Staff Bios
Howard Rosing

Howard Rosing is the Executive Director of the Steans Center and Egan Urban Center at DePaul University. He is as an adjunct faculty member in Community Service Studies, Anthropology, and Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Community Psychology. Dr. Rosing is a cultural anthropologist whose research is on urban food access, economic restructuring, community food systems, and food justice movements in Chicago and the Dominican Republic. He is currently completing a study with DePaul students on community food systems development in partnership with community organizations in four Chicago neighborhoods. Dr. Rosing is also actively engaged in scholarship on service-learning and community-based research as pedagogy. He co-edited Pedagogies of Praxis: Course-based Action Research in the Social Sciences (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and co-chaired the 2011 Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement. Dr. Rosing holds a B.A. from Indiana University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Binghamton.

Barbara Smith-Weaver

Barbara Smith-Weaver is the Business Manager of the Steans Center. She oversees all operational and budget management activities of the department, including planning and developing systems and procedures to improve operating quality and efficiency. As the Center's primary fiscal manager, her responsibilities encompass supporting all programming including CbSL courses, community internships and placements, and community-based student employment. She received a B.A. in Journalism and a M.S. in Public Service Management with a concentration in fundraising and philanthropy from DePaul University.

Jeff Howard
Jeffrey Howard is the Assistant Director for Faculty Development and is responsible for developing service-learning courses and building faculty capacity for community-engaged scholarship. Jeffrey is also the founder and editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning and is author to numerous books, manuals and articles on service learning pedagogy. His works include Praxis I: A Faculty Casebook on Community Service Learning (editor), the widely used Service-Learning Course Design Workbook, Academic Service Learning: A Pedagogy of Action and Reflection (co-editor). He serves on the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement and is a member of HENCE (Higher Education Network for Community Engagement) and TRUCEN (The Research University Community Engagement Network) and co-developed the web-based Community Engaged Scholarship Toolkit. Jeffrey speaks widely on service-learning and community engaged scholarship. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Michigan; completed Ph.D. coursework in Social Foundations of Education.


Jackie Lazu

Dr. Jacqueline Laz˙ is Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Director of the Community Service Studies Program. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the African and Black Diaspora Studies Program and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. Dr. Laz˙ has developed and taught a number of community-based service learning courses including the Intermediate Spanish which launched the Intercambio programas well as Advanced Spanish for Heritage Language Learners, which focuses on issues of Latino literacy. She has published in numerous books, journals and periodicals including a recent article in Ollantay Theater Journal titled "Til Death Do Us Part: Love and (Para) Normality in Edwin Sßnchez's Unmerciful Good Fortune." The special issue was compilation of articles by the leading Latino theater and performance critics in the US. Dr. Laz˙ recently completed a book manuscript titled From Cane to Fables: Nuyorican Theater and Performance. It is the first history and text analysis dedicated exclusively to the repertoire of Puerto Rican drama in the mainland United States. An experienced playwright, director and performance artists, Dr. Laz˙ wrote and produced an original play in 2007 titled The Block/el bloque: A Young Lords Story based on research conducted in DePaul's Young Lords Papers archived in Special Collections at DePaul's Richardson Library and The Center for Latino Research. She holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College in History and Spanish and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in Spanish with concentrations in Latino Studies, Caribbean Literature and

 Charlotte Phillips

Charlotte M. Phillips is the Student Development Coordinator of the Steans Center, where she supervises and mentors 25 service learning coordinators and develops service learning opportunities at community organizations across Chicago. Charlotte works with various organizations, from those focusing on restorative justice practices to youth advocacy and civic engagement. She specializes in conceptualizing and implementing grassroots organizing events and supporting collaboration between Chicago community groups. Charlotte holds a B.A. from DePaul University in Communication


Heather Little

Heather is a Site Manger for the Jumpstart Program at DePaul University. She is responsible for co-facilitating the DePaul Jumpstart program of approximately 80 college students, including recruitment, training, and managing partnerships with seven Headstart centers in Chicago.
She co-manages day-to-day operations of Jumpstart and including responsibility for insuring high-quality implementation and encouraging growth. Prior to arriving at DePaul, she worked with Jumpstart at the Kansas City site. Heather is an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is a participant in NAEYC's national diversity forum. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and an M.F.A. in Theatre Management and Non-Profit Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Mellisa Frazin
Melissa (Missy) is a Site Manger for the Jumpstart Program at DePaul University. She is responsible for co-facilitating the DePaul Jumpstart program of approximately 80 college students, including recruitment, training, and managing partnerships with seven Headstart centers in Chicago. She co-manages day-to-day operations of Jumpstart and including responsibility for insuring high-quality implementation and encouraging growth. Prior to arriving at DePaul, Missy served two terms in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in Charleston, SC and worked as a Program Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. She holds a B.A in Communications from Tulane University and an M.A. in Teaching with a concentration in elementary education from DePaul University.
Johnny LaSalle
Johnny LaSalle is the Community Internship Coordinator for the Steans Center. He manages three programs: Community Partners Interns, Catholic Schools Initiative, and the M3C AmeriCorps Fellows. In addition he oversees the Meister Scholarship, McCormick Community Internship, Environmental Stewardship Internship, and the Immigration law clinic Internship. Johnny holds a B.A. in Cultural Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in film and video communication from Antioch College and is pursuing a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul.


Micaela Maynard

Micaela Maynard is a Program Coordinator with the course development team, which works to identify potential service learning courses and supports our faculty and community partners. She develops and organizes mutually beneficial service opportunities between students and community organizations as well as leading the course research process to streamline and create efficiency in the progression of developing courses. Micaela served as an AmeriCorps VISTA through Illinois Campus Compact at the Steans Center for two years. It was this experience that piqued her interest in communities, urban issues, and the asset-based community development model. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Service Learning with a concentration in business administration and French, from Byrant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.


Jean Vipond

Jean Vipond is the Assistant Director for Academic Service Learning and member of the course placement team who has the primary responsibility for identifying, scheduling and supporting current and potential community-based service learning courses at DePaul. Prior to DePaul, Jean was the President and CEO of a software company whose primary client was a Fortune 100 corporation. As a past member of the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of Illinois, she worked extensively in the areas of civic engagement, advocacy, education, economic development, and the arts in her local community. Her commitment to social justice is grounded in her experiences as the personal manager of blues artists Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Jean is completing her B.A. at DePauls School for New Learning with a focus area in non-profit
Jonathan Handrup
Jonathan Handrup is the Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorp VISTA for the Steans Center. He is responsible for locating new volunteer organizations in the Chicago area to partner with students to provide fresh opportunities and platforms to serve in. Jonathan is also involved in course development for classes which include a specific community service requirement. Over the past year and a half Jonathan has worked in a congressional district office, concentrating on community outreach and canvassing neighborhoods in Illinois' 5th district and he has been involved with two service trips to New Orleans to rebuild victims of Katrina homes. These experiences gave Jonathan the desire to get involved with community and volunteer organizations. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.