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Meet Our Team

Volunteers enable A Faith That Does Justice to fulfill its mission of Inspiring Faith in Action. Those who have joined us in this important journey feel a sense of fulfillment and even ownership of the work we are doing on behalf of those in need. It is a beautiful transformation to experience and worthy of your consideration. Below are some of the many volunteers who currently enable our achievements.

ADAM STUDDARD

A native of Portland, Oregon, Adam’s career brought him to the Boston area in 2012 while working with Conservation Service Group, an energy efficiency-focused nonprofit organization (now CLEAResult Consulting). Adam has over 10 years of experience in software development and system implementation in the energy efficiency industry. He is Managing Partner of SailOne Solutions, a Brookline-based consulting firm helping local businesses improve their technology. A member of Saint Cecilia Parish in Boston, Adam attended a Mass celebrated by Fr. Gyves and heard his message of living faith through action, inspiring him to find a way to get involved. When the opportunity arose to use his skills to help amplify the message of A Faith That Does Justice, Adam was excited to jump in. Adam and his wife Caitlin relocated to Burlington, VT in 2021 with their two children, Gabriel and Cecilia, and enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, biking, skiing, and enjoying all that New England has to offer.

BILL SHEEHAN

As Director of Operations and Treasurer for AFTDJ since 2017, I have had the opportunity to see the growth and range of services we provide to enrich the lives of so many people. My career in executive positions in the hospitality industry, and my experience serving on multiple volunteer positions throughout my life, have enabled me to contribute to the organizational development and strategies for AFTDJ.  In addition to enjoying the many benefits of living in Boston, some of my favorite places to relax with family and friends are on the beaches of Nantucket or sailing in the Virgin islands.

BRIGHID TELLA

I’m very excited to be joining AFTDJ as the Director of Volunteer Engagement! I recently learned of AFTDJ while attending mass at St. Celicia’s parish. I have been searching for a meaningful volunteer opportunity and am grateful that I’ve been called to this position. I live in Charlestown with my husband, Sri, and children, Kieran, (11) and Paige (9). I am a Jersey Girl but have lived in Boston for almost 18 years after a decade in Washington, DC.

I have a BA in Sociology and Latin American Studies and a Masters in Social Work. I have worked at a variety of non-profit organizations before transitioning to Human Resources. I worked in Human Resources at Deloitte for 10 years before I decided to stay home with my children full-time. I enjoy playing tennis, running, skiing, reading and watching my kids various sporting events!

CHRISTINE QUISTBERG

I’ve been a volunteer with A Faith That Does Justice since early 2018, starting as a telephone caller and administrative volunteer. Later, I became Director of Finance & Accounting. I am married, live in Boston, and have three adult children.  I enjoy playing tennis, hiking and kayaking.

CHRISTINE SAMUEL

Christine Samuel joins as Director of the ESOL program. Samuel is originally from Egypt but now resides in Massachusetts. She has served alongside refugees and forced migrants in the Middle East, taught Peace and Conflict Studies at a local college, and currently continues to serve with refugee and displaced populations in Cairo, Egypt as board member of a refugee-led agency. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, a Master of Artis Degree in International Affairs, a Juris Doctor Degree, and is completing her studies for a post-graduate diploma in Climate Change and Development. She will work to expand the number of students that AFTDJ serves each year and continue to build the quality and effectiveness of its ESOL program.

EMILY LOPEZ

I have volunteered with AFTDJ since 2017, working with the Spanish-speaking community, and volunteering at workshops and community meetings.  I am the mother of two teenagers who keep me busy with sporting and school events.  I am grateful to call the North Shore of Boston home, where I can frequently be found walking our local beaches.

JACK CUSHING

After following Fr. Peter and AFTDJ since 2019, I’m excited to have joined the Marketing and Communications team here. I participated in an international immersion program at Boston College inspired by Pedro Arrupe’s call to live “a Faith that Does Justice,” and I see this organization as a place to continue living out that mission here in the Boston area and beyond. Outside of my volunteering, I’m a technology sales representative and enjoy spending time with family and friends, boating and visiting the beaches of Cape Cod, traveling, and attending live sporting events.

 

JESSICA DEPES

I’m a Brazilian attorney who came to Massachusetts a few years ago to study. I recently graduated from Boston University School of Law with a Master of Laws degree in American Law. I learned of AFTDJ through another volunteer and became immediately captivated after meeting Bill Sheehan and learning more about its mission.

As an immigrant living in the United States, I deeply understand the significance of English language proficiency for non-native speakers. While working as an immigration paralegal, I have observed firsthand the challenges faced by many who have relocated to the United States in pursuit of a better life, often encountering numerous obstacles, including linguistic challenges.

I am grateful for the privilege of learning English from a young age and being able to communicate effectively in this new country. I felt an instant connection to the AFTDJ’s mission, and my desire to be a part of its impactful work only continued to grow. With a strong conviction in the power of service and a belief that I have been guided by a higher purpose, I am happy to embrace this opportunity to make a meaningful difference in society.

