VCSC Student Staff
Megan Occhino '16, LARY Buddy Program Coordinator / Student Staff Supervisor
Hello! I'm Megan Occhino, currently a junior pursuing a psychology degree here at the glorious LU. I am from the heart of Packer nation, Green Bay, WI. I really love being silly, roaming around outside, singing in the shower and eating copious amounts of ice cream. I am passionate about working with people, particularly kiddos. I am currently a part of Habitat for Humanity and I work as an athletic trainer here on campus. Here at the VCSC I am the LARY coordinator!! To me volunteerism looks like working together, learning from each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to succeed in a common goal of helping others.
Monica Paniagua '17, VITAL Program Coordinator
Hello! My name is Monica and I’m a sophomore majoring in biology. I’m from Saint Paul, MN. I’m passionate about camping, sailing, the brain, making friendship bracelets, behavior and genes, and dogs. Here at Lawrence, I’m the VITAL tutor coordinator of the VCSC, Grass Roots On-Site Work Coordinator for GlobeMed and a member of the Lawrence Sailing Club. I define volunteerism as contributing one’s passions, time and skills to make a difference in someone else’s life and our community.
Abby LaBrant '16, Volunteer Coordinator for Student Organizations
Hello! My name is Abby and I am a junior Anthropology major with minors in Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies. I am passionate about global health, social justice, and gender equality. In my free time I enjoy listening to showtunes, bike rides around town, and consuming chocolate milkshakes. I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the RLM of Global Health House, and the Events Coordinator for GlobeMed. I am now in my second year of working for the VCSC and this year I am serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for Student Organizations. I define volunteerism as active participation from individuals who are invested in the betterment of their community.
Araceli Mena '16, Communications Coordinator
Hi! I'm Araceli. I am a junior Psychology major. I'm also minoring in Spanish and Education. I am from a small town called Round Lake, Illinois (near Six Flags). I am passionate about learning. I enjoy learning about other cultures and researching places that I have gone to or want to visit. Also, I am passionate about helping other people and making their day just a little brighter! I am an RLA at Sage and I am the treasurer for VIVA. This will be my first year working as the communications coordinator for VCSC. I perceive volunteerism to be the willingness of putting others before yourself and not expecting anything in return other than self-growth.
Kate Bellile '16, Office Manager
Hello! I’m Kate. I’m a junior Biology major, and I'm from the lovely city of Appleton! I’m passionate about genetics, philosophy, the gospel, and the human heart, and I love rhubarb, dresses, crocheting, and the color brown. I’m the president of the Lawrence Christian Fellowship, and a CORE leader. I’m an office manager for the VCSC and have worked here since freshman year. I define volunteerism as using one’s talents, gifts, and passion to serve one’s neighbor and work towards human flourishing in all its forms.
Aiden Campbell '16, Office Manager
Hey, I'm Aiden! I'm a Junior Theatre Arts major from Fort Collins, Colorado. My true passions lie in acting (if you interact with me for any period of time this becomes quite apparent as I tend to be... dramatic), cooking good food, working with both plants and animals, reading fantasy novels, playing RPGs and eating dark chocolate. I am living in SLUG house this year where I am able to invest myself more fully in the activities surrounding the garden. I work at the VCSC as an office manager. To me, volunteerism is a way to pursue my passions and interests in ways that benefit and build connections with my community.
Olivia Kirchberg '17, Office Manager
Hello! My name is Olivia Kirchberg and I am currently a sophomore Government major from Chicago, IL. This year I am the Panhellenic Delegate for Kappa Kappa Gamma and a member of Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honors Society, Habitat for Humanity and Melee Dance Troupe. I am excited to start working as an office manager for the VCSC this year. I am interested in environmental policy, interior design and I love to travel.
