CFCP Faculty and Staff



Michael J. Rich | Executive Director | mrich@emory.edu 

John Baker Brown Jr. | Writer | jbbrown@emory.edu

Bevin Carpenter | Graduation Generation Community Partnerships Manager | bevin.carpenter@emory.edu

Barbara Coble | Graduation Generation Education Partnerships Manager | bcoble@emory.edu

Nichelle Frye | Administrative Assistant | nfrye@emory.edu

Kate Grace | Director of Community Building Fellows Program | kdgrace@emory.edu

Moshe Haspel | Director of Research | mhaspel@emory.edu

Caitlin Keesee | Student Engagement Coordinator | ckeesee@emory.edu

Vialla Hartfield-Méndez | Director of Engaged Learning | vhartfi@emory.edu

Hussien Mohamed | Director of Sagal Radio | info@sagalradio.org

Brendan Moriarty | Information Systems Coordinator | brendan@emory.edu

Schneika Shine | Senior Accountant | schneika.s.shine@emory.edu

Nathaniel Smith | Director of Partnerships and Research for Equitable Development | Nathaniel.Smith@emory.edu

Maureen Sweatman | Director of Operations | mabell@emory.edu

Rhonda Thompson | Office Manager | rthom2@emory.edu



Michael J. Rich, Executive Director

mrMichael J. Rich is associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Community Partnerships at Emory University. He is the author of Federal Policymaking and the Poor (Princeton University Press, 1993), and several publications on federalism and a variety of urban public policy topics, including community development, housing and homelessness, crime, and economic development. His current research focuses on community building and collaborative approaches to poverty reduction, neighborhood revitalization strategies, and welfare reform, particularly concerning issues relating to the accessibility of low-income households to job opportunities and related support services.  

Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, Michael was an assistant professor of political science and public policy at Brown University where he also served as director of the Policy Analysis Laboratory at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions. From 1992-1994 he served as the first executive director of The Providence Plan, a nonprofit strategic planning organization created by the city of Providence and the State of Rhode Island and assisted by a consortium of area colleges and universities, to direct the revitalization of Rhode Island's capital city.

Michael Rich received his PhD in political science from Northwestern University and has held research appointments at the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. [Back to Top]

John Baker Brown Jr, Writer

John is responsible for a broad range of writing assignments with CFCP, including reports, grant proposals, and pormotional
materials. He draws on 30 years of experience as a communications manager and johnconsultant in corporate, government, higher education, and nonprofit organizations. Before joining CFCP, John served for more than a decade as communications director for Faith And The City, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that encouraged interfaith cooperation and civic engagement on a range of public issues. He managed the organization’s print and electronic publications, and produced an interfaith-dialogue public affairs program that aired weekly on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters cable television network. Previous assignments include corporate spokesperson with AT&T, account supervisor with Cohn & Wolfe public relations, editor and columnist with The Atlanta Tribune newsmagazine, and vice president for communications with Morehouse College.

John has taught radio and television history and production, film history, and academic-writing skills at the University of Akron, Georgia State University, and the Interdenominational Theological Center. He earned a master’s in theological studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a master’s in mass communication and bachelor’s in education, both from the University of Akron.

Bevin Carpenter, Graduation Generation Community Partnerships Mgr

Bevin Carpenter, Sr. is the community partnerships manager of Graduation Generation Atlanta, which is administered through the CFCP and bevinCommunities In Schools Atlanta. He has worked diligently for more than 10 years with urban students to help reduce the high school dropout rate and increase the graduation rate. Bevin was honored to serve on the former Georgia State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox’s Dropout Prevention Taskforce during the 2009-2010 school year. 

Before joining Emory’s CFCP, Bevin worked for Communities In Schools Atlanta as a field supervisor of Middle School Graduation Coaches. During his time with Communities In Schools Atlanta, he instituted and facilitated various school-based girls and boys discussions groups, in which students were free to share their personal concerns. He has initiated and facilitated numerous programs for students, parents, and school staff.

