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Roseanne MirabellaRoseanne Marie Mirabella, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement and a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs.  Dr. Mirabella teaches and conducts research on nonprofit, nongovernmental, and public service organizations, and critical theory.   Over the past twenty years, together with her students, Dr. Mirabella has assisted many local community-based organizations in planning, programming, and evaluation initiatives.  A Vailsburg native, she is most proud of the community renaissance project she developed, a model partnership with Unified Vailsburg Services Organization and other local nonprofit organizations in Newark that enables students, faculty and community participants to develop programs to address locally identified concerns.  She is the 2013 recipient of the Justice William J. Brennan Life Time Achievement Award for her service to the Vailsburg Community.  Dr. Mirabella is currently the chair of the Section on Nonprofit Policy, Practice and Partnerships of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Past-President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and Past-President of the North Jersey Chapter of the ASPA.   She is an active participant in her local community, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Somerset Hills YMCA and having served four terms as member of the Somerset Hills Board of Education. In order to contact Roseanne Mirabella, Ph.D. please email

Headshot of Timothy Hoffman Timothy Hoffman is the Director for the Center for Community Research and Engagement. He attended Seton Hall University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, earning his B.A. in Political Science in 2015 and his Master's in Public Administration in 2016. Timothy is also very active in his own community, as he is currently the Vice President on the Hackensack Board of Education. In order to contact Timothy Hoffman please email

Our Community Engagement Leaders

There are opportunities to apply for a work-study position or an internship in CCRE as a site leader for our mentoring and tutoring programs. We are seeking students with experience in service learning at tutoring/mentoring programs, particularly students who have completed Seton Hall courses that included a service learning component. Students will oversee the day-to-day activities at one of our partner sites, while reporting to our Project Coordinator. The role will require you to be available for approximately 6-12 hours a week each semester. Please contact Timothy Hoffman, Director, at for details.

Anya Darmetko is a senior, majoring in Political Science and minoring in English and Legal Studies in Business. During her past years at CCRE, she has been to most of the sites, favoring Watch Me Play Learn & Grow Academy and the UVSO programs. She enjoys working here because it allows her to help a community close by her, as well as help others to get experiences that they may not have otherwise. On campus, Anya is a member of the University Pep Band where she has served as trumpet section leader and President. Her past community service includes volunteering with Special Olympics in high school as well as tutoring other students.

Taylor Newkirk is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Africana Studies. She has worked with CCRE since her freshman year and has been infatuated with service throughout her academic career. She has led service at Watch Me Play Learn and Grow Academy, Mt. Vernon elementary school, Cristo Rey High School, and currently leads service at Ivy Hill Middle School. Beyond CCRE, Taylor is the President of the SHU Black Student Union, Nominating Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and an At-Large Senator.

Claudia Valverde is a senior Secondary Education and Biology major. She is excited to be a returning Community Engagement Leader with CCRE. As a returner, she has worked at many of the sites, including Watch Me Play Learn & Grow Academy, Cristo Rey High School and the Elizabeth Detention Center. All the sites have given her unique experiences and an appreciation for giving back to the community. On campus, Claudia is a Resident Assistant at Xavier Hall, an ambassador for the College of Education, and a lover of corny jokes.

Jaylen Henderson-Peña is a junior with a double major in Elementary/Special Education and Liberal Studies, and a minor in Spanish. After partaking in the service lab as a freshman, Jaylen found his passion for education and joined the CCRE team. Since then, he has led student volunteers at various UVSO after-school sites and Watch Me Play Learn & Grow Academy. On campus, Jaylen has served as an ambassador for the College of Education and Human Services, as well as an ambassador for the university as a member of Blue Crew. During his recreational time, he is an active member of the University Pep Band, a mentor in the Inclusion Alliance, a scholar of The Latino Institute, and an E-Board Chair of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.

Matt Henry is a junior majoring in finance and economics at the Stillman School of Business. This is his third year with CCRE, and he has been actively involved at Ivy Hill Middle School and Watch Me Play Learn & Grow Academy. Previously, he has been a part of Relay for Life, Coaches vs. Cancer, and Athletes Helping Athletes. On campus he is the Vice President of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, and with charity as one of their core values, he is very concerned with philanthropy and service opportunities.

Jasmine Lightburn is a Senior Business Management major with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. She is the President of the Psi Pi Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and the Vice President of the newly chartered National Pan Hellenic Council at Seton Hall University. She is also a member of the Financial Women's Association in New Jersey, the Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, the Black Student Union, and the National Council of Negro Women, Imani Chapter. Jasmine is committed to serving underprivileged youth in urban communities. She has mentored and tutored children at Columbia High School, Ivy Hill Middle School, Lincoln Elementary School, and the South Orange Library after-school program. She has worked with the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, Jersey Cares, the YMCA, DOVE, and CCRE to serve students in the area. She is excited to continue making a difference in the community through the opportunities provided by the Center for Community Research and Engagement.

