Meghan R. Callaghan is the Coordinator of Community Engagement and Student Volunteerism at BHCC. In 2006 after graduating from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with an English degree, Meghan joined Massachusetts Campus Compact as an AmeriCorps *VISTA. She served as a VISTA for two years at BHCC and was then hired full-time as the college’s first Coordinator within the Office of Community Engagement. As a resident of Somerville, Meghan volunteers with Community Cooks and is a Board of Director for the non-profit, People Making a Difference. In 2009, Meghan received a certificate of completion from the National Society for Experiential Education, Experiential Education Academy. In spring 2012, Meghan graduated with a Masters of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking from University of Massachusetts, Boston and was selected as a 2012-2013 New England Campus Compact Community Service Learning Regional Fellow.
Monica Poole serves as the Faculty Advocate for Community Engagement as part of her role as an Assistant Professor at Bunker Hill Community College. At BHCC, she teaches courses in philosophy, religion, communication, history, and ethical hacking. In 2002, she graduated with an Associate in Arts from Edison Community College. In 2006 she earned her master's degree from Harvard University, and she is currently working on her Ph.D. at the same institution; her dissertation, The Viral Pulpit, tells stories about performance, communication, and crowd dynamics during a period of political and religious reinvention in the early modern English-speaking world. She serves on the board of directors of Elmidoon, an emerging organization aiming to use education to tackle the root causes of poverty, piracy and terrorism in Somalia. She has participated in community work and activism in a variety of contexts, and her most current interests in the theory and praxis of community engagement involve exploring the relationships between social justice, storytelling, aesthetic experience, and spiritual practice.
Mario N. Paredes is the Special Programs Coordinator for the Office of Community Engagement. After graduating in 2011 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA with a Finance and Management degree, Mario moved to Boston and began working in the office as a graduate assistant. In 2012 Mario earned his Masters of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was then hired as the first Special Programs Coordinator for the office, as our services began expanding to include more co-curricular programs from our student population.
Jasmine Jean Jacques is the Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA for the Office of Community Engagement and Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County. After graduating with a biology degree from Emmanuel College in 2012, Jasmine began working with BHCC to strengthen the Office’s partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middlesex County. In her role as a liaison, she works to recruit, orient and train BHCC students to serve as mentors and tutors for club members at the Somerville, Medford, Cambridge and Everett Clubhouses. Over the three years of the partnership, Jasmine has increased the number of BHCC student volunteers from 22 (fall 2011) to 80 (fall 2013).
Ashley Bushell is the Jumpstart Site Manager at Bunker Hill Community College. Ashley received a B.A. in French Studies and Education from Suffolk University. While studying at Suffolk, Ashley served with Jumpstart as a Corps member and Team Leader for four years. After graduating from Suffolk, Ashley continued her education at La Sorbonne in Paris, France and received a French Language and Cultural Studies certificate after an intensive year-long program. Once returning to the U.S., Ashley worked at Jumpstart's national office in the alumni department as an AmeriCorps *VISTA. Ashley has been a Jumpstart Site Manager since 2012.
Professor Robert “Ted” Carlson is a founding faculty member at Bunker Hill Community College. Ted earned his BA in Mathematics at the then Salem State College and an MA in Mathematics at the University of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan, Ted participated in the first “Teaching in the Community College Fellowship” program. During his tenure at BHCC, Ted has trained tutors to provide on-campus tutoring in math, developed the courses, Practicum in Instruction, which required students to do six hours a week of tutoring mostly off-campus, facilitated a Learn and Serve Grant in 1997, and was one of the six original faculty member to engage students in using service learning. Ted became the part-time Service Learning Coordinator in 2005. Retiring in 2013, Ted continues to work with the Office in a variety of special projects focused on faculty recognition and professional development.