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Meet the Staff

Michael Nordquist, Ph.D., Interim Executive Director

Forcina 331 – (609) 771-2731

As Interim Executive Director, Michael is responsible for overseeing the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, the Institute for Prison Teaching and Outreach, Advanced Community Engaged Learning initiatives, and the Policy and Collective Impact Institute, including TrentonWorks and the Trenton Prevention Policy Board. Since coming to TCNJ in 2012, Michael has been an adjunct faculty member of the TCNJ Political Science Department, teaching courses on political theory and environmental politics. Michael previously served as environment division coordinator at TCNJ’s Bonner Institute. In this role, he served on the First Seminar Coordinating Committee, the Presidents’ Climate Commitment Committee, and various ad hoc committees and initiatives related to civic and political engagement of the TCNJ campus community. Prior to TCNJ, Michael was an assistant professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, where he also served as interim department chair. He earned his Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, and his BA in Politics and German Studies from Ithaca College.

Paula Figueroa-Vega, MPA, Director

Forcina 329 – (609) 771-2217

As Director, Paula oversees all of the operations of the Bonner Institute at TCNJ. Paula first joined the TCNJ Bonner Center as the Associate Director in 2008. She is a well known and highly respected non-profit professional with deep Trenton roots. Paula helped establish El Centro de Recursos para Familias and, prior to coming to TCNJ, Paula ran one of Womanspace’s largest divisions, the Emergency Services program. Her responsibilities at the Bonner Center are to support students and staff and manage the Community Engaged Learning program. She also works closely with a number of professors to design Community Engaged Learning projects related to their First Year Seminar classes. She had a lead part in putting together the forums entitled “Sex Slaves in America:  A Personal Story” and the “Human Abilities Unplugged Colloquium”, in addition to being part of the initial conversations with Dr. Gray’s Ecofeminism course that led to the creation of the Demonstration Garden at TCNJ. Paula has worked closely with TCNJ in 2009 and 2010 on Martin Luther King Service Day activities. Paula received a Master in Public Administration degree from Rutgers University.

Amy Loprinzi, Coordinator for Finance and Administrative Services

Forcina 325 – (609) 771-2249

Amy Loprinzi joined the Bonner Institute after many accomplished years in the Grants office at TCNJ. She has long been a staple in the administration of TCNJ and the Bonner Center is very excited to have her join the team.

Brittany Aydelotte, CEL Coordinator for the Education Division

Forcina 333 – (609) 771-2481

Brittany Aydelotte graduated from TCNJ in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education. Brittany has now spent over seven years working in the community of Trenton, first as a Bonner Scholar and currently as a staff member of the Bonner Center. She now manages the Education teams, including teams at Hedgepeth Williams Middle School, Trenton Central High School, and Isles Youth Institute. Much of the success the Bonner Institute’s Education Division has had over the past several years is a result of the close relationships Brittany has built with the Trenton school system. Brittany also organizes the large Youth Development projects, which are her favorite part of working at the Bonner Institute because they provide a creative way to get youth from Trenton excited about learning and thinking about going to college. Brittany also coordinates recruitment for the Bonner Center as well as the Bonner Summer Fellows program.

Karina Lopez, CEL Coordinator for Juvenile Justice and Prisoner Reentry Division

Forcina 335 – (609) 771-2656

As CEL Coordinator for Juvenile Justice and Prisoner Reentry, Karina manages Bonner Community Scholar teams at PEI Kids, Mercer County Correctional Facility, and Wagner Youth Correctional Facility. Karina also works closely with the Institute for Prison Teaching and Outreach at TCNJ on the New Jersey STEP prison mentoring program. Karina is a graduate of TCNJ, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies, and a minor in Psychology. She is also an alum of the Bonner Community Scholars and Women in Learning and Leadership programs.

Ryan Dawson, CEL Coordinator for the Heath and Human Services Division

Forcina 334 – (609) 771-2548

As the CEL Coordinator for the Health and Human Services Division, Ryan managing the Bonner Community Scholar teams serving at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Visitation Home, and El Centro de Recursos Para Familias. After finishing a degree in English Literature and Education at Temple University in spring of 2013, Ryan spent a year as an AmeriCorps Vista service member at TCNJ Bonner, where he gained experience in community outreach and academic advising.

Adams Sibley, Advanced CEL Program Specialist

Forcina 326,, (609) 771.2754

 Adams supports the Center’s Advanced Community Engaged Learning initiative, working with faculty members and area non-profits to develop upper level course-based projects that simultaneously enhance student learning outcomes and address a community need. He manages the Center’s new Community-Based Academic Internship program, which seeks to build the capacity of the Center’s non-profit partners through targeted internship experiences. Adams is the staff facilitator for the Mercer County Reentry Task Force, which will welcome its first AmeriCorps VISTA member in September 2015. Adams is a 2010 graduate of Emory University, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Linguistics, and is a native of Tennessee.