COURTNEY COCHRAN, Interim Executive Director
Courtney is a veteran of creating and managing client relationships. Before working with CEEP, Courtney worked as a field organizer in Arizona for the nation’s most competitive congressional campaign race (in 2014) and at California University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Association. After a successful career helping others engage in their community, Courtney now advises campuses on incorporating long-term sustainable voting programs on campus.
Based in her home state of Pennsylvania, Courtney enjoys all the culture Pittsburgh has to offer and spending time with her Boxer, Bentley.
Courtney is available to discuss fellowship opportunities and general resources.
UZMA SABIR, Outreach Director
Uzma Sabir is a Washington, D.C. native who also manages Outreach for Shoulder to Shoulder, a national coalition-based campaign of religious denominations, faith-based organizations and communities working to end religious discrimination and violence in the United States. Previously, Uzma worked on a variety of high level event planning, political and marketing efforts domestically and internationally. She is also an experienced educator. In each of her roles, Uzma has drawn on her passion for mobilizing America’s diverse communities in service of the greater public good. Inspired by the work of other bridge-builders in the face of new and evolving challenges, she looks forward to continuing her work at the intersection of public service and community engagement. Uzma has a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies with a specialization in Marketing and Advertising from George Mason University. In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors as well as creating art.
RACHAEL HOUSTON, Faculty Resources Coordinator
Rachael is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities studying American politics and political methodology. She studies public perceptions of the Supreme Court and how the justices behave during the Court’s decision-making process. She is extremely passionate about equipping students with the knowledge to become informed voters and active participants in our democracy. As an academic, she also understands how important it is to have faculty on board to support student voter engagement efforts. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, she lived in South Carolina and attended Coastal Carolina University for a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Communication.
BRENNA LIMBRICK, Operations Director
Brenna started with CEEP in 2012 as the State Director for Ohio. After a break to take care of her two young sons, she returned in 2018 during the Ohio midterms, again as the Ohio Director to oversee the Ohio Fellows and help non-fellows campuses continue their democratic engagement. In 2020 she transitioned to an operations role to help CEEP gain its official 501(c)3 nonprofit status and oversee new process implementation. Brenna has a degree in Computer Information Systems and more than 20 years of administrative, technical and program knowledge that helps her administer CEEP’s operational processes.
She believes that democracy (voting especially!), justice and equity should be taught in our society at a young age. She is dedicated to her family and kids, volunteering her time in the community when possible. Brenna resides in Pataskala with her husband and two boys who are very active in soccer.
JESSICA HOLTKAMP, Interim National Fellowship Director
Jessica recently received her BA in Political Science from Iowa State University. She has worked with the Campus Election Engagement Project previously as a student fellow, and now she assists student fellows across the country. Jessica has a strong commitment to local government and voter engagement, and she believes you must be the change you want to see in the world, starting with example you set in your community. In her current residence of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jessica volunteers with local community groups and actively participates in her local government. In her free time, Jessica enjoys cooking, reading, biking, and pouring lattes at a locally owned café.
JEN TOMASETTI, At-Large State Director
Jen received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Tennessee, and an M.S. in Student Affairs from Mississippi State University. Before joining CEEP, Jen spent 14 years working in higher education, including at the University of Delaware, Temple University, the University of the Sciences, and The Citadel. Jen is passionate about fostering student development and community engagement, and enjoyed the opportunity to work with leadership development, community engagement, orientation programs, and fraternity and sorority communities. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help colleges and universities grow their capacity to develop engaged citizens here at CEEP.
JARED LUCERO, Southwest Regional State Director
Jared is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a recent graduate from The University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science & minor in Entrepreneurship. Jared also studied politics & anthropology in Amsterdam, Netherlands at Vrije Universiteit. Jared enjoys the fast-paced nature of elections and brings years of community organizing, having held roles in finance, field, digital strategy, and governance. Jared also brings his activism for youth in politics as he started his civic engagement in high school, serving on his City’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board and was selected to attend the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Jared has also been a volunteer firefighter & EMT student and encourages everyone to take a stand in their local community. In his spare time, Jared enjoys triathlon training, hiking, and video-editing.
JAN BRENNAN, Mountain West Director
Jan brings a strong background in civic engagement, education and social change to her role as CEEP’s Mountain West Director, working with our campus partners in Colorado and New Mexico. Jan has a Master of Public Administration from the University Colorado Denver. She has held a variety of positions in civic engagement, community-engaged learning and in education and cultural policy. She most recently worked with Education Commission of the States’ National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement, where she published extensively on civic learning policy and served as the project leader for a national service-learning initiative. Jan is a Senior Fellow with the National Civic League and is licensed as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children and as a Youth Program Evaluator.
MONICA MATTEO-SALINAS, Florida Director
Monica Matteo-Salinas received her BA in Social Relations & Policy from James Madison College, an honors college within Michigan State University. Monica has worked in the non-profit sector over the past 10 years in Miami. Before her CEEP work, she was the Campus Coordinator for the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy at Miami-Dade College. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Miami Beach Community Development Corporation. Originally from Michigan, Monica has lived in various international locations, including Mexico and New York City. Monica is a mother to two boys and the Vice President of Advocacy for her school’s PTA. She is an advocate for human rights, quality education & affordable housing. Monica believes that everyone is a leader, and encouraging and empowering young people is her favorite part of her CEEP work. “Student Involvement matters because we have the power to influence positive change in our communities. Our future is in our hands – our future is now!”
