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Staff and Contact Information

Please visit us Monday-Friday, 9-5 pm, at the Honey W. Nashman Center:

837 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052


Amy Cohen is Executive Director of the Nashman Center

Amy Cohen

Executive Director

Amy brings a wealth of experience in service-learning and civic engagement to her role at GW. She served for nearly a decade as the director of the federal service-learning program, Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is also the parent agency for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. Prior to coming to GW she served as Associate Vice President for US Programs at Save the Children. Her career in academic service and civic engagement began at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, an international leader in university- community partnerships.


Jovanni Mahonez is Immersion Service Coordinator of the Nashman Center

Jovanni Mahonez

Assistant Director 

Jovanni Mahonez serves as the Assistant Director of the Nashman Center. She oversees co-curricular community service, social innovation, and student leadership initiatives. Jovanni served for the last two years as the Immersion Service Coordinator in the Nashman Center. In that role, she coordinated Freshman Day of Service and Convocation and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and advised the GW Alternative Breaks program. Jovanni earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Hood College and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration here at GW. She has been at GW since 2008 in various roles planning events and supporting students. Jovanni is obsessed with her pit bull Bane and believes everything is better with a cup of tea.


Joan Mitchell is Business Manager of the Nashman Center

Joan Mitchell

Business Manager

Joan Mitchell joined the George Washington University community 20 years ago in the Student Activities Center until recently, when she became a member of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service.  Joan has two daughters who both graduated from GW. 


Melissa Green is the ArtReach Director at the Nashman Center

Jonathan Butler

Senior Program Associate, Community Engagement and Social Innovation

Jonathan Butler serves as the Senior Program Associate of the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service. He oversees the community engagement and social innovation initiatives. Over the past three years Jonathan has worked in a variety of capacities with students, faculty, and administrators on global service, service-learning, cultural competency, and leadership development. Jonathan earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Higher Education Policy at the University of Missouri. Jonathan has a passion for human rights, foreign policy, herbal tea, and all things related to Harry Potter. 


Melissa Green is the ArtReach Director at the Nashman Center

Melissa Green

Director, ArtReach and Community Gallery at THEARC

Melissa oversees the operation of programs, exhibitions, collaborative projects and outreach initiatives for ArtReach and the Community Gallery at THEARC, the visual arts program in the South East community of DC. Formerly, the Director of Community Partnerships at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, she redefined the overall vision of the ArtReach program and was awarded the Mayor's Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts. Besides her work with ArtReach, Melissa has taught community and arts engagement courses at GW and the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She has a passion for building community through collaborative, interdisciplinary and socially engaged creative practice.



Charity Eddleman

AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor
Charity Eddleman supervises VISTAs involved with the GWU/DCPS partnership through the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. This is Charity's third VISTA leadership position; she spent 2014-2015 with the IDA Asset Building Collaborative of North Carolina as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 

Jonah Lewis

Jumpstart Associate Site Manager

Jonah Lewis is the Jumpstart Associate Manager at GW. Jonah is a recent graduate of the George Washington University, where he majored in Sociology and Political Science. As an undergraduate, he was involved in community service through the Nashman Center, including three terms of service with Jumpstart and being the student coordinator for Freshman Day of Service. Now, he works to help support the growing Jumpstart AmeriCorps program on campus, recruiting, training, and managing a diverse corps of student volunteers working in low-income preschool classrooms.


Ashley Trick

Program Associate, Immersion Service

Ashley Trick is the Program Associate for Immersion Service. She earned her bachelor's degree in Human Services & Social Justice and Sociology from GW and is currently pursuing her master's in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. Her current research explores how inequality intersects with issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. Ashley joined us from GW's Center for Career Services, where she was an Operations Coordinator. She supported students and coordinated event logistics for career programs. Ashley's responsibilities at the Nashman Center will include advising the Alternative Breaks program and coordinating Freshman Day of Service and Convocation, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and Adopt-A-Family -- all things of which she was a part of in undergrad! Ashley is passionate about gender equity, foreign policy, podcasts, and Shonda Rhimes shows.

