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 of Civic Engagement. 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 been facilitating civic engagement courses at Pacific University since 2013. She has created and taught service learning courses since 2007, as well as 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. She has served as Interim Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Pacific and is part of the Social Justice Retreat planning committee.

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.


Civic Action Team Stewards (CATS)

The primary purpose of the CATS program in the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) is for students to serve our community in a way that connects their academic and personal interests with future employment and lifelong civic engagement. CATS 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 steward in their work place and communities. 

CATS 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. 

Katy Snyder '18

Hi! My name is Katy Snyder and I am a senior, 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 my camera goes with me 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 allows 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.

Alicia Fox '18

Hello! I am a transfer student from the Bay Area. I believe in the power of community spaces, that open dialogue has the capacity to bridge cultural barriers, and empathic connection is at the heart of transformation. Making decisions is not my forte, which probably explains why I'm interested in studying Psychology, Sociology, Communications, and Peace and Justice studies. I do Polynesian dancing professionally and ukulele playing very poorly. Contemporary design and architecture fascinate me. It has been fabled that I have pinned over 2000 DIY projects, out of which exactly none have been attempted. I enjoy adequately sized walks on the beach, witty humor, and marathons exclusively of the Netflix variety. I am working on my punctuality.

Elsa Hollyer '18

Hi! My name is Elsa Hollyer and I have been hoping to join the Center for Civic Engagement since I found out about it my first year. I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful team and community. I moved here from Vermont and am a transfer student studying Sociology. I have previously studied at the University of Redlands in California. When I am not in the CCE or studying, I am learning piano, biking, walking in nature, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. I am passionate about service and Social Justice. My specific interests regarding Social Justice involve dismantling systems of racial oppression, promoting racial and ethnic equity, and a housing first approach to addressing homelessness and housing insecurity. I hope to improve my Pacific University community and the Forest Grove community, and ultimately take part in creating a bridge to both these communities.

Lauren Maland '20

Hello! My name is Lauren Maland and I am super excited to be a Civic ActionTeam Steward for a second year. I am from Snoqualmie, Washington, which is about 30 miles east of Seattle. I love being in Oregon and at Pacific University because of all the opportunities and communities I have been exposed to. I am a Criminal Justice major and in my free time I am involved with campus theatre, the Philos sorority, am a Resident Assisstant, and participate in the Criminal Justice Club. I am excited to learn more about social justice and civic engagement during my time at Pacific.

Adriana Jones '20

Hey y'all! My name is Adriana, but most people call me Adri. I'm a Sociology major and Biology minor. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I have always had a passion for social just and feel that my experiences in life have driven me to fight for change. I care deeply about elder rights and honoring communities that are often unrecognized and undervalued. I am a regular volunteer at the Forest Grove Senior Community Center, as well as a volunteer at a local pharmacy in my hometown of Kalihi. My career goal is to become a geriatric consultant pharmacist, wher I plan to use my skills as an advocate for the elderly community. I am heavily involved in our campus' Black Student Union and have organized several club events. Last year, I had the opportunity to serve as the club's vice-president and am excited to be this year's core representative. I love to find time to listen to music, write poetry/rap/songs, and kickbox. I am extremely delighted to be a part of the CCE and can't wait to serve in the community.

Olivia Rockwood '21

Hi, my name is Olivia Rockwood! I am a freshman this year and I intend to study politics and government! I come from a small town in Oregon, called Canby. I am super excited to be working with the CCE this year. I love helping people and planning events that give back to the communities. I also play rugby and participate in speech and debate! In my spare time you can catch me doing homework or jamming out listening to music. Fun fact, cows are just grass puppies, and they are my favorite!



Food For All (FFA)

The primary responsibility of the Food for All pantry is to provide a resource to students who are unable to get the necessary nutrition and subsistence they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Food for All aims to promote nutritional well being as well as a healthy campus community. The staff maintain cultural sensitivity to insure that not only nutritional needs are met, but cultural needs as well. Food for All works closely with the Center for Civic Engagement to promote healthy communities in and around campus.


Zach Hewson '18

My name is Zach Hewson. I am a senior this year and the Food For All director. I am majoring in Public Health and have a minor in Philosophy. Currently I am participating in Track & Field as a thrower (shot put and javelin). I love outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and camping. I have interests in sustainability and have done some work with the Center for Sustaiable Society (CSS). I know Sign Language and am also taking on the role of VP for the club. I am a proud Boxer and cannot wait to see how students will be driving the change on campus this year!

Natalie Richardson '18

Hi, I'm Natalie! I am a Social Work major in my senior year. I am a practicum student with the CCE and Campus Wellness! I'll be working on the Food For All pantry with Zach and Vi. At Campus Wellness I'll be working on events and outreach in all three areas: stress, harm reduction, and interpersonal violence. I am really passionate about children and child welfare. I hope to work with the Department of Human Services after my time at Pacific. I enjoy archery, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Vi Nguyen '18

Hello. My name is Vi Nguyen and I'm a Public Health major and Spanish minor. I'm from Beaverton, Oregon which is 30 minutes east of Forest Grove. This town is most notable for housing the Nike headquarters. I'm passionate about community health and social justice. I am a huge foodie and you can often see me on my Yelp app finding somewhere cool to eat or experimenting with fermenting kim chi. I love learning about other cultures, taveling, and weightlifting!



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 description of council roles and responsibilities and contact the CCE if you would like to get involved.