Tom Ancona, Associate Director
Tom is responsible for fellowships at the McKeen Center, including the Community Matters in Maine program, Denning Fellowships, and Global Citizens Grants. He oversees the Common Good Grant program and also coordinates the What Matters campus dialogue series. In this capacity, he works with many students and community partners to build connections and opportunities for engagement while also working to bring students, faculty, and staff across campus into greater dialogue with one-another.
Tom came to the McKeen Center from Chicago where he worked for 9 years in entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago, first at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and then at the Chicago Innovation Exchange. A key goal of his work there was cultivating connections between the greater Chicago community and University of Chicago students and faculty. He completed his AB in Political Science with a focus on international relations and AM in the Social Sciences with a focus on education and urban policy, both from the University of Chicago.
Outside of his work at the McKeen Center, you’re likely to find Tom out on hikes with his wife and young son, visiting his New England-based extended family, home-cooking Italian specialties, or watching baseball. He is also passionate about animal welfare and rescue organizations, urban design, education policy, politics and film.
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Matt Gee, Assistant Director
Matt oversees our programs that focus on youth and education, including Bridge to Kids Mentoring, America Reads and Counts tutoring, and Aspirations in Maine. In addition to these programs, he also administers the Community Immersion Orientation Trips for first-year students, co-advises the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps, and works with individual students who are seeking community engagement opportunities.
Matt recently graduated from Bates College with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Educational Studies. His senior thesis examined the emotional and physiological predictors of charitable and social justice-oriented volunteerism. While at Bates, he engaged deeply and broadly in the Lewiston-Auburn community, primarily working with elderly, disabled, and youth populations.
If he’s not in the McKeen Center, you’ll likely find Matt in a kitchen trying out a new recipe, at an ice cream stand, on a tennis court, in the library, or somewhere comfy trying to catch up on his favorite Netflix series.
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Shawn Gerwig, Administrative Coordinator
Shawn is responsible for the daily running of the offices of the McKeen Center. Providing administrative support for the Center director, staff, students, and faculty working with community service and community-based teaching/research programs, her primary responsibilities include management of the departmental budget and finances, event coordination, oversight of the departmental web pages, development of office publications, and general public relations.
Shawn was raised with the idea of community participation and service as part of her everyday life – giving whatever you can - no matter how little. Mostly through informal and unorganized service, she and her family regularly helped elderly neighbors and fellow church congregants in whatever way they needed. Currently Shawn is the chair of the board for Family Focus, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable community-based services (childcare, special needs programming, information and referral, parenting support and education) for families with children in the Midcoast area. She also participates regularly in service projects directed through First Parish Church.
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David Hecht, McKeen Center Senior Faculty Fellow
David, Associate Professor of History, is a historian of science, specializing in nuclear history and the history of energy. He is particularly interested in the public understanding of science, technology and medicine – and at the McKeen Center he hopes to help faculty, students, and staff develop programming around the study of public health in a liberal arts context. He will also be working to help students and faculty make connections between their academic study and their community engagement.
David was born near Boston, grew up in Virginia, and returned to New England for college (Brandeis University.) He received his Ph.D. in the history of medicine and science from Yale University, and has been teaching at Bowdoin since 2006.
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Andrew Lardie, Associate Director
Andrew oversees our co-curricular service programs, including Alternative Break trips, student volunteer groups, and annual service events such as Common Good Day. He also works with our Assistant Director, Matt Gee, on our youth and education programming and is the primary contact for students exploring community engagement opportunities and for community partners seeking to work with our students.
Andrew grew up in the Detroit area, earned a BA from Reed College in biology, and an MA from Emory University in Teaching. A former K-12 math and science teacher, he is passionate about using education to promote a more just and democratic society. He is especially interested in quantitative and media literacies, music as a historical medium, and reflective practices for teaching and learning.
In his free time Andrew likes to play music and get into nature with his wife Margaret Boyle, Associate Professor in Spanish, and family. He joined the McKeen Center in 2013.
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