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Susan McMahon, DePaul University

As President, I will collaborate with the Past-President, President-Elect, Administrative Director, and Executive Committee to take positive action steps to promote the vision, mission, and goals of SCRA.  In particular, my emphasis will be to effectively implement the strategic plan that SCRA has developed, which has the following priorities: 1) organizational effectiveness, 2) financial sustainability, 3) membership growth and engagement, 4) education, and 5) visibility.  My previous leadership roles within SCRA have included President-Elect, Chair of the Council of Education Programs, Regional Network Coordinator, and Midwest Regional Coordinator.  At DePaul University, I am Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the College of Science and Health and Professor of Psychology.  My research focuses on school-based intervention and evaluation.



John Moritsugu, Pacific Lutheran University

The president is elected to a three year term, one as president-elect, one as president, and one as past president. The division follows a collaborative, and collectivist leadership style.  The president's role is then to facilitate the implementation of this style.  There is a list of specific ways in which this occurs at the operational level.  Beyond these roles, leadership helps the community deal with strategic level questions and the search for visionary answers



Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, University of Illinois, Chicago

My vision is that SCRA becomes a widely recognized nationally and internationally professional organization for its contributions to the science and practice of understanding and addressing the social and community issues that the world is facing today.  SCRA will become a stronger force and presence in addressing community participation disparities, health, and other forms of disparities that vulnerable and marginalized populations are experiencing, hence SCRA will become better recognized for these contributions across other related disciplines.  I also envision that SCRA promotes the professional development of students. SCRA will provide students opportunities to make significant contributions to the field of community research and action and prepare the leaders, advocates, and educators of the future by giving students a stronger voice and enabling the shaping of the future of the organization.  



Elizabeth Thomas, Rhodes College

As Secretary, I work to nurture a strong and inclusive community as liaison between the Executive Committee, Interest Groups, Councils, Committees, and members of SCRA. I maintain records, keep policies up to date, and assist with internal communications. At Rhodes College, I serve as Plough Chair of Urban Studies and Associate Professor of Psychology. My scholarship with undergraduate students focuses on the role of arts in community building, participatory strategies for research and action, and academic contexts that support faculty, staff, students, and partners in community engagement and public scholarship.



Jim Emshoff, Georgia State University

As Treasurer, I help to structure and have primary responsibility for administering the budget and finances for SCRA. This includes tracking and accounting for all expenses and revenues and reporting these data to the Executive Committee and SCRA membership. SCRA also holds significant financial assets and I monitor the investments we have made through our financial advisory company and help guide the investment strategy.


Dina Birman

Dina Birman, University of Miami

As member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association, I represent Division 27 and SCRA within APA. The Council of Representatives is the legislative body of APA and has full power and authority over the affairs and funds of the association, including APA boards, committees, divisions and affiliated organizations. Council is composed of representatives of divisions, representatives of state, provincial and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) and the members of the Board of Directors. As your representative I participate in APA Council meetings twice a year, vote on matters before the APA, and promote and support initiatives of interest to SCRA. I also participate in the group “Divisions for Social Justice,” and several social justice-oriented caucuses. I welcome your emails with any questions or suggestions about how I can better serve the division in this role.


Anne Brodsky

Anne Brodsky (Membership & Awards), University of Maryland, Baltimore County

I am one of the three Members-At-Large on the SCRA Executive Committee, and my responsibilities are for activities related to membership and awards.  On the membership side I work closely with Victoria, SCRA’s AD and representatives from the organization that helps us professionally manage member data bases, etc. on initiatives and outreach that will enhance and increase SCRA membership.  On the awards side I also work with Victoria to manage the nominations, committee creation and review work, vetting, announcing, and presentation of the SCRA awards.  I am also a member of the SCRA Strategic Planning work group and there I'm working most closely with Chris Keys on growing and enhancing the experience of our members. 



Melissa Strompolis, (Membership & Awards), Children's Trust of South Carolina

I am one of the three Members-At-Large on the SCRA Executive Committee, and my responsibilities are for activities related to membership and awards.  On the membership side I work closely with Jean, SCRA’s AD and representatives from the organization that helps us professionally manage member data bases, etc. on initiatives and outreach that will enhance and increase SCRA membership.  On the awards side I also work with Victoria to manage the nominations, committee creation and review work, vetting, announcing, and presentation of the SCRA awards.



Chiara Sabina, Penn State - Harrisburg

I serve as a Member at Large and work to develop Division 27 programing for APA Conventions.  In doing so, I work with the other MALs, the SCRA Professional Development Committee, and the other members of the Executive Committee.  We are striving to develop an excellent program that highlights the many accomplishments of our Division. 


Sarah Callahan

Sarah Callahan, DePaul University

I am thrilled to serve as SCRA National Student Representative. I edit student submissions to The Community Psychologist, as well as manage student research and travel grants with Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski. I hope to work to increase diversity in the SCRA student body, as well as spark discussions about how SCRA can work to remove barriers to higher education for marginalized groups. I welcome any ideas and suggestions from fellow student members.


Jaimelee Behrendt-Mihalski, University of North Carolina, Charlotte 

 As SCRA National Student Representation, I act as the advocate for student members of SCRA. I work with our other National Student Representative, Sarah Callahan, to manage student research and travel grants, and edit student submissions to The Community Psychologist. I hope make SCRA more accessible to students and increase student involvement. Feel free to email me with questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions at any point. 




Scot Evans, University of Miami

At the University of Miami, I work alongside community groups to study and promote the role of community-based organizations, coalitions, and networks in the promotion of community wellbeing, social change, and social justice. As the National Regional Coordinator for SCRA I will support to the US regions and international liaisons, and edit the regional column for The Community Psychologist. I’ll also represent the regional perspectives to the Executive Committee. Please reach out to me if you are interested in getting more involved in activities in your region, or if you have ideas for how SCRA can better support your regional network.



