Leadership

Our Team

The Brother David Darst Center provides unique learning and immersion opportunities that explore issues of social justice through the lens of Christian social teachings of peace, justice and respect for human dignity and the environment. We seek to inspire a responsive, active faith, a commitment to serve and a passion for social change.

This mission has been guided and supported by many.  We continue to be grateful for Br. Denis, our founder, those in leadership of the De LaSalle Christian Brothers, the many individuals who have so generously served on our Board of Directors, the Lasallian Volunteers, and the passionate people who have come here to work every day.  The way has been set...those listed below strive to maintain its course.

Keith Donovan
Executive Director
Keith joined the Darst Center staff in 2014 and is beginning his 18th year at a Lasallian ministry.  Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Keith earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and has worked with both high school and college students on issues related to faith, community, justice, leadership, diversity, and inclusion. Please contact Keith at director@darstcenter.org for general Darst Center related business.
Suzanne Goebel
Program Director

Suzanne, originally from Rockford, Illinois, joined the Darst Center in August 2014.  She graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Psychology and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies and went on to volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She has experience working with students of all ages and has a particular interest in Restorative Justice. Please contact Suzanne at programs@darstcenter.org with specific questions about curriculum or urban immersion activities.

Jennifer Jackson-Outlaw
Development and Communications Director
Jennifer, originally from Indianapolis, IN, joined the Darst Center in August 2016. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors in Telecommunications and went on to earn her Masters in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jennifer has experience working with both high school and college students on issues related to diversity, media representation, and urban education. Please contact Jennifer at development@darstcenter.org for questions on how to support our work.
Megan McGuire
Advocacy Coordinator
Megan, originally from Clio, Michigan, joined the Darst Center in August 2015. She graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2014 and went on to do a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently a part of the JVC Magis program where, in addition to her placement at the Darst Center, she is studying to receive an MA in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago. Megan has a variety of experiences working with high school and college students in ministry-based and service-learning environments. She is especially passionate about education surrounding social justice issues and what the Catholic tradition teaches as a response to these issues. Please contact Megan at advocacy@darstcenter.org with ways the Darst Center can join you in your advocacy efforts.
Isioma Odum
Retreat Facilitator
Isoma was born in Vancouver Washington and moved to Sacramento, CA right after high school where she attended Sacramento City College. After transferring to Washington State University she received a BA degree in Social Science concentrating in Psychology and Sociology. Upon her completion of her BA, Isioma worked as an Employment Case Manager before deciding to further her education. She moved to Chicago August 2015 to begin an MA in Social Justice at Loyola University.
Meredith Check
Retreat Facilitator
Meredith Check, originally from Lexington, NC, joined the Darst Center in August 2016. She graduated from NC State University in May 2015 with BA’s in both History and International Studies. She comes to the Darst Center through the Young Adult Volunteer program, as a participant of a year of service. Meredith has a variety of experience working with high school and college-aged students in various learning environments. She is particularly passionate about the structural policies that perpetuate social injustices and how people of faith respond to said injustices.
Evelyn Hooper
Retreat Facilitator
Evelyn Hooper, born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, studied at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN before transferring to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She graduated with a B.S. in Sociology in 2016. She is currently serving as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) through the Presbyterian Mission Agency in conjunction with DOOR-Chicago. She has been an ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 2008 and has spent the past two years serving on her home congregation’s session as a member of the mission ministry team.
Board of Directors

 

Sister Joy Clough, RSM, Board Chair, Retiree Volunteer

Bob Ortbal, Treasurer, Home Office Underwriter, CNA Surety, Chicago, Illinois

John Ceisel, Senior Manager, Accenture

Sarah DeMarco-Dowling, School Social Worker, North Shore School District 112, Highland Park, Illinois

Keith Donovan, Executive Director, Darst Center

Dan Dowling, Teacher, Assistant Campus Minister, De La Salle Institute

Denise DuVernay, Assistant Director, Office of Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations, Saint Xavier University

Grant Gholson, Secretary, Teacher, St. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago, Illinois

Br. Michael Kadow, FSC, Auxiliary Visitor, Midwest District, De La Salle Christian Brothers

Megan Kennedy-Farrell, Senior Director of Mission and Idendity, Solidarity Bridge, Evanston, Illinois

Michael McCrohan, Teacher, De La Salle Institute

Mark Munninghoff, Attorney, Munday & Nathan, Chicago, Illinois

Matthew Stevenson, Corrections Officer, Cook County Sheriff's Office, Chicago, Illinois

Emily Vogel, Campus Minister, De La Salle Institute, Chicago, Illinois

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