualities studies. Elizabeth worked at the college radio station WECI all four years and had the privilege of working with several other organizations like Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh and Soapbox independent publishing and the Morris House Hotel in Philadelphia. She will be working with the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives in Philadelphia this year.
Sarah Yanuck grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and attended Carolina Friends School for twelve years. Raised both Jewish and “Friends School,” she considers herself Jewish and Quaker; her spiritual home base is a Quaker-Jewish combo. After graduating from Carolina Friends, Sarah attended Vassar College, where she majored in Environmental Studies, focusing primarily on environmental justice and education. After Vassar, she spent a year serving with City Year Philadelphia as a tutor and mentor in a public middle school, working with students to keep them engaged in school and on track to academic success. Sarah loves to sing, be outside, journal, and run/play/dance. After QVS, she hopes to become a Social Studies teacher and to weave current events and social justice into her curricula. Sarah is excited to dive into Quakerism and spirituality this year, especially as they relate to vocation, community, and resilience. Sarah will be serving at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia.
Damon Motz-Storey grew up in the foothills near Denver, Colorado, where he loves to remodel houses with his dad, play with his 2-year-old niece, and cook and garden with friends. A barely birthright Friend (his parents were convinced shortly before he was born), Damon has strong bonds with Mountain View Friends Meeting in Denver and Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting of Friends General Conference. He had his faith and spirituality shaken to the core when he attended the Friends World Committee on Consultation’s 6th World Gathering of Friends in Nakuru, Kenya, where a childhood love of social witness and ecojustice was affirmed in approving the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice. At Haverford College, Damon co-clerked the Quaker Community student group and helped revive the intentional living community of Quaker House. He studied mathematics, education, and music, He also sang a cappella and played Cricket. He has a deep love for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, serving as a member of its General and Nominating Committees and lobbying Colorado Congresspeople regularly. Long-term, Damon hopes to pursue nonprofit work and secondary mathematics education. He is thrilled to be serving with the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility in Portland, as a Program Assistant this year.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Sophia Rice grew up with Jewish and Christian culture and tradition, supported to explore diverse ways to connect to the spiritual world. In May 2016 she graduated from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania where she majored in Peace and Social Justice and minored in Politics and Spanish. At school, she participated in the Bonner Leader Program, a national anti-poverty and leadership organization. As a Bonner Leader, Sophia directed an after-school tutoring program and organized Ursinus College’s Diversity Monologues and an anti-rape/female body objectification demonstration on campus. Through these activities, coursework, and several internships, Sophia has developed a deep value of interdisciplinary problem solving as it pertains to the various types of oppression in this world. In her free time, she enjoys playing her cello, doing yoga, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. This year Sophia will be working with L’Arche in Portland.
Kayla Schneider-Smith spent her childhood in Central Jersey, writing poetry, playing piano and guitar, analyzing personality types and exploring spirituality. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2016 with majors in Psychology and English. Raised in an open-minded and progressive Reform Jewish community, Kayla got involved in Interfaith work at Bryn Mawr where she was exposed to a plethora of faiths and spiritualities, including Quakerism. She interned at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia and eventually served as one of Bryn Mawr College’s Interfaith Student Coordinators, where she helped lead and organize monthly Interfaith Council meetings and service-learning trips. Kayla is excited to continue exploring spirituality and activism throughout the QVS year and will be working with New City Initiative in Portland, an organization that aims to end homelessness through faith community involvement.
Lili Baldwin hails from Boston, MA and graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 where she majored in Religion and minored in Math. Growing up, Lili was reluctantly raised Catholic and attended a Sacred Heart school. As a college student she realized that those elements were surprisingly definitive and has returned to faith and spirituality in a slow and somewhat cautious manner, alongside an academic interest in medieval interpretations of the Virgin Mary and potential feminist readings articulated therein. Quaker Voluntary Service will be Lili’s first experience with Quakerism, and she is looking forward to learning from this rich tradition of spirituality and activism, which she feels will blend well with her current beliefs and reflective self-care practices, as well as add the much needed support of a close-knit faith community. She is excited to be moving to a new city and thrilled to be working for p:ear this year.
Adriana Cvitkovic was raised in Seattle, Washington and ventured off to the East coast to spend four years at Haverford College. She graduated in 2016 with a major in Geology, minor in Environmental Studies, and concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. In addition to identifying rocks, her time at college was spent playing frisbee, cooking in Ehaus (the on-campus co-op), leaf blowing on the Grounds Crew, attending Quaker Club events, and campaigning the school to serve more local, organically-grown, humane, and fair trade food. In between academic years, Adriana maintained trails as a Professional Crew Member with the Adirondack Mountain Club. Adriana’s life as a Quaker began at age 15 when she first attended University Friends Meeting in Seattle. Her interest in Quakerism and spirituality has continued to deepen, and she is excited to grow more in these areas during her year with QVS. Adriana is pleased to be serving with Impact NW as the AKA Science Program Specialist.
Ben Sexton graduated from Juniata College where he majored Communication and German. He was born and raised in Richmond, IN and is a member of Clear Creek Meeting in Richmond. Some of his high school and college years were spent living at the Pendle Hill Quaker Conference Center in Wallingford, PA while his parents were resident staff members. Ben has long been passionate about travel, and promoting intercultural understanding. This passion led him to study abroad multiple times during college and high school. He was a Juniata Eagles Abroad Scholar, spending his 2011 Summer in Vienna, Austria and his 2013-2014 year in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. During his college year abroad, he successfully completed his participated in a dual degree program between his home and German institutions. He also spent his 2007-2008 high school junior year abroad in Germany with the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Many of Ben’s Summers in recent years have been spent working at Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks on Lake George, where he attended New York Yearly Meeting growing up. In his free time, he is an avid guitarist and loves staying active outdoors. Ben is thrilled to spend a year of service working with the organization Outside In in Portland.
Emily McGrew was born and raised in New Castle, Indiana and attended New Castle First Friends Meeting. She graduated from Earlham College in 2015 with a degree in Biology. Studying German language, playing flute and piano, and working at the Joseph Moore Museum for Natural History were formative experiences during school. Her first QVS year was spent at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. She is excited to be serving a second year through QVS, this time with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia.
Gage Beemish grew up in central Oregon where he developed a strong appreciation for the outdoors and a love of spending time outside. In central Oregon he attended a Quaker meeting, and has continually been involved in The North West Yearly Meeting of Friends in a variety of roles since then. After high school, Gage moved to the Portland area to attend George Fox University. After one semester of studying film production, Gage made the choice to explore life outside of University. This phase of life was the most formative and foundational time for him coming to learn about himself, and understanding his place in the world around him. While coming to learn more and more about the work his heart wants to be involved with, Gage still maintains the desire to artistically capture and tell stories through film. Aspiring to learn and encourage others in seeking to live in tune with our world and the people in it, Gage deeply cares for issues of non-violence, social justice, and social/environmental sustainability. His alignment to the heart of Quaker values has only increased his interest in this work. In May of 2015, Gage spent five weeks working at the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank. In his brief time there, Gage helped with an English class, worked with photography around the school, helped on the playground as part of the school’s conflict resolution program, and aided in an English class designed for young business professionals. On a larger scale, Gage was there to explore two things: his heart for involvement in that particular conflict, and to explore how to come alongside and simply be with people who are living under oppression. As a first year QVS Fellow, Gage worked with the Energy Coordinating Agency, managing their public workshops program. He was thrilled to combine his heart for people and their quality of life, with his passion to work toward a healthy environment by promoting energy conservation. Gage looks forward to continuing his journey with QVS working with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as a Program Associate for Community Engagement, Alumni Fellow. Community and Quaker values have been an instrumental part of Gage’s growth, and through his second year with QVS, he is looking forward to continual learning of how to integrate his values into his self, community, and work.
