Civic engagement has always been a hallmark of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. The program encourages students to become active, thoughtful and effective participants in their world. In a special project, Jepson School students and alumni reported their service in their communities in a virtual community engagement campaign to mark the 15th anniversary of the School’s first graduating class. Participants met online and reported service to their communities.

The Jepson School's Alumni Networking Committee organized the project, which ran Oct. 2, 2008 through Feb. 28, 2009.

Greg Efthimiou, Jepson class of 1999, project co-chair, moderated the discussion with:
 
•    Matt Stevens, class of 1994, who has worked with Boy Scouts and in church work;
•    Neil Singh, class of 2004, has been active in New York Cares since he graduated;
•    Kerrissa Richards, class of 2011, a pre-med student who sees science as service;  
•    Tony DeRosa, class of 2009, active in political campaign;
•    Corrie Mixon, class of 2008, an AmeriCorps worker in a full-time placement;  
•    Dr. Gill Robinson Hickman, Jepson professor.

Activities reported included:

Brent Allen ’98 managed a campaign for state senate in Atlanta where he was also a volunteer leader for the Young Life NW Atlanta Ministry.

Oluwatorera Akinola ’07 worked with adolescents with severe autism and other developmental disabilities to increase their independence by honing their social skills and daily living skills. She is a member of the AmeriCorps teaching fellows program.

Ryan Babiuch ’04 volunteered as a member of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He worked on a variety of volunteer activities but focused on helping to recruit and train several thousand Chicago-area lawyers to travel to polling places in nearby battleground states as election monitors.

Alissa Baldwin ’00 is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in Victoria, Va. She is licensed to treat patients and drive emergency vehicles.

Evan Baum ’03 helped at the Model United Nations conference in January 2009. The regional conference was held in Hershey, Pa., and served 1,300 high-school students from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Evan has volunteered for Model UN for more than 10 years after having done the conference for four years as a high school student. Evan also volunteered at “Mason Votes,” a collection of students, faculty and staff at George Mason University who worked together to register voters during the recent presidential campaign.

Kelly Beeland ’96 serves as membership committee chairwoman of the Del Ray Citizenship Association in Alexandria, Va. The association provides a forum for the community to work with the city on land use, traffic, safety and education issues.

Sam Beese ’06 spends her volunteer hours working with animals at the Richmond SPCA, a privately funded no-kill animal shelter. She walks and grooms the dogs, keeps kennel areas clean and helps with administrative tasks.

Lee Beville Carlton ’99
volunteers at school-sponsored events in her role as a teacher at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, Calif. She also helps time races and coordinates jumping events at on-campus track meets.

Annie Bezbatchenko ’04 participated in the University of Richmond’s Real World weekend activities.

Ashley Bolding ’06 participated in the University of Richmond’s Real World weekend activities.

Kimberly Bowers ’05 passed out Democratic sample ballots and volunteered her time at various polling sites during the campaign of Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. She also volunteered with the Urban League of Young Professionals group at the Community Harvest Festival on Halloween. She donated candy and helped at-risk children with arts and crafts in a fun and safe environment.

Braxton Bragg ’06 participated in the University of Richmond’s Real World weekend activities.

Camille Cade Hammond ’97 is a member of the Jepson School’s National Advisory Board.

Jennifer Campbell McIntosh ’99 serves as faculty sponsor of the leadership (student government) association at St. Catherine’s Middle School, a private all-girls school in Richmond. The school’s leadership organization takes on a different charitable project each month, educates its students and uses creative ways to raise money for each project. To date she’s raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the ALS Association and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Adrienne Capps ’98 is a board member and handles the finances at S.W.I.S.H., a gay-straight alliance that provides opportunities for straight women and men to contribute their time, energy and talents to further the gay rights movement in New York City. Since becoming treasurer in 2008, Adrienne has reorganized the organization’s finances and is helping strategically plan for their financial future.

Balu Chandrasekaran ’07 participated in the University of Richmond’s Real World weekend activities.

