Alexis Banks joined the CSJ team in June 2016 as its VISTA STEM Outreach Coordinator. In this position, she coordinates CSJ's STEM programs in Ward 7 elementary schools and work directly with Georgetown students who serve as coordinators and tutors, with the DC youth, and our school partners. Alexis is from Teaneck, NJ and a graduate of Howard University where her studies focused on Economics and Mathematics. She has a passion for math, sports, and helping others. Dedication, Determination and Drive (3-D) is her personal motto for her life.
Gina Bulett (B'08)
Gina Bulett joined the CSJ team as Program Director of the After School Kids (ASK) Program in May 2014. In this role, she is responsible for recruitment, training, and support of Georgetown student tutors who serve at-potential youth. ASK operates year-round, serving upwards of 75 youth each semester.
Gina earned a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from University of Southern California in 2014. Prior to CSJ, she worked for Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, in direct service of court-involved, homeless, and at-risk youth. Gina is a 2008 graduate of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, having double-majored in Management and International Business. As an undergraduate, Gina tutored and mentored for the After School Kids (ASK) program and Oak Hill Outreach, serving court-involved youth.
Brendan Burke (C'16)
Interim Program Coordinator for Special Events and Student Organizations
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Brendan graduated from Georgetown in 2016 with a BS in Biology. As an undergraduate he studied central nervous system development and participated in several CSJ programs, including the Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO). Through the Alternative Breaks Program (ABP) and First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI), he found an interest in service-learning and had opportunities to develop new immersion programming with fellow students. He volunteers with Best Buddies and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), both of which serve and build community around young men and women with developmental disabilities.
Program Director, DC Reads Program
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Sabrina Sifuentes serves as the Program Director of DC Reads. In this role, she is responsible for the recruitment, training, and support of Georgetown student tutors for elementary school-aged youth who are a grade level or more behind in literacy skills. Each semester, Georgetown students serve over 400 elementary students at nine sites in Ward 7. Originally from Texas, Sabrina is a graduate from the University of Dallas with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She spent two years serving as a Americorps Corps member for Reading Partners, a national early literacy education nonprofit, in both their North Texas and DC regions. Inspired by this work, Sabrina joined Teach for America to work as an elementary school teacher for Dallas Independent Schools while earning a Master of Education specializing in early literacy from Southern Methodist University.
Melissa Bernard graduated from Boston College in May 2016 with a degree in Applied Psychology and Human Development, and a concentration in Special Education. Her previous work experience includes an internship with the Boston Private Industry Council connecting Boston Public High School students with employment opportunities in the community, as well as an internship with Alternatives for Youth (a program through the Education Assistance Corporation in Long Island, NY) where she worked alongside social workers to recommend services and supports to at-risk youth and their parents. She was recently a volunteer research assistant at Community Psychiatry PRIDE, an implementation and dissemination clinical research center housed in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH/Harvard Medical School which aims to bring evidence-based treatments to community health centers. At Boston College, Melissa was deeply involved in the Campus School Volunteers, leading their classroom buddy program and spending time one-on-one with a student weekly. Melissa is a Jesuit Volunteer and jointly serves at CSJ and Campus Ministry in coordinating homelessness outreach activities. She will also be colocated at the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) in service to people experiencing homelessness and coordinating GMC's student and community volunteers.
Lucia Cappelloni joined the CSJ team as a Payroll and Van Administrator in October 2013. In this role, she helps to ensure the efficient and timely payment of the approximately 250 student employees involved in CSJ's community-based service activities. She also oversees student van coordinators, manages monthly billing processes, and verifies that vehicles are in compliance with state, leasing agent, and Georgetown policies and requirements.
Lucia is originally from the Republic of Moldova and graduated with a degree in Romanian and English Literature from the University of Bucharest. Lucia began her career working for the US Peace Corps in Moldova, providing administrative and interpreting support to volunteers and Peace Corps staff. After immigrating to the United States, Lucia provided comprehensive administrative support in the private sector for nine years.
