Staff Bios


Howard Rosing is the Executive Director of the Steans Center at DePaul University. He is a faculty member in Community Service Studies and affiliate faculty member in Geography, Sustainable Urban Development (MASUD and  Community Psychology and co-directs MASUD.  Dr. Rosing is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on urban food access, economic restructuring, community food systems, and food justice movements in Chicago and the Dominican Republic. He is currently completing a citywide study of community garden yields in partnership with Neighborspace, Chicago's land trust for community gardens.  Dr. Rosing is actively engaged in scholarship on service-learning and community-based research as pedagogies. He co-edited (with Nila Ginger Hofman) Pedagogies of Praxis: Course-based Action Research in the Social Sciences (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on service-learning pedagogy and community engagement in higher education.  Dr. Rosing is also co-author (with Daniel Block) of Chicago: A Food Biography (Rowman and Littlefield).  He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the State University of New York-Binghamton.



John Zeigler is Director of the Egan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnerships (UECP) and adjunct faculty in Community Service Studies. He provides guidance in the Steans Center's goal of advancing DePaul faculty and student engagement with public agencies and community-based organizations and schools.  Through innovative scholarship, technical assistance and educational programming in schools, UECP addresses critical social issues. John has worked with numerous grassroots organizations and initiatives across the country helping to create change that speaks to the community’s values. He recognizes that the most effective solutions to community issues should be community-driven and believes in the power of building effective social networks and creating opportunities for community partners to share their practices, promising ideas and challenges. John is currently finishing his doctorate in education where his research interest is focused on authentic participation of black community-based organizations in the privatized environment of public schools.



Helen Damon-Moore is the Associate Director of the Steans Center, directing Academic Service Learning at DePaul University.  Helen brings over twenty years of experience in higher education to the Steans Center.  She has served as Director of Service and Educational Programs at Dartmouth College; as Curriculum and Learning Community Coordinator at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; and as the founding Director of the Office of Volunteer Services and Service Learning at Cornell College in Iowa.  Helen is a founding member of Iowa Campus Compact and she co-chaired the Social Justice Interest Groups of the National Society for Experiential Education for several years. Prior to entering academic administration Helen was adjunct professor of women’s studies and education.  Her research interests include theories of service learning and community-based research; mindfulness; team development and function; and gender and consumer culture.  She is the author of Magazines for the Millions: Gender and Commerce in the Ladies’ Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post.  Helen earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. in Sociology at Beloit College in Wisconsin.  She is a native of Rangeley, Maine.



Barbara Smith-Weaver is the Business Manager of the Steans Center. She oversees all operational and budget management activities of the department, including planning and developing systems and procedures to improve operating quality and efficiency. As the Center's primary fiscal manager, her responsibilities encompass supporting all programming, including CbSL courses, community internships and placements, and community-based student employment. She received a B.A. in Journalism and a M.S. in Public Service Management, with a concentration in fundraising and philanthropy, from DePaul University.




Jeffrey Howard is the Assistant Director for Faculty Development responsible for developing service-learning courses and building faculty capacity for community-engaged scholarship. Jeffrey has been involved in teaching, research and consulting around service-learning/community-engagement for more than 36 years. He is the founder and editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. His publications include Praxis I: A Faculty Casebook on Community Service Learning (editor); the widely used Service-Learning Course Design Workbook; and Academic Service Learning: A Pedagogy of Action and Reflection (co-editor). He serves on the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement and co-developed the web-based Community-Engaged Scholarship Toolkit. In 2011, he was awarded the Distinguished Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). Jeffrey has consulted with more than 50 colleges and universities. His academic degrees are from the University of Michigan.




Rubén Álvarez Silva has the privilege of serving as the Assistant Director for Academic Service Learning overseeing all academic service learning placement for the Center. In his role, Rubén supports and challenges the Academic Service Learning (ASL) team in their efforts to connect DePaul’s faculty and students with Chicago non-profits in order to develop Community-based Service Learning (CbSL) courses rooted in the Vincentian mission of direct-service and systemic change.  If you are interested in developing transformational educational opportunities that support social justice efforts across the city, please contact Rubén at RSILVAAL@DEPAUL.EDU or 773-325-8132.




Lourdes Mercedes Sullivan is the Assistant Director of School Partnerships for the Egan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnerships. She has worked for decades as an educatorcommunity activist and consultant to schools. Her goals have been to promote community building, youth leadership, education equity and social justice primarily in low income communities of color. Lourdes connects schools, community partners, students and faculty to create meaningful and reciprocal learning and community development experiences for all stakeholders. She is an alumna of Yale University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in the Major and also an ENLACE Fellow at Northeastern Illinois University, where she earned a MA in higher education leadership.




L. Anton Seals Jr. is the Neighborhood and Community Partnerships Coordinator at the Egan Office for Urban Education and Community Partnerships.  He is a leader of the new school, fighting for voices that are often relegated to the sidelines of change. He is dedicated to service and active engagement through the use of media arts and community organizing and economic empowerment. Anton started Seals360group, a consulting group, focusing on audience/community engagement, advocacy/policy and social enterprise development. Anton has worked in a myriad of organizations advocating for access and equity issues impacting communities of color. He is a graduate of the film department at Columbia College and the School for New Learning at DePaul University, where he studied social enterprises and public policy models that impact maligned communities of color. His primary focus is in community and coalition building, local food system development, impact producing documentary campaigns and educational opportunities. Anton is also one of the founders of the Revival Arts Collective, a group of Chicago artists committed to using arts and culture as a catalyst for community redevelopment. Follow Anton on Twitter @SonofSeals.



