Ken Reed-Bouley, MDiv, MBA
I grew up in Massachusetts, am the son of a nurse and public middle school teacher, and am the youngest of four children with three older sisters. I attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate where I first became immersed in experiences of service, faith and justice. After college I volunteered for a year with the Dominican Volunteers. I lived with Dominican priests while teaching at Hales Franciscan, an African American male high school on the South Side of Chicago. After three years at Hales, I joined campus ministry at Loyola University Chicago where I worked for seven years–mainly in service, faith, peace and justice work–while earning my Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Studies. I arrived at the CCSJ in August of 1999. I earned my Master of Business Administration while working at Creighton. My wife, Jennifer, is a Professor of Theology at College of St. Mary here in Omaha. We have two daughters: Maya was born in March of 1998, and Rosa was born in December of 1999. They are the joy of our lives. I consider my ministry of service, faith, justice, community, simplicity, sustainability, solidarity, reflection and Ignatian advocacy, in collaboration with our talented and committed CCSJ team, to be a gift and grace. Striving to live out a “faith that does justice” with students, community partners, staff, faculty, and alumni/ae fills my life with meaning
I grew up in Papillion, NE. While I haven’t moved far from home, I have had many opportunities to live with and learn from various communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and on 6 domestic service trips. These experiences have been incredibly educational, inspirational and life changing- it is truly amazing how connected we are as a human family, how much we depend on and impact each other. After college I lived in an intentional community called the Namaste Community. My B.A. is in Justice Society and Spanish (Creighton ’06). My Masters is in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution with an international concentration through Creighton’s Werner Institute. I see my role and that of our office as bridge building. Away from the CCSJ I am an affiliate mediator with the Concord Center, visit immigrant detainees in Douglas County Corrections, help with Adult Education classes through Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, and serve on the leadership board for Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity, a twinning relationship between Omaha and Huehuetengango, Guatemala. I am also an active member on Omaha Together One Community’s Just Immigration Action Team. I love connecting our students with these and many other great community partners.
I was born and raised in Northern Los Angeles but somehow made my way to Nebraska to attend school at Creighton. I graduated with a BA in Journalism and an MA in Ministry. Along the way I have volunteered with Amate House in Chicago – running an after-school program for at risk youth in McKinley Park – and worked in Campus Ministry at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City. I have a keen appreciation for pancakes and smoothies, a passion for San Francisco sports, and a love of accompanying students as they live out the service of their faith in the quest for a more just world.
Wife, mother, fiber artist are three words I would use to describe who I am. Omaha has been my home since 1969. I am a Central High School alumnus and attended the University of Nebraska graduating with a degree in Textiles, Clothing and Design. I have been married to my wonderful husband Joe, since 1976. We have two amazing daughters. Our oldest, Kelly, lives in Omaha. She is a Dental Hygienist and also works at a Med Spa as an Esthetician. Brianna also lives in Omaha and is a graduate of the Creighton Accelerated Nursing program, working with the tiniest of patients as a NICU nurse. I have worked in the CCSJ for the last 17 years. Through it, I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people from all over the world. Our students continually amaze me with their knowledge on the issues, their uncanny ability to make me laugh and their unfailing commitment to justice.
I hail from – born and raised – Aurora, IL, a large western suburb of Chicago. I am the 2nd born and the oldest son in a family of 6. Family is extremely important to me as I grew up in a very large, Mexican/German Catholic, tight-knit extended family and my heritage is something I hold dear. After attending an all-boys Benedictine military high school, I found my way to Creighton University where I received a Bachelors in Theology while minoring in Biology (on the pre-Medicine track). During college I was fortunate enough to spend time in the Dominican Republic, Nepal, along with 4 domestic service trips across the country. In Nepal I worked with an anti-human trafficking non-profit for 6 weeks before my senior year: an amazing experience that heavily contributed to my decision to do a year of post-graduate volunteering in Latin America. I spent my last year in a small sector of Guayaquil, Ecuador called Mount Sinai with the foundation Rostro de Cristo. Along with working in a Jesuit community organizing office, participating in parish music ministry, learning Spanish, and forming relationships with families near our home, we also led multiple college and high school immersion trips that came down to live with us for a week. Through this work–connecting and accompanying students with a community a am very invested in–I learned of my passion for student ministry. I hope my time as the CCSJ Graduate Fellow will help guide and nourish this recent vocational redirection as I also pursue a Masters in Ministry at the university.
Student Coordinator/Service and Justice Trips Core Team
Hello! My name is Shayna Bartow and I am a junior Justice and Society major! I am originally from Prairie du Chien, WI, but after I finished high school, my parents conveniently moved to the good old state of Nebraska. I consider myself I super-active person, and I love sports, hiking, fishing, and just being outside and having fun with my friends and family! Since my first experience with CCSJ Service and Justice trips my freshman year, I have fully supported the goals and mission of the office. I have gone on two trips to Denver, CO and New Orleans, LA, and I am super excited that I will be coordinating a service trip this fall! As a first-year staff member, I am excited to see all of the great things that will come from working in the CCSJ.
Student Coordinator/Fundraising Team
Hello! My name is Emily and I’m a sophomore nursing student from Belleville, Illinois. I have lived there my entire life and I am the second child out of my three lovely sisters. Outdoorsy activities are of interest to me as well as trying new food. Working for the CCSJ has me excited to learn about social justice and to be more involved in service with local and global issues. My first Service and Justice trip to El Paso, TX this year had me hooked to see what else the CCSJ has to offer. I am thrilled to be working here and I can’t wait to see what this wonderful experience entails.
