"To engage all Wheeling Jesuit University students, faculty and staff in diverse activities that contribute to positive social change and justice; and to prepare them 'for service with and among others' in Wheeling, Appalachia, the nation and the world"
SSAC Interim Director
Mother Jones House Mentor
Colleen is originally from Poughquaq, New York, and received her B.A. in American studies from Marist College. Throughout college Colleen was involved in Campus Ministry, the Public Praxis Program, and ran cross country and track for the Red Foxes. After her time at Marist, Colleen spent 18 months volunteering at the Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg, KY. Here Colleen first realized her passion for expressing her faith through service, which is one reason she is here at WJU today.
Inspired by her time with the Glenmary Farm, Colleen went on to be a Graduate Assistant in Neighborhood Campus Ministry and received her M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton. From here, Colleen has come to WJU as the Mentor of the Mother Jones House.
The Mother Jones House is an intentional, Christian, service community of WJU students located on 88 14th street. Colleen is excited for all the blessings this year, learning more about the community, as well as having many visitors stop by the house to see for themselves all the great things happening there!
Hailing from Bowling Green, Ohio, Tom attended college in Cleveland at John Carroll University where he graduated with honors and received a degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Spanish. Tom studied how to build creative solutions to social problems and completed the world's first undergraduate thesis in Crisis Mapping, which is the use of digital technologies to gather, visualize and analyze information that aids in disaster response.
During college, Tom was a founder and co-president of a Student Today Leaders Forever chapter that provided student planned and lead service trips for over 165 participants. He spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio where he expanded educational programming for bright and motivated youth from challenging backgrounds, followed by a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Service for Social Action Center and Appalachian Institute.
Tom is excited to remain in the WJU community as a Graduate Assistant while completing his MBA. Tom also likes to hear about people's backgrounds and aspirations over coffee or lunch; so consider this an invitation to email him and set something up.
Matt Cortese, n.S.J.
Matt was born and raised on Long Island's east end, and completed undergraduate work at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he majored in Religious Studies. After college, he spent a year as a Jesuit Volunteer at Providence Hospice in Seattle, Washington, providing support and assistance for the terminally ill as a Transitions Program team member. Before entering the Society of Jesus, Matt received a master's degree in religion with a concentration in liturgy from Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut. Most recently, Matt was on staff at the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse, New York.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing folk guitar, visiting art museums, and drinking abundant amounts of coffee; he is thrilled to be a part of the SSAC team, and looks forward to chatting with you in the office on Acker Bridge and around campus!