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 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
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.
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.
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. Mellissa coordinates the university's Alternative 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.
TBD, Jumpstart Fresno Site Manager
Angela Silveira, Administrative Support Coordinator
Angela is the newest member of the Richter Center team having joined in 2018. She maintains the center's budget and accounts and provides support to the Richter Center. Angela is happy to guide students, staff, faculty, and community partners to the Richter Center service that will most benefit them.
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.
Erika Castanon, Read Fresno at Fresno State Coordinator
Erika joined the Richter Center in 2019 and serves as the Read Fresno Program Coordinator with Every Neighborhood Partnership (ENP). Erika oversees 40 work-study students who are mentors to elementary and middle school students on school campuses and at various living communities in Fresno. She obtained a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism from Fresno State. She is now in her second year of her graduate program in educational leadership and administration with an emphasis in higher education, and holds multiple leadership roles on campus. As a former ENP volunteer at Saturday Sports and Richter Center Student Leader, Erika grew a deeper commitment to service, and grew an interest around building up another generation of student leaders.
Hannah Nale, Special Projects Student Assistant
Karissa Ellison, Graduate Student Assistant