Staff Directory

 Professional Staff

Savannah-Jane Griffin

Executive Director of Community Engagement & Inclusive Excellence

Savannah-Jane Griffin is the Executive Director of Community Engagement & Inclusive Excellence at Stetson University. She has worked at Stetson University on building relationships with DeLand's community partners, educating students and faculty on the importance of community engagement, and enhancing a number of community engagement programs on the university's campus. In her role, Savannah-Jane provides long-term leadership and strategic planning for the university's community engagement areas. She graduated from Stetson University with a bachelor's degree in business management in 2007 and a master's degree in business administration in 2008. Savannah-Jane served as the lead administrator for hosting the 2012 National IMPACT conference at Stetson University and has served as the chair of the IMPACT Planning Committee and its Board of Directors. She has an exceptionally strong focus on student leadership. She teaches a First Year Seminar that focuses on Global Citizenship where students reflect on what it means to be an individual, what it means to be a citizen in your local community, and what it means to be a citizen in the world. Savannah-Jane has a passion for empowering individuals to use their strengths to create positive change in our local and global communities.

Kevin Winchell

Associate Director of Community Engagement

Kevin Winchell is the Associate Director of Community Engagement and the Bonner Program at Stetson University. He is responsible for creating and leading community engagement efforts between the campus and community, directing the Stetson University Bonner Program, supporting campus and community political engagement through voter registration/education/engagement/turnout, supervising the CCE's AmeriCorps VISTA staff, and advising many student community and political engagement organizations. He also conducts research and shares national best-practices related to youth civic and political engagement, particularly through organizations such as Campus Compact, NASPA, and the Bonner Foundation. Kevin graduated from Stetson University studying Political Science (B.S.), Philosophy (B.A.), and Business Administration (M.B.A.). He founded and is the director of the annual Politics 101 conference, a free, one-day crash-course on political campaigning open to all community members that is hosted by Stetson University each fall. He is also the founder and executive director of Democracy Strategies, a civic and political engagement consulting firm. Outside of Stetson University, Kevin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Edith I. Starke Elementary School, Atlantic High School, and the United Way’s Campaign for Working Families.

Luisa De Guzman

Coordinator of Bonner Program & Social Justice Education

Luisa De Guzman is the Coordinator for the Bonner Program and Social Justice Education at Stetson University. In addition to being a proud Hatter, Luisa is also a proud Rollins Tar and UCF Knight, having graduated from Rollins College with a B.A. in English Literature in 2011 and an M.A. in Higher Education & Policy Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2016. Luisa has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and Public Ally, having worked alongside diverse communities in Little Haiti (Miami, FL) and Central Florida. In the summer of 2013 Luisa helped to develop, launch, and facilitate Rollins College's Bonner Leaders Program. Through this position she collaborated with constituents from across the Rollins campus and Winter Park/Central Florida community to design and implement a series of high impact service and leadership development experiences for the Bonner Leaders. Luisa has also served as a Hall Director with the Office of Residential Life at Rollins, working to combine peer accountability, leadership learning, and diversity education to create a campus environment that facilitates student growth and development. Luisa’s personal and professional experiences at Rollins, UCF, and Stetson have confirmed her desire to create programs that meet students’ educational and developmental needs. Luisa looks forward to putting these concepts into practice in her new role with the Center for Community Engagement, working to empower and develop leadership and responsible citizenship in students who will use these skills to influence their campus community and beyond.

Veronica Hernandez

AmeriCorps VISTA, Community Partnership Coordinator

Veronica Hernandez serves as the Community Partnership Coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement at Stetson University. In her role she assists in building the capacity of local non-profit agencies and getting students further engaged in their communities. She also advices student-led service programs including Greenfeather, Alternative Breaks, Days of Services, and Relay for Life. Veronica Hernandez graduated from Stetson University in 2014 where she studied Political Science and Gender Studies. After having an amazing year with the Center for Community Engagement and Florida Campus Compact, Veronica renewed her VISTA term for a second year.

Amber Finnicum-Simmons

AmeriCorps VISTA, Community Impact Coordinator

Amber Finnicum-Simmons serves as the Community Impact Coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement at Stetson University. Through this role, Amber works closely with students and staff at our nonprofit partners to oversee site-based teams of volunteers and assess capacity building. Amber Finnicum-Simmons graduated from Stetson University in 2016 where she obtained the Certificate of Community Engagement and studied Psychology. Amber is currently working to complete a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and hopes to eventually work as a counselor in a nonprofit agency working with individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness.

Alicja Duda

Coordinator of Community-Engaged Learning


Other Community Engagement Contacts

Greg Sapp, Ph.D.

Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility

William Ball, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Community-Based Research