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 with his spouse, Anna, 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 goes back much further. 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 on the External Relations team at GSS.

 

Prior to her volunteer service, Samantha received her BA in Global Studies from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, where she also traveled the country with the University of Notre Dame Band. She is currently pursuing her MSc in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. In her free time, Samantha enjoys ceramics, listening to music, and learning new languages.

 

Contact Samantha

sam@gsvolunteers.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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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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PAULA
DRAGO

Director

Senior Account Executive, Lautman Maska Neill & Company

Member since 2020

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SAUL
MARTINEZ

Director

Clinical Director, Martin De Porres Youth and Family Services

Member since 2020

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REBECCA
THOMPSON

Director

Budget Analyst,

Office of Management and Enterprise Services

Member since 2019

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VERONICA 

BENNETT

Board Chair

Attorney

(Non-practicing)

Member since 2017

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CLARA
FAGAN, CFA

Director

Senior Vice President,

Ariel Alternatives

 

Member since 2020

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ANNIE
MINGUEZ GARCIA

Director

Director of Government and Community Relations,

Good Shepherd Services

Member since 2020

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ELSIE
KEIFER

Junior Director

Office Manager & Production Assistant,

MAP Digital: MetaMeetings

Member since 2021

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LORI
BRAMLETT

Board Treasurer

Executive Director, DeNeuville Learning Center

Member since 2017

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SR. M. FRANCIS LOMEO, RGS

Director

Sister of the Good Shepherd, New York/ Toronto Province

Member since 2014

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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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SAMANTHA
WIRTH

Junior Director

Centennial Center and International Programs, American Political Science Association

Member since 2019