Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Meet the Staff

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The Center for Community Service and Justice staff oversees all aspects of service-related activities on campus including community service opportunities (weekly or one-time), service-learning, immersion programs and post-college service.

Sr. Catherine (Missy) Gugerty, SSND

410-617 2380

  • Education: B.A. in Sociology, College of Notre Dame of Maryland; M.S. in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland; Certificate in Non-Profit Management
  • Work Experience: 10+ years with persons who were poor and/or homeless (meal and shelter programs, counseling); 12+ years working in college community service program
  • Interests: Poverty, homelessness and mental health, Maine, Ireland and Irish things, kayaking, biking and spending time with niece and nephews

Robin Crews, Ph.D.

Director, Service-Learning
410-617 2112

  • Education: Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder; B.A. in English, University of California at Berkeley
  • Work Experience: Extensive professional experience in peace studies both domestically and internationally; taught at Goucher College, University of Colorado at Boulder, Haverford College and Bethel College; directed service-learning at University of Colorado at Boulder; managed the first web sites and discussion groups for peace studies and service-learning; published two books on service-learning
  • Interests: Nonviolent social change, writing, working with my hands, music, travel and being outside in nature

Maria Desangles

Assistant Director, Poverty Concerns and Faith Connections
410-617 5352

  • Eduction: B.A. in Anthropology, University of Central Florida; M.S.Ed. in Community and Social Change, University of Miami
  • Work Experience: Served as a Notre Dame Mission Volunteer working with Farmworker and Immigrant community, advocated for immigration rights in Florida and nationally, advocated for farm worker labor rights and protections in Florida and nationally, developed service-learning/immersion program.
  • Interests: Social change and justice, environmental Justice, spirituality, spending time with friends and family, films, music, and the outdoors

Megan Linz Dickinson

Associate Director, Administration & Ongoing Service
410-617 2092

  • Education: B.A. in Writing and Studio Art, Loyola College in Maryland; M.S. in Sociology, Clemson University
  • Work Experience: Coordinated homeless children's program as a Jesuit Volunteer; advocated around health care and homelessness policy in Baltimore and D.C.; experience with urban and rural poverty in Baltimore, Oregon and South Carolina
  • Interests: Social change, family, creating art, writing, swimming, traveling and learning new things

Katherine Figiel

Interim Assistant Director of Service-Learning
410-617 2909

  • Education: B.S in psychology, Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University); EDM in Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Work Experience: Research assistant at John Hopkins School of Public Health on projects to improve school climate; Jesuit Volunteer in advocacy for juvenile justice reform; after school enrichment programming; dyslexia education; evaluation for youth programming
  • Interests: Equality in education; peace, board games, the outdoors, cooking and enjoying food, and lindy hop dancing

Christina Harrison

Associate Director, Immersion Programs and Education
410-617 2771

  • Education: B.A. in Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Secondary Education, Western Michigan University; M.S.W. in Community Organizing, University of Michigan
  • Work Experience: Services for adults with developmental disabilities; international education (university-level study abroad); rural health education and migrant issues
  • Interests: Social change, Latino issues, hiking/backpacking, biking and playing with my family

Malia Maniyatt

Program Coordinator, Communications
410-617 2072

  • Education: B.A. in Business Administration, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan; M.A. in Human Resources Management, The University of Hull, UK; M.A. in Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Loyola University Maryland, USA
  • Work Experience: Management consulting; pastoral care and spiritual development for mentally challenged individuals; hospital chaplaincy
  • Interests: Traveling, spending time with my family, inter-faith and spirituality, singing and listening to music

Megan Rosenberger

Assistant Director, Student Staff Supervision and Special Projects
410-617 2638

  • Education: B.A. in Economics & Psychology, Gonzaga University; M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Non-Profit Management, Student Affairs, & Intercultural Communication, Portland State University
  • Work Experience: Student development and civic engagement; global and domestic youth education and human rights; Research and programming on re-entry support after immersion programs
  • Interests: International Education, traveling, hiking, documentaries, intercultural communication, skyping family and friends back West, exploring Baltimore

Jean Anne Walsh

Program Assistant, Office Manager

  • Education: B.S. in Economics, Mt. Saint Mary's University
  • Work Experience: Commercial and consumer lending, bookkeeping.
  • Interests: Spending time with my family, piano, guitar, listening to music, service, nutrition and mental health

Graduate Assistants

The Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) hires four Graduate Assistants each year who work within the context of CCSJ, which engages students and the broader Loyola community in education through service for a just and equitable world. Each position provides support to specific programs and complements the work of the Center.

CCSJ Student Staff 2014-15

The student staff in the Center for Community Service and Justice is an essential part of the office and acts as the “hands and feet” of all the community service programming, coordination, recruiting and education for members of the Loyola community. There are three types of student positions with differing responsibilities:

Service Coordinator (SC)

Service Coordinators are part-time paid staff who help students connect with a service opportunity. They also organize training and orientation sessions, facilitate reflection about service experiences and help make transportation arrangements.

Agency/Program Service Coordinator
Adult Education / Women's Issues (House of Ruth)
Emily Delany
Beans and Bread Center
& Our Daily Bread Employment Center
Lauren Barnett
Best Buddies Caitlin Hines
Viva House & Weinberg Center Briana Stuhlman
The Choice Program Ruben Ferreira de Carvahlo
Youth Education Awareness & Acts4Youth
Victoria Downey
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
& St. Ignatius Academy
Shawn Turner
Frederick Ozanam House/Student Orientation to Service
Juliana Hart
GEDCO (CARES, Harford House)
Tyler Cochran
Habitat for Humanity Brooke Dugan
Hispanic Programs (CASA, Esperanza Center) Katelyn Feliciano
Poverty Awareness
Bree Ciccarino
Ignatian Solidarity Network Lindsey Rennie
Mother Seton Academy Sarah Hand
Taylor Rogers

York Road Community Days & Group Service
Marilyn Freeman
Madison Tombari

Presence for Christmas Megan Ingraham
BCCC's Refugee Youth Project/ Soccer Without Borders
Mackenzie Keefe
Service-Learning Lauren Heery
Dewees Rec Center & Swim Program
Theda Tann
Don Miller House & Health Care for the Homeless Inc. Brittany Brock

Creative Assistant (CA)


These students' primary roles are generating, revising and further enhancing publicity materials of the Center as necessary. This includes maintaining an adequate stock of publicity materials, and being assigned to specific project tasks by the full-time staff and service coordinators. The main goal is to support CCSJ in striving to establish an identity of commitment to service in the Loyola community.

  • Ileanna Abreu
  • Elizabeth Angley
  • Jessica Kenny
  • Sophie Marion
  • Meghan Rice

Student Assistant (SA)


Student Assistants offer both hospitality and guidance to all who visit the office and support the work of CCSJ full-time and student colleagues. They work closely with Program Coordinators to make sure the office is running smoothly and effectively.

  • Alex Bartsche
  • Molly Hanlon
  • Deborah Gbadamosi
  • Jessica Loccisano
  • Christina Patron
  • Katherine Richardson 

Drop by Humanities 142 or call ext. 2380 for information, guidance, support and assistance.