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Our Team

Kelsey Leonard, Director of Major Gifts (she/her)


Hello! My name is Kelsey Leonard and I’m very excited to be working with JVC Northwest. I was born and raised in Portland, OR and was fortunate to attend Jesuit High School where I was first introduced to the Jesuits and their work. My spirituality was deeply impacted by this experience and I identify greatly with the core values of both the Jesuits and JVC Northwest. I am excited to be working with a passionate, spiritual, and social justice-oriented community.

In my spare time I like to enjoy nature, spend time with my communities, read, and most importantly, tap dance. I attended graduate school at NYU and earned a Master of Art in Tap Dance and American Racial Politics. In non-pandemic times, you can catch me performing around Portland and the PNW.

Want to contact Kelsey? Email her or contact her at 971.353.6786


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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

(She/her/hers)
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.