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January 2019, Megan Rupp was named Executive Director of Dominican Volunteers USA. Her Dominican heart, creative spirit and exceptional leadership skills will help make a tremendous contribution to DVUSA and the Dominican Family.

Megan Rupp

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.”

Stephanie Zavala

In mid-July we welcomed Stephanie as the DVUSA Program Director. Stephanie, a graduate of Dominican University, was a DV in the Bronx from August 2017 to July 2108, ministering at Siena House, a temporary residence for families. Most recently, Stephanie worked for Sarah’s Inn in Oak Park providing legal advocacy and emotional support to victims of domestic violence and their families.

She shares DVUSA’s mission for a more just and humane society with a focus on the liberation and empowerment of Black and Brown communities. Stephanie believes in the power of the people, working as a collective holding each other accountable in order to achieve these goals. At the heart of this, much like her previous work, is building and sustaining relationships with individuals who want to be part of this movement. Stephanie’s hope for her role in DVUSA is to be instrumental in fostering an environment of learning, healing, empowerment, and social consciousness.
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