Poverty and Homelessness Week is planned and overseen by a committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and non-Centre Community organizers. Members for 2020-2021 are as follows:

Dr. Rick Axtell, Poverty and Homelessness Week Faculty Director

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Rick Axtell is Stodghill Professor or Religion and College Chaplain since 1995.  Concerned about issues of hunger and homelessness, he has served as director of Louisville United Against Hunger and also was a case manager working with homeless men through the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Axtell’s travels in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Serbia, and Thailand have informed his teaching on issues of hunger, human trafficking, sustainable development, and peacemaking. In 2006, he taught in the UNESCO International M.A. Program in Peace and Development Studies at Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain.

Recent research includes employment trends for day laborers in Louisville’s homeless population and interviews with public housing residents who were relocated in Louisville’s HOPE VI housing redevelopment. He is the co-author of The Other Side of HOPE: Squandering Social Capital in Louisville’s HOPE VI, published in Journal of Poverty in 2015. Axtell is also the co-editor of Ethics as if Jesus Mattered: Essays in Honor of Glen H. Stassen (Smyth & Helwys, 2015). Axtell has also studied liberation theology and religion and violence in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. His articles on the topic of religion and violence have appeared in the Encyclopedia of Religion and War and The Merton Annual.


Landy Lin, Poverty and Homelessness Week Committee Chair 

Hello there! I’m Landy Lin (she/her/hers) and a Junior from Louisville, KY. I am majoring in behavioral neuroscience with an intended minor in social justice. I am also a Bonner Scholar. I am passionate about issues involving healthcare and education, and how that affects poverty and homelessness in the United States. This is my third year on the Committee and I’m looking forward to this year’s events. Please feel free to reach out to me (landy.lin@centre.edu) or any other committee member if you are interested in getting involved or learning more.


Lyric Hyde, Student Committee Member

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I am a sophomore at Centre College and I am from Campbellsville, KY. I intend to double major in English and History with a minor in Film Studies. One improbable fact about me is that I read tarot cards. I am excited to be a part of the global sub-committee for this year’s Poverty and Homelessness Week.


Princess Allotey, Student Committee Member

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Princess Allotey is a senior at Centre College. She is double majoring in Mathematics and Data Science and minoring in Education. Princess is an international student from Tema, Ghana. As a member of the Poverty and Homlessness Committee she has had the opportunity to take part in discourse on issues of poverty and homelessness in the US and beyond.


Hawah Massaquoi, Student Committee Member

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Hawah Massaquoi is a second-year Bonner Scholar at Centre College. She is from Lexington, Kentucky. Hawah is majoring in International Studies and minoring in French and Social Justice. She is a member of the local sub-committee.


Emmy Greene, Student Committee Member

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Emmy Greene is a sophomore from Sandy Hook, Kentucky. She intends to major in Anthropology/Sociology with a minor in Spanish. Emmy is a Bonner Leader and she is passionate about food security and environmental justice. She is a member of the Global subcommittee.


Dr. Amy Frederick, Faculty Committee Member

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Dr. Amy Frederick is an assistant professor of Art History who has been on Centre’s campus for the last four years, teaching a variety of Art History and Humanities courses and serving as a research adviser for a variety of initiatives at Centre, from Centre’s prestigious John C. Young Fellowship to summer research on Rembrandt van Rijn. Dr. Frederick was a mentor for the the first year of Centre’s Creative Thinking Immersion Program (CTIP), where she served as primary adviser for three students on a project of their own design looking into the cultural, economic, and environmental development and changes of Eastern Kentucky in the face of the decline of the traditional coal economy. Additionally, she teaches a course at Centre on the history and methods of Art, Craft, and Design, with Appalachian art and its role in the development of Berea College playing a significant role in the curriculum. A native of Kentucky, she is passionate about how new economic models (art, tourism, sustainable small farms) might benefit her beloved state.


Cynthia Nieto, Student Committee Member

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Cynthia Nieto is a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona. She is in the local subcommittee for this year’s Poverty and Homelessness week. Cynthia plans to major in Behavioral Neuroscience and minor in Gender Studies. She is also a Bonner Scholar primarily focused on child development and education through her Bonner service sites: The Gladys Project and Centre’s After School Program. When Cynthia is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her two nieces and three nephews.


Gloria Lwin, Student Committee Member

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Gloria Lwin is a first year student at Centre College from Owensboro, Kentucky. It is also her first year in the Bonner Program and in the Poverty and Homelessness Committee. Gloria’s intended major is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Pre-Medicine track. She has always been passionate about advocating against poverty and homelessness, but she was never sure where to start. Gloria joined the committee in hopes that she can be more knowledgeable in the matter and inform her peers about what she learns through this committee.


