Justice in Action Conference Presenters


Civil Dialogue Project:

Marycruz Sanchez is a junior majoring in Psychology and Social Welfare and Justice, with a Minor in Latinx Studies. In addition to working as a Civic Dialogue Leader, she is currently working as a Staff Manager with the Service Learning Program. Marycruz is also working to help raise funding for the Dreamers Gala and is especially interested in Immigration topics.

Kate Lawlor is a sophomore who is a Student Coordinator with the Service Learning Program, in addition to her role as a Civic Dialogue Leader. Kate is majoring in Theology and Spanish. She is a retreat leader with Campus Ministry and is especially interested in LGBTQ topics.

Cate Sullivan Konyn is a senior, majoring in Social Welfare & Justice, Sociology and Peace Studies. She is a Special Project Assistant with the Service Learning Program as well as a Civic Dialogue Leader. In addition to two internships, Cate is currently serving as Marquette's Civic Newman Fellow with National Campus Compact. Her interests include racism and juvenile justice.

Professor Sheena Carey has served on numerous boards of directors in the Milwaukee community; among them, the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp., Ko-Thi Dance Company, Inc., Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Milwaukee Access Telecommunications Authority, YMCA Black Achievers, In Tandem Theatre. She received a Mater of Arts in Speech Communication with an emphasis on Organizational Communication with an interdisciplinary in the M.B.A. program in Organizational Management and Behavior from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Arts inJournalism and Interpersonal Communication also from Marquette. Her reserach interests include why and how diverse groups of people can relate effectively despite internal and external barriers; cultural competency and workforce diversity initiatives; organizational development and cultural change; leadership and team effectiveness; work-based and experiential learning.

Suzie Considine is an AmeriCorps Alum who served two years with College Possible Milwaukee working with college students in 2009-2011. Since then she has continued working with youth-serving non-profits and is currently High School Program Manager for College Possible Milwaukee

Dora Drake was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She received her BA at Marquette for Social Welfare and Justice and is passionate about ensuring justice is accessible for all communities. She worked at JusticePoint for 2 years as a pretrial case manager. During that time she helped establish a racial-bias training for the agency and also trained other criminal-justice professionals about trauma-informed responses. She is currently a campaign manager for a Milwaukee Public School Board race and aspires to attend law school in the future. Outside of her work, Dora enjoys volunteering her time working with the youth, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and loved ones.

Anna Feeley, a native of Colorado, moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette in 2010 after serving as an AmeriCorps member in Los Angeles. During her AmeriCorps tenure, Anna tutored, mentored, and worked for an after-school program at an inner-city elementary school.  She spent her weekends involved in gang intervention on the high school level through a leadership development program. Anna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Social Welfare & Justice from Marquette University and a Master's in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. At Marquette she was dedicated to becoming a servant leader by being active in both the university and Milwaukee communities. She volunteered with V.O.I.C.E (Violence Opposition in Community Education) where she worked with a team of faculty to develop and implement the T.A.K.E.S. A.C.T.I.O.N. curriculum on bystander intervention and sexual assault prevention. She worked at the Service Learning Program and participated in many service learning sites. In the community, through the Manresa Scholar‚Äôs program, she was the youth director at St. Francis of Assisi Church in the central city. Upon graduation, Anna worked for Project Ujima, a violence prevention and intervention program through Children's Hospital of Wisconsin working alongside youth victims of violence in the community through Emergency Department intervention and ongoing case management. She also developed a youth leadership program and a curriculum for a teenage girls mentoring group, Independent Women of Tomorrow. Currently, Anna is the Community Relations and Special Events Coordinator at IndependenceFirst, a resource for individuals with disabilities. She is responsible for managing the volunteer program, conducting community outreach to broaden the scope of services, and manages small and large scale fundraising events. In her free time, Anna volunteers with Girls on the Run at Sixteen Street Health Center, travels to Colorado to visit family, enjoys hiking and camping with her boyfriend Josiah, and stays fit by playing soccer and trail running.

Pedro Hernandez is a judicial law clerk/staff attorney for Milwaukee County Circuit Court. After graduating from Marquette University in 2014, he attended UW-Madison Law School. During that time, he was the community liaison for the Community Immigration Law Center in Madison, WI and worked for Godfrey and Kahn, S.C.. Pedro is currently active in the Milwaukee community, serving as Program Assistant for the MU Burke Scholarship Program and sits on the scholarship committee for the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee.

Edith Hudson is chief of Marquette University Police Department. Hudson is the former assistant chief of police for the Milwaukee Police Department. She served MPD for 25 years in progressive leadership roles before she retired from active duty in good standing in November 2015. During her time with MPD, Hudson also served as the commander of the District 5 police station; acting commander of the District 3 police station; shift commander at Districts 3, 5 and 2; and shift commander of the Sensitive Crimes Division – Domestic Violence Unit. She was also a supervisor with the Tactical Enforcement Unit. Following her long tenure with MPD, Hudson most recently served as security manager for Wisconsin operations at a local manufacturing company.

As assistant chief of MPD, Hudson was responsible for one-third of the department’s personnel — approximately 800 police and civilian employees. She said her dedication to community policing came when she took over command responsibilities for District 3, which includes Marquette University and its Near West Side neighborhood.

