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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Office Location:
715 S. New St.
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
Enter at Student Health Services
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-3379
Fax: 610-430-5600

About Us

Faculty and Staff

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Jodi Roth-Saks, M.A.

Director of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Jodi joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in July of 2012. She comes to us from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA, where she was the Coordinator for Community Service at Join Us Making Progress, the hub for public service and volunteerism on campus. The program included a Bonner AmeriCorps program, and consisted of both co-curricular service-learning and academic service-learning. While at Sonoma State, Jodi co-chaired the 2010 Leadership and Social Justice Conference at UC Berkeley. Prior to moving to California she finished a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on Student Affairs in Higher Education at the University of Connecticut. Before graduate school, Jodi worked in the non-profit sector for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Jodi hales from Northern New Jersey and is passionate about helping students become lifelong active citizens.

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Kelly Chroninger, M.A.

Assistant Director of Service-Learning Abroad

Kelly comes to us from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where she worked in study abroad and fellowships advising. As a study abroad advisor, she served as a special liaison to the Division of Community Engagement and helped faculty develop and implement international service-learning programs. Prior to working at VCU, she spent two years teaching English in Sarajevo, Bosnia through a Fulbright grant, where she also helped manage an international service-learning program for the College of William and Mary. Kelly holds an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in English and History from the College of William and Mary. In her role, Kelly will liaise between the Center for International Programs and Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs and meet regularly with faculty and staff coordinating service-learning abroad programs to assist with program development, recruitment, retention of program participants, risk management, vetting of service opportunities offered by affiliated partner programs, pre-trip departure preparation, and the integration of service-learning curriculum.

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Chun-Chen (Liz) Wang, Ph.D.

Service-Learning Faculty Associate

Dr. Chun-Chen (Liz) Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing. Liz is serving as the Faculty Associate for 2015-2016. She teaches Consumer Behavior, International Marketing, and other Marketing courses. She has integrated a service-learning project into MKT330 Consumer Behavior since 2011. Her students in MKT330 Consumer Behavior have helped several local communities, such as American Red Cross, American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, Chester County Food Bank, WCU Alumni Association, etc. In March 2015, Liz presented the service‐learning project offered through her MKT330 Consumer Behavior course at the 13th Annual Marketing Management Association Master Teacher Competition in Chicago. She received the 13th Annual Marketing Management Association Master Teacher Award. She is also a member of the Marketing Committee at Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), West Chester. She is grateful for her great experience from community service and service-learning projects. Dr. Wang has shared her research in scholarly journals and at national and international conferences.

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Kate A. Colyer, M.A.

Assistant Director, Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Kate joins us from Lehigh University, where she was the inaugural Assistant Director in the Community Service Office. At Lehigh, Kate oversaw various large-scale and ongoing volunteer programs, advised student organizations, including Greek letter organizations’ integration of community service into their chapters, coordinated the SERVE Program (Alternative Breaks), and developed mutually beneficial partnerships with various non-profit agencies. Prior to Lehigh, Kate was a Complex Coordinator in Residence Life ∓ Housing at the University of Delaware (UD). During her time at UD, Kate created the inaugural MLK Day of Service program for the University which engaged over 120 students in direct service with various community partners. Additionally, Kate was the Student Affairs representative on UD’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Task Force, which led to the University being awarded the designation in 2015. Prior to moving to Delaware, Kate earned her M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a West Chester University alumna with a B.A. in English. Kate is humbled to return to WCU where her undergraduate journey began and is incredibly excited to engage students in public service!

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Joellen Reindl

Administrative Assistant of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Joellen joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in February of 2013. She is originally from Wilmington, DE and is a graduate from Goldey Beacom College in the Medical Secretarial Field. She has spent the last twenty five years in various administrative support positions, with an emphasis on finance and procedures/processes in both Southern and Northern CA, Raleigh, NC and Chadds Ford, PA. Among many volunteer opportunities outside of work, she spends some of her time teaching pre-school-age children and working with people experiencing difficult life circumstances.

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Caitlin Silver

Graduate Assistant

Caitlin joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs originally as an Alternative Break Trip Leader in August of 2014 and now serves as the Graduate Assistant. She comes to us as a 2015 alumna from West Chester University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, Caitlin is pursuing her Master's Degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs. Caitlin is an engaged member of the West Chester University community and is passionate about connecting students to service opportunities that enrich their lives.

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Gabriele Singh

AmeriCorps PACC*VISTA Member

Resource Pantry Coordinator

Gabriele joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in July of 2017. She comes to us as a 2017 alumna of Susquehanna University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. As a new member of the West Chester University community, Gabriele is looking forward to developing best practices to ensure that the Resource Pantry can expand its programming and continue to serve students for years to come.

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Mission Statement and Goals

The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs promotes community engaged learning experiences that address critical community needs by building mutually beneficial partnerships and empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.

To achieve this mission, the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs:

  • Partners with a wide array of non-profit and governmental agencies, faculty, staff, and student clubs, organizations, and athletic teams
  • Facilitates academic and co-curricular community service and service-learning programs that engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members
  • Disseminates information about service-learning, resources, and professional development opportunities
  • Consults with faculty to incorporate service-learning opportunities into specific courses and programs of study
  • Collaborates with all parties to ensure quality learning experiences and positive impact in the community
  • Manages service-learning data and facilitates assessment

Annual Report

The annual report aims to provide a summary of both the department-led efforts, as well as community engagement initiatives reported to the department by faculty, staff, and students. The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs promotes community engaged learning experiences that address critical community needs by building mutually beneficial partnerships with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, while empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.

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