Hanna Montalvo, Poverty and Homelessness Week Committee Member

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Hanna Montalvo is a sophomore from Louisville, KY. Her intended major is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, on a pre-med track. Hanna is a Bonner Leader who is interested in accessible healthcare and early childhood education. She is looking forward to learning and cultivating knowledge about this year’s topic and helping to spread awareness on Centre’s campus.


Andrew Patrick, Faculty/Staff Committee Member

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Dr. Andrew Patrick earned his MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky in American History after completing a BA in History and Philosophy at Centre College in 2009. Now back at his alma mater, Andrew provides pedagogical and administrative support for experiential learning initiatives and practices across campus, including community-based learning, academic internships, and undergraduate research. He is also a member of the History faculty and teaches courses that emphasize experiential learning within the discipline such as Public History and Landscape History.

A Texan by birth, Andrew fell in love with the Bluegrass landscape during his undergraduate years at Centre. This eventually led to his doctoral research on the historical roots of the modern agricultural landscape of Central Kentucky. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with his young son.


Jessica Weasner, Staff Committee Member

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Jessie joined the student life staff at Centre College in October of 2018.  She oversees community service programming and the Bonner program.  Jessie earned her undergraduate degrees in religious studies and sociology from Bowling Green State University and her master of theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in Miami University’s Student Affairs in Higher Education program.  Her dissertation focuses on civic education and explores how colleges and universities prepare students to be active and informed citizens in our democracy. Jessie is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and is passionate about social justice, civic engagement and animal welfare.


Mindy Wilson, Staff Committee Member

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Mindy Wilson is the Associate Director for the Center for Career & Professional Development. She coordinates Centre’s internship programs as well as provides comprehensive career counseling to humanities students and alumni. She is the co-chair of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty and a member of the Social Justice minor committee at Centre. Prior to working at Centre, Mindy worked in social work with foster care teenagers and has served on several local non-profit boards.  She currently serves as a member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty’s governing board.

Christina Smith, Student Committee Member

I am a senior Biology major and English minor from Rineyville, KY.  I am also a Bonner Scholar and am currently working with the Bonner Foundation as a research intern studying infant mortality in the U.S. and Kentucky. This is my second year working with the Poverty & Homelessness Week Committee, and this year I’m excited to be a part of the global sub-committee and work to raise awareness on campus.

Bailey Tock, Student Committee Member

Bailey Tock is a junior from Paris, KY and is an Environmental Studies and Classics double major.  She knows that the world’s social and environmental issues are interconnected, and strives to find innovative solutions regarding malnutrition, poverty, and the human effects of climate change on both local and global scales.  Through her involvement with the Poverty and Homelessness Committee, Bailey hopes to spread awareness of social issues as well as broaden her own horizons.


Jessica Salyers, Student Committee Member

My name is Jessica Salyers and I’m a Senior Anthropology and Sociology Major (Biology minor) on the pre-med track and I’m from Georgetown, KY. I’m involved in Greek life and serve as Education and Diversity Chairman for my sorority. I’m really passionate about public health and during quarantine I received my EMT license as a way to serve my community during this time. I love traveling, hiking, and animals and I have a pet tortoise named squirt (definitely a Finding Nemo reference). Sub committee: National look at COVID-19.


Anna Bushong, Student Committee Member

Hello! My name is Anna Bushong and I go by She/Her pronouns. I am a senior, class of 2021, and double majoring in biology and environmental studies. A fun fact about me is that I love all animals, particularly non-conventional pets as I have had rats and a bearded dragon! I am grateful for the opportunity to work on the Poverty and Homelessness Committee again for my senior year and contribute to informative events that draw attention to complex issues impacting individuals experiencing poverty, particularly during this pandemic. 

Mary Kamikazi, Student Committee Member

My name is Mary Kamikazi and I go by She/her/hers pronouns. I am a senior International Studies major with a Concentration in International Relations (Pre-Law). I am from Louisville, KY.

Christopher Hammond, Student Committee Member

Hello! I am Christopher Hammond and I go by the he/him pronouns. I’m a sophomore from Louisville, KY, planning on majoring in history and minoring in education. One fun fact about me is that I’ve never broken a bone. I’m in the National Committee and am excited for P&H week.

Interested in joining next year’s committee? Email Landy Lin at landy.lin@centre.edu