Community Services and Non-Profits Mentors

Kim Boller

Contact: (609) 275-2341;
Title: Senior Research Psychologist, Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ

I evaluate programs for children and families here and abroad, including Head Start, Early Head Start, child care programs, and most recently, home visiting programs to prevent child maltreatment. The company I work for, Mathematica Policy Research, has successfully hired a number of people from Villanova, including a few from Honors!

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Amy Davies

Contact: 617-496-1100;
Title: Director of MPA Programs, Harvard Kennedy School

Areas of Expertise/Interest:  higher education administration, non-profit management, crisis and conflict management.

Amy Davies is the Director of MPA programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, managing the 2 year and 1 year Masters in Public Administration Programs. Prior to joining HKS, Amy worked for just under ten years in national and regional roles for the U.S. Office of Habitat for Humanity International. At HFHI, she led the organization’s U.S. Policy Committee and the effort to create its first national policy standards and quality assurance process. She also helped create the organization’s internal crisis and conflict management department. Earlier in her career Amy worked with Accenture. She graduated with an MPA from Harvard in 2010 and with a BA in Honors from Villanova University in 1998.

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Amanda Epting

Program Coordinator-Livelihoods, Program Advancement, Pact

Areas of expertise/ interest: international development, economic empowerment, SE Asia

After graduating with a BA in History from Villanova in 2008, Amanda worked in fundraising and communications for the American Red Cross and the Rotary Foundation before transitioning to direct programmatic work overseas. She has lived in Peru and Cambodia, working first for an education focused nonprofit supporting the organization's micro-finance and sustainable livelihoods enterprise for women and then for Pact in Cambodia supporting their women's empowerment and savings program, WORTH. Amanda is an international development professional currently working for Pact in Washington, DC focused on Livelihoods programming. 

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Ryan Flynn

Title: Consultant, Education, The World Bank, Mid-Atlantic/Washington DC

Interests: international development, education policy, skills and jobs, global governance, multilateral institutions, East Asia, China

Ryan graduated from Villanova in 2008 with a BA in Honors, using the flexibility of the Honors program to craft a multidisciplinary degree focused on international economics, social and political theory, and languages.  His Honors dissertation focused on the political economy of ethnicity in China, where he studied abroad.  Ryan has earned a Masters in International Development from the London School of Economics.  Upon graduation from LSE he lived in Taiwan and China to continue studies in Chinese funded by a Fulbright-Hays grant and a scholarship from the Taiwanese government. Ryan's work experience includes placements with a NGO working on fair trade issues in London, a magazine in Beijing and as a substitute teacher.  He currently works with the World Bank in Washington DC.

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Katrine Herrick

Contact: 908-675-7602,
Title: Project Coordinator, Safe Babies Court Teams, ZERO TO THREE (non-profit that works for the healthy development of infants and toddlers).

Areas of expertise/interest: Child Development, Policy, Planning

After graduation I worked as a lobby associate for 11 months at NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.  In this position I worked in Washington, D.C. for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and housing rights in Iraq.  After NETWORK I went to Tufts for a dual Masters in Child Development and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.  It was a two year degree that resulted in a focus on child and family policy.  During my time at Tufts we were required to do an internship.  I interned with ZERO TO THREE in D.C. and was hired during my second year of graduate school.  Currently I work on the Safe Babies Court Teams Project at ZERO TO THREE.  The project aims to help judges and professionals working with maltreated infants and toddlers in jurisdictions nationwide use brain science to make better decisions about placements, visitation orders, and service needs.  In this capacity I do grant writing, write progress reports, run data reports, and provide technical assistance and training on issues like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

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Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Contact: 703-993-4880;
Title: Deputy Director of Academic Programs at Institute for Humane Studies

I work in Non-Profit Management.  I'm the Deputy Director of my department and I do personnel management, grand writing, and project management at an educational non-profit. 

I direct the new academic networking website, Kosmos Online, and our Career Development Programs. I also work with legal academics, as well as lawyers involved in public interest law.

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Brittany Parisi

Title: Special Education Manager, Success Academies Charter Network, New York, NY

2010 Teach for America Corps Member, Philadelphia Region
Villanova University 2010: B.A. Political Science/Honors
University of Pennsylvania 2012: M.S. Urban Education

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Jenna Troup

Title: Degree Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health

I graduated in May 2011 with a BA in Global Interdisciplinary Studies and French.  My thesis research was in women's health in the developing world (specifically female genital cutting in West Africa), and I was able to pursue that interest with a research fellowship at Pfizer.  I worked in research and development in the infant and maternal nutrition business unit and contributed to a number of projects promoting infant and maternal health and researching health interventions and global health policy.  Since January 2012, I have been working for a university in the Netherlands which collaborates with Pfizer on several research projects.  I have been able to pursue many of the same research projects and get great experience in program development and coordination.  I will continue with this position as I begin a MS program at the Harvard School of Public Health, pursuing a degree in the societal determinants of health for infants and adolescents. 

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Chelsea Woods

Title: Reference Library Associate, Paterson Public Library

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Community development, youth services, literacy, and education                              

Chelsea Woods is a librarian who earned her MLIS in Library Science from Rutgers University.  She decided on librarianship after an undergrad degree in English at Villanova University and a brief stint abroad at Oxford University, where she worked on her senior Honors thesis.  She also enjoys aggressively reading, sewing, knitting, and cooking.

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