QVS Staff

Hilary Burgin (*she/her/hers)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

hilary (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Hilary Burgin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hilary has been with Quaker Voluntary Service since January 2015, seeing three cohorts of Fellows through the QVS program. Hilary’s desire to deepen and grow the work of transformative experiences for young adults energizes her as she steps into the Executive Director role. Hilary sees QVS as an integral component of the Quaker movement the world needs now, and is excited about continuing to build our community of support nationwide.

 

Hilary grew up in Acton Friends Meeting (MA), participating in the New England Yearly Meeting youth programs from elementary through high school. After graduating Oberlin College in 2010 she moved to Boston. In the years since she has worked on farms, for environmental groups, and for New England Yearly Meeting. Hilary attends Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, lives in Jamaica Plain, and wears a helmet when she bikes around Boston and beyond.

Mike Huber (he/him/his)
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM

mike (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Mike Huber

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM
If Mike ever gains access to a time machine, he will set course for the 17th Century and follow Mary Fisher through the Ottoman Empire. Mike found his spiritual home with the Quakers at the age of 18. This came as a surprise to everyone (himself included). After earning a philosophy degree from Portland State University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, Mike helped start West Hills Friends in Portland, OR. After 30 years of pastoral ministry, he’s excited to begin a new chapter of life with QVS. He has a magical daughter and a highly capable wife. His brilliant son died in 2014, which simply broke his heart in two. He believes in fresh donuts, a sense of wonder and the fearless pursuit of love; but the greatest of these is love.

Lee Anne McGaha (she/her/hers)
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
leeanne (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Lee Anne McGaha

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Lee Anne previously worked for QVS in a part time capacity, and is thrilled to rejoin QVS as Director of Operations. In her (long ago) college days, she devoted most of her extracurricular time to service projects, and has always had a volunteer spirit and desire to help make the world a better place. Lee Anne graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Economics and French, and spent the majority of her career at a large management consulting firm where she gained experience in organizational operations improvement. After a brief stint pursuing a graduate degree in cell biology, she ultimately decided to stay home with her young daughter for several years. QVS provided the perfect opportunity to re-enter the workforce and use her talents for good. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her amazing family, decorating cookies, and starting crocheting projects.

Oskar Pierre Castro (he/him/his/they/them/theirs)
PHILADELPHIA COORDINATOR / DIRECTOR OF EQUITY & INCLUSION
oskar (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Oskar Pierre Castro

PHILADELPHIA COORDINATOR / DIRECTOR OF EQUITY & INCLUSION
Oskar Pierre Castro is an artist/analyst/non-violent activist/father & husband with over twenty years of service in the nonprofit sector working on youth development, career development, peace activism, and labor rights. Oskar is a 1992 graduate of Rowan University where he majored in Law & Justice. The human rights part of the Law & Justice curriculum stimulated his belief in the need to work for social justice when it is absent. Oskar’s nonprofit experiences include things like leading a national office program at the American Friends Service Committee and helping talented youth-of-color navigate corporate America with INROADS, Inc. A member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, he is originally from South Jersey. Oskar moved to Philadelphia in 1994, and as a multi-faceted artist there he employs music, poetry, and graphic art to creatively communicate his ideas about the world. Oskar is married to a like minded soul, has two awesome children, the best dog ever, and the cutest maniacal cat in Southwest Philadelphia.

Liz Nicholson (she/her/hers)
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
liz (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

 

Liz Nicholson

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Liz Nicholson grew up in West Richmond Friends Meeting and began worshiping with First Friends Meeting in Richmond, IN as a young adult. Liz graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC majoring in Psychology and Music and participated in the first QVS house in Atlanta in 2012, where she became active in Atlanta Friends Meeting. Professionally, she has worked with adults and children who have intellectual disabilities, utilizing her combined passions for effective communication and music. Her interest in social justice and activism led her to work with Friends Committee on National Legislation, several disability organizations, and work alongside Quakers in Israel/Palestine. Liz joined QVS in 2014 as the Atlanta Coordinator and has felt deeply engaged and called to the work of supporting folks in community building and deepening intentionality in their lives. She has also served in Administrative and Communications capacities at QVS over those years. After serving in the Atlanta City Coordinator role for five years, Liz is stepping back to continue part time Communications work with QVS while she explores graduate studies opportunities. 

Claire Hannapel (she/her/hers)
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
claire (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org 

 

 

Claire Hannapel

OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Claire grew up in Durham, North Carolina where she attended Durham Friends Meeting. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. At Carolina, she was heavily involved with food justice and advocacy groups and led a campaign for more transparency and inclusive decision-making of institutional food sourcing and food accessibility.

