Meet the 2016-2017 Emmaus Team!

We are so excited to introduce our next group of Emmaus (second-year) fellows! In their Emmaus year, fellows dive into a year of leadership development. They take on servant leadership roles during Friday trainings and other staff support responsibilities, all while continuing to serve at a church or non-profit site. Next year, we're even fortunate to have one of our Emmaus fellows work full-time for Life Together as her site placement. The team will be forming an intentional community at St. Luke's and St. Margaret's in Allston. Let's meet our new team!

Hello! My name is Libby Gatti and I am from Peabody, MA on the north shore of Boston. I went to college at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York.  While in college, I was fortunate to study with the Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador, where I felt deeply met by liberation theology and was introduced to the transformative beauty of intentional community. After graduating college with a degree in theology, I moved to North Carolina to work as a paralegal with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. I did outreach to migrant farmworkers and worked with a team of lawyers to provide immigration relief for undocumented survivors of sexual and domestic violence. From there I moved back to Boston to work at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless (and strong, smart, resilient!) women. I currently work as a Life Together Fellow with the MANNA Community, a vibrant ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. The men and women of MANNA teach me what it means to follow Christ each and every day, and I am thrilled to be here for a second year of learning and loving and growing together!


Hello! My name is Libby Gatti and I am from Peabody, MA on the north shore of Boston. I went to college at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York.  While in college, I was fortunate to study with the Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador, where I felt deeply met by liberation theology and was introduced to the transformative beauty of intentional community. After graduating college with a degree in theology, I moved to North Carolina to work as a paralegal with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. I did outreach to migrant farmworkers and worked with a team of lawyers to provide immigration relief for undocumented survivors of sexual and domestic violence. From there I moved back to Boston to work at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless (and strong, smart, resilient!) women.
I currently work as a Life Together Fellow with the MANNA Community, a vibrant ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. The men and women of MANNA teach me what it means to follow Christ each and every day, and I am thrilled to be here for a second year of learning and loving and growing together!

Hello there! My name is Eliza Marth, and I hail from the mountains of North Carolina by way of the Chicago area. In 2012, I graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a BA in Sociology and a hunger for justice. After graduating, I had the great privilege of doing two years of direct service with the unemployed and homeless in Washington, DC, followed by a year of working on small-scale, diversified vegetable and livestock farms. During a second year of Life Together, I look forward to growing deeper in my experience of living in intentional community and I am thrilled to be with the beautiful folks at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline where I will continue my work with The Rev. Jeff Mello and The Rev. Megan Holding. In my free time, I love cooking rich foods, adult coloring, drinking bubble tea with friends, and writing in my journal.


Hello there! My name is Eliza Marth, and I hail from the mountains of North Carolina by way of the Chicago area. In 2012, I graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a BA in Sociology and a hunger for justice. After graduating, I had the great privilege of doing two years of direct service with the unemployed and homeless in Washington, DC, followed by a year of working on small-scale, diversified vegetable and livestock farms.
During a second year of Life Together, I look forward to growing deeper in my experience of living in intentional community and I am thrilled to be with the beautiful folks at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brookline where I will continue my work with The Rev. Jeff Mello and The Rev. Megan Holding. In my free time, I love cooking rich foods, adult coloring, drinking bubble tea with friends, and writing in my journal.

Hello, my name is Yuris Martinez and I am from Washington, DC.  I explored my passion for social justice at Macalester College where I worked to promote an inclusive community that affirmed the discourses and experiences of marginalized people. After graduating I worked in adult education supporting the academic and career goals of adult learners as a Community Engagement Assistant and Development and Communications Assistant. I joined Life Together because I wanted to connect my burgeoning faith with my desire to serve communities that exist in the margin of dominant society. This past year in Life Together I served as an Esperanza Teaching fellow. My experience teaching such astounding students has renewed my understanding of God’s love for us, the many ways we are called to express God’s love, and the very real need for a community that welcomes everyone to God’s table. I am looking forward to continuing my spiritual growth in intentional community and exploring a call to ordained ministry.  This year I will be serving as a full-time fellow with the Life Together staff. I am excited to be an Emmaus fellow and to dive deeper into the Life Together community.


