Sonia Lynn Louis
Sonia Lynn Louis is currently a Junior at Seton Hall University's College of Nursing. While pursing her academic career and clinical experiences, she became a Site Leader for The Center for Community Research & Engagement in October of 2009. With this position, Sonia is responsible for overseeing Freshmen volunteers to ensure a positive learning experience as they partake in tutoring sessions and recreational activities with after-school students. Since then, Sonia has also worked as a Community & Media Relations Personnel assisting the Project Coordinator and Director with administrative duties such as solidifying partnerships with sites, creating and producing quarterly newsletters and videos, and managing the center's social sites.
In addition to her partnership with The Center for Community Research & Engagement, Sonia has also served as treasurer and peer adviser of an on-campus organization called Soldiers 4 Christ. She managed the organizations financial budget, created fundraisers, and provided various team building activities and programs for the team.
Currently, Sonia takes part in The Professional Development for Student Nurses. Alongside two professors and six students, Sonia travels biweekly to a transitional home in Elizabeth, NJ for pregnant and newly delivered mothers between the ages of 18-24. There she provides nursing education on childhood developmental stages to assist the young mothers and their newborns with their journey. In the future, Sonia will continue to gain more clinical experience in the nursing field as well as engage in servant leadership programs that will continue to integrate her within the community.
Wendy Ekua Quansah
Wendy Ekua Quansah joined The Center for Community Research and Engagement in September of 2008 as a Site Leader. In this position, Wendy is responsible for overseeing Freshmen volunteers to ensure a positive learning experience through tutoring sessions with after-school students. Since then, Wendy has also worked as a Community & Media Relations Personnel assisting the Projector Coordinator and Director with administrative duties including solidifying partnerships with sites, creating and producing the quarterly newsletter and video and managing the Facebook account. Wendy is currently a Junior at Seton Hall University on a full-tuition Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship pursuing a B.A. in the English Honors program as well as a Business Administration minor.
In addition to her academic studies, she is actively seeking a career within the media industry and since has interned with notable media outlets including WBGO Jazz.88 FM where she interviewed the 4th season Apprentice winner Randal Pinkett and served as a hostess for Governor Chris Christie during the gubernatorial debate. At Government Access Newark Television Channel 78, Wendy hosted the 2010 Newark Municipal Elections for three hours live. In spring of 2011, she’ll be interning with WABC-TV in their Community Affair department and looks forward to proposing and implementing engaging community activities that will expand WABC-TV’s visibility among the general public.
Franck David Nelson
Franck David Nelson is a current sophomore majoring in Biology following the Physician’s Assistant Track at Seton Hall University. Subsequent to an amazing experience as a volunteer with the Center for Community Research and Engagement during his freshman year, Franck joined this excellent organization in October of 2010 to become a site leader for the Freshmen Mentoring Program. As a site leader, Franck supervises and assists participants with their weekly tasks as they attend their assigned sites to mentor and tutor other students. Additionally, in coordination with other site leaders, Franck creates Weekly reports and periodic Newsletters.
While being an active member of the Center for Community Research and Engagement, Franck is a Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Association MLKSA scholar. As an MLKSA scholar, he chairs several on-campus social and academic events throughout the year. Franck also serves as a secretary for the Commuter Council organization where he works diligently with the Executive Board to organize weekly activities for commuters.
Melissa Bonamici is currently a sophomore at Seton Hall University’s College of Arts and Sciences studying Public Relations and Graphic Design. While pursuing an academic career, she joined The Center for Community Research and Engagement in 2011 as an intern. In this position, Melissa works closely with the Director and Project Coordinator on a range of activities from planning, implementation and evaluation of programs.
As a freshman, Melissa participated in the CORE 1101 service learning program in which she interacted with middle school students from the Maplewood HUB. Since then, she has devoted herself to being an active member in student organizations including Colleges Against Cancer and Student Disability Awareness.
Currently, Melissa is recruiting cancer survivors to participate in Seton Hall University’s Relay For Life in addition to fundraising money for the fight against cancer. She looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience through her internship with C.C.R.E. Melissa hopes to pursue a career in the public relations industry with a focus on community relations and event planning.