We are so excited to welcome 10 new Vincentian Volunteers of Cincinnati! Learn more about this year’s cohort in their bios below!
Alleya Harris is from Gilchrist, Oregon, and attended Northwest Christian University where she earned a degree in Exercise Science. Alleya has done service both in her hometown, through a local food bank and a nursing home, as well as in Mexico and Colombia. Alleya will be working part-time with the Ozanam Center for Service Learning as well as coordinating the Getting Ahead program.
“Everything I have experienced has done much to help me get past the abstraction I believe is common to people like me who have always had enough, the one that keeps us from seeing people “in poverty” as something other than our friends and family.”
Anna Krueger hails from Stillwater, Minnesota, and earned her degree in Agricultural Education with minors in Animal Science, Dairy Science, and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. During her time in college, Anna spent time student teaching children from incredibly diverse backgrounds. She is also highly involved in agricultural organizations such as 4-H. Anna will be working in the Choice Food Pantry during her time with VVC.
“I see God in the little things I encounter every day. From the birds chirping in the trees welcoming spring to the sound of a child’s carefree laugh, I can see God’s presence everywhere if I take the time to look. As I have gotten older and my faith has matured, I would like to think that I have gotten better at ‘looking’.”
Alžbeta Limáneková is originally from Hniezdne, Slovakia. She earned her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in French language, literature, and history from Blaise Pascal University in Clermont Ferrand, France and lived and studied in an intentional community in France. She has done volunteer work teaching Slovak children and food distribution for people experiencing homelessness in Boston, MA. She will be serving with the Social Services team.
“I came to the conclusion that I want Him to do His own will in my life, rather than mine. Every day, I learn to trust Him, to reject fear and to believe in His love and goodness. I know that He is working in my favor.”
Christiana Tabugbo is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but has spent the last four years at Northern Kentucky University where she earned a degree in Human Services and Addictions. Christiana has been on a service trip to Zimbabwe and has also interned with her church community. She will be using her gifts in the Social Services department.
“When God created us, He didn’t intend for us to walk this life alone, so He gave us the gift of community. As we grow in relationships with others, we are growing in our relationship with Him.”
Herman Muguluma comes to VVC from Lugazi, Uganda. Herman is currently a self-employed computer technician, and has also volunteered for many organizations both in Uganda and abroad in projects related to education, healthy living, and social services. During his time with VVC, Herman will be working at the front desk at St. Vincent de Paul as well as assisting with data management for the organization.
“I love to be inspired by the people in community because communities tend to have people from different backgrounds and every person seem to have their own story of life and faith, a community setting also gives me a sense of security, family, friendship and most importantly the aspect of unity in the community motivates me, knowing that I am not on my own.”
Jordan Battaglia hails from Chelsea, MI and has already been involved in the Vincentian family through her time at DePaul University, a Vincentian university, where she earned her degree in English. While at DePaul, Jordan was involved with campus ministry, and participated in multiple service immersion trips. As a VVC, Jordan will be working with the Community Relations department and assisting our neighbors in need.
“An important part of living simply, to me, is living a life of transparency and authenticity. To be open about where you are, and what you are feeling and going through. This creates simplicity because there are no lies or barriers between you and the people around you.”
Phillip Dunn comes to VVC from Walton, Kentucky. He graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Latin American studies. His studies led him to Managua, Nicaragua, where he studied for a semester as part of the Nicaragua Solidarity Semester. In Nicaragua, he lived in community with a local family and engaged in service with the community. During VVC, Phillip will be using his gifts to work as a Client Advocate for the Latino community.
“Solidarity is a mutual relationship characterized by love, respect, willingness to learn, at least some of the same living conditions, sustained contact over time and a personal commitment to the well-being and liberation of both parties”.
Rachel Nartker is originally from Englewood, Ohio. She attended the University of Dayton, earning her degree in Religious Studies with minors in Psychology and Film Studies. While at UD, Rachel worked leading student retreats and went on an immersion experience trip in Guatemala. Rachel will be using her gifts as the Conference Support Associate, assisting Cincinnati’s over 900 parish-based volunteers to serve their own neighbors in need.
“I realized how much we, as humans, are so much alike, even when we have totally different backgrounds and life experiences.”
Taylor Welch is from Cleveland, OH, and graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Athletic Training. While attending XU, Taylor was involved in the Alternative Breaks program, where she led a trip focusing on prison injustice and has also engaged with issues of gentrification in Cincinnati. Taylor will be using her gifts in the Ozanam Center for Service Learning as well as assisting our re-entry program.
“Living in direct community with others is how we grow to understand the world around us. Developing a community takes intentional effort and motivation – it is everyone’s responsibility to help one another grow and I think that is why engaging and being present in communal moments are of benefit to everyone in that community.”
Tommy Emmet is originally from Grapevine, TX, and comes to VVC after completing his degree in Neuroscience and Behavior and minor in International Development Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Tommy has shadowed physicians in Ghana, West Africa, organized service projects as a Resident Assistant, and planned medical-related service opportunities. Tommy will use his gifts as a Patient Advocate in the Charitable Pharmacy.
“I experience God through my relationships with other people. I experience Him when someone performs an uncommon and undeserving act of kindness toward me, or even just in the presence of my friends and family. I know that the love I feel from them comes from God, and try my best to make His presence known to them as well.”