CCE Staff

Professional staff

Renae BarberRenae Barber '17, MS '20
Community Engagement Outreach and Assessment Specialist

Renae serves as a resource to faculty, staff and students to promote community engagement activities and encourages effective reporting and assessment of these activities. By fostering strong partnerships and leveraging data, Renae works to highlight Binghamton University's stories of community engagement.  

Renae is a double alumni of Binghamton University — they received their bachelor's degree in anthropology and english, and recently graduated in 2020 with a master's degree in student affairs administration. After graduating with their bachelor's degree, Renae worked for a LGBTQ non-profit for two years. During their master's program, Renae worked in the Dean of Students Office and interned with the office of Student Affairs Assessment and Strategies for Engagement. They are interested in continuing their education and plan to pursue a PhD. In their free time, Renae enjoys cooking, writing and gaming.  

Barrett Brenton, PhD, Faculty Engagement AssociateBarrett P. Brenton, PhD
Faculty Engagement Associate

Having joined the CCE in June 2018, Barrett is primarily responsible for professional development initiatives to further faculty and student participation in a variety of community-based teaching, learning and scholarship activities. He is an active practitioner of applied community-engaged learning and research, with a broad record of national and global scholarship that developed with his position as a professor of anthropology and faculty coordinator for academic service-learning and community-based research at St. John's University in NYC. He received a BA in anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a MA/PhD in biocultural anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Trevor FornaraTrevor
Civic Education Coordinator

Trevor Fornara is a political communications professional working to create a respectful and productive political climate on the Binghamton University campus. Trevor completed Binghamton’s BA in philosophy, politics and law in 2023 before transitioning into a full-time fellowship at the Center for Civic Engagement. As an undergraduate, Trevor started Happy Medium, a student-run nonpartisan publishing group that received the university’s Organization of the Year Award and Excellence in Community Engagement Award in 2023. Through his work with Happy Medium, Trevor built a bipartisan coalition of student organizations at Binghamton University to promote collaborative programming and establish cross-aisle relationships between student organizers on campus. He received the Student Organization President of the Year Award for his work with Happy Medium. At the CCE, Trevor will plan and host voter education programs for the University community. Trevor aims to promote constructive dialogue as a solution to campus polarization. He is working with Binghamton alum Bill Groner and the Division of Student Affairs to bring constructive dialogue programming to first-year students in a Fall 2023 pilot program.

Sarah Hall, Assistant director for Community SchoolsSara Hall '01 MSW '07
Senior Assistant Director

Sara works to support, grow and implement the Community Schools initiative at Binghamton University. This work includes supporting faculty, student interns and volunteers as well as the Community Schools initiative directly in local school districts. Prior to this role, Hall was a Community School coordinator in the Johnson City School District.

A licensed master social worker, she has worked in the non-profit sector at Crime Victims Assistance Center, ACHIEVE and the Children's Home of Wyoming Conference. A double alumni of Binghamton University (bachelor's degree in human development and master's degree in social work), she has always been a proud Bearcat! As a member of the University Assisted Community School network and the NYS Coalition for Community Schools, she strives to remain informed and influence the Community Schools work being done at the state and national level. In her free time, she enjoys playing outside with her children, reading and hiking.

Kyra HickeyKyra Hickey
Civic Engagement Coordinator

Kyra works to enrich student awareness, leadership and reflection related to civic and community engagement. She helps coordinate the voter engagement team's efforts in promoting civic-mindedness on and off campus. Her dedication to reciprocal partnership and dialogue informs her approach to community building, student development and social change. She welcomes visitors to the CCE during its drop-in hours and collaborates with the student staff to nurture meaningful connections in and outside of the office. Kyra earned her bachelor's degree in dance with specializations in women's and gender studies, psychology and Italian at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn. In her free time, she enjoys writing, playing board games and practicing yoga.

Tammy Lindow, assistant to the directorTammy Lindow '05
Assistant to the Director

Tammy provides administrative assistance to both the Center for Civic Engagement and Fleishman Center staff, including budget support, travel and HR transactions, and logistical support for all events. Tammy joins the CCE after five years of working in administrative support in Watson College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She earned her degree from what is now known as Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs. 

Andi StackAndi headshot
Assistant Director for Communications

Andi works to showcase the university’s community engagement efforts, share philanthropic student and faculty stories, and promote the mission and vision of the Center for Civic Engagement.

Andi earned her bachelor's degree in computer art from SUNY Oneonta. Prior to this role, she worked in the non-profit sector coordinating marketing and volunteerism efforts at the local United Way. In her free time, Andi enjoys DIY projects and spending time with her two dogs.

Alison Handy Twang, associate director of the CCEAlison Handy Twang '11, MPA '13, PhD '22

Alison develops connections between the University and the local community, supports students in participating in civic life, and leads efforts to strengthen the culture of civic and community engagement at Binghamton. During her time at the CCE, Alison has overseen significant growth in community-based volunteer programs and has led a nationally recognized nonpartisan student voting program that significantly increased student voter registration and turnout rates. Alison is passionate about supporting all people in finding their place in civic and community life.  

Alison has a bachelors in political science, masters in public administration and PhD in community and public affairs, all from Binghamton University. Before joining the CCE, Alison worked in the nonprofit sector, focusing on philanthropy, youth and young adult civic engagement. Alison is an active volunteer with several community organizations, including the United Way of Broome County, Rural Health Network of South Central New York, League of Women Voters of Broome & Tioga Counties and Volunteer Administrators of the Southern Tier. In her free time, Alison enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her chocolate lab, Keene.

Student staff

The Center for Civic Engagement relies on a robust student staff consisting of graduate assistants, interns and volunteers every semester. Current opportunities for students to join the CCE team are listed on the hireBING by Handshake.

Community engagement

Melinda Thomas, she/her/hers
Community engagement assistant

Youth Initiative 

Samantha Deprospo

Ashley Dominguez

Gia Greenidge
Binghamton City School District — East Middle School

Lauren Kidd
Windsor Central School District

Molly Kildow
Binghamton City School District — Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Kyra Lowie, she/her/hers 
Johnson City Schools 

Danielle Monteferrante

Omar Ndizeye 
Binghamton City School District — Binghamton High School

Inijesu Taiwo
Binghamton City School District — Binghamton High School

Voter engagement

Annabelle Bangs
Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Radeha Haque
Voter Engagement STEM Liaison

Ruby Tower
Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Chris Wen
Voter Engagement Coordinator

Front desk staff

Brianna Akande

Raymond Dominguez-Vargas

Chole Jimenez

Shen Li

Christine Lin

Michelle Lin

Cayman Newcombe