2017 LV Staff

Personal Story

I was born and raised in Philadelphia. While attending Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls I became involved with Community Service Corps.

For college I headed to Chicago and attended Loyola University. While at Loyola I was heavily involved in Campus Ministry; participating and leading Retreats. I also participated in the Alternative Break Immersion program my junior and senior year. Between my amazing college experience, studying abroad, and volunteering I realized how much I had received and wanted to give back.

Upon graduation I moved to Memphis, Tennessee where I served for two years as a Lasallian Volunteer at De La Salle Elementary Blessed Sacrament. My two years were full of laughter, jokes, lots of growth, and fostering life-long friendships. After completing my two years of service I remained in Memphis and served as the Assistant Campus Minister for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. I worked closely with the students at the University of Memphis and Rhodes College and constantly spoke of my LV experience. I also continued to spend time volunteering at De La Salle.

After spending eight years away from the east coast I decided to return. I previously served in the role as recruitment coordinator for two years, before taking on the exciting and challenging role of director. I am excited to continue to help grow a program that has given so much to me.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Communication, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Areas of Responsibility

The Director of the Lasallian Volunteers is responsible for leadership, overall direction, and management of the Lasallian Volunteers. The Director functions as part of the Lasallian Volunteers staff team and, with the LV Advisory Board, is responsible for ensuring that the program advances and upholds it Mission as embodied in the Mission statement.

Professional Experience

  • Lasallian Volunteers Recruitment Coordinator, 7/2013 – 7/2015
  • Assistant Campus Minister / Administrative Assistant, Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Librarian, Computer Teacher, After-School Coordinator, Religion Teacher, De La Salle Elementary Blessed Sacrament, Memphis, TN

Other Interests

  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Social Justice

Maggie1aPersonal Story

    Born and raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, I have spent the last 13 years as a teacher, a campus minister, and a coach. I came across the Brothers of the Christian Schools by accident, wanting to work with a religious order that had a defined charism that would align with my own values of commitment to the preferential option for the poor and excellent educational service to those most in need. In 2005, I left a diocesan high school to work at La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, first as a religion teacher and then as a campus minister.

During my seven years as a campus minister, I led five urban immersion trips to Camden, New Jersey, one trip to Toppa Joppa, Tennesee, and facilitated La Salle’s first trip to the Brother David Darst Center in Chicago. In addition to service trips, I directed our Christian Service program, developed curriculum centered around St. John Baptist de La Salle’s life and educational pedagogy that lined up with the religion curriculum at La Salle, did pastoral care, and helped to animate our school’s mission surrounding the five Lasallian Core Principles.

My introduction to the Lasallian Volunteers was presenting at Orientation in 2014. I returned to La Salle so energized to be a better teacher and coach, and I was much more pastorally present. It is clear to me what a powerful witness the volunteers are not only to the students and clients entrusted to their care, but also the other adults they work alongside. I am excited and honored to be the next associate director of this program which is in faithful fidelity to the Founder’s vision.

Educational Background

  • Master of Theology, Providence College, Providence, RI
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Areas of Responsibility

The Associate Director for Lasallian Volunteers has overall responsibility for providing consistent, high quality support and programming to the volunteers and their site/communities during each program year. The Associate Director assists the Director in the overall operations of the program. In the absence of the Director, the Associate Director acts in lieu of the Director.

Professional Experience

  • Teacher, Coyle and Cassidy High School, Taunton, MA
  • Teacher/Campus Minister, La Salle Academy, Providence, RI
  • Asst. Field Hockey Coach, East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich, RI

Other Interests

  • Reading Celebrity Autobiographies
  • Earthing
  • Life-coaching
  • Celine Dion
  • Sunglasses
  • Original writings from the Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle

Personal Story

I was born and raised in Kennesaw, Georgia. I attended public school my whole life but had a close community in the church that I grew up in.

After graduating college, I joined a full-time volunteer program with Franciscan Outreach Association in Chicago, Illinois. I lived in community with ten other volunteers and served for one year in the Marquard Center Soup Kitchen. When my year was over, I moved back to Atlanta and continued to work with the homeless and marginalized populations with a focus on veterans and their families.

