Center for Leadership and Community Engagement

Andre Dickerson
Director
Office Hours Today
  • 08:00AM to 05:00PM

Hello! My name is Andre Dickerson and I am excited to serve as the Director for the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. As an alumni of CWU, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve in several student, staff, and administrative positions on and off campus. Along with my CWU bachelor’s degree, I earned a master’s degree from Heritage University, and am completing my Master of Business Administration through Ohio University. My top five strengths are Achiever, Futuristic, Focused, Maximizer, and Strategic. I am very much looking forward to working alongside our staff to support the development of our students and community.  Please stop by and say hi!

Kevin Watkins
Office Hours Today
  • 09:00AM to 01:00PM

Hey All! My name is Maurice Watkins III and it is an honor to serve as the Cross-Cultural Leadership Program Cohort Leader. As a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I have been blessed with many leadership roles both on and off campus. One thing I really enjoy about what I do is partaking in hands-on experiences to get connected with students, staff and community members, in an attempt to broaden my cultural scope on the world that surrounds me. My top five strengths are Learner, Restorative, Input, Intellection, and Responsibility. Stop by and say hello sometime! “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Hannah May
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  • Not working today

Hello! My name is Hannah May and I am a junior at Central Washington University. I am majoring in mathematics and secondary STEM education, with the hopes of being a high school math teacher. When I am not in the office, I like to spend my time with friends, watch movies, and integrate equations. Fun fact: Did you know that 2 is an odd number? It’s the only even prime number, and that’s pretty odd if you ask me!

Amber Hoefer
Program Support Assistant
Office Hours Today
  • 08:00AM to 12:00PM
  • 01:00PM to 05:00PM

Hello! My name is Amber Hoefer and I am temporarily serving as the Program Support Assistant for the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. I have my Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of West Florida as well as a Master of Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. I recently moved from North Carolina with my partner to join the CWU community and I am so excited to work with the CLCE team! I am here to help you get involved in volunteer opportunities and support you as you expand on your leadership abilities! Stop by our office to say hello and find out how you can get involved.

Megan Simon
Office Hours Today
  • 09:00AM to 01:30PM

Hello, my name is Megan Simon and I work as the Graphic Designer for the CLCE. I am a senior at CWU this year obtaining a BFA in Graphic Design and working towards a General Business minor at the same time. In my free time, I love hiking, camping, and traveling (even if it's just a short road trip to somewhere new)!

Joanne Perez
Assistant Director
Office Hours Today
  • 08:00AM to 05:00PM

Hafa Adai! My name is Joanne and I am the Assistant Director for the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. I am originally from the island of Guam, but have been in Ellensburg and CWU for many years. I graduated from the University of Guam with a degree in Accounting, and used that degree to get my foot in the door of higher education. One of the best things about my job is working with a group of very talented and diverse staff with creative minds. They have many programs planned for this year, and I hope to see you at all or most of these events! My top 5 strengths are: Deliberative, Harmony, Analytical, Responsibility and Consistency. Please stop in and let me know how things are going, if I can be of any assistance, or just say hi!

I wish that you could achieve some great good for mankind, but have nobody know about it except you.~Anonymous

Elizabeth Vidaurri
Program Manager
Office Hours Today
  • 08:00AM to 05:00PM
<p>Hello! My name is Elizabeth Vidaurri and I am a Program Manager here at the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement on campus. I am also a recent graduate and CWU alumni with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Non-Profit Administrative Management. After taking a short break to explore and travel after graduation I am more than excited to be back at my Alma Mater and the familiarity of Ellensburg. This year I am looking forward to assisting a group of student staff as they plan and implement some of the university's greatest programs and events. If you are interested in getting involved on campus, please feel free to contact us via phone, email or in person. We are located upstairs in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) 256. I look forward to meeting you.</p>
Jerry Brong
Community Volunteer
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  • Not working today

My ties to the community and university are many. Graduating from Stadium High School in Tacoma I came to the Kittitas Valley for my college education. Returning to Tacoma in 1961, following graduation, I taught sixth grade and undertook studies leading to my M.Ed. in 1963. In the late 60s my wife, Marlene and I relocated to Pulman where I served on the WSU Audiovisual Center faculty and completed studies for an Ed.D. In 1989 my wife and I relocaed to the Kittitas Valley and I have served in a number of CWU positions.Currently, I am active in the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club with local and international projects, serve as a volunteer with a number of community groups, and as a retired professional I remain active with the American Society for Quality. During my career a number of publications were ceated and some are in the CWU library.Serving with  CLCE as a community volunteer, and a senior citizen, gives me opprtunities to share insights based on experience, career activties, and academic and professional conections. Students and staff working with CLCE are delivering results and being  part of the program provides challenges and opportunities. At the CLCE smiles are plenty. 

Caitlin Burkwist
Office Assistant
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  • Not working today

Hello everyone! My name is Caitlin Burkwist and I am a junior here at Central. I am majoring in Child Life with a minor in Psychology. I am also the Senator for Child Life Club here on campus and am a part of the Douglas Honors College. I will be working in the CLCE as a program leader and I am extremely excited to being helping put on some amazing events that will make a difference both on campus and out in the community. During my free time I love hanging out with family and friends, going to the gym, watching Disney+, and hiking. Come by and say hello!

