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.

Ashley Love-Smith, Interim 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. 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 loves sharing her knowledge of linguistics and teaching with the Project SPELL tutors and giving back to the hardworking employees on campus. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the music of Selena, reading books by her favorite authors, discussing linguistics, and bingeing on true crime shows. She is grateful for this opportunity to be part of the Project SPELL family, and looks forward to what the future holds for Project SPELL.

Shammir Khan, Events Assistant

Shammir is a third-year student majoring in Biology who is passionate about helping others through community service and healthcare. For the past seven years, Shammir has been involved with Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization focused on increasing respect and opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). As president of the Best Buddies chapter at UCLA, he hopes to reduce the stigma of people with IDD on campus and in the community. In his role as a Community Service Commission staff member, Shammir plans and leads campus-wide awareness campaigns addressing a number of social issues. After attending medical school, Shammir hopes to be a pediatrician who fully embraces relationship building within his community

Taylor Parker, Web Programmer and Content Producer

Taylor Parker is a fourth year Neuroscience major with an interest in the relationship between psychology, neurology, and technology. She aspires to become a psychiatrist 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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