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CCRE Team

Roseanne MirabellaRoseanne Marie Mirabella, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement and a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs.  Dr. Mirabella teaches and conducts research on nonprofit, nongovernmental, and public service organizations, and critical theory.   Over the past twenty years, together with her students, Dr. Mirabella has assisted many local community-based organizations in planning, programming, and evaluation initiatives.  A Vailsburg native, she is most proud of the community renaissance project she developed, a model partnership with Unified Vailsburg Services Organization and other local nonprofit organizations in Newark that enables students, faculty and community participants to develop programs to address locally identified concerns.  She is the 2013 recipient of the Justice William J. Brennan Life Time Achievement Award for her service to the Vailsburg Community.  Dr. Mirabella is currently the chair of the Section on Nonprofit Policy, Practice and Partnerships of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Past-President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and Past-President of the North Jersey Chapter of the ASPA.   She is an active participant in her local community, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Somerset Hills YMCA and having served four terms as member of the Somerset Hills Board of Education. In order to contact Roseanne Mirabella, Ph.D. please email roseanne.mirabella@shu.edu

Headshot of Timothy Hoffman Timothy Hoffman is the Director for the Center for Community Research and Engagement. He attended Seton Hall University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, earning his B.A. in Political Science in 2015 and his Master's in Public Administration in 2016. Timothy is also very active in his own community, as he is currently the Vice President on the Hackensack Board of Education. In order to contact Timothy Hoffman please email timothy.hoffman@shu.edu

Our Student Leaders

There are opportunities to apply for a work-study position or an internship in CCRE as a site leader for our mentoring and tutoring programs. We are seeking students with experience in service learning at tutoring/mentoring programs, particularly students who have completed Seton Hall courses that included a service learning component. Students will oversee the day-to-day activities at one of our partner sites, while reporting to our Project Coordinator. The role will require you to be available for approximately 6-12 hours a week each semester. Please contact Timothy Hoffman, Director, at timothy.hoffman@shu.edu for details.

Katherine Segovia is a junior English major and public relations minor at Seton Hall. As a Site Leader for CCRE last year, she went to UVSO Mount Vernon, UVSO Ivy Hill, and Harmony Day Care. This year, she is serving as a Site Leader at Harmony Day Care Center and Winchester Gardens. In high school, she was a Spanish tutor at St. Mary High School and a math tutor at Christ the King High School. She enjoys volunteering and is glad to continue serving the community with CCRE.

Jason Bowen is a junior from California majoring in Finance and IT at the Stillman School of Business. He was a part of the CCRE service lab as a freshman, where he tutored children at Lincoln Elementary School. He was very excited to learn about the opportunity to be a Site Leader in a program such as CCRE at Seton Hall because he has always been an active participant in community programs. During his four years in high school, he was an active worker for Habitat for Humanity where he would work in the store or go out and help with different construction projects.

Jaeline Granda is a sophomore Business major at the Stillman School of Business. She was a Site Leader at CCRE last year, working at Harmony Daycare Center and Ivy Hill Middle School, where she assisted in creating a curriculum for the mentoring program. She is a Site Leader at two new programs this year: UVSO Teen Center and Christ the King High School. Previously, she has volunteered at Greater Newark Conservancy and Saint John’s Soup Kitchen. On campus, Jaeline is an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Through this, she has also been able to reach out to the community by participating in philanthropic events through the Arthritis Foundation.

Shania L. Vergara is a sophomore biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the Latino(a) Organization Adelante, as well as an active member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) and Colleges Against Cancer organization. This is her second year as a Site Leader in CCRE. During her first year, she led volunteers at the Jespy House in South Orange and participated in the UVSO elementary after school programs in Newark. This year, she is a site leader at Christ the King High School where she tutors students in a variety of subjects. Outside of CCRE, Shania also volunteers with the Division of Volunteer Services (DOVE) at Seton Hall.

Caique Da Silva is a junior majoring in Mathematics. This is his first year with the CCRE team but he has done volunteer work in the past with his family. One of his volunteer experiences was going to New York during the winter to pass out sandwiches, hot chocolate and warm clothing to the homeless. He also recalls making breakfast sandwiches with his family to give out to the homeless in São Paulo during his visit to Brazil. Caique was also involved in one of the DOVE SOS programs his freshman year, where he spent the day playing soccer, his favorite sport, with special needs adults. He’s excited to be able to give back to the community through CCRE.

Anya Darmetko is a sophomore Political Science major and the trumpet Section Leader of Seton Hall’s Pep Band. She is a very active member in her community and performed a lot of community service in high school. Anya was involved in a sports program, where she played basketball and volleyball with special-needs students. She also spent her high school years campaigning to raise awareness against discrimination. During her first year of college, she travelled to New York City a few times during the fall and winter to prepare and deliver meals to the homeless, along with organizing supplies to send to Nicaragua with Service on Saturdays. Anya really enjoys helping people and making people’s lives better in general.

Keven Mendez is a third year biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. This is his first year working with the CCRE team, but he has given back to the community of South Orange in the past. He has assisted with book drives throughout the city in collaboration with other non-profit organizations and other prominent community leaders. All the proceeds and extra books went towards the fight against illiteracy. Keven has also volunteered at various elementary schools where he mostly interacted with children in grades K-3. During his free time, Keven enjoys playing volleyball and baseball.

Taylor Newkirk is a Sophomore Psychology major with a minor in Africana Studies. She has a strong passion for uplifting marginalized communities and spreading a message of unity. She is the secretary of the Black Student Union, Psychology Club, and the National Council of Negro Women Imani Chapter, respectively. Last year, Taylor was one of the student volunteers in the CCRE service lab and participated at both UVSO Mount Vernon and Harmony Daycare. She is now a Site Leader at Christ the King High School and Ivy Hill Middle School where she is helping launch a new financial literacy-mentoring program.

Claudia Valverde is a sophomore Secondary Education and Biology major. She is excited to be one of the newest Site Leaders joining CCRE this year. While this is a new experience for her, she has previously worked with children in a program called Woodbridge Buddy Ball. There, she interacted with kids ages 5-20 by playing different sports with them throughout the year. She has also volunteered at veteran’s homes and at a hospital, where she learned to meet the needs of the variety of different people she was exposed to. On campus, Claudia is the Secretary of Adelante, a Latino(a) Student Organization, a Resident Assistant at Xavier Hall and a lover of corny jokes.

Jaylen Henderson-Peña is a freshman currently pursuing Elementary Education. In his first semester of college, Jaylen volunteered at UVSO Mount Vernon. Volunteering at the site had a great impact on his decision to change his previous major of Accounting to Elementary Education. He has previous volunteer experience as a former assistant field coach for his town’s AAU track club, head of his church’s videography team, summer camp counselor, and he assisted his father in helping disabled youths exercise. As an active musician in high school, Jaylen has continued his musical career on campus as a member of Seton Hall's Pep Band.

Matt Henry is a freshman majoring in Finance at the Stillman School of Business. Last semester he participated in the service lab as a volunteer at Ivy Hill Middle School where he was a mentor in financial literacy to middle school students. Previously, he has been actively involved in Relay for Life, Coaches vs. Cancer, and Athletes Helping Athletes. On campus he is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, and with charity as one of their core values, he is very concerned with philanthropy and service opportunities.

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