Meet the 2021-2022 CBL Interns!
Sarah Ayers ‘23
Hi! My name is Sarah and I am from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. At Holy Cross, I am majoring in history with a minor in education. My first CBL experience was in Professor Ryan’s Montserrat “Identity, Diversity, and Community” course. During my three years participating in CBL, I have had the opportunity to visit a variety of non-profits focused on education. Last year I assisted a night class at Training Resources of America (TRA). The organization helps adults in Worcester receive their GED. Visiting the same classroom each week allowed me to form bonds with the members of the class, and it was an experience that helped me learn more about educational disparities in the U.S. At each of my CBL sites, I have deepened my connection to the Worcester community. Although it is hard to believe that it is my last year at Holy Cross, I am excited to work with my fellow interns and CBL students throughout the year.
Catherine Cannamela ‘24
Hi! My name is Catherine and I’m a junior psychology major from Wethersfield, Connecticut. I was first introduced to CBL during my freshman year through my Montserrat course called, “Identity, Diversity, and Community” with Professor Ryan. For my CBL, I virtually visited with an elderly resident of Medway Manor, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Worcester, where I facilitated creative memory engagement and became more educated and involved in social justice issues surrounding elderly healthcare. Last year, I tutored Spanish-speaking refugee students at Ascentria Care Alliance as a part of my “Latin American Culture” class, which allowed me to combine my classroom learning about migration with real-life interactions with children who migrated to the United States. I also led educational and artistic activities with students in the Worcester Public Schools Transition Program, allowing me to further explore my interest in disability studies. This year I’m excited to continue serving as a liaison between organizations and students and directly engaging with vulnerable populations while also seeking long-term ways to achieve social justice. I love having a home in the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning and am so grateful that I’ve joined their community of compassionate students and faculty!
Sophie Fitzpatrick '25
Hi, my name is Sophie! I'm an environmental studies major from Long Island, NY. My introduction to CBL at Holy Cross was through my Montserrat seminar, "Identity, Diversity, and Community." I was lucky enough to do my CBL placement for my whole first year with WPS Transition, a program run by Worcester Public Schools to help young adults with disabilities develop life and job skills. I had so much fun spending time with the young adults from WPS, and came to call many of the students my friends by the end of the year. Class reflections on our CBL placements around Worcester helped me to learn about myself, my relationship to service, and my relationship to my community, as well as about larger social justice issues. I'm so excited to be able to contribute to this program in a new way as an intern in the rest of my time on the hill!
Ashley Garcia Quiterio '25
Heeyy! I am Ashley Garcia Quiterio and I'm sophomore with a still to be determined major. I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota, a very odd state that people wouldn't think I am from but I am proud to be Mexican and bilingual as well. I love taking walks. I feel like it's a nice way to relax, enjoy nature, and reflect on life, and I'm pretty funny if I say so myself. I was first introduced to CBL during Professor Fritz's Montserrat course and my Spanish 302 course, "Español Para Hispanohablantes.” For my Montserrat CBL, I worked with a Catholic Worker House called the Mustard Seed, as well as collaborated in creating a website for them. For my Spanish CBL, I was a tutor at Ascentria Care Alliance tutoring high school refugee students, which is something I loved and hopefully will continue doing throughout my time at Holy Cross. I took away so much from volunteering with these two sites that made me want to be more involved in the CBL community and hopefully spread the greatness of doing service with others. I look forward to getting to know the CBL Interns and learning more about the Worcester community.
Yadary Gutierrez ‘23
Hi! My name is Yadary and I'm a senior international studies major and creative writing/Chinese minor from North Bergen, NJ. I was first introduced to CBL during my sophomore year through Professor Cohen's course "Community Beat." In this course, a few of my classmates and I got to write an article about the stress among the marginalized and oppressed at Holy Cross. This opportunity allowed me to learn more about the daily struggles of our diverse community at Holy Cross and how we as a community can help. This past year I volunteered at Ascentria Care Alliance where I got to meet students that were refugees and help them with their homework, teach them English, and work on art projects. I really enjoyed volunteering at Ascentria and also planning/volunteering at the Non-Profit Careers Conference. This fall I will be studying abroad in Taiwan. When I come back I look forward to participating in the NPCC again and also reflecting more with students on their experiences with CBL. I can't wait to be back in the Donelan office to work with Isabelle, Mattie, and the CBL interns on making CBL a wonderful experience for other students and to learn more about how our community engagement can address social justice issues in Worcester.
