Viviana Garcia-Blanco is from Berwyn, IL. She attended Dominican University in River Forest, IL where she studied in Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs and a minor in Corporate Communications. Viviana will be living at Our Lady of Assumption in the Bronx with the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt. She is serving this year with the Dominican Sisters Conference at the United Nations. She is eager to begin “building com-munity with strangers, growing emotionally and spiritually, stepping out of my comfort zone and facing new challenges.”
Kateri Golbiw is from Brighton, MI, and attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. She studied Theology and English Literature. Kateri can often be found happily teaching, watching Netflix, reading, hammocking, painting, exploring new places, and cooking. Kateri will be serving this year at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco with Campus Ministry and supervising students on their work-study commute. She will also be living in community at the Immaculate Conception Priory with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. She is excited for this marvelous ad-venture.
Diana Hernandez is from Chicago, IL. Diana graduated from Dominican University, River Forest, IL where she studied Psychology. What she enjoyed most about her major was “learning about the history of western psychology by analyzing the limitations and barriers minority groups faced throughout American history.” Diana will be living with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinsawa in Redwood City, CA. She will be ministering to youth at the St. Francis Center. As a Dominican Volunteer, Diana is most looking forward to “building relationships with my students and their families and being moved deeply by their stories.”
Niki Klco is proud to be from West Michigan! Niki is from a small town and attended Aquinas College, in Grand Rapids, MI. She decided to get her B.A. in Studio Arts. Niki enjoys hiking, biking, pottery, putt putt golf, beaches, and camping.
Niki is a 2nd year volunteer. She spent her first year with DVUSA in Redwood City, CA where she worked at St. Francis Center. This year, she will be living at Our Lady of Assumption in the Bronx with the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt and will serve women and children experiencing homelessness at Siena House.
Sydney Boyer is from Canal Winchester, Ohio. She is a recent graduate of Xavier University with a major in French. Sydney says she is passionate about French because she “loved being understood by others. To understand someone else and to be understood is such a gratifying feeling.” Sydney is eager to begin her year as a Dominican Volunteer. She will be living in the St. Hugh of Lincoln com-munity in Huntington Station, NY. Sydney will be serving adult English language learners at OPening Word. She says she is most excited to work with a population that continues to inspire her every day.
Julia Butts is from Braintree, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Yale University with a major in Sociology. Julia has many and varied hobbies. She loves to dance, read for leisure, make friends with every dog she meets, hike, learn, and collect lapel pins. Julia will be working with youth at the St. Francis Center in Redwood City, CA. She will be sharing community with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. During her year as a Dominican Volunteer Julia hopes to, “learn from everyone she meets, growing from experience, and deepening her faith.
Jennifer Doering is from Carlsbad, CA. She attended Dominican University of California where she studied Education. Jennifer’s hobbies are many and varied: she loves to read, especially mysteries, learning about the world, playing video games, watching Netflix, listening to and playing music, and laughing while spending time with loved ones. Jennifer will be living in community at Immaculate Conception Priory with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. She looks forward to serving this year at St. James Elementary School, “being Dominican and having a blast!”
Elizabeth Drake is from Oakton, Virginia. She attended Franklin and Marshall College and majored in Government with a concentration in Latin America, and a minor in Arabic Area Studies. She can be found happily crafting, reading, traveling, learning new languages, cooking, and taking photographs. Elizabeth will be living at House of Connections in Chicago with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. She will be serving this year at Catholic Charities Chicago. Elizabeth is looking forward “to work with refugees and learn more about the resettlement process.”
Zachary Moeller was born in St. Louis MO and grew up in Akron OH. His family now lives in Carlsbad, CA. He is a recent graduate of Xavier University with majors in Political Science and International Studies and mi-nors in Spanish and Peace & Justice. Zach enjoys outdoor adventures. He is a big fan of hiking and backpack-ing, and finds rock climbing to be great exercise and a good way to face his fears. Zach will be living at the House of Connections in Chicago with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. He will be serving this year at Catholic Charities Chicago. He feels “so pumped to live in community and pursue faith and justice.
Henry Moller is from Cincinnati, OH. Henry went to Ohio State for undergrad where he studied History and recently attended Xavier University to earn his Masters of Education. Henry enjoys History, Politics, Tennis, Basketball, Guitar, Movies, Philosophy and Psychology, Writing. Henry will be living in the Penn Community in Atlanta with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. He will be serving this year at Cristo Rey Atlanta. He is excited to begin “working at a top tier school with an incredible mission and becoming part of their community hopefully leaving a lasting positive footprint.”
Madeleine Paulsen is from Granger, Indiana. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she studied Peace Studies and Political Science. Madeleine enjoys hobbies such as reading, cooking, and knitting, and is also extremely passionate about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Madeleine will be serving this year at Sarah’s Inn; working with women, men, and children who are survivors of domestic violence and their perpetrators She will also be living at House of Connections in Chicago with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. She is excited to share in community and gain new skills as well as utilize ones that she has gained from previous experiences.
Sarah Pereira is from San Francisco Bay California. She graduated from Dominican University of California with a major in Liberal Studies. Sarah’s hobbies include “working with kids, rock climbing, and visiting new places.” Sarah is excited to begin her year as a Dominican Volunteer, serving at Visitation Catholic School. She will be living at House of Connections with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. She looks forward to the opportunity to experience Chicago while getting to know more amazing Dominican Sisters, meeting other volunteers, and working with kids.
Sean Puzzo is from Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He graduated from Caldwell University in Caldwell, NJ with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Sean loves the theater and the behind-the-scenes work of a performance. He enjoys both acting and set-design and construction. Sean is ready to begin this new adventure and is happy that his ministry will be close to home. He will be working for the Dominican Youth Movement and living at the St. Hugh of Lincoln Community in Huntington Station, NY. There he will be living with the Dominican Sisters of Amityville. He says as a native to the area, he’s excited to show his community mate around the Big Apple.
Carolina Talavera Romero is from Taluco, Mexico. She graduated from Dominican University, River For-est, IL with a degree in French & Spanish Secondary Education. Carolina has many interests, including reading, writing short stories & poems, jogging and trying new dessert places around town. Carolina will be living at Casa Alianza in Redwood City, CA where she will share in community with the Dominican Sisters of Sinisinawa. She will also be ministering to families at the St. Francis Center. Carolina says she is ready to begin her volunteer year and looks forward to getting to know the families and children she will serve as well as teaching and exploring the west coast.
Gabrielle Smith is from Bear, Delaware. Gabby attended Loyola University Maryland and studied English. Among Gabrielle’s favorite things are traveling, dogs, and learning! Gabby will be living with Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose and is really excited to be serving this year at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco with the Guidance Counseling office. She says she is eager to start working with the students.
Stephanie Zavala Guzman is from Chicago, IL. She attended Dominican University in River Forest where she studied Sociology and Studies of Women and Gender. There are so many things that she enjoyed about her education, but if she had to narrow it down she say: “These majors gave me a new way of seeing the world and how I fit in it. It was because of what I learned that I can fight for social justice and know that I have the necessary power and tools to fight oppressive systems.
Stephanie will be working with women and children experiencing homelessness at Siena House in the Bronx. She will share in community at our Lady of Assumption with Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt. She most looks for-ward to “finding a new place I can call home and creating friendships that are fruitful and hopefully last years.”