Rachel Larson is from Minnesota. She majored in Communication Studies and minored in Music and Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. She enjoys singing and playing handbells. A fun fact about Rachel is that she loves looking up movie trivia.
Amy Cheng is originally from Seattle, WA and graduated in 2018 from Whitworth University with degrees in Spanish and Peace Studies. In her year of post-grad, she has been honing her passion for social justice by working in affordable housing and being involved in the community. Amy is a tried and true Pacific Northwest native, with a deep affinity for literature, coffee, and exploring the outdoors. She is looking forward to her first-ever visit to the East Coast and bridging faith and service in action.
Julia Kohler is from Moorhead, Minnesota, where she studied Psychology, Environmental Studies, and Writing at Concordia College. In her free time, Julia enjoys anything that allows her to be creative and to advocate for the causes close to her heart.
Haylee Worm recently graduated from Concordia College – Moorhead where she studied Multimedia Journalism and Political Science. She attended high school in South Dakota, but now considers Lincoln, Nebraska home. In her time at Concordia, Haylee explored her many passions and looks forward to further delving into her greatest passion of helping people. Haylee enjoys reading, writing, and petting all kinds of animals, though her favorite animal is a cow.
Washington, DC: Bonhoeffer House
Michael Weber is a grad of Haverford college where he majored in religion. He grew up in Wisconsin, California, and Massachusetts, and at Haverford, played ultimate frisbee and wrote for the college’s communications office. An avid playlist maker, crossword fiend, and astrology student (as a new year’s baby, he is a capricorn), Michael is excited to work with the Washington Interfaith Network and learn about the intersections of congregations and community organizing.
Phoebee Jean is a recent Providence College graduate from Massachusetts. She majored in Health Policy & Management. Phoebee loves singing, spending time with friends and watching movies. She is of Haitian descent. Phoebee Jean is excited to continue working for peace and justice through her role at LVC.
Constance Lee is a recent Beloit College graduate from Hong Kong, and she majored in Anthropology and Critical Identity Studies. She was involved with various on-campus community organizing throughout her years in Beloit and was active in volunteering and serving the greater Beloit community. She cares deeply about reproductive rights and reproductive health, as well as racial and ethnic equity and education. In her free time, Constance enjoys hiking, singing, and going to art galleries. She’s always down for a good conversation paired with a cuppa Earl Grey tea!
Britta Erie is from Biwabik, Minnesota who just graduated from Luther College in May 2019 with a B.A in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Her past travels span over 10 different countries, thanks to a year abroad studying in Nottingham, England, and loves to try the local cuisine wherever she is. She enjoys being active through hikes, running, and participating in sports, including Korfball and basketball. In her free time she also loves spending time on the lakes of Minnesota with her family, all year-round.
Erin Steffes is from Wisconsin and is excited to move out to Washington DC! She has recently obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. In the future she will go to grad school to master in Speech-Language Pathology and then hopefully work in an elementary school setting! A fun fact about her is that she will be spending roughly two months on the Pacific Crest Trail this summer, 2019!
Emma Lyons was born in Athens Ohio, but she grew up mainly in New Orleans, LA and Rhode Island. She recently graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH with a double major in political science and sociology with a criminology concentration and a women’s studies minor. She was the backline captain of her University’s rugby team and the interfaith senator for a year on Wittenberg’s Student Senate. She is a unitarian universalist and loves to learn about other religions and ideologies. She also enjoys making and experiencing art and adventures in nature. Fun fact: Emma has met the king and queen of Lesotho.
Washington, DC: Dag Hammarskjold House
Grace Jackson is “just a little girl from Little Rock” (cue Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes). Despite her affinity for sunny weather, Grace braved four Minnesota winters in order to pursue choral music and the liberal arts at St. Olaf College where she majored in Sociology/Anthropology and Art History. While at St. Olaf, Grace discovered a passion for film studies and live jazz. Grace is forever a camp counselor at heart and can’t wait to continue working with youth this year in DC!
Kathryn Tweedie is from Eastern Massachusetts and a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While there, she earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Psychology and Communication Disorders and a letter of specialization in Developmental Disabilities & Human Services. She was heavily involved around campus during her time there as she was a student organizer of DEAFinitions: A Deaf Studies Conference, and a peer mentor under MAICEI within Disability Services. Kathryn also played on the Division 1 women’s club Rugby team during her undergraduate career, and she absolutely adored the sport and her team. She continues to pursue both her academic and athletic passions post-graduation.
Stella Wang, from Minnesota, studied international studies and environmental studies, I like photography, music, and spending time outside.
Katrina Meyer, from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, has a younger sister, and her parents are high school teachers. She majored in political science at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at school, Katrina played cello in the orchestra, sang in choir, played in the handbell choir, competed with the Mock Trial team, and worked as a writer and editor for the student newspaper. She enjoys playing cello, reading, and watching or playing sports. She has studied abroad in Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and she can speak Spanish, Norwegian, and Russian.
