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
Email: chrisf@csufresno.edu
559.278.8848

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 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.

Taylan Bennett-Parker, Special Projects Coordinator
Email: tbennett@csufresno.edu
559.278.7063

Taylan joined the Richter Center in 2016 and serves as the S.E.R.V.E. Committee advisor. As the Special Projects Coordinator, Taylan helps coordinate the development and implementation of the Fresno State Blood Drives, one-day service events, Kids Day, and the Holiday Gift Project. Taylan also co-advises the Reflection Facilitators program and the Service-Learning Coaches. Taylan is happy to talk to students looking for one-day service opportunities or students looking for ways to get more involved with the Richter Center Leadership teams. 

Deborah Brewer, Administrative Support Coordinator
Email: dbrewer@csufresno.edu
559.278.7060

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. 

Mellissa Jessen-Hiser, Assistant Director
Email: mjessen@csufresno.edu
559.278.6986

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 coordinates the university's Alternative Spring Break program. She also co-advises the Richter Center Reflection Facilitators and Service-Learning Coaches and manages the center’s online presence including the website, the Epicenter e-newsletter, and social media. 

Trisha Studt, Community Partnerships Coordinator
Email: tstudt@csufresno.edu
559.278.7508

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.

Madison Dakovich, Special Projects Student Intern
Email: fresnostatekidsday@gmail.com
559.278.7079

Madison began working in the Richter Center in 2015. She has been involved with many extra circular activities such as Public Relations Chairman and Philanthropy Chairman of her sorority as well as serving on the Panhellenic Executive Board at Fresno State. As the Special Projects Intern, Madison assists with planning one-day service events (like Make a Difference Day), on-campus blood drives, and Kids Day. Madison works closely with the SERVE Committee to plan these events. She is excited to assist anyone coming into the Richter Center, and happy to provide support to students looking for Community Service opportunities.

Kelli Lowe, Student Assistant & S.E.R.V.E. Committee Member
Email: richtercenter@gmail.com
559.278.7079

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.

Nancy Mohamed, Social Media and Graphics Student Assistant 
559.278.7079

Nancy began her involvement at the Richter Center as a Richter Center Ambassador in fall 2014 where she quickly established her graphic design skills by managing print projects for the student group—posters, handbills, etc.  Now, Nancy works for the Center as a student assistant dedicated to co-coordinating the Center's social media, editing The Epicenter newsletter, and designing print and digital marketing materials.

Neil Dion, Jumpstart Fresno Senior Site Manager
Email: ndion@csufresno.edu
559.278.6990

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
Email: grizelvas@csufresno.edu
559.278.8846

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
Email: reads@csufresno.edu
559.278.7007

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.