Student Coordinator/Communications Team
Hey there! My name is Bridget Carter and I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am the third child out of three – I am lucky enough to have two older brothers. I am a sophomore undecided major who loves music, sports, reading, the outdoors, and service. Along with working in CCSJ, I am also part of the Cortina Community, which gives me another opportunity to do service in Omaha. Service has always been a part of my life and working in the CCSJ provides me with numerous opportunities to continue this. I am particularly looking forward to going on Fall and/or Spring Break Service and Justice trips through the CCSJ. I am very excited to be working in CCSJ this year!
Student Coordinator/ Service and Justice Trips Core Team
Hi! I’m Bekah and I’m a senior finance major from Fort Worth, Texas. I first got involved with the CCSJ on a Spring Break Service and Justice Trip to Stroud, Oklahoma my freshman year. I had so much fun that I came back for three more trips, and I’m not stopping there! My experiences in Stroud, New Orleans, Chicago, and Morton, Mississippi have led me to where I am today, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in the future. I admire what the service trip program does for each one of its participants. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Core Team, and I am so excited to be a part of making the program bigger and better this year.
Ni Hao. Xin chao cac ban. Hola. Hello. This is Lin Lau, a junior majoring in biology and Spanish. I am originally from Vietnam, but my family and I immigrated to Kansas City, KS twelve years ago. I am one of my parents’ ten children and am the youngest daughter, but not the youngest of all. I grew a lot after coming to the U.S. mainly because of my realization of my parents’ hope for me and also because my exposure to American historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. King and others like him make me also realize how fortunate I am to live and study in this land of vast opportunities. I was further blessed to continue my growth and development at a university that not only educates students to obtain a degree, but also to develop into service-oriented individuals. I was involved in a few service trips to Indian Reservations, but this year, it was my first time attending a Service and Justice trip hosted by the CCSJ. Through these Service and Justice trips, I became more aware of the problems that people are suffering; it makes me feel thankful for my life. As a Buddhist, I am inspired to serve the needy with my acquired knowledge and skills; the CCSJ is an organization on campus that will allows me to serve, learn and grow through what I witness. I am excited and look forward to befriend and collaborate with all the CCSJ team leaders and staff members to fulfill a common goal.
Student Coordinator/Communications Team
Hello! My name is Gwen McElhattan and I was born and raised in a town called River Grove, about twenty minutes from downtown Chicago! I am a sophomore and have not officially declared a major yet, but am looking into sociology or social work with a minor in justice and peace studies or art. I have been infatuated with volunteer work, since my first Service and Justice trip to restore New Orleans in 2011, and I recently participated in a Spring Break Service and Justice Trip to Denver, Colorado. I have wanderlust (which is defined as the irresistible impulse to travel and explore the world). I plan on studying abroad and possibly doing a year of post-graduate service. I’m an extrovert who also happens to be an avid reader. I love art and cannot wait to start my leadership position on the CCSJ Communications Team!
Student Coordinator/Ignatian Advocacy Team
Hello, friends! My name is Hannah Mullally and I am a junior environmental science major with a sustainable energy minor. I have always loved being outside and around animals, so I can’t wait to use my education to help protect our incredible earth! As an only child, I grew up in the country outside of the small town of Seward, Nebraska with my wonderful parents. They taught me from a young age about the unique value of each person and the importance of working for justice. It came as no surprise, then, that a major factor in my choosing to come to Creighton was the presence of the CCSJ. I first became involved with the CCSJ my first semester of freshman year as a member of the Ignatian Advocacy Team for Sustainability. Since then, I’ve continued to stay involved with the advocacy group and have had the privilege of going on three Service and Justice trips so far. My heart has been opened by the beautiful people I have met through these experiences. Although I enjoy the academic side of college, the knowledge I have gained through service and justice work is worth more to me than anything I will learn in the classroom. I can’t wait to see what this new year will bring!
Student Coordinator/Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Core Team
Hello! My name is Rachael and I am a nursing major and plan to minor in studio art here at Creighton. I came here from Cleveland, Ohio and love living in the Midwest. I grew up with two brothers who I played ice hockey with until college. I love singing in the candlelight choir, participating in biology club, volunteering with the CCSJ, and spending time with my roommate. Service has always been a really important part of my life and I am so excited to live that out with the help of the CCSJ. I have gone on the IFTJ and a health-focused Fall Break Service & Justice Trip to West Virginia so far. I absolutely LOVE traveling and am so excited to go on future Service and Justice Trips! Next year, I’ll be on the IFTJ planning team and I want to make the trip as awesome as ever. I’ll be in the office as well and I hope to see you!
Student Coordinator/Communications Team
Hola! My name is Annie Townley, and I am a junior. I spent the last semester in the Dominican Republic with Encuentro Dominicano, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has further inspired me to obtain my life goal of becoming fluent in Spanish and zip-lining across a rainforest. If you mention the words camping, snowboarding, zip-lining, or chocolate you will have me hooked. My passion for service and justice was reignited when I entered the CCSJ as a curious student, so I applied for a job. Currently I work as the graphic designer, and I plan to participate in the Ignatian Family teach-In and as many Service and Justice trips as possible. As of now I am considering nursing, but I love any form of art (graphic design or studio art are potential front-runners for majors). It is my second year working in the CCSJ, and I am very excited for all that is to come.
Student Coordinator/General Office
My name is Matthew Wenz and I am a sophomore in the Heider College of Business. I was born and raised in Winfield, Illinois and I enjoy Chicago sports (minus the Cubs). I am majoring in accounting and finance, and I am working towards learning Spanish. I traveled to Peru last summer on the Peru FLPA, and traveling is something I am passionate about. I am really excited to join the CCSJ team and I am looking forward to the year ahead.