- Who We Are
Elaine has been the Executive Director of California Campus Compact since 2000. Prior to joining California Campus Compact, Elaine served as the Director of the Higher Education National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Project. For the last 15 years, Elaine has contributed to the production of research knowledge related to service-learning and has co-authored several journal articles and book chapters on service-learning and student development, including a chapter in Looking In/Reaching Out: A Reflective Guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals (B. Jacoby and P. Mutascio, Eds.) and a chapter in Service-Learning and the First-Year Experience (E. Zlotkowski, Ed.). Elaine also has organized numerous conferences, institutes and forums addressing service-learning and civic engagement in education, including the Symposium on Civic Engagement and Graduate Education and The Artful Partnership: Advancement and Community Service Learning. From 2005 to 2007, she directed the largest community partner research study in the nation, resulting in the research report Community Voices: A California Campus Compact Study on Partnerships. Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a Master of Public Health degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Higher Education & Organizational Change from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Piper has more than a decade of experience in the development, implementation and management of community engagement initiatives. Piper co-designed the California Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellows: Service-Learning for Political Engagement Program (2007-2009) and California Campus Compact’s Youth to College Initiative (2006-2009). In addition to her role at California Campus Compact, Piper serves as the Interim Associate Director for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and is the Deputy Director for Faculty for the Engaged Campus, a national three-year initiative of CCPH that seeks to legitimize and support community-engaged career paths in the academy by developing innovative competency-based models of faculty development, facilitating peer review and dissemination of products of community-engaged scholarship and supporting community-engaged faculty through the promotion and tenure process. Piper also has been responsible for the design, content and planning of CCPH’s introductory and advanced service-learning institutes and annual conference. Piper holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Arts degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from The American University.
Director of Public Relations
Liane came to California Campus Compact to serve as Interim Associate Director from July through December 2010. Since January 2011, she moved into the role of Director of Public Relations, primarily tasked to building relationships, overseeing membership, the Executive Board, and the annual Richard E. Cone Award. Prior to joining CACC, Liane was a nonprofit consultant, foundation program officer, clinical psychologist and litigation paralegal in San Francisco and Honolulu. She holds a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Masters of Science in Psychology from Boston University, and a Masters of Art and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. She has decades of experience in the nonprofit sector and mental health field.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
In November 2012, Cathy Avila-Linn joined the CACC staff as the part-time Director of Strategic Initiatives focusing on special events and the development and implementation of the Compact’s strategic plan. Since 2007, Cathy served CACC as a consultant, facilitator, and coach in a vast array of areas related to organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, leadership and program development. As a consultant in the field of community engagement, Cathy has designed and facilitated multi-day professional development institutes and retreats for leaders with responsibility for advancing diverse styles of public engagement; collaborated with student-driven leadership initiatives designed to integrate social justice, community service, sustainability, equity and multiculturalism; and co-developed a Faculty Toolkit that addresses the history, purpose and processes in relations to the critical questions faculty ask about community-engaged scholarship through teaching and research. A native Californian, Cathy earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University, Chico and her M.Ed. from Loyola University Chicago in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in adult development. icago in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in adult development.
Student Program Assistant
Liz Melton is a senior graduating in June 2013 with a Human Biology Major from Stanford University. She is the Communications Manager for the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. A competitive figure skater for twelve years prior to studying at Stanford, Liz continued her athletic pursuits by sailing on the Varsity Team her Freshman Year. She was also on the Executive Board of her sorority, co-directed a student-run organization to promote scientific learning amongst low-income elementary school students, served as a Teaching Assistant in the Human Biology Department, and is currently the National Director of United Students for Veterans Health, and Research Editor for the Stanford Journal of Public Health. Working as the Student Program Assistant for CACC, she looks forward to broadening her horizons with an entirely new framework for public service. At California Campus Compact, Liz will promote new programming, special events, and media involvement.