MICHAEL NORRIS, Florida Co-Director
Prior to joining the staff of Campus Election Engagement Project, Mike spent ten years as the Associate Director of Florida Campus Compact. Mike is well known for his work with college and university faculty and staff throughout Florida on issues related to civic engagement. While at Florida Campus Compact Mike started the Engaged Faculty Fellows program assisting faculty to redesign course curriculum to include service-learning and community service components. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor of music theater at Tallahassee Community College. In his role as the Florida Co-Director for CEEP, Mike supervises Fellows in North and Central Florida, and consults with staff to increase student voter engagement throughout the state.
Originally from Arlington, Virginia Mike holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Samford University in Alabama. Prior to his work in the field of higher education engagement, Mike held full time positions as a music educator and church musician in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Tallahassee.
DANIEL COLEY, Georgia Director
Daniel Coley attends Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. He has acquired an associate degree from Georgia Military College and is in the process of getting his bachelor’s degree in political science. He had the pleasure of serving as a 2019 CEEP Fellow. While pursuing his degree in Political Science, he was very active on campus. He served as the Under-Secretary General in his Model United Nations team at Kennesaw State. As he held a seat in the student senate, he engaged several of his peers in the voting process. He held several voter registrations drives and education events. He worked as a Senate Aid in the 2020 session of the Georgia General Assembly. He served under the minority leader in the state senate. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing video games, and researching random history facts.
MEG MCCORMICK, Maine Director & New England Coordinator
Meg (she/her/hers) has supported civic engagement efforts in Maine and New England since 2016. Previously, as the Director of Programs at Maine Campus Compact, she designed and managed community and civic engagement projects across Maine and New England. Before moving to Maine, she helped establish Northwest Indian College’s department of service-learning and then co-founded the Institute of Indigenous Foods and Traditions. In this capacity, Meg worked with 28 tribes in Washington on food policy campaigns and revitalizing tribal food systems. After moving to Maine, she was elected as the Curator of the Portland, Maine Global Shapers Hub, housed within the World Economic Forum, where she coordinated public/private partnerships within the City of Portland. In 2019, Meg founded the Maine Students Vote initiative, a volunteer program housed within the League of Women Voters of Maine, that is focused on youth peer-to-peer nonpartisan organizing. Meg currently supports Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont campuses with CEEP.
ELLEN WEHRMAN, Michigan Director
Ellen Wehrman received her B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas and her Master’s in Higher Education – Administration & Policy from Loyola University Chicago. Before starting at CEEP, Ellen spent twelve years working in higher education student affairs, including roles at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, Marietta College (Ohio), and Central Michigan University. Her work in student activities, student leadership education, and assessment allowed her to work with students, faculty, and staff to create positive social change on and off campus. Ellen taught multiple leadership theory courses, and has a deep scholarly interest in rural students’ transition to college and patterns of civic engagement. In her free time, Ellen volunteers with her sons’ school and the Michigan nonpartisan nonprofit organization Voters Not Politicians.
MICHELLE BLACK, Director for Missouri, Illinois, and Virginia
Originally from the St. Louis area, Michelle Black is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she is pursuing a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration. She is passionate about civil rights and voter engagement and is excited to join CEEP in helping students find their voice in our democracy. Michelle has experience in non-profit program management, as well as working with students and volunteers in a variety of settings. Michelle earned a B.A. in English from Truman State University, a J.D. from Northern Illinois University, and an M.S.W. from the University of Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys photography, hiking, reading, visiting national parks, and volunteering with the Friends of the Glen Carbon Public Library.
LIAM HYSJULIEN, North Carolina Director and Associate Director of Special Projects
Liam Hysjulien received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Master’s in Environmental Sociology from the University of Tennessee. Before starting at CEEP, Liam spent six years working in higher education as a Political Science program coordinator at the University of Tennessee and Duke University. Liam worked on developing and implementing voter-related service-learning initiatives that helped to empower students to become more civically engaged around issues of voter registration, voter awareness, and voter education.
NATE HALL, Ohio Director
In his role at CEEP, Nate is returning to his roots in campus organizing. He got his start doing voter registration and GOTV work at Ohio University. From there, he worked on various campaigns in Ohio, including managing two races for state representative, culminating in two years as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. For the last four years, he has done political organizing work for a labor union, primarily in Ohio and Michigan. As part of this work, Nate managed a team of 20+ organizers working on races across Michigan. He also helped to draft a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives to address payroll fraud and misclassification, and helped managed the bipartisan coalition that passed it out of committee. Nate spends his free time fixing up his house in Columbus, working out, and caring for Harley, a 10 year old pit bull, with his girlfriend Nicky.
