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Office Locations:
172 Curry Student Center
212 Columbus Place (716 Columbus Avenue, Suite 212)

Mailing address:
360 Huntington Avenue, 212 CP
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Main Phone: 617-373-5809
communityservice@neu.edu

Co-curricular Community Service Program Staff:

Hilary Sullivan Director of Co-Curricular Programming
Center of Community Service
212 Columbus Place
617-373-5838 | h.sullivan@neu.edu

In the Center of Community Service, Hilary manages the Civic Engagement Program (CEP) and the nuSERVES program and oversees other co-curricular service activities including Alternative Spring Break (ASB), Husky Volunteer Teams (HVT), one time service events and the bi-annual volunteer fairs. Prior to arriving at Northeastern in 2012, Hilary volunteered and worked with numerous schools and nonprofits across the country over the last 15 years. After graduating from college, Hilary served for two years as an AmeriCorps National Service Member, traveling around the country doing different types of service projects. She went on to teach GED classes to ex-offenders in Washington DC, manage a family literacy program for immigrant families, and worked for four years with the national early literacy organization Jumpstart. She also created and led the Boston AmeriCorps Alumni Board of Directors from 2008-2012. Hilary earned a Bachelors in Social Work from Westfield State College and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, biking and traveling the globe.

I’m a resource for: time management, goal setting, and literacy and AmeriCorps National Service programs

Fun Fact: I have been a competitive swimmer for over 20 years

Mark Este
Assistant Director, Civic Engagement Program
Center of Community Service
212 Columbus Place
617-373-7883 | m.este@neu.edu

Mark Este has served as the Assistant Director of the Civic Engagement Program since the summer of 2014. Prior to working at Northeastern, Mark worked in the Campus Compact National Office and served two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. Mark has a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has completed the Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership at Boston University.

I'm a resource for: the history of civic engagement in higher education, public speaking, National Service programs, board relations, and anything related to the San Antonio Spurs.

Fun Fact: I have met US Senators Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, and Kelly Ayotte on different occasions in Logan International Airport.

Anna Sylvester
Assistant Director, Community Service Programs & Events
Center of Community Service
172 Curry Student Center
617-373-7479 | a.sylvester@neu.edu

Anna Sylvester is the Assistant Director for Community Service Programs and Events. Anna has been working at Northeastern since 2010, and in this role with the Center of Community Service since July 2012. From 2010 – 2012, she worked as the Assistant to the Vice President of City and Community Affairs. Prior to working for Northeastern, Anna worked for the Boston City Council as a legislative aide and community liaison. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern in 2007, and her Master of Education, also from Northeastern, in 2012. She is a Husky through and through!

I’m a resource for: Resumé review, City of Boston government, volunteering for the environment

Fun Fact: I have a passion for birding

June Simon
Civic Engagement Program Assistant
Center of Community Service
212 Columbus Place
617-373-2237 | j.simon@neu.edu 

Currently on her second co-op, June works with the Center’s Civic Engagement Program. She serves as CEP scholars’ point person, and with Mark and Hilary manages and reviews scholars’ service. June is a transfemme- and queer-identified Politics and Business student, and a CEP scholar herself. During her time at Northeastern June has held various roles oriented toward social justice and civic engagement, including teaching high school civics, examining the impacts of social enterprise, conducting case management at a social service organization, and exercising her right to protest. After graduating, June plans to attend school to become a therapist for queer and trans folks.

I’m a resource for: CEP-related inquiries, service opportunities, mindfulness practice, tarot readings

Fun fact: I have 5 tattoos, and gave myself 2 of them

Daniel McKenna
CCS Program Coordinator
Center of Community Service
172 Curry Student Center
617-373-5809 | d.mckenna@neu.edu

Dan is a fifth year Environmental Studies major who is currently working at his second co-op in the Center of Community Service. In between his two co-ops at Northeastern, Dan was an intern at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, where he spent most of his time exploring the woods and reading. Upon leaving seclusion, Dan returned to Boston to continue working on coordinating volunteer programs, as well as working as a research assistant for Dr. Berkey. In his spare time Dan likes to cook, play soccer and squash, and explore the best cheap eats in Boston.

I'm a resource for: nuSERVES, Husky Volunteer Team, Alternative Spring Break, one-time service events

Dani Curry
Community Partner Liaison
Center of Community Service
212 Columbus Place
617-373-2237 | d.curry@neu.edu

Bio coming soon!