Lena GlickmanLena Glickman grew up in a small town in Southern Vermont. She graduated from Oberlin College where she majored in history, focusing on race and class in America. In her junior year she spent a semester in Southern Africa, studying apartheid, the liberation struggle and globalization. She spent her first QVS year with Pennsylvania Working Families, organizing for a livable minimum wage and building power around economic and racial justice in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Her first year with QVS gave her the opportunity to explore questions about creating change: how do we move ourselves and others toward action? How do we build–personally and politically–healthy, accountable, joyful and just communities? QVS was her first experience with Quakerism and she is looking forward to continuing to explore Quaker spirituality and practice. She is excited to spend her second year with QVS at Friends General Conference, working in their Ministry on Racism to address White Supremacy in the Religious Society of Friends.
Elijah Walker grew up in the cotton fields of Northeast Arkansas. He was heavily involved in the LGBTQ+ in the rural south, including his positions on the boards of directors for the Arkansas Trans Equality Coalition and the inaugural Northeast Arkansas Pride event. Elijah is a spoken word poet and amateur musician, and roborovski hamsters are his favorite animal. Elijah is still relatively new to the Friends community! Although there were no Friends meetings or churches near his home, Elijah felt a strong leading to experience the Quaker Way. In 2015, he moved to Portland, OR for his initial year of service with QVS, where he worked with West Hills Friends and Reedwood Friends Church. Elijah is eager to explore his call to pastoral ministry as he continues working at West Hills Friends during his year as an Alumni Fellow in Portland, OR. West Hills Friends.
Kate Monahan grew up in New Haven, CT attending New Haven Friends Meeting. She graduated from Haverford College in 2014 with a double major in History and Spanish. While at Haverford, she spent a summer working at the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City, a Quaker guesthouse and social justice organization. She completed her first year as a QVS Fellow in Philadelphia at DePaul Catholic School, where she worked as an assistant to the Curriculum Director. Kate is excited and grateful to further explore her Quakerism and the intersection of the for-profit and non-profit worlds. Kate will be working at Friends Fiduciary in Philadelphia this year as an Alumni Fellow.
Former QVS Fellows
Laura Landaw graduated from Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York in May 2015. She grew up in a suburb of New York City with a religiously mixed family, which left her with a desire to explore religion and religious histories more throughout college. Majors in Jewish Studies and International Studies enabled her to learn more about the world and its many religions. She spent the summer of 2013 volunteering in a girl’s shelter in Peru and the subsequent summer interning in South Africa at Sinovuyo Caring Families Project. From her experiences abroad she learned about the importance of community and communal living. Upon her returns back to the United States she developed yoga and aerial yoga practices. Academically, she then pursued a minor in women’s studies. She melded her academic and personal interests, by writing her senior thesis on women in the circus entitled “Her-cus: An Exploration of How Circuses Treated Female Performers.” Laura is excited to explore Atlanta in the upcoming year and will serve at the American Friends Service Committee.
JJ Krehbiel grew up in the small town of McPherson, Kansas. In 2013, he graduated from Bridgewater College, a liberal arts institute in Virginia with degrees in Sociology and International Studies. He studied abroad in India and South Africa where he gained a deep appreciation for social justice work. In college he was an active member of his campus Habitat for Humanity chapter, an environmental activism club, his school’s newspaper, and performed in several college theatre productions. JJ has interned for nonprofits promoting human rights, civic participation, and social well-being. Upon graduating, he has volunteered in India as an English and theatre teacher and has worked with Protestant and Catholic youth from Northern Ireland. JJ will be serving at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity where he is excited to gain more experience working in the nonprofit sector. Although JJ is not Quaker, he looks forward to learning more about the Society of Friends.
Adrian Nelson has been asking questions of the world around zir as soon as ze was old enough to articulate this. Almost a “birthright Friend,” ze grew up in the loving arms of McHenry Friends Meeting in the Chicagoland area, learning to hear God amongst pine trees and clucking chickens before moving to Chicago to attend Shimer College and worship with Northside Friends, where ze is currently a member. A great love of reading and human beings has propelled zir through studies of philosophy, sociology, feminism, queer studies, and racial justice. This love has also kept zir heavily involved in Quakerism at multiple levels, and activism for social justice in the Chicago area, most recently with the SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Chicago affiliate. Zir experience with cultural exchange and immersion comes from years spent abroad in Mexico (Campeche) and England (Oxford). Ze will talk your ear off about James Tiptree, Jr and Octavia Butler if given the chance, dearly adores vegan baking/cooking, grew up a devoted Trekkie, and enjoys running/hiking as a way to connect with the world. Ze is leaving a job working in Shimer’s admission office for the past four years to come to QVS. Adrian will be serving with L’Arche, and looks forward to building multiple communities during zir time in Atlanta.
C.J. Green was born in Colorado then immediately headed southeast to North Carolina. Raised in Creedmoor, North Carolina CJ grew up around his older relatives often. After graduating from South Granville High school in 2010, CJ went on to attend Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. At Guilford, CJ studied English and Theatre although he feels that he studied life. During this time CJ developed a passion for understanding multifaceted problems to varying degrees. During his summers, CJ usually goes home to help his family, and explore his craft for writing and art. His interest are wide, ranging from chess, basketball, poetry, espionage, and philosophy to name a few. CJ will be working for The Friends School of Atlanta in the 2015-2016 year.
Isaiah Day was born and raised in a small town in the mountains of Western Massachusetts, where he attended a small alternative high school which was extensively involved in the surrounding community. He graduated from Guilford College in 2014 with degrees in Sociology and Peace & Conflict Studies – it was here that Isaiah discovered a passion for social justice and peace-building in a multicultural setting. His senior thesis was titled “Oppression through Policy: A Human Rights-Based Review of the International Whaling Commission.” Isaiah worked for two summers at a sleep-away camp for children with developmental and behavioral disabilities, and furthered his joy of working with children more recently as an intern at SML Good Neighbors, a summer academic enrichment program for kids in rural VA. Isaiah’s interests include playing the cello, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and electronic music composition. Isaiah will be moving to the Atlanta QVS House and working at the Kindezi School in 2014-2015.
Megan Gianniny grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, as a part of Cambridge Friends Meeting. She graduated from Scripps College in May 2014 with a Gender and Women’s Studies major and Dance minor and her senior thesis was entitled “’Other than Dead:’ Queering Vampires in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Interview with the Vampire, and The Gilda Stories.” While at Scripps, Megan worked in the Office of the President and Board of Trustees, as well as volunteering with the Office of Admissions, New Student Program, and Family, Scripps’ Queer-Straight Alliance. She spent her summers working at a Quaker camp in South China, Maine, which she had attended as a camper during her teens. When not working or studying, Megan enjoys reading, playing ukulele, and blogging about her love of all things nerdy. She is excited to spend a year exploring Atlanta and serving at the Phillip Rush Center.
Charlotte Cloyd grew up in Atlanta attending St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, but quickly fell in love with Quakerism after attending Guilford College. She majored in English with a minor in Ceramics and wrote her honors thesis about the connection between Quakerism and William Wordsworth’s Romantic poetry. While at Guilford, Charlotte played on the school’s co-ed ultimate frisbee team, Biohazard, and co-captained the team during her senior year, enjoying the challenge to coach and captain while also being a team member. Charlotte had the opportunity to study abroad twice, once for a semester in Gaborone, Botswana studying Public Health and a second time during the summer in Sikkim, India working to create sustainable relationships with elementary schools in the foothills of the Himalayas. Charlotte will be serving at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity during the year.