Wendy Wagner

Senior Program Associate, Community-Engaged Scholarship

Dr. Wendy Wagner oversees our community-engaged scholarship inititatives. Dr. Wagner also teaches leadership and social justice courses in the Human Services and Social Justice program. Before coming to GW, Wendy served as the Director of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement and assistant professor of leadership and community engagement in New Century College at George Mason University. Wendy's scholarship is related to the study of student leadership development, as well as facilitating college student learning and development through community-based learning experiences. Her most recent research is aimed at understanding the varying perspectives and motives of community engaged faculty. 

Rochelle Yancey is Jumpstart Site Manager of the Nashman Center

Rochelle Yancey

Jumpstart Senior Site Manager

Rochelle Yancey is the Jumpstart Senior Site Manager at GW. Her first  job was in a day care center and she enjoyed working with children so much that she directed a before and after school program while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Point Park College. Rochelle has served as a kindergarten teacher, site manager of a Head Start program, and lead teacher and center director at Anne Arundel County Head Start. At Metro Delta Head Start, Rochelle held several roles, including education coordinator, mental health coordinator, and curriculum specialist. Outside of working with GW students and children, Rochelle is an avid Steelers fan. 




AmeriCorps VISTAs


Chanel Little

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Chanel N. Little, the VISTA Leader, helps provide support to the VISTA members through the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. Chanel previously served as the AmeriCorps VISTA for Volunteer and Community Service at Winthrop University; here, she operated as a community liaison between the University and the Rock Hill Community. Chanel holds a B.S. in Political Science – Near East Studies from Central Connecticut State University. When she is not at the Nashman Center, Chanel loves to craft, bake, and bird call in her spare time.


Jay Cannon 

VISTA, Empowering Males of Color Program Fellow at DCPS

Jay Cannon is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Empowering Males of Color Program Fellow at DCPS. Jay received a BA in both Sociology and African American Diaspora Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Throughout her year of service, Jay hopes to build new resources and develop practices to aid the mentoring initiative of EMOC in honor of the mentors who helped her throughout her life. Jay's passions also include spoken word, cooking and photography. As a new resident of the area, she is looking forward to tapping into all the wonderful things DC has to offer. 


Clarissa Marks

VISTA, Community Liaison, - Drew Elementary School

Carissa Marks is an AmeriCorps VISTA member currently serving as the Community Liaison for Drew Elementary School in Washington D.C. As a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (Sustainable Food Systems), Carissa’s background is in social equity with regard to food access, and using community and school gardens as educational tools to combat food insecurity. Throughout this year of service, she plans to provide support to the Drew community by strengthening existing programs, building new partnerships, and developing solutions to existing participation barriers in the community. Carissa strives to connect local D.C. organizations to the community, fostering sustainable partnerships and securing mutually beneficial programs for years to come.


Kathleen Sears 

VISTA, Community Liaison - West Education Campus, GWU/DCPS

Kathleen Sears is a recent graduate from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She is the AmeriCorps VISTA serving at West Education Campus. Her role will be to develop and expand the after school and summer programs. She looks forward to immersing herself in the community, working with students, and exploring DC.


Kia Johnson

VISTA, Community Liaison - Turner Elementary School


Catalina Carbonell

VISTA, Community Liaison - Whittier Elementary School

My name is Catalina Carbonell, I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and came to the United States to do my college education here. I graduated this May from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida with a bachelors in Political Science and am planning on attending Law School in the future. I want to work for my country from the US and help breach the inequality gap that currently exists in our society. I am very excited to live in DC and experience all the city has to offer!


Marquis Johnson

VISTA, Community Liaison - Malcolm X Elementary School

Marquis Johnson is an AmeriCorps VISTA member working as a Community Liaison at Malcolm X Elementary School in Washington, DC. He will facilitate the creation and growth of partnerships between the school, its community, and organizations around the city. Marquis previously was an INSPIRE Teaching Fellow at KIPP Columbus Primary, working as a co-teacher for kindergarten and first grade. He has a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.


Timothy (TJ) Sullivan

VISTA, Community Liaison - West Education Campus

TJ is working with West Education Campus on building sustainable partnerships and enhancing the opportunities for its students. Recently, TJ completed a service year with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps. This experience allowed him and a team of eight other unique individuals to travel throughout the South, where they facilitated FEMA assistance to disaster survivors. As a VISTA, he is looking forward to learn more about the diverse communities of Washington, DC.