Gisellyn Miranda is a member of Seton Hall University's class of 2022 as a Business Administration major with a Nonprofit Studies minor. Maintaining a very active presence on campus, she is both an Educational Opportunity Fund and Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Association Scholar. She is also involved with the Latinx Organization Adelante, the African Student Association, and the Black Student Union. With community service and activism at the forefront of her life, she intends on pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector. She is currently the secretary of the local nonprofit organization, Calling My Future, in which they work towards providing books to local schools and strengthening the importance of education. She is very excited and honored to be a part of the CCRE team, as she will gain much experience along the way to support her future career.

Ethan Bazan is a sophomore Business undecided major. This is his first year working with the CCRE team, but he has done volunteer work in the past. During high school, he was an active worker for Habitat for Humanity and Esperanza International where one of his volunteer experiences was to travel to Tijuana, Mexico and build homes for the neighborhood. During his first year at Seton Hall, he would travel to Newark, NJ for a mentorship program for 5th graders at Hawthorne Elementary, along with volunteering in one of DOVE SOS programs where he gathered supplies to send to Nicaragua. He enjoys volunteering and is excited to start serving the community with CCRE.

Leslie Belalcazar is a first-year college student, and a Political Science Major. She took interest in joining CCRE because the organization reflects her ideologies. In her community, she was a teacher’s assistant for children, ages 9-14, who were in the process of doing their communion. It was important for her to be a part of this process because it marked an important chapter in their lives. Leslie also devoted a large part of time in the United Passaic Organization serving as translator for Spanish speaking individuals and as an advisor to people who had economic difficulties. She was a first-hand witness of the struggles that immigrants and non-English speaking people go through. CCRE partners with organizations that help minority groups, which is something that she looks forward to.

Javairia Burton is a senior Political Science and Africana Studies double major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Though this is her first year working with the CCRE team, she has given back to the community by volunteering at her family's church and foodbank – spending time talking with and singing to senior citizens. Javairia has also volunteered with Elijah's Promise as well as her high school's version of Dancing with the Stars, to help raise money for the township's education foundation. As a transfer student, Javairia saw that there needed to be space for other transfer students and helped to create the Transfer Student Association, acting as Vice President until Spring 2019. Javairia intends on working in the nonprofit sector and is ecstatic to finish off her undergraduate career with experience in engagement leadership with CCRE.

Yuvenca P. Georges is a psychology major/ Africana Studies minor in her senior year. In the Martin Luther King Scholarship Association she has landed multiple roles such as Class representative, co-chairing numerous events, and serving as a Secretary on the E-board. She also serves as the President for the Youth Organization in her church. She is also an Educational Opportunity Program scholar.

Claudia Romani is a sophomore Psychology major pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. This is her first year working with the CCRE team and she is beyond excited. In her first semester of college, she was a student volunteer in the CCRE service lab and volunteered at Watch Me Play Learn & Grow Academy. She was a catechist at her parish where she developed lessons for communion classes with children ages six to nine. She has also volunteered at Adler Aphasia Center where she assisted members with aphasia by working on their speech and reading. On campus, she is the Vice President of MEDLIFE, a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of low-income communities in Latin America and Africa. She enjoys helping others and hopes to create an impact in the world through her service.

Melody Serrano Rodriguez is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in Social Work. She is very exited to work for CCRE and has always had a passion for helping others. In high school she was part of National Honor Society and participated in various community service opportunities. She also participated in various leadership programs and events that compelled her to become involved in CCRE as an engagement leader but also due to her desire to make a change in the world. She is also involved in the dance team participating in the breast cancer walk and best buddies as a peer buddy. She will be working with the elderly and children for this semester and is overjoyed since she is interested in working with children in the future.

Molly Stoe is a current sophomore Public Relations student in the College of Communication and the Arts. She is also a founding member of the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Institute for Leadership Development within the College of Communication and the Arts. There she is the head of the mentorship and recruitment initiative as well as an active participant in the community engagement initiative. Through Seton Hall this past year she would volunteer to read to children at the local library. Along with being a member of The Litore Agency, PRSSA, and PirateTV, Molly is also clarinet section leader with the pep band.

Madelyn Woodson is a sophomore, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sports Media. She enjoys working at CCRE because it gives her the opportunity to help others and to experience things she may not have had the chance to do before. Here on campus, she is a member of PirateTV and is a member of the Buccino Leadership Institute. Her past community service includes volunteering at ACEing Autism in high school.

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