Hannah Monroe graduated from Warren Wilson College in December of 2013 with a double major in Sociology/Anthropology and Environmental Studies. She received the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award from her college, an award that recognizes spiritual values applied to daily life and a commitment to serving others. She also received the Sociology/Anthropology Senior Award for her senior thesis, which looked at how animals in children’s picture books are gendered. In college Hannah organized many events around social justice issues, particularly focusing on feminism, LGBTQ equality, and animal advocacy. In her last semester she brought ecofeminist theorist, Carol Adams, to speak on her campus. During her summers, Hannah interned at three animal advocacy organizations and an LGBTQ youth center. After graduating she returned home to Rhode Island where she is working at Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living as an environmental educator and interning with American Friends Service Committee. After this year, she plans to go to graduate school for sociology or environmental studies, focusing on animal studies and ecofeminism. Hannah has been Quaker her whole life. She will be serving at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Genevieve Beck-Roe grew up in West Rogers Park in Chicago. In May 2014 she graduated from Earlham College where she majored in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Genevieve attended Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camps as a child and was involved in BYM’s Young Friends and Young Adult Friends programs. While at Earlham, she spent two years living in Earlham’s Quaker House. Genevieve is excited for the opportunity to devote time to being intentional about exploring and expanding her Quakerism. In fall 2013 she participated in Earlham’s Border Studies Program based in Tucson, AZ, learning about the political economy of the US/Mexico border, grassroots activism in Mexico, and the humanitarian aid and sanctuary movements in the US. While in Tucson, she interned with Casa Mariposa, an ecumenical intentional community engaged in hospitality activism. In visiting immigration detention centers with Casa Mariposa, she became interested in the role community activism can play in the legal system. Genevieve will be serving at Southern Center for Human Rights.
Anthony Alexander graduated from Ursinus College in May 2011, where he majored in American Studies with a Sociology concentration and minored in Religious Studies. Throughout college, he was actively involved in community service, We C.A.N. (the campus social justice organization) and Sigma Pi Fraternity. He also spent the fall of his junior semester studying abroad in London at SOAS, University of London. Anthony has gained experience through volunteering at various nonprofit organizations, including: ACLU of Pennsylvania, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Catholic Charities, the Center for the Visually Impaired, and Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia. Although he has lived in the Philadelphia area for a while, Anthony is happy to return to his hometown of Atlanta, where he will be working at the Frazer Center, serving adults and children with developmental disabilities.
Alice Erickson graduated from Bryn Mawr College in May of 2013 with a degree in mathematics, and a minor in Italian. For many years Alice has been interested in exploring education outside of the traditional large classroom environment, and she has worked extensively with Hickman Charter school (a charter school in California that serves homeschoolers), as well as working with the Exploratorium in San Francisco on developing homeschool programs and a girls science workshop. Alice was raised in Berkeley Friends Meeting, and during her time at Bryn Mawr she attended the worship group at Haverford College and served on their Nurture and Care committee. In recent years she has become interested in becoming more involved in the national and global Quaker community. Alice will be serving at the Frazer Center, working with children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Amy Greulich graduated from Haverford College in May 2013 where she majored in Religion with a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Her senior thesis focused on notions of identity, narrative, and belonging in the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She interned with the TRC in the summer of 2012 through Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, and revisited Maine in February 2013 for the signing ceremony of the five TRC commissioners. Much of her college career was devoted to the Sneetches Ultimate Frisbee team, a group of women at Haverford and Bryn Mawr committed to a community of love, support, and betterment of ultimate skills and team cohesion. As co-captain, she led the team through many tournaments, organized practices held four to five times a week, managed finances, ran a spring break training trip in South Carolina, and facilitated team bonding throughout the year. Amy will be serving at the Friends School of Atlanta as the Elementary Assistant.
Jessica Zipin graduated from Haverford College in May of 2013 with a degree in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. Her senior thesis was entitled “Inspiration from Meditation: Investigating the Relationship between Mindfulness and Creativity.” Jessica grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was first introduced to Quakerism as a high school student at Sandy Spring Friends School. While at Haverford, she spent all three summers working at a Quaker overnight camp in Medford, New Jersey, which taught her appreciation for Quaker values and the unique communities that they foster. In addition to her time as a camp counselor, she has enjoyed working with children as the coordinator of a program which trains Haverford students to teach writing skills to nearby middle school students. Jessica is really excited to begin her QVS placement at the Kindezi School in Atlanta, GA.
Lara Wik grew up in New Castle, Delaware, where she attended Wilmington Friends School during her younger years. She graduated from Rice University in May 2013 with a BA in Religious Studies. During her undergraduate career, Lara’s two greatest interests were interfaith work and education. While attending Rice, she worked for The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance to coordinate undergraduate programming and assist in youth and community initiatives promoting interfaith awareness in Houston. Lara’s passion for education has led her to teach in a number of settings, from a school for refugees and immigrants in Norway , to YES Prep Charter school and an after school program at a Southern Baptist church in Houston, to a private school in Taiwan. Lara’s journey in education continues to develop in her QVS placement as a middle school support teacher at Friends School of Atlanta this year. Though not a “convinced” Quaker, Lara has felt drawn to Quakerism for years and can’t wait to explore the faith in more depth through Quaker Voluntary Service. Lara will be serving at the Friends School of Atlanta as the Middle School Assistant.
A.J. Mendoza graduated from George Fox University in May 2013 with a double major in Political Science and History. While at school he was a founding member and first President of a student organization called Common Ground, a club that is dedicated to supporting and creating a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer students. He continues to carry this concern and is passionate about sharing the stories of LGBTQ students at Christian colleges and ensuring that they receive understanding and have the means to meet their needs. A.J. was raised in the Pentecostal tradition but he is now a convinced Quaker and is a member of West Hills Friends in Portland Oregon. He actively visits other meetings within the evangelical Northwest Yearly Meeting as he seeks to grow in understanding of Quaker testimonies and process. A.J. will be serving at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, where he will work as a Family Services Outreach Assistant, working to inform potential new homeowners of the resources and programs of Habitat for Humanity.
2012-2013 Pilot Atlanta Fellows
Becca Bass graduated from Haverford College in May 2012 where she majored in Psychology and Educational Studies. Her senior thesis was titled “Transformational Processing of Negative Events Through Writing: An Experimental Manipulation.” Becca has dedicated much of her intellectual energy, time, and commitment to issues of education and education reform. She was a founding member of Buffalo ReformEd, an education reform policy nonprofit in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. She was also the founding president of the Haverford chapter of Students for Education Reform. Becca lived in community with the same group during her four years at Haverford, which taught her a lot about the challenges and joys of community life. Introduced to Quakerism while at Haverford, she appreciates so much about the Quaker tradition and looks forwards to learning and experiencing more this year with QVS. Becca served at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, where she will worked as a family services assistant, working with families to access the resources of Habitat for Humanity and engaging in community outreach and education programs. She now lives in New York City where she works for Say Yes to Education.
Liz Nicholson was raised in the West Richmond Friends Meeting and also attends First Friends in Richmond, Indiana. She graduated from Guilford College in May 2012 where she majored in Psychology and minored in Music. Liz was a member of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program and served as Co-Clerk of that program, as well as taking other leadership roles in the community. She studied abroad in Ghana where she also worked as a museum guide, and she also worked as an intern in an affordable housing complex for seniors in Greensboro where she shared her gift of music. Liz worked at The Frazer Center, which serves adults and children with developmental disabilities. Her role will be as a job coach in the adult program. Liz currently lives in Atlanta and continues to work at the Frazer Center.
