Meet the 2014-15 Boston Food Justice YAVs
Hi, I’m Hope Seggelink. I grew up in Arlington, Texas with one adorable little sister, two loving parents, and some really faithful friends. I was raised in the Presbyterian Church, where I learned about God’s grace and the value of deep friendships. In college, my faith was strengthened by meeting many people with different opinions and discussing our beliefs.
I graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, and plan to complete a dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian after my YAV year. Eating healthily and exercising are very important to me because I believe that our bodies are a gift from God, and He expects us to take care of them. I have always loved to cook and recently began experimenting in the kitchen, with mixed (but generally delicious) results. I also enjoy camping and hiking, playing violin and guitar, being active, and reading.
Unlike most Texans, who bleed barbecue sauce and Lone Stars, I have always wanted to move to another state. I am so excited to serve as a YAV in Boston to finally experience life beyond pickup trucks. The Boston Food Justice YAV program perfectly combines my passions for healthy eating, serving God, relationship building, and adventure. (Read Hope’s blog here.)
My name is Jenn Landrein and I am a born and raised New Yorker, hailing from the suburbs of Long Island, but have been residing in the beautiful and mountainous Harrisonburg, VA for the past eight years.
I graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science and had the privilege of working as a Fitness Assistant in a retirement community for three years, post-graduation. However, due to life circumstances, an evolving faith, an undeniable passion to serve the marginalized, and a greater involvement in a one of a kind faith community, I decided to leave my job to pursue a life following Jesus.
Since then, I have worked as a barista at a local coffee shop, waitressed at a vineyard, worked as a Night Shelter Manager at a homeless shelter, and, most recently, I have been working as a Home Health Aide. All of these jobs, experiences, and people, have inspired me, challenged me, and influenced me in tremendous ways but I am so excited for the upcoming adventure with the YAV program. I believe the uniqueness of the Boston program will provide a place to further explore my passion for justice, and an opportunity to utilize my gifts and strengths to invest in people and our interconnectedness as human beings.
Some of my favorite things include: pretzels, 80’s music, working with senior citizens, reading, black coffee, puns, and football. Health and wellness are a huge part of my life and, so, I love working out at the gym, going for a bike ride, or running. At my core, I am a nature lover and am always up for any kind of outdoor adventure, especially if it involves hiking a mountain! I am super excited for Boston and can’t wait to be serving in an incredible city for the year! (Read Jenn’s blog here.)
Amanda Moak is a recent graduate from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In school she studied history, focusing primarily on American history. It’s one of the main reasons she fell so deeply in love with Memphis and colorful past. During her time at Rhodes, Amanda enjoyed being a part of the varsity tennis team, and working for her coaches in the tennis office. She was an active member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and worked with a student run street paper, The Bridge. While leaving Memphis and Rhodes is going to be a challenge for her, she is looking forward to living in Boston and doing something new with her life.
Now that she has graduated, Amanda has been spending time at home in Brookhaven, Mississippi. She finally has time to read for fun again and is excited about not constantly thinking about papers and tests. This summer she has become well versed in the arts of refinishing furniture; or as some people call it, upcycling. She is still playing tennis a few times a week, but on a less competitive level. But mostly, she is ready to leave home and begin this new part of her journey. (Read Amanda’s blog here.)