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

Francis Argueta

AmeriCorp Community Outreach VISTA 

Francis graduated from Gonzaga in 2019 with a B.A. in Communications. She is the Americorp Community Outreach VISTA this year and will be supporting CCE's Logan House, Summer Fellows, and food security programs across Northeast Spokane. In her spare time, you can find her studying for the LSAT. Francis can be reached at argueta@gonzaga.edu 

Kathy Au

College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Kathy Au graduated from Gonzaga in May 2019 with a BA in Philosophy and minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She moved to Spokane in 2008 and has lived in the greater Hillyard neighborhood since. Kathy is rooted in her passion for community, which has led her to apply for CCE’s AmeriCorps College Access Corps position. Through AmeriCorps, she works at the elementary school level with the Campus Kids, SMILE, and Zag Study Buddies programs. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, cooking, and watching movies. Kathy can be reached at (509) 313-5524 or au@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 banick@gonzaga.edu.

Andrea Davis

College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Andrea Davis is an AmeriCorps College Access Corps Coordinator serving with Garry Middle School, specifically through Connections, GAME, and Eye to Eye. She is a proud dyslexic who graduated from Gonzaga University in 2017 with a degree in Communication Studies. She is a passionate disability advocate who loves to talk about accessibility, equity, and inclusion. In her free time, you can find her listening to audiobooks, writing poetry, and watching Parks and Rec. You can reach her at (509) 313-6820 or davisa@gonzaga.edu.

Gabbi Fuller

College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Gabbi is an AmeriCorps College Access Coordinator serving with the elementary youth programs, SMILE, Campus Kids, and Zag Study Buddies. She graduated in May 2019 from Gonzaga with a BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In free time, she spends time with her kitten, Pepper, reads, and watches Netflix and Disney Plus. Gabbi can be best reached at (509) 313-4604 or fullerg@gonzaga.edu.

Mary Kelly 

Community Engaged Learning 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 (509) 313-6824 or by email at kellym2@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. Since 2016 her role now provides support across all areas of CCE. 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 enjoying adapting her office & administration skills in the field of higher education while supporting the CCE team, and the mission of our students and Gonzaga. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, DIY projects, the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spending time with her husband and 3 kids (a son who is a High School sophomore & 8th grade twin daughters) Julia can be reached at (509) 313-6898 or at larsenj2@gonzaga.edu.

April Lopez

AmeriCorps Campus Kitchens Coordinator

April is the AmeriCorps Campus Kitchens Coordinator. She graduated from Gonzaga in the spring of 2019 with a BA in Business Administration, a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Communication Studies. As a former agricultural laborer, the importance of food security is something she is passionate about. Outside of work, she enjoys watching movies, listening to good music, reading, and writing. Her favorite band in the entire world: Panic! at the Disco. The best way to reach April is at (509) 313-7210 or lopeza2@gonzaga.edu.

Abigail Martin

Youth Programs Manager

Abbey Martin

Abbey has a background in education (she's taught every grade from Kindergarten through graduate school, across disciplines in general education and special education), policy studies and community development. She is interested in developing meaningful relationships and fostering healthy, diverse and inclusive communities. Abbey manages the elementary Youth Programs for CCE, and is thrilled to be part of this talented, compassionate and bright team. Outside of work, you can find her walking around West Central with her partner and two pups, Clementine and Malcolm. You can reach her at (509) 313-6828 or martina2@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 CCE in July of 2012. 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 mosquitoes or humidity) in the Midwest, she has grown to love the inland northwest. Phoebe has a BA from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga. When she is not at CCE, Phoebe enjoys hiking, cooking, crafting, yoga, performing in local theater, and spending time with her husband and son. Phoebe can be reached at 509.313-6879 or oosterhuisp@gonzaga.edu.

Elizabeth Perez

College Access Corps AmeriCorps

Elizabeth is an AmeriCorps College Access Corps Coordinator serving with Shaw Middle School, specifically through the Connections, GAME, and Zag Study Buddies programs. She graduated from Gonzaga in the spring of 2020 with a BA in Political Science and Economics. She enjoys watching sports, reading books, traveling, and exploring Spokane with her friends. Elizabeth can be reached at (509) 313-4605 or pereze2@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 2014 and supervises four youth programs and initiatives: Connections, GAME, Eye to Eye, and Sparks. She completed three terms of service for the Federal Way Public Schools AmeriCorps team after receiving a BS in Sociology from the University of Idaho. She is working toward a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership through Gonzaga University. Brandi enjoys spending time with her kiddo, reading, and exploring Spokane and the greater PNW . 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.