Center for Leadership & Community Engagement

Meet Our Staff

Meet the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement staff.

Meredith Hein, M.A.

Meredith Hein, M.A.


T. 407.691.1021

Meredith Hein serves as the Director for the Center of Leadership and Community Engagement at Rollins College. She completed her master's degree in education leadership: student personnel administration at the University of Central Florida in May of 2007. Meredith feels that working in higher education allows her to continually learn from those around her, as well as to teach. Meredith loves to learn and laugh, and as a member of the Rollins community, she gets the opportunity to do that on a daily basis. 

Motivating, teaching, and giving back to others is what inspires Meredith to be only a small part of such an amazingly engaged community. Within the Center at Rollins College, her work has focused in the areas of integrated teaching, campus-wide involvement initiatives, student-led programming, community engagement partnerships, educational leadership, service-learning, and social justice work. Her philosophy is centered on student learning through engagement opportunities linking their curricular and co-curricular experiences. Her personal mission is to foster learning grounded in authenticity and integrity while also inspiring change and empowering our campus community in creative and diverse ways.  

Additionally, in her free time, Meredith loves spending time with friends and family. She also really enjoys being a foodie, watching movies and TV, playing with puppies, rooting on the Yankees and catching up on sleep!

Bailey Clark, M.A.

Associate Director

T: 407.691.1232

Bailey completed her MA in Political Science at the University of Central Florida in May of 2016 and her BA in International Relations at Rollins College in 2011. Bailey’s background is in non-profit program management and she is passionate about providing students with the tools and knowledge they need to make a positive difference in the world. Prior to working at Rollins, Bailey was the Education Manager at the Holocaust Center in Maitland, Florida. She also served as a Notre Dame AmeriCorps member at the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, Florida.

Within the Center at Rollins College, Bailey directors the Bonner Leaders Program. The Rollins College Bonner Leaders Program provides scholarships to students who are passionate about working directly with local non-profit organizations throughout the academic year. Bailey also oversees civic learning and democratic engagement on campus by directing the Democracy Project and supporting Community Engagement designated courses.

In her free time, Bailey enjoys spending time with her family and pets, playing golf, cooking, and trying new local restaurants. Bailey is an avid sports fan and loves to be outdoors. She is also a proud Florida native who frequents the beach.

Courtney Howell, M.Ed.

Courtney Howell, M.Ed.

Assistant Director

T: 407.691.1244

Courtney grew up in the Midwest, calling the Kansas City, MO area home for eighteen years before attending Drake University in Des Moines, IA to receive her bachelor’s degree in politics and sociology. Upon graduation, she served for a year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. During her time earning a Masters of Education at Marquette University, Courtney coordinated various community engagement initiatives in addition to interning at a local non-profit where she mentored teen girls in urban Milwaukee.

Courtney advises the Immersion Planning Team, facilitates personality inventory workshops, and supports community initiatives. She strongly believes in the importance of connecting academic material to the social issues that impact our communities. Courtney is ecstatic about joining the CLCE team at Rollins and continuing to empower Rollins students, staff, and faculty to create change in their communities.

Off the clock, Courtney can be found enjoying the great outdoors, preferably in the water! When not plunging through the waves, she is likely at the local library checking out the latest YA novel or planning her next big travel adventure. Courtney is also passionate about many social issues, including children’s literacy and sustainability.

Sofia Macias, B.A.

Community & Office Coordinator

T. 407.691.1250

Sofia obtained her B.A. in International Relations and Elementary Education from Rollins College in 2014. She previously worked as a Work Study in the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement, and served as a Student Coordinator for JUMP, Pathways to College, and Rollins Relief.  

Sofia is a great first point of contact for the department and is always willing to help find an answer or track down another team member. Contact Sofia regarding the JUMP buses, reimbursements, community partner meetings, and general questions about the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement at Rollins.

Meca Smith

Graduate Assistant


Meca is currently pursuing a masters in Higher Education and Policy Studies at the University of Central Florida. She is an alumnae of Stetson University in Deland, Florida. There she received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English Literature & Linguistics; minoring in Education, French, and Creative Writing.

In conjunction to working as a graduate assistant with the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement here at Rollins College, she also functions as a graduate advisor for Volunteer UCF & the Alternative Break Program, two student agencies that promotes community service and education on various social issues, at the University of Central Florida.

Her passion for service led to her volunteering 1,700 hours of community service through City Year Orlando, Inc., an AmeriCorps educational nonprofit serving in seven of Orlando’s inner-city Title I public schools. During her time with City Year Orlando, she proudly served on the Universal Orlando Foundation Team at Memorial Middle School providing classroom support and behaviors intervention to a 6th Grade English Language Arts Classroom.

Meca has committed to living an intentional, inspired life; she connects every experience to her aspirations and career goals which are driven by service and education.

Ryan Abronski

Graduate Assistant

T. 407.691.1200

Ryan is on an accelerated track, obtaining his B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins College and pursuing his MBA at Crummer Graduate School of Business. He plans to pursue concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Prior to working at the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement, He held a work study position at the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub, and served as the Ambassador Coordinator. In addition, he is currently interning with Advent Health, where he is assessing the return on investment of a research project for potential investors.
When not punching a clock or hitting the books, Ryan enjoys being outdoors, playing pick-up games of basketball, and adventuring. His passion is baseball and hopes to convince Meredith that the Phillies are superior to the Yankees.

Support Staff

T. 407.691.1266