JUSTICE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 2017-18 INTERNS
Daniel de la Rosa - SEIU Local 6
Hello! My name is Daniel de la Rosa. I am a 26-year-old Cuban- American male who is fluent in Spanish and English. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida by my lovely single mother. She is my best friend, mentor, and overall favorite person in the world. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. I’ve been serving with Americorps for the last two years in Miami through a program called Florida Reading Corps. I worked as a literacy tutor in a Head Start classroom with preschool aged children. The skills and experiences I’ve gained have come to define my work ethic and character. I’ve learned how to work with intention and purpose. Some of my interests and hobbies include watching baseball, playing games of all kinds, and eating delicious food! I am eager to bring these skills along with an open mind and heart to my new life in Seattle.
Hunter Paulson-Smith - Keystone UCC & Earth Ministry
Hunter graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 2016. They majored in creative writing but also studied environmental studies, public health, and queer studies. Originally from Chicago, Hunter has lived in Arizona, North Dakota, Florida, Minnesota, and now Washington. Experiencing different parts of the country has made them more adaptable to new places and curious about other people's cultures and ways of life. Hunter is interested in finding ways to make spaces more accessible and safe for ALL members of the LGBTQ+ community. Hunter is a femme and uses they/them pronouns. They love to have discussions and learn new perspectives about the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Hunter is passionate about opening up conversations about mental health and the stigma surrounding it. In their spare time Hunter can be found listening to Queen Bey, making mixed media art, watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians, or making memes.
Bri Little - Real Change
Bri Little is DC native (who is excited to be in the other Washington) and recent William & Mary graduate. She's a poet, reader, and dog enthusiast. She has a strong sense of justice, and is interested in the intersections of identity, creative work (writing, performance art), and social activism. She believes in the strength of empathy, education, self-advocacy and community as means of achieving all forms of equity.
Amanda Agrellas - Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH)
Amanda Agrellas grew up on the mission field in Guatemala and now considers Seattle her home. She is excited to give back by working with the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness to end the homelessness crisis in her community. She graduated this year from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Sociology. At SPU she was the president of the Intersectional Feminist club, which aims to start conversations about inequality in our society and to raise awareness of issues such as gender-based violence. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to work in advocacy.
Erica West - Church Council of Greater Seattle
Erica N. West is thrilled to join the Justice Leadership Program and embark on her call to faith and social justice in the Pacific Northwest. Erica originally hails from Alexandria, Virginia in the D.C. metropolitan area and is a recent graduate of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she double majored in American Studies and Government. At William & Mary, Erica played a key role in bringing gender inclusive housing options to campus and holding the university's administration accountable via organizing with Black Lives Matter Williamsburg. She joins the Church Council of Greater Seattle in organizing and advocating for immigrant rights, affordable housing and economic justice. Erica is excited to engage in communal living and further investigate the intersection between community organizing and faith.
Leda Zakarison - Earth Ministry
Leda Zakarison is a fourth-generation daughter of the Palouse, born and raised among the rolling hills in Pullman, WA. She is a lifelong UCC member and spent her summers at Camp N-Sid-Sen, the UCC camp on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Leda graduated from Whitman College in 2016 with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a minor in French. While at Whitman, Leda discovered a passion for interfaith ministry and advocacy. She worked for three years as an intern in Whitman's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and at Whitman’s chapter of Better Together, an organization that promotes interfaith understanding on college campuses through conversations and direct service work. Leda also served for one year as a coordinating intern for Whitman's Mentor Program, where she helped pair Whitman students with local elementary school students in need of a positive and consistent role model. She also led a week-long service trip to Detroit, MI and participated in several other service trips, including one to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Leda recently moved to Seattle, and she is so grateful to get the chance to learn even more about her new community through JLP.
Renee Lumia - 350 Seattle
My name is Renee, and I'm from Maple Valley, Washington. I've lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life, and my faith compels me to protect my home and the livelihoods of those who share it. I enjoy teaching others about environmental conservation through Girl Scouts of Western Washington by developing interactive curriculum for girls Pre-K - 6th grade as well as mentoring girls 7th-12th grade on how to organize such curriculum. As someone who has struggled with mental illness, I actively advocate for mental health awareness through theatrical monologue performances and video projects.
JUSTICE LEADERSHIP JUBILEE - 2016-17 VOLUNTEERS
Christine Hanson - Faith Action Network
I own and operate a back country resort in the Cascades for skiing and hiking. As a result I live in the middle of nowhere! Faith community is hard to come by, so I have connected myself with Extravagance UCC, an online church, I am part of an interfaith book group, and I have a spiritual director. I love to hike and ski, I am also a weaver. Four granddaughters fill me with joy, as does the support of my family. I love life’s journey as I hold my faith lightly … allowing it to grow and change and guide me.
Jim Little - Meaningful Movies Project
After retiring several years ago, I’ve taken up learning to cook, gardening with the Master Gardeners, spending time with my 11 year old granddaughter and participating in social justice work with my church, Keystone United Church of Christ. I jumped at the chance to participate in the new Justice Leadership Jubilee program, when it was created this past year. Though we’ve only been immersed in this work for 6 weeks, I have grown in my faith and my commitment to justice work through the structured mentoring and through intense self-reflection with my 4 other wonderful JLJ participants. I agreed to volunteer 6-10 hours per week with the Meaningful Movies Project. I’m just getting started with MMP, but am already finding it deeply satisfying. I feel like I am able to make a significant contribution, yet there is much more to do.
Ginger Warfield - Church Council of Greater Seattle
I retired from many happy years of teaching mathematics at UW, especially to minorities and teachers, in order to have time for other things. One thing I wanted time for was being with grandchildren, which remains a major priority. But as the dust settled I realized that there was room for — and a need for— more in my life. At this important juncture my long-time home church, University Congregational United Church of Christ, came up with a call for taking on the issue of Racial Justice. Amplified by Ferguson and the presence of my beloved two-year-old Black grandson the call resounded deeply and I committed myself to responding to it. When Jubilee Justice turned up it seemed to me the perfect way to deepen my knowledge and expand my contribution. I am working with the Greater Church Council, whose sponsorship of a workshop entitled “Racial Justice as a Spiritual Imperative” was one of UCUCC’s entry points into our current work.
Lin Hagedorn - 350 Seattle
A year ago I had the opportunity to say “yes” to being part of the Justice Leadership Jubilee inaugural year and what an amazing cascade of opportunities that one decision has brought to my life.
I have learned that when people come together with passion and commitment around a common justice area, everyone is needed at the table and everyone has something important to offer. I have learned that when I truly hold the belief that all people and this planet matter, I choose to spend my time differently because something deep inside my heart and soul has shifted. I have learned that systems of oppression really can be changed and that there is reason to maintain hope that we can co-create a more just future for everyone and this planet.
The Justice Leadership Jubilee program includes several components (trainings, assigned readings, sojourning, working with a social change organization and with my home church) and each component was essential to creating an experience that moved me through a transformational process leaving me thankfully changed.
Linda Gasparovic - Puget Sound Sage