Meet the 2014-15 Community!
Back row (L to R)-Elias, Manu, Sebi, Nick, Theresa, Karen
Middle row-Sara, Cady, Kristen, Brett, and Theresa
Front row-Maddy and Valentin
Kristen is serving as Community Assistant for the second year. While a southerner at heart, she has been in Chicago for many years working in urban ministry and absolutely loves the diversity and energy of the city. She served for a year for Mission Year Chicago and has a M.A. Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola. Kristen currently works at Breakthrough Urban Ministries with the Youth Network.
Valentin came all the way from Leutkirch, South Germany. Valentin is 19 and just finished high school. He is a big fan of sports and has been involved with various ones as long as he can remember. While living in Chicago, Valentin hopes to pursue happiness in life and share it with other people. He serves at Marquard Center.
Nick has lived in Illinois all of his life, growing up in the south suburb of Frankfort. He is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied history. He is strongly considering returning to school to pursue a PhD in U.S Empire and Foreign Relations. An interesting fact about Nick: he was born with duck feet and his legs had to be broken into place when he was a child. Nick is serving as a CVN AmeriCorps member at the Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph.
Theresa is from Massachusetts and just graduated from Lesley University where she studied Holistic Psychology & Sociology. Her hobbies include tap dancing, gardening, cooking, and trying new foods. In college, she was a member of the dance team as well as co- president of a club which served the homeless in the city. She hopes to do more volunteer work in the future and eventually pursue her MSW. Theresa serves as a CVN AmeriCorps member at the
Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph.
Cara hails from West Hurley NY, a town between Woodstock and Kingston NY, which is two hours north of NYC. She has an older brother and sister and a dog named Abby and enjoys running, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She graduated from Oneonta, a state school in upstate NY this past May, with degrees in Child and Family Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. During college, Cara ran on the cross country and track teams, mentored at-risk youth in elementary and middle schools in the area, volunteered for the Human Ecology club, and interned with the health educator at the school. Cara serves at the Marquard Center as a CVN AmeriCorps member.
With a passion for sports, Cady grew up participating on soccer, track and field, and cross-country teams. Her love of distance running and desire to compete at a higher level led her to California State University, San Marcos where she was a 5-Time All American in Cross-Country and Track and member of a three-time NAIA National Championship Cross-Country team. Cady became more involved in volunteer work while in college and would love to use her degree in Business Administration to help others. In her free time, Cady enjoys watching sports, traveling, listening to music, pretty much anything active, eating dark chocolate, reading and spending time with her family and friends. Cady is serving at the Marquard Center as a CVN AmeriCorps member.
Madelene is originally from Madawaska, Maine: the most northeastern point of the state that borders Canada. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono last January and earned a B.A. in social work, focusing in issues of homelessness and substance abuse. During her spare time she likes to explore Chicago, make new friends, and catch up on sleep. Maddy serves at the Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph as a CVN AmeriCorps member.
Sara didn’t travel far, as she grew up in Joliet, IL. Sara graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in social work. She loves to run, create, and explore. Last summer, she studied for a month in Costa Rica and would love to walk El Camino de Santiago one day. Her pursuits are truth and peace, and hope for her year of service with FOA is that she can better learn how to do small things with great love. Sara is serving at the Marquard Center as a CVN AmeriCorps member.
Manuel traveled all the way from Bad Hersfeld, Germany. He just completed school at the Modellschule Obersberg, focusing on history and chemistry. Manu enjoys playing billards and really loves cats. He has had a scar on his forehead since he was little. Paired with his glasses, his friends like to call him Harry Potter. Manu has gone bungee jumping and skydiving in the past! He serves at the Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph.
Elias comes from Zweibrücken, Germany and just finished school this past March. His favorite hobby is flying gliders in the summer. He loves everything of aviation. After this year, he wants to study airspace technology in Braunschweig, Germany and become a pilot. Elias came to Chicago to discover a new culture and meet interesting people. He also wants to improve his English and develop his personality. Elias is serving at the Marquard Center.
Sebi is from the rural area of Hattimgen, Germany. He enjoyed studying German and History in school. Sebi has many friends back home and misses spending time with them. He also likes to play guitar, swim, and play soccer. After this year, Sebi is planning to study event management. He is serving at the Franciscan House of Mary and Joseph.
Karen grew up on a farm near Brewster, Minnesota, a very small town of only about 500 people in Southwestern Minnesota. She graduated this May from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota with a major in Biology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Karen eventually wants to go back to graduate school and study genetics. One interesting fact about Karen is that she graduated high school with a class of only 15 people. She serves at the Marquard Center as a CVN AmeriCorps member.
Brett is from the south. Southern Illinois, that is. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor in Sociology and a minor in Business. He studied abroad for 6 months in Tanzania and desires to go back one day. One night as a child, Brett avoided going to school by opening his neighbors cow pen and was forced to collect all the wandering cows the next day instead of going to school. His future plans include getting a masters in Statistics and Contemporary Slavery. He is serving at the Marquard Center as a CVN AmeriCorps member.