Meet Our Staff

Lovell Lemons
Director | Email

Lovell Lemons currently serves as Director of the Office 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 student service organizations: Circle K International, Colleges Against Cancer and Economic Empowerment Initiative.

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.

Jennifer Bodnar
Student Affairs Advisor | Email

Jennifer Bodnar serves as the Student Affairs Advisor in the Office of Civic Engagement where she plans charitable events, awards ceremonies, service projects and educational programs. Ms. Bodnar also coordinates OCE’s alternative break trips, creates marketing materials and develops assessment measures for tracking student learning outcomes. She currently advises four student organizations including Panther Breakaway, Colleges Against Cancer, Clothe Your Neighbor As Yourself 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.

Shari Baskin
Administrative Coordinator | Email

Shari Baskin proudly serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Civic Engagement. In addition to managing office operations and marketing efforts, Shari organizes educational programs and philanthropic events including the Community Service Component of the Federal Work Study Program, the Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair, and Red Cross Blood Drives. She also coordinates service projects for the Interfaith Service Challenge, serves on the GSU Staff Council, and advises two student organizations including Big Brother Big Sister and Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority Incorporated. She is a member of the Council of Volunteer Administrators of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Shari received her B.A. in International Affairs while majoring in Cultural Anthropology from The University of Georgia.

When not engaged in community service, Shari instructs and performs multiple dance forms, writes poetry and short stories, and enjoys attending multicultural events around Atlanta.

Shari believes in active social and political participation, and encourages you to join other Panthers in making a difference!

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