Vy holds a Master of Divinity from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and earned his B.A. in religious studies with a minor in environmental sciences from Texas Christian University. He joins Week of Compassion after serving more than 5 years with Church World Service for the Southwest Regional Office where he worked with congregations and donors to increase their fundraising portfolio. Prior to his work with Church World Service, Vy worked with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps office in Berkeley, CA where he strengthened relationships between volunteers, congregations, and non-profit agencies.
Vy and his wife, Linh Bui, live in Oakland, CA.
Caroline's passion is connecting people with the creative, re-creative power of the living God through stories and faithful action, and she believes a life of faith is about becoming part of God’s ongoing work in the world. Inspired by the poet Ranier Maria Rilke’s image of wholeness cascading into many shapes, Caroline celebrates the varied shapes held in our selves, our communities, and God. She holds a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and a BA from Texas Christian University, where she studied English, religion, and political science. Before joining the staff of Week of Compassion, she served as Transitional Associate Minister at Newtown Congregational Church (UCC) in Newtown, CT, where her emphases were in faith formation and outreach.
Caroline is glad to be back in Texas, where she lives with her husband, Jeremy, and their dog, Marlie.
A native of Hutchinson, Kansas, Joe comes with years of experience in ecumenical and interfaith leadership as well as pastoral ministry. Joe has served as the minister of West Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Topeka, Kansas; the Executive Director of Kansas Ecumenical Ministries; and Managing Regional Director for Church World Service. Indeed, Joe has long been interested in social justice and the unity of the Church. He has a passion for bringing people together to face the great divisions of our time: poverty, hunger, racism, and threats to educational and food systems. Joe brings to his new role gifts in speaking and preaching and interest in engaging groups in dialogue about the ecumenical mission of the Church.
Joe is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the Claremont School of Theology. He is married to Bobbie Lynn Graff-Hendrixson, and has a son, Caleb. Outside of work, he enjoys astronomy and classical music.
Following his retirement from full-time pastoral ministry in November 2017, Rev. Dr. Chuck Blaisdell joined the staff of Week of Compassion on a part-time basis in January 2018. Chuck previously served as the Sr. Pastor of First Christian Church, Colorado Springs, as well as serving pastorates at Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations in Hawaii, Indiana, and Texas. Chuck has also served as Regional Minister for the Northern California-Nevada Region, and Associate Regional Minister in the Indiana Region. His duties for Week of Compassion include increasing congregational engagement through communications, logistical support for staff, assisting in responses to congregations experiencing disasters, authoring the 2019 Ecumenical One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering materials, and overseeing a website update project.