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Meet the CEL Staff

Headshot of Renee SedlacekDirector


Renee has spent her career supporting the development of service-learning and co-curricular service programs at small private liberal arts institutions. Prior to joining the Drake staff in 2013 Renee served seven years as the Service-Learning Coordinator at Wartburg College and one as an Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA at Central College. Renee received her B.A. from Central College in Sociology and Psychology and her M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in Post Secondary Education: Student Affairs.

As the director Renee provides leadership and management of community-based learning, service-learning and co-curricular service initiatives for the Drake University Office of the Provost. Serving as the primary public face for students, faculty, staff and community partners Renee provides strategic oversight of external and internal relationships that effect community-based service and learning, i.e. service-learning, engaged scholarship, and community-based research. In her free time Renee enjoys cycling, gardening, and finishing DIY up-cycle projects around her house, a northside craftsman built in the 1920's!

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Amanda Martin, Program Coordinator


Amanda Martin joined the CEL team in September of 2015. She brings more than 10 years of experience in the areas of community and national service. Amanda received her BA in Communication from Clarke University and her Masters in Student Affairs from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the CEL team, she worked for the Corporation for National and Community Service, as the Member Development Associate for AmeriCorps NCCC members. She is also an AmeriCorps VISTA alum, having served two years at the Volunteer Center of Story County in Ames. 

Amanda coordinates the Engaged Citizen Corps, supervises the Service Learning Ambassadors, and advises the student organization CAB (Community Action Board).

Service-Learning Ambassadors

Service-Learning Ambassadors (SLAs) are students committed to working with service-learning and community engagement. Currently, we have 8 SLAs in our office. Each SLA works with a community partner on a specific project in which Drake students can be involved. 

SLAs commit to working 6-8 hours a week on their project, working to plan and organize the event/project, recruit Drake students, and perform follow-up.

Student StaffProgram
Jazlin Coley  College Positive Volunteer Coordinator
Ellen Converse Social Media and Marketing
Lindsay Finnell Sprout Garden Coordinator
Catie Mullen and Julie Uram Food Recovery Coordinators
Gabriella Gugliotta Community Engaged Learning Events and Training Coordinator
‌‌Emily Larson IRIS Coordinator
Ropa Runesu Global Service Learning and Alternative Breaks Coordinator
Community News
April 24, 2018
Drake University received Iowa Campus Compact's Community Partnership Award in recognition of Drake's longstanding collaboration with Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC).