Where are we?
The Department of Community Service and the Waltham Group are on the second and third floors of the Shapiro Campus Center, respectively. Please stop by to get involved.
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Meet the Staff
Luca Malo has been passionately involved in service for almost 15 years and is eager to support, advise and facilitate opportunities locally and globally as an active member of the Brandeis community. He began his Brandeis career in 2005 in the Department of Residence Life and moved to Community Service in spring 2008. Malo holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Michael's College and a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maine. Beyond Brandeis, he enjoys playing tennis, shopping, traveling and playing board games. Malo invites students to visit his office on the second floor of the Shapiro Campus Center.
Kelly Whiffen joined Brandeis in 2010 as the Department Coordinator of Student Activities and Community Service. Before coming to Brandeis, she worked in several coordinating roles, including Weekly Ad Coordinator and Schedule Coordinator at CVS Caremark and Communications Coordinator at Camp West Woods. She also worked with students as a gymnastics coach. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Ithaca College, where she was actively involved in campus life as a gymnast for the school's Varsity team, copy editor for the school's newspaper and co-director of a Christian retreat. Outside of Brandeis, Kelly enjoys running, reading and volunteering with her church.
Educational Program Consultant
Sarah McLaughlin is the Director of Operations at the Dever-McCormack school in Boston (Dorchester). The K-8 school with nearly 1,100 students is one of the state’s 35 turnaround schools. Previously, Sarah was the Director of the Office of School Redesign at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She is a former Teach For America corps member who taught elementary school in Washington DC and later served as a Program Director at a middle school in New York City. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Columbia University.
Community Service Program Advisor
Prayas Neupane is studying Sustainable International Development at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He holds a bachelor degree in International Studies from University of Richmond and has been involved in service for seven years. He is passionate about service and is excited to become a part of Department of Community Service at Brandeis University. Outside of Brandeis, Prayas likes to play soccer and cricket, read and travel.
Budget and Steering
Waltham Group Outreach Coordinator
Sarah Johnson, a senior from Saint Charles, IL, is studying psychology and sociology. In addition to serving as the Outreach Coordinator, she is a coordinator for Waltham Kids Club. She enjoys working with children, and volunteers for many of the children-oriented programs within the Waltham Group. Outside of the Waltham Group, Sarah works as a research assistant in a psychology lab and works at an after school program in the Waltham area. She is excited to see the growth that Waltham Group will make this year to further serve our community.
Budget and Steering
Waltham Group Clubs in Service Coordinator
Ruairi Smith-Dewey, a senior from Minnesota, is majoring in Anthropology and Psychology. She has been an active member in a variety of Waltham Group programs since the beginning of her freshman year. In addition to being a member of Budget & Steering, she is a coordinator for Hospital Helpers and co-captain of the women's ultimate frisbee team, Banshee. She aspires to be a doctor and plans to pursue her passion for service with Doctors Without Borders in the future. She is looking forward to witnessing and sharing what extraordinary things the Waltham Group will accomplish this year.
Budget and Steering
Waltham Group Budget Coordinator
Reed Zukerman, a senior from Ardsley, NY is studying Economics and Business. Ever since freshman year he has participated in Waltham Group through the Companions to Elders program and now serves as the Budget Coordinator as a member of Budget and Steering. In addition to community service, Reed is also an Orientation Leader, coordinator of Student Events, and is passionate about cooking through the Culinary Arts Club. He also enjoys traveling and playing tennis in his free time.