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Our Team

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

Get to Know JVC Northwest

Thursday, October 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.

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!


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
10/20/2021Xavier UniversityIn PersonPost-Grad Service Fair
10/20/2021Boise StateIn PersonCareer Fair
10/21/2021University of DaytonIn PersonPost-Grad Service Fair
10/21/2021UC Santa BarbaraVirtualSocial Service Fair