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Oregon State University
2251 SW Jefferson Way
Student Experience Center, Suite 206
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-2212
Phone: 541.737.3041

Our Staff

Get to know your 2016-2017 Center for Civic Engagement staff! We are here to help any students who wish to get involved in meaningful service and other community engagement opportunitites. Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have, either individually by clicking our names below or by sending an email to our office email account. We would love to hear from you!

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Assistant Director for Civic Engagement & Sustainability
Emily Bowling | | 541-737-7673

Civic Engagement GTA | Melissa Lee |

Internal Coordinator | Karina Ruiz Lopez |

Internal Coordinator | Jeremy Chu|

Internal Coordinator | Jessie Li |

Internal Coordinator | Yuriyah Reed-Harris |

External Coordinator |Tristan Haberstich |

External Coordinator |Ashlei Edgemon |

External Coordinator |Zoha Ahmad |

Outreach Coordinator  | Helene Matschek |

Outreach Coordinator  | Michael Sullivan |

Media & Communications Coordinator  | Jillian Kimura | 

Tristan Haberstich - External Coordinator

Tristan Haberstich external coordinator

Tristan is in her second year at Oregon State University. She is majoring in Public Health with the option of health promotion and health behavior. She is excited to be joining the CCE as an external coordinator to help make OSU be civically engaged within the Corvallis area community.

When she’s not at the CCE, you can find Tristan studying for class, watching documentaries, or exploring the pacific northwest. Some of her many skills include crafting, finding new places, and recently she has considered herself an amateur horticulturist.

Ashlei Edgemon - External Coordinator

Ashlei Edgemon external coordinator

Ashlei is in her fourth year at OSU and is majoring in Public Health, with an option in Health Management and Policy. After graduating, Ashlei plans attend graduate school and eventually hopes to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthcare. She also has an interest in student affairs after becoming involved with that aspect of campus life while attending OSU and is considering pursuing that path in the future. This year Ashlei is excited to connect students with opportunities to use their passions and interests to meet community-identified needs!

Ashlei grew up in Salem, Oregon where she was involved in a multitude of civic engagement activities starting at an early age. She is committed to making the world a more just and equitable place, and believes in the collective power of people to bring about meaningful change. Particular areas of interest for Ashlei are healthcare equity, food insecurity, houselessness, racial justice, gender equity, and access to education. In her personal time, Ashlei enjoys hiking, camping, soccer, cycling, and other outdoor adventures. She also enjoys woodworking, spoken word poetry, collaging, and playing musical instruments.

Lyndi-Rae Petty - Outreach Coordinator

Lyndi Petty outreach coordinator

Lyndi is an Honors senior studying Biology with a minor Chemistry. She was previously heavily involved with ASOSU (student government) for the last three years. One of her favorite aspects of working in student government was advocating for student issues and striving to make changes in the community. This passion led her to apply to work with the Center for Civic Engagement. She is also involved with a research lab in the College of Public Health.

Lyndi is from the Portland area and in her free time, she loves to meet new people, explore Oregon and the outdoors, read books, train for half marathons, and do body pump at Dixon. After graduation, she is pursuing a Master of Public Health to help broaden her perspective for a future career in medicine. She is excited to work for the CCE and is looking forward to engaging students in the community!

Michael Sullivan - Outreach Coordinator

Michael Sullivan outreach coordinator

Michael is a junior at Oregon State currently studying accounting. He first got invested in the CCE after volunteering at one of the annual service events put on by the team. As one of the CCE’s Outreach Coordinators, Michael actively works to connect student groups to civic engagement opportunities in the community. Besides his on campus positon, Michael is also heavily involved in his Greek chapter as well as with the greater Corvallis community as a board member with the Benton County chapter of CASA.

Michael has many interests, ranging from supporting his hometown Portland Trailblazers to exploring the outdoors. Post college Michael hopes to take a gap year to travel abroad before pursuing a career stateside; specifically, in the area of social entrepreneurship. 

Jeremy Chu - Internal Coordinator

Jeremy Chu internal coordinator

Jeremy is a junior studying Biology and this is his second year working at the CCE. He is excited about increasing communication on the Growing Food Security Initiative and Toxic Masculinity in society. Jeremy is beginning his research on the effect of cocoa flavanols on cardiovascular health. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, reading, and playing the ukulele. His favorite quote is by Pablo Picasso: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” After college, Jeremy aspires to attend medical school and become a Family Physician focusing on Lifestyle Medicine. 