Sharai Bryan

VISTA, Community Liaison - Smothers Elementary School

Sharai Bryan is an AmeriCorps VISTA, currently serving as the School-Community Liaison for Smothers Elementary School, located in Washington D.C. She hopes to support the school in expanding family engagement and community involvement by building partnerships that: strengthen school-family relationships, equip parents and family members to support their children’s academic outcomes, and develop a foundation for a sustainable parent organization. Prior to that, she worked as a Family Support Worker, providing child development, home visiting and case management support to DC families. Sharai graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Community Health and minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Sharai looks forward to being an active member of the Smothers’ Family.


Fabiola Ramirez

VISTA, Community Liaison - Eliot-Hine Middle School 

Sharai.Bryan@dc.govFabiola Ramirez is an AmeriCorps VISTA member currently serving as the Community Liaison for Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University and is a current MA candidate for Global affairs and Human Security at the University of Baltimore. She will be working to further strengthen, implement, and create partnerships and community outreach to establish sustainable development for Eliot-Hine’s students and community. Her passion for human rights has led her to pursue a career in education that will allow her to work with marginalized communities to assist women and children attain their goals  for healthier, happier, and successful lives.


Donte Layton

VISTA, Community Liaison - Noyes Elementary School

I'm Don, School Community Liaison at Noyes Elementary in Ward 5. Im passionate about responsibility, ownership, and the uplifting of one’s community. As a D.C. native, I am anxious to engage with our community by supporting all efforts to ensure our children receive the best education possible and realize their highest potential.


Charlotte Wiltse

VISTA, Training and Communications Fellow - DCPS Office of Out of School Time Progams

Charlotte Wiltse is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Training and Communications Fellow in the Office of Out of School Time Programs at DCPS. Charlotte holds a BA in Studio Art from American University. Besides creating art, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and dog-watching. Throughout her year of service, Charlotte hopes to support DCPS afterschool programs by fostering sustainable training practices and a successful newsletter and social media presence for the Office of Out of School Time Programs.



Cheryl Ann Lee

VISTA, School Partnerships Fellow – DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement
Cheryl Ann Lee is the school partnerships fellow in the Office of Family and Public Engagement at District of Columbia Public Schools’ Central Office (DCPS). In this role, she is working to build capacity within the School Partnerships Division through developing data processes for school and partner relationships, conducting research to broaden processes and tools for strong partnerships, and expanding communications regarding opportunities and resources for collaboration and support to both schools and partners. Prior to her service year, Cheryl worked in institutional advancement, managed non-profit programs focusing on youth workforce development, and managed communications and events for a San Francisco community-based organization. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in radio-tv-film from California State University, Fullerton, a K-12 multiple subject teaching credential from Chapman University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is originally from Southern California and has a passion for film, photography, and good eats.


Graduate Assistants

Annalisa Harty

engageDC Graduate Assistant

Annalisa Harty is a Graduate Fellow currently serving as the engageDC Community Liasion. Her job entails helping recruit volunteers, meet with partner organizations, and train the engageDC leaders. She graduated from Macalester College, Class of 2014, with a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Education Studies. She loves working and volunteering with non-profit organizations and hopes to continue to do so in the years to come.


Hadiya Alexander

GW SMARTDC Graduate Assistant

Bio and picture coming soon!


Leslie Peters

Social Innovation Graduate Assistant

Leslie Peters is a graduate student at GW’s College of Professional Studies studying Publishing. She graduated from Oglethorpe University with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a minor in History. She is an Atlanta native and an avid reader. Her favorite book is Memoirs of a Geisha. She is passionate about community engagement and excited to foster social innovation at the Nashman Center.

Apurva Pathak

Database Graduate Assistant

Apurva is pursuing a Master's in Data Science at the Columbian College of Art & Sciences. At the Nashman Center, she is the Graduate Assistant for Database Management. Prior to joining GW, she received an Engineering Degree in Computer Science from India. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and reading fiction.




Joy Bullock

Web and Communications Graduate Assistant


Joy Bullock is the Web and Communications Graduate Assistant.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Sciences from GW and is currently pursuing her master’s in New Media & Photojournalism through the Corcoran School of Art & Design.  Joy looks forward to using her passion of storytelling through photography and video to build a strong engagement between students and their community.