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Anne DePrince

Anne DePrince Title: Director
Email: anne.deprince@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-2939

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 initiatives. She works closely with faculty as part of CCESL's community-engaged scholarship and learning initiatives. 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 childre

Cara DiEnno

Cara DiEnnoTitle: Associate Director
Email:cara.dienno@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-2158

Focus: Cara supports faculty, staff and students in their community-engaged work – collaborating with the community to advance social justice and live out the university's public good vision. She leads trainings and provides consultation to faculty through the center's community engaged learning and community engaged scholarship initiatives. She assists the director in managing the Public Good Fund, which provides grants to DU faculty conducting community engaged scholarship. She also provides oversight of all of the Center's student civic engagement programs, including managing the Public Good Associates and Community Engaged Student Fellows programs. In addition to supporting the campus community, she also teaches university courses using service learning pedagogy and participates in community engaged research.

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 from the mayor's office for service to the CSU campus and Fort Collins community. She has also received the Pioneer Award from the University of Denver for serving as an innovator and using her creative talents and unique perspectives to positively impact the community and the Outstanding Service Award for exemplifying the mission of the university.

Katie Kleinhesselink

Katie K HeadshotTitle: DU Grand Challenges Program Manager
Email: katie.kleinhesselink@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-3865

Focus: Katie serves as Program Manager for DU Grand Challenges, which is centralized at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning. DU Grand Challenges brings together curricular, scholarship, creative work and co-curricular activities to advance community-engaged work.

Background: Katie brings expertise to this position in higher education, community-engaged scholarship, and networked collaboration. Since 2011, she has served as the Director of Member Services for Campus Compact of the Mountain West. In that role, she designed and implemented programs that served faculty, staff, administrators, and students as well as supported cross-campus networks and collaborations. Prior to that role, Katie served as the Senior Program Coordinator at the University of Wyoming and Program Manager for the Office of Engagement at the University of Montana. Katie has a Masters of Public Administration as well as BA in Women's Studies from the University of Montana. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Higher Education Program at DU's own Morgridge College of Education.

Kathleen Ferrick

KathleenTitle: Student Program Coordinator
Email:kathleen.ferrick@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-4281

Focus: Kathleen takes the lead on CCESL's Civic Development & Service Initiatives, including managing the Puksta Scholars and Public Achievement programs, advising the DU Service & Change student organization, and building campus capacity for service opportunities.

Background: Kathleen brings a background in macro social work practice focused on community organizing, outreach, and training facilitation. She has worked for several Denver-based non-profits addressing social justice issues including worker's rights, housing discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault/abuse. She has experience implementing anti-oppression workshops that center racial justice and is committed to supporting grassroots movement building. Kathleen holds an MSW from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Psychology from CU Boulder.

Maddie Duven

Maddie Duven Title: Business Program Coordinator 
Email: madeline.duven@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-3328

Focus: Maddie's responsibilities include strategic planning, budgetary responsibilities, social media, marketing and event planning. She is the editor of the quarterly Public Good Newsletter and manages CCESL's website. 

Background: Maddie graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in business administration and minors in marketing and sociology. She participated in and led many clubs throughout her time as a student. She worked as a marketing intern for two years and serves on the board of directors for a non-profit that provides scholarships for kids in Nicaragua and Belize.