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The Agapé Center for Service and Learning


Serving Our Neighbors:  Learning Across the Lines that Divide Us


2012 Plenary Speakers

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Maureen Curley


Maureen Curley

Maureen F. Curley is president of Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents dedicated to advancing the public purpose of higher education through community-based learning, engaged scholarship and community campus partnerships. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, concentrating in the areas of aging, community service and public policy. Among other leadership positions, she has served as Director of Public Policy for the Community Service Society of New York and as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, where she oversaw distribution of $12 million in grants to support AmeriCorps, community service-learning and mentoring programs. She also served as the Chief Relationship Officer for Bridgestar, an initiative of The Bridgespan Group.


Maureen serves on the Board of Governors of Antioch University and was co-chair of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Commonwealth Corps Commission. Curley has taught courses on nonprofit and volunteer management at Columbia University, New York University, and UMass-Boston. She holds a B.A. in political science from Emmanuel College and a MA in human services administration from Antioch University New England.


Barbara Holland, Ph. D


Barbara Holland

Barbara Holland, Ph.D., is a higher education researcher and consultant holding academic affiliations with University of Sydney, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Portland State University. She recently concluded four years of full-time work as a senior administrator at University of Western Sydney and then University of Sydney. Previously, she led engagement activities at Northern Kentucky University and Portland State University, and at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and was Director of the Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse for seven years.

Barbara is recognized internationally for her expertise on organizational change in higher education, community engagement, service-learning and partnerships. In 2006 she received the Research Achievement Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and currently serves as Chair of the Association’s Board.  In 2008 she was one of the first two scholars recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance. She is a lead faculty member of the US-based National Engagement Academy for University Leaders and a board member of the International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education and the National Review Board for Scholarship of Engagement. Barbara is Executive Editor of Metropolitan Universities journal and editorial board member for five other journals, all on community engagement.She resides in Portland, Oregon.


Conference Facilitator


Joyce Davis


Joyce Davis

Joyce M. Davis is founder and president of The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, a member of The World Affairs Councils of America.  She is an award-winning journalist and internationally acclaimed author who has lived and worked around the globe.  She and her husband also provide media consulting and public relations services as Davis & Goodman International Media Consultants.


Ms. Davis is former foreign correspondent and foreign editor for National Public Radio and Knight Ridder Newspapers, once the second-largest newspaper chain in the United States.  Ms. Davis specializes in foreign affairs and the media, and has written extensively on terrorism, national security and Islam.  Her books, articles and broadcasts provided significant insights into political, social and economic issues in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria and other countries of the Middle East.  Ms. Davis has frequently visited Cairo and surrounding areas of Egypt and her recent book contained numerous interviews set in the city.


From 2003-2007, Ms. Davis was Associate Director of Broadcasting for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic.  In her senior role at the international broadcasting agency, Ms. Davis supervised radio and internet services to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the countries of Central Asia.  She was a leading voice in providing news and information to Iran through Radio Farda (tomorrow) and has reported from the country as well as from much of the Middle East. 


In 2006, Kyrgyz International University awarded her an honorary doctorate for her work in advancing a free and independent press in the former Soviet Union, and for securing the free flow of information to Kyrgyzstan during the downfall of its dictatorial regime in the “Tulip Revolution” of 2005.


Ms. Davis has received numerous awards and distinguished fellowships, including senior fellowships with the United States Institute of Peace, Journalists in Europe based in Paris, and the Salzburg Seminar in Austria.  In 2003, Ms. Davis was named Journalist in Residence with the Pew International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  In 2002, she received the U.S. State Department’s Distinguished Service for her work as a moderator with the Open Forum, and she was Chair of the National Press Club’s Forums Committee in the same year.


Ms. Davis has spoken at such respected institutions as the U.S. Naval Academy, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  She is regularly called to serve as television and radio host and moderator, and has appeared on CNN International, the BBC as well as other national news networks.


Ms. Davis is author of many articles and two books:  Between Jihad and Salaam: Profiles in Islam, written in 1997 and published by St. Martin’s Press; and Martyrs: Innocence, Vengeance and Despair in the Middle East, written in 2002 and published by Palgrave Macmillan.  She has also authored a chapter in The Trauma of Terrorism, a compendium of the writings of experts in the field edited by Yael Danieli, Danny Brom, Joe Sills and published by The Haworth Press in 2005.


Ms. Davis lives in Susquehanna Township with her husband and son. 


About the Director

Chad FreyChadFrey


Chad Frey serves as the Director of the Agape Center for Service and Learning at Messiah College. In this role, he provides oversight for the college's local, national, and international curricular service-learning and co-curricular learning-guided community service programs. Chad earned his bachelor's degree from Messiah College, his master's from Geneva College (PA), and is currently a doctoral candidate at Penn State University. His research interests include Christian education, spiritual formation, higher education, adult education, and community development.


Prior to returning to his alma mater, Chad served at the Brethren In Christ Church as a youth pastor, young adult pastor, and consultant. He is currently a member at Harrisburg Brethren In Christ Church and serves on various local, regional and denominational church boards and committees. Chad's academic field is Adult Education with special research interests in service-learning and community development. He teaches service-learning courses in General Education focused on Christian hospitality, service, mission, and social change.