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 has been with the Compact since 2005. She became the third Executive Director in 2015, after serving five months in the interim position and 10 years as the Associate Director. 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 also leads the NC Collegiate Hunger Challenge and Elections and Democracy work. She has trained hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and community partners across the state and country in the deliberative dialogue method. She is a Collaborative Discussion Coach and a trained moderator and member of Braver Angels. She also facilitates workshops on Theater of the Oppressed.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Issues Forum and co-chairs the State Summits & Networks Subcommittee of the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition. In May 2022 the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement selected Garvin as a 2022-23 Free Speech Fellow.

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). She served as an author and editor for the Primer on Benefits and Value of Civic and Community Engagement in Higher Education. (2021).

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 and African-American Studies, 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.

Hannah Fraser, VISTA Leader

AmeriCorps VISTA member Hannah Fraser joined the Compact in August 2021 for a year of national service.  Hannah is a Western Carolina Alumna who studied Sociology and Spanish. During her freshman year she attended the CSNAP Conference, which invigorated and inspired her to embrace community and civic engagement and service during her undergraduate years.  As such, she was able to present about her work with civic engagement during a breakout session at CSNAP the following year and n her junior year, was recognized with the Community Impact Student Award.

After graduating in May of 2020, Hannah sought out more opportunities to serve, and became an NC Campus Compact Hunger Corps VISTA at Wingate University. Throughout her service as a VISTA, she navigated the challenges that COVID-19 presented to the food system in Union County. Additionally, she held educational events at the Wingate Community Garden, fed students during winter break, raised awareness for organizations in the area, and developed the Food Council of Union County.

After such an unprecedented service year, Hannah has joined the NC Campus Compact team as the VISTA Leader. She will support the current VISTAs and work to build the capacity of the VISTA program. She is passionate about social justice and plans to continue her efforts toward positively impacting the communities in which she serves.


Patti Clayton, Practitioner-Scholar-in-Residence

Patti H. Clayton was born and raised and continues to live in North Carolina –with her husband, Kevin, and their feline family. She enjoys being in the mountains, especially in southwest Virginia, and visiting National Parks, especially Zion and Denali; John Denver, Parker Palmer, and Star Trek are major influences in her life.

Patti is an independent consultant (PHC Ventures) with over 20 years of experience as a practitioner-scholar and educational developer in service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) and in experiential education. She serves as a Senior Scholar with the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and with the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has consulted with well over 100 colleges, universities, and higher education organizations in the US, Canada, and Ireland.

As our Practitioner-Scholar-in-Residence, Patti supports NCCC’s Community of Practice, Inquiry, and Learning (COPIL), including our Primer on the Value and Benefits of Civic and Community Engagement in Higher Education, our essay on “Social justice in service-learning and community engagement: A conversation about meanings, practices, and possibilities,” and a variety of conference sessions.

Patti co-developed the DEAL Model for Critical Reflection, the SOFAR partnership model, the TRES protocol for assessing partnership quality, and the DPI Model for Institutional Transformation. She was co-editor with Bringle and Hatcher of the 2-volume set Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment and co-authored the Democratic Engagement White Paper with Saltmarsh and Hartley and the Democratically Engaged Assessment White Paper with Imagining America’s APPS team

Patti’s current interests include operationalizing democratic engagement; designing SLCE for civic learning; conceptualizing place-engaged SLCE; integrating SLCE and relationships within the more-than-human world; and exploring the power of such “little words” as in, for, with, and of to shape identities and ways of being with one another in SLCE.

Patti can be reached at patti.clayton {at} curricularengagement(.)com.

2021-22 Engaged Faculty Scholars

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.

Kristi Vincent Johnson, Ed.D.
Director of Dance and Assistant Professor of Dance
North Carolina Central University

Learn more about Kristi

Ivan Weiss, M.A.
Documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Practice in the Journalism Program
Wake Forest University
Learn more about Ivan