Staff

Molly Ayers

Molly Ayers - Director

Molly has over ten years of experience in higher education and the field of civic engagement. As director, she provides leadership and direction to Gonzaga University’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) by working with colleagues across campus and partners in the local community to develop academic and co-curricular engagement opportunities that help address community need. Her passion for this work was first ignited when she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA coordinating service-learning projects for Seattle-based Alliance for Education. Molly is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a BA in History and an MA in Philosophy. In addition to her work at CCE, she teaches, volunteers regularly, enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her family. Molly can be reached at (509) 313-6396 or ayers@gonzaga.edu.

Emily Banick

Emily Banick - Campus Kitchen Coordinator

Emily is the coordinator for the Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga University. The Campus Kitchens Project utilizes food recovered from on-campus dining facilities to strengthen bodies, empower the minds of student volunteers, and build communities. Emily graduated from Gonzaga with a BA in General Studies and an Elementary Education Endorsement. Contact Emily for current volunteer opportunities at 509.313.6939 or at ckgu@campuskitchens.org.

Hilary Beardslee

Hilary Beardslee - Community Outreach Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA

Hilary joined the CCE team as the Community Outreach Coordinator, Americorps VISTA for 2016. She focuses on building capacity for the student engagement programs so that they can better meet growing student interests and community-identified needs in northeast Spokane. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in June 2016 with a BA in Professional Accounting with a double minor in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology. At EWU, Hilary was heavily involved with the Office of Community Engagement where she served as the Senior Leader for the Hunger & Homelessness Outreach Team for two years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, going for walks with her dog Bayley, and spending time with her friends and family. She can be reached at 509.313.7305 or at beardslee@gonzaga.edu.

Sarah Ghods

Sarah Ghods College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Sarah is an AmeriCorps College Access Corps Coordinator serving with the SMILE and Zag Study Buddies programs at Gonzaga. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from Gonzaga with a minor in History. She has a passion for baking, reading, cheese, and making others feel important. If you ever want to stop by and talk she is always willing to lend an ear, especially if it is about animals. As a student she was a work study for CCE, a four year mentor/leader for ZSB and SMILE, and a founding small group leader for ZVC. The best way to reach her is to call her at (509) 313-5524 or email at ghods@gonzaga.edu.

Julie Joyce

Julie Joyce - Elementary School Mentoring Coordinator

Julie joined the CCE staff in July of 2016 as the Elementary School Mentoring Coordinator. She supervises the Campus Kids and Smile programs. Prior to joining CCE, she worked in youth development in the Seattle area. Julie holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and a JD from Gonzaga University. Outside of work, Julie enjoys baking, crafting, and doing almost anything outside, especially if it’s with her family, friends, or dog. Julie can be reached at (509) 313-6828 or at wheaton@gonzaga.edu.

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly - Community Engaged Learning Program Coordinator

Mary enjoys working with the dynamic and committed staff and students at CCE. She joined the team in August 2010 and is happy to be back on campus working with the students of her alma mater. After Graduating with a BA in Speech Communications, Mary spent 2 ½ years in Niger serving as an Environmental Protection Volunteer with the Peace Corps. If you are considering post graduate service with Peace Corps, she invites you to stop by the office and talk. It was an amazing experience which she is happy to share. Mary likes gardening, sports, travel, and time in the great outdoors with her husband and their 4 energetic boys. Mary can be contacted at kellym2@gonzaga.edu or (509) 313-6824.

Kara King

Kara King - College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Kara King is an AmeriCorps College Access Corps Coordinator serving with Garry Middle School, specifically within the Connections, GAME, and Eye-to-Eye programs. She graduated from Gonzaga with a BA in Psychology. She loves the Cubs, Anthony Rizzo, and working with youth. She abhors exclusivity, and has a knack for coming up with funny phrases. She is also a major fan of free coffee and ladder trucks. Growing up, Kara aspired to be a receptionist and to this day she values organization and loves making phone-calls. The best way to reach her is by calling (509) 313-6820 or emailing king@gonzaga.edu.

Hannah Klaassen

Hannah Klaassen - Coordinator of Student and Community Engagement

Hannah began her role as Coordinator of Student and Community Engagement in August of 2015. Prior to joining the CCE team, she worked for Lutheran Volunteer Corps in the Chicago office. She has a master’s degree in divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Hannah has experience in chaplaincy, workforce development, refugee resettlement, and communications. She is originally from Kansas and loves meeting other Kansans, baking (and eating) sweets, riding her bicycle, and reading socially conscious fiction. She can be reached at (509) 313-6937 or klaassen@gonzaga.edu.