Michael Connelly ’08 is a member of the Disney Volunteers team in Orlando, Fla. The service arm of the Walt Disney World Resort plays an active role in the Orlando community. Michael helped clean up a lake, volunteered in an animal shelter, took part in a walk for Autism and donated time at Toys for Tots.

Kelly Decker McCullough  ’03 took part in a Coaches vs. Cancer event, a charity sports event and fund raiser to benefit the fight against cancer.

Joy Dolan ’99 serves as co-chair for the 10th Reunion Gift campaign for the University of Richmond Class of 1999. Her goal is to have 25 percent of the class contribute to the Reunion Gift and/or help raise $50,000.

Allison DuVal ’08 teaches second grade in a Title I school in Durham, N.C., through the highly selective Teach For America program. As a first-year teacher, Allison serves as her grade-level chairwoman and as her school's Diabetes Care Manager. She strives to make significant academic gains by teaching reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies to her 15 students in an inclusion classroom.

Greg Efthimiou ’99 participated in the two-day “Real World 2009” event at the University of Richmond. In that role Greg mentored undergraduates on the job market and graduate school. Greg and his wife regularly volunteer and coach special-needs youth and adults through the Special Olympics, and they recently volunteered with special-needs youth at a faith-based social gathering in Durham, N.C. Greg also serves as a member of the University of Richmond’s alumni recruiting program and met with a high school senior in Charlotte, N.C., to conduct an informational interview. He also gave back to Jepson by co-chairing and writing a blog for the 150 Days in a Lifetime of Service campaign.

Kristen Emerson ’05 works and volunteers at Blackhawk Church as a Ministry Assistant. She helped coordinate the middle school and high school volunteer events, where 130 students and 25 adults drove through the night from Madison, Wis., to New York, N.Y., to give students the opportunity to build relationships with one another while sightseeing the city.

Erika Fiest ’02 organized a group of volunteers from her company, Right Management, to help sort and package food in the Philabundance warehouse, the region’s largest hunger-relief organization.

Aaron Graham ’02 participated in the University of Richmond’s Real World weekend activities.

Kelly Gribbin ’02 is a cantor at the weekly masses at St. Vincent DePaul Parish church and is a member of the Friends of St. Jude in Chicago. She is part of a network of young professionals committed to raising money for and increasing awareness of the research hospital’s fight against catastrophic illnesses.

Emily Griffey ’ 01 volunteers with the Junior League of Richmond, is a member of the Fan Woman’s Club and took an active role in a Hands On Greater Richmond event that helped beautify neglected areas of the city.

Matt Grimes `01 is an alternate member of the Town of Brookfield’s Zoning Commission. The commission considers land-use applications for businesses and residents. He’s also served as chairman of the Board of Education.

Maia Hallward ’98 is active on central committee, the governing body of Friends General Conference. FGC is a Quaker organization that serves the Religious Society of Friends. She recently finished up a three-year commitment as the committee’s assistant clerk and is embarking on a three-year term in the role of co-clerk. She is currently involved in planning a conference for those who have felt marginalized or otherwise excluded.

Maurice Henderson ’97 participated in the D.C. Public School Beautification Day in Washington, took part in the National Day of Service and led a leadership panel during Black History Month at the University of Richmond.

Aaron Heffron ’94 is vice chairman of the advisory committee to the town council of Purcellville, where he focuses on the town's economic development. He coordinates forums for local businesses and citizens. He also helped the Laurie Mitchel Employment Center with its strategic long-range planning process. The center provides job training services for people with mental illness.

Jennifer Heffron ’94 attended the annual meeting of the Laurie Mitchell Employment Center where she helped brainstorm strategic planning initiatives. She is also training to be an election officer in Loudoun County, Va. Jennifer also campaigned for President Barack Obama.

Mark Hickman ’07 volunteered at the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce through Hunton & Williams LLP Pro Bono Legal Clinic. He also gave his time to the Get Out the Vote effort for Obama for America – Virginia’s Campaign for Change.

