"To engage all Wheeling Jesuit University students, faculty and staff in diverse activities that contribute to positive social change and justice; and to prepare them 'for service with and among others' in Wheeling, Appalachia, the nation and the world"
Colleen Ryan Mayrand
Colleen is originally from Poughquaq, New York, and received her B.A. in American studies from Marist College. Throughout college Colleen was involved in Campus Ministry, the Public Praxis Program, and ran cross country and track for the Red Foxes. After her time at Marist, Colleen spent 18 months volunteering at the Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg, KY. Here Colleen first realized her passion for expressing her faith through service, which is one reason she is here at WJU today.
Inspired by her time with the Glenmary Farm, Colleen went on to be a Graduate Assistant in Neighborhood Campus Ministry and received her M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton. Colleen first worked at WJU as the Mentor of the Mother Jones House, and eventually became the Director of the SSAC.
Colleen loves the WJU community and seeing the ways students grow and learn while serving the community!
Mother Jones House Mentor
Kaitlyn joined the SSAC team in August 2016 as the Mother Jones House Mentor. She attended Canisius College, where she graduated with degrees in International Relations, Spanish, and Latin American Studies, with a minor in history. After graduation, she completed a year of service with Rostro de Cristo in Guayaquil, Ecuador where she taught English at a local elementary school. When not working, Kaitlyn enjoys traveling, playing the cello, and cooking Ecuadorian food. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she is excited to be at WJU and to get to know Appalachia!