About Us

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 hkeller@usf.edu or 813-974-6709


Lance Arney, Ph.D., Associate Directorlance

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 larney@usf.edu or 813-974-0697.


Bonnie Beth Silvestri, J.D., Director for Strategic Communicationsbonnie

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 also 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. Bonnie can be reached at bsilvestri@sar.usf.edu or 813-974-3233.


barbaraBarbara Lamphere, Administrative Assistant   

 Barbara has more than 16 years of USF experience, including work with Human Resources, and administrative support in such departments as English, Advancement, and the Registrar's Office. In addition to supporting her family's sports activities, Barbara is a supporter of 4-H equine activities in Florida. She believes that children benefit from the positive youth development programs offered by 4-H as well as the level of responsibility that is obtained by caring for and handling livestock. Barbara can be reached at blamphere@usf.edu or 813-974-4829.


Jennifer Webb, Director of Community Partnerships Jennifer

Jennifer is the point of contact for community organizations looking to partner with USF. She is currently working toward her Master's in Applied Anthropology at USF where she studies the theoretical, ethical, and methodological challenges and benefits of engaged research. When not facilitating the creation of university-community partnerships or studying engaged research, Jennifer can be found in Gulfport engaging and assisting various layers and segments of this little city. Jennifer can be reached at jenniferwebb@usf.edu or 813-974-2052

joaverillsnellJo 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 javerill@usf.edu or 813-974-2185