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VSLC Professional Staff

Dennis McCunneyDennis McCunney, Director
1611 Old Cafeteria Complex, mccunneyw@ecu.edu, 252-328-2802

Dennis is responsible for the administrative oversight and strategic direction of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. He joined the VSLC team in August 2012. Dennis earned a B.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Maryland, M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College, and is a Ph.D. candidate in higher education administration at Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies. His dissertation research focuses on the formation of student culture around civic engagement and activism. Before coming to ECU, Dennis worked at Loyola University Maryland's Center for Community Service and Justice coordinating leadership development and co-curricular service-learning programs. He also served as a social justice minister at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. His professional interests include leadership development, service-learning, campus-community partnerships, social justice education, and qualitative research methods. Outside of work, Dennis enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and camping, and baseball.

Recent Publication: "Community-Campus Partnerships: Using Lessons Learned to Chart a Path for the Future."

Meagan SmithMeagan Smith, Associate Director for Service-Learning and Communications
1609 Old Cafeteria Complex, smithmea@ecu.edu, 252-328-6979

Meagan serves as Associate Director for Service-Learning and Communications. She joined the VSLC team in July 2013. Meagan supports faculty who are involved in service-learning work and oversees community partner development and assessment, service-learning course assessment and syllabus design, and VSLC communications and marketing. Meagan has worked most recently as a resident director and the coordinator of multicultural student programs at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. She received her B.S. degree in journalism and music from the State University of New York at Oswego and a M.S. degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University, where she worked as a graduate assistant and then as Assistant Director of Service-Learning.

Teresa Dantzler, Campus Kitchen Graduate Assistantteresa resized
1610 Old Cafeteria Complex, dantzlert06@students.ecu.edu, 252-737-1670

Teresa serves as the Campus Kitchen (CKECU) Graduate Assistant.  She is from Nashville, NC, the “Original” Nashville.  Teresa received her B.A. in psychology from East Carolina University in 2012.  She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. degree and a certificate in supply chain management at ECU.  Previously, she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the ECU College of Education and the Student Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (SEOSA).  She received a certificate through  SEOSA for successful completion of the program where she was involved with an after-school literacy program.  For the College of Education, she assisted with the Graduate Task Force focused on retention in higher education.  Teresa enjoys being a Pirate and taking advantage of the opportunities that strengthen her leadership roles in school and the community.

Nichelle Shuck, Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programsnichelle resized
1604 Old Cafeteria Complex, shuckn@ecu.edu, 252-737-4827

Nichelle serves as Associate Director of Student Leadership and Educational Programming.  Nichelle’s responsibilities include overseeing all co-curricular programming and student leadership opportunities.  She supports community partnerships and ECU’s relationship with North Carolina Campus Compact.  Nichelle is a recent graduate from Kent State University where she received an M.Ed. in higher education administration and student personnel.  She also received a college teaching certificate and will complete her community college leadership certificate by 2015.  Nichelle received her B.A. in speech communication with a concentration in public relations from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.  She spent two years serving as an Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader at Kent State University.  Most recently, she worked at Kent State University as a graduate assistant coordinating community service opportunities.  She also worked as a part-time graduate assistant in Residence Life at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Outside of work, Nichelle enjoys being outside to soak up the sun, playing with her two cats, gardening, spending time with family friends, as well as attending community events. She also enjoys reading, cooking, baking and attempting Do It Yourself (DIY) projects.

Dennis McCunneySonni Minton, Office Coordinator
1605 Old Cafeteria Complex, mintoncolvilles@ecu.edu, 252-737-2501

Sonni serves as the VSLC office coordinator.  Prior to joining the VSLC staff, Sonni worked as the bookkeeper/payroll secretary for Stokes School in Stokes, North Carolina. She earned her B.A. in communications and M.Ed. in adult education from ECU. She is a die-hard Pirates fan and enjoys attending ECU events with her son, Tucker (4).




Shifra Sered, AmeriCorps VISTA for Third Street Community Centershifra resized
1612 Old Cafeteria Complex, sereds@ecu.edu

Shifra serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA for Third Street Community Center.  Originally from Israel, Shifra moved to Boston at a young age.  She is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a B.A. in linguistics.  In college, her passion for social justice and social change was sparked by working with a Gender Equity campaign.  She looks forward to working with ECU and ECU students over the coming year and continuing her work for justice and equality.  More about VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to help alleviate poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA has been working to address poverty in America for more than 40 years. VISTA supports low-income communities by strengthening local organizations, encouraging volunteer service, and generating the commitment of private sector resources. With a commitment to social justice and utilizing the gifts of others, VISTA volunteers bring individuals and communities out of poverty. VISTA is operated by the the Corporation for National & Community Service and North Carolina Campus Compact.

VSLC Student Staff

Lauren Reynolds
ECU~Writes Coordinator
1635 Old Cafeteria Complex
Join the ECU WRITES OrgSync Portal - https://orgsync.com/69118/chapter

Amy Laster, Miranda Gerber, Brandon Little, Latasha Easter
Pirate Playtime Coordinators
1605 Old Cafeteria Complex
Join the Pirate Playtime OrgSync Portal - https://orgsync.com/69120/chapter

Meghan Boop, Morgan Pullium, Stephanie Griffin
ECU~Reads/Counts Coordinators
1635 Old Cafeteria Complex
Join the ECU Reads/Counts OrgSync Portal - https://orgsync.com/69119/chapter

Katherine Simpson
Adopt-A-Grandparent Coordinator
1605 Old Cafeteria Complex
Join the AAG OrgSync Portal - https://orgsync.com/69115/chapter

Teresa Dantzler
VSLC Graduate Assistant, Campus Kitchen at ECU Advisor
1610 Old Cafeteria Complex
campuskitchens@ecu.edu
Campus Kitchen at ECU OrgSync Portal - https://orgsync.com/68961/chapter
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