Current Fellows




Morgan Alexander 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Natural Sciences
  • Hometown:  Georgetown, OH
  • Service Sites:  Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Pregnancy Center East, Drop Inn Center, Alternative Breaks

"I believe that there is no greater personal responsibility than to serve others with an open heart and open arms.  Service is the gateway to individual success and happiness, but more importantly, it is the key to world wide growth and concord.  Community
engagement should be passionate, exciting, enjoyable, and unifying; once you get
started you should not be able to stop."

Emma Allen

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Montessori Education 
  • Hometown:  Chesterfield, MO
  • Service Sites:  Girls on the Run, Boys & Girls Club, Homework Club

"Community service is not only an opportunity to help the area around me, but it is
a chance for me to grow as a person. My favorite saying is, 'Be who you are and be
that well'
by St. Francis de Sales. I believe that we cannot find our true selves without help and inspiration from others. Going into the community and being involved can
lead us to find what we are passionate about and make a difference in someone's life
at the same time."

Ashleigh Baker 

  • Year: Senior
  • Major:  Nursing
  • Hometown:  Milford, OH
  • Service Sites:  Boys and Girls Club, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

"Service is a means to give back to a community by engaging with those who you would otherwise never have met.  It is a chance to grow and learn as a person physically,
mentally, and spiritually."

Ana Calvopina

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Biology
  • Hometown:  Florence, KY
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy, Gabriel's Place

"Service to me is a pure act of kindness. It challenges me to humbly see through someone  else  eyes, to mature, and do away with fear of taking initiative to help others. The most
special thing about service is that it has taught me to appreciate "different ways of lives,
and especially the people who live them. With a loving and selfless heart, service realizes
an idea or desire to help others and magnifies the moments into unforgettable experiences
that only perpetuate the initial desire to do good, and make a difference in the life of another
and a community at large."

Kevin Cekanor

  • Year:  Freshman
  • Major:  Sports Marketing
  • Hometown:  Waukesha, WI
  • Service Sites:  Beginning Spring Semester 2016


"Service is an opportunity to make a difference with your difference and encourage
others to do the same. Growing up with dwarfism has inspired me to ensure that
every individual realizes and discovers that no matter their circumstance or situation,
their voice matters. As a community and world, everyone has the task to help those who
are displaced, discouraged, or forgotten because we are only as good as how we treat
every individual member.  To volunteer for an hour should not be the end goal. Change
does not happen overnight. It requires strength and perseverance. Those who go against
the grain, fight against the current, and stand strong in the wind to ensure every voice has
the chance to be heard are those that understand that service is a way of life that never ends."

In the parable of the Starfish, the man watching the boy throwing the starfish back into the sea laughs and says, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean and said, “I made a difference to that one.”

Benmun Damul

Year:   Freshman
Major:   Nursing
Hometown:   Jos Plateau, NIGERIA
Service Sites:   Beginning Spring Semester 2016

"We have been called to serve and leave everywhere we go better than the way
we found it. I am privileged to be serving and having fun while doing it. I love service because it provides a push for openness and unmatched learning opportunities. 
You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge
the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”  Gal 5:13

Anna DeHondt

Year:   Freshman
Major:   Occupational Therapy
Hometown:   Berkley, MI
Service Sites:   Beginning Spring Semester 2016

Community involvement at the core of one's values is the key to a meaningful life.
A life lived purely for one's own desire is fruitless. The dedication of one's life to
others, however, fosters joy, optimism, and positive growth in a society.  I believe
that God has blessed us with a beautiful and unique community. It is our calling to celebrate and appreciate this incredible gift through community engagement, service,
and fellowship with others. 

Ann Marie Diener 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Psychology
  • Hometown:  Golden, CO
  • Service Sites:  Boyz II Men, Crossroads Church, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Alternative Breaks

"I am very involved in community service of all kinds.  I love working with children, serving the homeless, and volunteering in my church!  Volunteering has always been
a passion of mine and it's helped me to discover a lot about myself and other people."

