Introducing our Service Learning Professionals!

Mary Kay Connolly, M.Ed.

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Program Director
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Drawing upon 28 years as a school counselor, teacher, trainer, and community action advocate, Mary Kay brings her diverse experiences together to support service learning pedagogy in over 80 schools in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. Utilizing service learning, Mary Kay and her team of service learning coordinators empower educators and students to integrate action research, their personal interests and strengths, content coursework, and global perspectives within authentic real world learning and meaningful service experiences. Mary Kay is a founding member of the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network Executive Committee, chairs their K-12 Committee, a member of the University of Cincinnati Service Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Council, and Northern Kentucky Education Council. While reading, environmental issues, building stronger communities and dreams of travel fill her spare time; sitting around the dinner table, laughing and living with her husband, four sons, family and friends is her greatest passion.


Cassy Kohs

Americorps Task VISTA
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With an interest in pursuing a career in non-profit dealing with youth facing poverty and equity in education, Cassy has chosen a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Her year of service will be spent as the Service Learning & Event Coordinator at Children, Inc. creating marketing materials, coordinating events, and serving schools. Cassy graduated from the University of Cincinnati in May 2014 with a Degree in Hospitality Management, and has professional experience as a guest service representative and Front Desk Manager at the Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown. Her community involvement includes the Blue Energy Community Relations Committee Chairperson at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, and her current participation as a tutor and mentor with City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids in Northside, Cincinnati. A few assets she brings to the team are: excellent organizational skills, leadership skills, ability to exercise empathy, and enthusiastic optimism.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa