Kelsey Rice Bogdan
Kelsey Rice Bogdan, a Life Together Fellow from 2009-2010, returns to the community as the Director of Operations and External Partnerships after more than four years as the Director of Stewardship at Trinity Church in the City of Boston. Kelsey is passionate about the ways in which God is calling the Church to be a prophetic voice of transformation in the 21st century, and has sought to build up that movement through a variety of young adult ministry and leadership development roles. In addition to her Life Together and stewardship work, she has served as a coaching coordinator for the Leadership Development Initiative and was one of the founding board members of the Boston Food Justice Young Adult Volunteer program in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Kelsey’s commitment to young adult ministry began as an intern with the National Network of Presbyterian College Women in Louisville, KY.
A native of central Washington State, Kelsey graduated from Whitworth University in 2003 and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2009. Kelsey is a member and Ruling Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Brookline. She lives in Melrose with her husband and son, where she is attempting to grow a patio garden and teaching her son to play T-ball.
Associate Director of Operations and Training
Lindsey Hepler is thrilled to be joining Life Together as the Associate Director of Operations and Training. Lindsey brings a deep commitment to providing young adults with experiences that awaken them to spiritual practices and prepare them as future leaders with a passion for social justice. She is particularly interested in the role of the arts and creativity in spiritual formation and discernment. Her work with Life Together provides an opportunity to live into her vocational calling as a minister, educator, and administrator, in service of supporting young adults as they live into the transformational love of God.
Lindsey recently completed a Fellows year with Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA. She worked at the University of Virginia (UVA) in arts-related administrative and teaching positions for the past five years. Lindsey graduated from UVA in 2009, and earned an MA from NYU’s Gallatin School for Individualized Studies in 2011.
DIRECTOR OF HIRING & DEVELOPMENT
Rebecca Behizadeh is Director of Hiring and Development Life Together. In this role, Rebecca is responsible for the recruitment and hiring of fellows, as well as managing Life Together's annual fundraising event, Love Matters. Rebecca is delighted to serve in this position, which combines her curiosity about the intersection of faith and money with her love of accompanying those discerning their vocational call.
Rebecca has worked in the non-profit world for the past ten years, in both program support and development, including a year of service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. She is a graduate of Davidson College, where she was selected as a Lilly Scholar through the Lilly Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation, which led to her Masters of Divinity from Harvard in 2011.
LIFE TOGETHER, SOUTH COAST COORDINATOR
Larissa Alter is the Life Together Coordinator for the Life Together--South Coast affiliate program located in the Fall River/New Bedford area of Massachusetts. During the 2012-2013 program year, Larissa served as a fellow in the pilot Life Together program on the South Coast. Working with both Church of the Holy Spirit and St. Luke's Episcopal Church (both located in Fall River), Larissa realized the significant impact that the Life Together program can have not only on a parish, but on the community at large. Her desire to further develop this pilot program and her heart for the people of Masschusetts' South Coast ultimately resulted in her being hired on as the Life Together Coordinator.
Larissa graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she studied organizational communication and biblical studies. Following her time at PBA, Larissa worked with the students at Florida Southern College as a Community Living Coordinator. It was there that she developed a passion for young adults and building them up as leaders in their community. Life Together drew her away from Florida to the Northeast because it combines her two great joys: young adult leaders and faith.
Kendyll Hillegas works with Life Together to create print materials, infographics and other branded media. She also manages the website and oversees Life Together's social media presence.
Kendyll is a graduate of Gordon College, where she earned a BFA in painting & fine arts. She served as a Life Together Fellow from 2009-2010.