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Gail Riina | Pastor

Pastor Gail Riina has been at Syracuse University for 13 years. She worked at George Washington University, Cornell University and SUNY at Buffalo. Her expertise is in inspirational guidance and pastoral counseling. She believes that the Lutheran expression of Christianity presents the good news of the gospel in ways that are particularly valuable in today’s society. She has a strong theological underpinning that serves well for faith formation in times of need. Faith for Lutherans is a trust walk with God. It helps to make the tradition accessible to everyone and satisfy seekers looking for authenticity, but it also demands more from our members. Service learning is a priority for the ministry because we express our faith in Word and Deed. All church members vote on theological and practical issues. Church leadership is open to all people regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.

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Sammi Chi | Secretary

Sammi Chi is a sophomore at Syracuse University with a major in Communication and Rhetorical Studies. Due to a project she had in her anthropology class, she joined Campus Connect. Initially. She was moved by Pastor Gail and others’ selflessness so she decided to help. Sammi likes to go on adventures on the weekends. She’s been to several cool restaurants, coffee shops, and thrift shops and she is willing to share these places with everyone! In Spring 2020, She’s going to be in charge of Success Saturdays. She is shy but she looks forward to working with everyone in Campus Connect.

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Daniel Jiang | Webmaster

Daniel Zezeheng Jiang is a computer science Master’s student at Syracuse University. He has web development experience with a few non-profit organizations. He developed the current website for LCMSyracuse. He participates in activities with Pastor Gail, and he appreciates the love that LCM brings to the Syracuse University community. Daniel is passionate about social dance, Freeline skate, and pets.

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Sara Haynes | Treasurer

Sara (she/her) is in her third year of earning a B.S. in Information Management & Technology. Sara joined the Campus Connect team back in September of 2018. She originally managed the website & social media alongside designing events advertisement. Her favorite project was creating a series of advertisements for a showing of producer Abigail Disney’s award-winning documentary – “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” “The name Campus Connect is fitting to the connections made within this organization. I’ve grown to learn the lives of so many amazing people across campus outside of my school. This organization aims to build an all-inclusive community in and outside of SU, and that’s exactly what it does.”

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Chris Ruan | Secretary & Success Saturday Program Leader

Chris Ruan majors in economics and mathematcis. “Success Saturdays is an excellent program of helping local community. I joined this program since I’m passionate about teaching. Looking forward to meeting new members!”