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Professional Team

marie mcsweeney anderson headshotMarie McSweeney Anderson
Assistant Director, York Road Initiative
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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.


Pic of MauraMaura Elwood
CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA, Community School Coordinator
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Education: B.A., Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences, Loyola University Maryland

Work Experience: Professional communications, Volunteer recruitment, Public speaking

Interest: Watching movies, Roller skating and traveling. 


Allen Brizee
Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship
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Education: A.S., Northern Virginia Community College; B.A. and M.A., English, Virginia Tech; Ph.D., English/Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University

Work Experience: Associate Professor of Writing, rhetoric and composition, technical and professional writing, service-learning, engaged   scholarship, digital Humanities, York Road Literacy and Employment Initiative, Loyola’s Commitment to Justice Committee

Interests: Civic engagement, teaching Sunday school, games and gaming, horology, the Orioles, percussion, spy novels, and hiking. 


Headshot of Pat CassidyPat Cassidy
Assistant Director, Immersion Programs
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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, Student Supervision
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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.


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Gerald T. Ford
Associate Director, Administration
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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.


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Elise Gower
Associate Director, Programs
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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
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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 Malik JordanMalik Jordan
YRI 2030 Planning Consultant/Coordinator
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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. 


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Erin S. O'Keefe
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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.


Rosemary F. Riel

Assistant Director, Academic Engagement
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Education: Master of Applied Anthropology, University of Maryland; Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, minor in Folklore, Ohio State University

Work Experience: 10+ years in higher education, social and health (in)equities, community/public/global health education, collaborative research, partnership building, program management and evaluation, professional development and training.

Interests: International travel, hiking, running, dog walking, home cooking, exploring new cuisines, practicing mindfulness 

Graduate Assistant Team

CCSJ Academic Engagement - Data Graduate Assistant

CCSJ Immersion Programs Graduate Assistant

Lauree Stewart
CCSJ Academic Engagement – Program Graduate Assistant

CCSJ Programs & Special Projects Graduate Assistant

CCSJ Student Work-Study and Database Coordination

Undergraduate Student Intern Team

CCSJ Interns are liaisons between campus and specific community partners. Due to the pandemic, CCSJ had to reorganize to best suit the needs of the community.  Therefore, our interns will focus on the following:  1) Publicity and marketing  2) Education and Youth Development 3) Resource Development and Food Access 4) Civic Engagement 5) Student Engagement.   They organize training and orientation sessions, facilitate reflections on service experiences, and coordinate logistics, including transportation arrangements.

Ciara Kelly

Matt Dorsey

Rin Stockton-Jaurez

Jamilla Battle

Cara Kossuth

Kyra McDonnell

Nicole Rivas

Bailey Skeeter

Anna Hirsch

Frida Barrera Enciso

Dani Dompor

Bethany Richardson

Lily Norris

Paige Scudder

Dawn Elizabeth Rice

Sara Doyle

Nicole Rivas

Eníola Sokera

Brett-Ashley Hooper

Mechal (Ella) Yohannes

Jamie Hude

Aimee Feuda

Frances Almodovar

Maria Flynn

Kayla Thomsen

Gabriella Romo

Brian Smith


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