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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Cayce Farina

Contact: Please contact the Honors Program for an email address
Title: Therapist, Eagleville Hospital

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, Pastoral Counseling

After graduating from Villanova in 2010 with a B.A. in English, Cayce worked for the Honors Program as their Program Assistant while she pursued her Master's Degree at Villanova in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Cayce graduated with her M.S. in 2015 and now works for Eagleville Hospital as a therapist for populations with co-occuring mental illness and substance use disorders. She is happy to speak with undergraduates interested in the counseling field or with questions about applying to graduate school.

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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: Manager, National Foundation Partnerships at Teach For America

At Teach For America, I manage a portfolio of national foundations who give national and multi-regional grants to the organization. This includes a degree of program development knowledge, non-profit finance and budgeting, grant writing, and relationship-building skills. Before this role, I worked as the Special Education Manager at Success Academy Charter Network, coaching special education teachers and coordinating org-wide professional development. I was a 2010 Teach For America corps members in Philadelphia immediately after graduating from Villanova. I taught middle school special education for two years in a low-income school and obtained my Masters in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  

I'm more than happy to connect with anyone interested in education reform and/or non-profit development.

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Morgan Perry

Contact:, (203)-228-1628
Title: Cabrini Missioner (Year of Service)

Areas of Expertise/Interest: Bachelor of Arts, Honors Program and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I also followed the pre-med track and can answer questions about the process.

I am a 2015 graduate that majored in Psychology and also completed the Honors Oral Exam Capstone. In addition, I followed the pre-medical track and hope to attend medical school in the next few years. For the next year I will be completing a year of service at Cabrini College in the role of a Cabrini Missioner. My primary work will be with campus ministry and social justice. I am more than happy to meet with or speak with anyone. 

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Jenna Troup, M. Sc.

Title: Public Health Analyst, RTI International

I am a 2011 graduate of CLAS, where I studied Global Interdisciplinary Studies and French. After a brief stint in Research and Development at Pfizer, I earned a Master of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. While in grad school, I pursued internships and coursework focused on healthcare policy and finance, information technology and innovation, chronic disease, and social determinants of health, with a strong focus on strategy and program development. I am now a Public Health Analyst at RTI International, a research and consulting organization which works largely on Federal Government contracts. I am currently part of a team working to implement parts of the Affordable Care Act focused on hospital finance and healthcare quality.

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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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