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Marilyn Lorenz is the co-founder and current Program Coordinator of the St Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America.  She began her commitment to Latin America in Chile (1975-76) and has traveled to many Latin American countries, especially El Salvador over the years.  A theologian by training, she had a teaching and campus ministry career before retiring to coordinate IFCLA in 2006.

Jillian Severinski graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in August 2012 with a B.A. in International Studies, and minors in Philosophy and Psychology. Working for IFCLA as a Loretto Volunteer, Jillian focuses on issues related to mining and immigration.  She is also a co-founder of the St Louis Roundtable on Extractive Industries.

Kara Sheehan is a recent graduate from Saint Louis University.  She has been active with IFCLA as both an intern and a volunteer since September 2011.  She is a part of the ‘SweatFree Communities’ task force working to create a SweatFree Community here in St. Louis as well as educate those on the reality of sweatshops.  If you would like more information regarding ‘Sweat Free Communities’ or have any questions for Kara, please email her at karasheehan5@gmail.com

Andrea Bachmann was born and raised in St. Louis and served as a member of IFCLA’s Core Committee from 2011-2012. Now living in Guatemala, she works at Safe Passage (Camino Seguro), a non-profit organization that works to bring hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families living in extreme poverty around Guatemala City’s garbage dump. As a Support Teams Coordinator, Andrea brings groups of short-term international volunteers to Safe Passage to get to know this heavily marginalized community. She hopes that through first-hand experience and personal connections, her teams are inspired to re-examine the way they look at the world and its people.

Max Rava was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a B.A. in both Latin American and International Studies. He has worked at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, in Washington, DC, on topics related to Western Hemispheric security, with an emphasis on counter-narcotics and border security issues. During his undergraduate years, he gained valuable experience working on immigrant applications for legal residency and citizenship at the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and on human rights and fair trade issues at the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America. Max also has extensive experience working on US-Mexico trade initiatives while at the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, in Washington, DC.

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