McCall Center for Civic Engagement Staff
Stephanie Stokamer, Ed.D.
Director and Associate Professor
Stephanie is the Director of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement and an Associate 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 contributed to numerous books and publications related to civic learning in higher education, presents regularly at conferences, and conducts workshops for faculty, students, and community partners.
Stephanie is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum and was a National Service Fellow in 1997-1998 for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Jim Moore, PhD
Director of Political Outreach and Associate Professor
Jim Moore incorporates civic engagement into his teaching, into his roles connecting students with the larger community, and into his political analysis. His biennial classes—timed to general elections—require students to work with campaigns. Moore’s students in these classes have been a part of west coast politics since 1992. His role at the McCall Center for Civic Engagement is to bring decision makers and students together, usually with events on Pacific’s campuses. And in his role as a political analyst, Moore’s teaching stretches far and wide across the Pacific Northwest and often to national and international venues. He has been interviewed for media stories over 6500 times since 1991. Moore grew up in southern Oregon and northern California, and he has degrees from Stanford University, the Monterey (now Middlebury) Institute of International Studies, and his doctorate from Northwestern University.
Morgan Knapp, MPA
Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor
Morgan is the Program Coordinator for the McCall Center for Civic Engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University. Morgan is passionate about community development and lifelong civic engagement & her professional background emphasizes programs and organizations that bridge the public-private divide. Morgan grew up in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Canada, has a child in Pacific Early Learning Community, and loves helping first-time volunteers discover how fun and rewarding service projects can be.
Civic Action Team Specialists (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 workplace 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.
Hi there! My name is Anna Nguyen and I am a sophomore here at Pacific. I was born and raised in Portland, OR, so I definitely did not stray too far from home. I am intending to major in Exercise Science with a Motor Behavior emphasis. My ultimate goal is to become a doctor in Occupational Therapy, so this will be an interesting academic journey. A few of my favorite things here at Pacific are the Friday night Open Mics, the cherry blossom trees in Trombley Square, and the caring community that is established here. I am stoked about working with the MCCE this year! Come find me for volunteer opportunities in medicine and in Portland. See you around!
Elle Cordima '22
Hello! My name is Elle Cordima and I am a sophomore at Pacific. I am excited to continue working with the MCCE and bringing about awareness and education to the Pacific and Forest Grove community. My intended major is psychology with a focus on culture and diversity and my minor is theater. My passions include advocating for marginalized populations, raising awareness about mental health, and learning about sustainable living. In my spare time, I love to have movie nights with my roommates, talk about musical theater, and go hiking and stand up paddle boarding! Come stop by the office in Scott 110 if you want to get volunteer opportunities or just to say hi!
Lauren Maland '20
Hello, my name is Lauren Maland and I am a senior Civic Action Team Specialist. I have been on the team since 2017 and am excited to finish out my time at Pacific as a member of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement. I am a Criminal Justice & Applied Theater double major and am also involved with Greek life as Vice President of Phi Lambda Omicron. In my time at Pacific I have grown a deep interest in civic engagement and community focused issues, which I hope to carry with me when I graduate this spring.
Allison Wilkes '23
Hi! My name is Allison Wilkes and I’m from Tillamook, Oregon. This is my first year here at Pacific and I’m planning on majoring in Public Health. I’m super excited for this opportunity to be both a McCall Fellow and a Civic Action Specialist! My main civic engagement interests include physical and mental health issues, safe driving, gun safety and controls, and food insecurity. I’m also volunteering at the Tuality Healthcare Center, and I’m interested in joining the First Generation Student Success Club as well as the Public Health Club. Some of my favorite things are watching the TV show Friends, listening to music, traveling, and hanging out with friends.
