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USF Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships Staff


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

Lillian Wichinsky

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. 


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Jennifer Webb, M.A.
Jennifer is the point of contact for community organizations looking to partner with USF. Establishing dynamic, mutually beneficial, reciprocal partnerships among multiple stakeholders both on and off campus to fully express USF as a public good is her passion. Jennifer's areas of studies include the theoretical, ethical, and methodological challenges and benefits of engaged research; anthropology of public policy, and activist and urban anthropology. Her thesis is entitled, Engaging-Up: Compromised Spaces and Potential Partners (2015). She is an active scholar and experienced educator in the fields of anthropology and community engaged research and experiential learning. 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. She can be reached at Jenniferwebb@usf.edu or 813-974-4829. 


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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.




 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.