Originally from the small, rural ski town of Bethel, Maine, located in the western mountains of the state, Keane attended Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, where she studied Spanish and environmental studies. She said her hobbies include cross-country skiing, hiking, baking bread and “trying to play the guitar.”
“I am very excited to be working at the Multicultural Center this year, using my Spanish every day and becoming a part of the Moab community,” Keane said, adding, “I am especially looking forward to the Day of the Dead celebration and have been enjoying the Multicultural markets that happen every Saturday at the Center as well.”
Verney, who is from Paris, France, will also be working as a VISTA volunteer for Arches Adult Education Center.
“I ... have been living in the U.S for a while (one foot in each country). I am the new English as a second language (ESL) coordinator, and I’m very excited to be here in Moab and to be working in this amazing community,” Verney said.
Verney graduated last December from a master’s-degree program in linguistics and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) in Chicago.
“I’m thrilled to be working at the Multicultural Center and at Arches,” she said. “My favorite hobby is to scuba dive – I’ve been to the South of France, near Marseille, to dive and it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had!”