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General Contact Information

Location: Simplot-Micron Academic Success Hub (SMASH) Building 227
Front Desk: (208) 426-1004
Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Mailing address: 1910 University Drive, MS 1006, Boise, ID 83725-1006
Fax: 208-426-2381

Kara Brascia : Service-Learning Director
Kara Brascia
Service-Learning Director (208) 426-2380

Duties: faculty support and recognition, program strategy and oversight, campus collaborations

Kara came to Boise State in 2000 from a nationally ranked Service-Learning program at the University of Utah. She brings over fifteen years of experience consulting with faculty, students, and community agencies. Kara earned her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in Minnesota and her master’s degree in Communication from the University of Utah.

Mike Stefancic : Assistant Director of Community Partnerships
Mike Stefancic
Assistant Director of Community Partnerships (208) 426-5631
SMASH 203b

Duties: Community Partnerships, Community Work-study management, Logistical systems management

Mike has worked for the Service-Learning program for over 5 years in student support and now (Summer 2018) takes his skills in developing partnerships. Before Boise State, Mike managed Plant and Fire programs for the Student Conservation Association across the country after completing his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington. Previous to working in the education field, Mike studied the effects of fire on plant communities across the western landscape for a variety of government agencies. Mike is a daily bike commuter, community organizer, and outdoor enthusiast.

Erin Rausch : Coordinator for Student Support
Erin Rausch
Coordinator for Student Support 208-426-5722

Duties: service-learning student support, community student employment, classroom & instructor support during the service-learning semester

Erin started with the Boise State Service-Learning program in November 2018. Erin has earned a M.S. in Health Education, focusing on adolescence and substance abuse and prior to coming to Boise State she directed University of the Pacific's community center focusing on leadership, education, and service where her work has focused on community building, service, social advocacy, student development and leadership. Erin has been a foster parent, distance hiker, and wants nothing more than for folks to become educated citizens of our global community.

Corrie Brending : Community Partnerships Graduate Assistant
Corrie Brending
Community Partnerships Graduate Assistant (208) 426-3234

Corrie began studying at Boise State in 2014 and earned her bachelor's degree in communication. She is now working toward her master's degree in public administration. As an undergraduate student Corrie worked with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center to create programs that enriched student life on campus. She is excited to continue working at Boise State with the Service-Learning Program and connecting what students are learning in the classroom to service opportunities in the community.

Hayley Helm : Community Work Study Coordinator
Hayley Helm
Community Work Study Coordinator (208) 426-3231

Duties: Connects work-study students to community agencies, answers and fields all questions regarding Community Work-Study program, tracks and forecasts work-study spending

Hayley is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from University of California, Berkeley. She comes to Boise State after years of tutoring, mentoring, and recruiting, experiences which aid her in connecting work-study students to quality positions with local community partners.

Eric Ramirez : Grant Administrator
Eric Ramirez
Grant Administrator (208) 426-3231

Eric is currently a sophomore at Boise State University and is working towards his bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology. He joined the Service-Learning Department because he wanted to work with students, faculty, and community partners in ensuring the success and growth of not only a student's academic self but as well as their own individual leadership.

Kimberly Van Maren : Service Learning Ambassador
Kimberly Van Maren
Service Learning Ambassador 208-426-1004

Kimberly has recently joined the Service-Learning team. She is an undergraduate freshman seeking her major in Political Science, with minors in Criminal Justice and Mathematics. Kimberly enjoys working with students, and seeing the fruits of Service-Learning reach students across campus.