Meet the CCE Staff

Molly Ayers

Director

Molly Ayers

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

Campus Kitchen Program Manager

Emily Banick 

Emily is the Program Manager 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.

Sarah Ghods

College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Sarah Ghods 

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.

Mary Kelly 

Community Engaged Learning Program Coordinator

Mary Kelly 

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

College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Kara King

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

Student and Community Engagement Programs Manager

Hannah Klaasen 

Hannah began her role as Student and Community Engagement Programs Manager 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

Program Assistant II

Julia Larsen 

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

College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Cameron McClellan 

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.

Anthony Medina

Assistant Director

Anthony Medina 

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

Business Manager

Phoebe Oosterhuis 

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.

Sooyoun Park

Sooyoun Park

Community Outreach Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA

Sooyoun is an AmeriCorps Vista member serving with CCE as the Community Outreach Coordinator. She works to build and encourage sustainable relationships between the school and the community to support better nutritional access and educational attainment in Northeast Spokane. She studied human physiology and sociology at Gonzaga University, and is enthralled to be at the school once again. She hopes to encourage students to recognize their power in transforming a community, and work to create a space that invites the most marginalized. She loves to play music, read, make art, play tennis, and spend time in the wonderful outdoors with her friends. Sooyoun can be reached at 509-313-7305 or at parks3@gonzaga.edu.

Darcy Phillips

Service Immersion Program Manager

Darcy Phillips 

Darcy joined the CCE team in August 2015 as the Service Immersion Program Manager. Prior to her time with the 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

Youth Programs Manager

Brandi Praytor-Marsters  

Brandi joined the CCE team in August of 2014 as the Youth Programs Manager. She supervises four youth programs and initiatives: 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.

Bailley Wootton

Associate Director

Bailley Wootton

Bailley joined the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) in 2011 after working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. As Associate Director, she supports CCE’s local co-curricular programs, resource development, and strategic partnerships and outreach initiatives, including the Hillyard Youth Collaborative. Bailley received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and her master's degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is originally from Spokane and loves being back in the Northwest. Outside of work, Bailley spends her time with family and friends- chasing around her two young children, going to the Pend Oreille River, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and serving as an elder at her church. Bailley can be reached at (509) 313-6821 or wootton@gonzaga.edu.