Mentors and Volunteers

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Michael Casey (Writer) is a Maine-based writer currently working on his master’s thesis for creative writing. He intends to use his academic experience in combination with his apprenticeship in marketing copywriting to find the words that best represent the difficult situations disadvantaged populations find themselves in. Michael’s Catholic upbringing instilled in him a respect for religion, and his mother’s career in child advocacy fed his need to challenge unfair or abusive practices.

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Vince Cavasin (Marketing Consultant) has been working in marketing-related disciplines since 1995. His company, Value Intersect Consulting LLC, specializes in helping companies rigorously and holistically evaluate interaction points across the entire customer journey. His experience spans product strategy and management, brand building, demand generation, sales enablement, omni-channel marketing communications and omni-channel commerce for companies ranging from small startups to some of the world’s top retailers. Vince lives in Austin with his wife and son.

Jyoti Diwan

Jyoti Diwan (Treasurer) is a country liaison at an online microfinance organization that helps people from third world countries borrow at low cost. She also serves as a member of the advisory board at a nonprofit that fights structural discrimination against women, girls, and minorities around the world. Jyoti is a finance enthusiast who loves numbers and wants to give back to society. Her relocation to the U.S. from India presented her with an excellent opportunity to use her time, energy, and skill-set working with and learning from exceptionally accomplished people. Jyoti has a master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Economics with honors.

Jordan Driesen

Jordan Driesen (Social Media Coordinator) is passionate about the work the Child-Friendly Faith Project is doing to help protect children from religious abuse and neglect. He grew up in the Christian faith which continues to be important to him today. Jordan wants to see children be protected from abusive religious groups and for those groups to be held accountable. He firmly believes every religious organization needs the education the Child-Friendly Faith Project provides and is excited to use his social media and communication skills to further the CFFP’s visibility. Jordan lives in Minneapolis where he works for a large financial corporation managing customers’ retirement benefit plans.

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Duy Pham (Bookkeeper) is passionate about accounting and bookkeeping. He would like to assume more responsibilities in this field and help an organization such as the Child-Friendly Faith Project manage its books.

Erin Kenney DeBarbieri

Erin Kenney-DeBarbieri (Bookkeeper) was raised in Seattle, where she started a career in human resources and accounting. Her employer so appreciated her efforts that the company moved her to Austin. The many facets of her work allowed her to interact with a variety of customers with unique journeys who inspired her to get involved with the community. Erin found that opportunity with the Child-Friendly Faith Project. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and trying to keep up with their young son.

Michelle Panchuk

Michelle Panchuk is an assistant professor of philosophy at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She specializes in Philosophy of Religion, Feminist Philosophy, and Metaphysics. Her current research considers religious trauma from a philosophical perspective, especially as it intersects with the problems of “evil,” “divine hiddenness,” and “epistemic oppression.” Michelle is interested in how religiously traumatic experiences can diminish an individual’s capacity for religious practices and engagement with a focus on how marginalized social groups, such as children, LGBTQIA individuals, racial minorities, disabled individuals, and women can be especially vulnerable. In additions to her academic work, Michelle works to raise awareness of the prevalence of religious child maltreatment and assist survivors and religious communities in finding resources they need to move toward healing.

Ada Shido

Ada Shido (Researcher) is a high school student from Los Angeles who is studying to become a pharmacist. Although members of her family have very religious backgrounds, their acceptance of different religions, open mindedness, and general philosophies of wellbeing inspires Ada to support a variety of beliefs.