Jessica Horan ’98 is a volunteer with the New York Junior League, where she serves on a committee focused on nonprofit governance. She also volunteered New York Cares’ fall Serve-a-thon, during which 8,000 New Yorkers gathered for New York Cares Day to paint public schools in the city.

Ellen Jacobs ’01 volunteered at Elk Hill Farm, an organization that seeks to help at-risk young men and women. Jacobs created a collage with pictures of the students and framed student artwork.

Marc Kaliser ’03 provided legal advice on the formation of a Texas nonprofit corporation focused on promoting a “green” lifestyle for young professionals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Sam Kaufman ’99 is past-chairman of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce in Richmond and a member of the board of directors of the Western Chesterfield Business Alliance. Both organizations seek a better quality of life through the betterment of business in Chesterfield, Va. Sam is also the vice-president in charge of finance for the University of Richmond Alumni Association’s executive committee.

Melissa Keough ’03 volunteers each week in the child activities room through Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She plays games, reads, colors and oversees the activities room or plays and keeps a child company in his or her room at the hospital.

Marianne Kinney ’03 lives in the International House, a graduate student dorm for international students in New York, N.Y. She helps link residents with local students and families in Harlem and tutors a third grade boy two hours per week.

Allison Kirk ’05 is in her fourth year of medical school in Chicago and volunteers at Community Health Clinic. The clinic provides free medical care and education to the uninsured, working poor of the city. She volunteers at Rush Medical Clinic and helps oversee the work of her younger colleagues.

Ken Kraper ’05 is a member of the University of Richmond Alumni Association where he helped formulate the university’s strategic plan.

Hillorie Leaman ’99 is an attorney in Philadelphia, where she represented a pro bono client in municipal court who was being evicted from her home. Her actions helped her client avoid immediate eviction for more than two months, long enough to find someplace else to live.

Melissa Lide ’04 serves with a group in an advisory role helping to organize a homeless program for the city of Philadelphia. She hopes the program will incorporate the city and its 38 current programs. Lide also works with Germantown Friends School in organizing an annual MLK Day of Service and performs volunteer work at Holy Cross High School in New Jersey.

Eric Loepp ’08 frequently speaks publicly on leadership and service as part of his job as program coordinator for the Center for Leadership and Education at the University of Richmond. He also volunteered his time on a local political campaign.

Carrie Marks ’95 volunteers at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis, where she serves as a vestry member, commissioner to children’s playgroup and director of the Ministry of Mothers. She is also a member of the capital campaign committee at The Conway School and campaigned for President Barack Obama.

John Marsh ’01 coaches youth basketball for the Sports on the Hill program. Sports on the Hill is an all-volunteer youth sports organization in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C. John has volunteered as a coach for different age groups since 2002 and currently coaches the 8- to 9-year-old group twice a week.

Kate Materna ’02 helped out at the Central Virginia Food Bank, which distributes food to those in need in the greater Richmond area. Kate helped  make food available to the community by sorting and stocking food in the warehouse.

Stefanie Mathew ’97 participated in the 2008 National Memory Walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Washington, D.C. She is also a board member of the Carnegie Mellon-Heinz College Alumni Association.

Sara McGanity ’07 serves the D.C. community as a member of the Junior League of Washington and as a member of Service Corps. This past holiday season, McGanity worked at the JLW fundraiser, “A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops.” She is currently on the subcommittee for Tossed & Found, an annual rummage sale by helping out at drop off days for the sale. With Service Corps, McGanity goes to meetings once a month to prepare bagged lunches for A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network).

Kerry McGonigle ’99 volunteers her time to help raise money for So Others May Eat (SOME), a community based organization that raises money to help the homeless in Washington, D.C.

Jane Mitchell ’00 volunteers at StepUP Ministries and serves as the children’s committee chairwoman each week. She works with children whose parents are going through the program, which helps people get back on their feet. Her group supports the children and provides skills in a nurturing environment.

