Immersion Trip to Ecuador Organized by BVM Associates and Others

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Travelers on St Mary’s Parish ECUADOR IMMERSION TRIP 2-15-2017 TO 2-25-2017. For a detailed biography click here.

marciaMarcia Green —  Nurse with a Masters Degree in Public Health.  Marcia retired in 2002 from nursing, and helped her husband in their Navastro business, which supported a Stanford project researching Einstein’s theory of relativity. Marcia also volunteered at Santee Mission in San Jose working with immigrants. For the past 3 years, Marcia has been part of the USF Vietnam Nurse Project and has taught nursing care in the hospitals of Ha Noi.

catherineCatherine Gallagher — a retired State Court Judge in Santa Clara County. Catherine now works with an organization called JAMS resolving court disputes. In essence, she is a “Rent a Judge”. Primarily settles case through mediation but does some arbitration and judging work.

valerie-and-ed Valerie and Ed Lozowicki — Valerie volunteers as a St. Mary’s Eucharistic Minister, and visitor to the homebound.  She also does Spiritual Care visiting at O’Connor Hospital and volunteering in a grandson’s classroom. Her career path was in education, teaching, fundraising and academic and college counseling. Valerie is discerning BVM Association with Associates and BVMs in the area.  Ed— After 40 years as a business trial lawyer, retired from private practice and now works as an independent arbitrator and mediator. Both Valerie and Ed have been members of St. Mary’s Parish  for over 30 years.

jill-kristin-hannah Jill and Kristin Montanari—This will be Jill’s 5th trip to the Working Boys Center! She is on the Partners in Mission, Ecuador core team at St. Mary’s. She’s in charge of shopping for the Ecuadorian Crafts that are brought back to the US and sold at the St. Mary’s Ecuadorian Soup Supper in November as a fund raiser.

Kristin Montanari works in San Francisco at a startup called SHIFT, in the acquisitions department ( she helps people sell their cars). This is her second immersion trip, the first was to Brazil.

julia Julia Schmidt — Lives in Dubuque, Iowa. She is  currently a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education at the University of Dubuque. Julia has been a Teacher’s Assistant at a daycare in her hometown for the last three years. She was drawn to this immersion trip because of the variety of activities and places the group will be visiting. After graduation she is interested in working internationally, in some sort of service field, and this trip would be a unique, affordable and fun way to learn more about other countries

helenHelen Stone — Served as a Nurse in the US Navy. She been to the Working Boys Center twice before. Once with her daughter before she started college.  This year Bronwyn, her daughter, now graduated from college,  her son and his girlfriend will join Helen.

bronwynBronwyn Stone—studied molecular biology at Berkeley, and has just started a job in Sonoma County doing sustainability consulting for vineyards. She visited the CMT once on a St. Mary’s trip, then returned for a month while at Berkeley. She’s stoked to be returning.

 mikeMike Stone — Graduated from San Luis Obispo, then moved to Santa Cruz to work as an engineer. Mike is currently living in a pickup truck with his girlfriend Lyndsay, driving through Central/South America. When in highschool. Mike participated in Amigos de las  Americas in the Dominican Republic

lyndsayLyndsay Babbitt — Graduate of Cal Poly in SLO majored in Kinesiology. After college she worked as a personal trainer & yoga teacher in Santa Cruz. Participated in an immersion trip to Tijuana, where they helped build new houses for impoverished communities.

denise Denise Leffers — Is a therapist in private practice and volunteers in Non-profit board work and fundraising. Denise wants to experience volunteer work in another country and to grow and deepen her faith.