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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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Kate A. Colyer, M.A.

Assistant Director, Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Kate joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in December 2016. She comes to 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. Additionally, Kate served 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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Katie Solic

Service-Learning Faculty Associate

Dr. Solic joined West Chester University’s Literacy Department in Fall 2013, and began serving as the Service-Learning Faculty Associate in Fall 2018. Her teaching and research interests focus on comprehensively meeting the needs of diverse P-12 literacy learners and effectively preparing the professionals who teach them. She has incorporated service learning into several of her courses, most notably her Foundations in Reading course (EDR 307), through which she maintains a long-standing partnership with the Countdown to Kindergarten program at St. Agnes Outreach Services. She is looking forward to working with faculty and administrators across campus to advance service learning as a pedagogical paradigm and create a wider number of service learning opportunities for students in support of their academic learning.

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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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Catherine Pilling

CCNYPA AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Resource Pantry Coordinator

Catherine joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in July 2018.  She graduated from West Chester University in December of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.  Throughout her time as a student, Catherine enjoyed volunteering both on and off-campus through organizations like Circle K, the Ronald McDonald Camp, and Alpha Kappa Delta.  Most recently, she interned for the nonprofit, Profugo, researching and writing grants.  Catherine is looking forward to continuing the growth of the Resource Pantry, working with students as well as campus and community organizations, and helping to ensure the Pantry’s sustainability for years to come. 

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Shannon Gillespie

Graduate Assistant

Shannon joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in October of 2017 as a Graduate Assistant focusing on the Alternative Break Program. She comes to us as a 2017 alumna of West Chester University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English and Philosophy. Currently, she is pursuing her Master's Degree in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs. Shannon is enthusiastic to learn and serve alongside students as they prepare to embark on their service trips.

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Kaileik Asbury

Graduate Assistant

Kaileik (Kai) joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in August 2018 as a Graduate Assistant focused on the America Reads Youth Mentoring Program. Kai joins us as a recent graduate of Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Business Administration.  Currently, she is a graduate student in WCU’s Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs program. Kai is excited to embark on this journey towards a career in Higher Education and empower college students to positively impact their community by advocating for social justice and inclusion.

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Sue Perls

Graduate Practicum Student

Sue joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in August of 2017. She shares her time between the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs and the Office of Residence Life and Housing Services at West Chester University, where she serves as the Graduate Assistant of Tyson Hall. Prior to West Chester University, Sue earned a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science with a Specialization in Health Promotion and Fitness Management at Rowan University. Sue is pursing a Master of Science with a concentration in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs. Sue hopes to educate, support, and empower students to integrate meaningful service into their everyday lives.


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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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