2011-2012 Class of Interns
Jordan is our returning intern from last year. After completing her work in Los Angeles as an HIV counselor, she worked at Your Place, a ministry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in New Haven and in the office at Christ Church. Her goal is “to help others dig deep into their hearts and minds and discover new parts of themselves and their world.” Jordan will spend this year working at the Christ Church Soup Kitchen, serving meals to over 200 people each day. She will also be working at the food pantry Loaves and Fishes, handing out 200 bags of food each week. During her second year in the program, she is continuing to discern whether she feels called to be an ordained minister, as well as serving as the community life coordinator for Saint Hilda’s House.
Sarah Widney recently graduated from North Carolina State University, where she earned a bachelor of science in biology with a concentration on ecology and conservation biology. She is looking to spend some time working in a socially oriented nonprofit to get a change of pace from academia. Her goal for the program is to discern the best way to use her skills to serve Christ in others as she spends a year developing children’s programs for Christian Community Action.
Daniel Chapman has come to New Haven after 22 years in hot and humid Louisiana. He graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a BA in Communication Studies. He spent this past summer acting as the Head Counselor at Camp Hardtner, an Episcopal summer camp and conference center in central Louisiana where he has spent 14 summers. This year he is continuing his work with youth in a new capacity, serving as Saint Martin de Porres Academy’s Graduate Support Assistant. He especially enjoys playing guitar, spending time in nature, reading, and jazz music at the Owl Shop. His claim to fame, as the story goes, is that he once beat a rock in a staring contest.
Sarah Raven, who is also working at The Connection, graduated from Miami University with a BA in Anthropology and Religion. After college she joined Teach for America where she taught elementary school for four years in the South Bronx. During her second year in New York she earned her Master of Science for Teachers at PACE University. Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, Sarah moved to Denver, Colorado where she worked and volunteered at the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross delivering disaster preparedness presentations to low income schools and various community groups. Furthering her search for a career that brought her closer to God, Sarah enrolled at the Iliff School of Theology with a concentration in Anglican Studies. She graduated with distinction with a Master's of Divinity in 2011. Sarah also completed a 9-month internship at a homeless shelter in Denver where she strengthened her ongoing commitment to disenfranchised people.
Sarah, although originally an Army brat, has lived in Huntsville, Alabama for the last decade. For her undergraduate education, she attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where she majored in Religion and just graduated from the college this past May. Due to her desire to travel as much as possible, Sarah recently finished a three month summer internship in Salzburg, Austria, with a non-profit organization called the Salzburg Global Seminar. During her time with Saint Hilda's, Sarah will be working with United Way of Greater New Haven as well as continuing her discernment process in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts.
Dave Radzik, a native of southeastern Massachusetts, graduated in 2008 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Classics. After graduation, he spent nearly two years in East Asia teaching English both in rural South Korea and in Guangzhou, China. He has also served as a youth program coordinator at St. Andrew's parish in New Bedford, MA. His interests include, poetry, history, hiking and theology. Dave and his fiancée Lorrin, who lives just up the coast in Boston, plan to be married next summer following the conclusion of his internship. As part of his internship with Saint Hilda's, he will be working in the Columbus House outreach and engagement office assisting New Haven's homeless population in gaining access to different social services.
Born and raised in Lee's Summit, MO, Logan's a Midwestern transplant to New England. Ze graduated in 2011 from Vassar College with a B.A. in Religion with other interests in the study of sex, sexuality, and gender and minor dabbling in philosophy. While at Vassar ze was heavily involved in queer community organizing and co-founded a student organization to represent sex- and gender-variant individuals on campus and in the broader community. Hir current interests include the intersection of Christian theology and queer theory, identity construction, intentionally troubling societal norms of sex and gender, and learning to cook.
Liz is from Redlands, California near Los Angeles, and is new to the East Coast. She attended school at California State University in Fullerton and Azusa Pacific University, graduating with a history degree. She started to go back to school at University of Nevada, Reno for speech pathology but found that it wasn’t a good fit, so now joins us at Saint Hilda’s House as she continues to discern what career will work best. She will be working at St. Martin de Pores Academy, an extended school program geared towards lower income children who face a disadvantage in public schools.
Deede grew up in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. She graduated in spring 2010 with a biology major and religion minor from Trinity College, where much time was also dedicated to the rowing team. Deede spent the past year in the mountains of New Hampshire, working at an outdoor education center called the American Youth Foundation: Camp Merrowvista. She worked with a variety of programs ranging from a 6th grade environmental education class to a weekend family program for those with Down syndrome. This summer she led long hike, bike, and canoe trips for teenagers. She enjoys the views off mountains, live music, the sound of the ocean, and the joy in exploring bustling cities. Deede will be working for United Way Boost during her year with Saint Hilda’s House.
Adam Trettel grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Yale College in 2010 with a degree in Humanities and a concentration in Intellectual History. During college, Adam worked as a Photography Editor for the Yale Daily News, as an assistant at Sterling Library, and became a parishioner of Christ Church in 2008. Before beginning St. Hilda's House, Adam worked on several farms in Europe, as a carpenter in Birmingham, AL, and as the Parish Administrator for Christ Church in the summer of 2011. This year is he is working as the Housing and Donations Coordinator for IRIS, a non-profit in the East Rock neighborhood that resettles refugees in the New Haven area.
Audrey Webb grew up in Northwest Iowa, the oldest of three girls. This past May, she graduated from St. Olaf College, a small,private liberal arts school in Minnesota, with degrees in Biology,Sociology/Anthropology, and a concentration in Environmental Studies.She spent the summer working at Eagle Bluff Environmental Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota, as a naturalist. Audrey is very much stillin the exploratory phase of life, so I'm testing out different opportunities that both use anddevelop a wide range of skills. She hopes to gain more practical work experience at New Haven Reads this year, and her hobbies include gardening, composting, and biking.
James was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. He graduated from Pepperdine University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. During his time at Pepperdine, James studied in Shanghai and developed an interest in Chinese history. He has served as a student intern at Malibu Presbyterian Church’s University Ministries. Also, he has recently returned from Thailand where he worked with Non-Governmental Organizations that assist refugees from Burma in Thailand. With the St. Hilda’s program he is working as the Parish Administrator at Christ Church New Haven.
Jennifer Nulty was born and raised in Van Horne, Iowa and recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. During college, she was the University student lobbyist, a debate team member, an intern for the Disaster Accountability Project in Washington D.C., and an intern for the public employee union AFSCME. She has also had leadership roles in the church as a youth leader for Young Life, a Christian outreach organization, in her local community and for a summer in British Columbia, Canada. After spending a semester in Japan, she discovered her passion for social justice that drove her to pursue an internship with the Episcopal Service Corps. During the coming year, she will be working for Columbus House.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Aleithia Burgess holds bachelor’s degrees in history and philosophy from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in history from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. While in Scotland, she was introduced to Anglican worship at St Andrew’s Cathedral, where she sang in the choir and served as part-time caretaker and verger. Between under- and post-graduate studies, Aleithia taught English to children and adults in Jeju-do, South Korea, and she has continued teaching ESL since returning to Oklahoma in 2010. Aleithia looks forward to interning with Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS) while with Saint Hilda’s House.
Jessa Fowler is a recent graduate from Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon where she majored in archaeology and minored in chemistry. She has lived all over the West Coast and most recently interned at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado. She's interested in sustainable agriculture and issues of food access and is exploring what that might look like as a career. She loves being outside - running, skiing, and rock climbing. Jessa will be teaching fifth grade at Saint Martin de Porres Academy.