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CEL Institute Staff

Brittany Aydelotte, Director, CEL Institute 

Center for Community Engagement

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

Brittany Aydelotte (she/her: hear how to pronounce my name) currently serves as the Director of the CEL Institute at the Center for Community Engagement. Brittany’s primary role in the Center is to oversee the First-Year CEL Program, the CEL and Advanced CEL Programs, and the Community Engagement Initiatives. In addition, she has the opportunity to support the incredible CEL Institute and CCE Teams. Brittany received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education, both from TCNJ.

You should reach out to me if…
– You would like to learn more about the Center for Community Engagement
– You would like to collaborate on projects related to Community Engaged Learning, Community Engagement, or TCNJ Votes
– You would like to discuss opportunities to support work of the Center for Community Engagement

Brittany is passionate about collaborating with the TCNJ community and local community to develop lifelong learners who are prepared to lead lives that are critically informed through community and civic engagement.

Currently, Brittany is a Co-Chair of the TCNJ Votes initiative and the Capital City Youth Violence Coalition. She is a member of the TCNJ CEL Council, TCNJ Staff Senate, TCNJ Women’s Professional Network, TCNJ Pride, Capital City Community Coalition, and the NJ Campus Compact Leadership Team.

Brittany started her journey at TCNJ as a Bonner Community Scholar in the second class of Bonners at TCNJ and has worked in the Center since she graduated in 2009. She first served as a full-time AmeriCorps member, then as a Bonner/CEL Coordinator and, immediately prior to her current role, she served as the Research and Initiatives Program Manager.

Outside of her work at TCNJ, Brittany is an active member of the New Leaders Council and she is a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her partner, playing yard and board games, and finding new restaurants, farmers markets, or small business to explore.


Megan Teitelbaum, CEL Manager, CEL Institute

Center for Community Engagement

Forcina 329 – nicholsm@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2421

Megan Teitelbaum (she/her: hear how to pronounce my name) currently serves as the CEL Manager in the CEL Institute at the Center for Community Engagement. Megan’s primary role is to oversee the first-year community engaged learning (FYCEL) program. Megan received her Master’s of Arts in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and her Bachelor’s of Arts in Animal Behavior from Franklin and Marshall College.

You should reach out to me if…
– You are a student or advise a student who needs to fulfill their FYCEL requirement or have any questions throughout the process.
– You are a TCNJ staff or faculty member interested in facilitating FYCEL courses.
– Your community organization could benefit from having groups of student volunteers and you would like to discuss potential collaborations.

Megan is passionate about connecting with local community partners to find opportunities where first-year students can both serve the community and learn from their experience. Megan enjoys collaborating with a variety of stakeholders on campus and community projects. Megan is a member of the TCNJ FYS committee, TCNJ Staff Senate, TCNJ Women’s Professional Network and Trenton Area Stakeholders.

Before coming to TCNJ in 2015, Megan worked for a study abroad company in Australia and as a zookeeper. In her spare time, Megan has been renovating an old home in Hopewell with her husband and toddler. Megan enjoys traveling, cooking, camping, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

 


Amy Schratz, Coordinator, CEL Institute

Center for Community Engagement

Forcina 326 – schratz2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2754

Amy Schratz (she/her: hear how to pronounce my name) currently serves as the Community Engaged Learning Coordinator in the CEL Institute at the Center for Community Engagement. Amy’s primary role in the Center is to support Community Engaged Learning initiatives across campus. Amy supports the FYCEL program, CEL & ACEL courses, and manages the Summer Community Leaders program. Amy received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English at The College of New Jersey in 2011.

You should reach out to me if…
– You are a faculty member looking to incorporate a community-based project into your course.
– You are a student interested in the Summer Community Leaders program or an internship with a local nonprofit.
– You are a community organization with an idea for a community-based project.

Amy is passionate about creating a kind, intentional, and civically-engaged community that strives to leave the world a little better than they found it. Amy serves on the TCNJ Votes Committee, facilitates First Year Community Engaged Learning courses, and manages the Summer Community Leaders program in collaboration with TCNJ Career Services and NJ Bonner AmeriCorps.

Previously, Amy worked at the Noyes Museum of Stockton College, served as an AmeriCorps member on the Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile in rural Vermont, and finished out her time in the Green Mountain State as an Assistant Director of National Service Programs at the Washington County Youth Service Bureau supporting two statewide AmeriCorps programs: the Vermont Youth Development Corps and the Vermont Youth Tomorrow VISTA program. Amy returned to her home state and TCNJ as a staff member in 2018.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys far too many podcasts, reading for fun, trying new recipes, and spending as much time outside as possible with family and friends.

 


Lori Johansson, Research and Operations Coordinator

The Center for Community Engagement

Forcina 322 – johanssl@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2449

Lori Johansson (she/they: hear how to pronounce my name) currently serves as the Research and Operations Coordinator at the Center for Community Engagement. Lori’s primary role in the Center is to organize strategic planning, coordinate the Center’s operations, track progress on projects, create reports and external communications, and maintain the Center’s website.

