My name is Dawn Morello and I am a seminary student at Luther Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was born in Astoria, Queens, attending Queens Lutheran School, St. Vincent Ferrer High School and Fordham University. I graduated with a B.S. in accounting and pursued a career as a CPA. I currently live in Somers, NY with my husband Mark, three children, Nicole, Jennifer and Luke and our dog Mia. When not working or studying, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, knitting, scrapbooking and occasionally binge watching shows on Netflix or Amazon. My happy place is at the beach listening to the waves. I am close to being a cradle Lutheran - having been part of the ELCA since I was in first grade. Several years ago when my daughter Nicole was preparing to affirm her faith, I became a parent volunteer working with the students and youth group. It was during that time that I first experienced the joy of sharing my faith in Christ with others through the forging of relationships and community with the students and their families. During this time I began to reflect on my faith journey and other times that I had perhaps felt a whisper from God amidst all of the noise of the world and my life. In the fall of 2013 I began taking Diakonia classes at Emanuel Lutheran in Pleasantville. It was something that had been on my "to do" list for a long time but family commitments had prevented me from attending. As I engaged with the teachers and fellow students, I felt that I was finally walking on the path that God had been calling me to for a long time. I began to have conversations with my Pastor and with the Pastors who were instructors regarding the feelings I was having. By the end of the first year of Diakonia, I reached the point in my discernment where I decided that seminary and ordained ministry was the place God was calling me to use my gifts and talents to proclaim the gospel. And the rest as they say, is history. I have completed two thirds of my studies via online classes and through bi-annual intensives when I spend typically two weeks out at Luther living and studying with my fellow classmates. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as intern at Resurrection and look forward to exploring who I am as a Christian Public leader with Pastor Schwalbe and with all of you!