Staff Directory

Savannah Jane-Griffin

Savannah-Jane Griffin

Director of Community Engagement & Inclusive Excellence

Savannah-Jane Griffin has nine years of higher education experience focusing on community engaged learning, campus-community partnership development, strength-based leadership, social justice education, and non-profit leadership. She is the founding Director of Stetson University’s national award winning Center for Community Engagement and has led Stetson University’s efforts in institutionalizing community engagement across the curriculum. She has a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Management from Stetson University and is currently serving as a Bonner National Fellow. Savannah-Jane has also been the Treasurer for the Mainstreet DeLand Association board since 2014. Savannah-Jane has a passion for empowering individuals to use their strengths to create positive change in our local and global communities.

Kevin Winchell

Kevin Winchell

Associate Director of Community Engagement

Kevin Winchell is the Associate Director of Community Engagement at Stetson University. He is responsible for creating and leading 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. 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

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. 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

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 advises 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

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.


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