Meet Our Team!

  • Renee Zientek

  • Director

  • Renee Zientek is the director of the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE). She joined MSU's University Outreach and Engagement in July 2013. Zientek was the founding director of the Center for Service Learning and Student Volunteer Programs at the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-F). In her ten-year history with UM-F she was responsible for university outreach, alumni affairs, and corporate and foundation affairs. She served as a director, executive director, and assistant vice chancellor at UM-F. More recently she served as executive director of the Michigan Campus Compact and senior director of civic engagement for the Michigan Nonprofit Association. In those roles, she was responsible for supporting 40 college presidents and campuses across the state of Michigan as well as leading a nation-wide college access and success initiative for national Campus Compact. Her role with the Michigan Nonprofit Association was to facilitate partnerships focused on opportunities for lifelong engagement in Michigan, which included directional oversight of several large-scale national service (AmeriCorps) programs. Zientek has presented at several national conferences focused on higher education, collaboration, and nonprofit management. She has a BA and an MA from the University of Michigan. She has served several nonprofit organizations in Michigan as a volunteer and/or board member, notably the Shelter of Flint and the Flint River Corridor Alliance (where she was appointed the first president/chair). She currently serves in a leadership role on the board of the Community Relations Coalition in East Lansing, Michigan.

  • Nicole Springer

  • Associate Director

  • Faculty Development, Research & Evaluation, Tools of Engagement, Presentations, Hospital Placements

    Nicole Springer is the associate director of the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE). She began work with the CSLCE as a graduate assistant. Before graduate work at MSU, Nicole attended Concordia College, where she worked closely with the Office of Student Leadership and Service and later served with AmeriCorps VISTA in Moorhead, MN. At the CSLCE, Nicole is involved in research, faculty development, outcome evaluation, curriculum development and other activities related to the scholarship of engagement. Her current interests also include community engaged teaching and learning and the support of educators, students, and community partners as active participants in this process. Nicole has been a continuing contributor to Tools of Engagement, a web-based curriculum on community engaged learning. She is also the primary support for ten of the colleges within MSU.

  • Kelly Malloy

  • Budget Manager

  • Budget Management, Payroll, America Reads/Counts

    Kelly Malloy is the office coordinator at the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE), which includes managing the America Reads/America Counts programs. Malloy processes student payroll for over 100 student workers and handles issues with students and partner schools as they arise. She also maintains and reconciles bookkeeping records and provides administrative and secretarial support to the director of the CSLCE. Malloy also handles employee searches and assists with event planning for the center.

  • Laurenza Riojas

  • Office Manager and Program Advisor

  • Service-Learning Placements and Database Management

    Laurenza Riojas is the informational and statistical analyst for the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE). Riojas manages and maintains informational databases, and collects, prepares, edits and evaluates data for annual reporting and special requests from colleges, departments, deans and directors. She has worked at MSU for over 30 years.

  • Dar Swiler

  • Front Desk Receptionist

  • Background Checks, Data Entry, Record of Service Requests

    Dar Swiler is the secretary for the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE) where she performs administrative/clerical duties such as answering phones, greeting students and visitors when they come to the center, and creates daily emails to the CSLCE staff. She has been employed with Michigan State University for 8 years and with the CSLCE for 3 years. Before coming to the CSLCE, she worked at the Michigan State University Clinical Center. Swiler attended Lansing Community College, taking business classes in 1983.

  • Tina Houghton

  • Program Advisor

  • International Service, Presentations, Alternative Spartan Breaks (Advisor)

  • K.C. Keyton

  • Program Advisor

  • Days of Service, Neighborhood Engagement, Presentations, Spartans Rebuilding Michigan (Advisor)

  • Christie Schichtel

  • Academic Specialist

  • Faculty Development, Presentations, Service-Learning Toolkit, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Advisor)

    Christie Schichtel, LMSW, is an outreach specialist with the MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE). Since beginning her work at MSU in 2014, she supports faculty in developing service-learning courses through tools, trainings, and consultations. She also advises MSU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (MSU VITA) and coordinates Reflection Circles. Prior to coming to MSU, Christie was a program manager at Michigan Nonprofit Association, overseeing a statewide AmeriCorps program focused on college access and mentoring in partnership with Michigan Campus Compact and Mentor Michigan. She attributes her professional entrée into community engagement work to a year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Alma College Center for Responsible Leadership. Christie received her master's degree in community organization from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a licensed social worker in macro practice.

Awards and Recognition

In recognition of the service and engagement of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners, Michigan State University was awarded the following prestigious awards in 2014

U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Logo

2014 U.S. President's "Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (with Distinction)"

Carnegie Foundation Logo

2014 Carnegie Foundation "Elective Community Engagement" Classification

Michigan Campus Compact Logo

2014 Michigan Campus Compact "Engaged Campus of the Year"