 Editor of The American Journal of Community Psychology, Jacob Kraemer Tebes, Yale University

As Editor of the American Journal of Community Psychology (AJCP), I oversee journal editorial operations on behalf of SCRA, the owner of the journal. This includes management of journal operations with the support of the AJCP Editorial Assistant and Editorial Board. Most of my time is spent communicating with authors about manuscript submissions and with reviewers about their service to the journal. I also report on journal operations to the SCRA Executive Committee and to the Publications Committee, and work with the publisher to troubleshoot various issues. Finally, I communicate regularly with prospective authors and SCRA members through email and conference presentations in order to make AJCP operations more transparent and accessible, and to encourage greater involvement in AJCP as authors or reviewers.


Editors of The Community Psychologist, Daniel Cooper, and Tiffany McDowell, Adler University

The Community Psychologist is the national newsletter for the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA). The TCP includes columns, articles, features, letters to the Editor, and announcements relevant to the membership of SCRA. As co-editors, our primary responsibility is to produce four issues of The Community Psychologist (TCP) each year. For each issue, we engage in regular correspondence with the production editor, TCP column editors, contributors from the SCRA membership, and contributors from other disciplines. We also serve as members of the SCRA Executive Committee and the Publications Committee.


Chair of the SCRA Council of Education Programs, Raymond Legler, National Louis University

As chair of the Council of Education Programs (CEP), I coordinate the activities of the CEP. The mission of the CEP is to support and advocate excellence in education in community research and action at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We accomplish this through information gathering and exchange, targeted support of new and existing programs, recognition of excellence among educators and programs, and efforts to enhance awareness of community research and action, SCRA, and education and training in the field. The CEP also maintains the education-focused portion of the SCRA website, providing links to community-focused undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs, as well as to educational materials.


Chair of the Publications Committee, Anne Bogat, Michigan State University

The mission of the SCRA Publications Committee is to identify, encourage, implement, and oversee effective ways of disseminating information about community research and action. Our committee works closely with the editors of all of SCRA’s publications, including our TCP newsletter, the SCRA book series published by Oxford University Press, and the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Nicole Freund

Representative from the Community Psychology Practice Council, Nicole Freund, Wichita State University

As a Community Psychology Practice Council (CPPC) Representative to the Executive Committee (EC), I work as a voting member and a liaison between the Practice Council and the EC. CPPC’s mission is to expand the visibility, reach, and impact of community psychology practice through opportunities for connection, support, and professional development through the Society for Community Research and Action, academic community research and action graduate programs, other professional organizations, and communities. I have lived and worked in Wichita, KS for 16 years, including both academic work and private sector employment in marketing research and brand management. I have been involved with the CPPC for three years ever since joining SCRA when I began my doctoral work. Most recently, I joined the Community Engagement Institute’s Center for Applied Research and Evaluation as a research associate and managing editor for the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice. When not working, I enjoy running, the outdoors, and hanging out with my family.


 Jean HillJean Hill jeanhill@scra27.org

As Administrative Director, I work closely with our association management team and the Executive Committee to oversee the operations and strategic priorities of SCRA. I also have the pleasure of working with an array of SCRA’s members and other professional organizations to fulfill our vision for enhancing well-being and promoting social justice. Given that we are a 99% volunteer-run organization, I rely heavily on members (such as you!) to help make SCRA the best membership organization that it can be. Please reach out to me and share your interests, ideas, suggestions, and experiences.



Taylor Scott taylorb.scott@27.org 

As the administrative coordinator for SCRA, I help behind the scenes with organizational functions, including supporting the Administrative Director, Executive Committee, and SCRA members. You can contact me if you would like support regarding organizational policies and procedures, subscription services (e.g., website, conference calls, survey monkey), or communication and visibility efforts. Additionally, I am an active member on the Public Policy Committee for the Society for Community Research and Action, and work closely with an affiliated organization, the National Prevention Science Coalition


Pete-Benedict-284-Edit-2-100px.jpgPeter Charles Benedict, M.A. pbenedict@scra27.org 

As SCRA Outreach and Communications Specialist, I use a variety of online and print communication tools to promote the work of SCRA and its members to the public, as well as among SCRA members, and to make SCRA resources and material more accessible to those outside the field -- in essence, to raise the profile of community psychology and highlight the value of community research and practice. I have more than 25 years of experience in developing print and online media, and do consulting work in online learning, editorial services, development writing, marketing communication, graphic design, and content management, for a variety of clients including those in the education, health, and personal growth fields. My specialties include webinars, online programming, and newsletters, for customers, donors/supporters, community members, organizational staff, and others, using a storytelling approach to inform, educate, highlight accomplishments, engage hearts and minds, and build a strong sense of community. I hold a master’s degree in community psychology and am a doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Email me at pbenedict@scra27.org.



 Rachel Storace rachel.storace@scra27.org

Rachel was introduced to Community Psychology during her undergraduate training when she joined UNC Charlotte's Community Psychology team with Jim Cook and Ryan Kilmer. She supported program evaluations of youth-based initiatives and service providers' adherence to System of Care principles by assisting in the collection, organization, and analysis of data from Child and Family Team meetings and reports provided by school, social service, and mental health professionals. Rachel has also worked in customer service, carrying out administrative tasks and operating as a point person for problem resolution. As administrative assistant, she provides support for SCRA's members by performing organizational tasks and gathering information for upcoming projects, reports, etc. She also supports membership renewals and inquiries, as well as maintains SCRA's records, calendars, and vendor services, including listservs, MemberClicks, and Survey Monkey. Please feel free to contact Rachel with any questions or updates pertaining to your SCRA membership or other services. 




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