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Professional Team

marie mcsweeney anderson headshotMarie McSweeney Anderson
Assistant Director for the York Road Initiative
She, her, hers / They, them, theirs

Education: B.A. in Global Studies & Writing from Loyola University, pursing M.A. in Liberal Studies at Loyola University

Work Experience: Community organizing, volunteer coordination & management, community history research & storytelling, creating sustainable access to affordable produce, advocacy & education

Interests: Exploring Baltimore, building new relationships & connecting people, social justice & racial equity, visiting farmers' markets in every new city I go, live music & local bands, cooking with local produce, getting tattoos, & loving on my amazing family.


Headshot of Pat CassidyPat Cassidy
Assistant Director for Immersion Programs
He, him, his

Education: B.A., Social Work, Providence College; Spiritual and Pastoral Care – focus in spiritual direction, Loyola University Maryland

Work Experience: Jesuit Volunteer in Punta Gorda, Belize from 2008-2010 doing retreat ministry and socio-economic development work in Mayan villages; Program Coordinator for Jesuit Volunteer Corps’ domestic (Connecticut & Washington DC) and international (Belize & Tanzania) programs; Program Coordinator for Loyola's Messina first year living-learning community program; 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher; young adult spiritual and personal formation


Interests: Biking through Baltimore, trying new restaurants, creating, drinking coffee while writing, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends.



  Andy Choi
Assistant Director of Student Supervision
  He, him, his


  Education: B.A. in Spanish, minor in Sociology and M.A. in Teaching (Spanish), Loyola University Maryland
Work Experience: International immersion and volunteer coordination, communications and fundraising at CANTERA, Center for Communication and Popular Education in Managua, Nicaragua. 
Interests: Exploring the journeys of life, spending quality and meaningful time with family and friends, practicing piano, trying new foods, playing tennis, drinking coffee and tea.




jean lee-cole headshotJean Lee Cole
Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship
She, her, hers

Education: B.A., English, Carleton College; M.A. & Ph.D., English Literature, University of Texas (Austin)

Work Experience: Associate Professor of English, American literature (nineteenth and early twentieth centuries), service-learning, research on literary communities in Baltimore, founding director of the American Studies program, Board on Rank and Tenure, Messina Advisory Board

Interests: Piano, tennis, gardening, cooking, knitting, painting and other visual arts, urban hikes around Baltimore (with and without dog), Orioles, baseball, her husband.

Gerald T Ford headshotGerald T. Ford
Associate Director for Administration
He, him, his

Education: B.A., Political Science and Public Policy, Clark Atlanta University; M.S. Public Management and Policy, Policy Analysis and Financial Management, Carnegie Mellon University; M.B.A., 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.


Elise Gower headshotElise Gower
Associate Director for Programs
She, her, hers

Education: M.S., Elementary Education, The University of Scranton; B.A Religious Students, Marywood University

Work Experience: Immersion coordination, justice advocacy & education, Ignatian spirituality, interfaith engagement, community relationship building, spiritual accompaniment, student leadership development, LGBTQ+ student advocacy and support


Interests: Traveling, exploring new communities, paddle boarding, crocheting, hiking, reading, racial equity and inclusion, learning through engagement, and time with friends and family.



Vidushani Jayalal headshot for websiteVidushani Jayalal
Assistant Director, Outreach & Advocacy
She, her, hers


Education:  Bachelor’s in English Literature University of Maryland;  Master’s in Social Work, University of Maryland


Work Experience: Program Associate at People for the American Way Foundation organizing young people; Program Coordinator for South Asian Americans Leading Together; Community Organizing Apprentice with the United Workers and the Baltimore Housing Roundtable; Neighborhood Fellow in Councilperson Zeke Cohen’s office conducting policy analysis and coordinating a taskforce on homelessness.


Interests:  Cooking spicy foods, spending time with her family, and reading fiction from the Global South.




Headshot of Tyra Tyra Hinton
AmeriCorps MDCCC VISTA|School & Community Resource Coordinator
She, her, hers

Education: B.A. in Psychology & Certificate in Psychology of the Workplace, UMBC 2014. Will begin pursuit of Masters in Social Work at Morgan State University in August 2017. 

Work Experience: AmeriCorps VISTA: School & Community Resource Coordinator (York Road Initiative) currently; Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (Maya Angelou Public Charter School DC) 2016-2017, facilitation of youth enrichment workshops, coordinating after-school programming, volunteer management, and resource development. 

Interest: my spirituality, reading, writing/blogging, listening to music, hanging with family and friends 


Headshot of Malik JordanMalik Jordan
YRI 2030 Planning Consultant/Coordinator
He, him, his

Education: Bachelor’s Degree English from Coppin State University and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University.

