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.


Erin O'Keefe imageErin O'Keefe

Director, CCSJ and York Road Initiative
Education: Bachelors degree, Loyola College; M.S. in Public Policy - Urban Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Work Experience: Community development, program development and evaluation, and volunteer management.
Interests: Yoga, reading, and working with others for a greater Baltimore.


Gerald T. Ford

Associate Director, Administration

  •  Education: B.A. In Political Science - Public Policy from Clark Atlanta University; M.S. Public Management and Policy – Policy analysis and Financial Management from Carnegie Mellon University; M.B.A. from University of Baltimore
  • Work Experience: Community Economic Development, Budget Analyst, Policy Analyst, Program Development and Evaluation, Grant Management, Nonprofit management training and consulting
  • Interests: Community empowerment, chess, cooking, spending time with my family, listening to music, spoken word poetry.

Christina Harrison imageChristina 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
Marie McSweeney Anderson

Marie McSweeney Anderson

Assistant Director for the York Road Initiative

  • Education: Bachelors degree, Loyola University
  • Work Experience: Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at Digital Harbor High School and Volunteer Teacher at Jessup Correctional Institution. 
  • Interests: camping, reading, global issues, sustainability, social justice issue, studio arts, music, Baltimore service, crafting, writing, volunteering, cooking, travel, and photography

Maria Desangles imageMari 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

Chin-Mei Malia ManiyattChin-Mei (Malia) Maniyatt

Assistant Director, Student Supervision
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

Kate Figiel-Miller imageKate Figiel-Miller

Assistant Director of Service-Learning

  • Education: B.S. in psychology, Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University); Ed.M. 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

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 Interns

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:


Student Service Coordinator (SSC)

Student Service Coordinators are liaison between Loyola community with the community service partner sites. They engage Loyola students with many different service opportunities. They organize training and orientation sessions, facilitate reflection about service experiences and coordinate transportation arrangements.

 HOUNDSERVE (one-time and group service)

Agency/Program Served Service Coordinator
Ignatian Solidarity Network Maria Kasper
Group Service Liaison Juliana Hart
Presence for Christmas Honor Bowman
Service-Learning Sarah Hand
Special Olympics Honor Bowman
Viva House Food Bag Collection Honor Bowman
York Road Community Days Lena Haaf
York Road Student Engagement

Kassina Dwyer

THE SERVICE THING (weekly service)

Adult Programs

Agency/Program Served  Service Coordinator 
Beans and Bread Outreach Center

Caitlin Sullivan

Don Miller House Natalie Morris
Frederick Ozanam House Caitlin Sullivan
(CARES, Harford House)
Ian McNeely
Healthcare for the Homeless

Natalie Morris

Hispanic Programs
(Esperanza Center, CASA)

Emma Muir
Immigration Awareness
Emma Muir
Our Daily Bread Julie Carlin
Poverty Awareness Brittany Brock
Weinberg Center Julie Carlin

THE SERVICE THING (weekly service)

Youth Programs

Agency/Program Served Service Coordinator
Choice Program Lemuel Bourne
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Joseph Patron

Mother Seton Academy Abigail Donovan
Refugee Youth Program/Soccer Without Borders Tyler Cochran
St. Igantius Academy Joseph Patron
Walter P Carter, Guilford Elementary/Middle 
and Act4Youth
Eric Baker

Youth Education Awareness, Baltimore Education Coalition
and Govan After School Program

Julia Ainsworth

Student Publicity Assistant (SPA)


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.

Creative Assistant

Special Assignment

 Jessica Kenny Project Management & Photography
Elena Latini  2D Print Media Specialist
Abena Baffoe-Bonnie Multimedia Specialist: Photography & Videography
Leandra Caprini-Rosica Multimedia Specialist: Photography & Videography
Kelsey Wyatt CCSJ Studio Coordinator
 Lena Schulz Social Media
Shannon Curlin  Social Media

Student Administrative Assistant (SAA)


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.

Student Assistant 

Special Assignment

Molly Hanlon Project Management
Morayo Ognulusi Storage Management & Office Supply
Meaghan Betz Library & Website Management
Gabriela Cortes Office Cleanliness & Sustainability
 Paula-Yuan Gregory Student Intern Relations & Volunteer Database Coordination
Nicole DiPietro Student Intern Relations & Volunteer Database Coordination
Matthew Cannon Immersion Program Support
Robert Ingram York Road Initiative Support


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