I was born in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero but was raised in the Central Valley. My parents and I immigrated to Modesto, CA when I was one year old and it wasn’t until I started college that I moved to the Bay Area. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley in May 2016. I plan to pursue a graduate degree that will allow me to have a career where I can focus on serving the underserved populations that I identify with, especially immigrants. Some of my interests and hobbies include: going on walks, journaling, writing letters to friends, and hoping to travel/explore new places!
I was born in Oregon but I didn’t stay there long; I’m a military kid and have lived in a handful of states, mainly Alaska and Virginia with some Washington sprinkled in here and there. I’ve considered the DC area to be my home for over a decade now, and I graduated with a B.A. in Religion from the University of Mary Washington. Driving cross country to Sacramento was an awe-inspiring and almost surreal experience I can’t fully describe; I’ve never traveled far from or without my family before and I’ve certainly never lived out of easy driving distance from them either. I know this year will present me with many new challenges and I may even grow into a person that the current me wouldn’t quite recognize, hopefully she’s as kind, thoughtful, and conscious as I strive to be? In this new community and in my new ministry I hope that my experience with traveling and living in different places and among different people can provide a unique perspective and keep my mind and heart open to who and what may come.
I grew up 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Anderson University (Indiana) in May 2014 with a BA in Psychology and complementary major in Youth Leadership Development. Since then I have been working in residential treatment for teenage girls and women with eating disorders. I am not certain what the next few years have in store for me but I know I have a heart for youth, their stories, and helping them build life-giving community with each other. I am passionate about strength through diversity, expression through music, and good story-telling. My values include the dignity of all humans and the joy of being an enthusiastic fan – whether it’s of a novel, a musical, a particular shade of purple, a tasty snack, or a walk outside with a friend. I am so excited to build community with other service-oriented humans at LEVN, to be challenged in new ways, and to expand my perspective through the life-altering encounters we are sure to have this year with God’s children!
I am a collection of ideologies, an over-thinker, and a compassionate human being. Because I am extremely privileged and beyond blessed with the life afforded to me thus far, I try my hardest to think about others and their livelihoods. I intend to use my good fortune for good and to uplift
others in need. As to my lived experience and identity: I am the youngest of five—two brothers and two sisters—I have more than two loving parents, and I must be frank, my mother is my #1; Tyson, my dog, is my #2; On my dad’s side, I am Swiss and German, and on my mom’s side, I amCosta Rican; More than any sense of place, I am American and Californian; I have never lived outside of California (NorCal, CenCal, and SoCal); and I am partially deaf and wear hearing aids, which has led to many hardships and tons of growth. My interests are: Books; Science; Politics; Philosophy; Anime; Movies; tv shows; EATING; and conversing with people!
I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I earned my B.A. in Visual Communication from Berry College in December 2016. I plan on continuing my studies and hopefully receive my PhD in Strategic Communications. Some of my interests include playing soccer and chess, fishing, and of course the Auburn Tigers!
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. While I was earning my degree, I met my sweet husband Nicholas, who I’ve been married to since August 12th. Some of my favorite things include documentaries, rainy days, and all things Disney. I also love good, strong coffee especially when paired with a good book. I’m looking forward to deepening my understanding of our world, challenging myself and my views, and exploring my new home on the west coast!
I was born in Rochester, New York. I went to college in Buffalo at Canisius College, and yes it’s as cold as they say! I graduated with a Bachelors in Arts, and my major was Sociology, with a minor in Psychology and Child, Family, and Community studies. I have learned a lot during my studies at Canisius, and what resonated with me was the Jesuit way of being a man or woman with and for others. As a sociology major I immediately was intrigued by the social injustices and stigmas that our society occupies. I’ve always known that it is part of my purpose on this earth is to ensure that I make it as safe and accepting as possible. I am a firm believer in emitting into the universe what ever you wish to receive. It was with that mind frame and the help of my campus ministry that I found LEVN. The diversity, sense of belonging, along with the drive to help others is just what I was looking for and I that’s what I saw in this program. I knew right away that joining would be the perfect opportunity and fit for me. I want to explore the realms of the Lutheran religion, while meeting individuals that will influence me in a positive way, all the while instilling a positive change in them. I’m ready for this spiritually and magical journey with a heart full of love and a mind full of curiosity.