Meet Our Staff
Director, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access
Executive Director, Institute for College Preparation
As a student at Georgetown, Ms. Brown-McKenzie was deeply engaged in several service programs such as CMEA’s Peer Mentors and programs within the Center for Social Justice. A sociology major, she went on to earn a Master in Social Work degree at Columbia University before returning to the Hilltop to work in CMEA’s Pre-College Programs. In 2004, she became executive director of the Institute for College Preparation (ICP) and focused on college and career readiness for students and families in the District of Columbia. She was named director of CMEA in 2014, assuming full responsibility for day-to-day operations of the Center. And as an alumna, she also has a keen interest in expanding CMEA’s connections with generations of Hoyas. In addition to focusing on the access and success of students within secondary, post secondary and graduate education, her goal is to also foster their growth as responsible world citizens. Charlene has developed and led numerous students and staff to Latin America and Africa.
Associate Director of Academic & Student Support Services
Director, Community Scholars Program
Devita joined the CMEA family in July 2015. She currently serves as the Director of the Community Scholars Program and Associate Director of Academic & Student Support Services in CMEA. Her work focuses on increasing educational equity, access, and success for historically marginalized communities within higher education. Her current research includes retention for first-generation college student success and cultivating critical hope within leadership. She graduated with an Executive Masters in Leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown in May 2019. She also graduated with her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago, and earned her B.A. from Goucher College. Outside of work, Devita enjoys cheering on Washington DC sport teams, cooking, being outdoors, salsa dancing, and playing fantasy football.
Assistant Director of Academic Success
Daelyn Moon is the newest member to the Georgetown community where she will support the Community Scholars Program. Although new to the team, she is familiar with the program having served as the resident director in the summer of 2018. Much of her professional experience has been rooted in the promotion of social justice, equity, and access for historically marginalized students. Thus far, Daelyn has worked in student activities, academic advising, student leadership, multicultural affairs and more across the country. Having navigated post-secondary education as a first-generation college student, Daelyn’s mission is to create a ripple effect of empowerment for college students and help them reach their fullest potential as they prepare for next steps in their personal and professional lives. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University and earned her Master of Education in higher education at Loyola University Chicago. Outside of work, Daelyn enjoys walking in nature, dancing salsa and bachata, game nights with friends, and listening to podcasts!
Assistant Director for Student Success and Multicultural Programming
Vanice joined the CMEA team in December 2017 as the Program Coordinator for Student Success. In this role Vanice is supporting residential education and multicultural programming including Black House, Casa Latina and SOCA. She will also coordinate CMEA’s academic support services that include book scholarship, summer housing and academic seminars, plus provide administrative support to CMEA’s bridge and pre-college programs. Vanice’s passion for working with college students was sparked during her senior year of college after spending her undergraduate career involved in campus life and watching how the staff in various departments had a major impact on her and the students around her. During her graduate and professional careers thus far, Vanice has worked in multicultural affairs, student activities, student leadership, new student orientation, and more. She received her Bachelor of Science in information systems and Master of Education in post-secondary education from Salisbury University. Her goal is to help college students, especially students from underrepresented populations, reach their fullest potential and prepare them for the next steps in their academic, personal, and professional lives. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, doing community service with her sorority, and binge watching the latest series on Netflix.
Program Coordinator, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access
Obella was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland but has ties and heritage to Uganda. Obella received his Bachelor of Arts in clinical/counseling psychology at Washington College with minors in creative writing and music. He completed his Master of Science in clinical psychology at Loyola University of Maryland. Obella is passionate about diversity, mental health and identity development, and how those intersect with academics and the learning experience. He is excited to be a part of the CMEA team in a position where he can make an impact in many different facets of the office. Outside of the center, Obella enjoys spending time with friends, doing Karate, cooking, and he can almost always be found listening to music in some capacity – he considers himself a huge audiophile.
Academic Director, Community Scholars Program
Alis was born in Washington, DC and raised in P.G. County, Maryland. After a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Alis earned a Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland. She was a fellow at both institutions and her work appears in journals such as Massachusetts Review, Southeast Review, Fourth Genre, as well as online magazines like The Rumpus, The Millions, and LitHub. Her work has always involved the written word and social uplift, including teaching at Howard University, consulting with the nonprofit Books@Work, and editing for the hip-hop journal Words, Beats, and Life. She is excited to continue by contributing to the academic and intellectual scaffolding the Community Scholars Program provides. When she is not reading, she enjoys sports, science, and not using her motorcycle license.
Associate Director for Undocumented Student Services, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access
Director of Group Initiatives, Division of Student Affairs
Jennifer Crewalk joined our CMEA team in February 2020. She joins the Georgetown community with ten years of experience working with undocumented and first-generation college students. Jenn is of Costa Rican, Hungarian and Irish heritage and the second oldest of 8 siblings. Her values of family, holistic health and conscience community ground her advocacy and inspire her racial and social justice work. She believes that community healing can ease activist burnout and supports students to find this balance. In her own care practices, Jenn teaches meditation and yoga and has developed somatic workshops to bring diverse communities together. Jennifer has put herself through school, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in Education in intercultural communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in educational psychology from George Mason University. Outside of work and writing, Jenn refuels by hiking in the woods, cooking, dinner parties, and playing with her beloved nephews and nieces.
Assistant Director, Center for Multicultural Equity & Access
Program Manager, Pre-College Programs
Angel was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, and migrated to Tampa, Florida in 2000. Angel is a Florida International University alumnus with degrees in humanities and philosophy. In 2010, Angel completed his grad work at Nova Southeastern University with a master’s degree in student affairs with an emphasis in conflict analysis and resolution. Angel is passionate about academic and identity development, and embraces the Jesuit value of reflection in order to make meaning of everyday experiences. As a first generation college student, Angel enjoys sharing his personal scholarly narrative hoping that other students, especially first gen and underrepresented students can connect and engage successfully in their collegiate journeys. Angel started at Georgetown in June 2014 as an assistant director in the Office of Residential Living, where he led the Living Learning Communities program. In June 2018, Angel joined the CMEA family working with the Pre-College Programs team. Outside of the center, Angel loves spending time with his wife Abigail and daughter Luna, especially playing sports and dancing to Zumba routines.
Assistant Director for School Partnership & Community Engagement for Pre-College Programs
Nikki joined CMEA in June 2008 and serves as the Program Coordinator for School Partnership & Community Engagement. She oversees the recruitment, programming and academic support for the middle school students to ensure they will move on to high school and college. She is a true Washingtonian, attending elementary, middle and high school in the area. Nikki graduated from the Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in history. Being from the DC area has made Nikki very passionate about giving back to her community and the work she does for ICP. She has spoken with residents at the local House of Ruth and led discussion sessions with teenage moms. Outside of work, Nikki is very compensative and loves cheering on her favorite football and basketball team.
Senior Academic Advisor, Pre-College Programs
English Professor Velez, an Alabama native, has been a mainstay of the Community Scholars Program for more than two decades. She retired from that position a year ago and currently works with the ICP program as faculty adviser. She continues to teach in the English Department and in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
John C. Wright
Dr. Wright is a licensed psychologist who is originally from New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and doctorate from Florida State University. He has an interest in developing culturally sensitive, community-based interventions and providing multicultural outreach services. He has a particular interest in issues effecting men of color on campus. He provides private counseling and consultative services to students at CMEA on Thursdays and Fridays.