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Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about DukeEngage. We’re eager to hear from you. DukeEngage staff bios and contact info follow.

Email: eric.mlyn@duke.edu

Eric Mlyn is the Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage and the Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement. He is also on the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to these positions, he directed the Robertson Scholars Program, a joint merit scholarship program at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. A firm believer in the transformative power of experiential and civic education, he has been building programs in this area for over a decade. A political scientist with a B.A. from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Eric’s academic and administrative work over the past 25 years has concerned itself with the role that society plays in fostering and strengthening democracy.

 

Mlyn Reappointed Executive Director of DukeEngage (7/25/16)

Social Innovation and Civic Engagement – Toward a Shared Future? (By Eric Mlyn, 2016)

Why We Need National Service (Podcast, Eric Mlyn, 2016)

Civic Engagement and Higher Education at a Crossroads (Huffington Post)

Email: elaine.madison@duke.edu

Elaine has served as a senior advisor to DukeEngage since its origin and also oversees all Durham Programs within DukeEngage. Prior to her community engagement work for Duke, she was associate director at Duke Continuing Education. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar, her B.A. from Colorado Women’s College, and she has completed graduate work at Brandeis University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Email: annie.kao@duke.edu

Annie is a first generation Chinese-American who has worked in scholarly publishing and private sector business management. She worked for many years at Duke University Press before managing advertising finance for the Audi and Sony accounts at McKinney. She has an AB in cultural anthropology from Duke (T’92) and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Annie loves that her job gives her the opportunity to work with so many interesting constituencies—undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators, and people from all over the world. She has lived in four states and five countries and now proudly calls Durham her home.

Email: betty.cowan@duke.edu

Betty is a valued seasonal employee, who steps in to assist the DukeEngage team during our super busy periods, including registration, the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy and other special events.

Email: cathy.stamm@duke.edu

Cathy Ashby Stamm is DukeEngage’s content caretaker, brand manager, website curator and social media cheerleader. She joined the team in April 2015, after working for many years in the magazine and multimedia publishing industries. She is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher whose career launched in Durham before taking her to Maryland and Pennsylvania — and now back to Durham again. Her communications work also includes support for the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program, the Duke College Advising Corps and the Duke Office of Civic Engagement.

Email: jacki.purtell@duke.edu 

Jacki grew up in New York and received her B.A. in history and Latin American studies from the State University of New York at Plattsburth, where she was a Presidential Scholar and a delegate on the Model OAS debate team. After graduation, and before earning a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Jacki spent two years as a service member with the NC Literacy Corps, an AmeriCorps program, serving in Chapel Hill and Durham. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, reading historical fiction, attempting a variety of crafts, and, in the fall, rooting for the New York Giants. Jacki lives in Raleigh with her husband, Shawn, and their two cats, Osi and Tuck.

Email: kathy.sikes@duke.edu

Kathy comes to DukeEngage having worked as a service-learning faculty member, national project director and nonprofit manager. Most recently, Kathy worked for Duke’s Service Learning program as an instructor, faculty consultant, and as the director of the International Center for Service Learning in Teacher Education (ICSLTE). Prior to Duke, Kathy spent more than 10 years as the executive director of the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she funded, developed, implemented and assessed youth-led, social justice-focused literacy and service learning programs on campuses across the country. A proud Durham resident, Kathy credits her nearly 10 years of work at the Durham Literacy Center (a local adult literacy nonprofit) with shaping her interests in community-based outreach and pedagogies. She received her B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.Ed. from North Carolina Central University. Kathy also has a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke and training in popular education and adult learning from Global Learning Partners.

Email: kristin.wright@duke.edu

Kristin serves as the point person for faculty-led group programs, supporting faculty and staff in program development, training, and implementation. She also coordinates student recruitment efforts (advising and info sessions) and collaborates on both student and staff training and development initiatives.

Email: marka.king@duke.edu

Mark handles scheduling, customer service, ordering, reconciling and expense reports for DukeEngage.

Email: meredith.casper@duke.edu

From the first online pre-departure reflection activities to the events after students return to campus, Meredith supports the learning and development of students participating in DukeEngage. Meredith’s main responsibilities include directing the annual Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy and DukeEngage’s student leadership programs: the guiDE Group, Team DEAL, and the RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows. Meredith also compiles the ReEngage Newsletter and the In-service Digests, she manages the funding for pre-departure and re-entry activities, and she is the creator of the DukeEngage Resource Guide, the mobile app used by students and staff in the field.

Email: peggy.james@duke.edu

Peggy spent most of her early years in Virginia and moved to North Carolina after earning a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia. She spent a number of years working in newspaper advertising before deciding to return to school and change careers. Peggy earned a Master of Accounting degree from North Carolina State University in 2012. Before joining DukeEngage in 2015, she spent 3 years working in Treasury and Cash Management at Duke. Peggy loves to spend her free time walking and hiking, and she has a fondness for Winnie the Pooh and fun socks.

Email: thomas.n.phillips@duke.edu

Originally from a small town in South Alabama, Thomas completed his undergraduate degree in Spanish at Auburn University and spent several years around the world as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Georgia, as a Spanish teacher on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, and as an English teacher in South Korea. Eventually, he arrived in North Carolina to begin graduate work in Hispanic literature, earning a master’s in 2011 at UNC-Chapel Hill. Continuing toward the doctorate in Romance Studies led to more time abroad working and studying in Spain and Brazil in addition to teaching a variety of courses in Spanish and Portuguese. Prior to joining DukeEngage, Thomas worked as Peace Corps campus recruiter. In his scarce spare time not spent working on the PhD, he loves to exercise, cook, and watch Auburn football.