Andrew Mercer - College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Andrew is an AmeriCorps College Access Corps program coordinator serving with the middle school mentoring programs.  He graduated in June of 2016 from Gonzaga with a BA in History and English with concentrations in Writing and Leadership.  He was a mentor and student leader for Connections mentoring at Garry Middle School and had the great chance to spend his three years working alongside the students and faculty of Garry Middle School.  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.  When not working, he enjoys checking books off of his extended reading list, trying new foods, and being outside in any capacity. Andrew can be reached at 

Bailley Wootton - Assistant Director for Youth Programming

Bailley manages the mentoring programs at CCASL. 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 CCASL 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


Brandi Praytor-Marsters - Middle School Mentoring Coordinator

Brandi joined the CCASL 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 B.S. 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

Brooklyn Beeler - College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Brooklyn is an AmeriCorps College Access Corps program coordinator serving at Garry Middle School. She graduated from Gonzaga University in May 2016 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. She has been a part of the Division I Women’s Rowing team for all four years and she is eager to begin a new chapter of her life here at CCASL. Brooklyn is fortunate of this opportunity and is eager to learn more from the amazing staff and the people she will meet along the way. When she is not working she enjoys hiking, cooking and eating all kinds of food and enjoying it with good company. Brooklyn can be reached at


Chris Wheatley - Associate Director 

Chris joined the CCASL staff in January of 2013 as the Associate Director. Prior to CCASL, he served as the Assistant Manager of Student Publications at Gonzaga for over five years. Chris manages CCASL's student leadership development, marketing and communications, fundraising and operations. His professional interests include servant leadership, organizational development and intercultural communication.  He graduated from Gonzaga with his BA in 2007 and his MA in 2010. Chris can be reached at 509.313.6487 or at

Darcy Phillips - Service Immersion Coordinator

Darcy joined the CCASL team in August 2015 as the Service Immersion Coordinator. Prior to CCASL, 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


Emily Paulson - 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

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 CCASL 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

Hilary Beardslee - Community Outreach Corrdinator, AmeriCorps VISTA

Hilary joined the CCASL team as the Community Outreach Coordinator, Americorps VISTA for 2016. She will be focusing 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. Hilary can be reached at 509.313.7305 or at

Julia Larsen - Program Assistant II

Julia joined CCASL 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 CCASL 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

Julie Wheaton - Elementary School Mentoring Coordinator

Julie joined the CCASL staff in July 0f 2016 as the Elementary School Mentoring Coordinator. She supervises the Campus Kids and Smile programs. Prior to joining CCASL, 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

Mary Kelly - Community Engaged Learning Program Assistant

Mary enjoys working with the dynamic and committed staff and students at CCASL. 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 or (509) 313-6824.

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 Action and Service Learning (CCASL) 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. Molly’s 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 CCASL, she teaches, volunteers regularly, enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her family. Molly can be reached at (509) 313-6396 or


Phoebe Oosterhuis - Business Manager

Phoebe joined CCASL 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 CCASL 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

Zach Donahue - College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Zach is an AmeriCorps College Access Corps Elementary School Specialist working primarily with the Campus Kids and Smile programs. He graduated Gonzaga in 2016 with degrees in Economics and History. He also mentored with the Connections program for three years and served as a student leader during his senior year. Along with academic success Zach was a prominent member of Gonzaga’s Mens rugby club, where he served as team captain throughout his four years. A native of Tennessee, he is happy to stay out west and work with CCASL in a new capacity. Zach can be reached at