Meet Our Staff
Director | Email
Lovell Lemons currently serves as Director of Civic Engagement at Georgia State University. In this position, he leads the office in engaging students in service to the greater Atlanta community. Prior to assuming the duties of director, Lovell was the assistant director of Cooperative Education and an employment counselor in Career Services at the University.
Lovell received both his B.S. in Education and his Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He currently serves on The Wesley Foundation board. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Project Healthy Grandparents.
Lovell is Past-President of the Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metro Atlanta. In 2002, he was appointed to the Georgia Commission on Service and Volunteerism as a Commissioner by then-Governor Roy Barnes. He serves as advisor to the following student service organizations: Circle K International, Global Peace Youth Corps, Habitat for Humanity, Men and Women of the Well and Redeemed Gospel Choir.
Lovell believes in practicing what he preaches, so he invites you to join him and other Georgia State students as they reach out to the greater Atlanta community.
Student Affairs Advisor | Email
Jennifer Bodnar serves as a Student Affairs Advisor in Civic Engagement where she plans charitable events, awards ceremonies, service projects and educational programs. Ms. Bodnar also coordinates alternative break trips and develops assessment measures for tracking student learning outcomes. She currently advises the following student organizations: Panther Breakaway and Hands on Atlanta. Ms. Bodnar serves on several university wide planning committees and is an active member of Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers and the Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Prior to coming to Georgia State University, Ms. Bodnar facilitated trainings and did crisis intervention with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking in higher education and the non-profit sector. Ms. Bodnar attended The University of Tennessee for her Bachelor’s and Master’s, where she graduated valedictorian. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, sports and exploring Atlanta.
Student Affairs Advisor | Email
Alicia Bellezza-Watts serves as a Student Affairs Advisor in Civic Engagement. Alicia organizes educational programs and philanthropic events including the Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair and Red Cross Blood Drives. She also coordinates service projects for the Interfaith Service Challenge and advises student organizations including Big Brother Big Sister, Panther Breakaway – International and Red Cross Club.
Alicia received her B.A. in Religion and a B.S.W. in Social Work from The University of Georgia. She also attended Washington University in St. Louis for her Master of Social Work degree and The George Washington University for a Masters in Higher Education Administration. Prior to coming to Georgia State University, Alicia worked for five years in the higher education field in Washington, D.C.
When not engaged in community service, Alicia enjoys playing soccer, reading and spending time with family.
Administrative Coordinator | Email
Shakia Guest serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Civic Engagement where she manages office procedures, assists with the Federal Work Study program and performs a host of other duties throughout the Office of Civic Engagement.
Prior to working with Civic Engagement, Shakia participated in a variety of volunteer opportunities city-wide, including events with Hands on Atlanta, the Atlanta Beltline and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
As a member of the Honors College here at Georgia State University, Shakia graduated with her B.A. in American History.
When she is not volunteering or engaging in community service, Shakia is an artist who enjoys painting, making beaded bracelets, sewing and sketching. Aside from art, Shakia enjoys visiting museums around the country and attending festivals and various other cultural experiences.
|“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
-Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, Australia