Center for Civic Engagement Staff

Stephanie Stokamer, Ed.D.
Director and Assistant Professor

Stephanie is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement and an Assistant Professor in the Peace and Social Justice program. She has taught in and administered community-based learning courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs since 2005. 

She has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Portland State University, and her areas of scholarship include service-learning, civic engagement, and education for democracy, particularly with respect to pedagogical practices and faculty development. Stephanie has published chapters in Democratic Dilemmas of Teaching Service-Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success and the 2nd edition of Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities. 

Stephanie is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum and was a National Service Fellow in 1997-1998 for the Corporation for National and Community Service.




Bevin McCarthy, M.Ed.
Assistant Director

Bevin has created and taught service learning courses since 2007 and has taught Spanish in public middle and high schools in both Massachusetts and Oregon since 2000.

Bevin is a Returned Peace Corps volunteer with a Master’s degree in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College. Bevin has participated in and led educational exchanges to Spain, Italy and China.

She enjoys sharing her love of connecting people and collaboration through service.



Amy Smetana
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Amy Smetana joined Pacific as the AmeriCorps Mentor Program Coordinator. She  graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s in Sociology and Political Science.

She is passionate about social justice and creating a more equitable society. Following this passion, she recently studied the relationship between the police and the Latino community in Virginia. Amy has been actively involved in community service throughout her life and most recently taught ESL in her hometown. She believes that her involvement in the community has played a great role in shaping the person that she is today and has broadened her perspective, both of the world and of herself.

Amy also enjoys learning new languages, exploring new places, and engaging in creative endeavors. Amy was hired through the Retention Project, which focuses on college access and success. As the Mentor Program Coordinator, she is developing a cohesive mentoring program in which Pacific students can work with youth in local schools on college readiness and support each other as a mentor team.

In addition to the listed staff, there is also a staff of student workers in the CCE.