Work Experience: The Woda Group Inc., Baltimore, MD – Development Specialist; McCormack Baron Salazar/Urban Strategies Inc., St. Louis, MO – Assistant Director, Community Development; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD – Community Change Consultant

Interests: gardening, playing basketball, swimming, reading, playing chess, watching sports. 



Kate Figiel Miller headshotKate Figiel-Miller
Assistant Director for Service-Learning
She, her, hers

Education: B.S., Psychology, Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University); Ed.M., Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Work Experience: research assistant at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on projects to improve school climate; Jesuit volunteer for 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.

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Erin S. O'Keefe
She, her, hers

Education: B.A., Political Science, Writing and Asian studies, Loyola College; M.P.P., Urban Policy, UMBC

Work Experience: founding director for the York Road Initiative, community development, urban policy research, program development and evaluation, volunteer management, grant writing, fundraising

Interests: Reading novels and news, practicing yoga, learning daily, traveling, growing tomatoes, eating pizza, working through collective impact to make change.


jean anne headshotJean Anne Walsh
Program Assistant
She, her, hers

Education: B.S., 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 Assistant Team

Cierra Stanton - CCSJ Academic Engagement - Data Graduate Assistant

M.S. in Clinical Psychology

B.A. in Psychology - Clemson University



Amanda Castellano - CCSJ Immersion Programs Graduate Assistant

Accelerated B.A./M.S. Program in Clinical Psychology




Jill Caradec - CCSJ Academic Engagement – Program Graduate Assistant

M.S. in Clinical Psychology

B.A. in Psychology - University of Mississippi 




Bella Schiro - CCSJ Programs & Special Projects Graduate Assistant

PsyD in Clinical Psychology

B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Anthropology - Gettysburg College

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling - Boston College




Hope Slezak - CCSJ Student Work-Study and Database Coordination

M.S. in School Counseling 

B.A. in Psychology - Millersville University 



Undergraduate Student Intern Team

Student Service Coordinator Interns are liaisons between campus and specific community partners. They organize training and orientation sessions, facilitate reflections on service experiences, and coordinate logistics, including transportation arrangements.

Abby Donovan

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School & St. Ignatius Academy
cristoreysc@loyola.edu & stigsc@loyola.edu

Alexandra Heredia

Choice Program

Aurie Serrette

Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle, Guilford & Act4youth



Brendan O'Connell

Group Service: York Road Community Days



Caitlin Lonergan

Advocacy and Awareness


Eboni Edwards

Immersion Programs Support

Gabriella Romo

York Road Initiative Support (Program Support)


Kassy Mendez

Group Service Liaison


Kassina Dwyer

York Road Initiative Support (Student Engagement) 


Katherine Stockton-Juarez

GEDCO (CARES, Micah, & Harford House)

Kelsey Wyatt 

Beans and Bread Outreach Center, Weinberg Center & Our Daily Bread 


Lena Haaf

Esperanza Center

Madeline Crowell

Mother Seton Academy 



Maggie Gillen

Refugee Youth Project/ Soccer Without Borders

Meaghan Betz

Don Miller House & Healthcare for the Homeless
donmillersc@loyola.edu healthcare@loyola.edu

Megan Lynch

Refugee Youth Project/ Soccer Without Borders


Morayo Ogunlusi

Govan Elementary Charter School and After School Program

Natalie Morris 

York Road Food Access Programs

Nicole DiPietro 

Presence for Christmas/Viva House/Special Olympics
pfc@loyola.edu & vivasc@loyola.edu

Sara Doyle


Student Publicity Assistant Interns implement communications, marketing, and publicity needs for campus and community, including developing flyers, social media campaigns and special projects for community partners.

Student Publicity Assistant Interns may be reached 410-617-2380 or ccsjpub@loyola.edu

Kara Wakeford
Social Media Specialist

Lia Finkelstein
Multimedia Specialist: Photography/Videography

Nevay Archuleta
2D Print Media Specialist

Shannon Curtin
Project Management

Kelsey Keeling
CCSJ Studio Community Liaison

Student Administrative Assistant Interns offer hospitality and guidance to all who visit the Center and support the work of the entire CCSJ team. They make sure the office(s) are running smoothly and effectively. 

Student Administrative Assistant Interns may be reached at 410-617-2380, or ccsjsa@loyola.edu

Brian Chan
Project Management

Danielle Dompor
Office Supply & Storage Maintenance, Student Intern Relations

Jamilla Battle 
Office Cleanliness & Sustainability

Julia Berardi
Library & Website Management

Liam McDonald
Volunteers Database Coordination