LVC Staff

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Rev. Elizabeth Bier

Recruitment & Outreach Manager

A graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary (M.Div.), Elizabeth is an LVC alumna from 2002-2004 at the Minnesota Council of Churches - Refugee Services. Prior to joining LVC, Elizabeth served as Project Coordinator at the Global Mission Institute and Cross-Cultural Education offices at Luther Seminary. In her work at LVC, Elizabeth enjoys using…

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A.J. Cabrera

Program Manager – Admissions

A graduate of the College of Holy Cross and Villanova University (M.S. in Counseling), A.J. hails from southern CT (in the middle of the Pizza Belt - between New Haven and New York). A.J. also served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Chuuk, Micronesia (2005-2007) as a high school teacher, then as a JVC recruiter on the…

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Tait Danielson Castillo

Interim President; Major Gifts Officer

Tait has been raising funds and building upon the strengths of non-profits for over 20 years. As a graduate of Wittenberg University, he has focused his career on advocacy for under-resourced and new immigrant communities. Tait completed his year of service with LVC in 1998 in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to the Twin Cities of…

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Nathan Detweiler

Community Engagement Manager

Nathan grew up in West and Southern Africa and attended St. Olaf College where he studied French, Political Science, and Philosophy. He is passionate about racial justice and peacebuilding and facilitated anti-racism workshops and dialogue groups while at St. Olaf. After college, he was an LVCer in Washington, DC and worked with ELCA’s Advocacy office…

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Erika Dornfeld

Program Manager – Midwest Region

Originally from Wyoming, Erika Dornfeld spent high school in rural north Idaho before attending Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. There she earned a BS in Biology, while minoring in both Religion and Publishing and Printing Arts. In 2009, she moved to the Midwest to do LVC in Chicago. After volunteering with LVC for two…

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Sophie Gardner

Program Manager – West Region

Sophie Gardner is Program Manager for the Western Region, bringing with her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. She most recently coordinated programming, development, and communications for TEACH, an Oakland-based organization that trains primary care physicians in comprehensive reproductive health and advocates for reproductive rights and justice. Previously, she supported youth leadership development through intercultural…

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Scott Glaser

Development and Community Outreach Manager

Scott Glaser is an alumni of the Urban Servant Corps in Denver, Colorado. He spent twenty years working in nonprofit work in Colorado after completing his year of service. His most recent position was as Executive Director of NAMI Colorado before moving to Nebraska in 2016 and joining the Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

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Julie Hamre

Comptroller (Volunteer Staff)

Ms. Hamre provides accounting and financial services for nonprofit organizations, including a performing arts center, a youth orchestra, a program for victims of domestic abuse, a small trade association and its related foundation, an Indian dance company, a program for at-risk youth, Luther Place Church (founder of LVC), and of course, LVC.  She has also…

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Deirdre Kanzer

Program Manager – Midwest Region

Contact Deirdre for information about LVC programming, placements or events in the Twin Cities or Omaha. Deirdre brings to LVC experience in and a deep passion for critical pedagogy and social justice education. Deirdre completed a Master of Arts in Religion and Theology (2005) and a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Leadership for…

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Kelsey Kauffman

Program Manager – East Region

Kelsey hails from small-town Massachusetts by way of Virginia, and has been living in DC for 9 years (with a stint living and teaching in South Korea). She graduated undergrad from Eastern Mennonite University with a major in Spanish, and got her master’s in International Training and Education. Kelsey has combined these interests with her…

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Drea Mast

Business Operations Manager

Drea grew up in central Pennsylvania and did a year of service in Oregon before attending Goshen College in northern Indiana, where she studied English, Piano Pedagogy and TESOL. After college, she participated in another volunteer year with the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC prior to joining LVC.

Erin Perry

Communications and Development Associate

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Jack Seifert

Program Manager – Puget Sound

Jack was a Volunteer in Washington, DC in '84-'85 and served as Chair of Seattle's Local Support Committee in the mid 2000's. Now he's the Program Manager for Seattle and Tacoma. In between he's cycled in New Zealand and taught ESL in Japan and massage in Seattle. Coming full circle Jack found himself organizing neighborhood…

LVC Regional Offices

Washington, DC – 1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005; 202-387-3222; staff

Twin Cities – Mailing Address: 2481 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108 (on Luther Seminary’s campus); Physical Address – to visit us: Bockman Hall #204 & 205, 2375 Como Ave; staff

Chicago & Milwaukee – 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615 (in the Lutheran School of Theology); staff

Omaha – 6220 North 30th St., Omaha, NE 68111 (in Hillstrom House)

Bay Area & Puget Sound – 2425 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (in University Lutheran Chapel); staff