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CELR Center Organizational Chart

Michael Nordquist, Ph.D., Executive DirectorMichael1

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 323 – nordquim@tcnj.edu  (609) 771-2731

As Executive Director, Michael is responsible for overseeing the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research’s three main programs: Community Engaged Learning, TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars, and Community Engaged Research and Initiatives. Michael previously served as environment division coordinator at TCNJ’s Bonner Institute. Michael is also an affiliate faculty member of the TCNJ Political Science Department, teaching courses on political theory and environmental politics. Prior to coming to TCNJ in 2012, Michael was an assistant professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, where he also served as interim department chair. He earned his Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, and his BA in Politics and German Studies from Ithaca College.

Paula Figueroa-Vega, MPA, Director

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Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 329 – pfiguero@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2217

As Director, Paula oversees all of the operations of the Bonner Institute at TCNJ. Paula first joined the TCNJ Bonner Institute as the Associate Director in 2008. She is a well known and highly respected non-profit professional with deep Trenton roots. Paula helped establish El Centro de Recursos para Familias and, prior to coming to TCNJ, Paula ran one of Womanspace’s largest divisions, the Emergency Services program. Her responsibilities at the Bonner Institute are to support students and staff and manage the Community Engaged Learning program. She also works closely with a number of professors to design Community Engaged Learning projects related to their First Year Seminar classes. She had a lead part in putting together the forums entitled “Sex Slaves in America:  A Personal Story” and the “Human Abilities Unplugged Colloquium”, in addition to being part of the initial conversations with Dr. Gray’s Ecofeminism course that led to the creation of the Demonstration Garden at TCNJ. Paula serves in the First Seminar Program Coordinating Committee.  Paula received a Masters in Public Administration degree from Rutgers University.

Heather try 1Heather Camp, MSSW, Senior Program Director

Advanced Community Engaged Learning

Forcina 327 – hcamp@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2108

Heather originally began working at TCNJ in 2005 as the Associate Director for the Bonner Center, and has worn many hats since that time.  In her present role as Senior Program Director, Heather works with faculty and community organizations to design upper-level courses which concurrently enhance the learning outcomes for students, while addressing important community issues.  She also oversees the Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy grant, which works with the Trenton Police Department and local community organizations and members to reduce violence in Trenton by providing important social services to adults.  She also serves on the Trenton Prevention Police Board.  Heather holds a Master of Science in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, and has more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit, international development and education sectors.  Prior to working at TCNJ, Heather worked at Princeton University in the Pace Center; the YWCA of Trenton, NJ; Safe Homes (a program of Good Shepherd Services in New York City), Global Potential (NY, NY), and the Cambodia Project.  Throughout her professional career Heather has worked with organizations and collaboratives in Trenton, NJ.

Amy LoPrinzi, Coordinator for Finance and Administrative Services

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 325 – loprinzi@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2249

Amy LoPrinzi joined the Bonner Institute after more than 15 accomplished years in the Grants office at TCNJ.

Victor 1Victor Deihl, Program Assistant 

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 337 – deihlv@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2548

As a Program Assistant with the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research, Victor supports the Center in a multi-faceted role. In addition to office organization, scheduling, transportation logistics, as well as many other duties, Victor is the bearer of most answers and solutions. He is a resource for all Bonner Scholars, staff and initiatives. Prior to joining as a staff member in February 2014, Victor had spent the previous 26 years in store management with CVS Health.  In addition to his responsibilities as a Program Assistant, Victor is also employed as a part time Reference Librarian with the Mercer County Library system.  Victor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and a Masters of Library Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

Adams Sibley, Advanced CEL Program Specialist

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Advanced Community Engaged Learning

Forcina 326 – sibleya@tcnj.edu (609) 771.2754

Adams supports the Center’s Advanced Community Engaged Learning initiative, working with faculty members and area non-profits to develop upper level course-based projects that simultaneously enhance student learning outcomes and address a community need. He manages the Center’s new Community-Based Academic Internship program, which seeks to build the capacity of the Center’s non-profit partners through targeted internship experiences. Adams is the staff facilitator for the Mercer County Reentry Task Force, which will welcome its first AmeriCorps VISTA member in September 2015. Adams is a 2010 graduate of Emory University, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Linguistics, and is a native of Tennessee.

Britt1Brittany Aydelotte, CEL Coordinator for the Education Division

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 333 – aydelot2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2481

Brittany Aydelotte graduated from TCNJ in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education. Brittany has now spent over seven years working in the community of Trenton, first as a Bonner Scholar and currently as a staff member of the Bonner Center. She now manages the Education teams, including teams at Hedgepeth Williams Middle School, Trenton Central High School, and Isles Youth Institute. Much of the success the Bonner Institute’s Education Division has had over the past several years is a result of the close relationships Brittany has built with the Trenton school system. Brittany also organizes the large Youth Development projects, which are her favorite part of working at the Bonner Institute because they provide a creative way to get youth from Trenton excited about learning and thinking about going to college. Brittany also coordinates recruitment for the Bonner Center as well as the Bonner Summer Fellows program.

