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a lot of information which helps us to more effectively understand the reality which we are living LASP Fallin.2011 Newsletter We headed to Nicaragua after Core Seminar finished up, where each of us spent a week with families in communities around the city of Masaya. Even though the time was short, it was enough for many students to form meaningful relationships with their hosts, and allowed them to begin to scratch the surface of the complexities of Nicaragua. The trip is never easy, but I believe that no one comes back from Nicaragua without having learned something, not only about Nicaraguans, but about themselves as well. So now with half of the semester behind us, we turn our eyes to what’s next. Soon Faith & Practice Seminar will begin, where we will have the opportunity to look at a huge range of diverse responses to faith in Latin America. Then LASC, ALL, and IBC students will disperse throughout the country to spend three and a half weeks with a new family as part of their community immersion experience. The semester will come to a close with a study trip to Cuba for every student here this semester. Due to recent changes in U.S. policy, LASP was fortunate to be able to obtain a general license for travel to Cuba, which means that instead of applying for a license each semester, we can now guarantee the trip for every student. All of us, staff and students, are extremely excited for this new opportunity. So there you have it – half of LASP semester in a few hundred words. For those of us who have already done LASP, it doesn’t seem fair, or even possible, to sum up an experience like it with just words on a page. But I suppose for now that’s the best we can do! I hope that this update has at least allowed you to relive some of your favorite LASP memories and that you’ve enjoyed hearing about new experiences which this semester’s LASPers have to look forward to. Until next spring! Photo courtsey of Laura Ketchum, Fall 2011




Fall 2010 Kiara Bland graduated from Lipscomb University and is currently getting my Masters in Edcuation at Cumberland Universtiy while teaching Spanish in Portland, Tennessee. Laura Starr graduated from Northwestern College in May and is now teaching Spanish to 1st graders in Waconia, Minnesota. Spring 2010 Raquel Ayala is currently enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at California State University, Fresno and interning in the Child Welfare Department of the County.

Current students Laura Ketchum, Kara Castle, and Natasha Krasen show their best dance moves in Lim贸n.

Britney Villhauer is currently working full time in a health clinic in Guatemala with a missions organization called Students International. Jessica (Steckly) Kirkpatrick married Michael Kirkpatrick on July 10, 2011.

Spring 2009 Aleta Rogers recently accepted a two year Americorps position as a Site Coordinator with an organization called LIFT in Philadelphia, whose mission is to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the United States. Emily Adema and Brady Swanson were married on July 9th, 2011 and work as Spanish teachers in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Katie Gremar began teaching middle school Spanish and ESL in Illinois. Phoebe Theimer is currently pursuing a Master's degree in TESOL from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. Ryan Rae married Megan Rae on July 24th, 2010. He is working as a registered dental assistant in a children's clinic in Paso Robles, using spanish everyday. Fall 2008 Greg Thonsen graduated from Gordon COllege in May 2010 and is currently living in Connecticut and working at GE Capital as an Investment Analyst. Jessica Rebstein joined the Peace Corps in January, 2011, and is currently working in Estel铆, Nicaragua. Laura Frey is in her second year of teaching Spanish at Montpelier High School in Ohio.


Andrew Ryan is currently teaching Spanish at Horizon Christian High School in Tualatin Oregon and attending George Fox University for a masters in teaching (MAT). Spring 2008 Jen (Blake) Oestreich married Josh Oestreich in 2010. She lives in St. Paul and works at a children's hospital. Andrea Faulkner is currently teaching kindergarten in Alexandria, Virginia. Fall 2007 Lindsey Gant recently moved from Costa Rica to Chicago with her husband Andrés Sanabria. Kylie Bauer is attending George Fox University for a Masters in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. She is engaged Trevor Frideres and will be married on September 2nd, 2012. Kate Westfall is doing a sustainable living internship in northwestern Argentina. She fills her days constructing a house with mud, gardening, cooking, and spending quality time in a hammock. Scott Key was accepted to Rice University to the Master’s of Architecture program. Spring 2007 Nancy Sharpe is living in Washinton DC and finishing her Master’s of Social Work at the Catholic University of America while also starting an internship at the DC Rape Crisis Center. She is engaged and will marry Benjamin Garber next August. Fall 2006 Danielle Dupré is attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, studying to earn her master's degree in school counseling. Rachel (Schmitz) Katyl married Daniel Katyl in August and currently lives in Cochabamba, Bolivia working with MAP International, while finishing her Masters in International Development from Eastern University. Amy Jones continues to work at SEAMAAC, a community­based non­profit organization located in South Philadelphia with a mission to support immigrants, refugees, and their families as they seek access to opportunities. Spring 2006

Charity Mead is living in Philadelphia where she works for the Drueding Center, a transitional housing program in North Philadelphia.

Current students Bret Ellis, Taylor Tushar, and Don Mike Rivage­Seul check out the compost pile at Roderick Sell's organic farm in Heredia.

Fall 2005 Daniel Fuller began work as the Mentoring Director for Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis, IN, where he works to match at足risk youth with adult mentors in a community足based mentoring initiative. Spring 2005 Nicki Parks is engaged to Marion Neal and will be married February of 2012. They are extremely passionate about music and currently play together in a band called Nickels for Charity. Photo taken during the Independence Celebrations at a preformance of a local high school. (Courtsey of Jamie Grubert, F11)

Lyndsay Grimm graduated from Geneva College with a Masters in Higher Education/Student Affairs in May. She now works at Westmont College in California as a Resident Director.

