Contributors

Carrie Soukup

Writer

Carrie earned an M.A. in Theology from Loyola University in Chicago, where she also served as a campus minister. She taught Theology in a Catholic high school for several years. She was a NET minister and traveled the country leading high-energy retreats for high school students. Carrie and her husband live in the suburbs of Chicago with their four children, where she is active in her children's school and teaches religious education in her local parish. Her sister is a professed religious in the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.

Gwen Adams

Writer

Gwen Adams earned an M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, MN and is currently finishing the Research PhD program in Catholic Studies through the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. Over the last thirteen years, she has taught theology, humanities, and history on the undergraduate level and for grades 5-12 in both school and Religious Education settings. She served as a youth minister on the parish level for our years. She now works in the Marriage Tribunal for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. Gwen is the oldest of twelve children and a native of Indiana. She likes organizing parish festivals and putting on plays.

Kim Samaha

Editor

Kim Samaha is a native of Augusta, GA, and graduated from Augusta State University.  Kim has been teaching for 15 years in Augusta's public and private schools and has served as a youth minister in the Alleluia Community since 1995. She has also been blessed with the unique opportunity to teach at the Children's Hospital of Georgia as School Services Coordinator for inpatient children in grades K-12. She currently teaches English in both the middle and high schools at the Alleluia Community School where she and her husband, also a teacher, live with their 5 year old son.

Amy Germann

Editor

Amy Germann is the 5th Grade teacher at the Alleluia Community School in Augusta, Georgia. Amy graduated from Christendom College with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Since her graduation, Amy has been actively involved in youth ministry and vocation awareness. In 2010 she worked with the Diocese of Savannah to reinstate vocations summer camps, and has co-directed these camps for the last four summers. Amy has served in parish youth ministry programs, including Life Teen and Edge. During the school year, she leads a discipleship group for high school girls. She devotes part of every summer to volunteering as a counselor and musician for Christian camps. Amy resides in Augusta, Georgia, where she spends her free time outdoors enjoying life and family. She attends St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Joshua Facemyer

Web Developer, Editor

Joshua Facemyer is the talented web developer who created the framework for VocationLessons.com.  Joshua has completed high-level web projects for dozens of dioceses and religious orders. After attending Purdue University for a short while, he discerned a religious and priestly vocation for several years with the Fathers of Mercy, a small preaching order in Kentucky. During that time he earned a degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum. Today, Joshua and his wife, Beth, and their five children and are active members of Our Divine Savior in Tifton, GA.

Sam Alzheimer

Publisher

Sam is the president of Vianney Vocations, the organization that conceived and created Vocation Lessons. He oversaw all writing, editing, and graphic design of Vocation Lessons. He lives in Valdosta, GA with his wife and four children and enjoys fishing, reading, and gardening.