Bevin Carpenter holds a BA from the University of Memphis in professional studies with a concentration in staff training and development, as well as an MBA from Strayer University with a concentration in management.  Prior to dedicating his professional career to serving economically disadvantaged and academically challenged students, Bevin Carpenter spent 12 years in business management in the corporate sector. [Back to Top]

Barbara Coble, Graduation Generation Education Partnerships Manager

Barbara Coble brings a variety of experience to her position as manager of Graduation Generation barbaraEducation Partnerships. In addition to working in the corporate world, she taught mathematics at Tucker High School in DeKalb County for 7 years. Barbara also worked as a program specialist and camp director for Camp Fire Boys and Girls before attending graduate school at Emory.

Barbara’s research interest is in the area of empowerment. She presented a paper on teacher empowerment at the American Educational Research Association meeting in 2008 and a literature review in symposium at the American Educational Research Association meeting in 2007. She enjoys working with young people, and her volunteer service in this area includes working as a youth program coordinator and vacation bible school volunteer. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Barbara Coble holds a BS in mathematics and an MBA from Clark Atlanta University, as well as a PhD in education from Emory. [Back to Top]

Nichelle Frye, Administrative Assistant

nichelleNichelle Frye serves as CFCP's administrative assistant. She joined the department in July 2008 from Georgia Power Company/Carter & Associates, where she strengthened her knowledge of event coordination. Nichelle brings her knowledge and energy to the CFCP, arranging and coordinating meetings and events and providing other administrative support to the department's directors. [Back to Top]

Kate Grace, Director of CBSC Program

Kate Dougherty Grace serves as the director of the Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program of Emory University. Ms. Grace has worked in community-katefocused positions for 20 years, ranging from assisting families in crisis in rural North Carolina to facilitating grass-roots projects in Atlanta's lower-income communities.

Before joining Emory's CFCP, she most recently worked as the Director of Service-Learning with the Community Housing Resource Center (CHRC). During her tenure with the CHRC, Kate addressed many of the needs within a small nonprofit organization in the areas of financial management, fundraising, project management, human resource management, board development and facilitation, organizational reporting and planning, and information technology.

Kate Grace serves as a Council Member for the Clerkston-Scottdale Opportunity Zone as well as an officer of the Atlanta Housing Association of Neighborhood-based Developers (AHAND), including serving in Merger Negotiating Team for AHAND and being named Member of the Year. [Back to Top]

Moshe Haspel, Director of Research

haspelMoshe Haspel brings expertise in evaluation research using methods including surveys, focus groups, and geographic information systems (GIS). Moshe earned his BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University. He earned his MA and PhD in Political Science from Emory University, where he was a recipient of the George W. Woodruff Fellowship and a Dean's Teaching Fellowship. After honing his survey and focus group design skills in private industry at Beth Schapiro & Associates (now The Schapiro Group), Moshe served from 2000-2003 as senior research associate at CFCP. He returned to the CFCP in 2007 as director of research after four years as an assistant professor of political science at Spelman College, where he taught courses on research design and data analysis.

As an adjunct assistant professor in Political Science, Moshe's research interests include political geography, voting, and issues of representation. His publications include articles on the effect of polling place sites on voter turnout (published in Journal of Politics); the implications of campaign finance reform on the role of national parties (published in American Politics Research); the effects of gentrification on voter turnout (published in Social Science Quarterly); and the use of voter lists in social science research (published in State Politics and Policy Quarterly). Current projects include a study of the effects of context on racial attitudes and an investigation of the relationship between income diversity and political participation.

