Our Staff


University Service Learning Coordinator, Shawn L. Tenney

Prior to joining WMU’s staff, Shawn L. Tenney was as a medical social worker in Battle Creek, Mich., working with low-income senior citizens. A Kalamazoo native, Tenney has deep roots in the local area as well as a passion for service-learning. Tenney earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and social relations from Kalamazoo College in 2004 and a master’s degree in social work from WMU in 2009. In her professional career, she has worked in the health-care field and has been a medical/surgical technician; owner and care coordinator for a private home health care business; medical office manager and EMS education assistant course coordinator.

While attending Kalamazoo College, she worked with the school’s Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Service-Learning, as the program assessment coordinator. She helped faculty and staff develop and implement new service-learning and co-curricular initiatives as well as evaluate existing programs. She returned after earning her undergraduate degree, serving as an intern during her graduate studies, and was instrumental in creating the colleges “First Generation College Student,” or G1 program.

From 2005 to 2007, Tenney was a Local Initiatives Support Corp. AmeriCorp community organizer and social researcher. As a LIST AmeriCorp worker, Tenney created and implemented a quality-of-life survey in Kalamazoo’s Edison Neighborhood, interviewing more than 600 residents and reporting findings and recommendations to local stakeholders. She later worked in low-income neighborhoods, organizing residents and assisting them with self-advocacy. Tenney believes strongly in serving others by sharing tools that enable them to help themselves and extends this philosophy to her current role at WMU.

 Assistant Service Learning Coordinator, Erika David

Erika David has worked at the Office of Service Learning since September of 2011. She was drawn to the position because of her passion for civic engagement, higher education and the work of non-profit organizations. David earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations, with a minor in social psychology from Western Michigan University in 2011. Since graduation, she has continued to work at the Office to help institutionalize service-learning at WMU. David also works as a research assistant for the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and  Ethnic Relations.

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