Meet the Staff



Ken Reed-Bouley, MDiv, MBA

Director

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 SCSJ 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 SCSJ 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.


Kelly Tadeo Orbik

Associate Director

I grew up in the Omaha area. 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. I am a two time Creighton alumna B.A. in Justice Society and Spanish (’06) and Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (’08). I see my role and that of our office as bridge building. Away from the SCSJ I volunteer with various community organizations including Concord Mediation Center, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim, Ixim: Spirit of Solidarity, and Omaha Together One Community. I love connecting our students with these and many other great community partners.


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RJ Toledo

Assistant Director

I am grateful to be part of the Creighton SCSJ community!  The first community I knew was my large Filipino family in Southern California, where I grew up.  For college, I attended DePaul University in Chicago.  I studied Catholic studies, Psychology, and Peace Studies.  Over the last twelve years since graduating, I have accompanied young adults, students, and people experiencing housing instability.  I have worked for the following mission-based organizations:  Vincentian Service Corps, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Colorado Vincentian Volunteers, Brothers Redevelopment, and the City of Westminster.  I think that since I chose him as my confirmation saint, Ignatius of Loyola has been with me the whole time!  I served as a resident ministry intern at the University of San Francisco.  I sang in the choir at the local Jesuit parish.  My life partner is a Creighton graduate and public health nurse; we have two children.  I enjoy quoting random song lyrics, listening to and playing music (guitar), playing basketball, watching the NBA, and going on walks with my family.  I am excited to learn what makes you, uniquely you.  For the greater common good, let us get to work!


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Becca Huju

Program Manager for Local Community Engagement and Student Formation

I am originally from Kansas City, but thrilled to call Omaha my home again. I earned my B.A. in Justice and Society at Creighton University in 2011. While at Creighton I worked at the SCSJ, studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, and volunteered in the local Omaha community. After graduating, I was a post-graduate volunteer at Annunciation House, a shelter offering hospitality for immigrants on the US/Mexico border. Afterward, I worked for the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit in Houston, TX, providing holistic legal services to immigrant women fleeing violence. Most recently, I worked with diverse, low-income families and children, partnering with parents on early childhood education. I am passionate about building bridges for peace within our community and helping form leaders for justice. In my free time, I enjoy eating ice cream and going to the zoo with my husband and two children.


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Sadie Lage

Graduate Assistant

I am originally from Des Moines, Iowa but have loved calling Omaha home throughout my college experience. I graduated from Creighton in May of 2021 with a B.S. in Sociology and a second major in Medical Anthropology. Throughout my time in undergrad, I was involved in the Haddix Dean’s Fellows Program as the Service and Advocacy chair, campus ministry, Blue Crew, FSL, and Encuentro Dominicano. Throughout my time at Creighton, I have been drawn to the SCSJ and worked through the it with Jackson Elementary School for two years while also participating in legislative visits, service, and a Service and Justice trip to El Paso, Texas. Some fun facts about me are that I love plants, baking cookies, binge-watching TV shows, and being outside. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. I am excited to have the opportunity to further my education at Creighton while working in the SCSJ as a Graduate Assistant with Local Community Engagement!


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Izzy Senechal 

Graduate Assistant

I have called many places home: born and raised in Long Beach, CA, transplanted to Sacramento in middle school, Omaha for my undergraduate studies and—briefly—New York City. (Fun fact: I can tell you how to get to Sesame Street because I lived by Sesame Street.) In 2019 I graduated from Creighton University with a BA in Journalism, English and French. During my sophomore year, an advocacy team leader for the SCSJ invited me to a weekend conference hosted by Catholic Relief Services, opening the way for my future involvement in the SCSJ and, consequently, some of the most meaningful and formative learning experiences I had at Creighton. I went on to participate in three Service and Justice Trips (Winnebago, NE, Mobile, AL and Wheeling, WV), and joined the SCSJ delegation to Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in 2017 and 2018. After graduation, I completed a postgraduate media fellowship at America Media, where I gained invaluable experience generating multimedia content and covering social justice, culture and the Catholic world. The fellowship reinforced my love for justice-oriented storytelling, a passion which I am excited to continue honing with the SCSJ’s communications team as a graduate assistant. I am grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with the Creighton community and pursue my Master’s in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution while working in the SCSJ. I look forward to accompanying students through the discomfort, challenges and joy they’ll experience as they grow into contemplatives in action.

 

We also have about 30 student leaders who help run our programs, everything from office work to leading weekly service to communications. The professional staff above work closely with these students to help the SCSJ live out its mission each day!