Staff of Community Engagement and Impact
Heidi A. Crapol
Heidi A. Crapol is a veteran leader in the nonprofit and corporate sectors and was appointed executive director of the Center for Community Enagement and Impact in September 2019. Crapol previously served as director of the Center for Urban Communities, where she co-led development of the VCU Health Hub at 25th.
Tito Luna joined the Center for Community Engagement and Impact as the neighborhood outreach director in August 2013. In this role, he serves as a liaison to VCU’s surrounding neighborhoods, working closely with a cohort of neighborhood leaders and the VCU Neighborhood Team. As a representative of VCU in the surrounding neighborhoods, Luna strives to include community perspectives and voices in university-wide initiatives such as the ONE VCU Master Plan. He also helps link faculty, staff and students to opportunities for collaboration with neighborhoods and other community partners.
Scott Stech serves as the director of finance and human resources for the Center for Community Engagement and Impact (CEI). Stech oversees all financial functions and hiring practices for all CEI programs including the VCU Health Hub at 25th, the Mary and Frances Youth Center, VCU’s ASPiRE program, CEI’s Service-Learning office, the office of Community-Engaged Research, as well as, all CEI neighborhood outreach and employee engagement initiatives. He also helps support student success by serving as the fiscal and grants administrator for the Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE). Stech planted his roots at VCU in 2007 as an administrative associate with Parking & Transportation before moving into a full time role as a summer studies contract specialist and fiscal technician for the Division of Community Engagement. His role has since evolved into the human resources associate and fiscal administrator for CEI and the fiscal administrator for OCPE.
David Timberline works as a project manager for the Center for Community Engagement and Impact (CEI), maintaining and developing the Community-Engaged Partnership Database, a source for information on university engagement through research, service, service-learning and strategic initiatives. He also manages data collection, performs data analysis, and develops data visualizations for CEI. He acts as the university’s principal contact with the Anchor Learning Network, a national coalition of institutions committed to having a positive impact on their local communities. Timberline’s previous positions include community engagement manager for Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, director of communications for the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood and geographic information systems program manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Nerice Lochansky serves as the assistant director for VCU ASPiRE, overseeing the co-curricular component of the VCU ASPiRE program, as well as student leadership, retention and support initiatives. Lochansky is dedicated to being a resource to students for whatever successes and challenges they might be experiencing. Prior to her work with VCU ASPiRE, Lochansky served as a coordinator for residence education at VCU, where she managed programming and student development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate residential students on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. Lochansky’s professional interests include student success and retention, strategic development of policies and processes, and connecting people and opportunities to maximize their potential.
Michael R. Rackett, Ph.D.
Michael Rackett serves as faculty member for VCU ASPiRE. His responsibilities include teaching community studies courses in the ASPiRE curriculum, supporting student participation in cocurricular activities and leading ASPiRE’s annual global service program in Belize. Prior to joining VCU ASPiRE in the summer of 2013, Rackett taught research writing at VCU, as well as various religious studies courses at VCU, Meredith College and Duke University.
Tina Carter has more than 20 years of experience working in nonprofit and education. Prior to becoming the director of the Mary and Frances Youth Center in January 2010, Carter managed two school-based after-school programs in Rhode Island, serving more than 200 students daily. Her previous experience also includes directing AmeriCorps programs, coordinating service-learning initiatives, volunteer management and team-building facilitator. Carter manages the daily operations of the Mary and Frances Youth Center, which includes the Lobs & Lessons program, Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) and VCU’s Safety and Protection of Minors Policy. In this position, Carter focuses on development, curriculum planning, community relations, evaluation and volunteer management. She is certified in Youth Works Methods by the David P. Weikart Center. Carter's community activities include serving on the advisory board of the Richmond Tennis Association and several committees to include Richmond Public Schools, RVA Youth Development Network, Richmond OST System and National Summer Learning Association.
Charles Johnson serves as the training and compliance manager within the Mary and Frances Youth Center. He brings more than 15 years of nonprofit experience working with youth to the position, including work in juvenile justice, public health and experiential education. Most recently, Johnson served locally as the program manager for Blue Sky Fund, where he helped staff provide monthly outdoor, experiential and environmental field investigations to 1,900 Richmond Public Schools elementary students. He is certified as a Trauma Informed Care trainer, in addition to certifications from the David P. Weikart Center in Youth Work Methods and Social and Emotional Learning.
Rachel Rhoney is the assistant director of the Mary and Frances Youth Center. She manages the Lobs and Lessons program, hiring and training staff and volunteers, coordinating programs and designing the tennis programming. Rhoney also coordinates special events and marketing efforts for the program. Prior to coming to Richmond, Rhoney played Division I tennis at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is a PTR-certified tennis instructor and has been teaching tennis for 15 years.
Katie Elliott joined the Center for Community Engagement and Impact (then named the Division of Community Engagement) in January 2016 as the associate director of the Office of Service-Learning. She has worked in higher education for more than 10 years, focusing primarily on student success and community-engaged teaching and learning. She has administered learning support units at two universities and taught courses on composition, writing theory, teaching pedagogy, and community-engaged leadership, many of them service-learning courses. She is particularly interested in inclusive teaching pedagogies, promoting students’ understanding of civic learning and social justice, and sustainability initiatives.