Anne DePrinceTitle: Director
Focus: Anne oversees CCESL's long-term vision and strategic plan, working closely with staff on the implementation of programs in support of CCESL's four initiatives. She works closely with faculty as part of CCESL's community-engaged scholarship and learning initiatives. In addition, she works with CCESL's Graduate Research Assistant on evaluating the impact of CCESL's programs as well as our new Science Shop. She also works to advocate for community-engagement on campus.
Background: Anne DePrince completed her doctoral training in psychology at the University of Oregon and her clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado.
In her role as professor of psychology, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses using community-engaged strategies. Her community-engaged research focuses on violence against women and children.
Cara DiEnnoTitle: Associate Director
Focus: Cara supports faculty members in their use of service learning through CCESL's various service learning trainings and funding opportunities. She assists the director in managing the Public Good Fund, which provides grants and fellowships to DU faculty conducting community-engaged scholarship.
Cara also manages CCESL's various student programs, including the youth civic engagement program Public Achievement, which pairs DU students (who serve as coaches) with Denver middle schools and high schools.
Background: In 2009, Cara completed her dissertation, "A Case Study of Social Capital and Collaboration as a Communication Process in an Urban Community-Based Ecological Restoration Project," to earn her PhD in environmental communication from the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University. She earned her MS from CSU as well and also holds a BS in Environmental Studies and Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University.
Cara's work is grounded in her own commitment to social justice and engagement. In 2007, she was the recipient of a Fort Collins Community Civility Award for service to the CSU campus and the Fort Collins community.
Ryan HanschenTitle: Program Coordinator
Focus: Ryan contributes to CCESL's Service and Civic Development Initiatives by taking a leadership role in the next stage of developing CCESL's volunteer and AmeriCorps opportunities, as well as coordinating the Puksta Scholars Program.
Background: A DU alumnus, Ryan graduated with a major in sociology and minors in philosophy and psychology. He went on to serve two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the PeaceJam Foundation and then transitioned into a role as PeaceJam's Program and Development Coordinator. Ryan brings a long-standing commitment to service and social justice to CCESL. He has made diverse contributions to communities, from his service as a certified Master Composter with Denver Urban Gardens to his role supporting Amnesty International groups across the state. Ryan is currently earning a Master's degree in Leadership & Organizations from DU and serves as a Commissioner on the Governor's Commission on Community Service.
Iman JodehTitle: Administrative Assistant
Focus: Iman assists with strategic planning, budgetary responsibilities, and marketing and event planning.
Background: Iman holds a masters degree in public policy from the University of Colorado Denver, where she focused her graduate studies on urban redevelopment and community participation in the third world (in particular, communities rebuilding post war). She has worked in local and international nonprofits, where she assisted with fundraising, women's engagement, policy and economic development in the Middle East. Iman also teaches the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict course at DU's University College.
Mackenzie BurdicTitle: Student Programs Development Coordinator
Focus: MacKenzie serves two main roles at CCESL. She serves as the AmeriCorps coordinator for the Compact Service Corps DU AmeriCorps program, a federal initiative that supports service work in a multitude of focus areas through professional trainings, support, critical reflection, and an education award. Furthermore, MacKenzie serves as an adviser for both the Puksta Scholar and Public Achievement programs in CCESL.
Background: MacKenzie holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science from the University of Colorado, as well as an M.A. in International Development and Global Health from the University of Denver. MacKenzie has a long-standing history of involvement in community-engaged work – particularly in access to surgical health care in low-income countries, as well as working alongside high school and college students in Denver public schools to identify and combat injustices present in the community. She strives to use community-engaged strategies and values throughout her career as a community organizer in the United States and globally.
Meredith BordenTitle: Science Shop Coordinator
Focus: Meredith serves two main roles at CCESL. She helps to develop and implement assessments – regarding the impact of various CCESL programs and participants' experiences of programs as well as plan and coordinate details of our growing list of Science Shop projects – projects that involve collaborations in research between DU students, faculty, and community organizations.
Background: Meredith holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, with a strong emphasis in research studies. She is currently working toward her EdS in Child, Family, and School Psychology through the Morgridge College of Education at DU. Meredith has a long-standing history of involvement in community-engaged work- particularly in promoting social justice in educational settings and through her involvement with Alpha Phi Omega as an undergraduate. She strives to use community-engage strategies and values while advocating for families and students in her school psychology work.