Jocelyn Hernandez ‘23
Hi everyone! I am a senior English and political science double major from Belleville, NJ. My parents are Peruvian and Guatemalan, but I was born in the U.S. One of my areas of interest is criminal law. At HC, I am part of the Mock Trial Team. A major goal for me is to be able to use my interest in law to one day contribute to the breakdown of many social norms and serve justice. My first experience with CBL was through my Spanish 302 course: "Espanol Para Hispanohablantes." At Ascentria Care Alliance, I volunteered and tutored high school, refugee students. I also played multiple games with them so that they could practice their English. I also studied abroad in Granada, Spain last fall semester and was able to work with the WPS Transition Program in the spring. Something I look forward to is continuing my involvement in CBL and cherishing my relationships with the other interns and staff.
Anthony Mabardy ‘24
My name is Anthony and I am a junior political science major and anthropology minor from Lexington, Massachusetts. My first experience with CBL was in Professor Lipsitz’s Montserrat course, “The Science of Happiness”. This past year I tutored low-income elementary school students at The Nativity School of Worcester. By applying my knowledge of the course and my experiences as a CBL Intern, I was able to make meaningful relationships with the students. Having this experience was consistently the highlight of my week. This inspired me to become more involved with CBL and the values of the program. This year, I am looking forward to being a classroom facilitator for some of the CBL courses and having the opportunity to connect with other students who have similar interests and experiences. This will allow me to have a space to share my experiences as well as learn from those of my peers.
Alison Maloney ‘23
Hi everyone! My name is Alison Maloney and I’m a senior classics major and Asian studies minor from Norwell, Massachusetts. I first became involved with CBL through Professor Ryan’s Montserrat course, “Identity, Diversity, and Community.” Throughout the year, I visited St. Mary Healthcare Center in Worcester where I was able to engage weekly with a resident in their care. It was so fulfilling to see principles discussed in class come to life as I formed lasting connections with my community partner. Through this unique opportunity, I was able to discover so much more about important topics like marginalization, disability, intersectionality, and service. Now, I am truly grateful to be serving more closely with the Donelan Office as an intern. I’m very optimistic for the upcoming year and I look forward to connecting with members of Holy Cross, Worcester, and beyond.
Valentina Maza ‘23
¡Hola! I’m a senior majoring in international studies with a concentration in peace and conflict studies. I was born and raised in Venezuela but moved to Delaware a few years ago. My CBL journey started through my ‘’Social Ethics’’ class during my freshman year. I volunteered at the Marie Anne Center where I taught English to non-native speakers. As an English learner and immigrant myself, my site was an opportunity to connect back with my community and reflect on our experiences while learning.
Patrick McQuillen ‘23
I am a senior, history major with a concentration in Africana studies from Natick, Massachusetts. Throughout my first year at the college I became involved in the CBL community through Professor Ryan’s “Identity, Diversity, and Community” Montserrat seminar, and my engagement at Ascentria Care Alliance where I led “conversation classes” and assisted teachers with their various needs throughout the school day. The opportunity to work with immigrants opened my eyes to many of the hardships that immigrants can face on a daily basis and inspired me to apply for the CBL Intern role. During my sophomore year at Holy Cross, and first year as a CBL intern, I was given the opportunity to participate in Professor Sterk Barrett's course, "Community Engagement and Social Responsibility." This seminar helped me recognize how a variety of social justice issues (like immigration, homelessness and incarceration) are interconnected. Outside of CBL, I am a member of the Holy Cross Club Rugby team. This year, I look forward to welcoming in the new generation of CBL interns and preparing myself for life after Holy Cross (what a frightening thing to say).