Brittany (Harty) Webb lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Luke, where she works as a family nurse practitioner in the inner足city. Wendy Ivarson is in a Masters of Educational Administration program from the University of South Dakota and is working at a community college in the TRiO program and teaching ESL classes. Last year she and her husband Joel taught English in South Korea. Fall 2004 Kendall (Yoder) Yake had her first son, Ryan, on January 29, 2011. She is currently working as an oncology pharmacist for Kootenai Cancer Center in Sandpoint, ID. Laura (Wenger) Carmany and her husband, Matt Carmany (LASP Spring 2002), are currently on a 4 month tour of South America. Courtney Phelps recently started a new position with Catholic Relief Services in Afghanistan where she is coordinating and developing the women's programming sector in the rural Ghor Province. Sarah Harbert graduated with my masters in Education, Teaching, and Leadership with an ELL license from Butler University. She teaches ELL at Clinton Young Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Spring 2004 Shannon Gorres is in the MDiv program at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. She still resides in Lawrence, KS, where she started a Hispanic Ministries program with free English and Spanish language classes, a Workers' Justice program, and a Spanish worship service ( She also founded an intentional community based on social justice, permaculture, and holistic health (

Andrea Guengerich lives in Austin, Texas where she works for Breakthrough Austin as a college counselor for low­income students who will be the first in their families to go to college. Jessica Mueller is currently the Service­Learning Coordinator at Mercy High School in Burlingame, CA.

En Ruta Matt McIntyre, Fall 2011

Voy, no sé dónde, pero voy Vuelo, no sé dónde, pero vuelo Christine (Reeve) Keitt and her husband Tracey are Salto, no sé dónde, pero salto living in Santiago, Chile as missionaries with Corro, no sé dónde, pero corro IberoAmerican Ministries, where they work as English Ando, no sé dónde, pero ando facilitators with their two schools. ­ Fall 2003 Lauran Wilburn graduated from dental school in 2009 and now works as a dentist in private practice.

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Christie Zimmerman is attending Colorado State University for her MBA focused on Global, Social and Sustainable Enterprise. Sarah (Dooley) Sotelo and her husband, Karlos, currently serve on the Board of Directors for Amirah ( ­ a safe house for women escaping the bonds of human trafficking in the Boston area, to open Fall 2011. Spring 2003 Amber (Freeman) Berliner lives in North Platte, Nebraska and is a stay­at­home mom currently persuing her MBA. Bekah (Miller) Peiffer moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Keith, and is working as a medical receptionist while finishing her master’s in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. Marie Lefever is living in the Twin Cities area working as a 911 Dispatcher for the Sheriff's Office. Fall 2002 Jordan Linscombe lives with his wife Mindi and their son Barrett in Colorado Springs where he manages church­to­church partnerships within Compassion International. Julie Nanninga recently started working as a Travel Guide with Joshua Expeditions, a non­ profit educational travel ministry, which integrates missions and education into travel. Spring 2002 John Johnson and his wife had a daughter born in August 2010 and a son born in August 2011. He recently started working for Fairfax County Public Schools as an Instructional Assistant. Fall 2001 Whitney (Smith) Paz is currently teaching Spanish to junior high students in Santa Barbara, CA.


Spring 2000 Sara (Shoemaker) McMillan and her family are planning to move to Quito, Ecuador in 2012 to serve as missionaries. They will be serving at an English­speaking international church discipling college and career aged young adults. Spring 1999 Emily Merchant is currently living in Southern Mexico with her husband, Josh, where she teaches science at a missionary kids school Fall 1998 Dorina (Lazo) Gilmore and her husband split their time between Pignon, Haiti and Fresno, California serving with Christian Friendship Ministries, working in the northern mountains of Haiti with 4 main churches, 5 schools, 2 health clinics and an orphanage. Spring 1998 Amanda Cox is living in Denver, Colorado with her husband and I is the coordinator of the Faith to Action Initiative, which advocates for the deinstitutionalization of children living in orphanages and promotes family and community based solutions for children in need of care. Fall 1996 Naomi Lambertson was married to Michael Pusch on August 28, 2010, and on August 29th, 2011 they had their first child, Klara Grace Pusch. They live in Portland, OR. Laura (Rapinchuk) Pheneger, and her husband, Matt, work as full­time missionaries with Ambassadors in Sport (AIS), bringing hope through soccer around the world. They are considering adopting a boy from Nicaragua and ask for prayer as they begin the process. Kenny Miller has been working in El Salvador for the past 5 years as the Deputy Resident Country Director for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US economic assistance program focused on poverty reduction in the northern zone of the country. Spring 1996 Dawn (Bakker) Berkelaar is working with ECHO (, co­editing their quarterly publication ECHO Development Notes, which is sent to agricultural development workers around the globe (primarily Students Abraham Urizar and Cari Bickel in the tropics), in English, French show off their fair­trade Sandino t­shirts. and Spanish. Fall 1994 Andrew Herod is currently the Director of Family Services in Los Angeles for Para Los Ninos, a non profit that operates two charter schools, offers mental health services and family support services to the under­served Latin American poor in the metro LA and South LA neighborhoods.

Fall 1992 Eric Liljenstolpe has lived in Costa Rica for more than 12 years and married Karol Sancho Araya in February, 2010. He works with Franklin Covey and a variety of other businesses. Spring 1992 Charles Perabeau completed his Ph.D. in Religion & Society from Drew University in May, 2011, and is currently serving as Associate Professor of Sociology at Olivet Nazarene University. Fall 1990 Chris Norman is the Art Director at Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign, a hunger足based non足profit based in Washington DC helping to end childhood hunger in America.


LASP Newsletter Fall 2011  

LASP Newsletter Fall 2011

LASP Newsletter Fall 2011  

LASP Newsletter Fall 2011