St. Columba House, Denver
Christopher Canan: Saint Francis Center, basic services
Chris Canan is twenty-six years old and is from Ambler, Pennsylvania. He recently graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Visual Studies. He is an interdisciplinary Visual Artist working primarily with paint, illustration, and design. Aside from his art practice he is also passionate about skateboarding and has been since he can remember. In his eyes these two things work in a give and take fashion. Skateboarding takes him out of his head while his art practice allows him to go inside and struggle with issues he is confronted with.
For the prior 12 years or so Chris has worked in the retail industry and is absolutely ecstatic about working in and gaining experience in another field. During his time at college he also made sure to explore some eastern religions, taking classes about Buddhism and exploring the Hare Krishna faith as well. Chris is very excited about this year in Colorado and can’t wait to get there and begin this next chapter of his life.
olivia collette: saint francis center, housing
Olivia Collette was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She moved to Birmingham, Alabama to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010, and has lived there until she moved to Denver in 2017. In 2014 she received her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management, and in 2016 she received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She is passionate about the field of occupational therapy and helping others become as independent as possible, and is so excited to explore a new way to use her OT skills while serving at the St. Francis Center in Denver.
Olivia is equally passionate about her faith and the Episcopal Church. She is a cradle Episcopalian from the Diocese of Alabama, who grew up with the church as a major part of her life. She attended youth events at both the parish and diocesan level, and this love for the Episcopal Church has extended into her college and adulthood years. Olivia is thrilled to have an opportunity to combine the things she is most passionate about in her life: the church and occupational therapy, and she is excited to grow in her faith and spirituality during this year.
Additionally, Olivia loves good books, coffee, and food, and doing pretty much anything outside. She is looking forward to enjoying all these things in Denver, and can’t wait to spend a year there.
erin lammott: metro caring
Erin is originally from rural central Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Management. Much of her university time was spent with her sorority and the Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership Development. For the past couple of years, Erin has been soaking up the Midwest (whaddup Wichitawesome & RockVegas) in a corporate rotational Human Resources program. The past two years have bolstered Erin's belief in people and encouraged her to keep learning about this God thing. Erin is most excited to make a lifestyle change in Denver to get back to her passion, to join a conscientious crew, and to explore social justice with a lens of grace. And also to play outside and maybe rely less on car. In her free time, she can be found running, listening to podcasts/ Ted Talks, looking at pictures, or losing her voice from singing (if that's what you want to call it). Erin is excited to learn about intersectionality around food insecurity while serving at Metro Caring in Denver during her ESC year.
anthony suggs: advocacy and social justice
A native of Durham, North Carolina, Anthony spent much of his childhood walking around barefoot while finding and releasing new pets on a daily basis (mostly turtles and lizards). His childhood was blessed with plenty of time for hobbies and craftwork with his parents including pottery, stained glass, painting, piano, violin, and carpentry. In 2012, he made the decision to pursue an out-of-state education and moved to Manhattan to attend New York University, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in History and Drama. He wrote his thesis on institutional forms of racism using the Southern Baptist Convention’s racist educational programs in the Reconstruction South just after the end of the Civil War as a case study. Since graduating in May of 2016 he has been working full time as the Program Coordinator for Camp DeWolfe, the Diocese of Long Island’s summer camp and retreat center where he had been on summer staff since 2014.
A few of his identities that he is most proud of are: potter, musician, singer, cyclist, photographer, hiker, kayaker, and baker. It was while in college that he had a chance encounter with the Episcopal Church. After his lifelong experience with a conservative Baptist tradition, he was immediately drawn in by the idea of serving Christ in the poor, oppressed, and marginalized and connecting to the deep roots of the Christian faith in the liturgies of the Episcopal Church. Most of all, he loves the openness and diversity so freely available in the Episcopal Church. He could not be more excited to serve the Denver area as an Advocacy and Social Justice intern, engaging the hearts and minds of those he comes in contact with to become, as the prophet Isaiah describes, “repairers of the breach and restorers of streets to live in.
Centennial House, Steamboat Springs
emily eldridge: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Emily was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but spent most of her life in North Texas. While working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in History, she stumbled into an internship at a local museum and fell in love. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in 2012, she moved straight into a graduate program in Museum Studies, which she finished in 2015. All of this led her to the Episcopal Service Corps program, which she discovered by first finding the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Emily enjoys reading, sewing, playing games with friends, and walking in the woods. She is looking forward to returning to the feeling of a local museum, working to explore her faith, and playing in the snow, which she loves but rarely gets in Texas!
kirsten kettler: boys and girls club
Kirsten has been described as ‘quietly brave’. She loves surprises, the outdoors, and peanut butter frosting. Kirsten is a recent graduate of Hope, a small college in Holland, Michigan, commonly known for its Tulip Festival in the summer. During the time she didn’t spend studying, she was riding her bike, taking pictures of the sunset, or eating ice cream with friends on the shores of Lake Michigan. She graduated with a BA in Social Work and has a passion for empowering people. She is excited to live in community with the other ESC members and to get to know the people of Steamboat Springs, as well as the kiddos at the Boys and Girls Club.
Check out our blog to read about our experiences with the Colorado Episcopal Service Corps and our partner agencies.