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Brittany Aydelotte, Interim Director of Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 324 – aydelot2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2481

Brittany is the Interim Director of Community Engagement in the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR) at The College of New Jersey.  Brittany has spent over 13 years working in the Trenton community, first as a student in the Bonner Community Scholars (BCS) program, where she completed more than 1,500 hours of service working with youth. During her first eight years working professionally at the Center, she served as a BCS Coordinator, mentoring college students in their service.  Currently, Brittany manages four primary initiatives. In partnership with the NJ Office of the Attorney General and local law enforcement, the Trenton Prevention Policy Board and the Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy programs focus on youth violence prevention and intervention. Brittany has worked with a committed group of community stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce youth violence through coordinated and evidenced-based approaches. The Bridge to Employment program and TCNJ Pre-College program both help high school students prepare for higher education and their future careers.  Brittany was an NLC-NJ fellow in 2014 and has served on the NLC-NJ Executive Board since 2015, currently as a Selections Co-Chair. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling from TCNJ.  Brittany is a New Jersey native and currently resides in Riverton, NJ. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.


Althia Muse, Interim Director of Bonner Institute for Civic & Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 333 – musea@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2217

Althia is the Interim Director of Bonner Institute for Civic & Community Engagement in the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR) at The College of New Jersey.  Althia has spent over 18 years working in the Trenton community, as an educator, counselor, and administrator in schools and social service agencies. Althia has dedicated her career to serving marginalized communities and is committed to the holistic development of the diverse populations she serves.  As Director, Althia will provide leadership, inspiration, and development opportunities for the TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars (BCS) and is eager to further the meaningful and substantive relationship that both Bonner & The College hold with surrounding community members and organizations. Althia has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Services from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Althia currently resides in Trenton NJ where she enjoys and spending time with friends and family.


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 Deihl, Professional Services Specialist

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

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

As a Professional Services Specialist 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 Services Specialist, Victor was also employed as a 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.

 


Katie Kahn, Program Manager of TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 335 – kahnk1@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2684

Katie is the Program Manager for the Bonner Community Scholars Program. She is a proud TCNJ and Bonner alum, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Since 2015, Katie has served as a Literacy and College Access AmeriCorps Member, a Coordinator for the TCNJ Bonner Education Division, and now as the Program Manager. Katie’s primary responsibilities are the creation and implementation of the four-year student development curriculum, development and maintenance of systems of accountability, recruitment and on-boarding of new Bonner Scholars, and program public relations and marketing.

 


Destiny De La Rosa, TCNJ Bonner Community Scholar Program Coordinator

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 334 – delarod1@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2362

Destiny De La Rosa is a graduate of TCNJ with both a Bachelor’ of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Arts with a certificate in schools and substance abuse. During her time at TCNJ she has worked on several research projects, where one included a longitudinal study on understanding the challenges minority students face with graduating in STEM majors. She also co-wrote and submitted a research article on understanding and developing suggestions on how public schools can better support English as a second language learners outside of teaching them the language. Destiny also wrote a chapter of a book titled “Using photography and other arts-based methods with English Language Learners: Guidance, resources and activities for P-12 educators” in which she provides educators suggestions on ways they can use photography in their classrooms. She currently works at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center in Mercer Country where she, with the assistance of the director, developed a Spanish speaking inclusive section, which is currently the only one in New Jersey. Destiny briefly worked at a methadone clinic providing counseling services to individuals who have difficulty with substance abuse and is now a Bonner Coordinator who will manage TCNJ Bonner education sites: Urban Promise, Bridge to Employment, and Boys and Girls Club.


Samuel Kanig, TCNJ Bonner Community Scholar Program Coordinator

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 328 – kanigs@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2108

Samuel J. Kanig is a community organizer and filmmaker. Originally from Utuado, Puerto Rico, he began his studies at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez prior to his move to Trenton, New Jersey in 2006. This is where he founded Galeria Casa Cultura, Trenton’s first Latino art gallery and music studio focused on the development of Latino artists and musicians. He also became the founding president of the Puerto Rican Civic Association of Trenton, New Jersey in 2014 where he led with a vision of celebrating culture while empowering the community. Sam continuously works in the Trenton community by partnering with local organizations and non-profits to continue developing, organizing and promoting programs and events with all communities in mind. In 2018, Sam became the first ever Community Fellow In-Residence at The College of New Jersey and presently serves a Bonner Community Scholar Coordinator.

