Melissa Bernard is the Jumpstart Site Manager at Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice. She serves to recruit, train, and supervise college students who work with low-income preschoolers on language, literacy, and socio-emotional skill building. Melissa has a background in education and human development, having received her B.A. from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in 2016. After graduating she spent a year serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Washington, DC, as the Homelessness Outreach Programs Coordinator for both the CSJ and Campus Ministry at Georgetown University.
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.
Program Coordinator, After School Kids (ASK) Program
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Erick Castro is the Program Assistant for the ASK Program. Originally from Redwood City, California, Erick received his BA in Psychology from Georgetown and has participated with ASK since May 2016 as a tutor and coordinator. He was also a part of Georgetown EMS, serving to train both civilians and medical responders in CPR and emergency medicine. His professional interests include using entrepreneurship as a tool for youth to develop public speaking and business skills.
Assistant Director, Youth Justice Programs
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Suzie Dhere joins the CSJ as the Assistant Director of Youth Justice Programs. In this role, she is responsible for directing the After School Kids (ASK) Program which supports and empowers adjudicated youth in DC to make positive changes in their lives by challenging them with new learning opportunities and teaching the necessary skills to meet those challenges.
Prior to joining CSJ, Suzie worked for Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. There, she worked on CJJR's efforts to improve outcomes for juvenile justice and child welfare system-involved youth through the use of evidence-based approaches and multi-system collaboration. Her interest in juvenile justice reform was sparked by her work facilitating writing and poetry workshops for DC juvenile justice system-involved youth with the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop. Suzie graduated from William and Mary with a degree in Global Studies and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Educational Transformation Policy and Advocacy here at Georgetown University. She has also received certifications in Educational Policy and Program Evaluation, Project Management, and Strategy and Performance Management.
Most importantly, Suzie is a proud YMCA mentor and a loyal Washington Wizards fan.
Assistant Director, Educational Equity Programs
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Noelle Gipson joins the CSJ team as the Assistant Director for Educational Equity Programs in October 2018. She received a BA in English Arts with a minor in Leadership Studies from Hampton University, an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Reading Specialist certification from Xavier University of Louisiana. Noelle’s commitment to literacy and urban education led her to serve as a 6th grade English teacher in New York City and K-4th grade reading interventionist in New Orleans. In addition, Noelle has implemented youth leadership development programs as the Founding Trainer for The Posse Foundation Inc. in New Orleans where she facilitated workshops about various cross-cultural topics. Prior to joining the CSJ team, she was a program manager for The Literacy Lab where she supervised AmeriCorps PreK literacy tutors who served in DC Public Schools.
Interim Immersion Coordinator, Alternative Breaks Program
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Kyra Hanlon is the Interim Immersion Coordinator for the Alternative Breaks Program. In this role, she is responsible for managing 20+ local and global immersion experiences, overseeing student leadership development, and coordinating with campus partners.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Kyra received her B.S. in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University in 2016 before moving to Memphis, Tennessee. While in Memphis, she served as an AmeriCorps member with Impact America and then transitioned to serve as Impact's Tennessee State Co-Director, managing AmeriCorps programming for vision screenings, VITA tax sites, and documentary filmmaking. She is thrilled to return to the Center for Social Justice, where she worked as an undergraduate and as a TA in the Intersections online course 2016-18.
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.
Program Coordinator, HOME
Volunteer, Jesuit Program
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Suzy Lefelhocz is this year's Jesuit Volunteer and HOME Program Coordinator, working with CSJ and Campus Ministry. She helps students connect with community partner organizations to serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Suzy graduated from the University of Notre Dame Class of 2018, and will be attending Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry next year. Suzy is looking forward to continuing to serve with CSJ and to learning here for the 2018-19 school year!
Whitney Maddox (G'10, '19)
Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development
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Whitney Maddox joined CSJ’s team as the Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Leadership Development in April 2017. As Assistant Director, Whitney is responsible for connecting Georgetown students to service and social justice opportunities, coordinating university-wide social justice events, managing CSJ’s advising of student organizations, and building CSJ’s staff members’ capacity to oversee and advise student organizations through leadership development.
Whitney transitioned to the CSJ from Georgetown University’s Office of Student Conduct where she spent nearly five years overseeing the administration of the student conduct system, and properly implementing fair conduct procedures to resolve the most serious cases of the University to include sexual assault and bias related incidents. While pursuing her Masters degree in Journalism from the University, Whitney served as a Graduate intern in Georgetown’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA) where she worked with families in targeted D.C. public schools to bolster college knowledge and engagement in the college search and financial aid processes. After earning her degree in 2009, Whitney continued her work in CMEA, recruiting middle school students from D.C. and raising awareness of the importance of being college ready. Whitney is from Oakman, Alabama and attended Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama, a city rich with civil rights history.
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.
Caitlin Miller (C'17)
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Caitlin is from Austin, Texas and a graduate of Georgetown University with Bachelor’s degree in Government and Theology. She has pursued her love of India by studying Hinduism and spending a semester abroad in Pune, where she interned with the Deep Griha Society (DGS), a non-profit that works to better the lives of Pune’s poor. During her time with the DGS she designed and led youth personality development sessions, trained DGS staff members to conduct these sessions, and participated in the DGS child nutrition program. In her work life, Caitlin is dedicated to social justice and achieving a world in which every person has capacity to flourish and realize their full potential. In her personal life, Caitlin is dedicated to competitive ballroom dancing.
Amanda Munroe (G'12)
Assistant Director, Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy
Amanda Munroe serves as Assistant Director, Social Justice Curriculum & Pedagogy. In this role Amanda directs Georgetown’s community-based learning programs, develops global partnerships for social justice immersion and supports mission-driven initiatives related to the university’s commitment to social justice and the common good. She also teaches courses in reflection for social action and cultural humility for social justice and community health work.
Amanda joined CSJ as Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Coordinator in October 2013 following her work as Distance Learning Project Coordinator for the United States Institute of Peace. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution awarded with distinction. She holds a BA in Global Studies & French with a focus on African Studies from North Park University in Chicago, IL. She is an RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher, an avid cyclist, and proud resident of Washington, D.C.
Dr. Jennifer Rosales
Dr. Jennifer Rosales serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation at Georgetown University's Center for Social Justice. At the CSJ, she conducts research on social justice issues, arts, and education and supports faculty and student research in these areas. She works with faculty across the university and abroad on grant-funded research about transnational media education and global community-based learning. Currently she is conducting research on arts education in DC Public Schools. In addition, she leads the evaluation plan, implementation and analysis for the various community engagement programs. She teaches Research Methods for Justice and Peace Studies and co-teaches courses on qualitative field research and evaluation.
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.
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.
Dr. Matt Worhach
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Dr. Matt Worhach is a Georgetown CAPS Psychologist who is excited to be working with CSJ. Matt received his B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Ithaca College. He then went on to receive his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Matt did his internship year at the Catholic University of America Counseling Center, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the George Washington University Colonial Health Center. His clinical interests include LGBTQIA+ concerns, trans and gender diverse health concerns including transition-related support, racial, ethnic, and gender identities, social justice, and grief.