Meet the Staff


Kimberly Armstrong Silcox, J.D. Director
A practicing attorney for 12 years in Maryland, Kim joined Eastern sixteen years ago, leading the University’s efforts in developing a comprehensive center for civic engagement in 2008-9. She has been the director of the CCE since its inception and has served as a New England Campus Compact CSLD Fellow and as CT Campus Compacts Community Service Learning Directors Network Coordinator. Kim also facilitated Eastern’s selection as a NASPA Lead Initiative campus, working to develop strategies to engage other colleges and universities in community engagement efforts. She served as the first chair of the Assessment Committee in the Division of Student Affairs at Eastern and has been the catalyst for assessment efforts within the Division. Kim continues to serve on numerous campus and community boards and committees including the Connecticut Afterschool Network, the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT’s Community Engagement Committee, the No Freeze Hospitality Center, and CLiCK (Commericially Licensed Cooperative Kitchen). She has also taught master’s level higher education law and policy courses at both the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University.
JD, University of Baltimore School of Law
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Kemesha A. Wilmot, M.S. Associate Director
Kemesha Wilmot is the Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement and has worked at Eastern for eight years, including work at Housing, Advising, and Career Services. In her most recent roles, she serves as the Coordinator for the Intercultural Center, Advisor to the African Club, Bowling Club, Fashion Forward, F.E.M.A.L.E.S., and United Voices of Praise. Kemesha loves working with the students, and spending time with her family and friends!
BS Eastern Connecticut State University, Sociology & Applied Social Relations
MS Central Connecticut State University, Counseling in Higher Education


Meaghan Penrod, Jumpstart Site Manager
Meaghan is the site manager for the Jumpstart program at Eastern. She taught in the infant classroom and mentored college students who worked as teaching assistants alongside her. She then went on to work as the Lead Teacher and Infant Program Coordinator at Bright Horizons in Connecticut—teaching children, working with families, and mentoring teachers. Meaghan loves working with students and helping others understand and become passionate about early childhood education!
BS, University of Connecticut, Early Childhood Education
Fellowship, Brandeis University


Rosie Hernandez, Tutoring & Mentoring Coordinator. Rosie is responsible for coordinating and managing tutoring and mentoring program activities. Her passion has always been to help people discover their own gifts, talents, and potential. She has been involved in community work in both the local and international community. She has worked at Windham Public Schools for the past 10 years where she has had the wonderful opportunity to work in collaboration with ECSU's Center for Community Engagement. Rosie was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents and moved to Los Angeles where she raised her family. Rosie is currently pursuing her MS in Organizational Leadership here at Eastern.
BA Lancaster Bible College


Mary Oliver, Special Events & Transportation Coordinator
Within the Center, Mary is responsible for planning and coordinating one time events, transportation schedules, and also oversees website management and social media. She joined ECSU having a diverse social service and advocacy background including: Headstart, victim services, substance abuse recovery case management, and arts administration. In her hometown of Hampton, Mary is a Registrar of Voters, and helps design and produce the local newspaper. As an advocate of "hands-on-learning", working at the CCE is a perfect fit. Mary works part-time at the CCE Monday-Thursday.


Nancy Deede, University Assistant
Nancy’s responsibilities include budget reconciliation, Elife data entry, student payroll filing, general purchases and keeping files up to date. Having grown up in Norwich, she recently returned to CT after bringing up her four children in southern RI since 1985. While in RI, Nancy was very active in her church’s Social Action Committee for 20 years, assisting low income families and victims of domestic violence by providing them with food, clothing, furniture and more. Along with organizing a team to refurbish the local safe house and plan two domestic violence vigils, being involved in the community and local projects made her aware of some of the struggles many families face. Nancy enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, gardening and hiking; and being an artist in her spare time. Nancy is in the Center's office Monday and Friday from 8:30AM - 4:30PM and Wednesday from 9-12.