Meet The Staff

Clive Mentzel, PhD | Director

Although raised in South Africa, Clive comes to Vanderbilt University from London and joined the Office of Active Citizenship and Service as Director in July 2012. He has a PhD in Political Science from Johannesburg University and has a special interest in emerging democratic governments and political processes aimed at securing increased political accountability, especially at the local level. In London for the last decade, Clive has been leading the development of a nationally mandated accountability process that holds elected representatives accountable to their constituents. Prior to that, Clive worked as an adviser to some of the participants in the South African negotiation process in the nineties that led to a peaceful transition to democracy in that country, and participated in post-apartheid institution-building. This, together with a comparative course on the theory and practice of Conflict Resolution and dealing with deep rooted conflict, is what Clive will teach in the Political Science Department.

Contact Clive: Clive.mentzel@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-3127

 

Martha Dale | Administrative Assistant

Martha has worked at Vanderbilt for over 20 years. During this time she was honored with employee of the year for her work with Vanderbilt Home Care Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University. Martha performs all administrative duties for OACS and she is the primary person for the vehicle loan program and room reservations. Martha has a son, Dwight, and enjoys playing tennis.  Martha is also the 2013 DOS Chili Cook-Off Dessert Champion! Her “Hello Dollys” are out of this world.

Contact Martha:  martha.l.dale@vanderbilt.edu or 615-343-7878

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Taylor, MA | Senior Program Coordinator

Amanda earned her B.S. at Vanderbilt with a double-major in Human and Organizational Development: Community Leadership and Political Science and her M.Ed. in Community Development at Peabody College at Vanderbilt. She works in large part on the areas of service-learning, professional and leadership development, and international experiential learning, and loves the passion Vanderbilt students bring to community engagement.  Amanda was also on the Vanderbilt Women’s Tennis Team and still enjoys playing and coaching tennis.

Contact Amanda: amanda.taylor@vanderbilt.edu or 615-343-2148

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Drasba, MA | Program Coordinator

Christine earned her B.A. in English and Biology, as well as her Master of Science in Education Degree in College Student Personnel at Bucknell University.   As a graduate student, Christine’s research interests included studying the intersection of Service-Learning, Social Justice, and Leadership Development in college students.  She has experience directing Student Activities, Orientation/First-Year Transition, Leadership Development, and Community Engagement programs in higher education, and has also worked and volunteered with a number of education-focused non-profit organizations.  Christine enjoys challenging and supporting Vanderbilt students as they foster a lifelong commitment to service and become active citizens of the Vanderbilt, Nashville, and international communities.

Contact Christine: christine.e.drasba@vanderbilt.edu or 615-343-2205

 

 

Lauren Moon, MA | Program Coordinator

Lauren joins OACS following work with the IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise in Hyderabad, India where she designed sustainable programs for institutions in the Affordable Private School sector and developed a curriculum to address gender inequalities in education. Prior to India, Lauren worked and studied at Columbia University, earning her M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teacher’s College. As an undergraduate at Furman University, she earned her B.A. in Communication Studies with a focus in rhetoric. Through a variety of domestic and international work with NGOs and for-profit social ventures, Lauren studied the importance of humility and respect for culture and community when serving others. At OACS, Lauren seeks to spark a curiosity within and among students, such that they critically question and explore the nuances of service while learning and affecting social change in their broader world.

Contact Lauren: lauren.moon@vanderbilt.edu or 615-343-8904

 

Erika Larson | Graduate Assistant

Erika earned her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. She was part of a community leadership program called INVST that ignited in her a passion for international service learning. For the past year she has been learning a lot about experiential learning as a tutor and interpreter for children that are blind in her local public school system. She is excited to be a GA for OACS while she pursues her master’s in International Education Policy and Management. She is looking forward to helping create mutually beneficial relationships between community partners and students. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors and using her hiking boots on any trail she can find.

Contact Erika at: Erika.l.larson@vanderbilt.edu or 615-343-8537

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Davis | Graduate Assistant

Jonathan earned his B.A. In Philosophy at Berea College in Berea, KY in 2012. During his time at Berea, Jonathan served as a member of the Bonner Scholars program, which afforded him the opportunity to construct and lead multiple service trips to Senegal, West Africa where he taught E.S.L courses in French.  Working on various service initiatives during his time at Berea really enabled Jonathan to see and value the life lessons that come with (international) service initiatives. He is excited to be a GA for OACS while he finishes his master’s in Higher Education Administration. He is particularly looking forward to helping students maximize their service experiences by linking those experiences with their career aspirations as he did. In his free time (which is rare), he enjoys traveling and trying new cuisines.

Contact Jonathan: Jonathan.c.davis@vanderbilt.edu or 615-343-8537

 

 

Catherine Kelly | Graduate Student Worker

Catherine earned her B.A in American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, England in 2012. Upon graduating, she moved to Pattaya, Thailand to volunteer in Chonburi International Learning Center (a private school for children with special needs). Whilst working in Thailand, Catherine developed a passion for service leadership and education in the developing world. Catherine is excited to be working with OACS whilst pursuing her Masters in International Education Policy and Management. She is looking forward to actively engaging in student service and leadership. In her free time, Catherine enjoys exploring Tennessee, especially its music scene.

Contact Catherine: catherine.g.kelly@vanderbilt.edu or 615-343-8537

 

 

 

Contributors

We would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions working with our staff:

Kiersten Chresfield | Undergraduate Contributor | Global Projects

Chelsea Mihelich | Undergraduate Contributor| Communications, Marketing, & Special Projects

Joi Hayes | Graduate Student Worker | Summer Practicum

Nicole Hill | Undergraduate Summer Contributor | Internship-based Service Programs

 

OACS runs on the passion of individuals from various fields, disciplines, and years at Vanderbilt.  A number of undergraduate and graduate students have contributed or are contributing to our work and have made a significant impact.  Should you be interested in supporting some aspect of our work through a practicum, internship, or volunteer position, we would be happy to speak with you about your interest.  Please contact oacs@vanderbilt.edu or stop by Rand 305 to learn more.