Abby is responsible for building a cohesive and sustainable marketing and communications strategy for the Ginsberg Center, developing systems to support internal and external communication, and building a long term strategy for alumni engagement.
Assistant Director for University - Community Partnerships
What do you love most about working at the Ginsberg Center?
“I love the connections I get to build with students. It is fulfilling to engage with students on different journeys and paths of life and have critical conversations about service and what it means to live in community together."
What is one piece of advice you wish you had when you were in college?
Danyelle's role includes supporting students and student organizations in leadership development through community engagement. She fosters student learning and development through training and programmatic consultation to student organizations, working with them to advance their goals and meet community-defined needs.
Dave provides administrative and strategic leadership to the Ginsberg Center which includes work with staff, students, and Ginsberg programs. His primary goals focus on staff development, increasing student learning, and building authentic relationships with community partners that lead to results.
Erin's focus on democratic engagement involves maximizing the number of UM students who are registered to vote, hosting engagement events such as debate-watching parties, and planning Learning in Community workshops to advance civic understanding. Erin also manages the America Reads program, which includes recruiting, hiring, and training work-study students to serve as literacy tutors in grades K-5. She directly supervises two graduate students, designs training curriculum, and manages community partnerships.
Maria assists the Ginsberg Center with finances, HR, and care of the building. She enjoys working with Student Life for various events put on around campus and being involved in recycling efforts around Ann Arbor. Maria began working at the University in 2000 and started her work at Ginsberg in 2010. Maria completed her Bachelor degree in Social Psychology in Venezuela. After moving to Michigan, she holds a Master of Arts in Education of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. In her free time, Maria enjoys gardening and reading.
Assistant Director for Engaged Learning Partnerships
Neeraja supports Faculty, Academic Program Staff and Graduate Student Instructors who want to integrate community engagement into their courses, research, and programs. In her work with academic partners, she has expanded Ginsberg's work from its roots in service-learning to include community-engaged scholarship more broadly. She enjoys collaborating and consulting with individuals to apply evidence-based approaches to address community needs and promote positive social change.
Sara works to develop and sustain engagement and partnerships with organizations and individuals in the community to assess needs, convene and connect stakeholders and to provide a bridge to facilitate connections between the social sector and the University of Michigan.
Sara began working at Ginsberg in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communities & Social Justice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Education from Harvard University where she focused on the risk and protective influences impacting youth.
Ti’Kyra (Kyra) assists with developing partnerships internally with student organizations to foster student learning and development through training. Kyra also supervises Building Managers, works with staff to creatively help students engage with community, and manages Ginsberg Transportation.
I am a second year MSW student at the University of Michigan, originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh. I have a bachelors degree in Psychology and Spanish as well as a minor in Community Action and Social Change. I am passionate about education, specifically in helping ensure that children are prepared to enter school physically, mentally, and socially prepared along with a passion for community engagement.
My name is Darin Smith and I am pursuing my Master's in Social Work. I have been fortunate to be involved in community engagement for the past eight years through universities in Michigan and Oregon. As a recent transplant from Portland, I enjoy being back in the state I have been raised working in partnership with communities which have helped to shape my identity.
My name is Stephanie Ralls and I am a Graduate Intern in SERVE at the Ginsberg Center. I just graduated from Central Michigan University and am originally from Belleville, Michigan. I’m pursuing a Masters of Social Work with a Public Policy and Evaluation concentration. Here at the Ginsberg Center I’m working on creating and facilitating meaningful service training workshops for students and student organizations on campus.
My name is Toby Hutchins and I am a first year Master’s of Higher Education student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. I am from Fennville, Michigan, which is located right by Lake Michigan. My role at the Center includes working on our Learning in Community workshops and other forms of helping organizations and students with their efforts on positive community service. I wanted to work for the Center because I have always been interested in the relationship between universities and their surrounding communities.
My name is Brooke Hornstein and I'm a senior majoring in Communications and Psychology. I wanted to get more involved in community service and build community, which led me to want to work at the Ginsberg Center. I started working here as a Building Manager in the Fall of 2015.
My name is Caitlin Choi. I’m a second year student in the School of Nursing. I heard about the Ginsberg Center after joining an Alternative Spring Break in the fall of my Freshman year. I began working as a building manager in Winter 2015.
My name is JP Franze and I am a senior in the Ross School of Business. This is my third year as a building manager and I continue to love my time here at Ginsberg. In my free time, I love to listen to music, cook, and play various intramural sports. I also am minoring in French and recently returned from a semester abroad in Paris France where I had the opportunity to further my passion for travel and food.
I'm Karen, a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Linguistics. I have always been passionate about community service and thought the Ginsberg Center would be a perfect fit for me. In my free time, I love to read, listen to music or bake. I also love to travel and explore new places. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year working with the Ginsberg Center!
My name is Madeline Kahl and I'm a second year student majoring in Anthropology. In my free time I enjoy reading, baking, and watching documentaries. I've spent most of my summers volunteering for a summer camp and wanted to find a way to give back to the Ann Arbor community during the school year as well. I knew the Ginsberg Center would be the perfect place to start! I began working as a building manager in the Winter of 2016.
My name is Haley Rough and I am a second year student majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN) with a minor in Women’s Studies. I heard about the Ginsberg Center my freshman year and decided that I wanted to be apart of the wonderful work that they are doing. I began my work as a Building Manager in the Fall of 2015 and now work as the Ginsberg Center's Communications Intern.
My name is Jamie Thompson and I am a Junior in LSA double majoring in Psychology and Gender & Health with minors in Community Action & Social Change and Art & Design. I'm from Detroit, Michigan and I'm passionate about fighting against racial, educational, and gender inequalities. I am a Program Assistant for SERVE in the Ginsberg Center and I decided to work here because it is such a unique space on campus not only to talk about these issues, but to contribute and to make a difference on our campus, our communities, and in the world!