Laura Goble Named Director of Gannon University's Center for Social Concerns

Laura-GoblePosted: September 6, 2013

Erie, PA; Gannon University's Office of Mission and Ministry announced the appointment of Laura N. Goble as director of the Office's Center for Social Concerns. She succeeds Arlene Montevecchio, who will begin work on her Ph.D. in theology at Duquesne University this fall.

In this position Goble will oversee the University's co-curricular community service programming, education for Catholic Social Teaching, peace and justice, and civic engagement for social change - including a special emphasis on the Alternative Break Service Trip (international and domestic) program.

Goble comes to Gannon following a five-year tenure at the University of Portland (Ore.) as the director of the Moreau Center for Service and Leadership. She was named to that position following a year at the Moreau Center as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer. Prior to coming to the University of Portland, Goble served as a graduate resident advisor at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., where she received her Master of Arts degree in intercultural studies.

While at Portland, she gained significant experience in bringing Catholic Social Teaching into the learning experience of college students. She has worked to create various alternative break service trips and immersion opportunities--including two that focused on communities of indigenous people in Hawaii and Alaska-- and international internships for students. A native of Hamburg, N.Y., Goble also served as a teacher at The King's School in Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa, caring for orphans affected by HIV/AIDS and genocide.