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Cornell University

David M. Einhorn Center for
Community Engagement

An integration of the Public Service Center and
the Office of Engagement Initiatives

Amy Somchanhmavong

Associate Director, Service-Learning and Partnership

As Associate Director of Community Service-Learning and Partnership Amy has dedicated herself to purposeful work that produces lasting impact. Amy's programs encompass student-centered programs such as the Public Service Scholars, to faculty engaged scholarship via action research in teaching and practice, to delivering collective empowerment initiatives for improved community health and wellbeing.

Bethany Resnick

K-12 Program Coordinator

Bethany Resnick is the Einhorn Center's K-12 Program Coordinator. Before coming to Cornell, she focused on informal science education for seven years. Most recently, she worked at the Sciencenter developing and facilitating early childhood programs, field trips, professional development workshops, and adult events. Bethany was born and raised in Ithaca, NY, and is excited to continue her career at Cornell University.

Carrie Bauer

Upward Bound Program Coordinator

Carrie comes to the Einhorn Center with a background in teaching and education program management. She has taught secondary English in Las Vegas, NV, Boston, MA, and most recently, Groton, NY. She is excited to be advising local students on their paths to college and furthering the cause of equitable access to higher education with Upward Bound. Carrie holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and an Ed.M. in Risk & Prevention from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Joyce Muchan

Assistant Director, Student Programs

Joyce, ILR '97, had been with the Public Service Center since 1999 and is now bringing her experience and expertise to the Einhorn Center. Her focus is student leadership development within co-circular service programs with a racial equity analysis, project management, student-run board management with transitional leadership, evaluation, reflection, student-board grant allocation, curriculum-based service trips, as well as the coordination of Cornell's largest student-run service projects.

Krista Saleet

Deputy Executive Director

Krista guides the team at the Einhorn Center in engaging students in learning through service that produces students who are civically engaged and graduates who are active, global citizens. Krista is guided by 15+ years of experience in higher education administration at Colgate University, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Chatham College. Krista sits on the NASPA Public Policy Board and the NASPA Region II Executive Board.

Kristin P. Kurz

Events and Office Coordinator

Kristin helps coordinate the Einhorn Center's major events. She also oversees the day-to-day operations for the office. 

Kristin has a background in event and theatrical production stage management. She has a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in Theatre Arts: Stage Management.  

Kurt Sarsfield

Assistant Director of the Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)

Kurt comes to Cornell having worked as a teacher and administrator in schools dedicated to preparing all students for college. In his role at the Einhorn Center, Kurt works to support Ithaca middle- and high-school students on their path to higher education through the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP).  

Kurt has a B.A. in English Language and Literature and Secondary Education from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Liz Millhollen

Associate Director of Upward Bound

Liz, CALS '05, has been Associate Director of the Upward Bound Program since 2018. Previously, Liz directed staff training and development, safety, risk, and program design with Outward Bound in Baltimore City and various wilderness areas in the US. In Baltimore, she created the Chesapeake Bay Sea Kayaking program that builds character and stewardship in students as well as a Police Officer and Youth pairing program whose objectives is to change negative perceptions to positive ones and build trust.

Matteo Lundgren

Program Advisor to Upward Bound

Matteo is enthusiastically dedicated to helping students develop life skills and to help them gain perspective as they transition from High School to College. Matteo has a Masters in Counseling Education from St. Bonaventure University. He has worked in a variety of educational settings; as School Counselor at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca NY, as Camp Director of Steve and Kate's Summer Camp in Seattle Washington, as a Mental Health Counselor at St.

Nicole MacPherson

Community Work-Study Program Coordinator

Prior to her position at Cornell, Nicole worked as an Employment Specialist in the staffing industry for two years. Nicole interviewed and placed associates in the best possible job matches. She was the main contact for her local company accounts.

Nicole also brings a strong service background from her 13 year career in the hospitality industry, where she worked in hotel management for various Marriott brand hotels.

Ray Hage

Program Advisor, Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)

Ray brings his experience as a high school science teacher and non-profit work as an academic and career counselor to STEP. He is excited to combine his experience to advise Ithaca's STEP students on their parths to STEM related majors and careers.

Ray has a B.S. in Secondary Education (7-12); Biology from Western Connecticut State University and is certified to teach Biology and Chemistry. He also enjoys mentoring and coaching sports including football, boxing, track, and weight training.

Renée Farkas

Associate Director

Renée worked at the Public Service Center since its inception in 1991. Prior to that, Renée worked for CIVITAS. Now, she's Associate Director of the Einhorn Center. In addition to her duties as Associate Director, Renée coordinates the Community Work-Study Program and the Volunteer Program, leads the Pre-Orientation Service Trip (POST) program, and serves as the Einhorn Center liaison for many initiatives and committees both on campus and off, such as the First-Year Experience committee, College Orientation committee, Cornell Days, First-Year Family Weekend and many others.

Sage Clemenco

Community Initiatives Program Associate

Sage comes to the Einhorn Center as an engagement specialist and community-based artist, facilitator, and educator with a particular passion for the places where art and community intersect. Before returning home to Ithaca, Sage most recently worked as a staff and Ensemble member at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, supporting playwrights and communities as they worked together to create moving and meaningful art. She has designed and implemented curriculum for the Cornerstone Institute and taught for a wide range of students from all over the country.