Christopher Kerr | Executive Director
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Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry.
Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action.
Before his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). Chris earned a B.A. and M.A. from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He and his family reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Kim Miller | Program Director
Kim Miller joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network staff in August 2011. After graduating from Gonzaga University with her degree in Marketing and Broadcast Studies, Kim spent two years serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. During her first year, Kim worked with teens with developmental disabilities and provided programming and marketing services for STRIVE in South Portland, Maine. In her second year, Kim served as the Outreach Coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA in Washington DC. While at JRS/USA, Kim became very familiar with the Jesuit networks and created interactive refugee awareness programs, spoke to groups nationwide, and equipped students and parishioners to take action on issues affecting forcibly displaced persons. Kim is daily inspired by the Ignatian Family members she meets, and she looks forward to continuing to empower students and parishioners to promote justice within their local and global communities.
Kelly Swan | Communications Director
Kelly Swan, a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, brings years of experience working in the areas of parish social ministry, child and family advocacy, community education, and magazine writing/publishing in northern New Jersey and West Virginia. After three years in New Jersey spent working with children experiencing homelessness and working with families in a parish setting, she coordinated a religious education and service immersion trip program at a parish in Charleston, WV. With her husband and young children, she then spent a year working and living in community at Nazareth Farm in Doddridge County, WV, and most recently spent six years in Wheeling, WV, engaged in projects related to holistic family life, Appalachian advocacy, sustainable agriculture, and mothers’ spirituality, as a well as working as a writer and Production Editor for INWheeling and Metroburgh Magazines. With her husband and four children, Kelly relocated to the Cleveland, Ohio area in August of 2016 to join the Ignatian Solidarity Network.
Lena Chapin | Networking and Development Director
Lena Chapin loves meeting new people, forming relationships, and sharing her passions for humanity, faith, and social justice. She grew up in the Appalachian foothills of Southern Ohio spending time exploring both her faith and the wilderness. After graduating from John Carroll University with Bachelors of Arts degrees in both English and Communications, she spent a year in Immokalee, Florida with the Humility of Mary Volunteer Service. There she built homes, tutored second graders and teenage girls, and worked at a shelter for people experiencing homelessness. She also joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their fight for fair wages and farmworker rights. In 2013, she earned the title of Master of Science in Journalism and Public Relations from Ohio University in Athens where she developed a love of craft beer, historical research, and chili cheese fries. Most recently she served as the Director of Development for Rose-Mary, a Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland organization which provides housing and care for children and adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral support needs. She joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network in September of 2016. Lena lives in Cleveland Heights with her co-pilot, Joe; her dog, Tuna; and her cat, Hamster.
Julie Hahnenberg | Administrative Assistant
Julie joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) in September 2014. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Julie comes to ISN with more than ten years of experience in book publishing. She served as managing editor at Ave Maria Press, a publisher of Catholic spirituality books and high school religion textbooks, before moving to the Cleveland area. She is married to Ed Hahnenberg, a professor of theology at John Carroll University. They have three daughters and live in Shaker Heights, where they are active members of St. Dominic Church. Julie enjoys singing in the church choir, gardening, and volunteering in a number of ways at church, at school, and in the community.
Vanessa Kreiss | Intern
Vanessa is from Hudson, Ohio. She is a junior at John Carroll University double majoring in Criminology and Peace, Justice & Human Rights with minors in Population & Public Health and Forensic Behavioral Science. On campus, many people know her as the Human Trafficking guru. She is a part of JCU’s campus sexual assault taskforce which focuses on aiding the VPAC director with campus cases. She additionally serves as the President for Students for Social Justice – specifically focused on sex trafficking, refugees, workers rights, and criminal justice just to name a few. Off-campus, she is on the board of several national nonprofits encompassing the Greater Cleveland Coordinated Response to Human Trafficking in addition to the Cuyahoga County Detention Center and Mike DeWine’s office where she focuses on legislation, policy-changes, victims rehabilitation, and community awareness. She is currently in the process of launching a new Human Trafficking campaign, M.I.N.T. and Ohio legislative committee. Vanessa hopes to continue her work in combatting human trafficking as well as concentrating on incarcerated youth in her post-grad.
Anna Masica | Intern
Anna Masica is a current sophomore at John Carroll University. She is majoring in Marketing and minoring in Peace, Justice, & Human Rights and Entrepreneurship. She is originally from Wadsworth, Ohio and went to high school at Archbishop Hoban High School. Her main focuses in social justice started in high school when she caught wind of the Fair Trade Movement, and since then, she has taken immersion trips to New Orleans, LA and Guatemala. She participates in weekly service through John Carroll and the Carroll Ballers and is active on campus with the Arrupe Scholars program, WJCU, and Campus Ministry.
Leanne Tang | Intern
Leanne is a current Sophomore at John Carroll University. She is majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Catholic Studies. She is originally from BrookPark, Ohio and graduated from Berea-Midpark High School. On Campus, Leanne is involved in Student Union as Vice President of Student Organizations, in Campus Ministry as a sacristarian and work study student, Greek Life, Students for Social Justice, and the Center for Service and Social Action through weekly service. Her love for social justice, especially in Latin America, began when she went to Honduras on a medical immersion and she hopes to carry that passion through her work at ISN and beyond.