Fernanda Perez-Alvarez ‘24
Hi everyone! My name is Fernanda and I'm a junior majoring in biology and concentrating in biochemistry. I was born and raised in San Jose, California. I am Mexican-American as well as bilingual. I was first introduced to CBL through my Spanish 302 class, "Espanol Para Hispañohablantes" with Prof. Cañigueral Batllosera. Sadly I took this course my first semester during the pandemic (when it was still relatively "new"), and it was a bit difficult to get in touch with some students and volunteer my time. However, this past year I was able to work remotely with Ascentria tutoring refugee kids ranging from the ages of 14-17. I enjoyed being a part of this placement and working with the kids to improve their English language skills! Although I am a returning CBL Intern, I am excited to learn even more about the Donelan Office and getting to know my peers. I hope to learn more about other placements and learn about their contributions to the community. I am super excited to be serving alongside the other CBL Interns and getting to know the Worcester community.
Erica Schofield '25
I’m Erica Schofield and I'm a health studies major from Wayland, MA. Outside of CBL, I am a Relationship Peer Educator, Tour Guide, and have participated in the Spring Break Immersion program, where I traveled to Alamosa, CO. My first CBL experience was during my first year at Holy Cross with my Montserrat course, “Embodied Activism”. For the duration of my first year, I volunteered at Girls Inc., an after school program in Worcester. I fell in love with Girls Inc. and CBL, and after attending the Non-Profit Careers Conference, I decided to apply to be a CBL intern! I am passionate about social justice, community engagement, and serving for the right reasons in a way that facilitates dignity.
Morgan Vacca ‘23
Hi! I am a senior accounting major from Canton, CT. My first year I became involved with CBL through Professor Guth’s “Social Ethics” class. As part of the class’s CBL component, I had the opportunity to spend time at Dress for Success in Worcester, where I was able to begin learning about Worcester, enjoying its community and developing a passion for social justice. During my time at Holy Cross, I have also spent time at the Mustard Seed Catholic Worker House, the Worcester Public Schools Transition Program and the Salvation Army Meals Program. As an intern this year, I look forward to spending another year learning, growing, and enjoying my membership in this wonderful community!
Delaney Walch '24
Hi! My name is Delaney and I am a junior from Palmer, MA. At Holy Cross, I am a neuroscience major on the pre-med track. My first experience with CBL was through Professor Ryan’s Montserrat course, “Identity, Diversity, and Community,” where I had the opportunity to work with the WPS Transition Program to create educational panels on ableism in healthcare. Engaging with the local community through CBL has been incredibly valuable to my growth as a student and a person overall. The chance to be fully immersed at my CBL sites has allowed me to apply what I learn in my courses to working with diverse populations, and explore topics I’m passionate about such as disability and social justice. Outside of CBL, I am a co-chair of Fusion Hip Hop Dance Team and a member of C.O.P.E. I am thrilled to be serving as a CBL intern and look forward to engaging with other passionate students as well as the greater community!
Megan Yee '25
Hello! My name is Megan, and I am a sophomore biology major from Needham, Massachusetts. I was first introduced to CBL through Professor O’Donnell’s Montserrat course, “Republics of Liberty”. Throughout my first year at Holy Cross, I volunteered weekly at the Abby’s House Thrift Shop. The shop provides affordable clothing and accessories to raise funds that support homeless and low-income women. Through my interactions with community members, I discovered that the Abby’s House mission is empowering to its recipients, and the process of being involved is empowering to me. This year as a CBL intern, I am very excited to continue learning about the Worcester community by further immersing myself in community engagement opportunities!
Courtney Yockel '25
Hi! My name is Courtney, and I am a sophomore majoring in biology. I am from Bethesda, Maryland. I became involved in CBL through Professor O’Donnell’s Montserrat course “Republics of Liberty.” During my first year at Holy Cross, I volunteered once a week at Woodland Academy in a third grade classroom. Volunteering at Woodland complimented my past experiences working as an assistant teacher for the nonprofit, Horizons Greater Washington. Working with children brings me joy, deepens my sense of purpose, and strengthens my understanding of the Jesuit mission as a person “for and with others.” My decision to apply for the intern program was also inspired by my Spring Break Immersion experience in Chicago, which had an emphasis on social justice. This motivated me to become more involved in the Worcester community. I look forward to my first year as a CBL Intern in the Donelan Office, and to working with students as a classroom facilitator.