Carmen Bruno '23
Hi! I’m Carmen and I’m a freshman here at Pacific University! I’m a Forest Grove native and I hope that as a part of the MCCE, I can not only share my passion for change to the Pacific community, but to the community of Forest Grove as well. I believe that as students, we all have the power to give back and create a community of acceptance and caring, so it’s my goal to encourage that. As a Latina, I am looking forward to exploring what I can do for the Latino community here at Pacific and am just super excited to be a part of the MCCE!
Tamlyn Higaki '22
Hello everyone! My name is Tamlyn Higaki and I am from Pearl City, O’ahu in Hawaii. I am currently a Sophomore here at Pacific studying Exercise Science in hopes of pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. Living on an island my entire life I have grown to love and respect the ocean and lands everywhere we go. I’m excited to be a part of the Civic Action Team and learn from the individuals here on campus and also the community as a whole. I wish to be able to make a difference, not only in my life, but also in the lives of my family, friends, and even classmates. I have strong feelings of responsibility on this earth and I can’t wait to share my ideas with you all!
Kela Nakama '20
Aloha! My name is Kela Nakama, and I grew up on the island of Oʻahu in the occupied Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. I am Native Hawaiian and am beginning to learn more about my culture and language. As someone who went to a school for Native Hawaiians, I grew up on Hawaiian values. Native Hawaiians believed that the poʻe (people) have a kuleana (responsibility) to mālama Honua (care for the Earth). I am working here in the MCCE because I want to make a positive difference here at Pacific University, as well as in the community. I believe that if we work together, we have the power to change the world and make it a better place for future generations. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with the MCCE, and I am excited for the chance to be able to do my part in helping the world we call our home.
John Cloke '21
Hey-o, my name is Christian Cloke, but I go by John or Jade. This is my third year here at Pacific. I was recruited into the MCCE by Bevin Mcarthy, the best person that ever walked this planet. Here at the MCCE I have found a new sense of community and a way to make an impact on the world. My Civic desires are based around various issues. These include but is not limited to: lack of food, voting, freedom to openly express sexuality and gun violence in schools. I enjoy watching anime and Netflix, playing board games and video games and chilling with cats. It is a pleasure to be working at the MCCE and I love to help in any way I can. So please feel free to stop by during my shift.
Karen Ara '21
Hi friends!! My name is Karen Ara, and I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai'i in a small town called Kea'au. I am a Junior majoring in psychology (pre-medicine track), and I aspire to pursue a career in emergency medicine or psychiatry. I joined the MCCE to make a difference in my community and connect students, faculty, and organizations together. I am passionate about raising mental health awareness, service, and education (focusing on first-generation students and students from low-income families). I am very excited for this school year and to be working at the MCCE!
Kara Putman '22
Hi! My name is Kara. I am a sophomore majoring in math while on a pre-dental track with the goal of becoming a pediatric dentist. I grew up in Tillamook, Oregon, home of Tillamook Cheese, where I was involved in community service/engagement projects throughout my life. I have been a part of the MCCE for over a year now. My favorite part of the MCCE is the team atmosphere and the passion of students for participating in and organizing projects. In addition to service, I love being active! I run for the Cross Country and Track & Field teams at Pacific. I also enjoy swimming, rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and just about anything else outside. I am excited to continue being involved on campus and in the community of Forest Grove! Goooooooo Boxers!!
Boxer Food Share
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 maintains cultural sensitivity to ensure 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.
Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Council The CCE Advisory Council provides guidance and support to MCCE 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 Program Director Stephanie Stokamer for more information.
Remembering Bevin McCarthy We fondly remember Bevin McCarthy, Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, and her years of service with us prior to her untimely death. Our love goes out to her family and the many causes she supported.
If you would like to make a donation in Bevin’s honor, please visit Pacific’s giving page, make a donation with a credit card, and when you have an opportunity to choose a designation for your contribution, choose OTHER and type in “Bevin McCarthy Fund” and it will get to the right place. It doesn’t matter whether your gift is large or small – any amount of participation contributes to our shared goal to support social justice and civic engagement.