Meet the Staff
Before coming "up North" to open the SSSR office, "Dean Vereene" split her career between political activism, social service, higher education and spiritual community-building. She taught in colleges and seminaries, worked on Capital Hill for the Quaker lobby, trained police officers in domestic violence intervention and cooked (over a wood stove) for the crew of the environmental flagship Clearwater for 13 1/2 years. Dean V thrives on creating coalitions of partners who would, frankly, prefer to inhabit separate planets. As she often tells anyone who will listen, "You almost never learn anything by talking to people who agree with you. Go take a conservative (or liberal) to lunch!" If you can't find her in the Chapel Basement, look for her outside–being walked by her dog, Obie.
Patti Rezendes came to SSSR in 2008. “I feel very fortunate to be in a position that I love and am proud of the essential work we do with students and the Wheaton and Norton community." According to Dean V, Patti is "our resident community engagement savant and can make Emerson Dining Hall look like the Ritz with only $20 and a trip to the Dollar Store." Her vast array of career and volunteer experience includes fund-raising and event planning for A Wish Come True, Junior Achievement, and Special Olympics, as well as working with developmentally challenged children and adults at the ARC of Northern Bristol County and providing vocational counseling at the May Institute. Patti always has a full plate, as well as a full house. She has four fantastic children, 2 cats, and a sweet Yorkie named Sophie. Patti enjoys movies, pop culture trivia, and music, loves football and admits to having an awards show obsession.
Patti Sheinman is the Associate Director of Hillel Council of New England, and consults and works directly with students and staff from campuses across New England. She has worked within the Jewish Community for thirty years. In addition, she has developed campus-wide multi-faith service opportunities visiting and working with other constituent organizations throughout New England and abroad. In 2010, the President of Wellesley College recognized her with a Work and Service award for volunteerism. Patti is working directly with the International Hillel Center and Repair the World Foundation in mentoring Jewish professionals who are interested in developing alternative service trips. As a licensed certified social worker Patti brings her experience working with agencies that provide assistance
to underserved populations.
Obie Wan Kenobi
Spiritual Guide Dog, Ex Officio
Major: Discarded Food
One word that describes you. I'm torn between wise and humble.
What does the Chapel Basement (SSSR) mean to you? A place where my fan club hangs out.
Where would you like to be in 5 years? Starring in my own T.V. show about a college professor who is a real dog (The Shaggy PhD) and whose office mate is an spunky orange cat.
What project or program are you most proud of? Our spiritual guide dog program (by appointment only).