Betsy Fawcett is a 2017 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she studied Psychology and Political Science. She is originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. For the past two years, she has been living and working in Ukraine first as a Fulbright English Language Assistant and then as an English Teacher. She has a deep love and appreciation for Ukrainian life and culture. She speaks Russian and can understand some Ukrainian language. Betsy looks forward to returning to the United States to continue to share her experiences in Ukraine, to learn more about the process of US education and will hopefully return to Ukraine someday. After her time with LVC, Betsy plans to attend graduate school to study public policy and most likely, education policy.
Maggie Goldberger is a recent graduate of Carleton College where she studied religion. She hails from northern New Jersey and is always eager to educate others on the greatness of her home state. While in college she worked as an abortion doula and health educator; she is excited to learn more about public health in practice with Community of Hope.
Washington, DC: Junia House
Claire Donnelly will be 24 years old during her service year in DC and is originally from Frederick, MD. She’s always loved the Mid-Atlantic and is excited to stay connected to environmental groups and faith groups through her work with Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) during her year with LVC. After graduating in 2017 from Goucher College with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Psychology, Claire went on to WWOOF and travel working on organic farms in Greece and in Spain. She worked for an organic grocery store and then moved out to Moab, UT to build sustainable and affordable houses. After moving back to Maryland she worked as a substitute teacher and prepared for biking across the country with the affordable housing non-profit Bike & Build. In order to arrive on time to LVC training in Chicago, Claire will be doing the earliest route on Bike & Build from Florida to California and building Habitat homes along the way. After working for several summers at Mar-Lu-Ridge, a Lutheran summer camp in MD, she is very excited for the communal living opportunities LVC will offer and all the learning, chaos, and life 2019-2020 Volunteers will experience and share.
My name is Kristina Randelzhofer, and I am from Racine, Wisconsin. I graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in American Studies and concentrations in Women’s and Gender Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies. In my free time, I enjoy reading, singing, knitting, cooking, and traveling.
Olivia Beres is an alumni of Washington University in St. Louis where she double majored in Systems Engineering and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minored in Computer Science. Olivia is very passionate about gender and reproductive justice. Her experiences as a clinic escort, health educator, abortion doula, and violence prevention educator have deepened her commitment to these issues. Olivia grew up in Louisville, KY. Since moving to DC, she has joined a book club through the local library. Her favorite book they’ve read so far is The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson. She also loves to dance (zumba and line dancing are her favorites!), spend time with friends, and explore local festivities.
Twin Cities, MN: Redeemer House
Kessa Andrews grew up in sunny Oakland, California and recently graduated from Carleton College. During her time at Carleton, she majored in American Studies with a minor in Spanish and discovered her passion for community organizing. Community is one of her core values, and she can’t wait to connect to both the LVC and larger Twin Cities communities. Kessa loves to dance, cook, do arts and crafts, read, and spend time in nature.
Rebecca Sandness is from Belle Fourche, South Dakota and went to Luther College where she double majored in Religion and Nordic Studies. During her time at Luther, she had classes exposing her to the various realms religion plays a part in society including ethics, politics, and culture. She also spent a semester abroad in Norway which helped her gain a wider perspective of the world. These experiences have solidified the call to help the common good in whatever form be presented such as the LVC. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, and sitting around a campfire.
John Mai will be volunteering with LVC in Minneapolis starting in the fall of 2019. Earlier in the spring, he graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA. There, he studied social work, English, and music, and he enjoyed singing in choirs and playing on the men’s frisbee team. Before college, he grew up near Portland, OR, and he is a big fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Twin Cities: Wellstone House
Michele Matthew is a graduate from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. They majored in Sociology and minor in Public Affairs and Social Work. Michele specifically likes researching gender, sexuality, and criminology but still aren’t too sure where their passions will take them in the future. They’re originally from Vancouver, Washington, but have studied away to Trinidad and Tobago as well as Denmark. They love a good cup of chai and fluffy cat to pet and are looking forward to this year of service!
Alex Hummel is a 23 year old graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He created his own degree studying Sociology, Political Science, and Global Studies, and is passionate about understanding and addressing social, political and economic inequalities. Alex is an avid reader, enjoys listening to and creating music, and loves spending time around Minnesota’s countless lakes.
Simeon Huff is from Jonesborough, Tennessee and recently graduated from Berea College with a B.A., summa cum laude, in sociology and Spanish. While in college, Simeon was involved in a variety of social issues including food justice, LGBTQ+ rights, child welfare, and DACA, and they are very excited to gain experience working with immigrants and refugees through their position with the LVC. Simeon’s favorite author is Sylvia Plath, and in their free time, Simeon enjoys reading, baking, video games, and knitting. Fun fact: Simeon is a Slytherin!
Hayley Broich is originally from Burnsville, MN. She graduated in the spring of 2019 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a degree in Political Science. Hayley spends her spare time reading, crafting, or surrounding herself with the people she loves. She is extremely passionate about reproductive justice and looks forward to the work she’ll get to do with NARAL throughout the next year. After LVC, she hopes to attend law school and continue to work with non-profits seeking social justice.
