About Us

USF Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships Staff

Elizabeth Strom, Ph.D., Directordrstrom

Dr. Strom's research has focused on urban planning decisions pertaining to the city of Berlin after Germany's reunification. Ongoing work examines arts, culture, and urban development in U.S. cities, as well as the causes and consequences of mortgage foreclosures in Florida. Professor Strom has published extensively, and her work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the McCune Foundation, the Fulbright program, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Strom can be reached at estrom@usf.edu or 813-974-0580.



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


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

bonnieBonnie 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 The Catalyst for Community Engagement, 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.


Barbara Lamphere, Administrative Assistant

Barbara has more than 11 years of USF experience, including work with Grants, 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 works as a volunteer with 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.