2015 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, call to family and community, and standing in solidarity. 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
Katie Christensen

Personal Story

I grew up in Littleton, Colorado and first came introduced to the the Lasallian Mission in high school.  I attended Mullen, a Lasallian high school in Denver.  Throughout my four years at Mullen I was very active in Lasallian Youth by volunteering after school and going on service trips, one of which was to Browning, Montana.  It was there that I witnessed and fully understood for the first time that social justice issues existed.

I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, but transferred to the University of Colorado in Boulder at the end of my freshman year.  There I received by bachelor’s degree in International Affairs.  Upon graduation, the principal of my high school introduced me to the Lasallian Volunteers.    

I served as a volunteer at Serviam Gardens, low-income senior housing in the Bronx, as a program coordinator.  As the program coordinator I designed programming, lead high school retreats, and assisted in applications for various subsized living programs, such as food stamps. After my two years of service I joined the LV staff and moved to Washington, DC.     

I am excited to serve as the recruitment coordinator and to have the opportunity to work with the Lasallian Volunteers and continue to grow with a program that I hold so dear.

Educational Background

Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Professional Experience

Program Coordinator – Serviam Gardens – Bronx, NY

Other Interests

  • Denver Broncos
  • Music
  • Reading
  • The East Coast (especially NYC)

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

edPersonal 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

Other Interests

  • Jogging
  • Biking
  • Gardening

jimPersonal Story

In high school I was impressed by the young Brothers who taught me. I joined the order, going through the novitiate and scholasticate and two years of teaching as a Brother. I left before final vows but felt deeply committed to sharing the Lasallian heritage with my students: that God is present, that each student matters, that God sustains all of us through even the worst problems, that God is calling us to share our blessings especially with those who need them most.

Through my years as a religion teacher and campus minister, sharing this Lasallian legacy with students was a core value to me. The poor of our world need empowerment beyond what money alone can give. The Lasallian heritage ushers them into a life of dignity, faith, and mutual service that is Good News.

That I can participate now on the LV staff, helping Volunteers grow in Faith, Community and Service with the Brothers is an amazing privilege. That I can encourage them as they try to open the doors to impoverished children today is the greatest contribution I can make at this time.

Educational Background

  • Bachelors of Art in history, theology and education,
    La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Master of Arts in History, University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Arts in Theology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Master of Applied Spirituality, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Areas of Responsibility

The Director of Development, with the assistance of the Director, Fundraising Committee, the Advisory Board and the Regional Director, is responsible for developing financial and other resources to insure success of the LV program in the Lasallian Mission to the poor. He deepens our relationships with Alums and other financial investors and pursues strategic fundraising for the long-term needs of Program. The Development Director collaborates with other staff to provide high-quality training opportunities and adequate support of Volunteers at their ministries.

Professional Experience

  • Central Catholic High School, Pittsburgh, PA, teacher of religion and history; Campus Ministry Director.
  • Highbridge Community Life Center, Bronx, NY, one year of Lasallian Volunteer experience with his wife during a sabbatical.
  • Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Justice, Pittsburgh, PA, board of directors
  • Jubilee Association, Pittsburgh, PA, development director and general staff of this soup kitchen and social service agency.
  • Allegheny County Jail, Pittsburgh, PA, Volunteer chaplain.
  • St. James Parish, Wilkinsburg, PA, RCIA Team.
  • Pittsburgh Mediation Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Volunteer mediator in their victim-offender program for youth mandated by juvenile court.

Other Interests

  • Running
  • Camping
  • The outdoors
  • Current events
  • Peace and justice pursuits
  • Reading