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Our Team

Mariah Ramirez, JV Program Coordinator (she/her)

Hi there! My name is Mariah Ramirez (she/her). I live in Helena, Montana, where I grew up in a bed and breakfast with my five younger siblings. I studied psychology at Carroll College, and was part of the first class to graduate with a minor in gender studies. I worked in child and adolescent mental health services in Helena and Kalispell until moving to Seattle for grad school in 2015.

In Seattle, I got to experience local and global systemic justice work firsthand. I worked with youth and senior citizens experiencing displacement and homelessness, advocated for my classmates through the Graduate Student Council, and tackled fundraising and nonprofit partnership through an internship with sub-Saharan maternal health organization One by One (now partnered with Worldwide Fistula Fund). I was faced with questions of privilege, equity, and white saviorism, themes that have continued to challenge and hold me accountable in all aspects of my life.

After graduating Seattle University with my Masters in Transformational Leadership in 2018, I returned to Helena in hopes of bringing some of what I learned back to my home state. Since then, I’ve worked in community impact and organizing, equitable housing efforts, and programs to support families facing personal and systemic difficulties. I am so grateful to be applying these experiences to my role here at JVC Northwest!

Whenever possible, I love going on impromptu road trips or catching live music, but you’re just as likely to find me taking over the kitchen to craft an elaborate meal or scribbling in one of my countless notebooks. By far my favorite activity, though, is anything I get to do with my son, James Ignatius. (The Jesuit roots run deep in my family. 😉) Right now, our favorite topics include dinosaurs, soccer, Princess Jasmine, and the Sound of Music. He is also thrilled to be part of the JVC Northwest family, and has already dubbed the JVs his “bumblebees.”

We are so blessed to be part of this community!

Want to contact Mariah? Email her or contact her at 971.353.6847.

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Upcoming Virtual Events

Get to Know JVC Northwest

Tuesday, September 28 | 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT 

Join us to learn all the basics about a year of service in the Pacific Northwest, including where you can serve, what you might do, and how to apply. Our Recruiter, Zayna, will also share her experience as a JV in both Alaska and Montana. Finally, we’ll open it up for an informal Q+A. 

How to Make Your Application Stand Out

Wednesday, October 6 | 6:00pm ET/3:00pm PT

How can you position yourself to be a strong candidate for JVC Northwest? We’ll share tips and tricks to help you navigate the application, interview, matching, and placement process. We’ll also leave plenty of time for Q+A.  

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.

Catch Zayna at an Event Near You!


9/8/2021Saint Mary’s College (IN)VirtualFall Career Fair
9/9/2021University of Notre DameVirtualFall Career Fair
9/13/2021University of DaytonIn PersonFall Career Fair
9/14/2021University of Notre DameIn PersonFall Career Fair
9/14/2021Saint Joseph’s UniversityVirtualFall Career Fair
9/15/2021Saint Louis UniversityVirtualAll Majors Career Expo
9/16/2021University of DaytonVirtualFall Career Fair
9/17/2021Creighton UniversityVirtualFall Career Fair
9/17/2021Georgetown UniversityVirtualFall Career Fair
9/20/2021University of Wisconsin-MadisonIn PersonPublic Service Fair
9/21/2021Whitman CollegeVirtualCareer & Internship Fair
9/21/2021University of San FranciscoVirtualCareer Premiere: Service Careers
9/22/2021Le Moyne CollegeVirtualFall Job and Internship Fair
9/22/2021Marquette UniversityIn PersonFall Career & Internship Fair
9/23/2021University of IowaIn PersonHelping, Health, & Public Service Industry Career Fair
9/23/2021Boston CollegeVirtualFall Career & Internship Fair
9/23/2021Xavier UniversityVirtualFall Career Fair
9/29/2021Santa Clara UniversityVirtualFall Career Fair Bash
9/29/2021Fairfield UniversityVirtualFall Career & Internship Fair
9/29/2021DePaul UniversityVirtualFall Career Fair (Day 1 Only)
9/30/2021Providence CollegeVirtualFall Career Expo
9/30/2021Saint Martin’s UniversityVirtualInternship & Service Fair


10/5/2021Pepperdine UniversityVirtualCareers with Social Impact Fair
10/6/2021Saint Mary’s College (CA)VirtualCareer & Internship Fair
10/7/2021Loyola New Orleans/UNOVirtualJoint Fall Job & Internship Fair
10/7/2021Spring Hill CollegeVirtualBadger Career Expo Day 2
10/13/2021Gonzaga UniversityIn PersonPost Grad Service Fair
10/13/2021Ohio UniversityVirtualGovernment, Nonprofit, and Service Fair
10/16/2021Ignatian Family Teach-InVirtualBreakout Session and Exhibiting
10/18/2021University of DaytonVirtualBeyond UD Fair: Post Graduate Volunteer Programs