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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.

Sarah Jennings

AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor

Sarah Jennings supervises VISTAs involved with the GWU/DCPS partnership. She is a MA candidate for International Education at GWU, specializing in global education in K-12 schools. After graduating in 2012, she moved to DC to join City Year, an AmeriCorps program, where she served at Garfield Elementary School for two years. Sarah's passion is working with underserved communities and schools to provide tools they need to be global citizens with equal opportunities.

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

Charity Eddleman


Charity Eddleman, the VISTA Leader, helps provide support to the VISTA members through the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. This is Charity's second VISTA Leader 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.

Grace Boone

VISTA, Community Liaison - Turner Elementary School, GWU/DCPS 

I am spending my year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, serving in the local D.C. community, because I believe that it is each individual's responsibility to use their life and passions to contribute to the well-being of humanity. I will build capacity at Turner Elementary School through engaging partnerships, networking, and building sustainable programs and systems that will benefit the students, staff, and community overall.




Cathy Donohue 

VISTA, Community Liaison, Whittier Education Campus 

Cathy Donohue is an AmeriCorps VISTA member currently serving as the Community Liaison for Whittier Education Campus in Washington D.C. She will support the school in enhancing existing after-school, summer school, and school-day partnerships; as well as assisting in recruiting and implementing new partnership and volunteer programs that enrich students both academically and socially. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master of Social Work Degree from NC State University. She joined AmeriCorps VISTA because she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others in a meaningful way.

Abigail Hable

VISTA, School Partnerships Fellow, GWU/DCPS Central Office

Abbey is currently serving as am AmeriCorps VISTA with the DCPS Community Partnerships Team. Through her year of service, she hope to create tools and systems that connect community partners and schools in a meaningful way. Abbey received her M.B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis and earned her B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. Abbey also has a passion for the sport of figure skating and shares this passion with others as an instructor with the Kids on Ice program at the Fort DuPont Ice Arena.

Thomas James

VISTA, Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator, GWU/DCPS

Thomas James is a recent graduate from Frostburg State University, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Currently, he serves as the Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator at DCPS. Through his year of service, he hopes to connect leaders in the DC education field with as many Out of School Time programs as possible. Thomas is also an up-and-coming art exhibition curator and photographer. He is looking forward to utilizing all of his talents during his year of service.

Eva Lopez

VISTA, Evaluation and Assessment Database Des, GWU/DCPS Central Office

Eva Lopez recently graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with B.A. degrees in International Politics and Philosophy. Prior to graduating, Eva spent her last two semesters studying in Belgium and interning with the United Nations’ Department of Public Information NGO Relations. As an AmeriCorps VISTA Eva hopes to create tools that will strengthen local communities and partners. Eva also enjoys traveling and food related activities.  



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.

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.




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

Bio and picture coming Soon!