Co-author of the Atlanta Regional Factbook (with Dr. Michael Rich), Moshe Haspel teaches workshops on GIS and the use of Census data. He has also authored over a dozen free and open-source add-ins for Caliper's Maptitude GIS, which can be found on the Geospatial Files and Tools section of Directions Magazine. [Back to Top]

Caitlin Keesee, Student Engagement Coordinator

Caitlin is a 2011 graduate of Emory University (and a 2009 graduate of Oxford College) and a member of the 2010 class of Community Building and Social caitlinChange Fellows.  Prior to joining the Center for Community Partnerships, Caitlin served as the Volunteer Emory Fellow and as a Residence Hall Director. She oversaw Turman Hall, Emory’s freshman residence hall focused on engaging students in citizenship and service opportunities. Caitlin's professional interests include fostering relationships and partnerships among students. She is a native of Georgia and happy to continue investing in her home state through the community engagement work at the CFCP. Caitlin loves to eat tacos, take walks on the Beltline, and explore the city of Atlanta.

Vialla Hartfield- Méndez,  Director of Engaged Learning 

Vialla Hartfield-Méndez is the director of Engaged Learning, responsible for faculty training, administration of the Engaged Learning Initiative and related programs such as the Minigrants for Teaching viallaand Research and the Faculty Fellows Program. Vialla works with faculty from all units of the university to develop community-engaged learning opportunities for students at all levels.

As a senior lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where she continues to teach, Vialla developed robust partnerships with the Latino/Hispanic community and created courses and course components that integrate community engagement into the curriculum. Working closely with the Michael C. Carlos Museum, she has opened access to the museum to members of Spanish-speaking Atlanta communities. Among the courses she teaches are Spanish 317 ("Writing, Context, and Community") and a senior seminar, "Drawing the Line:  The Mexico-U.S. frontera and Its Stories." For three years, Vialla directed the Emory Scholars Program, including the summer Scholars and Service Program.

Vialla Hartfield-Méndez holds a BA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an MA and PhD in Spanish from the University of Virginia.  She is the author of Woman and the Infinite:  Epiphanic Moments in Pedro Salinas's Art (Bucknell UP), and articles in such journals as Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Dieciocho, Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature, and Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea. [Back to Top]

Hussien Mohamed, Director of Project HEARMe

Hussien Mohamed was born in Moyale, Ethiopia.  He has lived in Atlanta since 1986 and has been a naturalized citizen since 1988. He has been the director of Sagal Radio since 1998. Sagal Radio is a Hussiencommunity-based non-profit organization which broadcasts weekly radio programs every Saturday and Sunday in the following languages: English, Somali, Swahili, Amharic, Afaan-Oromo, and Bhutanese/Nepali, reaching immigrants online around the world.

Hussien worked with the Dekalb County Board of Health and ARC as the Vision 2020 project coordinator.  Additionally, he has served as a Clarkston Health Collaborative member, on the Board of Directors of Oakhurst Medical Center, and on Senator Gloria Butler's Advisory Board. Previously, he worked as a caseworker with World Relief and as a translator of Amharic, Somali, and Oromo.

Hussein Mohamed was educated in the School of Animal Science in Mogadishu, Somalia, the Atlanta Metropolitan College, and the Leadership Workshop at the University of Georgia. [Back to Top]

Brendan Moriarty, Information Systems Coordinator

Brendan Moriarty serves as the information systems coordinator at the Center for Community Partnerships. The CFCP utilizes a wide spectrum of technologies in Brendanorder to meet the research and operational needs of the office and related programs. Technologies include both a linux and Windows environment, GIS, application development & support, service hosting, as well as database programming and application integration.

Brendan Moriarty earned his BS degree in mathematics and computer science from Ohio State University and Kent State University. He also completed coursework toward an MS degree in statistics and computer science at Emory University. Before joining the CFCP, Brendan served as a lead systems analyst at the Information Technology Division at Emory University. In addition, he brings previous management and team building experience.

Brendan enjoys sports, gardening, and most outdoor activities. He is enthused by the role that technology plays in all of the CFCP's important research and program efforts, but he's especially inspired in the utilization and development of technologies to meet the unique needs of immigrant and refugee communities. [Back to Top]

Schneika Shine, Senior Accountant

Schenika Shine is senior accountant at the CFCP, responsible for all finance-related activities and transactions. Prior to joining the CFCP, Schneika was the senior accountant in the Department of Neurology at Emory School of Medicine.Schnieka Shine

Schneika has over ten years of general accouting and purchasing experience. Before coming to Emory, she was the accounting manager in the Economic and Community Development Department with the City of Macon, GA. Previous employment opportunities have given her experience working in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial forecasting, and account reconciliations.

