A note from our Assistant Director, Allison Beyer:

I, Alison Beyer, am so excited to be part of DVUSA as Assistant Director. My passion for an integration of the Gospels into a life of service and continued spiritual formation brings me to this position with a grateful heart; I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to promote and share in the four pillars of prayer, study, community and ministry.

Originally from Brighton, MI I decided to attend a Catholic college to learn more about my Catholic identity in the face of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a Philosophy and Religious Studies major at Saint Mary’s College, I was captivated by questions of faith, pacifism, social justice, and the overall pursuit of a rich, meaningful life. Upon graduation I lived and worked on the Colville Indian Reservation in Omak, Washington with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. This experience directed all of my subsequent major life discernments. I was shaken by the experience of living and working with people in poverty. I was transformed by living in community with people whom I did not choose to live with but who over time I learned to love and treasure.

The experience of working with indigenous peoples within a Catholic context took me next to study Spanish at the Maryknoll Language Institute in Cochabamba, Bolivia. While there I learned of the Maryknoll Bolivian Mission Immersion Program. I returned to the U.S. and quickly recognized a great pull to return to Bolivia with Maryknoll again, this time in the role of a volunteer. My ministry and community life in Cochabamba was at once desperately challenging and endlessly enriching, ultimately leading me into a more critical, profound faith and lifelong friendships.

I am delighted to work for Dominican Volunteers USA, knowing that I will be able to accompany current volunteers in their own experiences of ministry and community life and to so further the mission of the ministry sites. I look very much forward to sharing in the Dominican Volunteers’ year of service—often the ride of your life!—and to ensuring the continued success and depth of this truly unique program.

Contact Allison at or by phone at 312-226-0919!