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Neshia Alaovae

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Sojourner Support
2012 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Neshia Alaovae served in Washington, D.C. with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The year of volunteering at Joseph's House, a hospice for homeless individuals dying of AIDS or cancer, solidified her call to pursue a career in mental health. Neshia graduated from Seattle University in 2016 with a Master's in Psychology and currently works as a therapist at a community mental health organization. Her work in psychotherapy involves supporting individuals and communities of color; helping people through grief, loss, and bereavement; and exploring questions of existential responsibility on a personal and global level. Neshia is an avid scarf collector and is always down for doughnuts.

Peter Bittner

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Buzz Building
2013 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Peter Bittner is a current student at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where he reports on global development, environment, and health. A former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Mongolia, he has visited the Land of the Eternal Blue Sky three times. Peter is passionate to not only help share countries' unique developmental stories but to contribute to their success via collaborations with local leaders. Peter has traveled in Mongolia extensively and documented his experiences through a successful Kickstarter project exploring Mongolia's widening rural-urban divide via photography and narrative writing. Peter has also studied and worked in number of other countries including China, India, Malaysia, Spain, and Chile. He also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Neighborhood House where his primary responsibility was coordinating an after-school tutoring center in a low-income housing development in White Center, WA. Peter holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound.

Nina Boe

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Buzz Building
2012 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Nina spent two years in Brazil with the Episcopal Church's program, the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), utilizing her skills in communication, photography, activism and community building. She returned to Seattle in 2015 to use and hone those skills further. Since her return, she is working and continuing her various social justice interests in refugee awareness and advocacy, interfaith and youth work, and volunteering with the Krista Foundation. She serves on the boards of Kids4Peace and the Young Professionals International Network (World Affairs Council). She is also a graduate student pursuing a degree in Public Affairs. In her spare time, she daydreams about how United Nations Secretary General is a good backup plan, and which language to tackle next.

Lindie Burgess

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Community Building
2011 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

After earning a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Portland, Lindie served the homeless community at St. André Bessette Catholic Church in downtown Portland. Today she draws on those experiences as program manager for the University of Portland's Moreau Center, guiding students through mind- and heart-blowing week to three week long service immersion experiences.

Fabiola Casas

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Community Building
2007 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Fabiola Casas was a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Togo, West Africa as a Community Girls' Extension Agent through the Girls' Education and Empowerment Program in 2007. Since then she has lived and worked in Portland (Oregon), Seattle, New York City, and Chicago. She has developed professionally through social services, primarily in school-based settings. She is passionate about education, community organizing and cultural bridge building. She is a proud wife and mother, currently seeking new adventures in London, UK.

Richard Kelley

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Creative Action Study Team (CAST)
2011 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Richard Kelley served in Mamelodi, South Africa with the Mamelodi Initiative. During his year of service, Richard helped to develop educational programming for high school youth residing in township communities. After a 10 years of working as an educator, he switched careers and pursued a J.D. and LL.M. He currently lives in Washington, DC and works with the DC Affordable Law Firm, which strives to create affordable access to justice for low-income D.C. residents. In his free time, he's always up for an outdoor adventure, playing soccer, or trying to find the next best coffee shop.

Rediet Mulugeta

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Sojourner Support
2012

Biography (Open)

After receiving her degree in Global Development Studies from Seattle Pacific University, Rediet Mulugeta served with Mission Year in Houston, Texas from 2012-2014. Since then she has served on different staff roles within the organization and currently lives in Chicago, IL as an Assistant City Director and Justice Trip Coordinator. Rediet finds joy in lots of things, but the top three are: coffee, a good book, and good conversations with friends around the table. 

Amanda Pelle

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Friend and Fund Development
2003 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Amanda lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and 2 young kids. She served with Jesuit Volunteer Corps in a domestic violence shelter in Sitka, AK from 2003-2005. She got her MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA and taught high school religion for 4 years in San Francisco. She now stays at home with her children and remains active with the Krista Foundation and neighborhood racial/implicit bias workshops in Oakland.

 

Nils Ringo-Pennino

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Friend and Fund Development
2010 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Nils spent 27 months on the north coast of Honduras working at a children's home called "Finca del Niño" (Farm of the Child). He taught middle school sciences and electives, managed security staff, and served as a live-in guardian for adolescent males as they prepared for independent life after the Finca. Currently, Nils is pursuing a MA in Couples and Family Therapy at Seattle University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and their playful puppy.

Claire Smith

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Service Ethics
2012 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

As part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Claire served domestic violence survivors in Oregon and was an academic assistant at a school on the Crow reservation in Montana. During service, she had many opportunities to build her intercultural competence. Claire currently lives in Seattle and is part of the Master's of Social Work program at the University of Washington.

Taylor Tibbs

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Buzz Building
2015 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Taylor Tibbs served two years with the Urban Leaders in Training Program at the Northwest Leadership Foundation - first with College Bound at Lincoln High School in Tacoma and second with the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Program. Today, she is the Act Six Program Manager and supports students through mentorship and by developing new curriculum for the Summer training program. This past summer she served on the planning team for an Urban Leadership Convention for her students and coordinated Peer-Facilitated worships on Multicultural K-12 education, Leadership and Social Capital, and Activism. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys cooking with friends, listening to live music, and buying (too many) books.

Alissa White

Krista Colleague Leadership Council
Community Building
2012 Krista Colleague

Biography (Open)

Alissa White did her service as a nurse with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos' permanent home for children outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras from 2012-2014 providing healthcare services through a community clinic. Upon returning to the US, she began working at a mental health crisis facility for the Downtown Emergency Service Center. Currently, Alissa is a Public Health Nurse for Seattle/King County Public Health with a program offering outreach and intensive medical case management to families experiencing homelessness.
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