18th Annual Continuums of Service Conference

Pre-Conference Speakers


Joyce Kaufman - Whittier College
Joyce P. Kaufman is Director of the Center for Engagement with Communities at Whittier College, and Professor of Political Science. She created the College and Community Program at Whittier in 2000 which was made a formal Center by the President of the College in 2011.






Marilyn Neece - Intercommunity Counseling Center
Marilyn Neece. Neece, a nonprofit professional and volunteer for more than 25 years, has served as Executive Director for the Intercommunity Counseling Center since May 2012. Previously, she was a Senior Associate with Third Sector Company in Long Beach, CA. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier. Marilyn earned a Bachelors Degree from Whittier College and an MBA from the University of Southern California.




Stephanie Stokamer - Pacific University
Stephanie Stokamer is the director of the Center for Civic Engagement and an assistant professor in Peace and Social Justice at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She has taught 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 master’s degrees in Postsecondary Education and Social Science. Stephanie’s areas of scholarship include service-learning and civic engagement, particularly with respect to pedagogical practices and faculty development. Her service and scholarship has been recognized with awards from both local and international organizations, including the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. Stephanie is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum and former National Service Fellow for the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is also a published author and owns a small business with her husband in Portland, Oregon.


Christine Cress - Portland State University
Christine M. Cress, Ph.D. is professor of educational leadership, policy, and service-learning at Portland State University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Middle East Technical University in Turkey and has conducted trainings on civic engagement in North America, Europe, Japan, and India. She directs a Master's degree and on-line Graduate Certificate in civic engagement and annually takes students to Lady Doak College in Madurai, India, for international service-learning. She is the lead author of "Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities."