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Alexis L. Gainor-McMillen, MPA

Assistant Director

Alexis McMillen is the Assistant Director of the WVU Center for Service and Learning. Alexis comes to the CSL with a diverse history of public education, service, and employment. After receiving her Bachelor of Science from Shepherd College, Alexis furthered her qualifications in public service by earning a Master of Public Administration degree from West Virginia University.

Alexis has been working towards improving human services and building capacity with community organizations in West Virginia for over 19 years and was named the 6th most influential by Morgantown’s Dominion Post in 2009. She spent nearly 7 years as Executive Director at Rock Forge Neighborhood House, Inc., where she managed programs that helped foster community and personal responsibility for local residents in need. Prior to that she had experience with WVU’s Office of Service Learning Programs, which existed before becoming WVU’s Center for Civic Engagement in 2005, and later in 2013 was renamed the Center for Service and Learning. Alexis has continued to be extensively involved with several initiatives in Monongalia County, advocating for families and community-based solutions in areas such as food and hunger; homelessness; childcare and out-of-school-time care; substandard housing and home repair; veteran’s initiatives; human rights including women’s equality, and community-based nutrition education.

Alexis provides oversight for community service programming as well as WVU’s iServe online service management system. She offers focused guidance for Greek Life, Student Organizations, Student Government Association, academic departments, and WVU Athletics and Club Sports through the development of innovative tools and demonstration of best practice. Additionally, she oversees alumni partnerships to promote and highlight WVU’s contribution through service worldwide and provides leadership during disaster relief efforts.

She also teaches SRVL service-learning courses through the Center, engaging undergraduate level students in service as an innovative learning experience, allowing them to design projects, earn course credit for current volunteer efforts, build programs and initiatives on campus through student organizations through credit-based service experiences. Most recently she, in partnership with the Monongalia County Health Department, became certified as a CERT volunteer, along with the students in her SRVL 393A course. She and this pilot group of students along with University Police and other partners, have re-established a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) on WVU’s campus to provide a mechanism for members of the WVU community to be better prepared in case of emergency or disaster and to provide support for local first-responders and campus units.

Alexis and her husband Stacy have two children, Nathan and Emma Lee, and they reside in Westover, WV with their two dogs, Tucker and Coley. In addition to being a lifelong West Virginian, she is a huge fan of Mountaineer sports and enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, photography, and volunteering.



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