Andrea is originally from Ottawa, IL and she will be returning to the Bronx NY, alongside Karen, to continue her work at Siena House for a third year! She is looking forward to reconnecting and learning about how her site operates.
Andrea received her degree in Speech Pathology from Northwestern and before coming to DVUSA she provided Speech therapy in a hospital setting helping adults and children communicate easier and effectively.
Andrea loves to travel, meet and get to know people, history and studying why and how it repeats itself.
Fun fact: Andrea has ridden on a camel in the Sahara Desert around the pyramids. Andrea is also a Sinsinawa Associate!
Elizabeth is coming from Fort Wayne, IN and will be ministering at the St. Francis Center in Redwood City, CA with our Sinsinwan Sister, Sr. C!
Elizabeth graduated from University of Dayton with BA in Theatre, Dance, and Performance technology and BME in mechanical engineering; she will put these skills to work at SFC! She is excited to share her passions with the students and wants to support them on their journey to discovering themselves within the STEM and Arts fields.
Elizabeth enjoys contemporary dance, walks, music, 3D printing, mentoring and supporting youth, big dogs but also cats, warm weather, and being the friend people rely on.
Fun fact: In 2019, Elizabeth left the country for the first time and volunteered in Guatemala. There, she got to hike a volcano and roast marshmallows in the volcanic rock from the eruption a few days prior.
Erinn is from toledo Ohio and will be ministering in Detroit, MI at All Saints Literacy Center with our Adrian Sisters. She looks forward to meeting new people, learning new skills, and growing in my faith.
Erinn got her degree in education from the University of Miami and has been an educator for years. She is now switching gears to give a year of her time to volunteering!
Erinn loves going for walks in nature and is dedicated to healing and working on mental health!
Fun fact: Erinn did not learn how to drive until she was 26!
Karen, originally from Long Island is coming from Chicago, and will be ministering at Siena House, back in her home state in the Bronx, NY! Siena House is a transitional home for women and their children experiencing housing instability. Karen is looking forward to meeting new people, new work, living in community, being closer to family.
Karen received her bachelors in psychology at Notre Dame and her social work degree at UIC. She most enjoyed the focus on social justice. And, for the last 28 years, Karen has used her social work skills advocating for survivors of domestic violence.
Kaen’s hobbies include reading, walking, visiting with friends, trying new foods.
Fun fact: Karen has had a pen pal from Canada for 45 years. AND another fun fact: Karen used to work at one of our partner agencies, Sarah’s Inn, before deciding to join to the Dominican Family. Shout out to Sarah’s Inn!