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USF Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships Staff


Lillian Wichinsky, Ph.D., LMSW
Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships


Dr. Lillian Wichinsky is the Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at the University of South Florida. Prior to taking on this position Dr. Wichinsky was the founding Director of the Community Connection Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she provided leadership to the campus in the areas of community engagement, career services and Children International. She forged multiple community partnerships through community-based research, program evaluation, board service, and service-learning education. Dr. Wichinsky was a tenured Associate Professor in Social Work and is a licensed community practice social worker. Dr. Wichinsky has over 20 years of community practice experience in Florida, California and Arkansas. She taught for over 15 years primarily in management and community practice social work courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also an evaluation consultant with multiple state and local agencies. Her areas of expertise and research include: evaluation practice, kinship care, global social work, service-learning and community engagement. She has numerous publications and presentations in these areas. Dr. Wichinsky has a Ph.D. from Florida International University in Miami, a master's degree in social work from California State University in Sacramento, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Wichinsky can be reached via email at lwichinsky@usf.edu or 813-974-6709. 



 Mazhab Ferguson, MBA

Mazhab is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Measurement and Evaluation. Mazhab's areas of interest include the effect of student motivation, specifically attitude, on student success in mathematics, assessment and program evaluation. Mazhab can be reached at mferguson1@usf.edu or 813-974-0697.






 Dustin Krein, M.Ed. 

Dustin served four terms of AmeriCorps working with at-risk youth from the inner city of Little Rock and with Upward Bound students in New England. He studied abroad in China briefly before earning his master’s degree in counselor education. Furthermore, his experience includes career counseling, nonprofit development, faculty support, and partnership development. Additionally, he is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Program Development with an emphasis in Educational Innovation. As a first generation college student, he brings a strong commitment to community and student success. Dustin can be reached at dustinkrein@usf.edu or 813-974-4274.





 Heba El-Tall, MPA

Heba was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, moving to Florida with her family in her early teenage years. While receiving her undergraduate degrees at USF, Heba's passion for community engagement left an everlasting impact on her, influencing her decision to complete her Master's degree and eventually return to USF to work on enhancing the relationship between the individuals in higher education and community partners. Prior to OCEP, she worked at our sister department at USFSP, the Center for Civic Engagement, developing long lasting relationships with faculty members and community partners alike. Heba can be reached at heltall@usf.edu or 813-974-2185.




 Maria Trogolo, M.A. 

A fourth generation Floridian, Maria tells the story of USF's impact in the community across OCEP's dynamic programs and partnerships. She brings over five years of community engagement and outreach experience in the international development sector, with particular expertise in cultivating relationships among multicultural stakeholders. Her own engaged research at Indiana University focused on cultural heritage preservation and creative expression among Syrian refugees. Maria can be reached at trogolo@usf.edu or 813-974-3233.





 The Team