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Meet the Staff

Patrick Donohue, MA, Assistant Provost for Community Engaged Learning Programs and Partnerships

Forcina 323 - pdonohue@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2362

As Assistant Provost, Patrick is responsible for overseeing and managing the Community Engaged Learning efforts of the College. Pat is responsible for the Bonner Center for Civic and COmmunity Engagement, the Sustainability Institute, the Center for Prisoner Outreach and Education, and the Bonner ViSTA Fellows Program. Pat received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University, where he was the student Vice-Chair of the U.S. Public Interest Research group while an undergraduate. Before joining the staff at TCNJ, Pat was a political science professor at Middlesex County College for 11 years, where he also founded Democracy House, the oldest replication Bonner program in the country. He is the co-author of several journal articles and one book on community engaged learning and civic engagement. A past Board President of Isles Inc. and volunteer with local youth programs, Patrick works most directly with TCNJ Bonner students on the prisoner magazine project in addition to directing the Center. An avid Red Sox fan, Patrick roots for the Phillies when the Nation is not in the playoffs.

Paula Figueroa-Vega, MPA, Director

Forcina 329 - pfiguero@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2217

As Director, Paula oversees all of the operations of the Bonner Center at TCNJ. Paula first joined the TCNJ Bonner Center as the Associate Director in 2008. She is a well known and highly respected non-profit professional with deep Trenton roots. Paula helped establish El Centro de Recursos para Familias and, prior to coming to TCNJ, Paula ran one of Womanspace’s largest divisions, the Emergency Services program. Her responsibilities at the Bonner Center are to support students and staff and manage the Community Engaged Learning program. She also works closely with a number of professors to design Community Engaged Learning projects related to their First Year Seminar classes. She had a lead part in putting together the forums entitled “Sex Slaves in America:  A Personal Story” and the “Human Abilities Unplugged Colloquium”, in addition to being part of the initial conversations with Dr. Gray’s Ecofeminism course that led to the creation of the Demonstration Garden at TCNJ. Paula has worked closely with TCNJ in 2009 and 2010 on Martin Luther King Service Day activities. Paula received a Master in Public Administration degree from Rutgers University.

Heather Camp, MS, Senior Program Director for CEL II & Special Initiatives

Forcina 327 - hcamp@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2108

Heather Camp earned a Master of Science in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit, international development and education sectors. She helped to establish the Bonner Center at TCNJ before going on to earn her Masters and Bonner was thrilled to have her return. In her role as Senior Program Director for CEL II & Special Initiatives, Heather coordinates the Community Engaged Learning II Initiative, organizing upper-level classes at TCNJ in which students substantially build the capacity of the community partner organization while offering students a more advanced learning opportunity. Heather also coordinates the Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA program. Prior to working at TCNJ, Heather worked at Princeton University, the YWCA of Trenton, Safe Homes (a part of Good Shepherd in New York), Global Potential (NY, NY), and the Cambodia Project.

Amy LoprinziCoordinator for Finance and Administrative Services

Forcina 325 - loprinzi@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2249

Amy Loprinzi joined the Bonner Center after many accomplished years in the Grants office at TCNJ. She has long been a staple in the administration of TCNJ and the Bonner Center is very excited to have her join the team.

Brittany Aydelotte, CEL Coordinator for the Education Division

Forcina 333 - aydelot2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2481

Brittany Aydelotte graduated from TCNJ in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education. Brittany has now spent over seven years working in the community of Trenton, first as a Bonner Scholar and currently as a staff member of the Bonner Center. She now manages the Education teams, including teams at Hedgepeth Williams Middle School, Trenton Central High School and Isles YouthBuild. Much the success the Bonner Center’s Education Division has had over the past several years is a result of the close relationships Brittany has built with the Trenton school system. Brittany also organizes the large Youth Development projects, which are her favorite part of working at the Bonner Center because they provide a creative way to get youth from Trenton excited about learning and thinking about going to college. Brittany also coordinates recruitment for the Bonner Center as well as the Bonner Summer Fellows program.

Madeline Bell, Policy and Public Relations Coordinator

Forcina 324 - bell25@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2684

As the Policy and Public Relations Coordinator, Madeline manages the public relations for the Bonner Center and facilitates the Bonner Center’s primary policy initiative, the Trenton Prevention Policy Board. After graduating from TCNJ in 2011, she served as a full-time AmeriCorps member with the Bonner Center focusing on the Bonner Foundation’s PolicyOptions initiative. Madeline received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from TCNJ, and is currently in the Executive Master in Public Administration program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Kraver, Community Engaged Learning Coordinator

Forcina 369 - kraver2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2679

As a Community Engaged Learning Coordinator, Stephanie assists in the development of the Community Engaged Learning Two program at TCNJ. She also helps manage of the Bonner AmeriCorps VISTA program, and coordinates asset-based community development projects with TCNJ. Stephanie graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2012 as an English major with minors in philosophy and Arabic and with a self-designed interdisciplinary concentration in Middle East Language and Culture. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Stephanie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Bonner Center as its Asset Based Community Development coordinator.

