Members

Teresa Delgado McDorman
Cohort 2 Representative

Teresa originally joined PLACE Corps to give back to the system of Catholic education that was such a part of her life growing up. She attended Catholic elementary and high school in the San Fernando Valley and chose Loyola Marymount University to further her education. Diana had just begun to move into an office in the "new" University Hall when Teresa began to think of teaching as a career. After graduating from LMU, she became a member of Cohort 2 and was PLACEd at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, where she remained for three years. While there she taught all levels of English, ran the school newspaper, and coached girls' basketball. Currently, Teresa teaches American and British Literature at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. She is thrilled to have a chance to give back to PLACE as a member of the Alumni Council and looks forward to being involved in the PLACE community once again.

Sean Griffin
Cohort 3 Representative

A graduate of PLACE Corps 3rd Cohort, Sean taught nearly every high school mathematics course offered at Salesian High School, as well as a self-designed SAT Prep course. Though his parents wished he would come back home to Philadelphia, he felt the pull of being involved with teacher development out here in Los Angeles and worked at LMU as the Administrative Assistant for PLACE Corps and then as Coordinator for LMU's CMAST (Center for Math and Science Teaching) program. After a few years off from full-time classroom teaching, he is now just across the way at St. Bernard High School teaching high school math once again. He is excited to be a part of this Alumni Council and hopes to help create a more formal alumni network similar to that of his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Amanda Kraivanger
Cohort 4 Representative

Amanda was born in New York and raised in New Jersey before coming to Los Angeles in 2000 to begin her higher education journey at Loyola Marymount University. In 2004, she graduated from LMU with a degree in Liberal Studies, a minor in Special Education and earned a multiple subject credential. Amanda joined PLACE Corps as a member of Cohort 4 and was "placed" at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Downey. Amanda has been serving OLPH as the 2nd grade teacher and Student Council Moderator since 2004. Following Amanda's graduation from the PLACE Corps with an M.A. in Child and Adolescent Literacy, she joined the 3rd Cohort of LMU's Doctoral Program. Amanda is currently working on her dissertation, which is focusing on "Successful Classroom Strategies for Male Student's in a K-3, Catholic School Setting." Amanda does not take the phrase "once a PLACEr, always a PLACEr " lightly. As an alumna of PLACE, she has served on many retreat teams which support the first and second year teachers, she has been a mentor teacher to new PLACErs, she serves as a support person for the Compton Community, she has served on the PLACE selection committee and as a member of the Alumni Council Amanda hopes to continue to advocate for Catholic Schools by supporting current and past members of the PLACE program.

Allison Kargas
Cohort 5 Representative

Allison Kargas is proud to be a PLACE Corps C5 alumna. She knew that the PLACE Corps was meant for her when she heard about it as an undergrad at Gonzaga University. She dropped her education major in hopes of being a more attractive candidate and put all of her eggs in one PLACE Corps basket. Luckily, Diana and Betty agreed that PLACE was the perfect fit, and she happily returned to her home state of California to teach Third Grade at Divine Saviour School. Allison currently teaches Second Grade at St. Anthony Parish School in Long Beach and is working toward a Masters in Administration through the Catholic School Leadership Academy at LMU. She hopes to be a principal within the next few years and would be delighted to welcome PLACErs to work at her school! Allison is so thankful for the many opportunities and friendships the PLACE Corps has provided her, and she is very excited to be a part of the Alumni Council and to give back to the program that has given her so much.

Picture of PLACEr Allison Kargas

Ted Dunlap
Cohort 6 Representative

A native Texan, Ted graduated from Boston College in 2006 and moved to Los Angeles to join the 6th Cohort of PLACE Corps. For two years, Ted taught high school math at Junipero Serra High School and lived in the Compton Community convent. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in the program and has a wealth of life experiences thanks to PLACE. Upon fulfilling his two-year commitment, Ted moved out of the classroom and into the athletic office to work as Athletic Director at Junipero Serra. Ted was honored to accept a position on the PLACE Corps Alumni Council and is excited to be involved with the PLACE program once again. He hopes his work on the alumni council will help lead the over 144 alumni into having an even more extensive roll in the PLACE program.