Karina Lopez, CEL Coordinator for Juvenile Justice and Prisoner Reentry Division

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Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 335 – lopez35@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2656

Karina Lopez manages Bonner Community Scholar teams at Anchor House, PEI Kids, Mercer County Correctional Facility, state correctional facilities within the New Jersey Department of Corrections, and within the Trenton Violence Prevention Strategy. Karina also works closely with the Institute for Prison Teaching and Outreach at TCNJ and was able to serve as adviser for the TCNJ SPEAR (Students for Prison Education and Reform) student organization when it first formed. Karina is a graduate of TCNJ, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies, and a minor in Psychology. She is also an alum of the Bonner Community Scholars and Women in Learning and Leadership programs. Her academic and personal experiences shape and fuel her passionate for fairness, equality and empowerment. On weekends, Karina is an independent photographer and Army Reservist. Karina hopes to pursue a dual JD/MSW degree in the future.

Ryan1Ryan Dawson, CEL Coordinator for the Self Sufficiency Division

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 334 – dawsonc@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2656

As the CEL Coordinator for the Self-Sufficiency Division, Ryan manages the Bonner Community Scholar teams serving with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Visitation Home, Habitat For Humanity, and El Centro de Recursos Para Familias, as well as holding the position of staff manager for The Wall newspaper. After finishing a degree in English Literature and Secondary Education at Temple University in spring of 2013, Ryan spent a year as an AmeriCorps service member at TCNJ Bonner, where he gained experience in community outreach and academic advising.

Megan Nicholson, CEL Coordinator for the Environment and Public Health Division

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Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 328 nicholsm@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2421

Megan Nicholson manages Bonner Community Scholar teams in the Environment and Public Health Division that serve at the President’s Climate Commitment Committee, Fernbrook Farms, Sustainability Institute, TCNJ Campus Garden, NJ Bike Exchange in Trenton and Mercer Street Food Bank. Megan earned her BA from Franklin and Marshall College in Animal Behavior, which has allowed her to apply a unique conservation perspective with her previous experience in community engagement, experiential learning and environmental education, both locally and abroad. Megan completed a one year term as a full-time AmeriCorps member in the Bonner Institute before taking on the role as the Environment and Public Health Coordinator.

Faculty Fellows

 

Diane Bates, Ph.D., Bonner Faculty Fellow

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Dr. Diane C. Bates earned her BA at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California and her MA and PhD in Sociology at Rutgers University.  She has primary research interests in environmental and urban sociology with dual research interests in Latin America and New Jersey. Since joining the TCNJ faculty in 2003, she has published articles on the migration and land use change in the Ecuadorian Amazon, New Jersey’s bear hunt, campus recycling programs, and the effects of Superstorm Sandy on the Jersey Shore.  A long-time advocate of community-engaged learning and research, she has collaborated with multiple non-governmental organizations and public agencies.  She regularly teaches courses in Environmental Sociology, Urban Sociology, and Quantitative Research Methods, and is the coordinator for the Environmental Studies minor.  

Full-time AmeriCorps and VISTA members

 

katie1Katie Kahn, AmeriCorps member for the Education Division 

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Katie graduated from TCNJ in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.  She is also an alum of the Bonner Community Scholars program.  As an AmeriCorps member, Katie is serving as the Literacy and College Access Mentor Assistant with the Education Division, continuing and expanding on her service as a Bonner Scholar. She serves as the Team Leader for Bonner AmeriCorps members and other student volunteers serving with the Education Teams,  coordinates service schedules, assists with lesson planning, and serves as a resource for Bonner AmeriCorps members and other student volunteers.

 

Teressa Price, AmeriCorps member for the Juvenile Justice Division

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Forcina 373 – pricet@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2449
Teressa’s passion is teaching, juvenile justice and organizational development. During her term of service as Program Assistant, she is working with a Bonner team to provide educational and job readiness skill support for juveniles and adult ex-offenders at PEI Kids and Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy (TVRS) in Trenton. She started her education at the University of Pennsylvania as an English major, and is finishing her degree in Organizational Development major at Rosemont College. Prior to her service at TCNJ, she worked as a K-12 enrichment teacher and a development consultant for over 15 years focusing on strategic planning and high quality program design and trainings for at-risk children, youth and families for: The School District of Philadelphia, American Paradigm, The Community Education Alliance of West Philadelphia, Philadelphia Youth Network’s E3 Empowerment Centers, The United Way of Philadelphia, etc.

 

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Melissa Lindley, AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Melissa Lindley is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving on the Trenton Prevention Policy Board. She is a 2014 graduate from Rider University, and majored in Journalism and American Studies. Recently, she had an article about the economic struggles in Trenton published in the college’s newspaper The Wall. She has spent much of her life being active in her local community, and volunteered extensively at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen after graduation. Outside of her service, she enjoys music, traveling,
and spending time at the beach.


Forcina 370 – lindleym@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2679

 

Osvaldo Hernandez, AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Forcina 373 – herndano@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2449

Osvaldo is a Rutgers University graduate from the Newark campus with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Senior year he participated in the Judicial Hearing Board dealing with various incidents regarding the student body. He was inducted in Pi Sigma Alpha – National Political Science Honor Society and was awarded the Benjamin M. Weissman writing award. He is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA as part of the Mercer County Reentry Task Force

 

 

 

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