Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Mailing Address:
Center for Public Service
Alcee Fortier Hall
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: 504-862-8060
Fax: 504-862-8061


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Leaders in Service: Current Recipients

Whitney Allen conducted research with Dr. Jodi Kamps at the Autism Center at Chlidren’s Hospital and interned with both Global Green and Senator Shelia James Keuhl’s office.  Through the CPS’s Public Service Fellows program, she worked with Upward Bound and Dr. Szechter.

Xiao Bai coordinated and advised Tulane’s Habitat for Humanity project.  He also served as the Community Action Council of Tulane University Student’s Vice Chair for Finance.

Katherine Behnke volunteered with the Louisiana SPCA as a general volunteer, a small animal care intern, and an animal foster parent.  She also worked with the World Vets International Veterinary Medicine Program in Nicaragua.

Ilyse Blazar served with A’s & Aces’s, the Louisiana Latino Health Coalition and the Miracle League.  During her senior year,  she worked with Dr. Beth Wee’s neuroscience courses as a Public Service Fellow.

Rachel Brown worked as a crisis hotline operator and medical advocate with the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and a project coordinator for Raintree Children and Family Services. She interned with Covenant House, the Silver Spring International Rescue Committee and Self Help Initiative Support Services in Accra, Ghana.

Alex Byo, in addition to representing Tulane as a pitcher for the baseball team, worked as a Public Service Fellow with Dr. Beretta Smith-Shomade and volunteered at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.

Amelia Conrad volunteered with the Rosa Keller Library as an ESL tutor and rewrote the program’s curriculum.  While is Peru, she taught self-empowerment workshops for abused & abandoned girls.  She has been involved with the Newcomb Scholars program, RESULTS, and Mortarboard. 

Maggie Downes has interned with the Recovery School District’s Achievement office and the Tulane Debate Society.  She mentored students at Sophie B. Wright Charter School in public speaking, critical reasoning, and formal debate.

Michael Eisenstatt served as the Executive Vice Chair and Chair of CACTUS.  He worked on the leadership team for Outreach Tulane Day of Service and volunteered with numerous New Orleans non-profit organizations through Tulane Jewish Leaders and the Community Service Scholars program.

Claire Galley founded Tulane’s Global Service League and has led advocacy campaigns, service events, and fundraisers.  She has volunteered with the Gulf Restoration Network, Children’s Hospital, Oxfam, and IN Exchange. In Bangalore, India, she taught at the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project.

Melissa Herman served asPresident of the Tulane University Neuroscience Association and incorporated community service into the organization’s mission by developing Neuroscience focused event for public school children.  She also conducted public service research on stroke hotspots in New Orleans with the Tulane Stroke Program. 

Rebecca Jacob volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Alliance for Affordable Energy, and Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.  She served as a project coordinator for both Outreach Tulane and MLK Day of Service.

Michelle Liu has been an active member and leader within CACTUS, volunteering with Swim4Success, Hope House Community Center and Roots of Music.  Because of her special interest in senior care, she worked with Unity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, New Orleans Dream Center HealthREACH Clinic, and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. 

Elayna Napoli has worked as the Community Service Assistant in the CPS office.  She is a founding member of the Tulane University Community Advancement Network and served as its president.  In Morocco, she taught English for the Maison de l’ Avenir (Dar Al-Mustaqbel) Cancer Association.

Jolia Raymond has been a leader with the Tulane University Community Advancement Network, CACTUS, Outreach Tulane and MLK Day of Service. She received the UGL Services Community Service Scholarship to support her work with the NFL Youth Education Town Center..  She has also served as a Public Service Fellow and a volunteer with Save Charity Hospital.

Katherine Ryan volunteered with the NOLA Edible Schoolyard, the Horse Empowered Learning Program, Roots of Music, John McDonogh High School, Dr. T’s Equine Clinic, the Forest Creek Animal Hospital, and the Ride One Center for Kids. 

Tanvi Shah has worked to empower New Orleans youth through her work with Swim 4 Success, A’s & Aces, Kids Rethink New Orleans and the Newcomb-Tulane College Summer Transition Program.  She was volunteered with Project Grandpeople and Tulane Alternative Breaks.  While in France,  she worked with Accueil et Aide aux Personnes Agees.

Meghan Stanger served as the Executive Director for Swim 4 Success, interned for Beacon of Hope and Fair Trade University, mentored Benjamin Banneker students in debate, and worked with girls at the The Raintree House.  In Peru, she volunteered with the Workers Rights Syndicate and taught English to elementary school students.

Samuel Tabachnik has worked as a tutor and classroom aide with Benjamin Banneker Elementary School and KIPP Believe College Preparatory.  He has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and the Latino Farmer’s Cooperative.

Fabienne van Wambeke served as a Public Service Fellow with, creating walking tours of New Orleans and developing a smartphone application. She has also volunteered as a tutor at Lusher Charter School.

Santhosh Velaga has volunteered with Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, Le Chateau De Notre Dame Nursing Home, Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, St. Margaret’s Nursing Home, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Medicine department, and A’s & Aces.


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 - Some photos courtesy of the Peace Corps -