Staff Directory

Savannah Jane-Griffin

Savannah-Jane Griffin

Executive Director of Community Engagement & Inclusive Excellence

Savannah-Jane Griffin serves as the Executive Director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Excellence and Professor in the First Year Seminar Program at Stetson University. She leads and manages the campuses efforts in community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and religious and spiritual life. She has ten years of higher education experience focusing on community engaged learning, campus-community partnership development, social justice education, strength-based leadership, and nonprofit leadership. She has been nationally recognized for her work integrating community engagement across the curriculum and co-curriculum. She has facilitated regional faculty development institutes that guide faculty through the process of incorporating community engaged learning into their courses. Savannah-Jane holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Management from Stetson University, with her degrees she has consulted with many non-profit organizations and higher education departments facilitating strategic planning and strengths-based leadership seminars. She serves as the Vice President on the Mainstreet DeLand Association Board, Board member of the Greater Union Life Center, and has served as a Bonner National Fellow. 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.

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 our nonprofit partners community partners, oversees site-based teams of student 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.

Maxwell Droznin

Maxwell Droznin

AmeriCorps VISTA, Community Engagement Coordinator

Maxwell Droznin serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Center for Community Engagement at Stetson University. In his role, Maxwell works with students and staff to help build the capacity of nonprofit partners in the Spring Hill community that work to combat the effects of poverty. Maxwell Droznin graduated from Stetson University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies as well as having completed the pre-medical and Honors Program curricula. Maxwell is currently working on a Masters of Public Health degree and hopes to eventually work as a physician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.