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Our Team

Martha McElligott, Executive Assistant (she/her)

I provide administrative support to the executive director and am part of the warm and welcoming team at the front desk. I enjoy an ever evolving role where the task of filling the gaps is an engaging challenge! As a member of the Safety and EcoJustice Committees, I work with teams to ensure the safety of the staff community and to explore and limit the ecological impact JVC Northwest has on the environment.

Born and raised in rural Oregon by parents who stressed the importance of becoming contributing members of the community, I visit the elderly, serve at a community food pantry, and am a member of a group providing comfort quilts to those impacted by life transitions.  My most meaningful service is working with my husband to raise our two children to be mindful of others and the earth!

Want to contact Martha? Email her or give her a call at 971.353.6758.


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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.