Meet the 2015-16 Confluence Volunteers!

14 Aug

Confluence is excited to welcome the 2015-16 Class to Columbus to join in with St. John’s Episcopal Franklinton during their Episcopal Service Corps Year. Get to know this incredible group of women committing themselves to a year of spiritual formation, service, intentional community, and social justice.

KG My name is Katie Guy and I’m a recent graduate of Ohio State where I studied Sociology and Nutrition. I come from a big family of 8 kids; hailing from a suburb of Dayton called Vandalia Ohio. I have loved getting to know Columbus during my undergraduate career and I look forward to learning a new part and investing in a community that I don’t know very well. My passions would be music, travel and culture. I’m an expert in none of them but always wanting to learn and experience more of them. I’ve spent an extensive amount of my time serving in Jamaica and have loved every minute of it. I will forever be grateful for the experiences that I’ve had there and the way they have shaped my life.

I look forward to this year of Confluence because of the promise of building in community with the other interns and the Franklinton neighborhood. I love how God is able to create true fellowship with people that would otherwise have not crossed paths. I have a particular interest in public health and I’m intrigued by how poverty and health are often linked negatively. I hope to understand this better after Confluence and I hope to offer a more positive outlook for those that are stuck in poverty. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing after Confluence Year but I hope to be serving the Lord and his people in whatever way He calls me.

Anna Berger HeadshotOriginally from Oak Ridge, North Carolina, Anna Berger is a recent graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where Amish horse and buggy sightings are not a rarity. During her undergraduate years, Anna studied International Studies, German and Spanish. She also enjoyed participating on Kenyon’s Model UN team, being involved with Canterbury Club (the Episcopal young adult campus ministry program), and helping to found a chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority at Kenyon. In her free time, Anna enjoys figure skating, reading, and baking desserts.

After the adventure of spending undergrad not only in rural Ohio but also in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Hungary, Anna is excited for the new adventure of spending the next year in Columbus with Confluence.
As much as she enjoyed her undergrad career, she looks forward to the chance to take a step outside of academics and to turn her focus to learning from other people and not just rom books. Anna is also thrilled about this opportunity to take a year to consciously explore and reflect on the “real world,” as well as the opportunity to increase her understanding of her goals for her own life.

Hanna KHello! My name is Hanna Kahler and I’m from the small town of Danville, Pennsylvania. Danville is surrounded by gently rolling hills, which are covered by lush green forests and filled with more white-tailed deer than you could possibly count. My nuclear family consists of Dad and Mom as well as two sisters—one older and one younger. This spring I graduated from Houghton College with dual degrees in International Development and Human Ecology and minors in English and Communication. I love to travel and was privileged to visit the Balkans and spend a semester in both Tanzania and New Zealand during my time at Houghton. This past summer I lived in Buffalo, NY and worked at a refugee drop-in center, interacting with refugees from all over the world. I am excited to spend a year exploring Columbus and living and learning in community alongside the other Confluence participants!

KBHello! My name is Katie Blodgett. I’m 24 years old from Indianapolis, IN. I graduated in 2013 from Indiana University with a degree in Nonprofit Management and German, and have since been kind of hopping around from one thing to the next! I’ve been working at Starbucks for over a year, I biked across the country with Bike and Build last summer, and I’m working with a youth missions organization called YouthWorks this summer before starting my time at Confluence. I have an amazing family with a brother, sister, mom and dad. My sister is married and has my niece Lily, and soon to be here nephew Hezekiah. My brother is getting married this May, so my family just seems to keep growing! I am so excited to live intentionally and simply while serving at an organization and with my housemates. I can’t wait to experience the joys and challenges that come with an ESC year, and I’m stoked to see what kind of changes happen in my heart and my housemate’s hearts through the year.

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