Terrence Ferguson

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Business
  • Hometown:  Chattanooga, TN
  • Service Sites:  Boyz II Men, Wordplay, Alternative Breaks

"'The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.' - Aristotle. Serving those in need is more than just appeasing their needs, it is learning about
the world around you and using those factors to shape and change your life. The
fact that I am learning so much about the society in which I live makes volunteering
such a mutual value to both me and to those whom I serve. It is up to our generation
to be the change we wish to see in the world."


Mirka Gallo

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Pre-Med Undecided
  • Hometown:  Chicago, IL
  • Service Sites:  Project Connect, Su Casa, Nicaragua Also Chaveria

"When you look up the meaning of community in the dictionary it says 'a unified
body of individuals
.' You are one big family no matter where you live because we
are unified; and when one member of the community is in need or some aspects
of the community can be improved with your individual thoughts or gifts then it is
your responsibility to help the family. This is what service means to me, being
completely immersed in your community by sharing your thoughts and talents in
order to make an impact on people, yourself, and the community as a whole."

Courtney Garside

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Honors Bachelor of Arts
  • Hometown:  Boston, MA
  • Service Sites:  Boys & Girls Club,  Boyz II Men, Evanston Academy

"The impact of service on my life is exponential. I was part of the Boys and Girls
Club of Dorchester when I was a kid, and the personal development that came
about as a result of others giving themselves up in service to me has never left
me. I want other kids in need to know that there are people out there in the world,
genuine people with some perspective and empathy towards their situation, who
will give themselves up for them. People who want those kids to grow in a loving and
hopeful environment. That is why I choose to serve, because I believe that kids who
are growing up like I did have just as much a chance to succeed as I."

Jake Haigis

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Biology
  • Hometown:  Loveland, OH
  • Service Sites:  Unified for UNIFAT, Relay for Life, Community Action Day

"Community Service is more than just helping people in need.  To me community
service is having the chance to learn about the local or even global community around us.  Doing community service, mission trips, and fundraisers for non-profits not just impacts the people I am helping, but they are also impacting me.  The people I have worked with over the years have allowed me to see a whole new side of life and I hope
to continue growing these new outlooks for years to come." 

Andrew Hermann

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program, Natural Sciences
  • Hometown:  Seattle, WA
  • Service Sites:  Education Across Borders, Little Sisters of the Poor, Gabriel's Place, Nicaragua Also Chaveria

"Service isn’t just something on a check list to do once a month, it is a lifestyle.
As the Jesuits teach, we are men and women for and with others, and through a
Xavier education and participation in the Community-Engaged Fellowship I am
learning to live a meaningful and purposeful life. Service allows me to learn about
myself, learn about others, and together that can make a difference in the world." 

Rebecca Hollis

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program
  • Hometown:  Eads, TN
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy, Boyz II Men, Alliance for Immigrant Women

"Engaging in your community is more than hours or numbers, but instead about
getting yourself and others connected within your community.  My goal is to be a leader, not only through action but through support and encouragement of others.  Engaging in your community is vital to continue ameliorating our current problems,
and part of engaging is simply using your voice to speak up when something needs

Brennan Kizer Ball

Year:  Freshman
Major:  Nursing
Hometown:  Annapolis, MD
Service Sites:   Beginning Spring Semester 2016

"At a young age I learned that our time is so limited here on earth. This prompted me
to try my hardest to give everything I could to each day for myself and my community.
Service is about seizing the opportunity to do more now and then going beyond that
so you can be a part of something bigger than yourself. This makes a better world for everyone."

