September 4, 2018
Neepam Shah, a New Jersey native, currently attends Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (slated to graduate in 2020) and holds a BA in English Literature from The College of New Jersey. Committed to a radical style of empathy, Neepam is interested in the social determinants of health. Though he does not identify with any specific religion, Neepam was raised Hindu. From age five through 18, he attended the Vivekananda Vidyapith — a school of Vedantic thought that emphasizes the universality of all religions, the compatibility of science and religion and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and Swami Vivekananda.
During his time with Plymouth and the UCC, Neepam hopes to explore his own faith, the relationship between different spiritualities and work with Plymouth’s various community engagements to better the Plymouth and broader Seattle communities.
Allison Trezona recently completed a year of service with Lea Road United Reformed Church in Wolverhampton, England. Growing up in the Chicago area, she developed her faith at First Congregational UCC Naperville. Allison earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Statistics at St. Olaf College and spent summers working as a backpacking guide at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
“Sky Ranch ignited my passion for inspiring youth, so I am grateful for the opportunity I had to journey with youth through the Young Adults in Global Mission, Time for God and Global Ministries programs,” she says. These programs supported Allison during her year with Lea Road URC where she worked with a variety of youth in secular and religious contexts. Allison enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, performing and listening to music, exploring and pulling pranks on her friends.
“I have spent a lot of time with ecumenical organizations, and I am excited to serve with the UCC and reconnect with the denomination closest to my heart. I am also excited to learn more about upstream methods of change with Church Council of Greater Seattle.”
Allison will work with Plymouth’s MYF program and Neepam with youth and pastoral care.
“I’m so excited about them. Neepam and Allison are both extremely gifted and we’re lucky to have them here at Plymouth this year,” adds Jennifer Castle.