Serving God, Near and Far: Teach For America, Peace Corps & More

A priest and assistant do ceremonial blessing of pins
Fr. Stephen Hess and Meredith McKay bless pins for students embarking on volunteer careers

May 15, 2019

After semesters packed full of learning and service and immersion experiences, 36 graduates of the class of 2019 set aside traditional career paths to take assignments as volunteers in four foreign countries and cities across the U.S.

At the Social Justice Missioning ceremony during commencement weekend, they received pins and prayers, hugs and support from the staff of the Center for Community Engagement and Mission & Ministry who have been by their side.

Teach for America

  • Regina Ballew – New Orleans
  • Jedediah Brown – North Carolina
  • Christine Carero – Richmond, California
  • Will Hackel – New Orleans
  • Savannah Hornung – Denver
  • Andrea Hurtado – San Antonio
  • Sean Kimball – New Mexico
  • Madeline McKinnon – Oahu, Hawaii
  • Sarah Ramsbacher – Phoenix
  • Austin Salvador – Las Vegas
  • Rayce Tamanaha – Hawaii
  • Victoria Weible – Tulsa

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

  • Devrey Martin – San Francisco
  • Julia Regalbuto – Los Angeles
  • Kathryn Sorenson – Kansas City
  • Carmel Stralen – San Jose
  • Andy Touhey
  • Joseph Wagner – Portland

City Year

  • Anna Dodson – Denver
  • Lani-Faith Lucas – San Jose
  • Zaineb Siddiqee – San Jose
  • Julianne Taylor – San Jose

a group of 30 students in the chapel 

Alliance for Catholic Education

  • Isabel Gregorio
  • Madison Schreiter

Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education

  • Madelyn Hoban


  • Jamison Jouno
  • April Lopez

AmeriCorps VISTA

  • Sydney Jones

Ignatian Service Corps

  • Francis Argueta – Los Angeles

Dominican Volunteers

  • Natalie Louie – San Francisco

Gonzaga Prep Alumni Service Corps

  • Hailey Maher

ExCEL Program, Santa Clara University

  • Konner Sauve

International Service

Amigos de Jesus
Claire Vietri – Honduras

Mennonite Central Committee SALT
Morgan Smith – Cambodia

Mercy Volunteer Corps
Keriann DeLine – Guyana

Peace Corps
Ivan Jimenez – Peru


A Second-Grade Lesson in Awaking from Privilege 

To provide insight into the work they are called to, 2012 graduate Liz Slamkowski provided the keynote address. She served with the Alliance for Catholic Education, teaching second grade in Washington D.C. for two years. After teaching in Santiago, Chile, for three years, she returned to Spokane where she supports high school students in Christian Service at Gonzaga Preparatory School.

Read her funny and thoughtful presentation here.


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