Corrie Mixon ’08 is an AmeriCorps member who volunteers her time at Boaz & Ruth in Richmond. The organization strives to rehabilitate previously incarcerated individuals through job training and life skills. Boaz & Ruth is also working to revitalize Richmond’s Highland Park area. Corrie is on the Connecting Team that plans events to bring people together and raise awareness of the challenges facing the ex-offender population.

Nicholas Morales ’03 serves as a member of the Harvard Environmental Law Society.

Corinne Nunez ’07 spends time with her little sister in her role as a Big Sister in Frederick, Md. They frequently spend time together and Corinne recently got to watch her little sister perform in a talent show.

Kristin Parker ’02 is a member of Junior Achievement of Georgia, which teaches K-12 students about business and entrepreneurship, financial literacy and global workforce readiness. Parker participated in JA in a Day where she taught sixth grade MS students a series of lessons about how businesses operate in the United States and explored the economic issues that impact those businesses.

Laura Pendleton ’03 volunteers in the Junior League in North Carolina and campaigned for President Barack Obama.

Tripp Perrin ’95 is president of the University of Richmond Alumni Association. In that role he assists with strategic planning and board operations, alumni chapter programming, annual giving and coordinating alumni volunteer efforts.

Kristen Peterson ’03 is the class agent in charge of planning her 10-year reunion at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. She’s also a member of the board of advisers in charge of strategic planning for the school. She also participates in Community Rowing, Inc., a public rowing club in Boston. She rows competitively and helps the group maintain its equipment.

Jonathan Petro ’01 is a Big Brother to a 9-year-old child in Lakewood, N.J. Jonathan helps him with his homework in addition to taking him to dinner, movies and playing tennis. Jonathan also recently donated blood for a co-worker who is being treated for leukemia.

Janelle Rae ’03 volunteered her time serving as an assistant house manager at Specific Gravity Ensemble, a community theater company that performs plays in unusual spaces. Her plays were performed in elevators of high rises in downtown Louisville. She operated the elevators, ran the concession stand and made sure everything ran smoothly during the productions. Rae also volunteered to set up a hotline for information about the D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign through CAAB (Capital Area Asset Builders). She also lends her time and support to Louisville Public Media.

Sarah Riddile ’98 is a board member and management team member at Minds Matter, a nationwide organization that helps bright, motivated inner-city high school students get accepted in academically based summer programs and eventually colleges and universities. Riddile is responsible for recruiting more than 50 mentors each year in her role as director of mentors.

Angie Rittel ’04 participated in the University of Richmond’s Real World weekend activities.

Lee Scott ’98 is treasurer of the board of the Golden Valley Educational Fund, the fundraising arm of the Golden Valley Charter Schools  — a Waldorf-inspired and tuition-free charter school in Sacramento, Calif. She handles budgeting and finance to close the gap between what regular public schools receive and the money spent on supplies and activities. She also works on strategic planning to make the schools more self sustainable, and she served as volunteer project manager of the Dreamscape Project, the first phase of a campus-wide transformation of an eyesore to a welcoming community for students.

Boris Sharapan ’05 helped the students at Jamaica High School prepare for a moot court competition.

Heather Shortlidge ’01 volunteers at CASA in Maryland. CASA empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court system to make sure the cases of abused and neglected children don’t fall through the cracks. Appointed by judges, volunteers handle one case at a time and see each case through to the placement of each child in a safe, permanent home.

Amy Silverstein Levner ’97 volunteered for Barack Obama during the presidential campaign and also volunteers with Critical Exposure, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that gives young people the skills and tools necessary to photograph and document the disparities in our public school system. Its goal is to promote equity in public education and to expose citizens and policy makers to the current education system.

Neil Singh ’04 volunteers extensively with New York Cares.

Matt Stevens ’94 served as chairman of the sponsorship committee for the annual Employer All Star Awards at the Richmond Human Resource Management Association. Matt is also chairman the personnel ministry team at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church in Richmond, where he is a church elder and provides staffing consulting and human resources services to the church staff. He also co-taught an undergraduate Organizational Behavior class at the University of Richmond.

