AUGUSTINIAN YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES
Lehigh University students Anastassiya Perevezentseva and Michael Horgan, with Fr. Bob Dueweke, OSA
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A student at Lehigh University studying International Relations and Political Science, expected to graduate in 2018. Have interned for various NGOs and volunteered in the areas of education and interfaith dialogue. Favorite part of working for the NGO: Being able to learn at briefings about various issues that concern the international community and then be able to connect them to my Catholic faith and Augustinian philosophy. I was most proud of connecting the NGO with Caritas Internationalis and learning about their experience at the United Nations. My plan for the future is to continue studying international relations at a graduate level.
I am a masters in Accounting student at Lehigh and I will be working in public accounting as an auditor. Prior to Lehigh, I spent my entire academic career at Catholic schools. My high school was a Spiritain school and it gave me an appreciation for, and interest in, Catholic philosophical thought and missionary work. As a UN Youth Representative for Augustinians International, I have been exposed to an Augustinian perspective on many of the pressing current events that have helped shape my processing of, and views on, such events in a positive and constructive way. I have learned from the work of the Augustinians that serving the vulnerable through basic rights such as education and shelter can cause great impacts in disaster-stricken communities. I have also learned through the various UN briefings that I have attended that there are common themes among the voices pushing for change and a better world and that there are so many courageous and innovative acts that started on a small scale but have collectively caused huge positive impacts. Being able to represent this common voice from a Catholic perspective has challenged me to think harder and apply more the teachings and philosophies that I have learned growing up.
John Powers (2001-2002)
Graduated from Merrimack College with a B.A. in Philosophy. Also worked at St. Rita Center for Immigrant & Refugee Services and Tolentine Soup Kitchen in the Bronx. Where he is now (2012): living in Be’er Sheva, Israel, with his wife Kathryn (pictured) studying at the Medical School for International Health.
Beatrice Przybysz Frey (2002-2003)
Graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Business Administration, Business Management and Psychology. Also worked at Siena House and St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in the Bronx. Favorite part of working for the NGO: Being present at the installation of Switzerland as a UN Member State and meeting Mrs. Nane Annan, wife of then-Secretary General Kofi Annan. Where she is now (2012): Living in Alexandria, VA, negotiating peace treaties among her own cute but strong-willed dictators.
David Lemay (2003-2004)
Graduated from Merrimack College with a B.A. in Political Science and History; from Lesley University with an M.A. in Special Education. Also worked at St. Nicholas of Tolentine School as a physical education teacher. Favorite part of working for the NGO: All the amazing people that I was able to meet while attending the briefings and being able to have such an international perspective on so many domestic and global issues. Where he is now (2012): teaching 7th grade English in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Carmen Targa (2004-2005)
Sara Pheasant Reed (2005-2006)
Graduated from the University of Georgia, with a BA in Spanish and Sociology. Also worked as a Spanish teacher in 6th-8th grades and coordinated the after-school program at St. Nicholas of Tolentine School in the Bronx. Favorite part of working for the NGO: The amazing meetings that I got to sit in on! Where she is now (2012): Traveling the world with her husband David (pictured); after living in Australia and New Zealand they are now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and plan to spend several months in Asia.
Lauren McNamee (2007-2008)
Graduated from Ursinus College with a B.A. in Business Economics and Spanish. Favorite part of working for the NGO: attending briefings at the UN and learning about hot topic issues.Where she is now (2012): working in client servicing and marketing for an asset management firm in Philadelphia.
Brian Roe (2009-2010)
Graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in English and Political Science. Also worked at St. Rita Center for Immigrant & Refugee Services in the Bronx. Favorite part of working for the NGO: gaining exposure to the incredible breadth of issues tackled by the NGO community, learning about those issues, and networking with members of other NGOs to see the projects they were undertaking with respect to those issues. Where he is now (2012): pursuing a degree at Fordham Law School in New York.
Hannah Brencher (2010-2011)
Graduated from Assumption College with a B.A. in Journalism and Sociology and a Concentration in Mass Communications. Favorite part of working for the NGO: Playing a role in planning the orientation day for the girl delegates coming to the UN for the Commission on the Status of Women! It was so powerful to see girls from all over the world talking about the issues and talking about how technology has really changed our advancements as a gender in society! Where she is now (2012): Working as a Communications Associate for Save the Children in their media and communications department.
Susanna Seibert (2011-2012)
Graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Peace & Justice. Favorite part of working for the NGO: Working with friendly, enthusiastic representatives of other religious NGOs; being in touch with Augustinians around the world through the newsletter.