Originally from Lansing, MI, Robert earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Norfolk State University. After graduation, he pursued his passion for social justice and civic engagement through work with the American Red Cross and service as a Maryland DC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA for 3 years. His projects have included institutional diversity initiatives, financial literacy, mentorship for young men of color and a college access arts program. His work and passion have taken him from Michigan to Baltimore and now to Washington, DC. In addition to his passion for community engagement and social justice, Robert is passionate about the arts. As Operations Officer, Robert oversees the day-to-day operations of the CSJ's space, program logistics, and the hiring of CSJ's FWS students.
Allison Hilton (C'14)
Allison Hilton was named Assistant Program Director of the After School Kids (ASK) Program in June 2014. In this role, she is responsible for recruitment, training, and facilitating relationships among Georgetown students and program partners. Allison is a May 2014 graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. As an undergraduate, Allison worked with the After School Kids (ASK) Program for four years, serving as both a mentor and a coordinator.
Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, Allison understood the importance of raising the standards for young people so that they might understand and reach their true potential. Before starting at Georgetown, Allison also led an After School Arts Program (ASAP) on Creative Writing at Morningside Middle School in North Charleston, SC. Her work with ASAP led her to work with a team to create the framework for the Liberty Hill After School Literacy Program for elementary aged students.
Jessica Lee joined CSJ’s team as the DC Schools Project Program Director in July 2013. As Program Director, Jessica is responsible for the oversight of the DC Schools Project which delivers English literacy skills support to children, youth, and adults of low-income, immigrant backgrounds in the DC area.
Jessica is from Portland, Oregon, where she attended Lewis and Clark College for her BA in International Affairs and Foreign Languages. She attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California for her Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration on nonprofit management and returned to Portland to work with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon on immigration, education, and health equity issues in Oregon’s communities of color. Previously to joining CSJ, Jessica worked as the Community Health and Service-Learning Coordinator at Georgetown Medical School.
Lauren Johannesson McCoy (C'04, MBA'14)
Lauren Johannesson McCoy has worked at the Center for Social Justice since May 2012. As Director of Finance and Administration, Lauren is responsible for the fiscal and administrative management of CSJ, including day-to-day as well as long-term financial and budgetary planning, support and oversight for Center programs and project, grants and endowment, and equipment and facilities.
A graduate of Georgetown University's College, Lauren participated in multiple CSJ programs, including FOCI, DC Schools Project and DC READS, during her undergraduate years. Inspired by her work at the CSJ, Lauren pursued a career in education after graduation. After serving as a Jesuit Alumni Volunteer at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, IL, Lauren returned to DC and continued to work as a high school teacher before returning to Georgetown to work in the Office of Residence Life. Lauren earned her MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
Amanda Munroe (G'12)
Amanda Munroe joined CSJ as Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Coordinator in October 2013. In this position, Amanda oversees community-based learning and social justice curriculum infusion for Georgetown undergraduate courses, coordinates UNXD 130 Social Action, and supports global immersion initiatives for CSJ-affiliated students and teams.
Amanda joined CSJ from the United States Institute of Peace, where she served as Distance Learning Project Coordinator for USIP's Global Campus and Project Coordinator for the "I am a Peacebuilder" project in partnership with Future Generations Graduate School. In 2012, Amanda graduated with her MA in Conflict Resolution with Distinction from Georgetown University. During her graduate studies, Amanda worked on conflict resolution initiatives for Georgetown's Office of the President. Her master's thesis, Peace Education through Sport: Critical Pedagogy for Conflict Literacy, presents the findings of an empirical research project that she conducted as a Generations for Peace research fellow in the summer of 2011. The project identified promising practices in the design and implementation of sport for peace programs in Western Europe, with a particular focus on countering violent extremism. Amanda became passionate about the intersections between education, social justice, and international affairs during her undergraduate studies in Global Studies and French at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked and lived in Germany, France, and Niger and continues to travel as much as possible. Amanda speaks German and French and enjoys cycling, swimming, dancing, and volunteering with the international nonprofit organization Spark Ventures.
