Community Impact

The Office of Community Impact fosters transformative learning experiences for PSU students to engage in active citizenship, explore their sense of purpose, and grow into conscious leaders who cultivate love and connection throughout our local and global communities.

Plymouth State University’s strong commitment to its motto, Ut Prosim, That I May Serve, is embodied through the work of the Office of Community Impact. This work would not be possible without the Student Ambassadors who contribute their skills, knowledge, energy, and hearts into helping to build a more compassionate and equitable world.

Jessica (Jess) Dutille, Ed.D. ’03, ’04, ’20
Director of Community Impact, jadutille@plymouth.edu

Jess (pronouns: she/her) serves as a catalyst for developing transformative high impact community engagement experiences that benefit students, off campus partners, and the broader community. She graduated from Plymouth State with her B.S. in Marketing in 2003, her MBA in 2004, and her Ed.D. in 2020. She conducted her doctoral research on the significance of love and love-based practices in educational environments. Jess leads Plymouth State’s Office of Community Impact and is also a Teaching Lecturer in the Department of Elementary Education and Youth Development. She served as the Executive Director of the Pemi Youth Center for twelve years and co-founded the Faith, Hope & Love Foundation of NH. As an advisor for the International Social Action Trip program, she has led four trips to Jamaica. She is also a member of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and Co-Host of the Happiness Quest PBTV show. As an educator and parent, Jess is passionate about empowering youth and young adults to grow as active citizens in cultivating a more compassionate, equitable, and loving world. 

Casey Krafton, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of Community Impact, cakrafton@plymouth.edu

Casey (pronouns: she/her), a deep believer in the power of community, social justice, and creative education, is passionate about raising the consciousness of students, and bringing a heightened awareness to social justice issues through critical pedagogy. Casey is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna, where she served for a year at the NH Coalition to End Homelessness. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, and graduated from Ohio University with an M.Ed. in Critical Studies in Education Foundations, and an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel. She has a strong interest in strengths-based development in individuals and communities, and creating impact through immersive service and experiential learning.

Melina Baker 
Impact Coordinator, mmbaker@plymouth.edu

Melina (pronouns: she/her), is fiercely passionate about helping others and truly believes that each and every person has something beautiful to bring to the table. Melina is the Executive Director of the Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth, NH; which serves as an after school empowerment program that serves youth and families of Grafton County. She believes in providing a safe and welcoming space for all people to grow into their full potential. Melina is a Bridgewater State University aluma, where she received her B.S. in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. It was at Bridgewater State University where she began to understand and love the deep impact of community engagement. She is currently a Graduate Student at Plymouth State University, obtaining her M.A. degree in Human Service Leadership, concentrating in Personal and Organizational Wellness. Melina believes in providing experience-based learning as a transformative experience to guide young people towards embracing their inner power to achieving their dreams.

AY2020-21 Student Impact Ambassadors 

                 
 Emily Infinger ’23             Bre Kender ’23            Jonah Rosenberg ’25   Olivia Atkocaitis ’26     

Interested in getting involved?

Please contact us at: psu-communityimpact@plymouth.edu