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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Who to Contact

Unsure who to contact in the Dept. of Community Service to get your question answered? Check out this easy reference sheet for a quick breakdown of which staff member does what!

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Meet the Staff

lucas maloLucas Malo
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579 

Lucas Malo has been passionately involved in community engagement for almost 20 years and is eager to support and facilitate opportunities locally and globally as an active member of the Brandeis and Waltham community. Lucas began his career at Brandeis in 2005 and continues to be inspired by the passion of our students and pride of our community partners. Lucas 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. Lucas invites students to visit his office on the second floor of the Shapiro Campus Center to explore service opportunities, seek assistance with training and reflections, develop community needs assessments, address risk management and make connections to the local community.

Kelly Whiffen Kelly Whiffen
Department Coordinator
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579 

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.

Brian Quigley Kelly Whiffen
Community Service Specialist
Phone: 781-736-3237
Fax: 781-736-3579 

Brian joined the Brandeis community for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Brian served as the Graduate Assistant for Student Activities and Leadership at Babson College where he oversaw several leadership development programs. He also held an internship with the Orientation Office at James Madison University. Brian holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Holy Cross and a master's degree in higher education administration from Boston College. In his spare time, Brian enjoys cheering for the Red Sox, hiking, and playing golf. 

Talia Abnertalia
Phone: 781-736-5064
Fax: 781-736-3579  

Talia comes to Brandeis after spending four idyllic years at Smith college, where she spent her time determining which coffee shop had the best latte. She was also fortunate to have the experiences of volunteering at Homework House, Tree House and the Kensington School refugee mentoring program. When not in school, she worked as a substitute teacher and a retail associate.  Outside of Brandeis, she enjoys spending copious hours on Netflix, and attempting to cook edible meals.

Petra Nelsonpetranelson
Waltham Group Budget and Steering- Assessment Coordinator

Petra is a senior from Chicago, Illinois, majoring in Spanish, Anthropology, and Latin American and Latino Studies. She is a coordinator for Hunger and Homelessness, a program that relieves food insecurity and allows students the opportunity to share experiences with the food and housing insecure. She volunteers for Waltham Group’s General Tutoring, is the Development Intern for the Waltham Family School, and loves watching good movies, teaching Pilates, and cutting her friends’ hair. She is thrilled to have a larger role in Waltham Group this year and to work more closely with all its amazing programs.

Rachel Weissman
evachiuWaltham Group Budget and Steering- Monday Night Meetings Coordinator

Rachel Weissman is a senior from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania double majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy, and double minoring in Chemistry and Sculpture. She became the Waltham Group Blood Drive Coordinator as a freshman at Brandeis, a program which she has been closely involved with since she was 14. She plans on pursuing a job in the non-profit health policy field to advocate for patients, doctors and scientists. In her free time, you will find Rachel on outings with her Little Sis through the Waltham Group Big Sibs Program, working in the sculpture studio or watching scary movies. She is beyond excited to join the Budgeting and Steering team and have the opportunity to work with all of the amazing program coordinators, volunteers, and staff. 

Office Assistants

Shifra Ben-Jacob
Sophie Brickman
Witney Christie
Shaina Dorow
Emily Eska
Ceara Genovesi
Genesis Leon