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Sarah Thompson, Development Assistant (she/her)


I’m originally from Southern California but made my home in the Northwest in the early 1990s after earning a Master’s degree in Theater Education from the University of New Mexico. The youngest of four, I grew up watching, then participating in, lively discussions around the dinner table. I love that at JVC Northwest we create community by sharing meals, conversation, and learning as a regular part of our work week.  My career history includes work in business development for a high tech firm, event management for a small local non-profit, and development for a Catholic school. The largest chunk of my work life has been spent working as a volunteer and stay-at-home mom to my daughter and son. During that time I enjoyed volunteering for schools, theaters, non-profit radio stations, and my faith community. My family and I were blessed with the chance to move to Ireland for two years in 2013 and 2014.  We traveled and connected with our neighbors in our temporary home country.

As an added bonus, I’ve been able to act as the on-air host of KUIK AM1360’s live broadcast of the Oregon International Airshow for 11 years, a unique job that has provided me with opportunities to ride with airshow performers and conduct interviews with performers, patrons, and community leaders. At present, I live in Portland, Oregon with my daughter, son, husband, and dog.

Want to contact Sarah? Email her or call her at 971.353.6771.


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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.