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Meet the Staff
Kimberly Williams : Program Director
Kimberly joined the GSV staff in the summer of 2013. After graduating with a BA in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC, Kimberly served and then worked on staff for a yearlong volunteer program called Mission Year in Oakland, CA. During the course of her professional and volunteer experience she has worked in the fields of community development, addiction, homelessness, education, and volunteer support. Kimberly came to the Good Shepherd Volunteers from the Lasallian Volunteers, a program of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, where she was the Associate Director for two years.
Kimberly has a MA in Theology and a MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. She is a contributing writer to the Fuller Youth Institute and has developed retreat and workshop curriculum on topics including self-care, cultural engagement, urban spirituality, and contemplation.
She was drawn to the GSV program because the four tenets of spirituality, social justice, community, and simplicity and the mission resonate with her deeply. She has personally and professionally seen the impact that a year of service can have on the volunteer and those they serve.
“My volunteer experience offered me the opportunity to see new perspectives and to thoughtfully integrate my values into my life. More than a decade later I can still see tangible ways that one year is impacting me today.”
Jon Alvarez : Program Coordinator
Jon came on board as Program Coordinator with GSV in the fall of 2006. Jon spent his first year out of college with Amate House, a volunteer program in Chicago, where he worked in a Latino neighborhood on immigration and education issues, and lived with 5 fellow volunteers in community. From there he continued his work as a community organizer, this time in Brooklyn, New York, with a housing group called Neighbors Helping Neighbors. He helped tenants in low-income neighborhoods organize to improve housing conditions, advocate for policy and law changes, and develop leadership skills. Jon went to the University of Notre Dame and majored in anthropology. He was born in Massachusetts and grew up in the Netherlands.
With GSV, Jon sees a connection between his professional experience in community organizing and also his personal experience as a volunteer. “One of my former co-workers said that community organizing is just a fancy word for education. And that’s what I think volunteer service is about too – learning more about the world around us, about small but powerful opportunities for social change, and about bringing our own personal hopes to fruition. That is what I experienced as a volunteer and that is what I see happening at GSV.”
Amanda Javaly : Assistant Director
Amanda Javaly went to school at Villanova University, where she majored in Management & Finance in the School of Business. At Villanova, Amanda took advantage of many of the service opportunities through Campus Ministry such as service break trips, tutoring youth in inner-city Philadelphia, and organizing a Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week on campus. She thus decided to look for a career where she could combine her business skills and passion for service.
After graduating from Villanova in 2010, Amanda joined the Good Shepherd Volunteer program placed at HandCrafting Justice as the Wholesale Assistant. As a GSV, Amanda embraced the joys and challenges of the year with the support of her community. After her year as a GSV, Amanda was thrilled to join the Good Shepherd Volunteers staff as Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator. After two years in this role she was promoted to Assistant Director.
“During my year as a GSV, I grew in so many ways and it truly set my heart on fire. I am so excited to invite others to the same opportunity and to become a part of the Good Shepherd mission.”
Catherine Mock: Recruiter
California born and raised, Cat grew up in San Jose and attended college at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Throughout her service experiences in the greater LA area, she was immersed in the culture of LMU’s mission, dedicated to “being men and women with and for others” and “education of the whole person”. Through these words and experiences, her view of social justice emerged and led her to pursue her strong desire to do a year of service with Good Shepherd Volunteers.
After graduating in 2011, she joined Good Shepherd Volunteers and served as a Youth Development Counselor at Marian Hall, a group home for teenage girls in foster care in New York City. After completing a year working with youth in the foster care system, she continued with another GSV year of service in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, serving at women’s shelter for trafficked and domestic violence survivors and a group home for teenage girls.
Upon return to the United States, she is excited to join the GSV Staff as the recruitment coordinator, sharing what a year of service with Good Shepherd Volunteer offers: a precious and rich opportunity to grow personally and professionally while dedicating a year working for justice.