During her first QVS year, Claire worked at the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless where she developed and managed the Identification Advocacy Program, assisting individuals facing homelessness with obtaining their birth certificates. This service helped remove one of many barriers to chronic homelessness, supporting individuals so that they could secure stable housing and employment, as well as apply for additional social assistance programs. Claire found that her work with the Law Center strengthened her advocacy skills and reaffirmed her Quaker values. Yet, witnessing the impacts of systems and institutions that still blatantly and subtly inflict violence upon the lives of people of color and those in poverty, the work was simultaneously complicating her understanding of social policy and legal protection.

This experience has compelled Claire to continuing to seek community in the southeast and engage in meaningful work to build structural change and inclusive policy that reaches those forced to the margins.

Claire is looking forward to serving as an Alumni Fellow at Quaker Voluntary Service itself, as Outreach and Development Coordinator.

Sonja Sponheim (she/her/hers)
MINNEAPOLIS COORDINATOR
sonja (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Sonja Sponheim

MINNEAPOLIS COORDINATOR
Sonja is a member of Bear Creek Friends Meeting, and attends Laughing Waters Friends Preparatory Meeting in Minneapolis. She studied English literature in college, served in the Peace Corps in Nepal, then completed a Master’s in Education at the University of Minnesota. True to her Minnesota roots, Sonja loves the state’s rivers and lakes. She lives in Saint Paul with her spouse, two kids, and a little grey cat. She’s glad to be part of QVS!

Zenaida Peterson (they/them/theirs)
RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR
zenaida (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Zenaida Peterson

RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR

Zenaida Peterson is a recent alumnae fellow from the Quaker Voluntary Service program in the Boston house. They are a Black queer slam poet from Atlanta who graduated from Simmons College where they began social justice community organizing in and out of the classroom. While staying connected with their QVS site placement, VISIONS Inc., an anti oppression consulting company, Zenaida is pumped to recruit for QVS hoping to get perspective fellows excited for a year of both community and personal growth while in service.

Caitlin Gaylord Churchill (she/her/hers)
PORTLAND COORDINATOR
caitlin (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Caitlin Gaylord Churchill

PORTLAND COORDINATOR
Caitlin Gaylord Churchill graduated from Harvard University and spent time living and working at Findhorn, a spiritual community in Scotland.  She is passionate about food as a way to build community and as a platform for social justice.  Her first introduction to Quakerism was being a homesick child at Friends Camp, where she eventually returned years later as the cook. She feels compelled to feed Quakers of all ages and myriad dietary restrictions and she’s not sure why.

Kristina Keefe-Perry (she/her/hers)
BOSTON COORDINATOR
kristina (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Kristina Keefe-Perry

BOSTON COORDINATOR
Kristina Keefe-Perry is the mother of a third grader, a spouse, an avid bicyclist and hiker, and a member of Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting. She grew up in Northern California where she co-coordinated the Service Learning program at Humboldt State and worked at the Academy for College Excellence.  Kristina came to Friends in Pacific Yearly Meeting, has served as clerk of her monthly meeting, as co-clerk of the Teen program for College Park Quarter, on the FGC Traveling Ministries Program, and as a teacher of Quakerism at Pendle Hill. With her spouse, Callid, she is the co-creator of Jewels of Quakerism and has facilitated Bible studies, offered public ministry, and led retreats throughout the US and Canada. She served as staff of the Young Adult Leadership Development (YALD) program in 2009. Kristina was a member of the founding steering committee and Board of QVS. A graduate of Boston University School of Theology, Kristina carries a minute of release from Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting in support of a leading for the nurture and growth of accessible, teaching, open and affirming, Christian, Quaker experiences of worship and connection. She is currently being called to a multi-year vision establishing an innovative Friends church in the Boston area.  She also works for The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) coordinating the Creation Care Ministries Program, using her skills in preaching, teaching, and networking to ground faithful engagement in environmental-justice and food-justice work.

Kiana Beasley (she/her/hers)
ATLANTA COORDINATOR
kiana (at) quakervoluntaryservice.org

Kiana Beasley

ATLANTA COORDINATOR
With an open heart, an open mind, and a commitment to excellence, Kiana expresses a passion for social justice advocacy through service, leadership, and the empowerment of others. She has a profound appreciation for the connections between art and quality of life, is inspired by the power of education, and has learned that developing resilience, compassion, and wisdom are the true keys to success in life. Kiana graduated from Mercer University in 2015 having majored in International Affairs and minored in French, began pursuing a degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018, and currently seeks enriching opportunities to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and experience required for a fruitful career in the social sector. As the incoming Atlanta Coordinator, she regards her role as an invaluable opportunity to build rapport with the Quaker community while learning more about Quakerism and its intersections with social consciousness and activism. 

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