Community Engagement Center Staff


Dr. B. Dana Kivel, Director and Professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration 

Director, Community Engagement Center


Dana Kivel has been doing Service Learning with students since the early 1990s – first as a doctoral student at the University of Georgia (UGA) where Dana, in a Leadership Course, worked with other graduate students to take 30 UGA undergraduates and 22 elementary school students from Atlanta on an overnight camping trip. Dana has also done Service Learning in Iowa and North Carolina. Originally from Texas, Dana taught tennis a summer parks program, worked for a daily newspaper in Tyler, Texas, and a national feminist newspaper in Washington, D.C., wrote Congressional testimonies for a national women’s organization, worked on a Quaker farm/summer camp in Vermont, and co-founded and directed Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC). Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2016, LYRIC is a non-profit, social /recreational program in San Francisco for young people who self-identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual and transgender. Dana received a doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1996 and has been a professor at several universities for more than 20 years. Dana taught at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of North Carolina, and in 2001 received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to live and work abroad in Leeds, England. Since 2003, Dana has been a professor of recreation, parks and tourism administration at Sacramento State and served as department chair from 2005-2011. Dana has published more than two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and co-edited, with Dr. Ingrid Schneider, “Diversity and Inclusion in the Recreation Profession: Organizational Perspectives,” which was published in 2016. In 2015, Dana was named director of the Community Engagement Center at CSUS. In this new role, Dana oversees Service Learning, Community Service, Academic Internships and Civic Engagement.


Rachel A. August, Ph.D.

Community Engagament Center Faculty Associate


Rachel A. August, Ph. D., is a Professor of Psychology at Sacramento State.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Psychology from the Claremont Graduate University.  She has been involved with the Community Engagement Center (CEC) in various capacities since 1998 by teaching Service Learning courses, participating in CEC trainings, developing and conducting CEC trainings and workshops, serving on the CEC Advisory Committee, and developing a wide variety of systems and processes to support the mission and work of the CEC.  Her academic background is in organizational psychology with a specialty in qualitative research; she regularly teaches in both of those areas as well as in statistics.  She conducts ongoing research in the areas of women’s later life career development, retirement, and college student-athlete career development.  As a result of those activities, she has published in numerous journals, presented at national and international conferences, and written two book chapters. Dr. August offers her students innovative learning and research experiences by creating curriculum based on Service-Learning partnerships.  Her most recent teaching and research endeavors involve long-term collaborative partnerships with an organization promoting lifelong learning for older adults, a public agency aimed at improving the health and well-being of financially disadvantaged seniors, and a continuing care retirement community.


Francine Redada 

Partnership/Program Coordinator

Francine_RedadaFrancine Redada is originally from Daly City, California, and she relocated to Sacramento in 2014 from living in Los Angeles for 12 years.  Francine earned her B.A. degree in Asian American Studies at UC Irvine.  She has 10+ years of experience in program/project management, service learning, experiential education and civic engagement.  Her first service learning experience began as an AmeriCorps VISTA at San Francisco State University¹s La Raza Studies Program.  Francine coordinated the Raza Studies Community Service Learning Program (RSCSL) where undergrad students in Raza Studies engaged in service learning projects in San Francisco’s Mission District.  As the Regional Program Coordinator for the Cesar Chavez Foundation in Los Angeles, she provided technical assistance and facilitated service learning trainings to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers and community partners with the Cesar Chavez Education of the Heart Program.  Francine also volunteered her time co-facilitating two CivicWeek Programs (Alternative Spring Break in Chicago and San Francisco) for the Civic Education Project, a week-long service learning program for high school students, sponsored by the Center for Talent Development in Northwestern University.  Francine likes trying new food/restaurants and enjoys running/training for the next 5K and half marathon.


Isabel Ibarra  

Resource Analyst


Isabel Ibarra is the Resource Analyst at the Community Engagement Center. Isabel has worked in administrative support in higher education for 6 years. Prior to working at CEC, Isabel worked as Operations Manager in the Office of Admissions & Outreach at Sacramento State. She’s been involved in planning events that promote higher education to under representated populations. Isabel holds a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Sacramento State and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same institution. Isabel is passionate about community and committed to helping others. 


Griselda Camacho

Undergraduate Program Assistant


Griselda Camacho is currently an undergraduate student at Sacramento State University. She is a Chemistry major concentrating on forensics. Originally, from Norco, a small horse town in Southern California, she moved to Sacramento in 2017 to pursue a career as a forensic lab analyst. When Griselda is not studying or in labs, she spends as much time as she can spare discovering new ways to interact and make a difference within the community. Her passion for spreading positivity to other people also extends to all furry friends.



Kayla Brown

Partnership Coordinator Assistant


Kayla was born and raised in Santa Clarita, California. She transferred to Sacramento State with a major in Journalism and a minor in Digital Communications and Information. She aspires to be a social media manager for companies or become a travel journalist to pursue her lifelong dream of traveling the world. When she isn't in class Kayla can be found in the kitchen practicing the skills she learned in advanced cooking classes. You can also find her editing videos, writing or reading.



Jasmyn Washington

Volunteer Specialist Assistant


Jasmyn Washington is an undergraduate student studying history at Sacramento State. She grew up in Elk Grove and has always been an avid member of her community. Her participation in many volunteer service programs and events helped to develop her love of history and passion for teaching. Jasmyn’s plans for her education are to graduate with a major in history in hopes of expanding her part in the education of her community. Outside of academics, she enjoys acting, painting, and going to the movies.



Angelica Martinez

Undergraduate Program Assistant


Angelica Martinez is currently an undergraduate student at Sacramento State University. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Dance. She is from Fort Bragg, California, a small town by the coast, and moved to Sacramento in 2014 to further her education. She hopes to become a school counselor and work with children in the future. When Angelica is not in school, she enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She also likes to go on hikes and explore the city.


Yusuf Can

Community Engagement Student Assistant


Yusuf is currently an undergraduate student at Sacramento State. His major is Political Science and his minor is Middle Eastern studies. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Yusuf moved to Sacramento in 2015 for educational purposes. His experience in working with the state legislature helped shaped his plan to foster a better future for the community through public policy. When Yusuf is not in school studying, he enjoys reading political and historical books, traveling to different countries and learning about the events happening around the World.