2015-2016 Student Interns
The following students are interns at Gordon in Lynn's core community partners and oversee SALTeams (Serve and Learn Teams) from the first year Great Conversations course.
Abby Booth is a sophomore Social Work Major who aspires to attend law school after graduating from Gordon to pursue a career in child advocacy. She currently lives in Gales Ferry, CT; but growing up as a typical "Navy brat", Abby enjoyed having the opportunity to live in many different cities, her favorite being San Diego. In her free time, she loves to obsess over Harry Potter, bake (especially cookies), and watch musicals. Working at an after-school program for refugees was her favorite part of freshman year and she cannot wait to continue to build a stronger relationship with this community partner. Furthermore, Abby is excited to bring her SALTeams along side of her to learn more about the beautiful ethnic diversity that can be found in the city of Lynn!
Hannah Chapla is a sophomore Psychology and Early Childhood Education double major, with a minor in Theater Arts. Her dream job is to be a school psychologist in either an elementary school or middle school, or both! She loves dancing, singing, acting, writing, and making art, and she aspires to integrate some of those passions into expressive arts therapy work with children later in life! Hannah is from Northern Maine, but hopes to someday live somewhere coastal or tropical, because she is happiest at the beach! She also loves dark chocolate, pastel colors, cats, sunflowers, concerts, and reading. She’s passionate about social justice and learning about global issues. She has also been a vegetarian for 8 years. Hannah is currently engaged to her best friend, Simon, and plans to get married whenever it is God’s timing. She is ecstatic to be partnering with North Shore Christian School and developing relationships with amazing kids, teachers, and team-members. She is thrilled to see how God will continue to work in Lynn!
Maggie Cashman is a sophomore Social Work major from Libertyville, Illinois. She loves urban and global engagement, running, musicals, and going on adventures. She prefers no shoes and must reach her laughing quota by the end of each day. If she could go anywhere it would be to the top of a mountain that overlooks the whole world. She is also very excited to partner with Washington Street Baptist's after school program in Lynn. There, she hopes to honor and encourage every child she encounters, as well as absorb as much knowledge as she can from the people she gets to work with.
Elise Cole is a sophomore deciding major, but she has claimed minors in both Spanish and Theatre. She is from Boston, Massachusetts; yes, directly from the city, not a suburb outside of it. She is passionate about community development in urban areas and hopes to one day use theatre to reach out to these communities. She feels so blessed that she can continue developing a relationship with the people in Bridgewell, a dayhab center for adults with disabiliites. Elise is enthusiastic to lead her SALT teams into Lynn and help each of them continue to cultivate their passion and also learn about new ones. She is also excited to help her SALT team grow in understanding about how they can use their influence to help marginalized populations.
Caroline Dally is a sophomore Psychology major with a possible youth ministries minor. She plans to pursue a Masters in Education and Counseling after Gordon so that she can be a guidance counselor at a high school, preferably in a diverse community. Caroline is a proud Lynn native and is so honored to be given this opportunity to serve her community. She is the youngest of two older step-siblings and is fairly knowledgable about being a gamer, thanks to her brothers. She loves learning about new cultures and being actively involved in them whenever she is offered the chance to participate, specifically with their FOOD. She is intensely afraid of spiders, being stung by a bee, sleeping in the dark, and sharks. She is a lover of books, TED talks, traveling, photography, 80s and 90s movies, soccer, kitkats, and polka-dots. As a Lynntern, Caroline can’t wait to build relationships with all the amazing kids she’ll be with at Lighthouse and Kid’s club, as well as seeing God’s love shine through us as a team in the community of Lynn.
Robert Deckert is a junior Biblical Studies and Christians Ministries major, with a focus on Global Christianity and Outdoor Ministries. He's from Gloucester, Massachusetts and is the third of seven children in his family. He loves all things outdoors, playing sports, and is on the Ultimate Frisbee club team at Gordon. He's also a huge Lord of the Rings fan and loves to watch the movies with his family. He's very excited to be working with new Gordon students in the SALT teams as they serve with an after-school program in Lynn and can't wait to see what God has in store for them this year.
