Lisa Gustaveson is Program Manager for Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry’s Faith and Family Homelessness Project. Funded by a multi-year commitment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project is a concentrated effort to inspire increased advocacy and care around the issue of family homelessness in the greater Puget Sound faith community.
Prior to joining the project, Lisa was Director of Communications for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, the largest private social service agency in the state. Over her almost 20 year career, Lisa has held leadership and consulting positions with nonprofit agencies and state, county, and city governments. As project manager for the Committee to End Homelessness in King County, she successfully managed the development of a groundbreaking regional strategy to end homelessness. Lisa has a Masters degree from Seattle University in Not-for-Profit Leadership.
As a passionate advocate for children and vulnerable men and women, Lisa prays for the day when “camping” means pitching a tent in the forest – not a survival mechanism for people experiencing homelessness. She fights for policies and practices that give all people access to safe housing, healthy food and medical care. She resides in Seattle with her husband Bill, daughter Darcy, a couple of adorable kittens and a little dog named Bean.
Hannah Hunthausen, the project’s Program Coordinator, was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. From an early age, she was drawn into the Jesuit ethos of a “faith that does justice,” as modelled by her social worker parents, faith community, and her gentle and courageous great-uncle, Raymond “Dutch” Hunthausen, who was Archbishop of Seattle in the 1980s.
Hannah graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in French and minors in International Relations and History, and has experience working in education and the nonprofit sector. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright grant and spent the 2011-12 academic year teaching English at a public high school in the suburbs of Paris, France. She expects to graduate with a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training from Seattle University in 2016.
Hannah began working part-time in the School of Theology and Ministry’s Stewardship Department in March 2013 and was welcomed to the Faith & Family Homelessness Project team in November 2013. Since April 2015, she has worked full-time with the Project. As Program Coordinator, she combines her passion for education and justice to work for change around issues of poverty, educational equity, and homelessness. Hannah is also an unabashed Francophile and avid Springsteen fan and resides in Seward Park.
Lena Beck is the project’s Summer Intern. A rising senior at Seattle University, Lena will be graduating in 2017 with a BA in Humanities for Leadership, as well as a specialization in Journalism and English. She originally became acquainted with the School of Theology and Ministry’s homelessness initiative while working as a writer for the university’s weekly newspaper, the Spectator. After interviewing Program Manager Lisa in the spring of 2015, she felt pulled by the work and eventually asked to come aboard in an internship capacity.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Lena feels at home in the Pacific Northwest and is currently living in Capitol Hill, Seattle. She loves hiking, reading and getting to know the Seattle community.
Ann Mayer is the project’s Graduate Student Worker. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she came out to Seattle to work for Boeing. A few years ago, she felt pulled to leave the engineering desk and serve the community in a different way. She is now in her last year of Seattle University’s Masters of Divinity program, and exploring her new career options. In addition to working here at the School of the Theology and Ministry, she also works as interim CE Director at Federal Way UMC and is about to begin an internship at Associated Ministries.
Through her work, Ann wants to help build and fortify the bridge between faith and serving in the community. This includes everything from helping people begin a relationship with service, to reaching out to those who feel they’ve been harmed by the church.
Ann has a husband and two grown children. She currently lives in Federal Way, and is looking forward to spending Christmas in Ireland with her daughter.