Tim McMurtry II is a Milwaukee native and resident, public relations professional, and associate pastor at World Outreach & Bible Training Center. McMurtry previously served as chief of staff to Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines and as Director of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Funding Alliance. Timcurrently serves as Community Relations Manager at Employ Milwaukee, the local workforce development board serving Milwaukee County. Employ Milwaukee convenes leaders from multiple sectors to develop workforce solutions that promote employment for all job seekers. Tim received his BA in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and resides in Milwaukee, WI with his wife, Cheryl, and two children.

Terence Miller is Director of Marquette University's Office of International Education (OIE). He has over twenty years of experience working in higher education in the field of international education as Director of Overseas Programs and Partnerships in UW- Milwaukee's Center for International Education and as Director of International and Intercultural Education at Ramapo College, a public liberal arts college in Mahwah, New Jersey. Terry received his B.A. in Peace Studies and Government from Manhattan College in Bronx, New York. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. For five years he was a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York.

Terry was a Maryknoll lay missioner for 10 years. For three years, he was a human rights attorney in Chile investigating and documenting the disappeared and executed under the Pinochet regime for the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation.  Upon his return to the United States in 1991, Terry worked for six years as a policy analyst on issues related to Africa and the Middle East and in 1993 was named the Director of Maryknoll's Justice and Peace office in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., Terry served on the Board of Directors of Washington Office on Africa, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Jesuit Volunteers: International.

His primary research interests are in the areas of human rights, rule of law, restorative justice, and international education. Terry is on the Board of Directors for the International Institute of Wisconsin, Chair of the Board of Directors of Maryknoll Lay Mission Association, and Legal Advisor to Association of International Educators Administrators (AIEA).

Laura G. Perez was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Child Development emphasis, and a Certificate in ChicanX and LatinX Studies from UW-Madison. Laura served as a Senior AmeriCorps Member with City Year Milwaukee from 2010-2012. She then worked at Milwaukee College Prep, 38th Street from 2012-2016 in multiple roles. Laura went on to become the Special Projects Manager at City Year Milwaukee and a Talent Specialist at Seton Catholic Schools. She is currently the Local Recruitment Manager at City Year Milwaukee and engages in community organizing as a volunteer with Common Ground and supporting school board campaigns.

Benjamin Rangel is from Racine, Wisconsin and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. While at UW-Madison he studied in Washington DC and worked for the refugee resettlement organization, the International Rescue Committee. Following his graduation from UW-Madison, Ben began working at Pulaski High School for College Possible, a non-profit that helps low-income students to and through college. He currently is a candidate for his masters at Marquette University in International Affairs and a Trinity Fellow. He works as the AmeriCorps Member Development Coordinator at City Year Milwaukee and the host and creator of Bridge the City, a podcast whose mission is to bridge together people, resources, and ideas that inspire Milwaukee to action.

Luke Rosynek is a Housing Program Evaluator for the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Resources Housing Division.

Sophia Torrijos coordinates the Milwaukee Christian Center’s Muskego Way Forward Initiative. She connects residents, partners and resources around residents‚Äô hopes for the Muskego Way neighborhood, building on existing people and places to strengthen the neighborhood, create opportunity, and build leadership.

Prior to organizing, Sophia coordinated 1,400 annual volunteers for Friedens Food Pantries, the largest food pantry network in Milwaukee, while completing a term of AmeriCorps. She graduated from Marquette University in 2016 with degrees in International Affairs and History and is currently working towards a Masters of Nonprofit Leadership at UWM. Sophia was born in Spain, raised in Iowa, and considers Milwaukee home.

Students for an Environmentally Active Campus (SEAC): The mission of SEAC (Students for an Environmentally Active Campus) is to instill green living into the students and faculty of Marquette University by promoting sustainable practices from waste reduction to energy conservation and encouraging the respect for our natural world.

Ricky Traner is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Republic of Vanuatu (South Pacific) from 2009 until 2011. He served on the island of Malekula as a literacy trainer with teachers at a primary school.

Jeremy Triblett is a consultant and national trainer for business professionals on youth development, staff management, and human relations. Over the last decade, he has skillfully advanced agency-wide strategies to improve staff performance through training, coaching and technical assistance. In his role as the Leadership Development and Youth Engagement Consultant, he uses evidence-based best practices to build the competency of direct service, management level, and executive staff. Jeremy’s services include instructional design, training, staff coaching, and program observation and assessment. He has been featured as a keynote speaker, lead trainer, and coach for various corporations and organizations including The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, The City of Milwaukee Health Department, Milwaukee Succeeds, The New Leaders Council of Wisconsin and Bader Philanthropies.

Wellness Peer Educators:

Caroline Little is a senior originally from Seattle, WA. She studies Advertising with double minors in Human Resources and Psychology. She works for the Wellness Center and specializes in sleep and sexual violence prevention. She has a passion for educating Marquette’s campus in wellness and prevention. 

Jasmine Lahori is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences as an Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies major. She is a part of the Sexual Violence Prevention Peer Educator Team in the Wellness Center at the 707 Building on campus. With a passion about community responsibility, health, and activism, this will be her third year at SJIA, as she was a member of the Dorothy Day Living Learning Community in the 2016-2017 school year. She continues to advocate for marginalized identities through her roles as Empowerment MU E-board as well as a Community Health Promoter at Diverse and Resilient, a local MKE LGBT non-profit.

Ben Zellmer is a medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is a recent graduate of Marquette University, where he worked in the Center for Community Service. He also studied at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. He has a deep passion to serve others both locally and globally. He believes in liberation theology, practices Jesuit values, and is a Burke Scholar.