Schneika holds a Bachelor of Science in Managment from GA Tech.  She also holds an MBA from Wesleyan College.  [Back to Top]

Nathaniel Smith, Dir. of Partnerships and Research for Equitable Dev.

nathanielNathaniel Smith erves as the director of Partnerships and Research for Equitable Development at the CFCP, facilitating engaged scholarship opportunities with external and community organizations to achieve balanced, sustainable and inclusive development throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region. Prior to joining Emory, Nathaniel served as Public Policy Manager at the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP). His advocacy, research and coalition building activities supported the creation of many innovative policies that encourage the equitable distribution of mixed income communities throughout the metropolitan Atlanta Region. 

Nathaniel has been sanctioned by Emory University to continue his efforts to support the realization of an equitable metropolitan Atlanta via his role as Founder and Chief Equity Officer (CEqO) of a multi-sectored, racial and gnerational network of regional stakeholders called Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE). Empowered by the unified vision and voices realized through its regional organizing efforts, PSE pushes for policies and actions that promote equity and inclusive prosperity in metropolitan Atlanta.

Among his many acknowledgements, Nathaniel was selected for the National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED) 2000 Emerging Leaders Program; the  Outstanding Young Person of Atlanta Award in 2003; Georgia Trend Magazine's 40 under 40 list in 2006 (cover); The Atlanta Business Chronicle's "Up and Comers" List in 2006; and the 2007 Atlanta Housing Association of Neighborhood Based Developers (AHAND)  2007 Affordable Housing Campaign Award. Nathaniel was awarded the German Marshall Fund of America's Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) in 2009 and was also a participant in the summer 2012 Aspen Seminar, sponsored by the Aspen Institute.

Nathaniel resides in the Summer Hill community of Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Alysia, an elementary school principal, and their daughter, Alexia. [Back to Top]

Maureen Sweatman, Director of Operations

maureenAs the director of operations, Maureen is responsible for creating a solid and resource efficient infrastructure that supports the Research and Engaged Learning clusters to better enable CFCP to reach its mission of promoting civic engagement through scholarship, learning, and service. She leads the Operations team, which includes the following functions - communications and marketing, development, finance, event planning, human resources, information technology, and strategic planning.

Before joining CFCP in 2011, Maureen worked with the Emory Scholars Program in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences where she helped create a close=knit community that offers students a ranve of benefits and opportunities to enrich their Emory experience. The highlight of Maureen's 10 years of work with the Scholars Program was her work with the Scholarship and Service Summer Program (SAS). SAS is a service-learning program that collaborates with community partner nonprofits to engage undergraduates in internships that allow students to both give back to the community and develop necessary leadership skills.

Maureen Sweatman utilizes her theological and business training and passion for community building in her daily work with Emory faculty, staff, and students. She enjoys mentoring young professionals and students and helping them discover and live out their passions. Maureen strives to model leadership that embraces and critiques the intersections of intellect, service, and ethics. She holds an Executive MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School, an MDiv from Emory’s Candler School of Theology and a BA from Wofford College. She is the author of the children’s book, Jazmine’s Passport: Adventure 2011. [Back to Top]

Rhonda Thompson, Office Manager

rhondaRhonda Thompson is the office manager for CFCP providing human resource support,managing daily office functions, and ensuring opertional flow. Prior to joining the CFCP staff, she worked with the Emory Cystic Fibrosis Center.

Rhonda earned her BA from Georgia State in information and data processing. In her spare time, she is a seamstress, making custom wedding gowns and other bridal attire as well as everyday apparel for private clients. Rhonda's hobbies include rollerskating and bowling. [Back to Top]