Madeline is the founding director of the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic with twenty-five years of experience in cross-cultural programming and service-learning, both K-12 and higher education. She has traveled extensively; living, working, and volunteering for extended periods of time in Japan, Haiti, the Philippines, Nicaragua, and New Zealand. While teaching and working at the Maryland State Department of Education, she received several fellowships, including two Fulbrights to India and South Africa, and others to Kyrgyzstan and Ecuador. She has consulted domestically and internationally. Her BA and MA are from Gettysburg and Hood College respectively.
Pat moved to the Gettysburg area in 2001 from South Jersey where she was born, raised and lived most of her life. She worked for Kosta Glove and Safety for 28 years before moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to her son and his family. She is an avid tennis player, is learning to play golf, and loves spending time with her two grandchildren.
Cathalina Juarez has over ten years of experience working in higher education. Most recently, she coordinated middle school and high school programs at the Viterbi K-12 STEM Center at the University of Southern California. Cathalina graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Psychology. She obtained her master’s degree in Education from California State University, Long Beach. In her spare time, she volunteers for the NASA Solar System Ambassadors program to share space exploration missions and discoveries.
Jake is a Portland, Oregon native looking to live in Maryland for the first time with the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Armed with a BFA and a can-do attitude he hopes to gain skills with CCMA to create actionable community engagement, promote responsible and ethical solutions, and support VISTA members as they look toward development both as professionals and global citizens. Jake can often be found in the kitchen refining a new recipe, exploring the limits of gouache, or hunting for a great glass of cold brew coffee.
Tavon is a current graduate assistant pursing his MEd in policy and leadership at Marquette University. While in undergrad at Morgan State, he developed his penchant for service through various internships based in ethnography and youth development which led to him serving with AmeriCorps State / National programs for three years in a charter school in Wilmington and a youth development and advocacy nonprofit in his native Baltimore after completing his BA in sociology. He is passionate about mentoring and coaching and excited about being a mentor for AmeriCorps VISTA members at CCMA.
Sarah grew up in Frederick County, Maryland, where she began working with community empowerment from a young age. She carried on her commitment to social change while living in Boston, MA; Coronado, Costa Rica; and San Francisco, CA. Sarah then went to Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she completed a Bachelor’s focused in Social Enterprise with an emphasis in Social and Ecological Resilience. Her favorite projects have included establishing food forests, working with Indigenous sovereignty, and using natural building methods for free community housing.
Laura Hagmann has extensive experience in creating editorial content, managing editorial processes, and forming and maintaining strategic and collaborative relationships. Laura also has served as adjunct faculty in several colleges and universities in the US and Europe. Her teaching specialties include management, HR, group process, organizational behavior, and strategy. In her spare time, Laura enjoys gardening, hiking, and live music. She lives in Maryland with her dog and two cats.
Karin works on communications, awards, publications, and a few other miscellaneous projects for CCMA. Interested in international history and politics, she completed her MA at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, after receiving an undergrad in history and French from Calvin College in Michigan. She enjoys hiking, reading a good book, and playing roller derby. She lives in Frederick with her family.
Zandra is a three time AmeriCorps VISTA, previously serving as a VISTA Leader for North Carolina Campus Compact in 2018. During her time at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she developed a passion for public policy and law, and how these tools can be used to address poverty. Her experience with AmeriCorps VISTA has deepened her belief of the power of community and how we must work together with unique partners to accomplish change. In her free time she enjoys listening to her diverse music collection and playing guitar
Jim Walters is the President of The Walters Group providing experiential learning pedagogy and strategies to address competency-based student learning outcomes. He served as the Director of Student Life at Montgomery College from 1972 to 2014. Walters earned his bachelor’s degree in English from The George Washington University and his master’s in theatre from The Catholic University of America. He served as the chair of the National Society for Experiential Education for many years and has presented at numerous conferences.
Kiana Pena-Acosta graduated from Towson University in 2020, earning her BA in Health Education and Promotion. During her senior year, she interned at the Towson University Health Center and worked for Student Health Services. There she had the opportunity to create her own on-campus events, manage the Health Center’s social media, and create workshops that would be used in future Towson health courses.
Taylor Gates was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland and graduated from Harvard College in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Economics. She focused her degree on the intersection of social, environmental, and economic justice, and the ways that community empowerment can address challenges in these spheres. In pursuit of her degree, she conducted field research on sustainable development in Panama and Costa Rica, where she focused on community response to and influence on development projects. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, live music, traveling, and practicing her Spanish.