I’m a resource for: Anything relating to CEP, including time logs, general inquiries, and service opportunities for CEP students.

Service-Learning Program Staff:

Becca Berkey, Ph.D.
Director of Service-Learning
Center of Community Service
212 Columbus Place
617-373-5840 | r.berkey@neu.edu

Becca began at Northeastern’s Center of Community Service in February 2013, and is now the Director of Service-Learning. Previously, Becca served as the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State. She has also served as a Course Director for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida facilitating leadership education and development initiatives on campus both in the curriculum and the co-curriculum. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Butler University, and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University.

Becca has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. Her dissertation research was at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers. For this research, she collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association, and the dissertation is titled Just Farming: An Environmental Justice Perspective on the Capacity of Grassroots Organizations to Support the Rights of Organic Farmers and Laborers. This research and collaboration is ongoing, and Becca is an active member of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative. In addition, she was published in a 2012 anthology on Environmental Leadership compiled by scholars at Duke University. She has served as an Instructor and Academic Dean for the Civic Leadership Institute and as a Site Director for two Civic Week programs (for Northwestern University), and believes wholeheartedly in all things related to positive social change. In her free time, she loves running and being active, spending time with her husband, Jonathan and stepson, Kaiman and trying new restaurants!

I’m a resource for: Service-Learning Design, Pedagogy, & Practice; Participatory Action Research; Community-Based Participatory Research; High-Impact Practices; Qualitative Research

Fun fact: I have run 4 marathons, the most recent being New York City in November 2011.

Lisa Roe
Assistant Director of Service-Learning
Center of Community Service
212 Columbus Place
617-373-4823 | l.roe@neu.edu 

Lisa Roe has been with the Center of Community Service since 2005 when she served as a 6-month co-op student. Lisa moved on to being a founding member of the Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program before being hired full-time as the Service-Learning Promotion & Assessment Coordinator in October 2008. Lisa manages the evaluation and assessment processes for the Service-Learning Program, as well as created the Service-Learning newsletter and semi-annual partnership recognition events. Additionally, Lisa works with faculty to advise them on best practices of integrating Service-Learning into their curriculum. She also co-manages a group of 30+ graduate and undergraduate Service-Learning Teaching Assistants.

A double husky, Lisa earned her BA in Sociology in 2008 as well as her M.Ed. with a concentration in Higher Education Administration in 2011 from Northeastern.

I’m a resource for: Service-Learning, Evaluation & Assessment, Survey Construction, Reflection, Student Advising

Fun Fact: I have a shameless obsession with kitchen gadgets, utensils, and anything else!

Barak Soreff

Service-Learning Research Associate

Center of Community Service

212 Columbus Place
617-373-4206 | b.soreff@neu.edu 

bio coming soon!

Brooke Schober
Service-Learning Program Assistant
Center of Community Service
212 Columbus Place
617-373-5602 |b.schober@neu.edu

Brooke is a fourth year Cultural Anthropology student from Washington State and is currently working at her second co-op as the Service-Learning Program Assistant. She spent her first co-op in Nicaragua, where she worked at a community library in their after school program, developed and taught a digital literacy course and explored the beautiful country. After her abroad experience, she is excited to be working and learning with the Service-Learning program and the Center of Community Service to better understand her own community and support and encourage other students who are doing the same.

Fun fact: She is named after the brook trout.

Lisa Randall
Service-Learning Program Assistant
Center of Community Service
212 Columbus Place
617-373-2237 | l .randall@neu.edu 

Lisa is a fifth year English and journalism major and is completing her second co-op at the Center of Community Service as a Service-Learning Program assistant. For her first co-op, she worked at a start-up in the technology and trade publishing space. She is passionate about service that is centered on literacy, specifically, and loves to foster the same enthusiasm she has for reading in writing in those she works with. She plans to graduate in May of 2016 and hopes to study medieval literature and pursue a career in higher education. In her spare time Lisa can be found walking her dog, reading, or cooking!

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program Staff:

Colleen Holohan
Director
MA Promise Fellowship Program
212 Columbus Place
617-373-7881 | c.holohan@neu.edu

Colleen has 9 years of experience working with AmeriCorps programs and communities across Massachusetts. She came to Boston in 2003 to serve as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member with the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC). Based at Emerson College in downtown Boston, she worked on strengthening partnerships between the college and local community organizations.