Jessie Li - Internal Coordinator

Jessie Li internal coordinator

Jessie is a sophomore double majoring in BioHealth Sciences (Pre-Med) and Psychology; she is also a member of the Honors College. Jessie is excited to begin her first year at the CCE as an internal coordinator. She first heard of the CCE when she participated in the annual Alternative Spring Break program in March 2016. Through this experience, Jessie reignited her passion for service and civic engagement. After completing her undergraduate studies, Jessie hopes to pursue a career in neuroscience.

Originally from Portland, Jessie enjoys photography, food, and learning. One of her favorite quotes is from Bill Bullard – “The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” 

Yuriyah Reed-Harris - Internal Coordinator

Yuriyah Reed Harris internal coordinator

Yuriyah is a junior in the College of Science, majoring in Biology with a Pre-Medicine focus, and Chemistry minor. This year, Yuriyah is excited to continue her work at the CCE as an internal coordinator and work with the new staff on the team. Yuriyah is also continuing her amazing undergraduate research in an aggressive brain cancer, glioblastoma, using zebrafish. This year will also be Yuriyah’s second year as a U-Engage Peer Leader; the first-year experience course is called Learning Sexuality. After graduating, Yuriyah hopes to attend medical school and become a surgeon with a specialty in neurology. Originally from Las Vegas, Yuriyah enjoys science, art, and music; she is an avid musician herself playing viola for 8 years. Her favorite food is anything with potatoes in it and the motto she likes to live by is “Life is too short to remove a USB safely”.

Annie Corkery - Internal Coordinator

Annie Corkery

Annie is in her fourth and final year at OSU studying English and political science. Ever since she was little, her dream has been to become a teacher. Continuing to follow this dream, she aspires to get a masters in teaching with a focus in social justice and diversity in the classroom. She is also passionate about education policy and hopes to work in a school district one day building best practices in the classroom and empowering students. This is her second year working at the CCE, and through her time with the organization she has met many different people from the OSU and Corvallis communities, taken part in important and enriching conversations about social injustices, and therefore fostered her interest in educating and learning from the community.

Annie grew up in San Francisco, California where she learned a great deal about diversity and acceptance from a young age. Like a true Bay Area resident, she loves cheering on the Giants, the 49ers, and most of all, the Golden State Warriors. She also loves to hike, play soccer, and watch movies with her friends.

Helene Matschek - Media & Communications Coordinator

Helene Matschek

Helene is an Honors senior double majoring in Agriculture Sciences and French, with a minor in German. She's excited to return to the CCE again this year and is looking forward to expanding the CCE's network on campus and throughout the community! After finishing her undergraduate degrees, she is interested in going into the civil service for agencies such as the USDA or the US Forest Service. 

Originally from New Zealand, Helene calls the Willamette Valley home, and enjoys reading, watching movies, and cheering for her favorite hockey and baseball teams; her favorite food is Indian food.  Outside of class, she is a member of Corvallis Rowing Club and a sister in Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority. Her favorite quote is from Bull Durham - "A good friend of mine used to say, 'This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.'"

Melissa Lee - Civic Engagement GTA

Melissa Lee

Melissa is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in College Student Services Administration.  She is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where she earned a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequalities. She then spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible in Philadelphia, PA. Her passion for equity in education is what led her to pursuing a master’s degree.  Melissa believes that students have the potential to change the world and is excited to be working with such a passionate group of change agents throughout her graduate school experience.

Originally from Syracuse, Melissa is an avid basketball fan, enjoys hiking, spending time with loved ones, coffee, and all things Harry Potter. 

Over the past ten years, Emily has held Student Affairs positions in the areas of residence life, first year programs, civic engagement/service-learning, and sustainability. Emily was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Susquehanna University and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy (Leadership for Sustainability Education) from Portland State University. As an ardent supporter of experiential, place-based education, Emily's work is centered on facilitating student’s leadership development for working toward a more just, humane, and sustainable world. Striving to motivate students around issues of social and environmental justice is both hugely rewarding for Emily and one of her primary professional passions. Emily is excited to be entering her 6th year working with the CCE and is looking forward to connecting students' passions to community needs as well as building stronger collaborations with campus partners, especially campus partners within the Student Experience Center.

When not in the CCE, Emily enjoys hiking, cycling, seeing live music, cooking, playing indoor soccer, and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Thai dishes and sushi are among Emily’s favorite foods. One of Emily’s favorite quotes is "Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." --Paulo Freire