Allison Letts graduated from Haverford College in May 2012 where she majored in Linguistics and Educational Studies. Allison has worked in the public school system in Philadelphia and has worked in a variety of educational settings. She worked for several summers with an organization called Achieving Better Control Diabetes Clinical Self-Management. Allison lived in Quaker House, an intentional Quaker community for students, for three of her four years at Haverford, and served as co-clerk for the student Quaker community. As co-clerk, she managed budgets, organized and implemented programs and events, and provided spiritual grounding for others. She was also a member of the Nurture and Care Committee for the wider community at Haverford. Allison served as an Assistant Teacher in the children’s program at The Frazer Center, a community of children and adults with developmental disabilities. The Frazer Center is an inclusive community where people at all levels of ability and disability gather, learn and flourish together. Allison currently lives in Philadelphia where she works as the Development Associate at Friends General Conference.
Lisa Scarpelli graduated from Earlham College in May 2012 where she majored in Peace and Global Studies and Minored in Spanish and Hispanic Studies. Lisa volunteered at the Dayton Ohio International Peace Museum in the summer of 2010 and participated in Pendle Hill’s Young Adult Leadership Development Program in the summer of 2011. She also worked as volunteer staff at the Independent Living Center of Richmond, Indiana for two years where she performed a variety of tasks. Lisa consistently strives to place herself in situations that will cause her to be challenged, to grow, and to learn. Lisa worked at Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions, a grassroots, woman-led, community based organization that seeks to direct women’s voices into a powerful movement for change. Their mission is to empower women (and men) to act politically to reduce militarism and violence and to redirect excessive military spending towards unmet human and environmental needs. Lisa currently lives in New Carrolton, Ohio.
Justin Leverett graduated from the University of Kansas in 2010 with a degree in Journalism and French. Justin was active with the university newspaper and radio, and served as the President and Secretary of the Society of Professional Journalists on campus. He also oversaw and managed the food program for a fifty-member student housing cooperative. Justin has worked at summer camps, as a farm volunteer, and in a restaurant. Justin grew up attending both Quaker meeting and Jewish synagogue very regularly and considers himself to be part of both faith traditions. He is active in Southern Illinois Quaker Meeting where he currently serves as Recording Clerk. Justin worked as the Communications Associate at Clarkston Development Foundation, whose mission is to work closely with refugees, immigrants, Americans and other stakeholders in Clarkston, Georgia, to create a thriving, multicultural neighborhood community that celebrates diversity and is supported by an integrated set of holistic programs and support services. Justin currently lives in Atlanta in an intentional community he co-founded with other service program alums.
Rebecca Sullivanis a life-long Quaker and has spent her life living in intentional community. She graduated from Guilford College in May 2011 with a double major in Comparative Religion and Peace and Conflict Studies. While at Guilford Rebecca participated in the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program and served as the Co-Clerk. She also studied abroad in Kenya with the School for International Training. In Philadelphia where she now lives, she has participated in the Emerging Leaders Scholars Program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and she is an intern with the Friends Rehabilitation Program, as well as with Education Works. Rebecca did her QVS service at the American Friends Service Committee’s Atlanta office, and she focused on AFSC’s emerging work within Atlanta area schools. Rebecca currently lives in Atlanta.
Kelsey McNicholas graduated from Guilford College in 2011 with joint degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology. Her honors thesis was entitled, “On Stories and Authority, Narrative as a Form of Resistance to Systemic Violence in U.S. Immigration Policy.” While at Guilford, she was a member of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, she studied abroad in Mexico, she received the Newlin Award for Social Concerns from New Garden Friends Meeting, and she was a Bonner Scholar. She also organized an alternative spring break trip to the Mexico border with No More Deaths, and she interned in the immigration program of the American Friends Service Committee’s Greensboro office. She previously worked as a legal intake volunteer at the American Civil Liberties Union in Philadelphia. She also participated in Pendle Hill’s Young Adult Leadership Development Program in the summer of 2011. Kelsey, like Justin, worked at the Clarkston Development Foundation as the Community Engagement Associate. Kelsey currently lives in Atlanta and continues to work for Clarkston Development Foundation.
Andrew Huff graduated from Goucher College with a degree in Political Science and independent research projects concerning healthy food access in Baltimore City as well as rapid-HIV testing in churches. Andrew has long been passionate about the intersection of identity politics and public health, specifically in regard to sexual health. He is also interested in social determinants of illness and the interdisciplinary approach to creating healthy communities. After graduating college, he began working as a book editor and ghostwriter, helping people find the right words to tell their stories. He is a member of his local Socrates Café and avidly enjoys philosophizing. Introspection, reflection, and questioning are what drew him to QVS and, although he is relatively new to Quakerism, he is eager to begin this journey. Andrew will be serving with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program this year.
Nina Allan was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, but grew up in Boulder, CO. She is a birthright Quaker, and graduated in 2015 from Haverford College with a degree in Biology and a senior thesis titled “Neuroprotective Effects of Estrogen In Vitro and In Vivo”. Nina was the first person under 18 to discuss her spiritual journey at Boulder Friends Meeting, which piqued her interest in exploring Quakerism. While at Haverford, she lived for two years in Quaker House, and enjoyed the opportunity to continue this exploration with her peers. Junior year, Nina spent a semester in Copenhagen, living with a host family, as part of a continuation of an international life that has taken her to Tanzania, China, Mexico, and Costa Rica. After this year, she plans to work in a lab before eventually going to graduate school for biology. Nina enjoys reading fantasy/science fiction novels and comics, as well as spending time with animals, particularly dogs. Nina will be serving withMetrowest Worker Center-Casa this year.
Daniel Parker grew up Unitarian Universalist in Binghamton, New York. A gap exchange year after high school in Cairo, Egypt, interrupted because of the 2011 revolution, opened his eyes to political awareness of oppressive violence. A music major and political science concentrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has held the Emerson Fellowship in classical piano at MIT and in summer 2015 studied at the world-famous Aspen Music Festival. At MIT, he was deeply involved in cooperative living through the student intentional community “pika.” He took a year leave from MIT for intensive residential Soto Zen Buddhist practice at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center monastery and Green Gulch Farm temple of the San Francisco Zen Center. Afterward, he perceived a leading toward Quakerism, inspired by the way Friends integrate care of inner life with vital concern and action for justice in the material world. He is interested in meditative silence, time in nature, and bread baking, as well as in feminist and queer critical thought and issues in musicology, musical aesthetics, and philosophy of music. He hopes to live a life where he can combine creative expression as a classical pianist with a contemplative spiritual practice and activism for social justice. He will serve at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.
Helen Carpenter hails from the Boston area. She grew up in Beacon Hill Monthly Meeting and was privileged to attend both Cambridge Friends School and Westtown School. More recently she has been attending Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to pursue a bachelor’s in Special Education and Global Studies. Last winter she took time off school in order to live and work in Europe as an au pair. Helen loves working outside as a pool manager at a city park and has found many different ways to work with children, including substitute teaching, summer camps, teaching swim lessons, and babysitting.In her spare time Helen enjoys biking, going to the beach, hiking, eating, and watching movies. Helen is SUPER excited to be involved in the inaugural year of QVS in Boston and looks for ways to further connect her calling to work with children and her Quaker faith. Helen will be serving with the Codman Academy Public Charter School this year.
Katherine Simon grew up just outside of Philadelphia in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and spent her childhood with the wonderful members of both Media and Providence Monthly Meetings. She graduated from Earlham College in May 2015 where she majored in Peace and Global Studies and minored in Music. While at Earlham, she participated in the Quaker Fellows Scholarship Program as a member of the founding cohort. Katherine was also heavily involved in the music department while at school. She participated in multiple choral ensembles both on campus and abroad in Jordan and Italy. Prior to her year with QVS, Katherine will be working with international high school students at Sandy Spring Friends School’s Summer Immersion Program based at the University of Maryland. She is incredibly excited to spend the next year in Boston continuing her exploration of how Quakerism and its principles can influence her life. Katherine will be serving with Public Conversations Project this year.
