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.

Irae Hosea

PUMP It Up! AmeriCorps Mentor Program Coordinator

Irae Hosea joined the staff of the CCE in September, 2014 as our AmeriCorps PUMP It Up! Coordinator.  When he was a student at Pacific, Irae was a mentor  through PUMP It Up! (Pacific University Mentoring Program Inspiring Talent, Unlocking Potential) and his service at the Community Alternative Learning Center (CALC) was featured in The Oregonian.  He’s also known around campus for his slam poetry. 

Irae writes,

“Talofa! My name is Irae Hosea and I am honored to be a part of the CCE Staff here at Pacific. I believe that in order to achieve bigger dreams you need better plans. I majored in Film and Video production during my time at Pacific. Before that, I was in Modesto, California. Growing up my family taught me what it means to show one love to those around you. That lesson of compassion has pulled me through some of the hardest times in my life. I use that compassion to try and help others find what helps them. I look forward to all the experiences ahead.
One Love.”


Center for Civic Engagement Model Citizens 

Alex Chambers '18

Hello.  I am Alex Chambers and I am so excited to be a part of the Civic Engagement team this semester!  I am from Eagle Point, Oregon which is a small town in Southern Oregon.  Some things I enjoy doing in my free time includes playing guitar, going to the beach, playing sports and being around people.  I am a freshman this year and plan on majoring in elementary education.   I was involved with the two elementary schools in my hometown and my goal is to become involved with the elementary schools around the Forest Grove area.  

Meg Chapman '17

Hi there! My name is Meg Chapman and I am a sophomore here at Pacific. I plan on majoring in Exercise Science and double minoring in Spanish and Photography.  I absolutely love helping people and look forward to reaching out to the community in any way. This is my first semester with the CCE and second year helping with the Garments 2 Go program. I can't wait to get more involved with all the events that the center provides!


Kelsi Gammon '16

Hi there! My name is Kelsi, and I’m from Tigard, Oregon. I am a junior pursuing a double major in French and International Studies with a concentration in Western European Studies, and I’m also planning on minoring in History. I am thrilled to have the chance to work with the Center for Civic Engagement. As someone who is passionate about service and making a difference in my community and in the world, I hope to build a career in human rights/nonprofit work. Working with the Center for Civic Engagement is, in my opinion, the perfect way to make positive changes in the Pacific University community and beyond. Additionally, I am a competitive member of the Pacific University Forensics team as well as a participant in the Pi Delta Phi (French National Honor Society) and the French Club. I spent my fall semester of 2013 studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, which only went to solidify my love of foreign cultures. As wonderful as Paris was, I am happy to be back here in the Grove finishing my degree. Outside of school, I love to read, write, swim, act, watch great films, and spend time with my friends and family. 

Kristen Kawachi '15

Hey guys! My name is Kristen Kawachi and I am from Hood River, Oregon! I am a senior here at Pacific and working on my exercise science major and psychology minor.  I have worked for the Center for Civic Engagement for 3 years now and am looking forward to my last year here! I have helped coordinate a few events here on campus such as the Community Collaboration Celebration and Paws for a Cause.  I enjoy volunteering, especially with elderly and can’t wait to start up again this year! I look forward to meeting all of you!

Jason Nguyen '18

Hey there! My name is Jason Nguyen and this is my first year at Pacific. I am thinking toward majoring in Chemistry, but I still have four more years to decide. For the past 18 years of my life, I have lived in three different countries: Vietnam, Canada and America. Hence, I have a strong international background and a wide perspective of the world. I love organizing events, helping people in needs and chilling with my friends in weekends. I am so stoked to be a CCE Model Citizen this year. I am very looking forward to all the fun that I will have and CCE will bring to all the Boxers. 

Kathryn Onley '15

Hey there! My name is Kathryn Onley and I am a senior majoring in exercise science and minoring in psychology. I grew up on a lake north of Spokane, WA going to school in the small town of Newport. I love spending time with my family and really enjoy playing board games or going on crazy road trips with them. I am very passionate about connecting with others and being a help where I can in their live. In particular, I love working with the health population, especially those whose lives have been affected by cancer. I also enjoy serving with my church's youth group on Wednesday nights!

Jessica Trinh '18

Hi there! My name is Jessica Trinh and I’m a freshman here at Pacific. As of now, my plans are to major in biology and hopefully to minor in Spanish. I love to go hiking, watch movies, eat great food, and just enjoy life. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, where I found my passion for service through the huge variety of organizations based there. This included everything from doing green projects with SOLVE, serving food to the homeless through Potluck in the Park, to being a camp counselor for two different programs. Being a part of the CCE team, I hope to continue my passion for service by working to make service opportunities available for all of you to join!

Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Council 

The CCE Advisory Council provides guidance and support to CCE staff related to academic civic engagement and co-curricular programs.  The Advisory Council consists of up of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners.  If you are interested in serving on the CCE Advisory Council, please review the complete desciprtion of council roles and responsibilities and contact the CCE if you would like to get involved.