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Cecelia Ruthanne
Becca Lauren
David Mark
Hannah Colleen
Yelana Lisa


Anna Emily

Office Locations:
172 Curry Student Center
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA (320 Huntington Avenue, Suite 232)

Mailing address:
360 Huntington Avenue, 232 YMC
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Main Phone: 617-373-5809

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Cecelia Auditore
Evaluation & Volunteer Manager, Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
617-373-5606 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

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.

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Ruthanne Bandy
Service-Learning Program Assistant & Co-op
617-373-2237 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

Ruthanne is a second year Human Services and International Affairs major. She is completing her first co-op at the Center of Community Service as a Service-Learning Program Assistant. Ruthanne has been involved with the Service-Learning Program since Spring 2015. She is thrilled to be working with Hannah, who was her S-LTA in the first service-learning class she took. Outside of work Ruthanne enjoys reading, taking naps, and traveling.

Fun Fact: Ruthanne once slept for 18 hours straight.

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Becca Berkey, Ph.D.
Director of Service-Learning
617-373-5840 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

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.

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Lauren Currie
Member & Program Manage, Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
617-373-5312 | 
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

Lauren Currie has been with the staff of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship since August 2015. Lauren is from Lockport, NY and graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio with a BA in Psychology and International Leadership Studies. 

Upon graduation, Lauren completed two years of AmeriCorps*VISTA service with Massachusetts Campus Compact, developing partnerships between universities and local education-based nonprofit organizations. During her second year Lauren had the opportunity to serve as the VISTA Leader for the program where she developed a passion for training development, program communication, and member and alumni support.

I’m a Resource For: Communication Strategies, Logistics, Member Support, Energizers

Fun Fact: I play Ultimate Frisbee at least twice a week.

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David Draper
Street Team Coordinator & Graduate Assistant
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

David is currently a graduate student in the College Student Development & Counseling Master’s program. As part of his degree requirements David will be working with Northeastern’s Center of Community Service and the Service-Learning Program team for the 2015-2016 academic year. David’s primary role on the team is to oversee and advise the Service-Learning Street Team. In addition to his role in the Center of Community Service, David also works as a Graduate Assistant for Residential Life here at Northeastern. David has a strong passion for working with student leaders and is really looking forward to the year ahead!

David received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration on Substance Abuse & Addictions from Keene State College in2014 and will receive his Master’s degree from Northeastern in 2016.

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Mark Este
Assistant Director, Civic Engagement Program
617-373-7883 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

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.

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Hannah Flath
Service-Learning Program Assistant & Co-op
617-373-2237 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

Hannah is a third year Human Services major with a minor in Law and Public Policy and is completing her first co-op at the Center of Community Service as a Service-Learning Program Assistant. As a three-time S-LTA, she is excited to be taking on a new leadership role within the Service-Learning Program. She is passionate about international service, public health, and global human rights. In her spare time, Hannah can be found planning future travelling endeavors, reading historical fiction, or watching Criminal Minds.

Fun fact: Hannah didn’t make a single sound when she bungee-jumped off of the Victoria Falls bridge in Zambia. 

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Colleen Holohan
Director, Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
617-373-7881 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

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.

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Yelana Loiselle
Site Manager, Jumpstart
617-373-7877 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

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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Lisa Roe
Assistant Director of Service-Learning
617-373-4823 | 
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

Lisa joined the Center of Community Service full-time as the Service-Learning Promotion & Assessment Coordinator in 2008. She currently manages the evaluation and assessment processes for the Service-Learning Program, oversees the Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program, and supports the purposeful connections between faculty members and community-based organizations. Additionally, Lisa teaches a section of a service-learning course called Community Learning through the American Classroom program at NU.

A triple husky in the making, Lisa earned her BA in Sociology in 2008 as well as her MEd with a concentration in Higher Education Administration in 2011 from Northeastern, and now is pursuing her EdD in Higher Education Administration.

I’m a resource for: Service-Learning, Evaluation & Assessment, Survey Construction, and Learning Outcomes

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

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Marrisa Springle
Civic Engagement Program Assistant & Co-op
617-373-0742 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

Marrisa is a third-year International Affairs and Political Science major with a minor in East Asian Studies. She is currently working on my second co-op at the Civic Engagement Program, which she actually am a part of. She has worked at the International Law Institute for her first co-op which allowed her to meet countless people from around the world including Russia, China, Africa etc. She mainly helps out the CEP team with planning events, while supporting the peer mentors and students. Her hobbies include poetry, DIY-ing and finding new restaurants to eat at. She hopes to one day become an international lawyer or a diplomat to strengthen the relationship between East Asia and the US.

I’m a resource for: Anything involving Cep including timesheets, volunteer opportunities and general questions.

Interesting Facts: Marrisa’s other dream is to become a polyglot and she currently knows English, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Korean. 

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Hilary Sullivan
Director of Co-Curricular Programming
617-373-5838 |
232 Hastings Hall at the YMCA

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

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Anna Sylvester
Assistant Director, Community Service Programs & Events
617-373-7479 |
172 Curry Student Center

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.

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Emily Whidden
Program Assistant & Co-op
617-373-5809 |
172 Curry Student Center

Emily is a third year Human Services student and is currently working on her first co-op in the Center of Community Service. She also works part-time at Whole Foods in Jamaica Plain, where she’s been for two years. She loves how it connects her to the Boston community and that it allows for constant learning about natural/organic food and products! Previously, Emily has worked for the YMCA and has served at Yawkee Boys & Girls Club and Hyde Square Task Force. She thinks service is an essential part of life that helps to address need while bringing people together. Emily is passionate about social issues and justice and likes to read, watch documentaries, and travel. She plans to graduate in May of 2018 and hopes to pursue a career where she can positively impact the lives of others!

I’m a resource for: Husky Volunteer Team, essay writing, and volunteering opportunities in Boston

Fun Fact: I love to collect candles!

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