You should reach out to me if…
– You would like to be involved with the Capital City Youth Violence Coalition
– You would like to learn more about the Center for Community Engagement’s work
– You would like to connect with the Center for Community Engagement

Lori is passionate about accessible education and social justice. As a Trenton resident, they care about the experiences of both TCNJ students and community partners by providing a robust education while being reciprocal to the community through civic engagement.

Lori is involved in the Capital City Youth Violence Coalition, Capital City Community Coalition, Mercer County Workforce Development Board, TCNJ Votes initiative, CEL Council, and the Women’s Professional Network. They also participate in projects with Artworks Trenton, I Am Trenton Community Foundation, Trenton Complete Streets, The Tre’ Devon Lane Foundation, and the organizers of the Trenton Juneteenth celebration, including The Center for Child and Family Achievement, The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County, the NJ Legislative District 15, and Outdoor Equity Alliance.

Lori has a background in art education, teaching workshops and camps through Artworks Trenton, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Arts Council of Princeton, as well as participating in public beautification projects and art events. Working as a consultant for I Am Trenton Community Foundation and founding the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market has provided them the opportunity to civically participate directly with their neighbors in the Trenton community and create long lasting relationships with community partners.

Lori enjoys being involved in the cycling community through the Trenton Cycling Revolution, gardening, and playing music in their free time.


Luke Thompson, Connect Trenton Coordinator

Center for Community Engagement

luke.thompson@tcnj.edu (609) 447-5502 during campus closure

Luke (he/they: hear how to pronounce my name) serves as the Connect Trenton Coordinator in the CEL Institute at the Center for Community Engagement. Luke’s primary role in the Center is to lead Connect Trenton, a school-community partnership among The College of New Jersey’s Capital City Youth Violence Coalition, the Princeton Area Community Foundation’s All Kids Thrive Initiative, and Trenton Public Schools. Luke primarily serves students and their families at Trenton’s Ninth Grade Academy, providing mentoring, referrals, attendance support, and safe space. An alum, Luke received his Master of Arts in Counseling degree from TCNJ, where he is also working toward a Post-Master’s Certificate in Education Supervision. Before The College of New Jersey, Luke earned his Bachelor of Social Work from Juniata College, where he specialized in HIV/AIDS counseling.

You should reach out to me if… 

-You provide services, opportunities, or events for students and their families in Mercer County, New Jersey, supporting the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model
-You are looking to collaborate on special projects at Trenton’s Ninth Grade Academy
-You are seeking to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid or other specialized training

 

Luke is passionate about both community-driven and systemic initiatives to foster strengths-based relationships, mental wellness, and expanded opportunities in and around our capital city. As part of developing this new and experimental role in public schools, Luke hopes to promote affirming, human-centered services for all people.
Luke currently serves as facilitator of the Capital City Youth Violence Coalition’s Collaboration Working Group and as a consulting board member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Professional Honor Society’s Alpha Epsilon Chapter.
In addition to his responsibilities as Connect Trenton Coordinator, Luke serves as an instructor for both Youth Mental Health First Aid and First-Year Community Engaged Learning Before taking on this role, Luke worked in student and staff capacities in TCNJ’s Off-Site Graduate Programs, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Instruction Program, and the Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy. Prior to joining The College of New Jersey, Luke worked for several years as a social worker in Trenton, helping individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness alongside homelessness to find stable housing and build better lives.In his spare time, Luke enjoys reading, volunteering, bicycling, and spending time with loved ones. Each summer, he likes to go camping and visit new places, with a unique dream of visiting every Disney park in the world.


Amy LoPrinzi, Coordinator for Finance and Administrative Services

The Center for Community Engagement

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 Deihl, Professional Services Specialist

Center for Community Engagement

Forcina 337 – deihlv@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2548

Victor Deihl (he/him: hear how to pronounce my name) currently serves as the Professional Services Specialist at the Center for Community Engagement. Victor supports the Center in a multi-faceted role, through office organization, scheduling, transportation logistics, as well as many other duties. Currently, Victor also serves on the TCNJ Campus Property Use Committee (CPUC). 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.

You should reach out to him if…

– You would like information about the Center
– You would like assistance to support your organization’s project, i.e. volunteers or transportation
– You need assistance with general campus space requests
Prior to joining as a staff member in February 2014, Victor spent the previous 26 years in store management with CVS Health, in addition to working as a Reference Librarian with the Mercer County Library system from 2014 – 2015.
Victor developed a strong passion for delivering extraordinary customer service from his time working with CVS Health and the local library system. His goal is to ensure that students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members all receive the highest level of engagement when reaching out to the CCE office.
Outside the office, Victor enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new cities, trying new restaurants (as well as going back to old favorites), finding great bargains at local Thrift Stores, reading biographies, binging cooking shows, and is an avid football fan (Go Seahawks!).

Contact

Center for Community Engagement
Forcina Hall, Room 337
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628

609.771.2548
bonner@tcnj.edu
tcnjcel@tcnj.edu

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