Colleen also spent two years with MACC as the AmeriCorps*VISTA leader, training and supporting her fellow VISTA members serving on campuses across the state. In 2006, she joined the staff of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF), a statewide AmeriCorps program focused on delivering mentoring, academic enrichment, and college and career readiness programs to young people through out-of-school time programming. Colleen served as a coordinator and manager with MPF, designing and delivering training, supporting and coaching AmeriCorps members, developing and managing evaluation systems, and developing and strengthening community partnerships. In her current role as Director, Colleen leads a team of staff in supporting 40 AmeriCorps members to deliver essential programs to young people across the Commonwealth.

Colleen is an advocate for individuals with disabilities and has served as a volunteer and mentor with Best Buddies and Partners for Youth with Disabilities. She is also a board member of Oil Heat Cares, a non-profit foundation that assists needy persons and organizations with the replacement of their oil heating appliances.

Colleen holds a BA in Social Science and Public and Community Service Studies from Providence College and an MA in Leadership and Non-Profit Management from Northeastern University.

I’m a resource for: training, leadership development, best places for campus catering

Fun fact: I am a black belt in Shotokan karate

Cecelia Auditore
Evaluation & Volunteer Manager
MA Promise Fellowship Program
212 Columbus Place
617-373-5606 | c.auditore@neu.edu

Cecelia joined the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship in August 2008 as a fellow and joined the staff in July 2012. Cecelia is from Medford & Somerville and graduated from Emmanuel College with a BA in History and a minor in Political Science.

Upon graduation, Cecelia served as a Mass Promise Fellow at Mass Mentoring Partnership and Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring her second year. While serving at both sites, Cecelia learned a great deal about mentoring, evaluation, and youth development. Recently, Cecelia lived in Chicago where she worked at the University of Chicago in their development office, focusing specifically on their Urban Health Initiative.

Cecelia has her MS in Global Studies and International Affairs from the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern and is currently working towards her Master’s in Public Policy in the MURP program. She’s very excited to be back in Boston, working for a program that has contributed to both her personal and professional growth. 

I’m a resource for: Project Management, Evaluation, and Somerville

Fun fact: Cecelia has read 8 biographies on Napoleon Bonaparte

Katy Allen
Membership Development Manager
MA Promise Fellowship Program
212 Columbus Place
617-373-5312 | k.allen@neu.edu 

Katy Allen started as a staff member of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship in the fall of 2012. After graduating from Cornell University, Katy completed two years of full time service that would radically change her life for the better. Her first year was served through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where she worked at an alternative high school for 18-24 year old youth in Oakland, CA. The second year of service was through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship (MPF) where she served at a juvenile defense clinic in Roxbury, MA. Upon the completion of her two years of service, Katy worked within the Development Office of MCPHS, where she developed fundraising skills.

With hopes of providing others with a similar life changing experience, Katy is back with the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship as their Member & Program Manager. She hopes to combine her passion for fundraising, teaching and community building to improve MPF’s ability to serve youth across the Commonwealth and develop our future youth-workers and community leaders. 

I’m a resource for: Fundraising, Training and Coaching Supervisees

Fun Fact: I usually have 3-5 knitting projects at various stages of completion at all times

Jumpstart Program Staff:

Yelana Loiselle
Senior Site Manager
Jumpstart
212 Columbus Place
617-373-7877 | y.loiselle@neu.edu 

Yelana Loiselle is the Site Manager for Jumpstart at Northeastern University since 2014. As Site Manager, Yelana is charged with recruiting and training 50 college student volunteers to build children’s language, literacy, and social skills so that they enter school prepared to succeed. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program at Northeastern and manages the site’s relationship with three preschool partners located in Roxbury and Mission Hill MA.

Yelana is a Jumpstart Alumni herself and served as a Corps Member and Team Leader at Emerson College from 2008-2011. Upon Graduation she taught 1st and 2nd Grade at the Edward W. Brook Charter School in East Boston and Mattapan.

I’m a resource for: most Education topics and issues-especially classroom management and charter schools, building relationships and where to eat in Boston

Fun Fact: My favorite thing to do is stop on a run and read menus of restaurants I haven’t been to yet!

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