Alexander Lopez Valdiviseo

Year:   Freshman
Major:   Nursing
Hometown:   Maple Shade, NJ
Service Sites:   Beginning Spring Semester 2016

"Haz el bien sin mira a quien", a Spanish quote that I was taught by my family. 
Translated it means to do good without looking at whom. However, what comes
to my mind when I hear it? That I should never turn my hand from the community 
and always be available to the community.  Since by serving the community you learn
who you truly are because it takes you through an emotional and metal process. It
allows you to humbly be in other people’s shoes by hearing and seeing what they
experience. You learn that you must stand for something through you service. If not
those who stand for nothing, fall for anything. Always be the change you want to see
in the world or if it’s not the time for the world, start in the community that you are
serving. Your service today will create the future.

"When you look at the world The old ones made it, current ones sustained it and well the crazy ones changed it"  -Sulk Breaks

Go be crazy and serve others in any way you possibly can.

Shazia Malik

Year:   Freshman
Major:   Natural Sciences
Hometown:   Blue Ash, OH
Service Sites:   Beginning Spring Semester 2016

"Community service used to be hours needed in order to still participate in
National Honor Society. However, through more experiences in community
service, it has taken on a whole new meaning. It is a way to positively impact
others while also impacting myself in a positive way. We are all part of one big
community and it is our duty to make sure that our community is taken care of.
When I participate in community service work, I grow with the community."

Marshall Marks

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Business
  • Hometown:  Silver Spring, MD
  • Service Sites:  Boyz II Men

"Gandhi said, 'Be the change you want to see be in the world.' I think there is no
other phrase that can describe my view of service and the fellowship better.
Service truly gives you the opportunity to change people's life and make the world
a better place. No matter how small or how big the deed. Sometimes the smallest
deeds have the greatest impact. There is nothing I would rather do."

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."


Ryan Murphy 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Business
  • Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy, Boyz II Men, Alternative Breaks

"I believe that it is my responsibility to share my thoughts, talents, and skills with the global community in a meaningful way.  Not only am I committed to staying involved,
but it is my goal to involve many of peers in my service.  While I believe that service is meaningful, I also believe it should be fun!"


Oise Omoijuanfo

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Honors Bachelors of Arts
  • Hometown:  Shaker Heights, OH
  • Service Sites:  Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center




Ellie Parker

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Nursing
  • Hometown:  Mason, OH
  • Service Sites:  Girls on the Run, Montessori Education

"Gandhi said, 'The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of
others.' Those words have become real to me. Service is an act of love and
compassion towards others in their time of need. Service has allowed the opportunity
for me to become a part of my community and learn more about the people within.
I hope to become a nurse where I can continue to use my passion for service and meet
others in their time of need."


 Rachel Piepsny 

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Middle Childhood Education
  • Hometown:  Strongsville, OH
  • Service Sites:  Project Connect, Girls on the Run, Evanston Academy, Cincinnati Youth Collaboration Mentoring, XU Women's Center, Alternative Breaks

"I've always had a passion for helping others in a way that recognizes both their humanity and dignity.  My passions are working with youth who are disadvantaged, individuals with disabilities, and members of gangs or other inner city violence,
although I love to explore all areas of service.  I do what I do because I know I am
blessed and want to see others have the same opportunities to discover their passion." 

Sarah Rudolph

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Occupational Therapy
  • Hometown:  Parkersburg, WV
  • Service Sites:  Girls on the Run, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Center, Boyz II Men

"God has given me this life so that I may be His vessel. My passion is to do this by serving others, sharing with them a love that is beyond compare. As Mother Teresa once said,
"A life not lived for others is not a life.'"

Timothy Schutzenhofer

Year:   Junior
Major:   Communications
Hometown:   Florissant, MO
Service Sites:  Boyz II Men, Wordplay, Gabriel's Place

"Service is more than just volunteering or getting involved with clubs that do community service. To me service is getting out into the community and making those personal connections that you can only find through working with others. Through service you
are able to see behind the mask of everyday life. It allows you the chance to see things
through the perspective of others that you may have otherwise overlooked. There are so
many great services happening in the community around us. All it took was someone going
out in the community, making those personal connections and seeing life through someone
else's perspective; then making a change based off their new perspective. This is what the
Community Engaged Fellowship focuses on accomplishing and is a great description of what
service truly means to me."

