Good Shepherd Volunteers
25-30 21st Ave Astoria, NY 11105
(917) 832-7870 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (718) 408-2332
Diane Conroy, Executive Director
Diane Conroy joined Good Shepherd Volunteers as the 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 Cunnane, 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.
Michelle De Melo, Communications Coordinator
Michelle joined GSV as the Communications Coordinator in November 2018. Her first exposure to service was as a young child during a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she visited an orphanage with her mother and distributed toys to young children. While growing up, she had the opportunity to study in Rio de Janeiro and was part of a youth ministry. Michelle has a BA in Economics from Hunter College. While in college, she served as a volunteer at former St. Vincent’s hospital for two and a half years and during the end of her second year was awarded volunteer of the year.
Michelle’s innate desire to cultivate human connection is shown in her digital marketing work. She portrays Good Shepherd Volunteers’ mission and provides news and updates from our volunteers to our community on our organization’s social media pages, builds relationships with partners of the mission, and encourages prospective volunteers to apply to our program. Through GSV, she looks to spread the importance of carrying out acts of kindness. Michelle loves building GSV’s online community, especially reading and responding to the comments left on GSV’s Instagram and Facebook pages. She highly recommends you find GSV on social media: @gsvolunteers!