Meet Our Staff

Renee Altimari headshotRenee Altimari

Civic Engagement & College Access/Persistence AmeriCorps VISTA with Campus Compact of Southern New England

In her role as the Civic Engagement & College Access/Persistence AmeriCorps VISTA, Renee works with our EXPLORE! Program and Young Voices (a local non-profit organization) to build and strengthen programming for college access. Renee graduated from Providence College in 2015 with majors in Global Studies and Health Policy & Management. While attending Providence College, Renee focused on health inequities and disparities, in addition to public and global health themes. As an undergraduate student, she was a volunteer and intern with the RI Free Clinic, and also served as an intern with Community Health Innovations of RI. With a passion for building healthy communities, Renee is excited to continue the youth development work established by her VISTA predecessors.

Maia BaileyMaia Bailey

Faculty Fellow for Campus Outreach and Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum

mbailey9@providence.edu

As an Associate Professor of Biology, Maia brings new partnerships and perspectives to her role as Civic Engagement fellow. A life-long volunteer, she has worked with diverse community organizations including national conservation groups, local parks, a children’s science museum, a zoo, a wildlife clinic, elementary schools, religious education programs, a juvenile detention center, and more. She enjoys working with faculty across campus to incorporate civic engagement into their courses through projects and service-learning.

Rick BattistoniRick Battistoni

Director

rickbatt@providence.edu

Currently a professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies, Rick brings an extensive background of teaching and research experience to the Institute, having formerly served as Director from 1994 -2000. A political theorist with a principal interest in the role of education in a democratic society, Rick has published a number of books and articles on service learning and civic engagement, most recently a volume for Campus Compact entitled Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum: A Resource Book for Service-Learning Faculty in all Disciplines . From 2001-2004, he coordinated Project 540, a grant-funded national high school civic engagement initiative.

Garcia PletschMagali García-Pletsch

Program Coordinator

mgarciapletsch@providence.edu

As Program Coordinator, Magali oversees several of the Feinstein Institute’s programs, including Community Work-Study, EXPLORE! and Global Service-Learning. Originally from the U.S./México bordertown of Laredo, Texas, she has called Providence her home for the last eight years. Growing up in a bicultural/binational environment, Magali has always had a passion for “crossing borders” (literally!) and connecting people across those boundaries, whether geopolitical borders or the less visible borders that exist in our own backyards. She is a graduate of the Global Studies department at Providence College, with a concentration in globalization and social justice for underrepresented populations, with a focus on Latin America. In her current role, Magali regularly co-teaches Global Studies courses, eagerly learning alongside her students and co-facilitators about how to live and make positive change in communities across borders and throughout the world.

Meg Griffiths Meg Griffiths

Assistant Director for Campus-Community Partnerships & Service-Learning

mgriff11@providence.edu

In her role as Assistant Director, Meg cultivates campus-community partnerships, directs the Feinstein Community Fellows program, and connects students with meaningful engaged learning opportunities in the city of Providence. Always an interdisciplinary learner, Meg holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Women & Gender Studies from the College of the Holy Cross. After graduating, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in New Orleans and later returned to the city to co-found a nonprofit that sought to create a space for hospitality, retreat, and a thoughtful response to the post-Katrina reality. Meg previously served as the Campus Minister for Service & Justice at Providence College and has a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. She is a trained dialogue facilitator who believes that storytelling and dialogue have the potential to restore trust, rehumanize the “other,” and lay the foundation for collective action.

Lizzie Kravatz headshotLizzie Kravatz

PC/Smith Hill Annex Graduate Assistant

elydon1.ga@providence.edu

In her role as the PC/Smith Hill Annex Graduate Assistant, Lizzie coordinates use of the Annex space while helping to build and foster collaborations between the PC and Smith Hill communities.  Lizzie graduated from Providence College in 2007 with a major in Public & Community Service Studies and a minor in Theology.  In 2008, Lizzie returned to PC as a RI Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA in the Feinstein Institute and then as a VISTA Leader the following year at RI School of Design.  She continued her non-profit work as a Program Coordinator at Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE) working with children of incarcerated parents statewide involved in a scholarship and mentoring program.  Lizzie lived in the Smith Hill neighborhood for five years and was a member of the original Annex Advisory Council. Currently enrolled in the Master of Education in School Counseling program at Providence College, she is excited to continue the great work of the Annex  throughout this year.

Keith MortonKeith Morton

Associate Director

kmorton@providence.edu

A Professor in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies, Keith Morton has worked in the areas of community development, community service and community theory for the past twenty years. He has also taught American Studies in the Department of English. Prior to joining Providence College in 1994, he worked as program and then executive director of the University of Minnesota YMCA, which runs intensive service learning programs for 500 participants each year; and as director of Campus Compact’s national Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study. He serves on the boards of several local and national organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in their communities, and is particularly interested in youth development. He also works regularly as a workshop leader and trainer for education and community-based organizations. His teaching and scholarship focus on the historic and present meanings of community and service in people’s lives.