Our Team

Our small but mighty staff engage in the day-to-day work of the Compact. Our Executive Board provides oversight and strategic direction, while our Advisory Council offers guidance and insights from the field to improve events and programs.

Leslie Garvin, Executive Director

Garvin became the Compact’s third executive director in 2015, after serving five months in the interim position. She serves as the liaison to the Executive Board, develops and leads member institution recruitment and retention strategies, facilitates faculty and staff professional development initiatives, builds strategic partnerships to develop and expand higher education civic engagement, and oversees day-to-day operations.  Garvin leads the Compact’s deliberative dialogue initiative and has trained hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and community partners across the state and country in this method. She is a trained moderator and member of Braver Angels and also facilitates workshops on Theater of the Oppressed.

Garvin joined the Compact as Associate Director in 2005, where she managed many of the network’s key programs. She served as Program Director on three AmeriCorps grants that engaged over one thousand college students in community service; and she managed a 3-year grant to support MLK Day of Service activities on 180 campuses across the Southeast.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Issues Forum and of the United Way of Greater High Point, where she chairs the Community Impact Committee. She is also  a member of the Service Year NC Advisory Council for the Institute for Emerging Issues .

Garvin has co-authored chapters in Critical Intersections In Contemporary Curriculum & Pedagogy (Info Age Publishing, 2018) and Practical Wisdom for Conducting Research on Service Learning: Pursuing Quality and Purpose (Stylus Publishing, 2019).

Garvin holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science, both from Washington University in St. Louis.  She is a former  White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow  and a proud AmeriCorps alum.

Leslie can be reached at lgarvin {at} elon(.)edu or (336) 278-7278. Follow her on Twitter at @garvin_leslie.

Erin Odoyo, VISTA Program Coordinator

Erin joined the Campus Compact office in May 2019 to serve as the AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator.  In this role, Erin is responsible for managing the North Carolina Afterschool Corps and North Carolina Hunger Corps of VISTA volunteers throughout the state.  Erin serves as a liaison with the Compact’s host sites and partner colleges and universities and with the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.  Additionally, she leads the recruitment efforts for new volunteers each year while also working to grow the network of host sites and partner institutions where the volunteers will serve.  Erin also facilitates training and professional development opportunities for the VISTA members during their service year.

Erin brings a social work background in volunteer management to her role.  Her graduate studies, research, and continued work focuses on understanding successful ways to manage volunteers, the impact of volunteers in community service settings, and how social work principles and values can be used to ensure host communities and organizations are well prepared to host volunteers both domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining the Compact, Erin served in several public policy and management analyst positions with the Department of Defense in Washington, DC from 2004 to 2016.

Erin holds a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in social justice and social change from Catholic University in Washington, DC.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Erin can be reached at eodoyo {at} elon(.)edu or (336) 278-7238.

René Summers, Program Assistant

René, who serves as connector to member campuses, facilitator of information, and conference planner, joined NC Campus Compact in March 2011. For sixteen years, René served in the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Elon University, providing administrative support for the University Chaplain, participating in the development of the Religious & Spiritual life program, and coordinating and implementing numerous campus-wide events and conferences.

René can be reached at summerre {at} elon(.)edu or (336) 278-7154.

2020 Engaged Faculty Scholar

Engaged Faculty Scholars serve for one year and each undertake a project designed to deepen the scholarship of campus-community engagement at their respective schools. They will also serve as consultants to other North Carolina colleges or universities seeking to enhance community-engaged teaching.

Ms. Julie Trotter
English and Humanities professor
Alamance Community College

Learn more about Julie