JOHANNA MUDRY, Kentucky, New York and Pennsylvania State Director
Johanna is an experienced and dedicated intrapreneur. For the past eighteen years, she’s worked to improve communities and serve those with greatest need. She’s made social change her prime focus since graduating from Eastern University with an M.S. in Nonprofit Management. Earlier she graduated with honors from Temple University where she earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Johanna has worked to advance communities and individuals in a wide variety of capacities; whether building homes for families, tutoring and mentoring youth, working for environmental or healthcare improvements, or working on grants and fundraising. She looks to continue this success through empowering others, including students, to become productive and active citizens, while increasing her own power as a change agent.
Johanna is also a proud resident of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, where she actively participates in her neighborhood association, local food co-op, and tends to her community garden.
LUKE VERDECCHIA, Wisconsin State Director and Graphic Design Specialist
Luke is driven by a desire to help students make their voices heard and exercise their right to vote, understanding that access to reliable information is paramount to getting out the vote. Prior to joining CEEP in 2017, Luke served as Campus Outreach Coordinator with the City Clerk’s Office in Madison, Wis., a role in which he coordinated electoral engagement efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (at which he was also a student) and engaged in outreach with several campus entities to promote voter registration and early voting opportunities available to students. Luke has also served as a fellow with the Center for Journalism Ethics at UW-Madison, a role in which he conducted several interviews with sources to produce a series of ethics-focused pieces of reporting for the Center’s website.
Luke received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Luke is based in Madison.
ELLEN FINKELSTEIN, Lead Campaign Guides Researcher
Ellen holds a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University. She worked at Encyclopaedia Britannica for 19 years, honing her fact-checking skills and sense of nuances as a copy editor for a variety of yearbooks, project coordinator for several books, and project manager for the online Britannica. She worked on all phases of print publications—from concept and development of articles, soliciting authors, review and editing, design, page proofs, and finished product. Ellen worked as organizer for Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation, where she wrote, solicited, and edited articles for newsletter, email alerts, & other publications, as well as organized and provided support for programs, forums, and conferences. She was director of a summer program for high school students that helped high-school students develop leadership, competency and confidence, to interpret the world and solve problems, and to advocate for themselves and create positive change in their communities.
“Much of my work and political experience has been, at core, about communication (written and verbal) and about making things accurate, accessible, and clear – to create information that gives different audiences the tools to act for positive social change. I have a deep commitment to empowering people, giving them support, skill, and information to find their voice(s) and become effective advocates for themselves.”
JOHN BOYLAN, Candidate Guide Partner Relations
John Boylan is a Seattle-based writer and producer who helped research and edit CEEP’s 2018 nonpartisan guides. In 2016 he created and produced 9e2, a nine-day festival of art, science, and technology that included work by more than 100 artists, performers, engineers, scientists, and technologists. For more than 20 years, he has hosted a roundtable conversation series about art, politics, and science, featuring major artists, scientists, poets, writers, musicians, architects, actors, activists, and impresarios. Boylan worked in web publishing at Microsoft for 15 years, and has also been an editor, journalist, art critic, and researcher. He holds an MA in communications from the University of Washington and two BA degrees, in history and English literature, from Pennsylvania State University.
LAUREN BAN, Faculty Resources Intern
Lauren just recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, obtaining a BA in History and Economics with a minor in Political Science. This fall, she plans to begin law school. Having previously worked as both a CEEP Fellow and an Assistant State Director, Lauren is excited to be able to continue supporting nonpartisan election engagement. When she is not working, you can find Lauren with her nose buried in a book or out in the garden.
ELLA LAWSON, Fellows Program Intern
Ella Lawson is an undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi, studying Arabic, International Studies, and Classics. She became involved in Get Out the Vote efforts through the non-partisan, non-profit Mississippi Votes and continued her involvement as a CEEP Fellow in Fall 2018. Ella enjoys canvassing and talking with the members of the community about voting. In her free time, she enjoys painting, running, and volunteering with the Community of Sant’Egidio.
NATALIE MARINIDES, Social Media and Design Intern
Natalie is an undergraduate student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, pursuing her degree in Communications Design with an emphasis in branding and art direction. She wants to use her skills to communicate meaningful messages through visuals, and has been able to do this through her work with CEEP. She hopes to continue on this path of creating for social and political causes once she graduates and begins her career. In her free time, she enjoys catching up with friends and family, taking photos of every day life, and organizing her Spotify playlists.
JENNA SITTLER, Social Media and Design Intern
Jenna is an undergraduate student at American University majoring in Film and Media Arts in the University’s School of Communications and pursuing a minor in Graphic Design. She is interested in gaining experience in the communications field and learning more about social media outreach. Jenna’s other interests include yoga, painting, and supporting her local coffee shops.
ERIKA TAI, Faculty Resources Intern
Erika holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst – where she is currently a PhD student on the higher education track of the Social Justice Education program. Her current research focuses on the impact of intergroup dialogue on undergraduate students’ understandings of social identities. Prior to joining CEEP, Erika has worked mainly in student and academic affairs settings. In her free time, Erika enjoys hiking, frisbee, and visiting local libraries.