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Margarita Solis-Deal

Director of Dominican Center at Marywood

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Margarita Solis-Deal

Director of Dominican Center at Marywood

Margarita Solis-Deal has served as director of Dominican Center at Marywood since May 2015.  She is daily inspired by the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and is blessed by the the village that contributes to advancing the mission of Dominican Center.  She remains spiritually hopeful and is grounded in her belief in a loving God that surpasses all understanding.

Education
Master of Science in Social Administration
Case Western Reserve University: Cleveland, Ohio Major: Social Work
Bachelor of Arts
The University of Akron: Akron, Ohio: Major: Social Work
Associate of Arts
Lorain County Community College: Elyria, Ohio

Career Positions
Dominican Center at Marywood, Director: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Growing Hope, Program Director: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Faith in Practice, InCountry Director:  Antigua Guatemala
Catholic Charities Refugee and Resettlement Office Administrator: West Palm Beach, Florida
Archdiocese of Indianapolis: Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry: Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana University/Bradford Woods, General Manager and Associate Instructor, Martinsville, Indiana

Ministries
Reflection writer for Saint Monica Daily Reflections

Spiritual Inspirations
Dorothy Day and Oscar Romero

Transformative Experience
Journeying and caring for her mother while Alzheimer's slowly overshadowed her mind and memories; yet, could never take her spirit.

Life Giving Practices
Early morning prayers with a good cup of coffee, photographing beauty, walks that feel like workouts, and leaning on Daryl Deal's  shoulder.

Gift Celebrates Daily
Being born a child of God and her Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage.

Currently Reading
The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela edited by Sahm Venter

Diane Zerfas, OP

Coordinator of the Center for Spirituality

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Diane Zerfas, OP

Coordinator of the Center for Spirituality

Carmelita Switzer, OP

Associate Coordinator of the Center for Spirituality

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Carmelita Switzer, OP

Associate Coordinator of the Center for Spirituality

Sister Francetta McCann

Art Gallery Curator

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Sister Francetta McCann

Art Gallery Curator

Sister Kathleen Przybylski

Bookstore Manager

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Sister Kathleen Przybylski

Bookstore Manager

Chef Kim Gauthier

Kitchen Manager

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Chef Kim Gauthier

Kitchen Manager

Emily Durkee

Accounting Clerk

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Emily Durkee

Accounting Clerk

Education

I am working toward my bachelor’s in business administration at Aquinas College.

Work experience

I’ve been fortunate enough to work at Dominican Center for 11 years now.

Who inspires you spiritually?

My mother.

What is your most significant spiritual experience?

Finding quiet, still moments to process life and escape into silence.

How are you dedicated to the mission of Dominican Center at Marywood?

I try to live out the values of the Sisters both in my professional and personal life: dignity, service, stewardship, collaboration, hospitality, inclusion, and learning.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

It changes often, but right now it is “we rise by lifting others.”

Erin Smith

Event Coordinator

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Erin Smith

Event Coordinator

Education

Bachelor’s in English literature from Calvin University.

Work experience

Before coming to Dominican Center, I worked in marketing for a book publishing company and taught English in Budapest, Hungary.

Who inspires you spiritually?

My mentors, the priests at my church, my friends, and spiritual authors.

What is your most significant spiritual experience?

Going for walks and prayer are very transformative spiritual experiences for me.

How are you dedicated to the mission of Dominican Center at Marywood?

Creating opportunities for reflection and self-discovery, as well as living out the justice-oriented vision of the Dominican Sisters, motivates me to live out the mission.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

I have many favorites! One of them is: “Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” ― Teresa of Avila

Kit Fessenden

Front Desk Supervisor

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Kit Fessenden

Front Desk Supervisor

Yolanda Ramirez-Salto

Program Specialist

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Yolanda Ramirez-Salto

Program Specialist

Ren Miller

Front Desk Receptionist

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Ren Miller

Front Desk Receptionist

Samantha Jewett

Front Desk Receptionist

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Samantha Jewett

Front Desk Receptionist