Elizabeth Cannon joins us from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA, where she had been Assistant Director of UCARE (the Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibility and Engagement), an organization with many parallels to Civic House that she helped to found as an undergraduate there. In this role, Elizabeth has overseen service and educational programming for the entire campus community, including large-scale service events, developing new partnerships with local community organizations, and advising student organizations. She developed and led educational programming, managed Ursinus’ PA Scholars in Service Program, and supervised student assistants and interns who supported UCARE’s work. She also worked closely with the Greek system, resident advisors, and athletic teams engaged in community service projects. Additionally, Elizabeth coordinated all aspects of Ursinus’ Bonner Leader Program, part of an intensive, national service-learning initiative which engages dozens of Ursinus students. In the broader community, she serves on the Executive Board of the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County in Norristown.
Elizabeth graduated from Ursinus in 2010 with a self-designed major in Social Ecology. She studied abroad during her junior year at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in a program focused on service-learning. Beyond these endeavors, Elizabeth has also been assistant lacrosse coach at Ursinus since her graduation. As a student-athlete, she was twice named to the all-Centennial Conference second team, and as a senior, was selected as the Centennial Conference nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year for her athletic, academic, leadership and service accomplishments.
Among other responsibilities, Elizabeth will work with PennCORP, the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, and will oversee Civic House’s programming related to Public Interest Careers. She will also advise a number of CHAC constituent organizations.
Noemi Hernandez is originally from the small town of Fort Lupton, Colorado. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2012 with degrees in Social Work, Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies, Noemi moved to North Philadelphia to work as an Educational Adviser under the federally funded TRiO grant. In this role, Noemi worked with low income and first generation scholars in grades 6-12 towards goals of educational access and college enrollment. This work ultimately led her to continue her passion for social justice education and leadership development on a college campus. As an Associate Director at Civic House, Noemi oversees all aspects of the Civic Scholars program.
Noemi is a proud member of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Incorporated, and founding member of the Red Whistle Brigade, an organization that works to educate members of the Colorado State community on issues of gendered violence. She has been recognized as a presenter and facilitator for workshops on diverse issues such as Social Justice 101, Femicides in Juarez, Healing through Art, and continues to support volunteers working with No Mas Muertes/No More Deaths to provide humanitarian aid in the Sonoran desert.
Luke Kertcher is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Northeast Ohio. Although undeclared, Luke plans to major in International Relations and complete his minor in Asian American Studies. As a program assistant at Civic House, Luke serves as the editor of the Seeds to Revolution Blog, creator of the Civic House Alumni Newsletter, and student staff member in the Working Group for the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. In addition to his involvement with Civic House, Luke has been highly involved in Penn’s Asian American community. He has formerly served as Penn Sangam’s co-chair of special events, freshman liaison for the Asian Pacific Student Coalition, a mentee in the PEER mentorship program, and a student in the Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative. Luke is currently involved with the Asian American Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board, Asian Students Promoting Identity, Reflection, and Education (ASPIRE) as the co-chair of curriculum, and Phi Gamma Nu Professional Business Fraternity.
Luke is passionate about supporting and empowering Asian and Asian American communities, specifically Southeast Asian and Vietnamese American communities. He is interested in working with youth empowerment and education, immigrant and refugee issues, human rights, and educational accessibility.