Claro Nunez
Cohort 6 Representative

 

Bridget Dixon Nuno
Cohort 7 Representative

Bridget Dixon was born in the great Pacific Northwest city of Seattle, WA. After high school, she traveled down to southern California where she attended the University of San Diego, earning her undergraduate degree in Biology. She was overjoyed to have been accepted into the PLACE Corps following her graduation from college, and started her professional teacher career as a middle school science teacher and homeroom teacher for sixth grade at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School in East Los Angeles. Bridget spent two wonderful years as a middle school teacher and then decided to make the jump to high school, where she now teaches chemistry and honors chemistry at St. Monica Catholic High School in Santa Monica, CA. She continues to support the PLACE Corps in whatever capacity possible, as a Community Support Person for the St. Bernard Community, a retreat leader, and helping to interview future PLACErs. As a member of the PLACE Corps Alumni Council, Bridget hopes to promote the PLACE Corps and support Catholic education and those involved in Catholic education. Basically, Bridget wants to give back to the organization that gave her so much!

Rebecca Hartsein
Cohort 8 Representative

Rebecca Hartstein is delighted to serve as a member of the PLACE Corps Alumni Council. As an undergrad alumna of Loyola Marymount University, Rebecca felt right at home starting PLACE Corps in the summer of 2008 as a member of Cohort8. Placed as a middle school language arts teacher at Saints Peter and Paul School in Wilmington, Rebecca quickly grew to love teaching the dreaded middle school age group. After four years at Saints Peter and Paul, Rebecca moved back to the LMU neighborhood and is currently teaching middle school language arts at Saint Monica Catholic Elementary School in Santa Monica. She is happy to support the PLACE Corps however she can, and enjoys leading retreats and serving as a Community Support Person. As a member of Alumni Council, Rebecca looks forward to doing her part to support PLACE Corps and to represent the awesome members of Cohort 8.

Rebecca Hartstein

Angelica Izquierdo
Cohort 9 Representative

Angelica Izquierdo is a proud alumna of PLACE Corp's Cohort 9 and a product of Catholic education. Her passion for Catholic education began when she attended St. Angela Merici School in Brea, California. After, Angelica continued onto Rosary High School and the University of San Diego, where she received her degree in Elementary Education, her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a focus on Literature and Special Education. During her two years in PLACE Corps, Angelica taught fourth grade at St. Thomas the Apostle School and Masters in Special Education. Now, Angelica teaches second grade at St. John Chrysostom in Inglewood. She is excited to continue her involvement in PLACE and Catholic education. PLACE Corps has provided Angelica with many blessings in her and life and she looks forward to giving back as a member of the Alumni Council.

Jaclyn Pilat
Cohort 10 Representative

Jaclyn is a proud Jersey girl that now loves living in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in New Jersey and attended Paramus Catholic High School where her faith formation began. She continued onto Quinnipiac University where she earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical Science with a minor in biology and philosophy. Jaclyn's love for service, education, and her faith led her to the PLACE program. She taught 4th grade for 3 years and 1 year of Middle School Science and Math at St. John Chrysostom School, which was her PLACEment. In addition to teaching and working as a volleyball coach and Assistant Vice Principal, she also began her second Master's in Catholic School Administration at LMU. Jaclyn currently teaches Middle School Science at St. Paul the Apostle School in Westwood, CA.

Jaclyn Pilat

Grant Kinman
Cohort 11 Representative

Grant Kinman hails from the great state of Washington. He received a Bachelor's of Arts in Humanities at Western Washington University. Social studies became his passion during college when he realized how much people and their interactions intrigue him. He loves a good story, and history is the story of all humanity. After college, he gained two years of valuable working experience and explored the world through international travel. His post-undergraduate journey inspired him to commit myself to the pursuit of education and the advancement of learning. In his pursuit of a teaching career and higher education, he discovered the PLACE program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). He chose PLACE and LMU because of the outstanding education program that strongly aligned with his vision for education. The professional opportunities the program presents combined with the emphasis on developing supportive community and growing spiritually made it the ideal choice for Grant. He is excited to be part of the Alumni Council representing Cohort 11.

Lynna Landry
Cohort 11 Representative

Lynna Landry is a member of Cohort 11. She has deep roots in Catholic education and service, as she is a graduate of St. Linus Elementary School in Norwalk, California and St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, California, and was as a youth ministry core team member for a decade at St. Linus Church in Norwalk. She graduated with her BA in History and American Studies from the California State University at Fullerton in 2008, then worked full-time for three years as a director for after school and supplemental learning programs in Santa Ana, California. When Lynna decided to return to pursuing her teaching credential, she was overjoyed to have found PLACE Corps, which put her in her dream job. She is in her third year at her placement school, St. Mary's Academy in Inglewood, teaching 11th and 12th grade Social Studies and is Director of Student Activities. When the call for Alumni Council members for Cohort 11 came out, she was quick to apply and give back the same love and support the PLACE Community and her Cohort provided her with during her first years in her own classroom. Lynna looks forward to keep the Cohorts connected with one another as she serves on this council with her co-representative, St. Albert the Great convent-mate, and fellow MVP winner, Grant Kinman.

