IONA

Jeanne McDermott, MS

Associate Director

Resident Minister, Montgomery House

Jeanne has worked in the Office of Mission and Ministry since July 2001. She is presently the Associate Director, overseeing various functions of the department and working closely with the student ministry team. She supervises faith sharing groups such as Lifetalk, Women of Wisdom, and Committed to Change and coordinates the musical offerings of the Arrigoni Choir, Gospel Choir, and the Jam Band. She is also involved in special events such as bringing activists against Human Trafficking, Christian bands and social justice musicians to campus in support of programs such as Week of the Peacemaker, Make a Difference Week, United Nations Day, and Hospitality Suppers. As Resident Minister, she lives with and supervises six of the department's 12 Student Ministers. This small Christian community lives simply sharing meals together, praying together, and offering hospitality and spirituality to students and other groups within the Iona Community.

Jeanne has been involved in ministry for many years, and has been active in several faith expressions: worship leader at an Assemblies of God church; retreat music leader and adult leader at high school Antioch Catholic retreats; music leader for middle school Confirmation retreats and women's retreats; member of a Catholic Folk Mass worship team; Sunday School Bible class teacher to middle school students; Catholic Junior High religious education teacher; adult Bible class teacher; music leader for the Catholic Triduum Holy Week at Mariandale Retreat Center, Ossining, New York; guitarist and backing vocalist in a worship band playing coffee houses, benefit concerts, homeless shelters, and itinerant worship in various churches; coordinator for monthly Christian Coffee house. Jeanne has moderated several domestic and 2 international mission trips to Zambia through Iona in Mission, as well as been a short-term missionary on 5 international mission trips to Bulgaria/Turkey/Greece and Nicaragua with Global Celebration Ministries.

At Iona, in extracurricular activities, Jeanne has taught an introductory level Psychology class as an adjunct instructor, and sits on a number of committees including Women's History Month, Women's Studies, Residential Life Committee, Week of the Peacemaker, Loftus Dinner Committee, and Gael Awards Committee.

Jeanne has presented at Iona's Leadership Conference as well as a local church workshop on "Women of Destiny."

Education:
Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling, honors, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, cum laude, SUNY Plattsburgh, NY

Positions Held:
Minister of Music, Worship Leader, Calvary Assembly of God Church, Pleasantville, NY
Social Worker, St. Mary's-in-the-Field, Valhalla, NY

Office Phone: (914) 637-2772
Montgomery House Phone: (914) 633-2605