Matt is honored to serve as the director of Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE).  In this capacity he is responsible for the strategic vision for the regional compact, leading regional coalition building efforts, supporting the development of member engagement activities and services, and managing the organizational and administrative aspects of CCSNE.  Additionally, he will actively link the regional efforts with national priorities and programs ensuring maximum opportunities for member campuses and impact.
The formation of CCSNE is a direct result of Matt’s experience serving as the Executive Director of Connecticut Campus Compact and interim director of Rhode Island Campus Compact.  These roles positioned Matt to see the dynamic work of member campuses across Southern New England and the numerous community assets that could be better leveraged to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.
Prior to the Compact, Matt served in multiple roles in higher education with academic affairs, student affairs, and campus ministry focused on civic and community engagement.  He has served as the Director of the Office of Community Outreach at the University of Connecticut, Associate Director for GEAR-UP at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and Assistant Director of the Center for Social Concern at Stonehill College.  Matt has a BS in Business Administration from Stonehill College and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut.
In recent years, Matt’s own community engagement has primarily focused on supporting his two daughter’s experiences through volunteering in parent-teacher associations, school policy advisory boards, youth sports (coaching basketball), and way too many parent booster clubs.  Additionally, he serves as a Commissioner of the Connecticut Commission on Community Service and a member of the Connecticut Civic Health Advisory Committee organized by the Office of the Secretary of the State of Connecticut and Everyday Democracy.   When Matt is not driving his car around Southern New England, he enjoys the occasional game of golf, cheering from the sidelines of his kids’ sports events, and binge watching Game of Thrones.

Barbara Canyes has been a leader in the field of civic and community engagement for the past 25 years. In 2000, she became Executive Director of Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC), one of the largest and most influential state Campus Compact organizations in the nation. During her tenure at MACC, she increased membership from 50 to nearly 70 Massachusetts-based college and university presidents committed to integrating civic engagement into academic and student life.  

As Chief Membership Officer, Barbara’s work with members for CCSNE involves consulting with two-year and four-year higher education institutions across the southern New England region on institutional planning, faculty development, community-university partnerships, and student civic development. Her focus is on helping colleges and universities instill in students the skills and knowledge necessary for public problem-solving in the local, national, and global arenas. 

A recognized expert in policies and practices that advance education for the public good, Barbara has spoken at state, regional, and international conferences. She has also served in numerous advisory positions, including being appointed as a Commissioner to the Massachusetts State Service Alliance for 2002–2017 and to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s Committee on Civic Education and Engagement in 2012–2014. She received her undergraduate degree from American University and her master’s in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kaytee most recently served as the Program Coordinator at Connecticut Campus Compact, where she supported Compact member programming and the AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Kaytee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public & Community Service Studies from the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College and received her Master’s Degree in Gender & Social Policy from the London School of Economics. She began working with Campus Compact as an undergraduate through regional conferences and through Rhode Island Campus Compact in which she completed an AmeriCorps Scholarship for Service program and was a student researcher for a Learn & Serve America grant. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA through Rhode Island Campus Compact, serving at Providence College and focused on growing interdisciplinary service-learning opportunities through faculty and student development opportunities. After graduate school, Kaytee returned to the Feinstein Institute as a full-time staff member where she oversaw several programs, including EXPLORE (a college access/readiness program), Global Service-Learning, and Community Work Study. She has also taught several undergraduate classes in Public Service, Global Studies, and Women’s Studies. Kaytee is passionate about leadership development, creating collaborative learning environments, engaging in critical civic reflection and working collaboratively to improve our local and global communities.

Sharon is thrilled to be leading the Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE)VISTA Corps. Sharon was the founding Executive Director of Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) and the MACC VISTA program. When family life required relocating away from Massachusetts, Sharon continued to consult with MACC and MACC VISTA working with many of the corps members over the years through training, evaluation support, resource development, and facilitation. Sharon’s career began as an instructor at the Voyageur Outward Bound School and as a teacher of environmental and outdoor education programs following her BA in Psychology from Earlham College. Her passion for education led her to earn a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and to become involved in the emerging field of service learning. At the Massachusetts Department of Education, Sharon directed the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium for Community Service Learning and led the statewide organizing effort that resulted in the founding of the Massachusetts Campus Compact in 1995. After working as an independent consultant for years, Sharon left consulting to return to the MACC staff in 2014 as Director of Partnerships and Resource Development and then Co-Director of MACC VISTA, Sharon took over as Director of MACC VISTA during the 2016-17 program year and helped develop the CCSNE VISTA program. Sharon balances work with her own active community and family life. When not working with CCSNE VISTA, you will find her volunteering in the Framingham schools, running swim meets and driving carpool.

