Meet Our Team

Center for Community Engagement 

 




Bryan Murdock
Director
Center for Community Engagement
e-mail: murdockb@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: (973) 655-6831

Bryan is Director of the Center for Community Engagement Program and manages the day-to-day operations of programs and projects to advance service-learning and community engagement. Prior to coming to Montclair State, he worked as a program director at the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Krystal Woolston

Assistant Director
Center for Community Engagement
e-mail: woolstonk@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: (973) 655-4268

Krystal is the Assistant Director, she oversees the service-learning program and manages the Bonner Leader AmeriCorps program.‌Krystal also assists with the Service-Learning Fellows program. Krystal holds a master’s in counseling and has prior experience supporting a variety of government agency and non-profit programs and organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Meaghan Cleaver

CCE Graduate Intern
e-mail: cleaverm1@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: (973) 655- 3973

Meaghan is an office assistant for the Center for Community Engagement and helps in everyday Center activities. Meaghan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently enrolled in the Master’s program in Counseling at Montclair State University, with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling.

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Forbes

 

CCE Graduate Intern
e-mail: forbesm3@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: (973) 655- 3973

 Michelle is an office assistant for the Center for Community Engagement and helps in everyday Center activities.Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and is currently enrolled in the Master’s program for Educational Leadership at Montclair State University, with a concentration in higher education.

 

Service-Learning Scholars

Todd Kelshaw, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Media. As a scholar of organizational communication, his special concerns are for democratic environments in which members may share leadership, collaboratively create and problem-solve, and foster healthy relationships across cultural, moral, and attitudinal differences. In an organizational landscape that is increasingly characterized by democratization, globalization, and decentralized yet thoroughly networked interactivities—all of which are advanced through emerging communication technologies—issues of stakeholder empowerment are quickly becoming more important and sophisticated. If, as John Dewey observed, democracy is not so much a mechanism of governance as it is a moral ideal to be realized throughout the communicative contexts of our daily lives, such issues are inherent to all of our communities, spanning residential and civic settings, politics and governance, work, commerce, education, recreation, journalism, and so on. Through his scholarship, he aims to interrogate and celebrate notions of relational stakeholdership, and to develop and apply dialogic and deliberative communication competencies toward people’s mutual empowerment and organizational well-being.

Former Service-Learning Scholars

Valerie Sessa, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department in MSU and specializes in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is also the Director of the Leadership Development through Civic Engagement minor and teaches service learning and co-op courses focused on leadership. Dr. Sessa has numerous publications, book chapters, and presentations focusing on the topics of service-learning and on leadership development in students. Dr. Valerie Sessa has been a Service-Learning Scholar since 2008.

Kenneth Brook, Ph.D. is a professor of Anthropology at MSU. He served as Chairperson of the Department of Anthropology, Director of the BA/MA Program in Practical Anthropology and Chief Negotiator for Local 1904, AFT, and AFL-CIO. As one of the founders of the Service-learning Program at MSU, he also co-created the year long Service-Learning Fellows Program, and was engaged in the development of various grant proposals to expand and institutionalize Service-Learning and Community Engagement at MSU. Dr. Kenneth Brook was designated Service-Learning Leshowitz Faculty Fellow in 1996 and Service-Learning Scholar in 2001 in recognition of this work. Between 2001-08, in his role as Service-Learning Scholar, he mentored over two dozen service-learning fellows and helped guide the future directions of the Program.

Mary E. (Marybeth) Henry, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Family and Child Studies at MSU. She served as Deputy Chairperson and Coordinator of the Family and Child Studies Concentration in the Department of Human Ecology. As one of the founders of the Service-Learning Program at MSU, she also co-created the year long Service-Learning Fellows Program, and was engaged in the development of various grant proposals to expand and institutionalize Service-Learning and Community Engagement at MSU. Dr. Henry's research and scholarship focused on program and faculty development, reflection and student learning. Her work is published in national and international journals and she has made dozens of presentations at national conferences. Dr. Marybeth Henry was designated Service-Learning Leshowitz Faculty Fellow in 1996 and Service-Learning Scholar in 2001 in recognition of this work. Between 2001- 2010, in her role as Service-Learning Scholar, she mentored over two dozen service-learning fellows and helped guide the future directions of the Program.