Staff Directory

Savannah Jane-Griffin

Savannah-Jane Griffin

Executive Director of Community Engagement and 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 serves as 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 student voter registration and outreach initiatives, supervising the CCE's AmeriCorps VISTAs and Bonner Coordinator and working with faculty to integrate community-engaged learning practices into their coursework. 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. Apart from his role in the CCE, Kevin also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the University's First-Year Seminar and Honors Programs, focusing on the intersections of power, privilege and public policy through project-based learning. Kevin has been state- and nationally-recognized for his leadership and innovation in student civic and political engagement, including the Florida Campus Compact Community Engagement Educator of the Year, the Graham/Frey Civic Award and the All-In Campus Democracy Challenge.

Amber Finnicum-Simmons

Amber Finnicum-Simmons

Bonner Program Coordinator

Amber Finnicum-Simmons serves as Coordinator of the Bonner Program, where she works with a student leadership team to facilitate education programming and developmental nonprofit internships for members of the program. Amber is a Bonner alumna and a Double Hatter, with degrees in psychology (2016) and clinical mental health counseling (2019). She has been recognized as a First-Year Advocate by the division of Campus Life and Student Success and is a previous recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award and Newman Civic Fellowship. Amber previously served on the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia and has been an active member of the One Voice for Volusia coalition. Amber believes all people have the power to impact their communities through active citizenship, and her goal is to create a culture in which every Stetson student, faculty, and staff member builds a relationship with a community agency and connects their work to social change in central Florida.

Alicia Harrington

Alicia Harrington

Graduate Assistant: Community Partnerships & Operations

Alicia Harrington serves as our Community Partners and Operations Manager for the Center of Community Engagement at Stetson University. She coordinates all relationships with external community partner agencies on behalf of the Center for Community Engagements, supports philanthropic community engagement and leads a team of student employees to manage the Center for Community Engagement operations. Alicia received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently getting her Masters's in Couple, Marriage and Family Counseling here at Stetson University. Alicia used her final year of eligibility to play beach volleyball at Stetson during her first year in the counseling program. Alicia loves gaining new experiences, during her undergraduate career, she played Division One volleyball, as well as participating in internships at correctional facilities with human trafficking victims, doing body image research and in the classroom with students who have disabilities. She hopes to help students be able to broaden their horizons and find their passions.

  • Email: aharrington1@stetson.edu
  • Phone: 319-239-3757