Weber State University

Haille Van Patten

Field of Study,Communications

Haille Van Patten is a senior at Weber State University (WSU) studying public relations (PR) and advertising communication. Van Patten grew up in
Grand Rapids, Michigan alongside her older sister, two guinea pigs and hamster. At WSU, Van Patten serves as the recruiting and event-planning
secretary for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She also sits on the Weber State University Student Association (WSUSA)
service team as director of the alternative breaks program.

Van Patten received the 2016 Crystal Crest Volunteer Service Award from WSU. This honor is presented to a student who demonstrates a high level of commitment to campus and community service. In her free time, Van Patten enjoys hiking, playing ping-pong and attending local theatre productions.

Monica WIlliams

Criminal Justice Faculty member

After one year as an assistant professor, she was selected to become one of the first two faculty advisors for CCEL’s Community Engaged Leaders
Community Research Team. She  continues this work today to spark student interest in and motivation for community engagement through community based
research, and to form closer mentoring relationships with undergraduate students. Outside of CCEL, she teaches on a variety of subjects related to
criminal justice, including policing, statistics, law and society, and sex crimes.

She also engages in service work at all levels within the university, my profession, and the community. her service activities have included serving on committees, reviewing journal articles, organizing and participating in panels at professional conferences, consulting with legislative aides on sex offender policy issues, and participating in a documentary interview.

                           Tara Peris

Director, Student Involvement & Leadership

“I recognize the value and significance of influencing others, especially when mentoring students at different  levels of interest and knowledge in civic engagement”

Tara is a graduate assistant in Student Involvement & Leadership she is currently  the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership at WSU, and adjunct instructor for the FYE Department. She also provides mentor-ship to her students and challenges them to be actively engaged above and beyond their  leadership roles.  

She clearly recognizes the value and significance of influencing others, especially evident when mentoring students at different levels of interest and knowledge in civic engagement. She has advised student groups who created campus programming such as “Soup & Sticks on the 25th” and “Summer Service Mondays” in effort to engage students in innovative ways. She says”Personally, the most influential factors to successfully help the civic minds of students develop and grow are persistence and personifying a lifelong commitment to civic engagement.” 

Corbin Standley

Academic Technology Coordinator

A recent alumnus, Corbin J. Standley graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Weber State University in 2015. While at Weber State, he worked as a research assistant at the Community Research Extension of the Center for Community Engaged Learning. He also served in numerous leadership roles, including President of the Honors Student Advisory Board and Chapter President for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

After losing his brother to suicide in 2010, Corbin became a vocal and passionate advocate for suicide prevention and awareness. He founded and chaired the planning committee that held Weber State’s first ever Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for suicide prevention in 2015, which has since become an annual event and has raised almost $10,000 to date. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He’s also a member of the NUHOPE Suicide Prevention Coalition and is a Board Member for the Legacy Suicide Survivors Group here in Ogden.
Corbin works as a Research Analyst for Neuro-Oncology at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. His own research includes areas
such as community psychology, social psychology, and service-learning. Corbin will begin his graduate education as a PhD student in community
psychology this fall.



Carrie Maxson,

Supervisor for Grants and Access Programs

Ogden School District

I’ve been able to leverage the  great relationship we have with CCEL and other university departments to further this work and I could not be more grateful for their contribution.”

Carrie started her music education career 23 years ago teaching students in Ogden School District. Currently, she is a supervisor for OSD Grants and
ACCESS programs—her primary roles are to serve as the GEARUP grant director, to supervise after-school programs at six of the district’s identified. Carrie still has personal ties to Weber State; her husband Mark, teaches in the Department of Performing Arts and son Micah, is a sophomore working towards a
Bachelor Degree in Theater Tech.

Carrie and Mark have two daughters and two grandchildren—anyone who has met Carrie knows her favorite activity is visiting the grandkids. Their son Adrian, passed away ten years ago when he was enrolled as an early college student at Weber. Adrian was extremely passionate for Social Justice and Mark and Carrie founded a scholarship in his honor in partnership with CCEL.