Meet Our Staff
USF Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships Staff
Harold Keller, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Keller's research has addressed school-community parental strengths-based approaches and connections to enhance student learning and development. He collaborates with East Tampa groups around community development generally. Additionally he is examining approaches to assessing and documenting the multiple impacts of community-based learning and research on students, faculty, and community partners. Dr. Keller can be reached at email@example.com or 813-974-6709.
Lance Arney, Ph.D., Associate Director
Lance earned a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from USF. He uses community-based participatory research methods to study the impacts of poverty, inequality, and criminalization. He is interested in exploring how university–community engagement can help foster social justice and create transformative learning in communities impacted by poverty. In his spare time, he volunteers as Executive Director of Moses House. Lance can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-974-0697.
Bonnie Beth Silvestri, J.D., Director for Strategic Communications
Bonnie Beth Silvestri, JD, serves as the Director for Strategic Communications for the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships at the University of South Florida, where she is responsible for communications and programming in alignment with OCEP's mission. She writes feature stories and has an ongoing series called "OCEP Conversations" designed to foster dialogue on university-community engagement, including civic and political engagement, community-engaged research partnerships, service-learning, and social justice. She is the 2015 Graham-Frey Civic Award recipient from Florida Campus Compact. Silvestri also teaches courses, including a service-learning course called Examinations of Poverty, Constitutional Law, and Women and the Law for USF Sarasota-Manatee. She is a member of the boards of directors of Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness and Integrity Florida. Bonnie can be reached at email@example.com or 813-974-3233.
Jennifer Webb, M.A., Director of Community Partnerships
Jo Averill-Snell, Research Administrator
Jo works on grants for our faculty and community partners. She comes to OCEP from the USF Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice, where she has been a Social and Behavioral Researcher. She has been with USF since 2007; prior to that she was a Research Analyst for the Human Resources Institute at the University of Tampa. She holds a Master's in Library and Information Science. Jo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-974-2185