Staff

8th Day Center staff works from an organic model to fulfill its vision and goals. We will engage in issue work within a broad range of coalitions, center projects and ad-hoc groups. Our efforts will be fluid in order to respond to emerging critical needs. We will utilize the social justice process based upon experience, social analysis, theological reflection and action.


img_0090JoAnne Harbert Bhati

 Areas of Concentration:
         ~Fundraising, Grants, Event Planning

JoAnne is the Development Coordinator at 8th Day Center. She received a BFA in Visual Communication Design from the University of Dayton, and an MA in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in Social Justice from Boston College. JoAnne volunteered with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Tanzania for 2 years, and also lived outside New Delhi, India, for 3 years. JoAnne’s favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut, and she loves to travel, spend time with friends, play tennis, kayak, visit national parks, and cook spicy food. You can reach JoAnne by email at  joanne@8thdaycenter.org 


img_0088  Liz Deligio 
     Areas of Concentration:
         ~Anti-militarism, gender, racial justice issues
         ~Nonviolence training workshops (facilitator)

Liz is the JPIC Coordinator for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She holds a B.S. in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and an MDiv from Catholic Theological Union. Liz is a fan of J.D. Salinger’s book Franny and Zooey and enjoys cooking, much to the benefit of her 8th Day colleagues.  You can reach Liz by email at liz@8thdaycenter.org.

 

img_0092Kathleen Desautels, SP
 Areas of Concentration
     ~Human rights, worker rights issues, anti-militarism, women’s issues
     ~Social analysis for groups, nonviolence trainings, “Faithful Dissent” processes for religious congregations (facilitator)

Kathleen is the Justice Promoter for the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana. She received a B.A. in education from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, an M.A. in Religious Studes from LaSalle University, and has completed post-graduate studies at Christian Theological Seminary. Kathleen’s favorite pastimes include reading Ivone Gebara’s Longing for Running Waters, watching most anything on PBS, and enjoying the company friends. You can reach Kathleen by email at kathleen@8thdaycenter.org.

 

Mary Kay Flanigan, OSF
     Areas of Concentration:
         ~ Nonviolence training, social justice actions, Urban Plunge
         ~ Women’s Issues, Justice and Peace, Prison Issues, Colombia, Palestine, and Israel

Mary Kay represents the Franciscans of Rochester, MN at 8th Day Center. Her academic background includes a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago, and a degree in Education from Eastern Michigan College of Education. Mary Kay has extensive experience in juvenile education and urban ministry. In her free time, Mary Kay enjoys reading mysteries and spiritual books, camping and canoeing, and spending time with relatives and friends. You can reach Mary Kay by email at marykay@8thdaycenter.org.

 

img_0089Rachel Kohl
 Areas of Concentration:
    ~ Women’s rights
    ~ LGBTQ+ equality, poverty

Rachel is the current JVC Magis intern from Loyola University Chicago, serving as a full-time staff person for two years. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, and is currently earning a Master’s degree in Social Justice.  Her favorite books include the Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice, and The Giver, and enjoys hiking, knitting, and eating Cincinnati style chili. You can reach Rachel by email at rachel@8thdaycenter.org.

 

img_9824Mary Ellen Madden
 Areas of Concentration:
     ~ Human rights in Latin America, SOAW, Women issues in church and society, Corporate Responsibility
     ~ Performer in The Conscience Monologues, nonviolence training, social analysis on U.S. relations with Latin America, facilitates dialogue on women’s issues

Mary Ellen is the staff representative for the Sisters of Charity, BVM. She received a B.A. in Sociology from John Carroll University. Mary Ellen is an excellent cook, and also enjoys singing, discovering new restaurants, and rooting for her hometown Cleveland sports teams. You can reach Mary Ellen by email at maryellen@8thdaycenter.org.

 

img_0093Joellen McCarthy, BVM
 Area of Concentration:
     ~ Financial Accounts, data base, Secretary to Assembly and Coordinating Council, peace vigil and women’s group.
     ~ Theology, Leadership and Religious life

Joellen is a member of the Sisters of Charity, BVM and is the Business Office Coordinator for 8th Day Center. She has Masters degrees in chemistry, religious studies, and theology, and has been involved in preparing persons for cross-cultural ministries. Joellen’s favorite book is Truly Our Sister by Elizabeth Johnson, and enjoys cooking, walking, reading poetry, and gardening. You can reach Joellen by email at joellen@8thdaycenter.org.

 

img_0097Jill Landrith
 Areas of Concentration:
     ~ Social media, 8th Day Publication design and layout, Web design, E-newsletter (communicating the          events, and social justice issues of 8th day)
     ~ Photography, design

Jill serves as Communications Coordinator for 8th Day Center. She studied film, photography, and design at Columbia College Chicago, and has experience as an organizer for labor unions. Jill loves to read, especially Harry Potter and anything by Kurt Vonnegut, and is always interested in a good DIY project. She is also a big fan of her cats, Charlie and Simon. You can reach Jill by email at jill@8thdaycenter.org.

 

img_0091Dorothy Pagosa SSJ-TOSF
 Areas of Concentration:
     ~ Poverty, Climate Change, Immigration, Human Rights, Women in Church and Society
     ~ Finance, writing, workshop facilitation

Dorothy represents the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis as Director for Social Justice. She holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance, and has completed advanced studies in Religious Education. Among Dorothy’s favorite pastimes are reading (Les Miserables by Victor his her favorite book), attending the theater, and solving jigsaw and crossword puzzles. You can reach Dorothy by email at dorothy@8thdaycenter.org.

 

Judith Plumb, OSF
     Areas of Concentration:
         ~ Assembly Membership Coordination
         ~ Finance, Congregational Leadership

Judith represents the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and is the volunteer Membership Coordinator for 8th Day Center. She holds a B.A. from University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL and a Master of Education from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to 8th Day, Judith served for many years as an elementary school teacher and administrator. She is an avid reader with too many favorite books to name, and also spends her time cross-stitching, gardening, and enjoying nature. You can reach Judith by email at judith@8thdaycenter.org.