Wesleyan's civic engagement centers benefit from the advice and partnership of numerous collaborators.

Allbritton Faculty Advisory Board

  • Peggy Carey Best (SOC)                                          
  • Marc Eisner (GOVT)                                            
  • Cameron Hill (MATH)                                  
  • Katja Kolcio (DANCE)                                                                 
  • Ishita Mukerji (MB&B)                                      
  • Peter Rutland (CSPL)
  • Rashida McMahon (ENGL)
  • Christiaan Hogendorn (ECON)

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

Center for Prison Education (CPE) Advisory Board

WESU Board 

Allbritton Community Advisory Board

  • Rosalind Adgers, Wesleyan University

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    Rosalind Adgers serves as the Administrative Assistant, Credential Service Coordinator for Wesleyan’s Gordon Career Center in the area of Health Professions. Rosalind has worked in the Gordon Career Center since 2012. Prior to coming to Wesleyan, Rosalind worked in the corporate world in Human Resources for 15 years. Rosalind enjoys quilting, volunteering and spending time with her family.  Rosalind is an Ordained Christian minister.

  • Justin Carbonella, Middletown Youth Services Bureau

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    Justin Carbonella has been serving as the director of the City of Middletown's Youth Services Bureau for the past 9 years. Over this time he has built the department to be the central coordinating hub around youth development, juvenile justice and mental health issues in the Middletown community.

    As part of his role Justin chairs a number of community coalitions including the Greater Middletown Community Collaborative, Middletown Juvenile Review Board, Right Response coalition, and the Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Council. He has also initiated a community wide youth engagement campaign that has been recognized multiple times as prevention program of the year on both the state and local level. Additionally, his work around social media and bullying were featured in Emily Bazelon’s “Sticks and Stones” and a related article in The Atlantic “How to Beat Bullys”.

    Justin is a dual graduate of the University of Connecticut holding a bachelors in Political Science and a masters in Public Administration and is a proud product of the Middletown Public Schools system.

  • Terri DiPietro, Middlesex Health

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    Terri DiPietro is the Administrative Director for Behavioral Health at Middlesex Health located in Middletown, CT. She has worked at Middlesex for 29 years. Her passion is on improving how patients connect to care in the community to sustain recovery goals. Terri has worked in collaboration with multiple provider agencies in Middlesex County to revive and enhance care coordination as part of the Community Care Team model. She has been actively involved in community conversation since May of 2014 with a goal of promoting the conversation that mental health disorders and addiction are diseases that people do recovery from. She has recently partnered with research students at Wesleyan University to quantify the impact of homelessness on healthcare outcomes.


    Terri has been an Occupational Therapist for 34 years working primarily in Outpatient Behavioral Health. She received her MBA with a focus in Healthcare Management in 2006. She has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University in Hamden CT. since May of 1998. Terri is currently the co-chair of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Sub-committee at CHA and the Operations Sub-committee for the Behavioral Health Oversight Committee. She co-chairs the Community Care Team work group for the Partnership For Strong Communities.

  • Matt Lesser, State Senator

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    Matt Lesser lives in the North End of Middletown with his wife Sarah, an attorney, and their dog Lucy. As the son of an immigrant and the grandson of a refugee, Matt is committed to preserving Connecticut's long tradition of tolerance and inclusion.

    In 2008, Matt ran for State Representative against a long time Republican incumbent. After knocking 5000 doors, Matt won in a major upset and became Connecticut's youngest serving legislator.

    Since then, Matt has been a strong progressive leader in the Connecticut General Assembly. A cancer survivor, Matt is leading efforts to protect the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut and provide everyone with access to paid family and medical leave. Matt believes in protecting the middle class. He wrote the nation's first Student Loan Bill of Rights, took on Wall Street to protect retirement security for public school teachers, and co-authored legislation that kept fracking waste out of Connecticut.

    He has been a champion for democracy and voting rights, and has led numerous efforts to protect and expand the right to vote.

  • Rebecca Loew, Middlesex Community College

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    Rebecca Loew is Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Middlesex Community College. 

    Professor Loew has many years of experience in higher education, both as a student and as faculty: She earned her AB in sociology, cum laude, from Vassar College, her Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University, and her PhD in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. She has taught at the University of Lowell, Brandeis and Tufts Universities, Union College, and was a faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work, Adelphi University. Amongst her varied teaching experiences, she ranks her work at Middlesex as the most rewarding and interesting. At MxCC, she teaches courses in sociology and psychology and advises the Human Services Student Association (HSSA).

    Dr. Loew’s expertise is in social policy and aging. She has published her research in peer reviewed journals, monographs, and reports and has presented her work at numerous professional meetings. Besides her positions in academia, Dr. Loew has been involved in policy analysis for research, lobbying, and philanthropic organizations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Healthcare Association of New York State. She is civically engaged and serves on the boards of several community organizations.

  • Toral Maher, Liberty Bank Foundation

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    Toral Maher is assistant vice president and senior program officer for Liberty Bank Foundation.  In this role, she responsible for soliciting grant proposals, developing partnerships, and exploring opportunities for impact in education for economic success.  Her role also involves engaging 700+ bank employees in community engagement activities and managing special programs for Liberty Bank, including the Liberty Bank Rotary Club Thanksgiving Drive and Willard M. McRae Community Diversity Award.  Maher earned her MSc in Education at the University of New Haven and her BA in Sociology from Quinnipiac University.  She is a member of the Middlesex United Way Board of Directors, Waterbury’s Bridge to Success Cradle to Career Partnership Advisory Board, CT Council for Philanthropy Program Officers Network Co-Chair, and Middlesex Coalition for Children’s Advisory Board.  She lives in Old Saybrook, CT with her family.

  • Precious Price, Middletown Racial Justice Coalition

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    Precious Price is a Hartford native who spent her adolescence years in various Connecticut foster homes. Growing up, she became an advocate for youth in foster care and shared her experiences at various DCF Forums. Through this, Precious discovered a natural ability for advocacy and working with children in care. Her passion for advocacy for transforming inequitable systems led her to Washington DC, interning for both Senator Chris Murphy and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute where she published and presented policy recommendations around overmedicating youth in foster care. Upon her return to Connecticut, Precious worked with the North End Action Team which broadened her lens of community organizing and advocacy to include racial justice. Recently featured as one of Connecticut Magazine’s 2017 Top “40 Under 40” Precious is now the new Director/Community Organizer of the Middletown Racial Justice Coalition, a coalition which began in 2016 under the Middlesex Coalition for Children. Precious holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in community organization from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

  • Melissa Schilke, Wesleyan Potters

    Melissa Schilke is currently enjoying an active retirement. She was most recently the Executive Director of Wesleyan Potters, Inc., a non-profit cooperative guild founded in 1948 to promote the learning and development of skills in crafts.