Twin Cities: Winona House
Daisy Jones is from Illinois and attended Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. She studied Gender and Sexuality Studies and spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daisy enjoys listening to music, playing with dogs, and being with friends. She is looking forward to spending the year in the Twin Cities and returning to her Midwestern roots!
Beck Galbraith is working with Venture North for the year through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and recently graduated from Hofstra University with degrees in Linguistics and Computer Science. He is very excited to serve Redeemer Center for Life, get to know the community, and spend time outdoors in Minneapolis!
Sophia Spiegel was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, and has just graduated from St. Olaf College as a Music and Religion Major with a Women’s and Gender Studies concentration. She is overjoyed to be working in the cities this year, and looks forward to finding all of the best parks in her area. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, fiddling around with guitar, finding the best jazz fusion music, and laughing with friends.
Maggie Esposito is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College with a BA in Psychology from Whippany, New Jersey. Her passions include bullet journaling, disability advocacy, It by Stephen King, and singing. She is a big fan of the Great British Bake Off, and dreams of one day making the perfect Swedish Princess Cake. She loves to dance, even though she is pretty darn bad at it.
Twin Cities: Imani House
Emily Linder, a Minnesota native, is from Lake Elmo, which is a suburb of St. Paul. She just graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in Anthropology. Emily loves to spend time outside, read or watch Harry Potter, travel, toss a disc, and spend time with other people. Fun fact: she can speak some Norwegian!
Alexa Rother is an international Volunteer from Germany.
Mariah Norell is a recent graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and Music, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Prior to Concordia, she grew up in Granite Falls, MN. Mariah is a compassionate soul with a drive to make the world a better place. Some of her favorite things are singing, musical theatre, gardening, exploring nature, spending time with family and friends, and binge watching TV shows. An interesting fact about Mariah is that she is adopted from Russia!
Megan Niemitalo is 23 years old and comes from Denver, Colorado. Megan studied music and French at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and following graduation she spent a year teaching English in France. Aside from her academic interests, Megan is passionate about travel, spending time outside, yoga, and food.
Elizabeth Lacy graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in French and Philosophy. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and enjoys singing, dancing, and crafting. She has a passion for intellectual inquiry and for working toward social change.
Wilmington, DE: Koinonia House
Hi! My name is Claire Hamilton. I grew up in Conesville, Iowa. I studied environmental studies and French at Luther College. When I have free time, I love going for hikes, spending time outdoors, reading, trying new things, and hanging out with friends. A fun fact about myself is that I have run two marathons and hope to run another in the near future.
Frances Marquez proudly hails from the islands of the Philippines and is currently living in California. She’s been on quite an adventure after getting her bachelor’s degree in Management Economics with a minor in Spanish from Ateneo de Manila University in 2017. Shortly after, she lived in Spain as an Auxiliar de Conversación for a year, and then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and found an opportunity to supervise in retail where she learned so much about customer experience. Now this August, she’ll be moving to Delaware to volunteer as a grant writer. Fun fact: her bag is like Mary Poppins’ or Hermione’s – it seems to always have an Undetectable Extension Charm – ask her for something and she might be able to dig out one for you! When alone, you can find her reading, writing, watching films or baking goodies even at wee hours of the night. She plays soccer, the piano, and on Instagram is @lowwastechica. She’s a strong environmental advocate of the 5 R’s – refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle & rot – and hopes more people will say no to single-use waste, be creative, and consistently try to be mindful consumers. She’s very excited to learn about the non-profit organization world and cannot wait to magpadagos – to continue finding ways to become a more loving person.
Coming from Beijing, China, Xinyi (Sarah) Zhang went through a unique journey before joining LVC in Wilmington, DE. She completed her B.A. in sociology and anthropology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, while gaining a cross-cultural insight in her rich study abroad experiences on different continents. She pays close attention to what is going on in the world, and she is compassionate about sharing peace and love through community work. In her free time, Sarah enjoys appreciating music and nature, and she has special talent in photography and foreign language learning and teaching.
Omaha, NE: Hillstrom House
Rebecca Leys was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She recently graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Economics and International Studies. Rebecca is interested in exploring alternative forms of community development and economic justice. In her free time, she enjoys ceramics, soccer, hiking and canoeing.
Amanda Myroniuk is from Apple Valley, MN. She graduated from St. Olaf College in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English. She loves to read, write poetry, and spend time outside whenever she can.
Emma Southward is from Pickerington, Ohio. She recently graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, watching NHL hockey, and spending time with family and friends. She loves helping people and is excited to be able to do that with LVC. Fun fact: she has been to 5 NHL arenas and hopes to go to all 31 someday.
Tina Geistfeld grew up in Truman, MN and attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She just completed a year of volunteer work with the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program, serving with a non-profit in Belgrade, Serbia. Her free time is filled with reading, journaling, trying to figure out cooking, and the occasional afternoon nap. She enjoys being challenged creatively and never turns down the opportunity to go on a hike.