Meet Your GA's

Shanika Griffiths

Shanika Griffiths

Graduate Assistant for Retention and Outreach

Hi! I’m Shanika Griffiths and I am the Retention & Outreach GA. I am a first- generation college graduate of Villanova University returning home to pursue a Masters of Education in School Counseling. (Go Wildcats!) While here as an undergraduate student, I double majored in Human Services & French and double minored in Psychology and Sociology. Outside of the classroom, I was an RA and a work-study for the Center for Multicultural Affairs, along with occasionally partaking in activities put on by other clubs and organizations on campus.

Post graduation, I served as an AmeriCorps* VISTA Philly Fellow with Spark Philadelphia, a drop-out prevention program serving middle schools students in underserved Philadelphia schools. My passion for helping others has guided me back to the Center for Multicultural Affairs to be of the utmost assistance to you!

I am very excited to be back on campus and to get to meet each student that comes my way. I am thrilled to assist others in making the most out of their college experience. To be a Villanovan means that you are ambitious and you are talented – even when you do not believe this to be true for you. I believe in you. I know that everyone has a passion and drive, and I am happy to help you find your drive to motivate you towards personal growth and increased productivity to allow you to not just graduate but to graduate happy. 

Charles Howard

Charlie Howard

Graduate Assistant for Retention and Outreach

Hi! I'm Charlie.  I am the graduate assistant for The Center for Multicultural Affairs and The Campus Ministry Department.  I am in my second year of a MA degree in Theology with a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry.  I am a non-traditional student, having worked in the lumber retail industry and construction for almost 15 years.  I received my BA in Sociology from University of Buffalo, where I lived for 11 years.  I am originally from the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York State.  

During my years as an undergraduate, my extracurricular time was spent singing with my acapella group - The Binghamtonics, and rowing for the crew team.  Throughout my life I have participated in many sports, including soccer, swimming, crew, bicycling, track, baseball, and basketball.  I have currently gotten back into running and love it.

More importantly, my passion has always been people.  I love getting to know and learn about you all.  I am outgoing and extroverted and am always one to strike up a conversation on the street with anybody.  If you see me on campus or in the office - please stop by and say hi - I would love to get to know you.

Naette Lee

Naette Lee

Graduate Assistant for Research and Diversity Programming

Hi my name is Naette. I am the Graduate Assistant for Research and Diversity Programming and I’ll be pursuing a Master’s degree in Communications. I graduated from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine in 2003 where I read for a degree in History.

Since then I have walked a winding professional path that included work as a television news and sports anchor, speechwriter to the Energy Minister, a current affairs programming producer and presenter and the director of the US Embassy Port of Spain’s Information Resource Center. Most recently I worked as a copywriter and corporate communications strategist at Lonsdale Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising.

My interests are as varied as my professional experience. I am an obsessive book collector with a taste for the Latin American magical realism tradition and biographical fiction. I am also an operatic soprano. My favourite achievements include playing Pamina in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”, winning the Trinidad and Tobago National Music Festival Championship trophy in the recital category and founding a musical group called Bravura.

I look forward to lending my talents and professional experience to the development of the Villanova community. Having been raised in a society as culturally varied as Trinidad and Tobago, I feel confident that I can understand the issues around diversity and bring a new perspective to bear on the work of the Center for Multicultural Affairs. I am very excited to make my own unique contribution.

Bridget Lemke

Bridget Lemke

Graduate Assistant for Community Outreach and Programming

Hello Friends, my name is Bridget Lemke! If I had to summarize myself in one sentence, I would use my mantra, "My mind will always be open and my heart will always grow."

As an undergraduate at Villanova University, eagerness to learn and my passion to connect with others led me to major in Humanities and minor in Peace and Justice. During my senior year, I took “Growing into Justice through Agriculture,” a Peace and Justice course that ignited a passion for gardening, community access to organic foods, and sustainability. In my time outside the classroom, I sought a solution to poverty as a board member of VU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. I also traveled to Galway, Ireland for a semester to experience a different culture and to get to know my heritage.

After graduation, I joined the Augustinian Volunteers in Southern California as an Assistant Case Worker at HELP of Ojai. HELP is the only social service agency in the Ojai Valley, so I was blessed with the opportunity to work with clients from various backgrounds: families, individuals, seniors, addicts, immigrants, the homeless, and the mentally ill. HELP’s holistic and rational approach to serving its clients inspired me to pursue a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Villanova University. I am eager to continue learning and sharpening these skills so that I may better equip myself to face the challenges that burden our communities.

After my time in California, I returned home to Delaware County, PA, and began working as an Administrative Assistant at VU’s Center for Multicultural Affairs. The Center’s mission, staff, students, and programs have inspired me all year long, and continue to motivate me to work to put an end to educational discrepancy in America.

I am excited to work as the Graduate Assistant for Community Outreach and Programming. It will be my honor to carry out the mission of the Center for Multicultural Affairs through our partnership with the Academy at Palumbo.

 

Kenneth Roggenkamp

Kenneth Roggenkamp

Graduate Assistant for Retention

Hi there! My name is Kenny, and I am a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Multicultural Affairs. I am pursuing my Master of Arts in English here at Villanova. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in English from Temple University. I was the beneficiary of some excellent instruction while I was at Temple and found specific interests in Critical Theory and Irish Drama, which I plan to pursue at Villanova. I was honored to be a reader for the undergraduate literary and arts magazine, and later became the Managing Editor. In my senior year, I was able to participate in a reading group that met to discuss Ulysses. The group included Damon Knight Memorial Grandmaster Award recipient Samuel R. Delaney, and being a part of it was one of the most intellectually rewarding and challenging experiences I had at Temple. During my four years as an undergraduate, I also became a tour guide; as a part of my work with Urban Adventures and Awfully Nice Tours, I lead small scale, cultural tours through South Philadelphia, Center City, and Old City.

I am very excited to bring my experiences at Temple to the Villanova community, and to assist as many students as I can during my time at Villanova. I hope to be able to share my passion for the Liberal Arts, and for education in general, not only to the students with whom I work, but with as many students as possible. In addition, I hope to be able to help students from all over the country experience all of the wonderful things that Philadelphia has to offer. 

Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas Wilson

Graduate Assistant for Retention

Hey folks! I'm Nick Wilson, the Freshman Retention Graduate Assistant this year in the CMA. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, I graduated from Villanova in May 2013 with a History degree. During my time at the University, I was a member of STOVS (class of '09), a Research and Programming Work Study in CMA, Program Coordinator for STOVS, and was involved with a number of other programs and activities on campus.

The past two years I have worked in New York City at Bloomberg LP, specializing in Commodity Analytics. During that time, I was able to establish a firm grasp of the financial markets and the corporate structure, while also working in depth with the Bloomberg software and accompanying analytical tools.

As a first year graduate student, I am eager to pursue my Masters of Public Administration (MPA), with a focus on Non-Profit Management. I look forward to closely working with the students of the CMA, and molding them into proud graduates of this life changing University.