Scott Wright served in El Salvador during the civil war with refugees and displaced rural communities through Caritas and the Archdiocese of San Salvador. He was director of the Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean, a faith-based organization working for peace and justice in the hemisphere. Most recently he advocated for the rights of asylum-seekers and survivors of torture at TASSC International, and served on the National Council of Pax Christi USA. He holds a Master of Divinity and an MA degree in mission and cross-cultural studies from the Washington Theological Union. He lives with his wife Jean Stokan and daughter in Maryland.
COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH ASSOCIATE
Before coming to the Columbans, Jenny Labbadia spent two years volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. During her first year, she worked at Chrysalis in Santa Monica, CA helping low income clients achieve self-sufficiency. This direct service experience inspired her to seek a second year of service where she hoped to work toward structural change. This led her to the nation’s capital where she served as Senior Fellow at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Jenny holds degrees in politics and English (literature) from Fairfield University. She examined her passion for politics and literature through interdisciplinary minors in peace & justice studies and women, gender, & sexuality studies.
Rebecca Eastwood comes to the Columbans from a background in political science and immigration and refugee policy. As a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, she previously worked for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services’ Advocacy Office. Rebecca’s time volunteering in Postville, Iowa, in the aftermath of one of the country’s largest immigration raids cemented her commitment to humane and just immigration policy. Her passion for advocacy comes from her interest in the intersection between social and environmental justice and policy. Rebecca has studied in Nicaragua, India, and South Africa and holds a degree in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Columban Center Summer 2017 Interns:
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY INTERN
Monica Kunovszky is an incoming senior at Alma College. She is pursuing a degree in Communication with a minor in Women and Genders Studies. Monica is highly involved on her campus and is often times the communications manager for organizations and clubs—including her college’s communication and new media studies department. Her passion for women’s rights and human trafficking inspired her to work with Columbans. She hopes to learn how to expand on advocacy and activism—especially in the heart of the political sphere in Washington D.C.
MIGRATION ADVOCACY INTERN
Fernanda is a rising senior at Creighton University where she is pursuing a degree in Philosophy and English and hopes to attend and graduate law school. Studying topics such as Ethics and political rhetoric, she hopes to find a career in legal advocacy and eventually in the judicial branch. Working for the Columban Center is an exciting opportunity for her to explore and learn about advocacy, Catholic Social Teaching, and politics.