Dwight Hall at Yale

Center for Public Service and Social Justice

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Dwight Hall Staff

Staff members work closely with the student Executive Committee, inspired by the mission of the Hall, to preserve institutional memory and manage the non-profit organization. They serve as advisors to students in all the various aspects of the work of Dwight Hall, including program development, education and training, program management, Yale and community partnerships, public relations, finances, or fundraising.

Executive Director
Peter Crumlish


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director leads Dwight Hall’s activities to accomplish its core mission and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Dwight Hall. The Executive Director, leading a professional full-time staff, is charged with providing managerial oversight and strategic leadership, supporting and complementing the student leadership team that changes annually. The Executive Director is also responsible for coordinating program development, education and training, program and financial management, Yale and community relations, and institutional advancement.  

Available by appointment in Room 106 and by email

Director of Finance
Kyle Hamilton


The Director of Finance is responsible for the comprehensive management of Dwight Hall at Yale resources.  Directing, overall financial activities of the organization, this position is responsible for the organization’s overall fiscal integrity.  This position supports business operations, including preparing budgets, developing systems for financial reporting and internal controls, and leading the organization through audits.  With close communication with the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors, this position also works closely with dat-to-day operations and acts as a consultant to students on financial members.  

Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Johnny Scafidi


The Director of Development and Alumni Relations is responsible for the fundraising, grant-writing, and alumni engagement strategies within Dwight Hall at Yale.  The position plays a key role in establishing the visibility of Dwight Hall in communities outside of Yale University, and ensures that its funding is sustained, from a multitude of sources, and accomplishes organizational goals.  The position also works closely with students creating development and communication strategies, particularly the Development Coordinator and PR Coordinator of the Student Executive Committee.  Last, this position also serves as a liaison between grant-funded programs and its funders, ensuring strong and sustained relationships.

Available by appointment in Room 104 and by email

Program Manager
Mark Fopeano


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Manager is primarily responsible for the success of the institutional programs of Dwight Hall and provides support and mentoring to all student leaders involved with service.  The Program Manager serves as Dwight Hall’s principal staff liaison with program partners, working with schools and communities to identify opportunities for relationships.  The Program Manager also is primarily responsible for the implementation of grant-funded programs, such as the CSDE after-school grant and the Jones-Zimmermann’s Foundation’s Academic Mentoring grant.

Available during normal business hours in Room 105 and by email

Education Advisor
Claudia Merson


The Education Advisor, who also serves as the Director of Public School Partnerships for the Office of New Haven and State Affairs with Yale University, works closely with students and programs interested in serving as educators, mentors, and volunteers with New Haven Public Schools.  Leading the Education Network within Dwight Hall, the Education Advisor acts as a key resource in developing strong programs that meet the education needs of local students.dia advises. 

Administrative Assistant
Jenny Pengsavath


The Administrative Assistant serves as a gatekeeper to students and community members who wish to access Dwight Hall at Yale resources.  Often acting as an initial point of contact, this position coordinates the calendars of Dwight Hall at Yale’s fleet of cars and room reservations, gathers and compiles administrative records, and acts as a principal liaison between the Board of Directors and day-to-day operations.

Available during normal business hours in Main Office and by email

AmeriCorps VISTA of Programs
Kaitlyn Sprague


The AmeriCorps VISTA of Programs aims to accurately assess the impact of programming on the New Haven community. The Programs VISTA achieves this by examining two grant-funded education programs and educational member groups within DH and developing a relational Salesforce database that tracks programmatic outputs. Using this qualitative and quantitative data, assessments will then be completed, analyzed, and disseminated. 

Available during normal business hours in Room 105 and by email

AmeriCorps VISTA of Communications
Victoria Bosman


The AmeriCorps VISTA of Communications focuses on developing methods for telling the story of Dwight Hall at Yale and its impact on the community in order to increase the number of education partnerships in the New Haven community, the number of current volunteers serving New Haven schools, and to increase the dollars raised that support education programming. More specifically, the Communications VISTA develops and executes DH’s communications plan, gathers stories of successful education programs at DH, and researches grant opportunities. 

Available during normal business hours in Room 208 and by email

Magee Fellow
Gabby Wilkes


The Rev. John G. Magee ‘06 Fellowship was established in 1987 to maintain the religious roots upon which Dwight Hall was founded.  As a yearly appointment of a graduate student, the Magee Fellow works with student leadership to promote a culture of action and reflection within Dwight Hall, and fosters collaborative efforts between faith-based and secular organizations.  Gabby works with all faith communities, the Social Justice Network, and develops tools for reflection.

Available Wednesdays 4-7PM in Room 208 and by email

Director of Yale Prison Education Initiative
Zelda Roland


The Director oversees and manages Dwight Hall’s Yale Prison Education Initiative, and as such, the Director is responsible for its development and execution.  In addition to directing programming, this position is responsible for collaboration and consultation with the program’s various partners, and for reporting on outcomes to Dwight Hall’s management, Board of Directors, and funders.

Available by email

Graduate Service Fellow
Patrice Collins


The Dwight Hall Graduate Service Fellow serves to promote and support community engagement among students in the graduate and professional schools at Yale. The fellow works closely with the professional staff of Dwight Hall, leaders from the Dwight Hall Student Cabinet and Executive Committee, and graduate and professional students and staff responsible for community service and engagement efforts originating in their schools. The Fellow assists and encourages the development of sustainable service projects and activities led by graduate and professional school students and staff in collaboration with community partners around New Haven.

Entrepreneurship Fellow in Residence
Onyeka Obiocha


The Dwight Hall Entrepreneurship Fellow in Residence is responsible for helping Dwight Hall students connect with educational seminars, mentorship opportunities, cash prizes and various other entrepreneurial resources on campus. 

Available Tuesdays 9-11AM by appointment and by email