Dr. Jennifer Rosales
Dr. Jennifer Rosales is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Social Justice. She spent the last two years leading the creation and implementation of a multidisciplinary, system-wide education evaluation plan for the California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership (CalArts CAP), as the Director of Research and Assessment. Jennifer has taught arts-based research and social science methodologies at CalArts. In addition, she has conducted mixed methods research studies on various arts programs (media, music, visual arts, and dance) and led arts integration programs for youth in Los Angeles and India. At the University of Southern California, she received her Ph.D. and MA in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts and her BA in History. Her interests include media and arts education, youth agency, evaluation and research methodologies, and social change in local and global communities.
Catherine Rubio (c'15)
Catherine Rubio became Program Assistant of the After School Kids Program (ASK) in July 2015. In this role, she is responsible for the recruitment and training of Georgetown student mentors, and facilitating relationships between students and ASK program community partners.
Catherine is graduate of Georgetown University Class of 2015, having earned her B.S. in Mathematics. As a student, Catherine was engaged as both a ASK mentor and site coordinator. Catherine credits growing up in the Hyattsville, MD for her ability to understand the challenges that ASK program participants endure as youth growing up in the Washington, DC metro area. This connection supports her as she creates strong relationships with ASK participants.
Ray Shiu has served as Associate Director of CSJ since February 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of CSJ’s staff-run and student-run social justice community-based service, including student development, community and university outreach, and fiscal and administrative management. Ray joined CSJ as Special Programs Coordinator in 2004 and served as Program Director for Student Leadership and Special Programs from 2006 to 2012.
Originally from Modesto, CA, Ray received his BS in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a program and financial officer at a research center at the Columbia University Business School. While in New York City, Ray earned his MA in Higher Education, with a concentration in academic and student development from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Mollie Vita joined CSJ in December 2015 as the Assistant Director of Immersion Programs. In this role, Mollie directly oversees the First-Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI), GU's longest-running pre-orientation program that introduces 54 first-year Hoyas to community service and social justice; and the Alternative Breaks Program (ABP), offering 30+ immersion experiences to over 400 participants year-round. Mollie comes to Georgetown from our Jesuit neighbor, University of Scranton, where she served for three years as the International Service Program Coordinator through the Office of Campus Ministries, organizing trips to Central and South America. Mollie most recently was an Area Coordinator in the University of Scranton's Office of Residence Life, through which she supervised a team of Resident Assistants and served as a University Conduct Officer. Originally from Long Island, New York, where she grew up with her parents and four brothers, Mollie earned her BS in education and MA in Reading Education from University of Scranton. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education.
Dr. Andria Wisler
Dr. Andria Wisler became the Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice in January 2013. She first joined Georgetown University in Fall 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Program on Justice and Peace (JUPS) and became Director of the program in January 2011. Andria received her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education and Philosophy from Columbia University and master's in International Educational Development and Peace Education from Teachers College. Her research and teaching are in the fields of peace education, conflict studies, and international educational development, and her principal interest lies in the transformative potential of educational initiatives in post-conflict societies and for girls living in urban poverty. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Andria began her vocation within education as a school teacher at an independent school, the Cornelia Connelly Center (CCC), which serves low-income girls of the Lower East Side, New York City. She served as an invited member of the Board of Trustees of the CCC for six years.
