Staff Directory

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Shae Agee, National Partnerships and Program Director

Shae has lived and served in the Washington DC area for most of her adult life. She has been an athlete and a singer her entire life and continues to enjoy these activities. She loves animals and also is a major donor for a small non-profit that places animals in their forever homes. She is proudly part of the LGBTQI community and was a public speaker and advocate for marriage equality. She currently has an increased passion for advocacy around marginalized communities, racism, homophobia and transphobia. Shae has a Master’s degree in Psychology and is a Doctoral candidate in Psychology at Capella University. Her passion for continued learning is related to her passion for helping others. Shae has worked for non-profits and universities in various roles including as an Executive Director, Director of Health and Wellness and as a consultant for business incubators. You can reach Shae at sagee@lutheranvolunteercorps.org.

Deirdre Bagley, President

Deirdre has served nonprofits as CEO and COO managing programs and operations, to training and development, to speech and video writing; in education, computer science, environmental advocacy, and workforce development arenas; with an ongoing interest in youth-related missions.  A master’s thesis led to consulting with public and private organizations and a fascination with leadership development and strategic planning.  And an intentional move to a small town feeds her need for organic farming, simple homemade foods and household products, and organic eggs. Deirdre embraces leading through change toward clarity. You can reach Deirdre at dbagley@lutheranvolunteercorps.org.

Theresa Chesney, Operations Manager

Theresa has worked in the financial field managing trades for company insiders. She has also worked for non-profits managing human resources data, overseeing onboarding and off boarding of employees and processing payroll.  Recently, she’s worked in the television industry and enjoyed staffing up shows, managing payroll and benefits and preparing contracts. Theresa spend many years active in Girl Scouts leadership and youth leadership in the Wesleyan Church.  She is still active at her church teaching middle school and always lending a hand in other departments when needed. A huge soccer fan, she also enjoys visiting museums, live concerts, theater and supporting local DC sporting events in her free time. She earned a degree in Business Administration at Howard University and lives in Washington DC. You can reach Theresa at operations@lutheranvolunteercorps.org.

Joshua Halko, LVC Finance

Joshua manages finance and accounting operations, including bookkeeping, accounts payable, finance reporting, and advising. He leads LVC’s partnership as part of the Your Part Time Controller (YPTC) team, bringing increased efficiency, accuracy and CPA oversight to LVC’s already well-managed finances. Joshua’s entire career has been with nonprofits, working with a studio theater in Washington, D.C. and with a national AIDS organization before joining YPTC in 2018. At YPTC, he has been exposed to different clients and their various situations and accounting systems, gaining a breadth of experience to draw on when there are problems to solve.

Sara Jane Baublitz is a full-time consultant in new program development for the international nonprofit and humanitarian sectors with over twelve years of experience in new program design, theories of change, strategic planning, and relationship management. She is the co-founder of the women-owned small business Bid Boss Consulting, LLC, which supports international profits to increase their government and multilateral funding while supporting program development teams to avoid burnout. Sara Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Susquehanna University in Spanish and International Economics and a joint Master of Arts in Public Leadership degree from United Lutheran Seminary and the Fox School of Business at Temple University, a degree focused on theology in public life and nonprofit management. She is rostered as a deacon in the ELCA and currently resides in Baltimore where she is locally active on boards and through volunteer work advocating for children in foster care, faith-based racial justice, and community organizing for Baltimore youth. She was an LVC volunteer from 2008-2009 in Washington DC and that year still influences her personal, professional, and spiritual life.

I’m Rev. Skip Jordan. I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, the youngest of six children. I attended Youngstown State University where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish. I minored in Spanish and Latin American culture and history as well as the French language. I moved to the Washington, D.C. area after graduation and worked in retail management. It was while working in this field that I finally realized that God had been calling me and preparing me for the professional ministry. This realization came 26 years after receiving my undergraduate degree so I wasn’t sure what kind of student I would be! As it turned out the courses were much easier than I had anticipated which spoke to the authenticity of my call. I graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2005. Church ministry did not seem to fit with my call; I loved caring for people and realized that chaplaincy was where I was called to serve. I studied Clinical Pastoral Education at Washington Hospital Center and finished in 2010. I was certified by The Association of Professional Chaplains in 2013 and by that time had gone to work as a chaplain at Capital Caring Health. In 2015 I began preaching Christian services at Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Maryland and still serve there every Sunday. In 2020 I was invited to serve as a Spiritual Mentor with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and have been enjoying my time in that position since then.

Hi, I’m Paul Knudson. I am an LVC alum from 2002-2003 in Chicago. When I was in LVC I lived in the Heywood House and worked at the Better Government Association. Right now I work as Associate Professor of Sociology at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. My partner, Sathish, lives in Arlington, VA, and so I’m in the Washington, DC area all summer, a couple of times a month, and during breaks. In my spare time I enjoy the gym, hiking, the beach, reading, Netflix, and spending time with friends.

Linnea Peterson was a member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps for the 2018-2019 service year. They graduated from Luther College in 2018 and, since completing LVC in 2019, have worked at 1517 Media, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. They serve on various committees at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, which was their host congregation in LVC. In their spare time, they are working toward their dream of becoming a novelist. 

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Leah Struhsaker is a  proud product of her Rust Belt upbringing. After graduating nursing school at the University of Akron, she took a gap year to do LVC in 2018-2019 in the Twin Cities where she worked at Lutheran Social Service of MN. Leah now works as a registered nurse in the mental health field, specifically with adolescents experiencing eating disorders and alcohol/drug addictions. This is Leah’s fourth year as a LVC community mentor. In her other free time, Leah coaches Girls on the Run and is an avid reader, traveler and baker. 


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