Julia Larsen

Julia Larsen - Program Assistant II

Julia joined CCE in August 2014 in the role of Program Assistant II for the mentoring programs. Julia is British and has been a U.S resident since 2006. She studied at Hitchin Girls School in Hertfordshire, England where she graduated at the Advanced Level in English and Sociology. Following a 2 year period of traveling and working in Europe, Julia joined the Corporate Sector in the UK where she worked for many years. She is very much looking forward to adapting and using her skills and experience in a non-profit capacity supporting the mission of our students and the CCE team. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, DIY projects, the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spending time with her husband and 3 elementary aged children, a son and twin daughters. She can be reached at (509) 313-6898 or at larsenj2@gonzaga.edu.

Cameron McClellan

Cameron McClellan - College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Cameron is an AmeriCorps College Access Corps Coordinator serving with the Campus Kids and SMILE elementary school youth programs. He graduated from Gonzaga in the Spring of 2017 with a BA in Psychology and minors in History and Classical Civilizations. He has two years of experience with Campus Kids, as a leader and a mentor. He is basically only good at trivia…but he is excited to be here. The best way to contact him is by calling him at (509) 313-5524 or emailing him at mcclellanc@gonzaga.edu.

Andrew Mercer

Andrew Mercer - College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Andrew is a second year AmeriCorps College Corps Coordinator serving with Shaw Middle school, particularly with Connections, GAME, and Eye-to-Eye programs. He also is heading the newest Youth program CCE offers, SPARKS, a high school program out of Rogers High School. He graduated from Gonzaga with a double major in History and English with a writing concentration. Mercer will always take time to talk to you and make you feel heard. He has passions for poetry, gardening, and loves his dog. Originally from Carson City, Nevada, he is excited to get the chance to work with a new community in a new role and continue to learn what the Spokane community has to offer. Andrew can be reached at (509) 313-6820 or at mercer@gonzaga.edu.

Anthony Medina

Anthony Medina - Assistant Director

Anthony works with the Community Engaged Learning programs and oversees the CCE’s marketing efforts. He joined the CCE Team in July of 2017. He received his BA in Communication from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and his MSEd in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After completing his undergraduate studies, Anthony served as a Jesuit Volunteer as the Community Engagement Coordinator at a high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He enjoys hiking, reading, and having good conversations over lunch or coffee. Originally from Secaucus, New Jersey, Anthony is excited to explore Spokane and be a part of the Gonzaga family. Anthony can be reached at (509) 313-6487 or medinaa@gonzaga.edu.

Phoebe Oosterhuis

Phoebe Oosterhuis - Business Manager

Phoebe joined the CCE as the Program Assistant in July of 2012 and was promoted to Business Manager in June 2016. Originally from Minneapolis, she moved to Spokane in 2010 when her husband accepted a professorship at Gonzaga. Although she misses her family and friends (but not the mosquitos or humidity) in the Midwest, she has loved the opportunity to join the theater community in Spokane. She has appeared in several productions in the area. Phoebe has a BA from the College of St Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. When she is not at CCE or on the stage, Phoebe enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, crafting, and spending time with her husband. Phoebe can be reached at 509.313.6879 or oosterhuisp@gonzaga.edu.

Darcy Phillips

Darcy Phillips - Service Immersion Coordinator

Darcy joined the CCE team in August 2015 as the Service Immersion Coordinator. Prior to CCE, she served as the In-Country Director for Rostro de Cristo, a post graduate volunteer program, in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She received her BA in Spanish from Xavier University and her MA in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago. She is excited to be at Gonzaga and to explore the Northwest! Darcy can be reached at (509) 313-5543 or phillipsd@gonzaga.edu.

Brandi Praytor-Marsters

Brandi Praytor-Marsters - Middle School Mentoring Coordinator

Brandi joined the CCE team in August of 2014 as the Middle School Mentoring Coordinator. She supervises four mentoring programs: Connections, GAME, Eye to Eye, and Zag Study Buddies. She has been in higher education for the past three years and enjoys assisting students in reaching their dreams. Brandi completed three terms of service for the Federal Way Public Schools AmeriCorps team. She is working toward a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education through Colorado State University, and received a BS in Sociology from the University of Idaho. Brandi enjoys spending summer days at the many beaches of Lake Coeur d’Alene. She likes camping, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and two dogs, Pete and Cami. You can reach her at 509.313.6486 or marsters@gonzaga.edu.

Allison Ruster

Allison Ruster - Campus Kitchens Community Coordinator

Allison began her role with CCE as the AmeriCorps Campus Kitchens Community Coordinator in September 2017. She graduated from Washington State University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures (French and Political Science) and is completing her pre-graduate school gap year by giving back to her hometown of Spokane! Outside of work, she is a competitive distance runner and a coffee aficionado. She also donates a great deal of time to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and makes her ‘fun’ money by doing community outreach and sales for Athleta. Allison can be reached at (509) 313-7210 or ruster@gonzaga.edu.

Bailley Wooton

Bailley Wootton - Associate Director

Bailley manages the mentoring programs at CCE. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and her master's degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Bailley came to CCE in September 2011 after working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. She is originally from Spokane and is excited to be back in the Northwest! Bailley can be reached at 509.313.6821 or wootton@gonzaga.edu.