Makenna Thuringer
Student Writer
Office Hours Today
  • 01:00PM to 05:00PM

Hello! My name is Makenna Thuringer and I’m a Biology Pre-Med major in hopes of attending medical school to become a pediatrician. I love children and have always wanted to be a doctor since I was young. I am the Vice President of a women empowerment club here on campus called S.I.S.T.E.R.S. Being a board member for this club has pushed me to gain over 100 hours of community service and gain leadership skills that will last a lifetime!

Rollie Enriquez
Program Leader
Office Hours Today
  • 10:00AM to 03:30PM

Ran Anim! My name is Rollie Enriquez but everyone calls me R.J. I am currently a sophomore at Central Washington University majoring in I.T.A.M. and specializing in cyber-security with a minor in aerospace studies. Outside of the office I spend my time in ROTC preparing to potentially become an officer for the world greatest Air Force. I also like to kick back and relax with a few brothers from the Rho-Mu chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After a partnered blood drive between CLCE and my Kappa Sigma fraternity, I was given the opportunity to work for the CLCE as a community programmer. I am very excited to work here and am looking forward to assist the community around me and be a part of a program bigger than myself. 

Areli Ruiz
Program Leader
Office Hours Today
  • 11:00AM to 03:00PM

Hola! My name is Areli Ruiz and I am currently a senior at Central Washington University. I am pursuing a career in elementary education with a minor in literacy. Being a second year student programmer of the CLCE team, I want to empower and help individuals find their voice on campus and within the community. Through my position, I am able to create and reinvent programs for the CWU students and community. On my spare time, I like to spend that time with family and friends, finding ways to further my career, or daydreaming about traveling.

I am currently a cohort member for the Cross-Cultural Leadership Program and for Chavez-King Leadership Institute. Both of these programs encompass big parts of my life, such as diversity, leadership, and positive social change. I am very excited not only to be working for such a great office, but to see that I am able to make a difference by simply being involved is extraordinary!

Andrew Klippert
Program Leader
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  • Not working today

Hello everyone! My name is Andrew Klippert, but everyone calls me Drew. I am a Junior at CWU and am majoring in the construction management program. After volunteering for multiple CLCE events during my first two quarters here, as well as attending the Experience Leadership Project (ELP) fall 2016, I was very excited to begin working here.  I have played a lot of sports in my life and really enjoy staying active. I love backpacking, boating and camping with my friends, fiance and family. I am super excited to start helping and improving my community and new home.

Tiu Fruean
Program Leader
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  • Not working today

Talofa! My name is Tiu Ramsey Fruean, son of Tiu Vailoa and Ann Fruean. This is my first year working for the CLCE and I am excited to be a part of this amazing team. I transferred to CWU my junior year after completing my AA at Pierce College. I'm majoring in social services with a minor in ethnic studies.  After I graduate I hope to be a counselor for a high school and help young men and women that want to go to college. I am an active member of PolyCentral, TRIO, and Brother 2 Brother. These groups are an incredible part of Central, and are open to anyone that is interested in joining. If you have any questions for me or want to talk, I am always willing to have a conversation or a laugh. I can't wait to see everyone at our events this year! #StriveForGreatness

Tommy Fernandez
Program Leader
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  • Not working today

Hello everyone! My name is Tommy Fernandez and I am a sophomore at CWU. I am majoring in ITAM with specializations in cyber-security and administrative management. This year I will be working as a community programmer for CLCE.  I can’t wait to be a part of the amazing programs we have planned this year for you. During my free time I enjoy being outside, playing sports, and hanging out with my friends. I am an active member in TRIO and also serve as the rush coordinator for the rho-mu chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. I’m very excited for this year and I can’t wait to improve this community! Please stop by and say hi, my hours are right above.

Michael Sichak
Program Leader
Office Hours Today
  • 12:00PM to 03:00PM

Hello! My name is Michael Sichak and I am the Brother 2 Brother Cohort Leader. I am a second year at CWU studying Supply Chain Management. I am thriving as a non-traditional student and finished 6 years of active duty in the Army prior to coming to CWU. I love spending time with family, working on my car, and going on spontaneous weekend adventures around the area. Stop by to learn more about some of the great opportunities with Brother 2 Brother and CLCE.

Bianca Sanchez
Program Leader
Office Hours Today
  • 10:00AM to 02:00PM

Hello everyone! My name is Bianca Sanchez and I am a sophomore this year double majoring in psychology and sociology. I first got involved with the CLCE my freshman year engaging in programs such as the Yakima River Clean Up and Wildcat Leadership Academy. This year I’m working as a program lead, ensuring the success of programs I participated in last year. I am also involved with a women empowerment club on campus called S.I.S.T.E.R.S, which is a club open to anyone who identifies as a woman! In my spare time when I’m not attending club meetings and doing homework I like to hang out with my friends and color to de-stress.

Ruby Nambo
Program Leader
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  • Not working today

Hola! My name is Ruby Nambo and this is my first year working at the CLCE. I have the opportunity to lead the Chavez-King Leadership Institute, one of the many cohort programs within the CLCE. I am a senior this year majoring in English Language Arts Teaching with a minor in Bilingual Education. When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, riding my unicycle and writing poetry. I look forward in assisting and providing opportunities to everyone this year!