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Our Team

Laura Keating, Alumni Engagement Coordinator (she/her)

The daughter of a philosophy professor and an anti-pipeline activist, I was born and raised in small-town Appalachia before spending a life-changing year with JVC Northwest. I served in Billings, MT (’15-16) in an addiction treatment center, where I helped young foster children and their mothers strengthen familial bonds. I fell in love with Billings and spent a few more years there deepening my passions for environmental justice, spirituality, and women’s issues. My path eventually led me to divinity school, and in 2021, I received an M.A. in Social Transformation from Pacific School of Religion.

In a world that breeds isolation and disembodiment, I’m passionate about creating spaces where people can truly be there for each other. In the words of the great Dorothy Day, I want to help create “the kind of society where it is easier to be good.” I love thrifting, playing my guitar, horseback riding, reading (more) theology, and cooking. I’m also holding tight to my Someday Dreams, which include raising goats and chickens, and leading my first all-women’s backpacking trip.

I’m honored and humbled to be a part of the team at JVC Northwest!

Want to contact Laura? Email her or contact her at 971.353.6776.

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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.