Tim, originally from Oberlin, Ohio, attended Oberlin College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology. While at Oberlin, Tim was a member of the Bonner Scholars Program where became a leader in the program and had a unique opportunity to lead a community of 60 low-income college students in leadership development and community service placements in his hometown. After college, Tim joined the Campus Compact network when he joined the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) AmeriCorps VISTA Program placed at Simmons College. During his year of service, Tim supported a cohort of 16 college student leaders responsible for facilitating educational enrichment programs in the Boston Public Schools and local community centers while building capacity for these programs to achieve sustainability. Tim continued to serve MACC in the VISTA Leader role where he supported the orientation, training, and development of 2 corps of 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members across Massachusetts. Following three terms of AmeriCorps VISTA service with MACC, Tim was hired on as staff to serve as the Programs and Operations Manager to support 64 member-campuses the AmeriCorps VISTA Project where revived the Community Engaged Professionals Network and the MACC Student Leadership Conference. Tim is dedicated to developing programming that supports low-income and first-generation college students in their ability to persist and succeed in higher education when coupled with community engagement and leadership.

617-553-5544 | tcerezo {at} compact(.)org

Tasia is excited to re-join the Campus Compact network. Originally from, Miami, Florida. Tasia attended Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After college, she joined the Campus Compact network through the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) AmeriCorps VISTA Program where she served at Pine Manor College. At Pine Manor, Tasia developed and implemented a service-learning course that incorporated hands-on experience in New Orleans for students in support of the rebuilding of the city and the surrounding communities after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Tasia served as co-VISTA Leader for two years before transitioning to work in the non-profit sector and higher education where she supported low to moderate income teens and families in roles such as Volunteer Coordinator, Teen Center Director and Educational Advisor. Her work within higher education and her passion for community work encouraged her to pursue her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration of Community Engagement from Merrimack College. Tasia is devoted to institution – community relationships which can provide a holistic approach to student support from all backgrounds while promoting institutional access to all communities.

617-553-5536 | jgrant {at} compact(.)org

Jessica grew up in New York and graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Global Public Health and Nutrition. During her undergrad, she grew a passion for understanding and addressing social determinants of health in under-resourced populations. Through studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and interning with the U.N. her senior year; she grew an even greater love for travel and the perspective it brings. While at NYU she was a part of multiple communities surrounding Social Justice, Multi-Faith Dialogue, Black Women’s empowerment – many of which inform her work today.  After graduation, Jessica spent a summer working on a reservation in Northern Idaho as a children’s program coordinator and subsequently became interested in AmeriCorps MACC VISTA. Her first year of service was spent serving at Tufts University building capacity for College Access and STEM pipeline programs in the communities of Somerville, Medford and Chinatown. She additionally began volunteering with “Community Conversations: Sister-to-Sister”, a Cambridge-based Women’s Health Initiative that promotes health empowerment and well-being for Black Women. Jessica is currently serving as a VISTA Leader for Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) where she provides support for VISTAs across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

617-553-5536 | klane {at} compact(.)org

Kiana grew up in Middleboro, Massachusetts and graduated from Lasell College in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Youth & Crime. During her time at Lasell, she worked in Lasell’s Center for Community-Based Learning, helping organize service learning and community engagement opportunities for students. After graduation, Kiana moved to Brighton, Massachusetts to serve as a Massachusetts Campus Compact VISTA at her alma mater. During her first year of service she built capacity for improved education outcomes for Boston Public School youth at an afterschool program that serves the Lower Roxbury, MA community. She also spent time developing partnerships with local colleges and universities to engage more volunteers in supporting the after-school program during the academic year. Kiana is currently serving as a VISTA Leader for Campus Compact for Southern New England where she provides support for VISTAs across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Violence Prevention and Advocacy.

617-553-5539 | mroth {at} compact(.)org

Originally from Pennsylvania, Monica spent the past five years in Rhode Island–first pursuing her undergraduate degree at Brown University, then as the Partnerships for Success VISTA for Rhode Island Campus Compact.  In college, she played for the varsity women’s rugby team and worked in the admissions office.  As the Partnerships for Success VISTA, she created data and communications structures, built relationships across Rhode Island, and laid the groundwork for stronger Campus Compact partnership support.  She also supported Rhode Island Higher Education Partnerships for Attainment and Graduate! Rhode Island’s inaugural efforts.

617-553-5542 | vbrooks {at} compact(.)org

Valerie is eager to begin her nine-month fellowship position at Campus Compact, working on the Dialogue & Democratic Engagement Initiative. Currently a graduate student at Merrimack College, Valerie is studying to attain a Masters of Education in Community Engagement, with a concentration in Higher Education.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lesley University and has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA) in the Lawrence area for the past two years.  At home, Valerie lives with her husband and three daughters ages 16, 15 and 12.  When she is not attending her daughters’ sporting and school events, you can find Valerie either practicing yoga or outside tending to her garden.  Valerie is dedicated to ensuring educational growth to children of all varying social and economic backgrounds.

617-553-5540 | mdillivan {at} compact(.)org

Marie grew up in West Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a B.A. in Spanish and Latina/o Studies. During undergrad, she had the opportunity to teach Spanish at a public elementary school and participate in an oral history collection and archival project to preserve the history of twentieth century Chicana activists in Michigan. After graduation, she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and served as a MACC AmeriCorps VISTA researching food insecurity in higher ed and documenting existing efforts on member campuses. After completing her first year of service, Marie is excited to continue for another year with CCSNE to support campus food security programs and reduce hunger as a barrier to low income student retention and success. She is looking forward to working with the many VISTA projects in the corps that are addressing these issues and continuing to develop CCSNE’s online resources. Marie plans to continue her education and will be applying for graduate programs this fall.