Kimberly Sanchez, OVCS Associate Director, Connecticut College

Kimberly Sanchez

Director of Community Partnerships

Kim assumed the position of Director of Community Partnerships in July, 2017.

At Connecticut College, Kim uses community-based learning experiences to engage the campus and the greater New London communities to support the College's mission in educating students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society. She works with students, staff, faculty and community partners to design innovative teaching and learning experiences that foster active citizenship and contribute to advancing the quality of life in local and global communities.

Kim is also active in New London Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored club for young men and women. She previously served as the club's community service chairperson.

Kimberly Sanchez earned her bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in Spanish language from Eastern Connecticut State University. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  Previously, Kim served two terms with Public Allies Connecticut, an AmeriCorps nonprofit leadership development program, to work for social and environmental change in the community.

Patrick Lynch, Assistant Director of College/School Partnerships

Patrick R. Lynch '12

Associate Director of Community Partnerships

Patrick Lynch was named Associate Director of Community Partnerships effective July, 2017.

Patrick has been involved in community-based work at Connecticut College since he arrived as an undergraduate. Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in government from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from Merrimack College in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. Patrick served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the office of Community Partnerships, working closely with the greater New London community and supporting students as engaged scholars and community learners.

After pursuing his graduate degree and work within greater Boston and the City of Lawrence, Patrick returned to Connecticut College in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Community Partnerships. Patrick has overseen the expansion of the office’s partnership programs, which provide innovative teaching and learning opportunities to Connecticut College students and youth participants. Under Patrick’s leadership, the ENRICH Mentor Program was regionally recognized with the Campus-Community Partner Award.

Clayton Potter

Community Learning Coordinator

Clayton joined Connecticut College in October 2018 as the Community Learning Coordinator for Community Partnerships. Native to New London, Clayton graduated from Science and Technology Magnet High School in 2014, then earned his bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University in May 2018.

Since high school, Clayton has been passionate about education, youth and community engagement services. He's worked for the New London Public Schools' Summer Meals Program and as a counselor for the Leaders and Innovators For Tomorrow (LIFT) overnight summer camp. In New York, he practiced social and restorative justice as a Program Facilitator working with incarcerated youth on Rikers Island. In his final semester as an undergrad Clayton learned about fundraising as a Development Intern at All Stars Project, Inc., before completing their Activist for Social Development Fellowship the following summer. Today, he is pleased to be helping students' find community service learning and engagement opportunities, while building upon the College's relationship with his hometown.

Community Partnerships

Xia Wu

Administrative Assistant, Community Partnerships

Xia Wu is very excited to join Community Partnerships. She was born and raised in northeast China, where she majored in English and went on to work for a Beijing TV station as an interviewer/editor. In 2008, Xia moved to America with her husband and during her first four years in America, Xia earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Connecticut State University.

Before joining the Community Partnerships team, she worked for The Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut, for three years and really enjoys working in an academic environment. Being the Administrative Assistant in Community Partnerships gives Xia an opportunity to further develop her accounting skills while engaging more with the community she has called home for the last eight years.

VISTA: Volunteers in Service to America

Connecticut Campus Compact hosts all campus based AmeriCorps VISTAs.

Gaby Araya '19

AmeriCorps VISTA

Gaby joined Community Partnerships as one of the two 2019-2020 AmeriCorps VISTA members at Connecticut College. Prior to becoming a VISTA Gaby graduated from Connecticut College in May of 2019. During her time as an undergrad student, she was passionate about public policy and community action as a Hollern Center Scholar as well as a Human Development Major and Sociology Minor. In her new role as a VISTA, she hopes to provide and assist in capacity building strategies to continue the success of the Enrich Mentor Program.


Nikita Terry '18

AmeriCorps VISTA

Nikita is one of our AmeriCorps VISTA members who will increase the sustainability of the Enrich Mentor Program with Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School (BDJMS). She also attended BDJMS then graduated from Science and Technology Magnet High School in May 2015. Nikita recently graduated from Connecticut College last fall in 2018 where she earned her bachelor’s in Africana Studies and Psychology with a minor in Philosophy.

Nikita was a part of the Holleran Center's Program in Community Action and Public Policy (PICA). During her time at the school, she has volunteered at the New London senior center, interned with the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, and help facilitate the early college access program for STMHS seniors. Her presentation for the PICA conference, titled "The Thought of Diversity in New London", included her studies of race and ethnicity and large organizations connecting with their host towns to provide more opportunities to the people who reside in them. Nikita plans to receive her doctorate in Africana Studies and then become a professor.


Paula Jurado

Community Partnerships Fellow

Paula Jurado is a Junior pursuing a Major in American Studies with a concentration in public policy, & double minors in Gender and Women's Studies and Human Development. She is also certifying to teach elementary school and is in the Cities & Schools Pathway. She is passionate about examining policy regarding education and is interested in making sure that public schools are progressing towards becoming equitable for all students. She has loved working with Community Partnerships and is excited for all there is to come! 

Rachel Reiss

Community Partnerships Fellow

Rachel Reiss is currently a junior at Connecticut College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She is hoping to focus her interest in social action through her senior thesis project next year. Being a part of the Community Partnerships office as a student fellow has been one of the most influential experiences for Rachel because she loves to see students connect with the New London community. 

Sarah Tomilson

Community Partnerships Fellow

Sarah Tomilson is a junior working on a Psychology major. She also minors in German Studies and is pursuing an Elementary Education Certification. In her free time, Sarah plays the viola in Conn’s orchestra and in a quartet. She is excited to look into mental health resources in public education and inequities on that front. She has loved working with CP in the past and is excited to be a fellow!