JIM RAPPORT

I have been involved with A Faith That Does Justice in community outreach since 2018 after retiring to Boston after 40 years of Food Sales in the NY metropolitan area. My wife and I met in Boston almost 50 years ago at our first jobs and vowed that we would return to our favorite city. Although still a Yankee fan, I enjoy living in the Back Bay and walking everywhere — especially to St. Cecilia Church and it’s many opportunities to reach out to those less fortunate, That’s where I met Father Peter and found AFTDJ to be a perfect opportunity to do just that.

LYNNE PREVOST

My role is to manage the student information database and to support the teachers and students in the ESOL program. I have been volunteering with AFTDJ since 2021.  I work in the IT department at Harvard Law School, live in Boston and love to travel, attend live music venues, sailing and swimming.

MAGDA BELTRAN

I’ve been a volunteer at A Faith That Does Justice since 2020, managing student relationships, focusing on the Spanish speaking community and supporting students in their learning and development. I live in Boston and work at MIT, I am passionate about traveling and discovering different cultures and beliefs.

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MARK SMITH

I live in Boston and my career has included starting an organic farm just outside Boston, running an arboretum, organizing for affordable child care, working with musicians at Farm Aid to strengthen sustainable family farm agriculture, and working in war-torn rural areas of El Salvador training village health promoters. 

Most recently, I have been active for the past three years helping new immigrants get established in their new surroundings here in Boston, delivering food to food-insecure families, finding appropriate housing situations, and helping folks navigate the legal system toward refugee status and obtaining work permits. When I recently saw a posting from AFTDJ for volunteer ESOL teachers to help new immigrants learn English, I felt a deep resonance.  I look forward to this opportunity to apply my faith, passion and skills at AFTDJ.

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MARY KATE EGAN

I am a native of Ireland, who returned to Boston in 2013 after eight years living and working overseas. I have been involved with AFTDJ since its early days and have helped with student recruitment through my connections in the immigrant community. I conduct registration interviews in Spanish, Haitian Kreyole and French. Providing classes online is generating great interest. I like to garden in my community garden plot, sing and travel internationally.

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NANCY SANDMAN

Having retired from a rewarding career in the nonprofit sector as an employee, consultant, volunteer and Board member, I look forward getting involved more deeply in the activities supported by St. Cecilia Church. I’ve been consistently inspired by Fr. Peter Gyves, not only through his inspiring, insightful homilies and fireside chats, but also by the concrete opportunities he has developed through AFTDJ to address some of the most pressing unmet needs of those who are struggling. I look forward to advancing efforts to sustain and increase financial support for AFTDJ’s various programs by individual donors. I came to Boston from Albany, NY for graduate studies and earned both an MAT and an MBA at Boston College. Early in my career, after I had left a position teaching high school English and Journalism, I was unexpectedly invited to take on a development position at BC which subsequently led to my working in various positions with Boston area social services agencies, educational institutions, health care organizations and museums. My interests include spending time with my children, hiking and fishing adventures with my young grandchildren, long-distance biking, reading, enrichment courses at UMass Boston, time on the Cape and serving on several Boards. 

PATRICK LAORDEN

I joined A Faith That Does Justice in April 2022 where I assist with seeking and securing grant funding for the organization’s various programs. I work full-time as a grants associate for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Connecticut and have worked with grants through consulting, volunteering and as a nonprofit board member. In my free time, I enjoy running, photography, gardening and woodworking.

PETER GYVES, SJ, MD

As President and Director of AFTDJ which I founded in San Diego, CA in 2015, before moving the program to Boston in late 2016, I realized how universal the need is for an interfaith organization that raises consciousness about social issues affecting the most vulnerable among us. My working in El Salvador, Guatemala and several African countries, both as a priest and physician, provided a strong foundation and perspective on how we can offer opportunities for people to walk in solidarity with those whom our society marginalizes. It was those experiences that led to the development of AFTDJ. To witness our growth in the Boston area and beyond, I am deeply grateful to our dedicated volunteers who through their time, talent and financial support have raised people’s awareness of social justice and provided opportunities to help those in need. Living in Boston has enabled me to pursue my enjoyment of music through the Boston Symphony Orchestra and most recently I have begun bicycling along the Charles River.

RICH CARLSON

As a volunteer for AFTDJ since 2017, I coordinate the marketing and communications, both internally to our rapidly growing base of volunteers and to those who lives are being touched by the efforts of AFTDJ.  I’ve been married for 49 years, have three sons and three grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling around the US and abroad, sailing, kayaking and hiking.

ROGER SUTTON

After 25 years as editor-in-chief of the Horn Book, a magazine for grownups about books for young people, I retired in December 2021. Since then, I have kept busy with walking my dog, watering the garden, reading books for grownups, and singing in St. Cecelia’s choir. Reading has always been at the center of my life and career (which I began as a children’s librarian) and I’m happy that I might be able to help new English learners unlock its power.

SHUAI "EDDY" JIANG

姜帅 I joined AFTDJ as a Student Relations Manager in February 2023. Having just graduated from Boston College with a double major in psychology and theology, I’m excited to use my knowledge and skills to support ESOL students. I grew up in China and recently became a resident of Massachusetts. I’m excited to serve the greater Boston community with AFTDJ! In my free time, I like going on adventures of all kinds!

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