CCE Staff

Professional staff

Annabelle BangsAnnabelle Bangs
Civic Engagement Coordinator
Annabelle works to coordinate, support and grow the voting program at the CCE. Annabelle received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law with a minor in Human Rights in 2023. During her undergraduate years, Annabelle worked with the CCE as an Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Local Government Management. After graduating with her MPA Annabelle hopes to work in the voting rights field or in the government. In her free time, Annabelle enjoys baking, reading and working on the MPA program's podcast, Do Good Well. 

Renae Barber

Renae 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
Community Engagement Coordinator

Kyra works to enrich student awareness, leadership and reflection related to civic and community engagement. She coordinates the LEAD program and connects students to volunteer opportunities through impactBING CORE and the Youth Initiative. 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 teaching dance.

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. 

Jeremy PelletierJeremy Pelletier
Assistant Director of Campus Engagement

Jeremy works collaboratively with community organizations to understand community priorities, identify potential partnership opportunities and connect students to meaningful community-based opportunities. Jeremy also supports nonpartisan voter engagement activities for Binghamton University students.

Jeremy earned his bachelor's degree in political science at SUNY Oswego and his master's in public administration with a concentration in Local Government Management from Binghamton University. Before joining the CCE, Jeremy worked on campus for Services for Students with Disabilities working to provide equal access accommodations. Prior to working on campus, he served as the Binghamton City Clerk. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family and watching his beloved Denver Broncos with his dog Peyton.

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

Sophia Ryan she/her/hers
Outreach & Tracking Assistant

Youth Initiative 

Luz Andujar De Jesus 
Binghamton City School District — Binghamton High School

Jenna Diamond she/her/hers
Youth Initiative Volunteer Coordinator

Lester Diaz
Johnson City Schools 

Martin Dolan
Binghamton City School District — East Middle School

Tamar Haham-McGowan
Windsor Central School District

Amanda Harrop
Binghamton City School District — Binghamton High School

Lia Lorenzana
Binghamton City School District — Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Giuliana Rutigliano
Binghamton City School District — Roosevelt Elementary School

Jasmine Schrom she/her/hers 
Johnson City Schools 

Voter engagement

Annabelle Bangs
Civic Engagement Coordinator

Juliet Murray
Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Jessica Sung
Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Jenna Vallone
Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador

Front desk staff

Brianna Akande

Ebony Dixon

Chole Jimenez

Isabella Kovacs

Shen Li

Michelle Lin

Cayman Newcombe