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Our Team

Ben Rumbaugh, JV Program Coordinator (he/him)

I’m a life-long resident of the Rust Belt, being born outside of Cleveland, attending college in Cincinnati, and living in Pittsburgh. Currently, my spouse and I live in Lansing, Michigan across the river from one of the remaining GM factories in the United States. After college, I served as a JV in Ashland, MT as a dormitory assistant at St. Labre (’13-14). It was an incredibly life-giving and challenging year. From waking up to free-roaming horses outside my bedroom window, to experiencing the Montana winter winds rattle our house, that year was one of immense spiritual and emotional growth. That experience led me to attend graduate school at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Carnegie Mellon. I’m passionate about the intersection of faith/spirituality and social justice. PTS is the alma mater of the one and only Mister Rogers (who was also an ordained Presbyterian pastor!). I aspire to channel his neighborly energy daily.

I enjoy cooking with my spouse, running and biking on Lansing’s River Trail, fixing-up our old house, and fermenting/pickling the bounty of our CSA veggie box. I’m the proud pup parent of two dogs, Manchego and Gouda (the Cheese Boys). Finally, I’m also the patron of a thriving community of bohemian composting worms in our basement.

Want to contact Ben? Email him or contact him at 971.353.6893.

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Upcoming Virtual Events

"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Zayna Abusada

JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.