Mark Shaffer

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Criminal Justice
  • Hometown:  Portsmouth, OH
  • Service Sites:  Gabriel's Place, Project Connect, Wordplay

"Service is more than simply providing a service for someone. I like to envision service
as getting your hands dirty and calloused with others and not just handing out
materialistic necessities. Through community service, we can create an environment
people will be proud to call their own and give them a sense of responsibility we
can only hope they pass on to others."

Dan Shannon

Year:   Freshman
Major:   Undecided
Hometown:   LaGrange, IL
Service Sites:   Beginning Spring Semester 2016

 “To those who have been given much, much is to be expected.”  This states that as
human beings, we have been given life and the ability to enjoy an infinite realm of opportunities.  But, there are people in this world who don’t share the same
luxuries that a lot of us do. It is because of that reason that we must transcend
the barrier of our own comfortable lives to advocate and perform service for those
who need it most.

Casey Smith

Year:   Freshman
Major:   Entrepreneurship
Hometown:   Loveland, OH
Service Sites:   Beginning Spring Semester 2016

“To me community service is more than taking a few hours out of ones day to help
those in need. Instead service is a way to build bonds and create connections with
those around you, in order to establish a stronger sense of community. A healthy community provides members with the necessary tools  and support they need to
succeed further on down the road.”

Wabi Tela

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Psychology
  • Hometown:  La Vergne, TN
  • Service Sites:  Wordplay

"When the term service is brought up, often the first things that come to mind is
donating one's time and charity. Even though these two points are important, I
believe that service is much more. When I think of service, I see opportunities in
having an impact in others' life for the better, discovering new things about myself,
and helping the community grow even stronger. I feel that being in the Fellowship
allows me to be able to do all of these things while being a part of a family that want
to help me grow as a person."

Alison Trianfo

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Philosophy, Politics and the Public Honors Program
  • Hometown:  Dublin, OH
  • Service Sites:  Evanston Academy Spanish Club, Boys & Girls Club, ZooMates

"To me, service isn't just about meeting the minimal physical needs of the people I
am trying to help - it's about seeing the humanity in the eyes of those I serve and
pulling them up to recognize their own unique potential and dignity. It takes dedication
and patience, but seeing the light in those I serve is worth it. I never feel more whole
than when I am serving."

Joshua VanDervort

  • Year:  Sophomore
  • Major:  Business
  • Hometown:  Gahanna, OH
  • Service Sites:  Susan G. Komen of Greater Cincinnati

"With the passing of my grandmother to cancer, I immediately knew that this
terrible disease is one that needs to end. With that passion driving me and the Jesuit practice of "Men and Women For Others" I have set out with the goal through my community service in the Greater Cincinnati area to END CANCER!"

Kelsey Vice

  • Year:  Junior
  • Major:  Sociology
  • Hometown:  Loveland, OH
  • Service Sites:  Su Casa, Wordplay, Alternative Breaks

"Service is the channel that connects me to my local and global community. It allows
me to become aware of the social issues in our world and then challenges me to
react to them. As I aim to become a servant leader in the community, I yearn to
better understand not only the social issues but also the people I serve. Through service, stereotypes and barriers are broken down allowing me to view the people I work with as
equals. Ultimately, service is what gives my life purpose. Thus, I am so blessed to be able
to do what I love by being a part of the Community-Engaged Fellowship."

Allie Weiss

  • Year:  Senior
  • Major:  Marketing
  • Hometown:  Stow, OH
  • Service Sites:  Happen Inc, Evanston Academy, Unified for UNIFAT, Girls on the Run

"I try to live by the motto, 'Life is not made wonderful by the things you get; it is made wonderful by the things you give.'  Service outreach has become an essential part of my life.  Any service that I have done with others has not only impacted them, but has impacted me as well.  I am truly blessed to have been part of all the service I have done over the past years and cannot wait for all that is to come."