The year I spent in Chicago was extremely rewarding and impactful for me. It has helped prepare and influence me to work in the roles that I have. I am really looking forward to serving as the recruitment coordinator and helping more people gain the opportunity of being a full-time volunteer!

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts & Science in Sociology and a minor in Public Policy, Georgia State University-Atlanta, GA

Areas of Responsibility

The Recruitment Coordinator for Lasallian Volunteers, working as a team member, has responsibility for assisting in all programmatic efforts. The Recruitment Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to organize, manage, support and act as key contact person for all areas of recruitment.

Professional Experience

Supportive Service for Veteran Families Project Associate – United Way of Greater Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

Other Interests

  • Bubble tea
  • Telling corny jokes
  • Cooking
  • Being on the lake

Chris-Anderson-CBCPersonal Story

I have spent my whole career working for the Catholic Church having served in parish, diocesan and national settings. During these twenty plus years of service, I have always thought of myself as a minister. While some people are uncomfortable with a lay Catholic saying that, the church in the United States is embracing this understanding of ministry. In my years working for national organizations, I have been blessed with the opportunity to help shape this understanding of lay ecclesial ministry.

As a member of the Lasallian Volunteers staff, I enjoy sharing my ministerial experiences with my co-workers and the larger Lasallian community. My understanding of ministry and myself is being expanded by my involvement in the Lasallian mission of “transforming lives since 1680.”

Educational Background

  • B.A. Psychology Cathedral College, Douglaston, New York
  • M.A. Theology Saint Bernard’s Institute, Rochester, New York

Areas of Responsibility

The Director of Development is responsible for leading the Lasallian Volunteers advancement efforts including:

  • Cultivating and coordinating the solicitation of potential donors.
  • Developing and implementing plans for development, fundraising and public relations.
  • Developing strategies to increase outreach beyond Lasallian Volunteers’ traditional funding base to new prospects.
  • Overseeing foundation relations, proposal development and reporting.
  • Overseeing s the planning and execution of special events/promotions.
  • Produces the Lasallian Volunteers annual report and related publications.

Professional Experience

      • Executive Director of the National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM), Washington, DC
      • Associate Director of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, Washington, DC
      • Assistant Director of the Office for Religious Education, Archdiocese of Chicago
      • Director of Religious Education, St. John the Baptist, Greenville, NY

Other Interests

    • Cooking
    • Sports
    • Gardening/farming
    • Family activities

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Personal Story
The 70 years of my life have centered around New York City save for a few in college in DC and years of training for the De La Salle Christian Brothers in Barrytown NY. I grew up in Brooklyn NY near my beloved Ebbets Field home of the famous Brooklyn Dodgers. After college and training I was sent to teach junior high school science in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx and have worked with families of that challenged community for the past 40 years. Most of that time were in positions of leadership in Junior High School, a college for adults returning to school and a community agency committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for residents of Highbridge.

For me, leadership is a process whereby collaborators influence each other to bring about significant change in society or an organization. For De La Salle Christian communities this influence relationship grows among the Volunteer and Brother members causing the group to be very influential in any school or agency.

For many years I have observed in communities and neighborhoods of the Bronx what Margaret Meade meant by: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Educational Background
Catholic University of America, BA American History
New York University, MA Social Studies Education
Fordham University, PhD School Administration and Urban Education

Areas of Responsibility
Assist Shared Lasallian Communities to be high performing models of the Lasallian Mission
Plan and implement special LV events such as LVs Ride
Facilitate the establishment of new communities in urban cities of America
Member of the Lasallian Volunteers Advisory Board

Professional Experience
Elementary school teacher and principal – St. Augustine School, NYC
College administrator – College of New Rochelle, NYC
Executive Director of an urban community based organization – Highbridge Community Life Center NYC
Auxiliary Visitor – District of Eastern North America

Other Interests
Jogging
Biking
Gardening