• Sarabella Muise
    Sarabella Muise
  • Meghan Leary
    Meghan Leary
  • Shanelle Abdullah
    Shanelle Abdullah
  • Samantha Wirth
    Samantha Wirth
  • Elsie Keifer
    Elsie Keifer
    International
  • Ashton Andrews
    Ashton Andrews
  • Martina Penalosa
    Martina Penalosa
  • Shamus Hogan
    Shamus Hogan
  • SaraBeth Wood
    SaraBeth Wood
  • Sarah Murray
    Sarah Murray
  • Shannon Mahedy
    Shannon Mahedy
Sarabella Muise

Service Site: 17th Street – Marian Hall

Community: Washington Heights, NY

Alma Mater: Santa Clara University

This creative soul will be serving at Marian Hall and living in the Washington Heights community in NYC. Sarabella graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Studio Art, a taste for peanut butter covered cauliflower, and a dream of becoming an art therapist. Be sure to ask about her passion for service and homemade videos over a quesadilla!

Meghan Leary

Service Site: Collier High School

Community: Wickatunk, NJ

Alma Mater: Gonzaga University

All the way from Hawaii, this Gonzaga graduate brings her degree in Psychology to the students of Collier High School in New Jersey. Shy until you get to know her and no stranger to immersive service programs, Meghan adds to the Wickatunk community her obsession with The Office, face masks, and the color pink. Ask about her favorite Zag sport while you accompany her to the gym!

Shanelle Abdullah

Service Site: Family Foster Care 

Community: Washington Heights, NY

Alma Mater: Stevenson University

Fresh from the land of Old Bay seasoning, this Marylander brings her studies in Human Services to Family Foster Care in NYC. Shanelle is obsessed with butterflies, football, and the color purple. Skip the coffee and munch on some Goldfish when you ask her about her love for the Mustangs!

Samantha Wirth

Service Site: Public Policy and Advocacy

Community: Washington Heights, NY

Alma Mater: St. Mary’s College

We’re thrilled to welcome back this Midwestern cat-lover for a second year of GSV, this time to serve Good Shepherd Services in our Public Policy and Advocacy position in NYC. After graduating with a BA in Global Studies from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, this globetrotting sushi fanatic completed her first year of service at Collier High School in New Jersey. After reaffirming her appreciation of intentional living and social justice, Sam knew she needed another year to learn, grow, and play more board games.

Elsie Keifer
International

Service Site: Hands of Hope

Community: Nong Khai, Thailand

Alma Mater: Catholic University of America

Graduating from Catholic University of America, Elsie trades her family pets and her home state of Maryland for a year abroad in Thailand! This world-traveler takes her talent for storytelling to Hands of Hope, equipped with a camera, a degree in Media and Communications, and a love of all fruits. When you visit, join her for a game of tennis and many cups of coffee!

Click here to donate to Elsie’s fundraising page! 

Ashton Andrews

Service Site: Family Foster Care

Community: Washington Heights, NY

Alma Mater: Texas A&M

Coming up from Texas, Ashton graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in History, an unfiltered love for Harry Potter, and a taste for vanilla lattes. Ashton will be serving at Family Foster Care in NYC and exploring her never-ending love for dogs along the way. When throwing frisbees with this food-lover, be sure to ask about her spirit animal!

Martina Penalosa

Service Site: Collier High School

Community: Wickatunk, NJ

Alma Mater: University of California, Los Angeles

Moving coast-to-coast, this Californian leaves UCLA with a degree in Psychobiology, dreams of becoming a doctor, and an addiction to cheese. Martina will make Jersey her new home as she moves to Wickatunk to serve at Collier High School where she hopes to continue playing basketball, baking treats for her students, and making use of Collier’s many wooded trails.

Shamus Hogan

Service Site: Non-Secure Placement – Rose & Blum Houses

Community: Washington Heights, NY

Alma Mater: University of Virginia

From North Carolina, Shamus brings his taste for blueberry pancakes and long morning walks to the streets of New York City as he serves both Blum and Rose Houses! His interest in the legal field and background in English and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia will serve him well as he steps into his role in non-secure placement and resident music lover. Go out for ice cream and save him a spot on your backyard soccer team!

SaraBeth Wood

Service Site: Collier High School

Community: Wickatunk, NJ

Alma Mater: Samford University

This Georgian social worker in the making will be serving at Collier High School in New Jersey. Her love of soccer, peanut butter, and Saturday morning cartoons helps her transition from a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences to a year of just love with her new students. Be sure to ask about her many summer travels when you share a big bowl of pasta!

Sarah Murray

Service Site: Collier High School

Community: Wickatunk, NJ

Alma Mater: High Point University

After a few years in marketing and a degree from High Point University in Communications and Studio Art, this easterner will be moving to Wickatunk, New Jersey to assist around the art room and make use of Collier High School’s never-ending bucket of pickles. When she isn’t serving students, you can find her working out, daydreaming about Sicily, or admiring all things nature green. Join her for a game of volleyball and a cup of black coffee when you can!

Shannon Mahedy

Service Site: Good Shepherd Shelter

Community: Los Angeles, California

Hailing from New Jersey and heading west with a degree in International Studies, Hispanic Studies, and Human Rights, she will be serving at the Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles, CA. Shannon enjoys salsa dancing, eggs benedict, and sleeping in on Saturdays. Ask about her secret love of movies when you attend one of her fabulous dinner parties!