Dana D’Onofrio, JV Program Coordinator
I am Flatlander born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago with a great love for the Midwest. Surrounded by lots of family and friends, I had a lovely childhood enduring the wild seasons of the Midwest. I went on to study Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. After life changing teachers, trips, and books that taught me about Native American history, culture, and community, I knew I wanted to find somewhere/someway/somehow to work alongside Native Communities. That is when I discovered Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest from a friend and mentor. I applied, listed Omak, Washington as my number #1 choice, and got it! My time at Paschal Sherman Indian School is something I will be truly and forever grateful for.
After an incredible year, I moved back to Illinois to fill my cup of Midwestern family and friends. While I lived back home, I worked in association management where I got to hone my professional management skills. After a short month living and working on the Pine Ridge Reservation with an organization called Re-Member, I packed up my car and moved across the country in August 2018. Before coming to JVC Northwest, I worked in volunteer management with the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. I was able to travel around Oregon and meet adults who have dedicated part of their life to shaping the next generation of female leaders. I am now able to come to JVC Northwest with the skill and passion to work and serve alongside current and future JVs who will work and serve alongside Native Communities. Talk about full circle!
Outside of work, I have gone full Oregonian through hiking, camping, and wine and beer tasting. I am honored to be living in such a beautiful place with incredible access to so much natural beauty.
Want to contact Dana? Email her or give her a call at 503.335.8202.