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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.

Education

  • Master of Public Administration West Virginia University, May 2000
  • Bachelor of Science, Political Science Shepherd College, May 1998

Memberships/Honors

  • Chosen as #6 on Morgantown’s 100 Most Influential List-Dominion Post (2009)
  • Business and Professional Women’s Association (BPW), Member and Officer, 2001-2008
  • Morgantown BPW “Woman of the Year”, 2004
  • Winner, BPW Young Careerist Public Speaking Competition, 2002, 2003

Teaching Experience/Certifications

  • Instructor, SRVL 393A Campus Leadership through Service
  • Instructor, SRVL 393A Campus Leadership through Service – Campus CERT
  • Instructor, SRVL 293A Introduction to Civic Engagement
  • Instructor, SRVL 495 Independent Study in Service-Learning
  • WVU Community Leadership Academy, 2013
  • Certified Instructor, Family Wellness Associates © Survival Skills for Healthy Families, 2007, 2009

Service/Involvement

  • WV Coalition to End Homelessness, board member (2015-present)
  • The Salvation Army of North Central WV, Advisory Board Member, (2012-2014)
  • WVU Council for Women’s Concerns, member (2012-Present)
  • United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, volunteer (2001-present)
  • WVU Women of Color Luncheon, co-chair (2014)
  • WVU Veterans Committee (2011-Present)
  • United Way Volunteer Connection Committee (2011-2015)
  • United Way Agency Relations Liaison Committee (2012-Present)
  • WVU Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ACAOD) (2011-2013)
  • Monongalia County Democratic Party, Volunteer (2010-Present)
  • Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA), WV EITC Coalition, Volunteer (2008-2010)
  • Monongalia/Preston Co. Healthy Families, Healthy Children Coalition, (2007-2012)
  • Monongalia County Schools W3 Wellness Committee (2007-2010)
  • Monongalia County Healthy Families Committee (2007-2010)
  • Early Childhood Committee of Monongalia County (2007-2010)
  • Community Repair Partners of Monongalia and Preston Counties (2007-2010)
  • Food and Hunger Committee of Monongalia County (2004-2010)
  • Monongalia County Emergency Food and Shelter Committee (2004-2010)
  • Mountaineer Wellness, Inc., Board Member (2008-2009)
  • Morgantown Elks Lodge #411, Member (2006-2013)
  • www.morgantownparentzone.org, Webmaster (2010-2011)
  • Mayor’s Task Force on Childcare and Out-of-School-Time Care (COST) (2008-09)
  • Vision 4 Our Children Committee of Monongalia County (2007-2012)
  • After School for All Coalition of Monongalia County (2001-2008)
  • Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels, Board Member (2004-2008)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown, Volunteer (1999-2002)
  • School-to-Career Academy, Shepherd University, Counselor (1999, 2000)
  • College Democrats, Shepherd College (1996-1998)
  • Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, Theta Pi Chapter Founding Sister, Shepherd College (1995-1998)

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