Micaela Maynard is an Academic & Community Coordinator on the Academic Service Learning (ASL) team, working to support community organizations, faculty, and students through meaningful and engaging service learning partnerships.
She acts as a liaison between potential new community partners and oversees current community partner relationships for the ASL team.
Her social justice interests include the prison-industrial complex, examining neoliberal ideologies, and restorative justice models.
She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bryant University (Smithfield, RI) and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Education at DePaul University (Chicago, IL).

Jonathan Handrup is an Academic & Community Coordinator.  He joined the Center's staff after completing his term as an Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA (2011-2013) and after working as a Graduate Assistant (2013-2015) on the Academic Service Learning team. He is responsible for locating new volunteer organizations in the Chicago area to partner with students and to provide fresh opportunities and platforms to serve in. In the Fall of 2012, Jonathan helped initiate the first departmental-wide service learning partnership in the university's history with DePaul's School of Nursing. He now places over 210 Graduate Nursing students in community-based organizations throughout Chicago over the course of an academic year. Before joining the Center, Jonathan worked in a congressional district office, concentrating on community outreach and canvassing neighborhoods in Illinois' 5th district. Prior to his time at the district office, he coordinated several service trips to New Orleans to assist in the Katrina rebuild.  Experiences in the Lower 9th Ward gave him the desire to get involved with community and service organizations in his hometown of Chicago. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul's School of Public Service.



Angelica Chestleigh is the Internship and Scholarship Coordinator where she manages the Community Partners Internship, Community Service Scholars, Intercambio and McCormick Community Internship programs. She works with her team to support students' personal, academic and professional development. Angelica holds a M.Ed. in Community Counseling from DePaul University, and a B.A. in Sociology from University of Chicago. Before DePaul, she worked with Big Shoulders Fund to help close the educational attainment gap in Chicago by helping award over 200 scholarships to students displaced after public school closings. She has over five years of experience in recruiting, facilitation, training and operations support for nonprofits.


Candiss Shumate is the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director. She coordinates special events, meetings, faculty seminars and the Meister and Brennan scholarship process. Moreover, she conducts outreach, while also serving as a member of the Academic Service Learning team. Prior to arriving at Steans, she taught English in South Korea and served as an AmeriCorps member at the United Way of Lake County.  She currently holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in Political Science and History, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at DePaul’s School of Public Service. Candiss is passionate about criminal justice reform policy, such as the prison industrial complex, police accountability and re-entry programming for ex-offenders.




Miranda Standberry-Wallace is Academic and Community Service Learning Program Coordinator. Primarily focusing in STEM disciplines, her work involves fostering strategic partnership connections with community organizations. As ann educator and experienced program/project leader, Miranda is an innovative development specialist, who focuses on the betterment of people, businesses and communities, through strategic collaborative connections, research, education, process analysis and tech-based design. Her advocacy work is vast and most recently includes being an elected board member for Chicago nonprofits that combat poverty, illiteracy and violence. Prior to joining the Center, Miranda served as the diversity programs and project lead for DePaul where she was successful at identifying and developing effective solutions and programming to meet the needs of the diverse university community. Miranda is also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Computing and Digital Media and the primary focus of research and teaching is on leadership, community-based education, business/entrepreneurship, diversity and technology (including design, human-computer interaction, information systems and information technology). Recognized as a community leader, national presenter and scholar, she received several awards including the 2015 St. Louise de Marillac Women of Spirit & Action Award, Scholar of Excellence Award for her research, and most recently, nomination for the Diversity Champion Award at the Excellence in Diversity Awards 2016. Miranda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Social Entrepreneurship and a Master of Science joint degree in Business and Information Technology (MSBIT). Prior to her career in higher education, she held executive director and management positions with several for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She also served on the Institutional Ethical Review Board to conduct risk-benefit analysis of research projects at Columbia College of Chicago. Miranda is a native Chicagoan, and although admittedly not a sports guru, is an all-around Chicago sports fan who believes that you don't have to understand all the game rules in order to root for your home team. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering and shopping.



Nila Ginger Hofman, PhD is the Director of Community Service Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology. She studies urban populations, focusing specifically on labor and gender and dedicated in developing courses that engage DePaul students with local as well international communities.






Susan Munds is the Business Coordinator at the Steans Center. She supports the Center’s budgetary tracking and reporting activities.  Her primary responsibility includes tracking and maintaining payroll and time reporting data for part-time and student employees for the purpose of budget planning and management. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is the last of five children to be a Boiler!  Susan's career experience ranges from Hotel Management, Accounting and Advertising, to Human Resource Administration; specializing in Payroll & Benefits. She resides in Lakeview with her husband and three children and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Susan is active within the CPS family as well as the Catholic School System; DePaul College Prep.





Crystal Steltenphol (Not Pictured) is the Evaluator at the Steans Center. Originally from Germany, Crystal attained a B.A. in English and psychology at the University of Southern Indiana in 2011 and an M.A . in applied psychology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2013. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the community psychology program at DePaul. Her main research interests revolve around online and gaming communities, but she also has interests in LGBTQ+ communities and veterans issues.



Prasaad Vilas Bhopatrao is a Technology Consultant at the Steans Center where he assists in maintaining Steans' Website and web applications. Prasaad holds a M.S. in Information Technology Management from Pune University in India and is currently pursuing a second M.S. in IT Project Management at DePaul University's College of Computing and Digital Media in Chicago. He has over six years of experience in IT consulting and had previously worked at Accenture in India.