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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 2017-2018 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!


Internal Coordinator | Karina Ruiz Lopez |

Internal Coordinator | Jeremy Chu|

Internal Coordinator | Jessie Li |

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 | 

Civic Engagement GTA | Melissa Lee |

Civic Engagement Coordinator
Erin McIlraith | | 541-737-6870

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

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 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.

Helene MatsChek - Outreach Coordinator

Helene is an Honors senior double majoring in Agriculture Sciences and French, currently working on her thesis research within the Student Affairs discipline. She's excited to return to the CCE again this year and looks forward to continuing to expand CCE's network across campus, building relationships and striving to better serve all students. After finishing her undergraduate degrees, she is looking to go into the civil service, possibly for the State Department or the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. 

Originally from New Zealand, Helene calls the Willamette Valley home, and is an avid reader, knitter, and loves watching movies. Outside of campus, she is a member of Corvallis Rowing Club, and loves to bake. One of her favorite quotes is from Maya Angelou: "We are living art, created to hang on, stand up, forbear, continue and encourage others."


Michael Sullivan - Outreach Coordinator

Michael is a Senior 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 is a Senior 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 is a Junior 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.” 

zoha Ahmad -External Coordinator

Zoha is in her fourth year at Oregon State University, majoring in Nutrition with an option in Dietetics. She is excited to graduate in June and further pursue a career in healthcare. Zoha is passionate about helping people by making access to resources easier. This is why she joined the CCE team, to connect students to community partners around Corvallis, and also help them discover their own passions about civic engagement or their careers.


Zoha moved to Corvallis from Dubai in 2014 and loves Oregon’s weather and the many beautiful trails you can hike on. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, going to basketball games and making. 

Karina Ruiz Lopez - Internal Coordinator

Karina is a second year student at Oregon State majoring in Public Health with an option in Health Management & Policy, she plans to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant.  Karina's first involvement with the CCE was Make a Difference Day during her freshman year.  She enjoyed  being able to work with like-minded people and interacting with the Corvallis community!  After participating in the annual Alternative Spring Break program, she decided to apply to the CCE because she wanted to work with a team that cared about fostering civic engagement. She excited to join the CCE community as an Internal Coordinator to help students at Oregon State University find their passion(s), and connect with the greater Corvallis community.

When Karina is not studying or doing homework, my usual hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.  She loves to learn, sing, travel, and trying new foods!

Jillian Kimura - Media & Communications Coordinator

Jillian is in her Senior year at Oregon State University, majoring in Digital Communications with a minor in Photography. She is very excited to be a part of the CCE team for the 2017-2018 school year!  She hopes to apply her media studies towards getting the OSU community informed and excited about service learning.  Jillian first got involved with the CCE through their Alternative Break program, where she and a group of students went to Yakima, Washington and was educated about diverse cultures. 

Jillian was born and raised on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i, where she spends most of her time hanging out with her friends and family, going to the beach, and eating all her favorite foods.  Before graduating, she hopes to travel to new places and experience the wide range of cultures.  

Melissa Lee - Civic Engagement GTA

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. 

Emily Bowling - Assistant Director for Civic Engagement & Sustainability

Emily’s professional interests are sustainability education, civic engagement, critical community-engaged learning, experiential education, and transformative learning. She has worked in Student Affairs since 2006 and has held positions in the areas of residence life, first year programs, civic engagement/service-learning, and sustainability. She has managed the Center for Civic Engagement at OSU since 2011. 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 enjoys building stronger collaborations with campus and community partners. She focuses her work on creating space for students to identify where their specific talents, energy, and passions meet the world's needs. 

When not in the CCE, Emily enjoys hiking, cycling, gardening, seeing live music, cooking, playing indoor soccer, exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and spending time with her dog Tucker. Thai dishes and sushi are among Emily’s favorite foods. One of her favorite quotes is “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, Australia

ERin Mcilraith - Civic engagement coordinator 

Erin began working in Student Affairs in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Dean of Students Office in 2004 while completing her undergraduate degree in Anthropology, Philosophy, and German. Since then, she has worked in Student Affairs programs involving student conduct, disability access services, new student orientation, and civic engagement. She also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for two years at Washington State University (WSU) while earning her Master of Arts in Anthropology, which she completed in December 2007. In fall 2010, Erin started working at the WSU Center for Civic Engagement as the Marketing and Events Coordinator. In this role, she oversaw all marketing and communications, including social media, interviews, press releases, photography, videography, graphic design, website development, and more. She also planned CCE special events including Poverty Awareness Week, Civic Engagement Week, International Women’s Day, the Cougs Vote political engagement campaign, an annual leadership awards ceremony called Cougs LEAD, community dialogue events, and acted as the primary liaison for ASWSU Global. Erin started her position as the Civic Engagement Coordinator at OSU in October 2017 and is excited to be part of the growth and development of the already amazing OSU SLI Center for Civic Engagement.


When not at the CCE, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, Austin, and her three small dogs, Winnie, Roger, and Tribble. She loves spending time at the ocean, eating great, local food, cooking with Austin, playing geeky board games or Dungeons and Dragons, or just being a couch potato watching Star Trek.