Good Shepherd Volunteers
25-30 21st Ave Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 943-7488 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (718) 408-2332
Diane Conroy, Executive Director
Diane Conroy joined Good Shepherd Volunteers as the new Executive Director in the spring of 2017. Diane has built her career in service to others, including volunteer management and youth ministry. Diane joined GSV from Free Arts NYC where she was responsible for revenue generation and programming for a portfolio of corporate clients. Diane was also a site resource person with Covenant House Faith Community and had a successful six-year tenure at New York Cares managing and overseeing events and programs.
As an alumnus of both Holy Cross Associates and Capuchin Youth & Family Ministry programs, Diane understands how transformative the experience of a year of faith-based service can be for our volunteers. She is a self-proclaimed optimistic extrovert and her career has been guided by her faith. Diane has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and completed Columbia Business School’s Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals in 2013.
Kara Olenick, Program Coordinator
Kara joined GSV as the Program Coordinator in May 2017. As the oldest daughter of a large military family, she has lived in nine states and three different towns in Germany. After earning her BA in English Literature from Virginia Tech, Kara joined Amate House in Chicago and served at an adult daycare for men and women with Alzheimer’s and dementia. A book Kara read during her year in Chicago drew her into another two years of intentional community, this time in Washington, D.C. with L’Arche, where she shared life with people with developmental disabilities. In June, she will be marrying one of her housemates from her year of service in Amate House.
Kara believes that service is an expression of faith, and that mutual relationship is at its heart. Her own years living in community taught her how essential courage, humility, and vulnerability are to creating community. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as an advocate for each of the Good Shepherd Volunteers and help facilitate the paradigm-shifting experience she knows a year of service in intentional faith community can be.
Rachael Brugman, Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator
Rachael first joined GSV as a volunteer in 2014, when she served at the Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles, helping women and their children who were escaping domestic violence. She was drawn back to the GSV program because of the resonating tenants, the ever-growing support network, and the opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually.
Rachael is originally from Northeast Nebraska, where most of her family currently lives. She graduated from the University of Nebraska–Omaha with a bachelor’s degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, Rachael joined Amate House Volunteers, a Chicago-based program, where she served at a local daycare center.
“My volunteer experiences have changed my life and shaped me into the person I am today. GSV has taught me that any act of service, big or small, can make a difference in someone’s life as well as my own. I couldn’t be happier to share with others how a year of volunteering can change your life forever.”