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Leo Alva

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!

 

 

 

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Jonathan Heimer

I was born in Milwaukee, WI, or so they tell me. I was adopted at the age of four and moved to Faribault, Minneosta. It was shortly after being adopted that I was baptized into the Lutheran Church (ELCA). I have worked previously at a ELCA summer camp and I was active with Lutheran Campus Ministries at college. One of my goals this year is to discern whether seminary is my path forward. I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a degree in Political Science. Some of my hobbies include reading and writing. I love table top RPGs like Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons.

 

 

 

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Chris Hungate

I was raised in Boise, Idaho and attended Boise State University. At Boise State University, I studied Social Science and graduated in December of 2015. My time in college allowed me to participate in numerous faith groups, ranging from Hinduism to Catholicism. My search led me to the Episcopal Church. I was baptized in 2014 and later confirmed in 2016. After college I found work as a social researcher for a professor and as a therapy technician for individuals with cognitive disabilities. I enjoy reading, multicultural experiences, and laughing.

 

 

 

 

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Megan grew up in the city of Livermore, CA, which is located in the East Bay Area. Throughout her adolescence and young adult years, she was an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church where she took on many roles such as acolyte, assistant minister, music team member, and VBS song leader. In May of 2014, she graduated from Fresno State with a Masters in Mathematics. Some of her hobbies include swimming, reading, singing, drawing, and watching movies. From 2015-2016, Megan served as a LEVN volunteer at Saint Francis Episcopal Church. Now in her second year with LEVN, she looks forward to the new challenges that this year will bring and learning what God wants to teach her through them.

 

 

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Mackenzie Mackling

I was born and raised in Sonoma Valley, California. I have spent my whole life in the Lutheran Church. I started my academic career at the Santa Rosa Junior College, where I received my Associate Degrees in History and Humanities. I then transferred to UC Davis where I majored in History with a minor in Chican@ Studies. During my time at Davis, I joined the Belfry: Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry and even served as Peer Minister my Senior Year. After graduation, I participated in a year of international service with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program. I spent the year living in Brixton, an inter-city neighborhood of South London. During that time I also received Certificates in Christian Mission and Discipleship from Cliff College. I am excited to continue working in community development and to return to the Belfry. In terms of hobbies, I mostly eat Mexican food, watch Seinfeld, and bedazzle stuff I find at the dollar store.

 

 

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Lewis Pierce

I am a 22 year old graduate from University of North Texas, where I majored in Geography and minored in Music. I have always been musical because of my family, especially my father, who has been a music educator for over 35 years. I have a younger sister who was born deaf, and has led me and the rest of my family to learn sign language to communicate with her. My mother has worked especially hard to care for my sister, and has worked as an interpreter to practice her signing skills and interact with the deaf community. I enjoy athletic pursuits of all kinds, and especially have a passion for table tennis and cycling. I grew up Methodist, but have transitioned to Lutheranism in the past year, after working at a Lutheran summer camp as a counselor. I’m excited for this next year of service and fellowship, and hope to grow alongside those around me.

 

 

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I’m a Southern Girl from Memphis, Tennessee. I recently graduated from the University of Memphis with a BFA, and a minor in African American Studies.  I love riding my bike, writing poetry, and everything art related. I was raised in the Catholic Church and also went to Catholic school; but nowadays I would consider myself less restricted by religious constructs and open to my spiritual path. I’m extremely excited to be welcomed to the LEVN family and look forward to an amazing year filled with new friendships, love and an abundance of blessings.