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.

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 imageMaria 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

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

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

Chin-Mei Malia ManiyattChin-Mei (Malia) Maniyatt

Interim 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

Erin O'Keefe imageErin O'Keefe

Interim Director, CCSJ
Director, York Road Initiative 

Education: Bachelors degree, Loyola College; Masters 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.

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 2015-16

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.

HOUNDSERVE (one-time and group service)
Agency/Program Served
Service Coordinator
Beans and Breach Outreach Center
Megan Ryan
Ignation Solidarity Network Katelyn Feliciano
Group Service Liaison Catherine Oravecz
Meet and Eat Briana Stuhlman
Our Daily Bread Connor McCloskey
Poverty Awareness & Advocacy Events Briana Stuhlman
Presence for Christmas Manal Arma
Special Olympics Manal Arma
Viva House Food Bag Collection Manal Arma
York Road Community Days Alexis Fox
Youth Education & Advocacy Events Theda Tann

THE SERVICE THING (weekly service)
Agency/Program Served 
Service Coordinator 
Acts4Youth Theda Tann
The Choice Program Ruben Ferreira de Carvahlo
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Shawn Turner
Don Miller House Molly Donahue
Frederick Ozanam House Megan Ryan
GEDCO (CARES, Harford House) Megan Ingraham
Health Care for the Homeless Inc. Molly Donahue
Immigration Awareness & Hispanic Programs (Esperanza Center, CASA) Mady Jonz
Mother Seton Academy Joey Patron
Sierra Quimby

Project U.S. Janai Prophet
BCCC's Refugee Youth Project/Soccer Without Borders Megan Ahern
Service-Learning Jacob Petrini
St. Ignatius Academy Shawn Turner
The Weinberg Center
Connor McCloskey
York Road Community Afterschool Program Megan Byrne

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.

Creative Assistant

Special Assignment

 Brian Yang Project Management & Photography
 Nicole Fornabaio  2D Media & Videography
 Robert Talarico  2D Media & Social Media
 Olajumoke Moses  Social Media & Videography
 Elena Latini  Social Media & Photography

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.

Student Assistant 

Special Assignment

 Jessica Loccisano Project Management
 Deborah Gbadamosi Storage Management & Student Relationships
 Francine Grey-Theriot Volunteer Database & TST Event Coordinator
 Nicholas Johnston Library & Website Management
 Gabriel Sapuay Storage & Website Management
 Eric Baker Student Staff Relationships & Office Cleanliness Sustainabilty
 Blythe Cassidy Volunteer Database Coordinator & Office Cleanliness Sustainabilty

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