 

 


Raj Manimaran, CEL Coordinator (Advanced CEL)

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 328 – manimar1@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2527

As a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Coordinator, Raj supports faculty members in designing CEL experiences for first-year and upper-level courses. He is one of the coaches for Trenton’s cohort of Next Generation Community Leaders, and provides assistance to the Capital City Youth Violence Coalition and the Mercer County Reentry Task Force. Raj steps into this role after having completed over 2000 hours as a TCNJ Bonner Community Scholar. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from TCNJ and his Master’s degree in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Outside of TCNJ, Raj currently serves as the Vice President of the I Am Trenton Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

 


Megan Nicholson, CEL Coordinator (First-Year CEL)

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 329 – 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.

 

 


Amy Schratz, CEL Coordinator

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 326 – schratz2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2754

Amy graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2011 with a BA in English.  After graduation, Amy worked at the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College before joining the AmeriCorps VISTA program at the Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile, located in Vermont.  During her year of service, she focused on creating access to literacy programming for youth located in rural areas of the state.  After her year of service, Amy was hired as an Assistant Director of National Service Programs to support two state-wide AmeriCorps programs in Vermont (VYT & VYDC).  After completing four years with this organization, Amy decided to return to New Jersey and joined the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research as a Community Engaged Learning Coordinator in 2018.

 

 


Eun Y. Lee, Community Engaged Learning Coordinator, FYCEL

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

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

Eun Y. Lee (she/hers) is the First-Year Community Engaged Learning Coordinator and scholar-practitioner of social justice education. She is spearheading the restructuring and curriculum development of the service-learning requirement for first-year students. Prior to TCNJ, she received her Ed.S. (Education Specialist) and M.Ed. (Master of Education) in social justice education as well as a graduate certificate in advanced feminist studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also has a post-baccalaureate certificate in college counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles Extension online program and a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she also minored in German and Italian. Her academic interests and professional background include feminist pedagogy and (intergroup) dialogue.

 


Kristi Cordier, New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps Program Manager

The Bonner Foundation

kcordier@bonner.org (609) 924-6663

Kristi graduated from The University of Scranton in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In her role as the Program Director, Kristi directs the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps Program that supports over 55 AmeriCorps members in the Trenton and New Brunswick areas. Prior to joining the staff May 2014, Kristi worked at her alma mater, The University of Scranton in Alumni Relations where she developed innovative student-alumni engagement programming. Kristi also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 2009-2010 for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program where she worked on a mentoring program for children with incarcerated parents and as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program in 2011.

 


Luke Thompson, Connect Trenton Coordinator

Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

luke.thompson@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2548

As Connect Trenton Coordinator, Luke oversees Connect Trenton, a new grant program helping to connect high school students in Trenton to helpful youth services. Meanwhile, he is building an online resource database to help local organizations better serve the community. Prior to joining The College of New Jersey, Luke served as a social worker in Trenton, helping individuals with severe and persistent mental illness transition from homelessness into secure and safe housing. Luke holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Juniata College and a Master of Arts in Counseling from The College of New Jersey. In his spare time, Luke enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with friends and family.

 

 


Full Time AmeriCorps Members


Horacio Hernandez, AmeriCorps member, Food Security

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forina 370 – hernanh2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2548

Horacio Hernandez is a former TCNJ Bonner Community Scholar and is soon to graduate with a BA in Sociology and Science in Public Health.  During his time as a Bonner Community Scholar, he served on the Environment/Food Security team serving at several sites, such as Meals on Wheels and Mercer Street Friends: Food Bank.  Horacio is currently serving as a full time TCNJ Americorps Member, as the Garden and Food Security Program Assistant.   In this position, he focuses on food insecurity issues by providing support with the TCNJ Campus Garden, Mercer Street Friends, and other organizations.

 

 


Serina Grasso, AmeriCorps member, Literacy & College Access

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 372 – grassos1@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2548

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