Staff & Program Leaders

 

 

Staff

Deva Jones

Deva Jones

Senior Associate for Volunteer Placements

djones@uucsj.org
617-301-4393

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Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery

Coordinator for Congregational Activism

hvickery@uucsj.org
617-301-4311

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Gina Collignon

Gina Collignon

Senior Associate For Immersion-Learning Programs

gcollignon@uucsj.org
617-301-4305

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Abby Crum

Abby Crum

Associate for Administration and Enrollment

acrum@uucsj.org
617-301-4347

Program Leaders

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303

Deva Jones (she/her/hers) is responsible for developing and supporting a portfolio of volunteer opportunities, including summer internships, skilled volunteer placements, and service learning opportunities for youth and adults. As Senior Associate for Service Learning and Volunteer Placements, she will also refine and strengthen the learning framework of resources that is designed to deepen participants understanding of the systemic injustices confronted by the partner institutions with which UUCSJ works.

Throughout Jones’ professional career, she has supported and advocated for individuals and communities striving to bring about positive change to their communities. Prior to joining UUCSJ, Jones served as the Fellowship and Youth Engagement Program Director at Peace First, an organization investing in young people around the world by providing the skills and resources they need to solve the problems that matter most to them. She also worked at KaBOOM! in Washington D.C. managing their community playground construction grant program, and at Echoing Green in New York, promoting their Fellowship program and supporting social entrepreneurs worldwide. Jones has a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland and degrees in Spanish Language Culture and Foreign Affairs from The University of Virginia.

Jones may be contacted at djones@uucsj.org and 617-301-4393

Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at hvickery@uucsj.org and 617-301-4303

Gina Collignon (she/her/hers) is responsible for planning, developing, and supporting the UU College of Social Justice’s experiential learning programs. As the Senior Associate for Immersion Learning Programs, Collignon designs travel programs that connect participants to activists and change-makers in new environments so that participants can leave inspired to join related social justice campaigns in their home communities.

Over the last decade, Collignon has worked to understand how experiential education and facilitated travel experiences can most effectively be used to empower individuals and communities to deeply engage with spirituality, justice, and self-development. Prior to joining UUCSJ, she spent several years leading U.S. teenagers on experiential and service-learning programs in South America with Where There Be Dragons. She was the inaugural on-site director for the Princeton Bridge Year Program (a nine-month service gap year program for rising Princeton freshmen) in Bolivia. She has also served with the Peace Corps for three years in Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as worked with Americorps in Montana as a crew leader with the Montana Conservation Corps.

Collignon’s love of community and interconnection first manifested as a deep desire to understand our natural world. She has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Reed College and a joint Masters in Environment and Resources and Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin—Madison

Collignon may be contacted at gcollignon@uucsj.org and 617-301-4305