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.


AmeriCorps Members:

Celeste Goulding '10

Hello! My name is Celeste Goulding and I’m a 2010 graduate of Pacific University. Since leaving this campus I have enjoyed a myriad of adventures culminating in receiving my Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in June. I am from the Northwest, born in Alaska and raised in rural Oregon. For the last four years I have been a resident of Seattle and gained a deep appreciation for the benefits of rural to urban exchange (and vice versa). I am absolutely passionate about human capacity and potential, having been honored enough to bear witness to numerous individuals in times of physical and emotional crisis. I want to be a part of building systems (personal, communal, and political) that are more empathetic, compassionate, and inclusive. I came back to Oregon in order to pursue various personal projects as well as be closer to family. Becoming a part-time AmeriCorp member with the Center for Civic Engagement gives me the opportunity to re-connect with this community while utilizing my skill set. I very much look forward to seeing what the next nine months bring. Peace! 


Maria Gonzalez-Cress '14

Hello! My name is Maria Gonzalez-Cress and I am one of the AmeriCorps members here at the Center for Civic Engagement. I was born and raised in Seattle, WA, and then I decided to move down to the Beaver State to attend college at Pacific University, where I graduated from in 2014 with a bachelor’s in public health and a minor in mathematics. When I’m not on campus, you can find me trying to snuggle with my roommate’s cat, going to beer tasting events in Portland with my friends, or traveling the world. I’m excited to be back in the Pacific and Forest Grove communities and I’m looking forward to connecting Pacific students to volunteer opportunities in our local schools!


Center for Civic Engagement Model Citizens 

The primary purpose of the Model Citizen program in the Center for Civic Engagement is for students to serve our community in a way that connects their academic and personal interests with future employment and lifelong civic engagement. Model Citizens integrate passions, skills, and responsibilities by working as a team on civic engagement programs and preparing for lives as active citizens in their profession and community. Through their engagement in the community, work in the CCE, dialogue in staff meetings, and reflection at retreats, participants will learn what it means to be a model citizen in their work place and communities. 

Model Citizens work on CCE programs, develop their own civic engagement initiatives, and support each other’s efforts as a team. For more information, or to apply, please follow the link at the bottom of the page.


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 sophomore 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! Myname is Meg Chapman and I am a junior 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 third semester with the CCE and third 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 senior 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 perform in the Pacific University Theater program,  and also am a participant in the Pi Delta Phi (French National Honor Society), Delta Chi Delta sorority, and am President of 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.


 Tyler Gilmore '16  

My name is Tyler Gilmore and I am a Senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Exercise Science. I grew up in Newberg, OR with my mother, father, sister and miniature schnauzer. I like many things-some of my favorites are tea, bicycles, music, concerts, skinny jeans, philosophical/religious/political discussion, quiet, friends and helping people feel okay about not always feeling okay. I have started an organization called Voices(OverVices) which creates a safe space for people to share their stories and connect with the stories of other people. I have also been on a Suicide Prevention panel and done other mental health events on the Pacific University campus. I look forward to working with my classmates to improve the Pacific community.  


Jared Kawatani '17

Hey! My name is Jared Kawatani and I am currently a junior double majoring in Environmental Biology and Environmental Studies: Sustainable Design.  I grew up and live in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  In my free time I love to go hiking, eat  food, explore, and do ceramics and photography.  I’m excited to continue my work with B Street to let people know about the site and to get students and staff to use the site more like any other resource on campus.  I’m also excited to  get to know my co-workers better and be more involved with things.  Working at the Center for Civic Engagement will allow me to pursue my passion for civic engagement, the environment, and to make a difference on campus and in the world. 


Jason Nguyen '18

Hey there! My name is Jason Nguyen and this is my second 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. 


Mia Prohaska '16

Hi my name is Mia Prohaska! I’m 21 and a fourth year social work major.  I have been working for the CCE since my freshman year and have loved every second of it. I have organized awesome opportunities like South Meadows Middle School career day, Pacific Peace Day and I’ve created empowering signs for Middle School students. My future ambition is to be an amazing social worker that works towards empowering the international population, people with disabilities and children. I love traveling and lived in Thailand during my senior year of  high school and just came back from 6 moths in South Korea!  My hope is to travel to at least 50 different countries in my lifetime! I also really enjoy animals and have two pet rats named Sophie and Charlie. My birthday is July 6th.  


Ady Romero '17

Hi There! My name is Ady Romero and I am thrilled to be a part of the Center for Civic Engagement team this year! This is my Junior year at Pacific and I'm currently working on getting my Bachelor in Social Work. I've lived most of my life in Troutdale, Oregon, which is only a few minutes away from Portland and Multnomah Falls. During my free time I love to listen to music, go on random adventures, go to concerts, play guitar, rock out on my uke, mentor at programs such as the Oregon Leadership Institute or Adelante Chicas, and just have fun! Something that I'm really passionate about is improving the well being and happiness of others in our community. I'm currently part of the Oregon NASW (National Association of Social Work) Board of Directors, Director of Funds for the Oregon Leadership Institute, and teaching students at Open Meadow's Open School how to play guitar. I can’t wait be a part of all the awesome things that CCE will have in store for the community this year.


Katy Snyder '18

Hi! My name is Katy Snyder and I am a sophomore, majoring in Integrated Media and minoring in Outdoor Leadership. I was born and raised in Seattle, WA with my mom, dad, and younger brother. When I am not studying, I can generally be found climbing to the tops of mountains, hiking through forests, chasing a disc while playing ultimate with my friends, or chilling with little kids. I also love photography—nature photography in particular—so I generally take my camera on all of my wilderness adventures. I am excited to become more integrated in the Forest Grove community, through encouraging people to become involved with giving back to natural lands. Working for the Center for Civic Engagement will allow me to continue enjoying outdoor adventures as well as encourage others (and myself) to give back to the lands in which the Pacific community adventures.


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.