About the Staff

The Volunteer Center is composed of a small but mighty team dedicated to enhancing UCLA’s engagement in public service. Our full-time staff and student groups collaborate with other campus organizations and community partners on one-time and ongoing service projects, leadership programs, and online resources to inspire others to create social change through a lifelong commitment to volunteering.

Shannon Regan Hickman, Director

Originally from Iowa, Shannon Regan Hickman was introduced to community engagement as a student writing assistant in the Center for Community-Based Learning at her alma mater, Central College. She attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, obtaining a Master’s degree in Voice Performance while also gaining administrative and fundraising experience with several performing arts organizations in Chicago. Shannon then moved to Los Angeles, where she has since worked at UCLA in the Herb Alpert School of Music and the School of Theater, Film, and Television. Passionate about the ways the arts can impact communities, break down barriers, and inspire future leaders, Shannon volunteers with CoachArt and is a Grants Associate for Everybody Dance Now! in addition to teaching music lessons and performing as a singer in her free time. She is excited to assist the UCLA Volunteer Center in pursuing its mission of social change through volunteerism and civic engagement.

Ashley Love-Smith, Assistant Director

Prior to Ashley’s start at the UCLA Volunteer Center, she served as the Program Coordinator for Alumni Affairs Diversity Programs where she oversaw the planning and execution of the recent TEDxUCLA Women’s Conference as well as providing support for several identity based alumni groups. Ashley holds an M.A. in Organizational Management at Antioch University and a B.S. in Marketing and Management from Tulane University. She has also completed a Volunteer Management Certificate program through the Long Beach Non-Profit Partnership and regularly demonstrates her passion for volunteerism by volunteering with Hands for Hope, Big Sunday, and Reading to Kids, where she is a site coordinator. She is excited to work more with students who she admires for their “optimism, hope, energy and passion.” In her spare time, she loves adventuring in the Los Angeles community, taking spin classes, and walking her two dogs Comet and Haley.

Kathleen Ly, Marketing Coordinator

Kathleen Ly holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz, where she double majored in Film and Digital Media and Politics/Latin American Studies. A highlight of her volunteerism is her previous experience teaching English at the University of Hue in Vietnam through Volunteers in Asia. In addition to her dedication to improving the online presence of the Volunteer Center, Kathleen loves to spend her free time catching up with the latest technology and being active – dragon boating and running in particular! Kathleen is excited to support UCLA and the greater Los Angeles community through volunteerism.

Stephanie Youngblood, Project SPELL Program Director

Stephanie YoungbloodStephanie Youngblood is passionate about promoting social change through education. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut (GO HUSKIES!). She has worked in a variety of educational settings, including teaching middle school and high school English as a Second Language, teaching abroad in Budapest, Hungary, and coordinating academic health care scholarship programs for immigrants and refugees in Des Moines, Iowa. She is excited to share her knowledge of English Language Teaching and Learning with the Project SPELL tutors and learners. Stephanie currently volunteers at the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service in Glendale, and is also collecting books to open a community library in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She is looking forward to participating in more service events through the Volunteer Center!

Zack Beauchamp, Events Assistant

Zack Beauchamp is a third year student double majoring in Business Economics and International Development Studies. After graduating, Zack intends to continue his education and pursue a career in development economics. He is involved on campus as a member of the UCLA Homecoming Committee and frequently spends his free time at the UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreation Center either playing sand volleyball or lounging in the sun.

Victoria Hornstein, Events Assistant

Victoria Hornstein is a fourth year Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences Major. She is originally from Massachusetts and enjoys learning more about the Los Angeles community through volunteerism. Within UCLA, Victoria involves herself as the Chapter President of the Alpha Psi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After graduation, Victoria hopes to educate the public about the scientific research surrounding climate change and hopes to help solve the issues facing our environment. Victoria hopes to inspire others to give back both through the UCLA Volunteer Center and through her future scientific undertakings!

Gabriela Molina-Avila, Project SPELL Assistant

Gabriela Molina-Avila is a third-year transfer student double majoring in Applied Linguistics and Spanish with an emphasis on Community and Culture. As an immigrant to the United States, and having learned English as her second language, Gabriela is intrigued by the impact that language has on the immigrant experience. Her career goals include attending medical school to help provide healthcare in underserved areas. She also hopes to teach patient care and communication courses with an emphasis on non-English speakers.

Taylor Parker, Web Programmer and Content Producer

Taylor Parker is a third year Neuroscience major with an especially great interest in the relationship between psychology, neurology, and technology. She aspires to become a pediatrician who focuses on the mental health of foster youth. In high school she was a part of the Global IT Academy, where she learned how to program in over five languages. Taylor interned at Boeing when she was 16 as a Systems Analyst for the Missiles and Radar Guidance Systems department and has continued to build upon her programming knowledge since. At UCLA, she is involved with multiple student organizations such as the Bruin Origami Society, Bruin Guardian Scholars, and Interaxon. She also works with the UCLA Department of Pediatrics TIES For Families as a mentor for a foster youth. Taylor’s goal is to provide the Volunteer Center with an aesthetically pleasing while technologically powerful website.

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