A spiritual enthusiast, DJ in the making, lover and student of love and life, Ben Trolio grew up in the small town of Ballston Lake in upstate New York. He adventured east for college, studying Environmental Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Before graduating in 2013, he spent two summers traveling by bike as a community organizer through New Hampshire, and a second summer from New Orleans to ExxonMobil’s headquarters. Taking his learnings onto campus, Ben helped found and lead a divestment campaign to get his college to stop investing fossil fuel companies. Passionate about solving climate change, Ben continued this kind of work professionally with a Massachusetts based nonprofit called Better Future Project between graduation and his decision to join QVS. A recent attender of Cambridge Friends Meeting, Ben has traveled a meandering spiritual path attending Catholic Church until age 18, attending a UU church in college and studying Buddhism in post-graduate life. He’s excited to explore Quaker traditions, reflect on mindfulness and the importance of community as part of the Boston QVS house. Ben will be serving with United for a Fair Economy.
Athena Beck spent her formative years in New York City, biking up and down the island of Manhattan to school, museums, and whatever free to the public spaces she could find. In 2010 she began the Fellows program at Ghetto Film School, where studied filmmaking and the art of storytelling. While attending Pomona College in Claremont, CA, Athena interned with the Council for Watershed Health in Los Angeles. There she became acquainted with city policies for preserving open land. Athena especially loved working at the Claremont Colleges library assisting students and visitors in navigating its resources. Athena is grateful for all of these incredible experiences. Spending a few months with Episcopal Sisters, Athena was able to begin integrating the “doing” and “being” modes of her spiritual path. This summer Athena is working and living at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Omega’s environment reminds her of Journey’s End Farm Camp, the first place she felt the nurturance of Quaker teachings grounded in daily practice. She is so excited to be a 2015-16 QVS Fellow, and will be serving with Friends Meeting of Cambridge this year.
Barbara Elizabeth Dale
Barbara Elizabeth Dale graduated in 2015 from Earlham College where she majored in Biology and minored in Museum Studies. A heartfelt passion for honeybees and ants led to a senior paper and presentation focusing on the decision-making processes of eusocial insects. Barbara was a member of the Bonner Scholar Program at Earlham, a service-based scholarship that was particularly influential in her college journey. During her four years as a Bonner she sought out site placements where she could combine her loves for science and storytelling, as well as social justice and community. This took her to a lot of different places, and ultimately culminated in long-term volunteering at an environmental education center and serving as a social media and community outreach intern for the Bonner Program. She also dedicated time to a small natural history museum on Earlham’s campus, the Joseph Moore Museum. There, she served as a host and general volunteer alongside QVS Fellow and friend Emily McGrew. Growing up, Barbara was largely uncooperative member of the Presbyterian Church she begrudgingly attended until the age of ten. As a more congenial college student she has returned to faith and spirituality in a slow and somewhat cautious manner, attending College Meeting for Worship at Earlham and taking time to learn about mindful practice through meditation and Buddhist principles. She is excited to take this year to fully embrace the Quaker faith, and looks forward to spiritual reflection and exploration with the support of a close-knit community. Barbara will serve as the sustainability intern for the Friends Rehabilitation Program this year.
Emily McGrew was raised in New Castle, Indiana, as a member of First Friends Meeting of New Castle. She attended Earlham College, where she graduated from in 2015 with a degree in Biology. She also spent many years playing flute and piano, and is interested in the connections between improvisatory music and empowerment for women and other silenced groups. She is excited to gain experience in a related field by working with thePhiladelphia Mural Arts Program as a QVS Fellow in the coming year.
Lena Glickman grew up in a small town in Southern Vermont. She recently graduated from Oberlin College where she studied history, focusing on race and class in America. In her junior year she studied abroad in Southern Africa, studying apartheid, the liberation struggle, globalization and contemporary political and economic injustice. In the winter of 2015 she interned with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in Washington, DC, giving her a chance to explore her interest in criminal justice reform and prison abolition. At Oberlin she enjoyed tutoring and for the last few summers has worked at a therapeutic summer camp in Vermont. Quaker Voluntary Service will be Lena’s first experience with Quakerism, and she is looking forward to learning from this rich tradition of spirituality and activism, which she feels will blend well with her current beliefs and meditation practice. She is excited to be moving to a new city and thrilled to be organizing for Working Families this year.
Alice Gushue grew up in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC with her three sisters and brother. She was introduced to Quakerism at Guilford College, where she graduated in December 2014 with a major in music and minor in Spanish. Her attraction to Quakerism grew after traveling to Pascagoula, Mississippi on a Spring break work trip with Friends Disaster Service and taking a Quaker spirituality class. An 8 week trip to Nicaragua in high school sparked her interest in Spanish and in her junior year at Guilford she was able to study abroad in Seville, Spain. In the summer of 2014 she interned with DC Doors, an organization which serves immigrant latino families and single women facing housing crisis. She is very passionate about music and plays the upright bass. Other interests include reading poetry, running and cooking. Alice is looking forward to serving in the legal services division of the Nationalities Service Center.
Richie Schulz grew up just outside of Philadelphia in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and spent her childhood with the wonderful members of both Media and Providence Monthly Meetings. She graduated from Earlham College in May 2015 where she majored in Peace and Global Studies and minored in Music. While at Earlham, she participated in the Quaker Fellows Scholarship Program as a member of the founding cohort. Katherine was also heavily involved in the music department while at school. She participated in multiple choral ensembles both on campus and abroad in Jordan and Italy. Prior to her year with QVS, Katherine will be working with international high school students at Sandy Spring Friends School’s Summer Immersion Program based at the University of Maryland. She is incredibly excited to spend the next year in Boston continuing her exploration of how Quakerism and its principles can influence her life. Katherine will be serving with Public Conversations Project this year.
Emmy Morse is from Norfolk, Virginia and graduated in May, 2015 from the University of Richmond. In college, she was amazed by the things her sociology classes taught her, and she discovered that despite the sometimes daunting statistics, there are many ways to fight social inequity and make the world a better place. Though she is not religiously affiliated, Emmy is excited to learn more about the intersection of the Quaker faith and social justice during her QVS year. When she’s not QVS’ing, Emmy enjoys reading, drinking tea, the ocean, road trips, and live music. This year Emmy will be serving at Bread and Roses Community Fund.
Elizabeth Croce was born and raised in the small town of Deland, Florida. Since age 2, she attended Deland preparative meeting, Orlando Monthly Meeting and Southeastern Yearly Meeting. At 13 she had a leading to live, work, and go to school at an incredible Quaker boarding school 10 hours away from home. The Arthur Morgan School is very small boarding and day school for 7th through 9th graders located in the small town of Celo, North Carolina outside Asheville. For the rest of high school, Elizabeth went to George School in Newtown, PA. She then went on to Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where she was a member of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program and spent many semesters interning in the classrooms at New Garden Friends School. In May 2015, Elizabeth graduated with a double major in Religious Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in Quaker Studies. She has spent many summers attending Friends General Conference gathering. For several years she has worked with the junior gathering program with increasing level of responsibility. Elizabeth is thrilled to be moving to Philadelphia to be a QVS fellow where she will work at Germantown Friends School.