Maranda Easton is a Junior Social Work major from Los Angeles, California. She loves making bad puns, drinking excessive amounts of coffee and talking in a Long Island accent. She hopes to one day live in a city and extend dignity to everyone she knows. She is looking forward to a year of spending time talking to children and hearing all of the wisdom they have to share.
Consuela Elugardo is a junior social work major. She grew up in Boston, mainly in the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. She loves being at Gordon and investing in the friendships she has here. She plans on working in ministry outside of the church in the future but recognizes that that can be done in many different jobs so she is unsure where she will end up. She loves building relationships with youth and children and helping them recognize their value and potential to do great things. For this reason, she is very excited to be a Lynntern working at the REAL Program where she will have a chance to hang out with children after school and help them with their homework. She hopes to encourage the children there and help Gordon freshmen jump in and build meaningful relationships with them as well.
Sherry Esaki is a sophomore International Affairs and Social Work double major from Monterey, California. In her free time, Sherry enjoys spending quality time with friends, experiencing God’s creation on the hiking trails, reading geeky fantasy and sci-fi novels, and playing video games (shout out to all you gamers whoot)! Sherry is passionate about reconciling people of all different backgrounds by forming lasting relationships and engaging communities cross-culturally. She hopes to complete her social work practicum in Romania with an urban youth development program and hopes to find a position in adoption or foster care after her time at Gordon. Sherry is incredibly excited to get to know her SALTeam members and the amazing people of Lynn at a senior day center called PondView this year! She has been so inspired through the ways God has already been working in the Lynn community and is excited to be a part of the continuing ministry!
Angelina Ingrassia is a sophomore English major from Charlotte, NC. She enjoys reading, playing ukulele, being outside, laughing with friends, and Chick-fil-A. She has two wonderful sisters and two brothers who support her in everything she does and amazing parents who taught her to love unconditionally. She looks forward to watching God move in Lynn next year as she partners with Cambodian Baptist and their youth group, and hopes that her future SALTeams come to know the greatness of God through their partnership with the community.
Nathalia Moran is a sophomore from Lake Villa, IL, who is still deciding on a major. She has a lot of different passions, some of which include: Jesus, God's overwhelming love, learning about other cultures, people, and ice cream. You are most likely to find her somewhere near a window searching for some sun! She has a strong desire to help her community and learn from her partners and awesome students in Lynn. Nathalia is very excited to have the opportunity to work with Catholic Charities, her SALTeams, and her fellow Lynnterns in the city that she fell in love with first semester of freshman year. She is overjoyed for God's faithfulness and love in all of these relationships with the chance to be inspired through that along the way.
Kevin Neil is a junior pursuing a degree in Mathematics with a minor in French, hailing from Westborough, Massachusetts. He has spent time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and looks forward to working with communities in Lynn from this region. He one day hopes to live in the DRC, where he can both apply his French and work with local NGOs promoting human rights. Next year, Kevin will be taking SALTeams to work with the amazing kids at the New American Center. He is excited to share his own passions with the teams and learn more deeply what it means to be a servant alongside the people of Lynn.
Marianthy Posadas is an English and French major from Fairfax, VA or Mexico City depending on the day. She is the oldest of three and her favorite part about family vacations is making up riddles and corny jokes with her siblings during long car drives. Marianthy really likes the peppermint tea from Trader Joe’s and geeking out about Star Wars. She is passionate about learning how to love others better and hopes that whatever opportunities she’s given, she’s able to honor the people she works with. Marianthy will be teaching English to adults in Lynn and leading a SALTeam at the House of Hope. Marianthy is excited to be a very small part of the beautiful community of Lynn.
Melissa Weed is a Social Work major from Wethersfield, CT. She has a younger sister whom she enjoys spending time with. Her involvement in Lynn includes being a tutor at Washington Street Kids Club, and she is excited to work with PondView this year. She also enjoys spending time with friends and having good conversations, going on walks, watching movies, taking trips to the beach, and juggling. She is excited to be going to Haiti for a week this summer. Her favorite drink is coffee, which she gets every morning before class without fail.
2015-2016 Student Program Coordinators
This year, the Gordon-in-Lynn interns will be supported by five Student Program Coordinators: Rachel Dale, Sandev Handy, Lindsey Harrington, Rebecca Hugal, and Jamie Shore. These student leaders will assist with training, programming, recruitment, marketing, and large-scale events.