Staff Directory

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Shae Agee, National Partnerships and Program Director (Washington, DC)

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.

Deirdre Bagley, President (Washington, DC)

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.


Tait Danielson-Castillo, Director of Finance (Washington, DC)

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 Minnesota where he spent another year becoming an ACORN trained community organizer. He invested another 13 years working in Minnesota at local and international non-profit organizations. Thanks to Tait’s development accomplishments, the Center for Victims of Torture was able to expand its efforts through the construction of their St. Paul Healing Center. He also held the position of Executive Director for two neighborhood-based advocacy organizations in North Minneapolis and the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul.

After leaving Minnesota, Tait applied his skills as the Development Director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the Major Gifts Officer for Habitat for Humanity, both in Miami.

In 2017, in order to give back to the organization which first opened the door to a life’s work in social justice, Tait returned to the LVC family as its Major Gifts Officer. In 2018, Tait stepped into the role as Interim President. After assisting the Board of Directors in the search for a new leader at LVC, Tait moved into helping with financial and administrative responsibilities.

Theresa Chesney, Operations Manager (Washington, DC)

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.


Scott Glaser, Program Manager (Omaha, NE)

Scott Glaser is an alumni of the Urban Servant Corps in Denver, Colorado. He spent twenty years working in the nonprofit sector in Colorado after completing his year of service. His previous position was the Executive Director of NAMI Colorado before he moved to Nebraska in 2016 to join the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. In Omaha, Scott serves both the Lutheran Volunteer Corps as a Program Manager and the Lutheran Service Corps (Omaha) working on community development and fundraising.

Julie Hamre, Comptroller (Washington, DC)

Ms. Hamre provides accounting and financial services for nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC area, including several performing arts groups, youth programs, Luther Place Church (founder of LVC), and of course, LVC.  She has also held leadership positions in several of these organizations.  She was the first woman elected as the President of Luther Place Memorial Church and served as a board member, secretary, and treasurer of N Street Village.  She has served as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services for the Department of Defense and as a member of the board of trustees for her alma mater, Muhlenberg College.

Rachel Kennedy, Program Manager (Twin Cities, MN)

Rachel comes to LVC with a passion for community, connecting, volunteerism, and social justice – and is excited to combine all of these in the work with LVC! Rachel has a degree in Political Science and made the decision to use her degree specifically in the nonprofit setting. With experience in both volunteer management and direct service, past work has included working as a case manager for a shelter for immigrants, a volunteer coordinator for a local shelter for those experiencing homelessness,  a connector of resources to those experiencing hunger, and a leader of interns at the Minnesota Historical Society, helping to connect history to the present. Rachel is also an alumna of a similar year-of-service program, and is excited to work with the LVC volunteers to help them in their journey. Rachel can also be found enjoying theater, especially musical theater, the many lakes of Minnesota in the summer, and hibernating with a good book in the winter. 

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Raffo, Program Coordinator (Washington DC)

Lizzy is fueled by her passions for justice, service, and encounter, and she is looking forward to sharing them with the LVC community. As a yearlong volunteer with Rostro de Cristo, Lizzy lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador serving and fostering relationships in her neighborhood. She loved her jobs as an assistant kindergarten teacher and supervising at an afterschool program. She also enjoyed assisting in hosting immersion groups from US universities and high schools, in which she facilitated experiences rooted in encounter and in developing a greater understanding of the realities of Ecuadorians. Her experiences in Ecuador further strengthened her commitment to walk with those who are marginalized and work for justice together. Lizzy studied Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability at St. Joseph’s University and earned her degree in Business Administration. You can often find her reading, enjoying time outside, or solving sudoku puzzles. Lizzy is extremely excited to support and accompany the LVC volunteers on their journey and to witness the ways in which they are transformed.

LVC Regional Offices

Washington, DC: National Office, DC, Baltimore, Wilmington

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

Twin Cities, MN

  • Mailing Address: LVC, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 East 31st Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55406

Omaha, NE

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