On July 1, 2017, it was with great joy that the Board of Trustees announced the new leadership team of DVUSA! Allison Beyer and Megan Rupp accepted the offer to become DVUSA’s Co-Directors. We believe their commitment and the quality of their work as a team will be outstanding. Their Dominican hearts, creative spirits and exceptional leadership skills will help make a tremendous contribution to DVUSA and the Dominican Family. Allison, Megan and staff member David Gayes are thrilled to lead DVUSA into this new and hope-filled time.
Megan, a DV from 2012 – 2013, lived in community with Dominican Sisters of Springfield and ministered at Heartland Alliance in Chicago. Most recently she served as Volunteer Programs Director for Franciscan Out-reach. Megan was invited to be a member of the DVUSA Board of Trustees in 2015 and was elected Vice-President of the Board in 2016. Megan shares, “I love the charisms of Dominican life and I think they are an all-encompassing response to social inequities that exist in the world today. I want to be a part of carrying that flame into the future with young people as they discern their life-path.”
Allison began her relationship with DVUSA when she was hired in Nov 2015 as Program Manager. She was later promoted to Assistant Director. Volunteering was not new to Allison. She was a Jesuit Volunteer teaching on an Indian Reservation in Washington state. Allison volunteered with Maryknoll in Cochabamba, Bolivia 2011-2012 and was a Maryknoll Bolivia Affiliate from 2012-2015. After applying to be the DVUSA Program Manager she learned that the Maryknoll Sisters had a direct connection to the Dominicans. “This explained my sense of familiarity with the charism and energy of the Dominican Sisters. This historical, familial discovery on my part led me to feel more inspired and united to the DVUSA mission, as my spirituality and faith are intricately tied to my Maryknoll experiences and friendships.”
David joined the DVUSA staff in September 2016, after two years as a DV in Chicago teaching ESL at the Tolton Center. He is a part-time employee and a bit of a jack of all trades with DVUSA. David coordinates DVUSA’s social media platforms and alumni newsletter. David is a proud graduate of Dominican University and is “honored to put the Dominican mission into practice with DVUSA.” David is a disability rights advocate, loves to travel and sings in his church choir.