Staff Members

Allyson Petry – Executive Director since April 2018

Allyson has a long history with Nazareth Farm, and she’s happy to now share it with her husband David and baby Linden. She doesn’t spend all of her time in the office; you’ll also catch her making group week lunches, putting up siding, or on the volleyball court. Linden has lots of responsibilities including being the “cutest baby ever,” sweeping the floor with his belly, shrieking when something is exciting, and directing the kitchen from his high chair. He’ll be running a crew in no time! David works off the Farm, but he’ll be around in the evenings, maybe even with their black lab, Argos.

Julia Barcello – Staff Member since May 2019

Originally from southern Arizona, Julia Barcello joined staff after completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Colgate University in central New York. Julia’s loves of listening to nature, running, biking, our farm dog Ava, and playing guitar on the porch keep her outside in her free time. Since joining staff, Julia has formed lasting bonds with community friends, developed a love of roofing, and shared her knowledge of home repair and the area with volunteers and new staff members alike. Be sure to ask her about what she’s reading right now, her wide-ranged music taste, from Irish folk to punk to reggae, or her passions of food justice and geology.

Killeen McCans – Staff Member Since June 2021

Killeen McCans

Killeen grew up just outside of Philadelphia (Go Birds!) in Delaware County. She joined us as a staff member in June 2021 after completing her Bachelors of Science in Science Preprofessional Studies with minors in Peace Studies and Catholic Social Tradition at the University of Notre Dame (G’Irish!). If you want to talk Dorothy Day, world peace, justice, pickles, puppies, or just about anything else she is happy to oblige. Sojo Dan and Staff member Adam described her saying the following, “Killeen packs a whole lot of big ideas into a tiny package. Her desire for justice rivals that of Martin Luther King Jr. Her height rivals his children’s. When she’s not coordinating protests for human rights or feeding the animals she can be found asking her taller community members to reach things for her. But it is her that allows Nazareth Farm to reach new heights.”

 

Karli Siefker – Staff Member since January 2022

Karli in a truck bed

Karli grew up in Dublin, Ohio, and then lived in South Bend, Indiana, while attending the University of Notre Dame. There she studied theology, education, sustainability, and Catholic Social Teaching. She also kept busy teaching religion and sustainability classes, leading the student gardens, and trying to climb every tree on campus. After graduating in 2021, she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia before coming home to the Farm. She is most often found hiking with the dogs, taking care of the chickens, or attempting to grow flowers in any available space. She loves welcoming folks home and sharing life on the Farm!

Madeline Ward – Staff Member since July 2022

Madeline Ward joins the staff community at the Farm after her graduation from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) in 2022 with a degree in Political Science and Applied Math, with minors in Catholic Social Tradition and Peace Studies, and assumes the title of Shortest Staff Member from Killeen. Hailing from the sunshine state, Madeline never misses an opportunity to talk about her hometown of Jacksonville or claim to be resistant to the West Virginia sun. Her love for Appalachia was born of her love of the South, which led to senior capstone projects on representation and Catholicism in the region. In her free time, you can find Madeline reading, crocheting, hiking, running, or watching reality TV.