5241 N. Maple Avenue
m/s TA 120
Fresno, CA 93740/8027
Physical Location and Phone Numbers
Thomas Building, Room 107
Chris Fiorentino, Director
Chris has worked with Fresno State’s community engagement programs since the early 1990’s. His leadership of the center includes general management and support for staff members and programs. Chris teaches Community Service 1 and 101 and provides guidance to faculty members incorporating service-learning into their course curriculum. He also works closely with community partners looking to access the resources of the university and is happy to meet with students looking for volunteer opportunities in the community.
Mellissa Jessen-Hiser, Assistant Director
Mellissa joined the Richter Center team in 2008 and serves as the advisor of the Richter Center Ambassadors. She is an instructor of Community Service 1 and enjoys helping students identify service projects that will provide them with opportunities for personal and professional growth. Along with the university's Student Involvement office, Mellissa helps coordinate the Alternative Spring Break program. She also co-advises the Richter Center Reflection Facilitators and is heavily involved with the center’s online presence including the website, the Epicenter e-newsletter, and social media.
Trisha Studt, Community Partnerships Coordinator
Trisha has worked with the Richter Center since 2002 and her main focus is to be a link between the campus and Community Benefit Organizations. She helps nonprofit agencies recruit student volunteers to support their mission and the positive work they do in our community. She is happy to talk to students looking for community service opportunities, to nonprofit agencies looking for students, or to staff and faculty looking for more information on how they can be better connected in the community in which they live and work. The best way to contact Trish is via email.
Renee Delport, Special Events and Projects Coordinator
Renee started working at the Richter Center in 2005 and coordinates many community service events and projects which include blood drives, one-day service projects like Make A Difference Day, and agency specific events like Kid's Day for Valley Children's Hospital. Additionally, Renee is the co-advisor of the Richter Center Reflection Facilitators and the advisor of the center's student event planning committee - SERVE. If you are a student, staff or faculty member and are interested in becoming involved with the projects coordinated by the Richter Center, contact Renee via email.
Deborah Brewer, Administrative Support Assistant
Deborah is often referred to as the “glue that holds the Richter Center together.” Deborah has worked with the center since 2001, and in addition to supporting the entire staff she maintains the center’s budget and accounts. Deborah is happy to guide students, staff, faculty, and community partners to the Richter Center service that will most benefit them.
Sharon Leyva, Student Assistant & Richter Center Ambassador
Sharon began working with the Richter Center in 2014. However, she has been involved in the Center since 2012 as a Richter Center Student Leader. She is the first student to have served on all three Richter Center Student Leadership teams: the Ambassadors, Reflection Facilitators, and the SERVE Committee. Additionally, Sharon works as a tutor in the Jumpstart program. With so much first-hand experience with the Center’s programs, Sharon is a great help to students seeking assistance at the Richter Center.
Kelli Lowe, Student Assistant & S.E.R.V.E. Committee Member
Kelli began her involvement in the Richter Center in 2015. She joined the S.E.R.V.E. Committee and shortly after, began working as a Student Assistant. As a member of the Richter Center's S.E.R.V.E. Committee, Kelli helps create, promote, and engage Fresno State students, faculty, staff, and alumni in one-day service events held at multiple community sites. Kelli is eager to assist anyone who comes into the Center.
Neil Dion, Jumpstart Fresno Senior Site Manager
Neil started with Jumpstart in 2003 as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and has continued with the program to help it grow and expand. As Director of the program, Neil hires, trains, and manages work-study students serving as tutors to pre-school children in the Fresno area. He also works with a Jumpstart student volunteer coordinator to organize volunteer projects for Jumpstart employees and other Fresno State students.
Grizelva Sanchez, Jumpstart Fresno Site Manager
Grizelva started as a Site Manager with Jumpstart in 2014, but she previously served as a Jumpstart Corps Member, Team Leader, and Program Assistant as a student. She focuses on program partner communication, creating and facilitating training, and leader Team Leader meetings. Having been a part of the program as a student, Grizelva has extensive knowledge on the curriculum that Fresno State students implement in the preschool classrooms.Chia Vue, Reading and Beyond at Fresno State Coordinator
Chia joined Reading and Beyond at Fresno State in 2015. Chia has worked with Reading and Beyond since 2013 as a literacy instructor and AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). As program coordinator, Chia hires, trains, and manages Fresno State work-study students serving as tutors to K-6 students in Reading and Beyond’s literacy intervention programs.