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Meet the 2021 Summer Staff

Meet the 2021 Summer Staff

We are so excited to embark on our 46th summer of fellowship and fun! Read on to learn more about the twelve passionate young people who will design and lead our summer program.

Our site partnerships look different than before. Participants will have an opportunity to connect with and learn from various community partners and explore topics important to them. Join us to develop skills around cultural humility, elevating local voices, and better understanding our neighbors.

Indigenous Communities Today

  • Jessica Parker, Site Director
  • Maggie Guekguezian, Spiritual Life Coordinator
  • Ronnie Swenson, Media Coordinator
  • Ashley Rios, Activities Coordinator
  • Kate Grobey, Activities Coordinator
  • Lauren Reynolds, Activities Coordinator
Jessica Parker, Site Director

What is your favorite part of the online summer program?

“Definitely Community Crossing! I’m able to combine my own passions about food insecurity and food deserts to teach youth about how those issues relate to the communities we serve with. Community Crossing provides a virtual connection to the place and people youth would be interacting with in-person at SSP, which is also really important.”Jessica Parker

Maggie Guekguezian, Spiritual Life Coordinator

What are you hoping to share with participants this summer?

“I hope to share some of the many practices of spiritual reflection I’ve encountered in my studies and maintain in my life. I hope sharing this will help participants gain insights about themselves, the Divine, and how to live in community with each other.”Maggie Guekguezian

Ronnie Swenson, Media Coordinator

What are you hoping to share with participants this summer?

“I’m really looking forward to sharing life experiences with participants and hearing their stories as well. We all have been affected by this past year in many ways and getting the time to share and listen to others will be greatly beneficial to everyone.” Ronnie Swenson

Ashley Rios, Activities Coordinator

What is your favorite part of the online summer program?

Getting to meet people I wouldn’t meet if we were in person. It was super cool and I can’t wait to meet more people this summer! – Ashley Rios

Kate Grobey, Activities Coordinator

What are you hoping to share with participants this summer?

I am hoping to provide fun activities this summer, as well as meaningful ways to stay engaged in our own communities and service during times of physical distancing. – Kate Grobey

Lauren Reynolds, Activities Coordinator

What are you looking forward to this summer?

I am looking forward to making new connections and learning more about Indigenous Communities Today. I am so excited to continue learning about my faith, my team, and make new friends in the process! – Lauren Reynolds

Environmental and Housing Justice

  • Austin Jones, Site Director
  • Everest Harvey, Spiritual Life Coordinator
  • Kathryn Henry, Media Coordinator
  • Alli Meusling, Activities Coordinator
  • Amanda Smith, Activities Coordinator
  • Joshua Philips, Activities Coordinator
Austin Jones, Site Director

What are you most excited for this summer?

“More than anything I am looking forward to seeing participants on a day-to-day basis again. COVID has been hard for everyone over the past year and seeing participants every day last summer was really fulfilling for me. It gave me a sense of connection that I am excited to rekindle this summer.”Austin Jones

Everest Harvey, Spiritual Life Coordinator

What is your favorite part of the online summer program?

“I love getting to be part of building a community even from so far apart! The online program allows for a lot of different people to come together no matter where they are or what season of life they are in, and that is really special.” – Everest Harvey

Kathryn Henry, Media Coordinator

What are you looking forward to about this summer?

“I’m looking forward to stepping into the new MC role and finding new ways to connect with the SSP community. Unlike last year, this program was designed for an online format from the beginning, so I’m excited about improving on what we were able to do last summer. As always, I’m also excited to spend (virtual) time with my staff team and our participants!”Kathryn Henry

Alli Meusling, Activities Coordinator

What are you looking forward to this summer?

I’m looking forward to getting to meet all of our wonderful participants! We have an amazing program in the works for y’all and we can’t wait to share it with you!Alli Meusling

Amanda Smith, Activities Coordinator

What are you looking forward to this summer?

I am looking forward to learning alongside participants and fellow staff members while incorporating little touches of the staff magic that makes SSP such an amazing experience. – Amanda Smith

Joshua Phillips, Activities Coordinator

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Getting to meet all the new participants, and see some familiar faces from last year! 🙂 – Joshua Phillips

Editor’s Note: Join these passionate staff members to learn more about our partner communities and cultivate an ethic of service through collaboration! Learn more and register.

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