At Georgetown, Andria has been involved in several campus initiatives and programs. She has participated in the inaugural group of Doyle Fellows, a campus initiative on inclusion and diversity, the Engelhard Initiative, and in the Fall 2010 semester, Andria was a faculty-in-residence in Georgetown’s Alanya, Turkey study abroad/community living-and-learning program. Due to her significant justice and peace pedagogical expertise, she was approached by Routledge to author an Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies textbook. Andria co-edited (with Celina Del Felice and Aaron Karako) Peace Education Evaluation (Information Age, 2015), a first of its kind resource of 20 chapters that reviews the trends and challenges in evaluation of peace education, presents case studies of programs around world, and offers ideas for methodological innovations.
CSJ's Graduate Assistants
Graduate Assistant, Training and Compliance
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Matt serves as the Curriculum and Training Graduate Assistant. He is responsible for trainings and compliance certification for university-affiliated groups relating to the University’s Protection of Minors Policy. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Matt is a second-year M.A. candidate in English. He holds a B.A. from George Washington University in French and International Affairs. Before coming to Georgetown, Matt worked in nonprofit finance and operations for the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, the See Forever Foundation, and Maya Angelou Public Charter School.
Graduate Assistant, Finance
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Anne Gala, a first-year Master’s student in English Literature, serves as the Graduate Assistant for Finance at CSJ. A native of Seattle, Washington, Anne graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in English and a minor in French. After graduating, she spent a year working for the French government, teaching English and History at a middle school outside of Nantes, France.
Graduate Assistant, Evaluation
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Andrew is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the McCourt School of Public Policy and serves as the CSJ Graduate Assistant for Evaluation. Andrew has degrees in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and Political Science from the University of Oregon and is originally from Eugene, Oregon but has lived in Washington state and Idaho. He worked in marketing after college before moving into research, data analysis, and working on political campaigns in Oregon. Andrew’s policy areas of interest include science and technology, clean and renewable energy, and criminal justice reform.
Graduate Assistant, Communications
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Lauren is a second year Master’s student in the Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) program and serves as the Communications and Outreach Graduate Assistant for CSJ. Lauren assists with videography, photography, graphic design, and web services. She is passionate about communication technology and design for environmental justice and biodiversity education as she sees climate change as a great justice challenge. Her hobbies include urban beekeeping and drone videography for environmental conservation. Lauren is a graduate of American University.
Graduate Assistant, Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy
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Katie is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy from the McCourt School and serves as the Graduate Assistant for Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy. Originally from Columbia, SC, Katie is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with degrees in Political Science and French. After graduation, she joined Teach for America in Greater New Orleans where she taught special education and elementary education in the Recovery School District for four years. She most recently worked as an Assistant Principal at a turnaround charter school.
Graduate Assistant, DC Schools Project
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Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she double-majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. She grew up in North Carolina but has lived in London, Santa Barbara, New York City, and – previously – DC. Her passion for human rights and movements towards equality fuel much of her literary focus. She believes art is beautiful and that literature saves lives. Beyond her scholarly studies as an MA student in the English department, Sarah will be serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Cardozo DC Schools Project program at the Center for Social Justice.
Graduate Assistant, Alternative Breaks Program
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Nakea is a first year graduate student in Georgetown’s Master of Professional Studies in Journalism program. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Nakea attended Virginia State University where she received a B.A. in Mass Communications, with a minor in Dance. While at VSU, Nakea was actively involved in the Student Government Association and Introduction Program, engaging in both academic and co-curricular activities. At CSJ, Nakea serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Breaks Program.
Graduate Assistant, Alternative Breaks Program
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Shiri Yadlin is a second year graduate student at the McCourt School of Public Policy serving as a CSJ Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Breaks Program. Originally from Irvine, California, Shiri attended Washington & Lee University where she received a B.A. in Religion and Global Politics, with a minor in the study of Poverty & Human Capability. Upon graduation, Shiri spent a year teaching English in Purkersdorf, Austria as part of the Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to starting at Georgetown, she working in a direct service position at Pathways to Housing, a DC non-profit organization that uses Housing First to combat homelessness in adults struggling with substance abuse and severe mental illness. Her policy interests include homelessness, affordable housing, community development, and urban inequality.