Ally Page
Cohort 12 Representative

Ally Page is a proud alumna of Cohort 12. Ally has dreamt of becoming a teacher since she was a young girl. She received her California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of San Diego. One of her missions post-graduation was to continue her own education, while helping those in need. PLACE Corps was the perfect opportunity. Throughout PLACE Corps, Ally taught fourth grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary School and earned her Masters in Reading Instruction. Currently, Ally now teaches first grade at IHM. She is blessed to work with such a wonderful staff, especially her PLACEr principal. The PLACE Corps program helped Ally develop her confidence as a teacher and a leader in the community. Ally hopes to give back to a program that has made such a positive impact on her life.

Photo of Allyson Page

Alex Soto
Cohort 12 Representative

Alex is a Los Angeles native from Hawaiian Gardens, CA. Before attending LMU, Alex did not have much experience with Catholic schools because he attended public schools K-12 growing up. He graduated from Whitney High School is Cerritos, a school constantly ranked top public high school in the state of California as well as the entire country. After high school, he graduated from LMU where he studied Communication Studies and Spanish. Before discerning to journey into education, Alex was considering a career in sports broadcasting and actually called play-by-play broadcasts for several LMU athletic teams. It was his time as part of MAGIS, a LMU service organization that be became to discover his passion for teaching. During this final two year at LMU, he tutored/mentored middle school students at Lennox Middle School through the program El Espejo. As member of PLACE Cohort 12, he lived at the Transfiguration Community and taught at St. Frances X. Cabrini in South Los Angeles. He was the 7th grade homeroom teacher while teaching middle school Religion and Social Studies his first year and self-contained 5th grade his second year. Alex now teaches middle school Math, Social Studies, and Spanish at St. John Fisher in Rancho Palos Verdes. He looks to continue to support future PLCE cohorts and be a model of the three pillars of PLACE.

Alyssa Ferraro
Cohort 13 Representative

Alyssa was born and raised by her loud, lovable Irish-Italian family in Mission Viejo, California. She is the youngest of four children. During high school, Alyssa was actively involved in her Catholic parish where she discovered her love for mentoring youth. The time spent at her parish encouraged her to become involved in UCLA Unicamp, a non-profit organization that serves underprivileged children from the inner city Los Angeles area. Alyssa is continuing her service at San Gabriel Mission Elementary School teaching 4th grade and coaching 7th and 8th grade basketball. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her St. Raymond's community and formed life-long relationships. She looks forward to maintaining those bonds and forming new ones as a C13 representative for the Alumni Council.

Alyssa Ferraro

Christine Westhoff
Cohort 13 Representative

Christine is a Los Angeles native who grew up in Glendale, CA. She attended St. Bede the Venerable Elementary School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Canada. She went on to attend the University of Oregon where she received her degree in Education Foundations. Christine's love for teaching, living in community, and her catholic foundation are what lead her to the PLACE Corps. She is continuing her service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey by working in 7th and 8th grade. She continues her work as the Academic Decathlon head coach and the Student Council Moderator. She loves working with and is eternally grateful for all that she has learned from her numerous PLACE faculty at OLPH. The PLACE program helped her develop her leadership skills in and out of the classroom as the St. Bernard's Community Captain while being able to form incredible friendships. She is excited to be part of the Alumni Council and looks forward to many more wonderful years with PLACE.

Karina Hernandez
Cohort 14 Representative

 

Madison Beall
Cohort 14 Representative

A Southern California native, Madison Beall grew up in Long Beach and looked up to her grandparents who were teachers and principals at schools in LAUSD. After going to countless football and basketball games with her Bruin-bred family, she was thrilled to follow her mother's footsteps and attend UCLA. When she found out about PLACE Corps, studying Elementary Education at LMU sounded like a challenge she was ready to accept. Madison truly enjoyed her PLACEment at Saint Pancratius School in Lakewood, and taught in a self-contained sixth grade classroom with a loving, supportive staff that she remains close with. She has fond memories living at Saint Albert the Great Community, including nights by the fire pit, community dinners, and winning first place for the Fall Retreat skit her first year. In 2016, she accepted an opportunity to teach at her alma mater, Saint Joseph's Elementary School in Long Beach. Madison had a remarkable experience in PLACE Corps and hopes to see the program continue to impact the lives of PLACErs, students, and community members of Los Angeles.