Dan Ryans is a New York City native who is passionate about celebrating our Lord Jesus Christ. In the last four years, Dan studied at Dutchess Community College and the State University of New York at Oswego, where he graduated with degrees in Communications and Broadcast Journalism. His dream is to be on the radio and to work behind the scenes in the sports and entertainment media field as a Producer or Production Assistant. He is excited to join CKSC this year as a volunteer for Brightmoor Artisans Collective. After serving the Oswego community in the last two years with the Hall Newman Center, Dan couldn’t help but take this wonderful opportunity to help the people in Detroit and become closer to Christ. Dan wants to leave the program knowing that he grew spiritually and mentally as a person.
Jack Santy was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he first discovered his love for Jesuit education, his absolute favorite food of Rattlesnake, and his inability to live in an arid climate without dissolving into a pool of sweat. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in the Spring of 2017, earning a degree in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies. Outside of the classroom, Jack spent the brunt of his time organizing with students and community members around issues of Palestinian Liberation, Worker Justice, and sexual violence prevention. Additionally, Jack writes poetry, creative non-fiction, and screenplays that focus on body image and disability. On the off chance that he has a leisurely moment, Jack enjoys role-playing fantasy video games, basketball, cooking for others, and reading. Jack will be serving CKCS as a School Based Prevention Specialist with Development Centers of Michigan. His work will focus on improving access in Detroit and Highland Park Public Schools to mental health services and supportive care for youth and their families.
Claire McNorton was born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she studied political science and international studies. She loved living in Chicago but is happy to be back in the city that she loves. Claire has served in AmeriCorps and has worked for various nonprofits including the United Way (in both Detroit and Chicago) and Turning the Page. She is currently working at Community and Home Supports, an organization that helps individuals experiencing homelessness access permanent supportive housing. Claire hopes to return to school in pursuit of her PhD in public policy, and eventually write public policy for mental health care reform. When Claire is not working you can find her reading or drawing cartoons. She is even working on writing her very own graphic novel! She is looking forward to immersing herself in a year of faith, service, and simplicity.
Marquise Williams was born and raised in Ypsilanti, MI. He grew up in a working class and low-income community, gaining much of his religious sensibility from his southern, Arkansas-reared grandmother. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he studied Education, Latin and Social Studies, while completing coursework for a minor in philosophy. Marquise has a great affinity for studying the black religious experience, especially slave religion of the African Diaspora. He enjoys reading and deep conversation in his spare time. He also practices capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that incorporates dance, play, and fighting. Marquise was a service corps member in 2015-16 at Covenant House and now will return to the CKSC intentional community to live simply and spiritually, while continuing as a salaried employee at Covenant House. He enjoys incorporating his artistic, academic, and political passions into his work with homeless youth. Marquise is a proponent of youth development, youth-adult partnerships, and a hope, healing, and care approach to youth empowerment and organizing.
Sam Jennings graduated from Boston College in May of 2017 with a BA in theology. He is interested in early Christian origins, particularly the community which produced the Gospel of John. He has enjoyed exploring late Second Temple Judaism through his study of Ancient Greek and Classical Hebrew. Sam is passionate about exploring the connection between theology, justice, service, and spirituality. A Baltimore native, Sam has been taking every opportunity to explore Detroit and learn about its history and culture. Sam is enjoying his work with homeless young adults at Covenant House Michigan, where he is a Resident Advisor in the Caritas Emergency shelter and Outreach Worker.
Katie Little hails from New Jersey, where she was raised in a loving family. She studied environmental engineering at Princeton University and Virginia Tech and is excited by a variety of environmental causes. She was raised Catholic and began to explore her faith more deeply during college, bringing it to the forefront of her life. Katie ran collegiately for five years and still enjoys running for fitness and community. She also likes reading, watching occasional movies, petting dogs, and laughing at bad jokes and puns. Katie is happy to be serving with Community and Home Supports and living with a focus on faith and community.