Gage Beemish grew up in central Oregon where he developed a strong appreciation for the outdoors and a love of spending time outside. In central Oregon he attended a Quaker meeting, and has continually been involved in The North West Yearly Meeting of Friends in a variety of roles since then. After high school, Gage moved to the Portland area to attend George Fox University. After one semester of studying film production, Gage made the choice to explore life outside of University. This phase of life was the most formative and foundational time for him coming to learn about himself, and understanding his place in the world around him. While coming to learn more and more about the work his heart wants to be involved with, Gage still maintains the desire to artistically capture and tell stories through film. Aspiring to learn and encourage others in seeking to live in tune with our world and the people in it, Gage deeply cares for issues of non-violence, social justice, and social/environmental sustainability. His alignment to the heart of Quaker values has only increased his interest in this work. In May of 2015, Gage spent five weeks working at the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank. In his brief time there, Gage helped with an English class, worked with photography around the school, helped on the playground as part of the school’s conflict resolution program, and aided in an English class designed for young business professionals. On a larger scale, Gage was there to explore two things: his heart for involvement in that particular conflict, and to explore how to come alongside and simply be with people who are living under oppression. This year Gage will be working with the Energy Coordinating Agency, managing their public workshops program. He is thrilled to combine his heart for people and their quality of life, with his passion to work toward a healthy environment by promoting energy conservation. Community and Quaker values have been an instrumental part of Gage’s growth, and through this year of QVS he is looking forward to the opportunity of fully engaging in these, and all of the things that this year has to offer.
Abigail Brown hails originally from the small town of Waterbury Center, Vermont. She graduated from Haverford College in May 2014 where she majored in History. Her senior thesis investigated expressions of inmate agency at the Eastern State Penitentiary and Graterford Prison in Pennsylvania between 1923 and 1935. During her sophomore year, Abigail participated in an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop at Haverford and first became interested in the relationship between Quaker spirituality and social justice. During a summer internship with AVP California she participated in AVP workshops in several California prisons and jails. She worked with students and administrators at Haverford and coordinators of AVP Philadelphia to organize and facilitate several workshops on campus. Through Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Abigail spent the summer of 2013 in Northern Ireland, interning with Community Restorative Justice Ireland in Belfast. She is deeply committed to the cause of restorative justice and to issues of education and criminal justice. This year Abigail will be working at Germantown Friends School.
Mowie Freeman graduated in 2014 from Bryn Mawr College where she majored in Religion and minored in Creative Writing. Her interest in the intersection of faith and counseling informed her senior thesis—an ethnographic study exploring the effects of religious denomination on individual bereavement processes—which involved interviews with six Friends from a local Quaker Meeting. She is interested in and excited about intentional living and community building and has farmed, lived and worked in a number of intentional communities. She is also passionate about sustainability and during her time at Bryn Mawr lived in a vegan co-op on campus for her final two years. Mowie grew up with Quakerism, attending a Friends elementary school and later studying at Westtown School for high school. She is looking forward to exploring her own Quaker faith anew in the coming year in QVS. When not studying or working, Mowie loves playing guitar outside, small watercolor projects, impromptu dance parties and reading. Mowie will be serving at Nationalities Service Center.
Thomas Flaherty graduated from the College of William and Mary in the Spring of 2012. He majored in Public Policy and minored in Management. He also independently focused on Communications, performing individual studies investigating the ways leaders use rhetoric and the challenges of communicating on climate change. Outside class, he helped found as Treasurer and later ran the campus Interfaith group, I-Faith. After graduation, he tutored economics and attempted to join the Army. He was found medically ineligible, and has since worked his way into a retail management position. Thomas began his Quaker journey shortly after graduation, finally becoming a convinced Friend in early 2014. He has been honored to serve as Clerk of Religious Education for the Fort Myers Monthly Meeting, where he has moved the meeting towards the practice of regular Second Hour workshops revolving around rich literature and dialogue, drawing out the diverse and peculiar perspectives among Friends. He looks forward to continuing his work in creating, coordinating, and facilitating educational workshops when he begins his work for the Energy Coordinating Agency this fall. Thomas is also an avid runner, dancer, and martial artist.
Carol Anne Ferlauto
Carol Anne Ferlauto graduated from Rowan University in 2009 with a BA in American Studies, a minor in Geography, and a concentration in International Studies. During her time at Rowan, she had the opportunity to take a summer course abroad in France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. After spending several years working in the realm of corporate America, she is looking forward to the change of environment that will come with serving in the non-profit sector. Carol Anne began attending Chatham-Summit Quaker Meeting in January 2014, where she has found a spiritual home. Carol Anne will be serving at Bread and Roses Community Fund.
Christine Page grew up just outside of Philadelphia in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and spent her childhood with the wonderful members of both Media and Providence Monthly Meetings. She graduated from Earlham College in May 2015 where she majored in Peace and Global Studies and minored in Music. While at Earlham, she participated in the Quaker Fellows Scholarship Program as a member of the founding cohort. Katherine was also heavily involved in the music department while at school. She participated in multiple choral ensembles both on campus and abroad in Jordan and Italy. Prior to her year with QVS, Katherine will be working with international high school students at Sandy Spring Friends School’s Summer Immersion Program based at the University of Maryland. She is incredibly excited to spend the next year in Boston continuing her exploration of how Quakerism and its principles can influence her life. Katherine will be serving with Public Conversations Project this year.
Eppchez Nomi graduated from Wesleyan University In May 2014 with a BA in theater and writing. In college Eppchez helped organize contracted laborers on campus though work with their unions and the student group United Student and Labor Action Coalition. Eppchez has written four plays, which have been produced over the course of their time in college and over 30 songs, some of which were released in a self-produced song cycle in July 2013. Eppchez’s art is inextricably tied to their Quaker faith and to their seeking. A life long Friend, Eppchzgrew up in Western Massachusetts attending New England Yearly Meeting youth programs. Quaker programs have often been important places of growth for Eppchez. In the summer of 2008 they participated in a Quaker Youth Pilgrimage to England and Ireland, where they studied the History of early Quakers in 1652 country and conflict resolution in Belfast. In the spring of 2009, Eppchez attended The Woolman semester in Nevada City CA. Eppchez is so excited to be moving to the QVS house in Philadelphia. It has been too long since they were immersed in Quaker programming. Next year Eppchez is thrilled to be serving at Philly Fight Institute for Community Justice.
Sonali Kumar is originally from San Diego. Sonali graduated from Smith College with a degree in Government and the Study of Women and Gender. She attended Quaker meetings in Northampton, MA while at Smith, where she got a small taste of Quakerism and its community. Prior to joining QVS, she interned at the Campaign for Youth Justice and National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty, both in Washington, D.C. Sonali will be at the Ministry on Racism at Friends General Conference while at QVS.
Kate Monahan graduated from Haverford College in May 2013 where she majored in History and Spanish. She especially enjoyed being involved in Haverford’s community, helping to orient freshmen for three years and serving as a Spanish teaching assistant for two. Kate grew up as a Quaker in New Haven, Connecticut, and became passionate about education after working at Breakthrough Collaborative as a teacher for two summers. As a junior in college she worked at the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City, a Quaker guesthouse and social justice organization, her first experience with communal living, which also introduced her to issues of immigration and human rights. Before she begins at QVS she’ll be working as a counselor at Friends Camp, a Quaker camp in Maine that she attended as a kid. She is excited for the opportunity to live in community, reconnect with Quakerism, and spend a year in service at DePaul Catholic School.
Elizabeth Duthinh graduated in 2012 from Brown University where she majored in Public Policy and American Institutions. While at Brown, Elizabeth taught ESOL classes for the MET Family Literacy Project and did communications work for US Congressman David Cicilline. As the chair of Brown’s transgender advocacy group, she spearheaded initiatives for inclusive healthcare and housing on campus. Elizabeth currently serves on the National Advisory Council of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Elizabeth received the Lippett Prize for Public Service and the LGBTQ Senior Leadership Award upon graduation and took the opportunity to backpack Europe. As a former member of the Friends General Conference Youth Ministries Committee, she is excited to participate in QVS on her return to the US. Elizabeth will be serving at the Nationalities Services Center for her QVS year.