Hello, my name is Yuris Martinez and I am from Washington, DC.  I explored my passion for social justice at Macalester College where I worked to promote an inclusive community that affirmed the discourses and experiences of marginalized people. After graduating I worked in adult education supporting the academic and career goals of adult learners as a Community Engagement Assistant and Development and Communications Assistant. I joined Life Together because I wanted to connect my burgeoning faith with my desire to serve communities that exist in the margin of dominant society. This past year in Life Together I served as an Esperanza Teaching fellow. My experience teaching such astounding students has renewed my understanding of God’s love for us, the many ways we are called to express God’s love, and the very real need for a community that welcomes everyone to God’s table. I am looking forward to continuing my spiritual growth in intentional community and exploring a call to ordained ministry.  This year I will be serving as a full-time fellow with the Life Together staff. I am excited to be an Emmaus fellow and to dive deeper into the Life Together community.

Hi! I’m Adiel Pollydore and I’m from Albany, NY. I moved to the Boston area in 2011 to start school and fell in love with Boston. After graduating from Tufts University in 2015, with a major in Chinese and minor in Sociology, I was thrilled to be able to join the Life Together community and begin working as a community organizer with Dorchester Bay Youth Force and the Youth Jobs Coalition. I am excited to begin a second a year with Life Together and count it a huge blessing to be able to live and worship in a community of folks whose love for the world calls them into living love out through justice. I hope to continue to return to a truer, deeper, more whole version of myself and coming home to an understanding of who I am as God’s beloved through both my work at my site placement and in Life Together. I enjoy exploring Boston’s many neighborhoods, story-telling, drinking bubble tea, and talking about queerness, blackness and faith!

Hi! I’m Adiel Pollydore and I’m from Albany, NY. I moved to the Boston area in 2011 to start school and fell in love with Boston. After graduating from Tufts University in 2015, with a major in Chinese and minor in Sociology, I was thrilled to be able to join the Life Together community and begin working as a community organizer with Dorchester Bay Youth Force and the Youth Jobs Coalition.

I am excited to begin a second a year with Life Together and count it a huge blessing to be able to live and worship in a community of folks whose love for the world calls them into living love out through justice. I hope to continue to return to a truer, deeper, more whole version of myself and coming home to an understanding of who I am as God’s beloved through both my work at my site placement and in Life Together.

I enjoy exploring Boston’s many neighborhoods, story-telling, drinking bubble tea, and talking about queerness, blackness and faith!

My name is Betsy Ericksen. I grew up following my family and the US Air Force back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean and up and down the East Coast. When I attended Wellesley College, I became passionate about student organizing and building a community that was inclusive of survivors of trauma, LGBTQ students and people of faith. In the year after I graduated I worked at a university in Johannesburg, a Starbucks in my hometown, and a LGBTQ youth organization on Capitol Hill. I returned to Boston and began Life Together last August hoping to root myself in community, old and new, while taking time to listen closer to my own desires and spiritual calling. In my site placement at City Mission I've been coordinating a service learning program, working with non-profits and churches to educate young people about homelessness and income inequality in Boston. In this coming year I hope to continue my vocational discernment and to tap into opportunities to take action for social change. I am grateful to the Life Together community for the hope that has grown in me this year, hope for all our collective futures, and for living lives of integrity. I love to explore Boston on foot, watch horror movies, make zines, drink bubble tea, and play video games, and hope to share these joys with the next group of Micah Fellows and the four other Emmaus Fellows I have grown to love this year.

My name is Betsy Ericksen. I grew up following my family and the US Air Force back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean and up and down the East Coast. When I attended Wellesley College, I became passionate about student organizing and building a community that was inclusive of survivors of trauma, LGBTQ students and people of faith. In the year after I graduated I worked at a university in Johannesburg, a Starbucks in my hometown, and a LGBTQ youth organization on Capitol Hill.

I returned to Boston and began Life Together last August hoping to root myself in community, old and new, while taking time to listen closer to my own desires and spiritual calling. In my site placement at City Mission I've been coordinating a service learning program, working with non-profits and churches to educate young people about homelessness and income inequality in Boston.

In this coming year I hope to continue my vocational discernment and to tap into opportunities to take action for social change. I am grateful to the Life Together community for the hope that has grown in me this year, hope for all our collective futures, and for living lives of integrity. I love to explore Boston on foot, watch horror movies, make zines, drink bubble tea, and play video games, and hope to share these joys with the next group of Micah Fellows and the four other Emmaus Fellows I have grown to love this year.