• Volunteer


Rich Carlson

For 45 years I’ve worked in advertising, marketing in public relations.  During my professional career, I’ve worked for a national health institute in Washington, DC, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in Boston and several land developers in Texas and Massachusetts.  In 1989, I founded Carlson Communications, a full-service marketing agency specializing in the real estate, senior housing and professional services industries. Rich earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Boston University and his Masters in Communications degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

I learned about AFTDJ from long-time friends who were already involved with AFTDJ.  The enthusiastic manner in which they described their volunteer roles and the need to help others inspired me to join them. It’s been a perfect opportunity for me to combine my marketing experience with my belief that one’s faith is far more enriching when put into action to help others.

As a career marketing professional, I assist with the planning and development whatever marketing materials might be needed for AFTDJ programs.  From signs, displays and specialty items to printed materials, photos and videos, I help to facilitate meeting their marketing needs.

When not enjoying the beautiful seasons in his native New England, Rich and his wife, Hilary, enjoy traveling with or without their three sons and three grandchildren.  During the last 15 years their trips have taken them to South Africa, Botswana Zimbabwe, Peru, Switzerland, France, England, Sweden, Denmark, Costa Rica, England, Hungary, Italy and Canada.

Peter W. Gyves, SJ MD

Peter is a Jesuit priest and pediatrician who began A Faith That Does Justice in San Diego, CA. He began AFTDJ to make available the experience of faith lived in action he explored among the people of El Salvador during that country's civil war of the 1980's and early 1990's. He seeks to raise consciousness about social issues that affect the most vulnerable among us, while offering others an opportunity to walk in solidarity with those less fortunate than themselves. It was received with great interest and grew rapidly.

After two years, the Jesuit Provincial of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus invited him to establish the program in Boston. His vision is for A Faith That Does Justice to be a faith-based voice for social justice in Boston and beyond.

Peter is Founder, Director and President of AFTDJ. In that role he inspires and leads its various programs, especially workshops that explore faith lived in action, and community meetings that discuss issues of social justice that affect the vulnerable of Boston.

As for other interests, Peter enjoys running along the Charles River, listening to classical music and reading.

Christine Quistberg

Christine is a former CPA and has been involved in numerous volunteer organizations while raising her three children.  She was inspired to become engaged with A Faith That Does Justice when she attended a talk by Fr. Gyves at St. Cecilia's parish and learned that the organization was looking for volunteer help.

Christine's sends emails to promote AFTDJ, responds to email inquiries, answers phone calls and maintains the integrity of our database of members. Christine also performs the accounting and bill paying functions for AFTDJ.

Carolyn Hollis

Carolyn and her husband sell medical products to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in New England.  She previously was President of a Nonprofit in Reading Ma, called The Mission of Deeds which provides furniture and household goods to people in need.  She began volunteering with A Faith That Does Justice after going to a meeting at St. Cecilia's Church where she heard Fr. Gyves speak.

Her volunteer activities include helping out with data entry and community outreach. She recently (summer 2018) became a grandmother for the second time!

Bill Sheehan

Bill is a retired executive who devotes substantial voluntary effort to nonprofit organizations whose mission is to serve disadvantaged people.  Much of Bill’s career was in the hospitality industry where he held Chief Executive Officer positions with Sonesta Hotels and Omni Hotels and Chief Financial Officer positions with Omni Hotels and Ian Schrager Hotels. Early in his career, Bill was a partner with Arthur Andersen & Co., an international firm of independent public accountants.

Bill is a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. In that role he has volunteered with New England Center for Arts & Technology, a nonprofit culinary training program serving unemployed adults. Bill worked two days per week with students, as a group and one on one, providing them with soft skills training, resume development, job search skills and direct connection to culinary jobs offering living wages and opportunities for career growth.

Inspired by Fr. Peter's homilies and workshops, Bill now volunteers with A Faith That Does Justice. His focus is programming, assisting with organizational development and strategies for growth and service offerings.  He provides leadership and mentoring to other core volunteers of A Faith That Does Justice.

As a pastime, Bill loves sailing. So much so, that he and his wife, Ann, shared their 3-week honeymoon sailing the coasts of Nova Scotia, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Adam Studdard

A native of Portland, Oregon, Adam’s career brought him to the Boston area in 2012 while working with Conservation Service Group, an energy efficiency-focused nonprofit organization (now CLEAResult Consulting). Adam has over 10 years of experience in software development and system implementation in the energy efficiency industry. He is Managing Partner of SailOne Solutions, a Brookline-based consulting firm helping local businesses improve their technology.

As a member of Saint Cecilia Parish in Boston, Adam heard Father Gyves celebrate Mass in 2017 and his message of living faith through action inspired him to find a way to get involved. When the opportunity arose to use his skills to help amplify the message of A Faith That Does Justice, Adam was excited to jump in.

Adam and his wife Caitlin enjoy bicycle touring and learning about how to be good parents to their first baby Gabriel, who arrived in May 2018.

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