Tara Sulzen ’07 spends her volunteer hours with the Oregon Bus Project. The organization works to engage young people in politics in innovative and extraordinary ways. She helps canvass for local, progressive candidates and serves on committees to help plan large-scale events in an effort to attract young voters.

Michelle Swartz ’06 supported a recreation association, USERA, in their ‘election 2008’ efforts. Swartz volunteered to facilitate the travel of numerous guests to and from election events and helped to advertise and manage the functions.

Elizabeth Hopfinger Thompson ’00 helped sign up child sponsors for World Vision, a Christian humanitarian relief and development organization. Elizabeth also took three young people from College Hill Presbyterian Church to the prom, spends time with young people with disabilities through the Starfire organization, wrote a proposal on behalf of Reality Ministries and is working on a proposal for Aru School for the Deaf in the DR Congo.

Laura Thomson-Yeatts  ’94 serves as a Sunday school teacher and a greeter at Wesley United Methodist Church in Georgia.

Jessica Tallman Moye ’04 volunteered her time on the University of Richmond reunion committee.

Adam Travis ’99 is a member of the Student Leadership Training Program, a non-profit that teaches leadership and life skills to high school students across New England. Some of the core lesions involve respect, inclusion and service. Adam was also recently appointed to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the city of Lynn, Mass. Adam is the youngest person on that board. Adam also helps two seniors with their college application/financial aid/scholarship process in his role at RAW Art Works, an arts therapy organization that uses visual art and film to transform the lives of young people in an urban environment.

Jack Urbanski ’04 picked apples from a donating farmer’s orchard in western Virginia through Harvest of Hope. The apples were then donated to the Virginia Food Bank.

Leisel Mundth Urbanski’04 volunteered at Harvest of Hope and also with Lackey Free Medical Clinic in Lackey, Va.
 
Susan Vaughan ’06 returned to campus and participated in the Real World activities.

Josh Walker  ’03 helped organize a speaker series and served on an executive committee to select new leaderhip on the New York Chapter board of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Ben Wallerstein ’99 and his wife, Sarah, actively support a number of organizations, including their local neighborhood association, the Corcoran Center for the Arts, and the Meridian International Center. Wallerstein also sits on the board of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation, one of the nation’s most respected cultural exchange organizations, where he is working to expand study abroad opportunities to reach a more economically diverse student population in the United States and overseas.

Andrew Wasuwongse ’06 joined other UR alums in cooking breakfast on a Saturday morning for the homeless in Washington, D.C., at SOME (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith, community-based organization that helps the poor and homeless in the D.C. area.

Stephanie Williams ’03 volunteered in the George Washington University MLK Day of Service by helping paint a classroom at a local Washington, D.C., high school. Stephanie is also an active member of the Junior League of Washington in her role as chair of member resources and relations. League members work to improve communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Julee Wilson ’04 spent a day sprucing up a New York City public school with her Real Simple magazine co-workers through New York Cares, an organization that meets the pressing needs of the city’s community by mobilizing volunteers to take action against the city’s social issues.

Matt Zemon ’94 is a board member and assists with the marketing at the North Carolina Master Chorale, a group committed to bringing outstanding choral performances to Raleigh-Durham Chapel Hill audiences. The Chorale boasts a 170-voice symphonic chorus and a 22-voice professional chamber choir.

Jonathan Zur ’03 designed the curriculum for the 2009 Lead for Diversity summer high school institute in Richmond. He also taught a class on “Racial Identify Development” at the Jepson School and a “Culture and Communication” course on campus. He served as an alumnus mentor for current Jepson students through the school’s annual Speed Networking event and participated in the Hands on Greater Richmond event to clean up targeted areas of the city. Jonathan also serves on the advisory council of “Lead for Diversity,” a youth institute on diversity and leadership for high-school students that takes place each summer. Jonathan is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond, a yearlong educational and networking experience for current and emerging leaders in the greater Richmond area. Jonathan was chairman and helped plan a recent group retreat.