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Jean Quinn, DW
Executive Director

Jean is a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom, who are spread out throughout the world. She has been actively involved in the International Justice Mission of the Congregation for many years. She served at Administration level in her congregation, first as Provincial Councillor and then as Provincial of England, Ireland and Scotland for ten years. She also served on the Executive of the Conference of Religious of Ireland for eight years, acting as Vice President in her final year.

In addition to her substantial experience in leadership, Jean brings to UNANIMA her passion for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. She has worked with the homeless in Dublin, Ireland for many years and is the Founder of Sophia Housing in Ireland. Her vision and leadership brought strength and growth to Sophia, which is now celebrating its 20th year as an organisation.

As Director of UNANIMA International, Jean looks forward to establishing new partnerships with communities, NGOs, Civil Society and Member States at the UN. She is committed to bringing the voices of her UI Sisters and those of the poor and oppressed to the important activities and processes of the UN.

 

Teresa Blumenstein
Executive Assistant

Teresa is a New Jersey native and a 2013 alumna of the University of Notre Dame. While completing a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering, she engaged in youth mentorship at a Catholic Worker in Hartford, Connecticut, environmental activism in the Appalachian Mountains, and development research focused on drinking water in Nnindye, Uganda. Then she embarked on three years of full-time volunteer service with the Loretto Volunteer Program and Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Her first two volunteer years consisted of nutrition education and preventive medicine promotion at a community health center in St. Louis, Missouri, coordination of communications and membership for a coalition of over 100 women’s foundations based in San Francisco, California, and brief service trips to Honduras and the US-Mexico border. Teresa joins us following a year of human rights advocacy as an assistant UN representative for the Sisters and Co-members of Loretto. As a member of the UNANIMA team, Teresa looks forward to applying her array of experiences and passion for the justice work of women religious to service on the Executive Committee of the NGO Committee on Migration and on the leadership team of the RUN grant project

 

 

 

 

 

 

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