Service Corps Student Staff
MaryRose Moss '15, Fox Valley Literacy Council Volunteer Coordinator
Hi, my name is MaryRose, and I'm a senior from Chicago. I am a Linguistics major with minors in History and Teaching ESL. I am passionate about language and literacy education, and I love animals, people, food, words, travel, and bike rides. On campus I am treasurer for Cultural Food Club, and I am involved in Lawrence Swing Dance and Lawrence Christian Fellowship. My role in the VCSC is as the Service Corps rep for Fox Valley Literacy Council. I define volunteerism as the determination to make a positive difference in our world.
Clara Imon-Pedtke '16, Boys and Girls Club Volunteer Coordinator
Hi! My name is Clara, I'm from Evanston, Illinois. I am a vocal performance and music education major and I am very passionate about music, teaching, helping others, having fun, being silly, and trying to make an impact among our youth. I am involved with NAfME (National Association for Music Education), LU's ACDA chapter (American Choral Directors Association), and have connections with SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee). As the Fine Arts Volunteer Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley, I connect LU volunteers with the club, organize weekly and one-time volunteering opportunities mostly in the fine arts, and I help to lead music classes. I define volunteerism as the act of helping others by sharing time and skills for a greater purpose.
Kiah Combs '18, Building for Kids Children's Museum Volunteer Coordinator
Hello! My name is Kiah Combs and I am a freshman at Lawrence University. I plan on majoring in Environmental Education, and pursuing theater, social justice, education, farming, and baking at LU. I am from Olympia Washington, where some of my activities included being an intern on a farm, a summer camp counselor, and a mentor for low income youth. Volunteering and community service is very important to me because I believe that as members of a community we must all work together to make a nurturing and supportive place for all. I will be the Service Corps Volunteer Coordinator at the Building for Kids this year and I am super excited to get involved in both the Lawrence and Appleton communities this year! Cheers!
Anita Li '18, Brewster Village Volunteer Coordinator
Greetings! My name is Anita Li and I am a Psychology major with a Spanish minor c/o 2018 from San Francisco. Some of my favorite things to do is to go camping, sit around a campfire with good friends, and watch Disney movies. Volunteer Programs that I have been involved in include Global Leadership Adventures, CORO, ECC Food Bank, Outward Bound, and Summer Search. I define volunteerism as providing opportunities to other's who don't have the resources to prosper, and together work towards a better community.
Makenzie Nolan '16, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Fox Cities Volunteer Coordinator
Hello! My name is Makenzie Nolan and I am currently a junior at Lawrence University. I am from Twin Cities, Minnesota and therefore automatically “love” winter- especially when the snow melts. I am involved with a majority of groups on campus and I am in the process of designing my own major in ethnic studies, with a minor in education studies. I am also a CORE leader for the 2014-2015 academic year and volunteer at Edison Elementary School. My interests include Native American rights, ethnic studies and artistic expression! Something unique about me is my passion surrounding Native culture. I have spent a considerable amount of time working on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservation, located in South Dakota. As the Habitat for Humanity Intern and Volunteer Coordinator, I am responsible for project-based volunteer recruitment. My work also encompasses engaging volunteers locally in the Fox Valley, and continuing to develop the relationship between LawrenceUniversity and the Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, including our ReStore site.
Hmong Youth Pride and Empowerment (HYPE) Student Staff - A Roosevelt Middle School Boys & Girls Club + Lawrence University program
Veronica Thao '17, HYPE Program Leader
Jaime Gonzalez '16, Resource and Diversity Coordinator
Hey, I'm Jaime and I am a junior Anthropology major with and Education Studies minor. I live in Milwaukee, WI but I am originally from Southern California! I am passionate about helping others, social justice, and education. I also love lemons, my favorite hobby is cleaning, and my favorite color is teal! I am currently in my second year of working for the VCSC and this year I am the Resource and Diversity Coordinator. When I am not in the volunteer center you will find me either in Plantz Hall working as an HRLA or in the Diversity Center co-leading the Committee on Diversity Affairs (CODA), but usually I'm napping on the comfy couches. Volunteerism to me is a group of people coming together and making the needs of others as a priority in order to group as a community.