Karina Lopez, CEL Coordinator for Juvenile Justice and Prisoner Reentry Division

Forcina 335 - lopez35@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2656

Karina Lopez was a TCNJ Bonner Community Scholar for four years and now works full-time at the Bonner Center as the CEL Coordinator for the Juvenile Justice and Prisoner Reentry Division.  As CEL Coordinator, Karina manages Bonner Community Scholar teams at PEI Kids, Mercer County Correctional Facility, and A Better Way of Trenton. Karina also works closely with the Center for Prison Outreach and Education at TCNJ on the New Jersey STEP prison mentoring program. Karina is a double major in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies, and is minoring in Psychology. She is also an alum of the Women in Learning and Leadership program at TCNJ.

Michael Nordquist, Ph.D., CEL Coordinator for Environment and Community Development Division

Forcina 331 – nordquim@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2731

Michael Nordquist has been teaching at TCNJ as an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science department for the past year, and recently joined the Bonner Center team to manage the Environment and Community Development Division. Prior to TCNJ, Michael was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and History at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, and has also taught at Quinnipiac University and the University of Minnesota. Michael’s academic focus is on environmental justice and how people think about, relate to, and engage with our nonhuman surroundings.

Natasha Perez, CEL Coordinator for Health and Human Services Division

Forcina 326 - perez36@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2421

Natasha Perez is a graduate of TCNJ the Bonner Community Scholars program. She now works full-time at the Bonner Center as the Division Coordinator for Health and Human Services, managing the Bonner Community Scholar teams focused on health, and those serving at Visitation Home and El Centro de Recursos Para Familias. Natasha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from TCNJ in 2011.

Full-time AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA Staff Members

Ryan Dawson, Literacy and College Access Mentor Assistant

Forcina 334 – crdaws315@gmail.com (609-771-2548)

As a Literacy and College access mentor assistant, Ryan helps out with projects directly related to Bonner’s educational division.  Ryan will be assisting in managing programs coordinated by Bonner Community Scholars at Hedgepeth-Willams Middle School, Trenton Central High School, and Isles YouthBuild.  After finishing a degree in English Literature and Education at Temple University in spring of 2013, Ryan spent time pursuing a position in higher education and is focusing his AmeriCorps term of service on gaining experience in both community outreach, and academic advising.

Ryan Pilarski, Program Assistant - Juvenile Justice and Prisoner Reentry Division

Forcina 334 – pilarsk2@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2548

Ryan is completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Sociology at The College of New Jersey, and served as a Bonner Community Scholar for several years at the College. Ryan is serving with the Juvenile Justice and Prisoner Reentry Division in the Bonner Center. He is working closely with A Better Way and PEI Kids in Trenton to manage Bonner Community Scholar activities at the two sites, including job readiness and GED preparation programming.

Leah Cohen, Casandra Metayer, Adams Sibley, Letia Taylor, and Keith Tofte: AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows

cosmentoring@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2679 / cosprojects@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2527 

Casandra is serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellow as Cities of Service Coordinator. She works with the Trenton Mentoring Coalition Initiative and with the Trenton Prevention Policy Board. Casandra will also assist in sponsoring organizations and AmeriCorps*VISTAs in achieving their project objectives by coordinating and increasing the impact of VISTAs efforts to address the needs of low-income communities. For more information on this program, please click here.

cohen44@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2679 / sibleya@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2679 /  taylor59@tcnj.edu (609) 771–2754 / toftek@tcnj.edu (609) 771-2679

Keith will be serving as the Trenton Capacity Building Coordinator at the Bonner Center, in which he will focus on recruiting faculty and students as well as community partners in community-based research efforts. In collaboration with PolicyOptions Coordinators located on college campuses around the State, Keith’s focus is on building a network of “local community think tanks” that will sustain the core community-solving resources in Trenton, Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark. Adams and Leah will be working on growing the Community Engaged Learning II program at TCNJ to build the capacity of partners in the Trenton community while meeting the learning and teaching objectives of the College. Letia will be working with the Trenton School District in building the capacity of its programming as well as assessing the district’s eighth-grade transition program, Tornado Alley Summer Transition Experience (TASTE).

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