Jonathan Amgott is a J.D. candidate at the University of Virginia. Prior to law school, he served as Associate for Programs and Development at the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA), where he managed production of HIV-prevention advocacy “toolkits” for African religious leaders. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University, Jonathan has interned for faith offices at the White House and U.S. Department of State, as well as several community-focused nonprofits.
Sarah Babbs has an MA in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago and spent time working for both the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Peace and Justice, and has been involved in various pro-life, anti-war, and anti-death penalty advocacy over the last 10 years. In addition to reading and writing about social justice, spirituality, and family life, Sarah spends her days folding laundry, chasing a toddler, and learning how to live simply
Sarah Christian has a BA in international relations from the University of the Pacific. She studied abroad in Italy and Ghana. Sarah currently works in human resources. She has also worked with refugees through Catholic Charities.
Caitlin Conroy is a senior politics major at the Catholic University of America. She plays on the women’s varsity soccer team and is involved in various campus organizations including College Democrats and Catholic Athletes for Christ. Last spring she spent the semester in London interning in the House of Commons. After graduation Caitlin plans to attend law school.
Nichole M. Flores is a Margaret O’Brien Flatley Fellow in Theological Ethics at Boston College and the Graduate Research Assistant at the Boisi Center for Religion & American Public Life. Her research interests include Catholic moral theology, public theology, theories of justice, theological aesthetics and ethics, and U.S. Latina/o theologies, and ecumenical ethics. Nichole is the Associate Member Representative to the Board of Directors for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), Student Convener of the Latino/a Working Group of the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), and a North American contributor to the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church Forum. She earned an A.B. in Government from Smith College, where she was awarded the Molly Rogers Prize for Peace and Social Justice, and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, where she was awarded the Dwight-Hooker Fellowship for Theological Study.
Kate Gordon is a civil rights attorney. Prior to beginning law practice, she spent several years as a volunteer working on human rights issues in Guatemala, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Arizona.
Kristi Haas grew up in Davenport, Iowa, and studied liberal studies and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. After completing two years of parish ministry, formation, and theology coursework through the Echo: Faith Formation Leadership Program, she moved to Boston to work toward a Master of Theological Studies at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. She also lives and serves at St. Mary of the Angels parish.
Christopher Hale (@chrisjollyhale) is a co-founder of Millennial. He did national Catholic outreach for the president’s re-election campaign. Educated by Jesuits, he graduated from Xavier University in 2011.
Brian Keaney likes to think big thoughts and occasionally succeeds. As he fancies himself a writer, he blogs here at Millennial and elsewhere when one of those ideas is worth sharing. He has a degree in politics from The Catholic University of America and one in government from Harvard University, and has worked for elected officials in Boston, Honolulu, and Washington, D.C.. He is a former district deputy and state youth director for the Knights of Columbus, and finds endless enjoyment in reading, being social, and volunteering with children.
Mike Jordan Laskey is the director of Life & Justice Ministries for the Diocese of Camden, NJ. Before moving to the diocese, Mike was a program coordinator for the Center for FaithJustice, a Catholic nonprofit that runs service immersion trips near Trenton, NJ. Mike completed an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame through the university’s Echo: Faith Formation Leadership Program, and he has a BA in English, also from Notre Dame. Mike lives with his wife Genevieve, executive director of Camden’s Romero Center Ministries, in Haddon Township, NJ. He blogs for the Camden diocese at http://camdenlifejustice.wordpress.com.
John McCarthy is an advocate for youth engagement in the political process. He is the CEO of Future Civic Leaders, a national 501c3 organization that runs political engagement programs for high school students in low-income communities. He studies Politics and Theology at The Catholic University of America and serves as the Chairman of their College Democrats chapter. He has been interviewed and quoted by FOX and Friends, NPR, the Washington Post, HuffPost Live, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside HigherEd. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Marcus Mescher is a PhD candidate in Theology and Education at Boston College. His primary research area is Catholic social teaching, with a special focus on the moral formation of U.S. Catholic college students. Marcus is completing his dissertation on a “theology of neighbor,” using the Parable of the Good Samaritan as a generative theme for exploring the demands of the preferential option for the poor in today’s globalized, digital age. His interests in the connections between Christian faith, service, justice, and solidarity flow from and have been reinforced by nearly ten years of experience in parish youth ministry and college campus ministry. Marcus received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and is a native of Mequon, Wisconsin.
Fabrice Musoni was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and grew up in Rwanda. He earned a scholarship to attend a Quaker Boarding School in West Branch, IA in 2003 and graduated with honors from Luther College, also in IA, with a degree in Political Science and Communications Studies. Fabrice holds a Master of Science in International Affairs degree from the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a concentration in International Development. His professional experience include consulting for USAID on technology, governance, and democracy projects. He also worked for Search for Common Ground in Burundi in 2010 doing research on national youth policy since the end of the civil war in 2005. He currently works as a policy analyst at United to End Genocide, covering the DRC, Syria, and Burma. Fabrice is passionate about genocide and mass atrocities prevention, human rights, and generally politics, culture, and religion.
Joseph Ptak has a BA in Political Science from John Carroll University and an MA in Politics from The Catholic University of America. He is from the Midwest but currently works and lives in the Washington DC area.
Bethany J. Welch, Ph.D. has worked to effect transformational change in urban communities in New York, Delaware, and Pennsylvania through research, planning, nonprofit management, advocacy, and social action. She currently provides consulting support for a range of projects and programs that build the capacity of neighborhoods, particularly through faith-based organizations working in solidarity with local residents. Welch has a doctorate in urban affairs and public policy and a Master’s degree in higher education administration. She is also a graduate of Contemplative Leaders in Action, a selective two-year formation program offered by the Jesuit Collaborative. Welch served for three years as the executive director of Providence Center, a Catholic outreach center in inner city Philadelphia and a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the same community. These experiences have put her daily at the intersections of belief and brokenness, of hope and despair. It also keeps her actively writing and creating art as a way to make sense of the world as it is and the kingdom yet to come. Welch is originally from Rochester, NY, but now calls Philadelphia home.