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Subscribe to Fresno State’s Service Listserv to receive The Epicenter – a twice-monthly email newsletter from the Richter Center.  Through The Epicenter, you can receive updated volunteer opportunities and articles about service activities at Fresno State, right in your inbox.

Subscribe to receive the Epicenter E-Newsletter by following these instructions: 

  1. Go to the listserv sign-up web page.
  2. Type “Service” into the Access Unlisted Archives field at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click the “Join or leave SERVICE” link.
  4. Fill in your email address and your name.
  5. Select your subscription options.
  6. Click the “Join SERVICE” button.
  7. A confirmation notice will be sent to your email account.

You can also subscribe by sending a blank email to Mellissa Jessen with “Subscribe to Service Listserv” in the subject line.




Contact Us

Mailing Address

5241 N. Maple Avenue
m/s TA 120
Fresno, CA 93740/8027

Physical Location and Phone Numbers

Thomas Building, Room 107
Phone: 559.278.7079 
Fax: 559.278.7634

Our Staff

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, Assistant Director

Mellissa joined the Richter Center team in 2008 and serves as the advisor of the Richter Center Ambassadors.  She is a co-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 Community Service fairs, blood drives, one-day service projects like Make A Difference Day, and agency specific events like Kid's Day for Children's Hospital Central California.  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.


Amanda de Lima, Student Assistant & Richter Center Ambassador

Amanda began her involvement in the Richter Center in 2011 as a volunteer at Center events.  In the summer of 2012, Amanda began serving as a student assistant and student Ambassador. Besides assisting the staff on multiple projects and events, she also helps coordinate data collections for the calculation of service hours at Fresno State. Amanda is eager to encourage students to volunteer in their community, and link them to an agency that fits their interests.  Amanda can also field questions about the Ambassador program.


Bianca Mancilla, Student Assistant & S.E.R.V.E. Committee Member

Bianca has worked at the Richter Center as the Student Assistant since June of 2012.  She can answer questions regarding community service courses, volunteer opportunities, and one-day service events.  Bianca is eager to help and encourage students searching for ways to get involved. Additionally, Bianca is instrumental in university-wide service related data collection and analysis.  As a member of the Richter Center's S.E.R.V.E. Committee, Bianca helps create, promote, and engage Fresno State students, faculty, staff, and alumni in one-day service events held at multiple community sites.  Bianca is happy to assist anyone who walks through the doors of the Center!


Neil Dion, Jumpstart Fresno Director

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.


Dawn Lazo, Fresno READS Coordinator

Dawn joined the Fresno READS team in 2011 bringing years of experience in education programming.  As program coordinator, Dawn hires, trains, and manages work-study students serving as tutors to young children in partner elementary schools.  Dawn also works closely with our partner schools to implement family literacy nights and other services to improve education of young children in our community while providing meaningful service opportunities to Fresno State students.