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Meet Our Team

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Austin Applebach (he/him)
Director

Austin Applebach became the Director of Good Shepherd Volunteers in the summer of 2022. He is guided by a call to "serve servants," and he has spent his professional career committed to this vision. Austin previously served as the Director of Enrollment at the New York Theological Seminary where he connected ministry and leadership professionals to equipment for their service. Prior to that, he worked for many years as an area director at a large faith-based service program for college-aged volunteers in New Jersey and Colorado.

Austin believes deeply that service in community provides fertile soil for personal and corporate transformation. He has a BA in Philosophy from Arizona State University and a M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. He lives in the neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, New York.
 

Contact Austin

(917) 832-7904

austin@gsvolunteers.org

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Samantha Wirth (she/her)
Communications Coordinator

Samantha Wirth joined Good Shepherd Volunteers as a staff member in January 2022, but her involvement begins much earlier. A two-time program alumni, she first served at Collier High School in 2017-2018 and then as Public Policy Fellow at Good Shepherd Services (GSS) in 2018-2019. Immediately following her time as a volunteer, Samantha continued to work with the Government and External Relations team at GSS. She also served as a Junior Board Member from 2019-2022.

 

Samantha received her MSc Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her BA in Global Studies from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame. In her free time, Samantha enjoys exploring the city of London, listening to music, and planning board game nights with friends.

 

Contact Samantha

sam@gsvolunteers.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Elsie Keifer (she/her)
Program Assistant

Elsie Keifer graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2018, earning a B.A. in Media & Communication Studies. She knew that she wanted to pursue long-term service after college and found Good Shepherd Volunteers to be a perfect fit.

 

In 2018, Elsie began her year of service with GSV at Hands of Hope in Nong Khai, Thailand. Upon returning to the U.S., she remained involved with the organization and joined the Board of Directors as a Junior Director in 2021. In 2023, Elsie was thrilled to join the GSV staff as Program Assistant. She is eager to share her skills and experience with an organization that has offered her so many great opportunities.

 

Elsie resides in Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys walks around the city, trying every coffee shop she passes, reading and running in Prospect Park, and baking and listening to records in her apartment. 

Contact Elsie

elsie@gsvolunteers.org

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SR. ELAINE
BASINGER, RGS

Director

Sister of the Good Shepherd,

New York/Toronto Province

Member since 2017

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DRAGO

Director

Account Manager, 

Lautman Maska Neill & Company

Member since 2020

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THOMAS HOLLYWOOD

Director

Partner and Campaign Engagement Advisor,

Catholic Relief Services

Member since 2024

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ANNIE
MINGUEZ GARCIA

Director

Director of Government and Community Relations,

Good Shepherd Services

Member since 2020

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CHERYL
TIBERIO

Director

Managing Consultant,

State and Local Government,

Guidehouse

Member since 2022

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VERONICA 
BENNETT

Board Chair

Attorney

(Non-practicing)

Member since 2017

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ANNABELLE
DUNCAN

Director

Associate Director,

R/GA

Member since 2023

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SR. JUDY
MANNIX, RGS

Director

Sister of the Good Shepherd, New York/ Toronto Province

Member since 2022

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CARLOS
PEARCE

Director

Director of Human Resources & Quality Assurance, Martin De Porres Youth and Family Services

Member since 2019

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MADDIE THOMPSON 
(she/they)

Junior Director

Master of Social Work Candidate '24, Washington University in St. Louis

Member since 2023

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LORI
BRAMLETT

Board Treasurer

Executive Director, DeNeuville Learning Center

Member since 2017

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CLARA
FAGAN, CFA

Director

Senior Vice President,

Ariel Alternatives

 

Member since 2020

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SAUL
MARTINEZ

Director

Social Worker (LCSW), Summit School of Nyack

Member since 2020

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REBECCA
THOMPSON

Director

Finance Manager,

Service Oklahoma

Member since 2019

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