Meet Our Staff
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.
In her role as Associate Director, Carlene cultivates campus-community partnerships, directs the Feinstein Community Fellows program, and connects students with meaningful engaged learning opportunities in Rhode Island. Carlene is a life-long resident of Central Falls, RI. She serves as President Pro-Temp in her 3rd year on the Central Falls City Council. Carlene is a first generation Cape Verdean American who strongly believes education is the key to opening up doors. Carlene pursued her dream of going to school in Washington, DC., receiving her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and her M.A. in Criminology at The George Washington University. Prior to her move back to RI, Carlene served as the Confidential Liaison to the White House Liaison at the United States Agency for International Development. Most recently, she served the Central Falls School District as Director of 21st Century Programs handling over half a million dollars in grant funding for all summer and after school programs in the district. Carlene is extremely active in the RI community, serving on the Upward Bound Scholarship Committee & the Central Falls Prevention Coalition. She is a graduate of the RI Chapter of New Leaders Council and Boston Metro Area Chapter of Education Pioneers. Carlene hopes to bring her extensive work experience with under-served communities, community stakeholders, and educational institutions to the Providence College campus.
As Program Coordinator, Melissa oversees several of the Feinstein Institute’s programs including Community Work- Study, Feinstein Community Fellows, and Global Service Learning. Melissa graduated from Stonehill College in May with a B.A. in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies focused on food and sustainability. After graduating, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Spokane, Washington focusing on food justice/access in the area. As a Rhode Island native, Melissa is excited to work at Providence College in a position that focuses on social justice, democratic education, and supporting community partners through service.
Faculty Fellow for Campus Outreach and Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum
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.
PC/Smith Hill Annex Graduate Assistant
As the PC/Smith Hill Annex Graduate Assistant, Leslie coordinates use of the Annex space to help foster organic collaboration between the surrounding Smith Hill communities and Providence College. Leslie graduated from Providence College in 2017 with a major in Public and Community Service. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Education in Urban Teaching with a concentration in Counseling. Her unique interest in Education and Counseling molds her passion to continue using narratives as a tool for empowerment, community building, and societal change. She hops to merge her passion and the opportunity as the coordinator to develop a new and collaborative narrative of the Annex.
Partnerships for Post-secondary Success/CSSNE AmeriCorps VISTA
In her role as the Partnerships for Post-secondary Success AmeriCorps VISTA, Stachel works with multiple community partners and stakeholders on and off campus to develop and research programming to improve post-secondary success among low income Providence-area youth. Stachel graduated from Providence College in May of 2018 with majors in Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies. While attending Providence College, Stachel was involved in a number of Providence and campus organizations mostly centered around social justice, racial justice and equity, youth development and youth civic engagement. With a passion and interest in communities and the ways in which they can be empowered to attain the resources they need to live fulfilled lives, Stachel is excited to explore the opportunities and partnerships that can be formed to better support Providence youth.