Center Faculty and Staff
Mindi B. Levin, MS, CHES ®
Founder and Director, SOURCE
Health, Behavior and Society (primary) & Health Policy and Management (joint), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Meet Our Team
Mindi is the founder and director of SOURCE, the community engagement and service-learning center, serving the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine. In this capacity, she is responsible for creating strategies to integrate public health practice and community outreach activities into academic training in the health professions. These efforts are accomplished in partnership with approximately 100 Baltimore community-based organizations, as well as faculty, staff, and students. Mindi provides programs and services that embrace the values of public service, social justice, citizenship, ethical decision-making, activism, civic professionalism, human rights, diversity, and reciprocity.
Additionally, she holds faculty appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health, Behavior and Society (primary) and the Department of Health Policy and Management (joint). She is adjunct faculty at the JHU School of Nursing. She teaches and supports a variety of service-learning and experiential learning courses on campus. She developed and teaches the Baltimore Community Practicum course (JHSPH) and Topics in Interdisciplinary Medicine: Health Care Disparities (SOM). She created and serves as the faculty co-sponsor of the certificate program in Community-Based Public Health. Mindi also co-coordinates the JHU School of Nursing’s Community Outreach Program. She worked with colleagues to develop several key SOURCE initiatives, including SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty and Community Fellows Program, SOURCE Service Scholars, Connection Community Consultants, Baltimore Action Projects, and HIV Counseling and Testing.
A Baltimore native, Mindi earned a bachelors degree in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and a masters degree in Health Administration from Towson University.
Tyler Derreth, PhD - Associate Director
R. Tyler Derreth, PhD. is the associate director of SOURCE and faculty in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His administrative work centers on collaborations faculty, staff, and students as they develop community partnerships that address social issues through various academic and co-curricular experiences. These efforts include leading the SOURCE Service-Learning Fellows program, supporting service-learning course development, community partnership outreach and establishing SOURCE’s research agenda. His research concentrates on the role of universities in cities, urban community–university partnerships, critical pedagogies, and social justice-oriented educational practices. In particular, he is focused on developing equitable urban university–community partnerships through service-learning and other academic practices that center marginalized voices in a critical educational environment.
Tyler earned a BA in English at Dickinson College before returning to his hometown of Baltimore to teach middle school English. He then went on to earn his doctorate in higher education at Penn State University where his dissertation focused on developing a sociocultural framework of community-based learning that breaks down institutional hierarchies. He is thrilled to once again be home in Baltimore working with its communities.
Keilah Jacques, MSW - Assistant Director
Keilah Jacques serves as assistant director of academic service-learning. In this role, she advances curricular and co-curricular efforts to further social justice and critical consciousness in service-learning and community engaged efforts. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas At Dallas, where she instructs future non-profit leaders through the Human Service Management and Leadership degree program. Prior to this role she was the public policy coordinator for one of the largest social service providers in Dallas. This role lead to a position as the program director of strategic development, with the Health and Wellness Alliance. In her role she led a public health collective impact, which intentionally aligned programs, policy, and services, towards systems changes that reduce challenges to healthy lifestyles and combat childhood obesity.
Keilah is originally from Dallas, Texas. She completed her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of North Texas; her graduate degree in community organizing from the University of Connecticut, where she was a CEDAL Public Heath Scholar; and completed a post-graduate diploma at Oxford with a focus on social care law and the National Health System.
Tony Bridges - Assistant Director
Tony Bridges serves as assistant director with SOURCE. Prior to joining SOURCE, Bridges was the former director of human services and operations for Park Heights Renaissance, a non-profit organization established to ensure the objectives of the Park Heights Master Plan of Baltimore are implemented. As director, Tony was responsible for supervising, managing, directing and growing the human service activities of the organization, as well as community capacity-building and outreach.
Tony was director of community affairs in East Baltimore for the Johns Hopkins Institutions. In this role, Tony represented the multi-institutional East Baltimore campus in planning, implementing and coordinating comprehensive approaches to community issues in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Mr. Bridges is also the former chief of staff for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), a division of the Maryland Department of Transportation and one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. While with the MTA, Tony focused on government relations as well as performance management for the agency.
Prior to working in transportation, Tony served as the director of community outreach for the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) under the administration of Governor Martin O'Malley, before becoming its chief of staff. As director of community outreach, he helped improve efficiency in the GOCI’s work program. He also worked to enhance communication between GOCI and local communities in addressing needs around the state, particularly as it relates to municipalities and townships. He also oversaw the work of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, Volunteer Maryland and outreach to ethnic and cultural communities across Maryland.
Mr. Bridges earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Frostburg State University. He received his certificate in strategic public relations and integrated communications from Towson University.
Vanessa Pinkney - Administrative Coordinator
Vanessa Pinkney serves as SOURCE’s primary point of contact, responding to general inquiries, answering our phones, and checking SOURCE’s general email account. She also schedules meetings, handles the budget, and assists with planning and implementing SOURCE’s programs and activities. Vanessa is the backbone to our operation!
Ezzat Shehadeh - Communications Specialist
Ezzat Shehadeh joined SOURCE in 2018 as our inaugural Communications and Events Specialist. Ezzat comes to SOURCE from George Mason University after serving as the Program and Communications Coordinator in the Center for Global Islamic Studies. Ezzat is a bi-lingual (Arabic and English) communications, marketing, programming and editing professional with over ten years of communication experience in media outlets and higher education. He earned his bachelor's degree in communication from George Mason University.
Glenn Ross - Community Consultant
Glenn Ross serves as a Community Consultant to SOURCE. His primary functions with the center include: conducting tours of the East Baltimore community, speaking in a variety of academic settings, assisting with orientation activities for new students, and serving as a member of SOURCE’s Governing Board and Community Council. Glenn is active in a variety of local groups, and provides SOURCE with important updates and news from the surrounding communities. He has been a valuable member of our SOURCE team since the center was founded in 2005.