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.
Carly Cohen
Retreat Facilitator / Communications Associate
Carly Cohen, born in Daejeon, South Korea before moving back and forth between the United States and Thailand, joined the Darst Center in August 2017. She graduated from La Salle University with a B.A in Sociology and Leadership & Global Understanding in 2016. She is currently serving at the Darst Center as a Lasallian Volunteer for her first year of service. Carly has a variety of experience working with college students, as a mentor and tutor for social justice, Lasallian and Catholic Social Teaching oriented courses. She is especially passionate about advocating for LGBTQIA rights, sociological issues and their relation to contemporary social justice initiatives, Lasallian values, and its role in providing a quality education.
Hannah Day Donoghue
Retreat Facilitator/Program Associate
Hannah Day Donoghue, originally from central New Jersey, joined the Darst Center in September 2017. She recently graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she studied Theater, with a concentration in Acting and a minor in Music. She comes to the Darst Center through the Young Adult Volunteer program, as a participant in a year of service. Hannah has served as an adult leader for her hometown church youth group on social justice education mission trips. She is passionate about discovering and working to reveal the greater systemic problems perpetuating injustice.
Greg Hamilton
Retreat Facilitator/Program Associate
Greg Hamilton, a want-to-be Vermonter originally from Massachusetts, joined the Darst Center in August of 2017. In 2016, Greg graduated from St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont and most recently worked as the Outreach Coordinator with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Washington, DC as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Greg now attends Loyola University Chicago as a part-time student in pursuit of a Masters in Social Justice.
Karen Ross
Retreat Facilitator/ Loyola Intern
Karen Ross, originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, joined the Darst Center in August of 2017. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Theological Studies. She is currently a PhD candidate in Theology and Ethics at Loyola University Chicago, specializing in Catholic feminist and sexual ethics.  Karen has experience teaching Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching on both the high school and college levels, and is passionate about social justice issues surrounding gender and sexuality, especially as they impact young women and girls.

Jay Narwoki
Retreat Facilitator / CTU Intern
Jay Nawrocki joined the Darst Center in August of 2017. He has spent most of his life in the Chicago area.  After receiving his master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, he was a policy analyst for the Illinois and Minnesota legislatures where he analyzed public health and welfare legislation for state senators.  Following his work there, he worked for a major legal publishing company analyzing Medicaid and Medicare policy developments for health care administrators and legal professionals.  Jay has lead a number of small group discussions at parish retreats and adult education programs. Currently, he is a student at Catholic Theological Union where he is pursuing a master’s degrees in Theology and Divinity.
Emily Redfern
Retreat Facilitator / Development Associate
Emily, originally from Louisville, Colorado, joined the Darst Center in October 2017. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a B.A. in Global Studies and a Concentration in Social Justice. She is currently serving at the Darst Center as a Lasallian Volunteer in her first year of service. Emily has a wide background in International and Domestic social justice issues. Including community outreach programs, educational platforms, and services trips focusing on: food justice, Native American rights, the LGBTQIA community, interfaith, homelessness, Fair Trade, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and more. She is excited about the process of using education as a tool to promote programs and inspire mindsets towards a more positive, sustainable, equitable, and just world.
Board of Directors


Bob Ortbal, Retired, 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 Grants Officer, Northwestern 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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