Fairleigh Barnes graduated from Haverford College in May 2013 where she majored in Psychology and minored in Chinese. She conducted her senior research thesis on the relationship between socioeconomic status and student identity. She is very interested in issues of access to education and child development. She has experience working with children in a variety of settings including as a practicum student on the Neurobehavioral Outpatient Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and as a volunteer in the Child and Adolescent Day Hospital at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, MD. Living in community with other students in college taught her a lot about community living and she looks forward to sharing the experience with other QVS Fellows in the coming year. She was introduced to Quakerism at Haverford, and was inspired by the Quaker ideals and traditions over the course of her time there. She is glad to have the opportunity to learn more this year in QVS. Fairleigh will be serving at Germantown Friends School.
Talia Tiffany graduated in 2013 from Reed College in Portland, Oregon with a degree in Sociology. She is passionate about social and ecological justice, particularly in the food system. She has both studied and lived in intentional community and is fascinated by the social fabric. Talia’s mother is a Reform Rabbi and she grew up in Wilmington, Delaware in a Jewish household while attending Quaker school for much of her education. Both faith traditions have heavily influenced her own. Talia has worked as the Environmental Sustainability Student Coordinator at Reed, at farmer’s markets and farms across the country, and has studied writing and the visual arts. When not working, studying or reading Talia enjoys the sun, baking bread and exploring. Talia will be serving at the Mariposa Food Co-Op in West Philadelphia.
Madeline Smith-Gibbs hails from the Boston area. She grew up in Beacon Hill Monthly Meeting and was privileged to attend both Cambridge Friends School and Westtown School. More recently she has been attending Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to pursue a bachelor’s in Special Education and Global Studies. Last winter she took time off school in order to live and work in Europe as an au pair. Helen loves working outside as a pool manager at a city park and has found many different ways to work with children, including substitute teaching, summer camps, teaching swim lessons, and babysitting.In her spare time Helen enjoys biking, going to the beach, hiking, eating, and watching movies. Helen is SUPER excited to be involved in the inaugural year of QVS in Boston and looks for ways to further connect her calling to work with children and her Quaker faith. Helen will be serving with the Codman Academy Public Charter School this year.
Maire Elizabeth Moriarty
Maire Elizabeth Moriarty graduated in May 2012 from Ursinus College, where she majored in Social Justice Studies and was a member of the Bonner Leaders Program. Her experience engaging in service learning at Ursinus and being raised in the city of Reading, Pennsylvania were strong contributors to her passion for addressing injustices in our society. She has spent the past year in Wilmington, Delaware with a service program, and is engaging in this year with QVS as a part of her continuing exploration of her Quaker heritage and the intersection of spirituality and social justice. Maire Elizabeth will be serving at Friends General Conference supporting their work for racial justice.
Malcolm Culleton grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and received twelve years of Quaker education at Buckingham Friends School and George School before attending Columbia University in New York City, where he studied Creative Writing and American History and became active in on-campus organizing for the rights of University employees and the student body. While in New York, he also volunteered with various worker and immigrants’ rights groups on the Upper West Side and in Lower Manhattan. He hopes to further his own skills as an organizer and as a supporter of community-based service and activism in Philadelphia. In his free time, Malcolm enjoys writing, reading, playing guitar, and traveling around the United States, sometimes by bicycle. He is interested not only in formal history but in American folk culture, stories, and roots music. He remains an enthusiastic Philadelphia sports fan, and particularly enjoys watching Phillies and Flyers games. Malcolm will serve at Bread and Roses Community Fund.
Jocelyn Dowling is a native of Takoma Park, Maryland. In 2010 Jocelyn graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro North Carolina with a degree in Sociology and Peace & Conflict Studies, where she was active in the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program. During her time in Greensboro, she worked as the Peace and Economic Justice intern with the American Friends Service Committee as well as the Project Coordinator of the McLeansville Reading and Discussion Prison Literacy Program. After a year of Americorps service Jocelyn was hired as the Intake Manager at the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County in Bethesda MD working in the mediation department. This summer she will be working her 6th year as a counselor with Baltimore Yearly Meeting Camps before heading off to Philadelphia to start her year with QVS. Jocelyn will be serving at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program for her QVS year.
Trevor Johnson graduated from Colorado College in May 2013 with a degree in Religion and Music and thesis project on the New Monastic communities of the Simply Way and Rutba House. While at CC, he worked with the Chaplains’ Office as an intern and organized interfaith discussions, established a chapter of Student Christian Movement (a progressive Christian organization), and helped lead worship in a diverse collection of traditions. Part of his work this last year included organizing the first year of the Liturgical Brewing Club. He took part in the Young Adult Leadership Development program at Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center in the summer of 2010. Trevor grew up in various Christian traditions and wishes to explore further before settling into a denomination. He also practices a variety of arts from spoken word, music, and theatre to painting and metalworking. Trevor will be serving at the De Paul Catholic School in Germantown.
James Copp grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and has attended Quaker schools since Kindergarden. He went to high school at Westtown School in Westtown PA and attended Guilford College where he graduated from in December of 2014 with a geology degree. One of James’s most valued experiences during college was having the opportunity to visit the Palestinian Territories as well as parts of Israel with one of Guilford’s Quakerism professors, Max Carter. This trip helped inspire James to look at social injustices closer to his home while keeping the fundamental Quaker values in mind. This summer James will be leading canoe trips for a Quaker summer camp in Vermont before heading out to Portland in August. For the coming year James will be serving at Outside In.
Hannah Kunde was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and graduated in December of 2014 with a degree in Sociology and International Studies from George Fox University. For the past six months Hannah has been living and working with a Friends church in Mexico City. Hannah became acquainted with the Quaker tradition at George Fox and has since been attending a Friends Church. She is excited to pursue this year with QVS where she will learn more about what it looks like to live out Quaker values. Hannah is passionate about learning from and walking alongside marginalized people groups and hopes to lead a life that honors this passion. Dreams of hers include going back to school to study sustainable community development, returning to Mexico for an extended period of time, and living on a small-scale vegetable farm with goats and chickens. Some life-giving activities in Hannah’s life include gardening, playing music, baking bread, reading, and swimming. She will be serving with the Portland L’Arche community this year.
Mary Tierney was born and raised in southern West Virginia and graduated from Earlham College in May of 2015 with a B.A. degree in Human Development and Social Relations. While at Earlham, Mary was an active member of the Bonner Scholars Program where she cultivated her passion for nonprofit work and social justice issues such as sex education, mental health awareness, and mountaintop removal. Over the past four years she has engaged in service through work as a Case Manager Intern at a Youth Emergency Shelter, as a tutor and mentor for kids in various schools and summer programs, and as a member of WV Bully-Free. She plans to pursue a double Master’s in Social Work and Human Sexuality to become involved in counseling work and policy reformation. Mary is excited to be completing her QVS year at the YWCA of Greater Portland as their Social Justice Program Assistant.
Elijah Walker grew up in Northeast Arkansas. He studied art at Williams Baptist College before moving to Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in 2013 to intern and observe environmental sustainability and intentional community. After leaving the ecovillage, he served on the inaugural board for the first LGBTQ+ pride festival in his hometown. He has also served on the board for the Arkansas Trans Equality Coalition and helped form the first transgender support and community group in Northeast Arkansas. He began exploring faith at a young age, and although he has followed many different spiritual paths, he has recently found himself feeling most at home among Quakers. Elijah is eager to develop a deeper understanding of the Quaker Way and community while in Portland. He will be working with Habitat for Humanity.
Rudhian Chlissma Putra
Rudhian Chlissma Putra was born and raised in Aceh, a region in the westernmost point of Indonesia. He graduated from Earlham College in Spring 2015 where he majored in International Studies and minored in Economics. Rudhian has huge interests in the fields of development, housing justice, and public policy. He is also passionate about art and photography. Rudhian was introduced to Quakerism at Earlham and his four years there has inspired him to Quaker values and practices. He looks forward to spending his year of service with QVS, living in intentional community, building relationships, exploring more about Quakerism and spirituality in Portland, OR. He will be serving with New City Initiative, a non-profit that works with faith communities in ending the cycle of homelessness.
