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CELR Center Organizational Chart

 

Michael Nordquist, Ph.D., Executive Director

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.

 

 

Stephanie Shanklin, Ed.D., Director

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

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

As the TCNJ Bonner Institute Director, Stephanie is responsible for coordinating the TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars program and campus-wide civic engagement initiatives. Stephanie brings years of experience to the position, including nearly a decade with the EOF program at Rutgers-Camden and more recently as Family and Community Engagement Manager at Mastery Charter Schools in Camden. Her doctoral work at Wilmington University examined the impact of toxic stress on student development and success, and she has integrated this knowledge into her programming and planning. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Community Planning from Rutgers-Camden and a master’s degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

 

Kevin Bott, Ph.D., Director

Community Engaged Learning 

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

Kevin is the Director of Community Engaged Learning in the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research, where he is responsible for the direction and implementation of community engaged learning programs at TCNJ and in the community. Kevin joins us from Wagner College, where he served as Dean for Civic Engagement and oversaw Wagner’s community engagement initiatives. Prior to that, he was Associate Director with Imagining America, a consortium of higher education institutions that works to advance publicly engaged scholarship in the arts and humanities and foster democratic practices at universities and colleges. Kevin earned his PhD from New York University in Educational Theatre, focusing on the role that theater can play in supporting formerly incarcerated individuals.

 

Brittany Aydelotte, Program Manager

Community Engaged Research and Initiatives

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

Brittany is the Research and Initiatives Programs Manager 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.

 

 

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 was 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.

 

 

Katie Kahn, TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars Coordinator katie1

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 328 – kahnk1@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2684

Katie graduated from TCNJ in 2015 with a BFA in Visual Arts. She is also a proud graduate of the TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars program. After graduation, Katie served as an AmeriCorps member with the Education Division, continuing and expanding on her service as a Bonner Scholar. She now works as the Coordinator for Bonner Community Scholars serving at elementary and secondary education sites, as well as students serving at the Arc Mercer.

 

Raj Manimaran, CEL Coordinator (Advanced CEL)

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Forcina 334 manimar1@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2527

As a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Coordinator, Raj supports both First Year and Advanced CEL courses. He is also one of the coaches for Trenton’s cohort of Next Generation Community Leaders, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives. Raj steps into this role after having served over 2000 hours as a Bonner Community Scholar. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Social Justice from TCNJ, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Higher Education at the Pennsylvania State University. Raj is a member of the I Am Trenton Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and TCNJ’s Staff Senate.

 

Megan Nicholson, CEL Coordinator (First-Year CEL)

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research 

Forcina 335 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.

 

 

Teressa Price, TCNJ Bonner Community Scholars Coordinator

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 331 – pricet@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2362
Teressa’s passion is teaching, juvenile justice, and organizational development. She started her education with the University of Pennsylvania as an English major, and is finishing her degree in Organizational Development major with Rosemont College.  Teressa also 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.

 

Amy Schratz, CEL Coordinator

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research
schratz2@tcnj.edu

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.

 

 

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.

 

Jasmine Rangel, New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps Program Program Associate 

The Bonner Foundation
jasmine@bonner.org (609) 924-6663 

Jasmine Rangel serves as the New Jersey Bonner Program Associate where she is responsible for member training and support. Jasmine graduated as a Bonner Scholar from Berry College in Rome, GA with a Bachelors degree in Political Science in May 2017. During her time as a Bonner Scholar, Jasmine focused her service on a myriad of issue-areas: from early childhood to middle-grades education at the YMCA After School Care Program, the Open Door Children’s Home and the South Rome Early Learning Center, to advocating for women’s issues at the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. She also interned for several months with her hometown’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore as a Social media specialist. Jasmine was also deeply integrated into the Bonner Leadership Team at Berry College as a Bonner Congress Representative, and leading three Issue-Based teams on the Foster care system, Third Culture Kids, and College Access. Jasmine took on the role of Senior Intern during her final year at Berry College as the Bonner Leadership Team Facilitator and head of Issue-Based Teams. During this time, she was able to focus intently on student leadership development techniques for creating a more effective team as well as a more sustainable and engaging Issue-Based team model. Upon graduation, Jasmine was a summer intern at the Bonner Foundation where she worked on developing a Social Media and Marketing strategy for the national network, as well as, creating trainings on political discourse through the Dialogue Across Diversity and Inclusion model.

 

Sam Kanig, Community Fellow in Residence, 2018-2019

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

kanigs@tcnj.edu

Full-time AmeriCorps and VISTA members

 

Nathan Parker, AmeriCorps VISTA, First-Year Community Engaged Learning

The Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research
Forcina 326 – parkern@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2656
Nathan Parker graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Nathan helps expand the Center’s community partnerships, as well as systematizing volunteer recruitment and management, for the First Year Community Engagement experiences at TCNJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camille Little, AmeriCorps member, Education

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Forcina 372 – littlec2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2679

Camille Little attended Caldwell University and received her B.A. in Sociology. She is now serving as a member in Americorps as an Adult Education Assistant. As an Adult Education Assistant, she helps tutor in preparation for GED testing and developing GED programs for other organizations.

 

Horacio Hernandez, AmeriCorps member, Food Security

Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

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

 

 

 

 

 

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