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Brittany Aydelotte, Director, CEL Institute 

The 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.


Althia Muse, Director, Bonner Institute

Center for Community Engagement 

Forcina 333 – musea@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2217

Althia Muse (she/her) currently serves as the Director of the Bonner Institute at the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Althia’s primary role in the Center is to oversee and provide direction for all aspects of the TCNJ Bonner Institute, including TCNJ Bonner Volunteers and TCNJ Bonner AmeriCorps Program. In addition, she has the opportunity to support the dynamic work of the CCE through the engagement with the local community. Althia earned Master of Arts and Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Services at Northwestern University.

You should reach out to Althia if…
– You would like to learn more about the TCNJ Bonner Institute
– You would like learn how to partner with Bonner Scholars for volunteer opportunities
– You would like to discuss opportunities to become a community partner or facilitate workshops for students
– You would like to discuss ways to support work of the Center for Community Engagement

Althia has spent over 20 years working in the Trenton community, as an educator, counselor, and administrator in schools and social service agencies. She mentored several graduates of the TCNJ Counseling Program and served as a Bonner Community Partner prior to accepting a leadership role at the center. Althia is passionate about serving marginalized communities and is committed to the holistic development of the diverse populations she serves. In this position she aims to further the meaningful and substantive relationship that both Bonner Institute and TCNJ hold with surrounding community members and organizations.

Althia remains active on campus and is a member of the TCNJ CEL Council, an Associate Member of the TCNJ Staff Senate, TCNJ Women’s Professional Network, TCNJ Middle School Advisory Committee, Dual Enrollment Program and the Minority Executive Council.

Outside of her work at TCNJ, Althia enjoys residing in the capital city of Trenton. She dedicates most of her free time to spending time with family and friends and supporting her local church.


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!).

Katie Kahn, Program Manager, Bonner Institute

Center for Community Engagement 

Forcina 335 – kahnk1@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2684

Katie (she/her) currently serves as the Bonner Scholars Program Manager in the Bonner Institute at the Center for Community Engagement. Katie’s primary role in the Center is supporting the curriculum and student development of the Bonner Community Scholars Program. Additionally, Katie supports the Environment and Food Security Division, and leads recruitment and application efforts for the program. Katie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The College of New Jersey in 2015, and is currently working towards her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at TCNJ. Katie is also a proud graduate of the TCNJ Bonner Program.

You should reach out to me if…
– You would like to learn more about environmental sustainability and/or food security at TCNJ,
– You would like to collaborate on a learning or development opportunity for TCNJ Bonner Scholars,
– You have any questions about the recruitment, application, and interview process for the TCNJ Bonner Program.

 

Katie is passionate about environmental sustainability, the transformative power of community-based arts, and holistic wellness. Currently, Katie serves on the TCNJ Hunger Task Force, the TCNJFT Social Justice Committee, and regularly supports the TCNJ Environmental Sustainability Council and the TCNJ Women’s Professional Network.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time in nature, creating music and art, and spending time with close friends and family.

Destiny De La Rosa, Coordinator, Bonner Institute

Center for Community Engagement 

Forcina 334 – delarod1@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2362

Destiny De La Rosa (she/her/ella) currently serves as the Coordinator of the Youth Education Division in the TCNJ Bonner Institute. Her primary role is to support TCNJ Bonner Scholars with developmental training and enrichment opportunities, and mentor the students through their college careers. She also coordinates the Bonner Legacy Projects and supports upper class Bonner Scholars in completing a multi-year capacity building project that is shared with the TCNJ community at the annual Celebration of Student Achievement. Destiny received her Masters of Arts in Counseling from TCNJ and is a certified NJ School Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor. She also completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at TCNJ.

You should reach out to Destiny…
-If you would like to learn more about Bonner Institute Youth Education initiatives
-If you would like to volunteer or support with k-12 initiatives
-If you would like to learn more about student transitions into higher education

Destiny is passionate about educational equality and ensuring student success inside and outside of the classroom. As a first generation college student, she is passionate about helping ESL and undocumented students transition to a new culture. Destiny believes in representation, and feels it is crucial that students see and are aware that their individual identities are represented.

Currently, Destiny is a member of the TCNJ Middle School Advisory Board, The Greater College Access Network (TCAN),TCNJ Women’s Professional Network, TCNJ Minority Executive Council and also is a member of the Staff Mental Health Council.

Destiny’s work with youth started at TCNJ during her graduate studies in counseling psychology when she began to work with the Trenton Public Schools. After graduation she briefly provided substance abuse counseling at a methadone clinic, and currently provides therapeutic services to individuals through her work with a Philadelphia based organization.

In her spare time Destiny enjoys watching and playing rugby, reading, cooking and finding new recipes, as well as spending time with family, and traveling the world.


Samuel Kanig, Coordinator, Bonner Institute

Center for Community Engagement 

Forcina 328 – kanigs@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2108

Samuel J. Kanig (he/his: hear how to pronounce my name) currently serves as Bonner Community Scholars Coordinator of the Adult Education and Self Sufficiency Division at TCNJ’s Center for Community Engagement. In his role as coordinator, Sam works directly with students and community partners to address and respond to the needs of the adult population in the local community. In addition, Sam is a facilitator for the First-Year CEL Program. Sam received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University.

You should reach out to Sam if…
– You would like to learn more about the Bonner Institute and the Center for Community Engagement.
– You would like to learn more about opportunities to partner with the Bonner Institute.
– You would like to become a volunteer in the Adult Education and Self-Sufficiency Division of the Bonner Institute.

Sam remains passionate about the collaboration between the TCNJ community and the local community. He believes in sharing knowledge and resources to empower individuals and communities to address social and racial inequalities.

In 2018, Sam came to TCNJ as the first Community Fellow In-Residence where he was able to connect and build relationships between TCNJ’s faculty, staff and students, and the local Trenton community. Outside of TCNJ, Sam is a filmmaker/photographer and is involved in the arts and culture community of Trenton, NJ. He also was appointed by Governor Murphy to the New Jersey Puerto Rico Commision where he has an opportunity to continue working for his native home, Puerto Rico.


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

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) 771-2656

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.


Kristi Cordier, New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps Program Manager

The Bonner Foundation

kcordier@bonner.org (609) 924-6663

Kristi graduated from The University of Scranton in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In her role as the Program Director, Kristi directs the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps Program that supports over 55 AmeriCorps members in the Trenton and New Brunswick areas. Prior to joining the staff May 2014, Kristi worked at her alma mater, The University of Scranton in Alumni Relations where she developed innovative student-alumni engagement programming. Kristi also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member from 2009-2010 for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program where she worked on a mentoring program for children with incarcerated parents and as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Program in 2011.

 

 

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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