Kathleen Burckhardt graduated from Lewis & Clark College in May 2014, with a B.A. in English Writing & Literature and a minor in Studio Art. She is an American citizen but grew up in Switzerland, Ireland, and Canada. While at Lewis & Clark, she worked for three campus offices doing a variety of work including interfaith programming for the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life where she founded a Quaker worship group and organized many on campus speakers and field trips to a number of Portland spiritual centers. Over the past seven years she has been engaging in service through the organization of numerous fundraisers for schools in Namibia and Nepal. These included a series of small film festivals in Canada and an auction and benefit concert in Portland. In addition, putting to use the cross-cultural experience she gained from being a Third Culture Kid, Kathleen has facilitated cultural awareness workshops, and trainings in compassionate listening, anti-discrimination, and the culture shock phenomena. This year she is thrilled to be working with the Portland YWCA as their Social Change Program Assistant.
Emily Comerford graduated from Guilford College in May 2014 where she majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. While at Guilford, Emily was a member of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program and the Guilford Women’s Soccer team. The past three summers she has interned for Mercer County Human Services in Trenton, New Jersey, where she has worked for Mental Health, Addiction Services, as well as the Nutrition Project for the Elderly. Emily is a lifelong Quaker and member of the Princeton Monthly Meeting in Princeton, New Jersey. Emily is interested in the mental health field and is excited to be completing her QVS year at Kinship House, outpatient mental health services for children and their families.
Carson Dietz Hartmann
Carson Dietz Hartmann was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He is generally interested in education, housing justice and policy, community living, adventure, languages, art and exercising. In February 2013, Carson graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Geography. His major left him with the questions: Why is place important? Why do people live where they live (or why must they live there)? Carson also studied French and Arabic at Middlebury. This has led him to study, work and live abroad, most recently in Ramallah, Palestine, where he works as a 6th Grade English Teacher at the Ramallah Friends Girls School. Carson attended his first Quaker Meeting at Middlebury College, and has since attended a number of meetings across the US and now in Ramallah. Carson is excited to join QVS Portland next year, where he will work at The New City Initiative.
Ally Clendineng graduated from Holy Cross College with a degree in Psychology and concentrations in Global Perspectives and Theology. She is passionate about advocacy in the areas of mental health, peace, and social justice. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work to become a trauma and addictions counselor. She’s a big fan of books, coffee, and sunshine. She grew up within the Evangelical Friends tradition, and now feels at home within the convergent Friends movement. Ally will serve with Habitat For Humanity this year.
Hye Sung Gehring
Hye Sung Gehring is from Nutley, New Jersey but has lived in Michigan and Memphis, TN the past two years studying at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, working, and living in intentional communities. Although he has had quite a variety of religious experiences in his past, he has had a long-held interest in the Quaker tradition. Recently he has been connected to the Friends of Jesus Fellowship, a Quaker-affiliated “network of communities and ministries gathered around a common experience of the living presence of Jesus in our midst.” Before he leaves for Portland, he will spend six weeks with the FoJF in Detroit as in intern, working with the meeting and the Ruth Ellis Center. In Portland, he will intern with American Friends Service Committee – supporting the Portland Peace Program and the Portland Project Voice program.
Rachel Milah graduated from Earlham College in May of 2014 with a B.A. degree in Psychology. She has been interested in research throughout her college career, leading her to pursue research opportunities on and off campus. This interest in research culminated in the development of her senior research project about the effects of humor on hostility and other emotions. Throughout college, she served as co-convener of a psychology club, helped facilitate a class as a teaching assistant, and interned at an adult daycare serving adults with physical and mental impairments. She also devoted time to Amigos, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of the Latino community through support and programs. She enjoys traveling and studied abroad in Turkey and Nicaragua while attending Earlham. Spending four years at a Quaker college has inspired appreciation of Quaker values and practice. She is excited to learn more about Quakerism, delve into her spirituality, and to begin her year of service with QVS! She will be a Fellow with Outside In.
Siobhan McGowan graduated from Goucher College with a degree in Political Science and independent research projects concerning healthy food access in Baltimore City as well as rapid-HIV testing in churches. Andrew has long been passionate about the intersection of identity politics and public health, specifically in regard to sexual health. He is also interested in social determinants of illness and the interdisciplinary approach to creating healthy communities. After graduating college, he began working as a book editor and ghostwriter, helping people find the right words to tell their stories. He is a member of his local Socrates Café and avidly enjoys philosophizing. Introspection, reflection, and questioning are what drew him to QVS and, although he is relatively new to Quakerism, he is eager to begin this journey. Andrew will be serving with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program this year.
Anicka Meyers was born and raised in Goshen, Indiana with her parents and two older sisters. She lived in West Africa and as a young child and furthered her travel experiences throughout high school and college, most recently studying abroad in Tanzania and Kenya, East Africa. Anicka graduated from Earlham College in May 2013 with a degree in Neuroscience. She was also heavily involved in the Weaving department at Earlham. Anicka was a Bonner Scholar, and regularly volunteered in the community at organizations such as Richmond State Hospital and the Wayne County Health Clinic. She spent last summerin Denver, Colorado working for Denver Kids Inc., which is a non-profit organization that provides educational counseling and mentorship to kids in the Denver Public School system and she will be returning to Denver Kids again this summer. Anicka grew up in a Mennonite community and self-identifies as a Mennonite. She brought her faith background to Interfaith House at Earlham, where she lived for three years and discovered the commonalities between faith traditions. Anicka is working at Outside In, a medical clinic that also provides services to homeless youth. Her role is as a Youth and Benefits Specialist.
Giovanna Selvaggio graduated from Guilford College in May 2013 where she majored in Religious Studies and minored in Ceramics. Her honors thesis was entitled, “Spectral Geographies: Agents of Resistance in China’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution.” While at Guilford, Giovanna was a member of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program and the Greenleaf Coffee Cooperative, as well as serving as a community and college activist on issues of race, class, and gender. A lifelong Quaker, Giovanna has spent the last four summers as a counselor at Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s Catoctin and Shiloh Quaker Camps. Giovanna is serving this year with CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Kids.
Willa Keegan-Rodewald graduated from Lewis & Clark College in May 2013 where she majored in Psychology and minored in English. While at Lewis & Clark, Willa planned and coordinated Interfaith discussions and faith community visits through her work with the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. She also helped initiate a small Quaker Meeting on campus. Willa has volunteered with the Bay Area Rescue Mission and several social justice organizations around Portland. While studying abroad in London, she interned with 240 Project, a community and activity center for vulnerable and excluded people who have a history of homelessness. Willa was raised in Berkeley Friends Meeting and also attended St. Louis Friends Meeting. Willa is working this year at New City Initiative, which aims to engage faith communities in ending the cycle of homelessness by building supportive relationships.
Katelin Ryan graduated this May with a bachelor’s degree in history from Wartburg College. She was recognized by the department as the Outstanding Senior in History and presented one of her research projects, “The First Ferris Wheel,” at a conference in April. Katelin minored in social welfare and is interested social justice, civil and human rights, poverty, racism, and religion. While attending school, Katelin worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a nursing home where she practiced care and compassion for helping others. She grew up in Bremer County, Iowa where the Lutheran faith tradition is most dominant though she does not align herself with any denomination. Katelin was encouraged to join QVS by a trusted and influential professor who says that she is a Quaker but doesn’t know it yet. Katelin is excited to spend a year building relationships, living in intentional community, and learning more about Quakerism. She is working on community gardens and other community development projects with Harrison Park School in southeast Portland.