Vanessa was born and raised in New Jersey, receiving her degree in theology from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Her first introduction to Minnesota was serving with NET Ministries for two years, followed by five years on staff with Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas. With Campus Ministry she held several positions including Retreats and Communications Coordinator, Associate Director of Evangelization and Outreach, and Acting Director of Campus Ministry.
As the National Director of Events, Vanessa coordinates details and logistics for fundraising events including banquets, partners in mission events, and various other functions, as well as overseeing the Marketing and Communications team.
Vanessa loves playing board games and card games, reading historical fiction novels, and investing in friendships.