Noelle Jordan

Interim Director of Community Partnerships

Noelle has been with the Brown Family Environmental Center since September 2016. Since her arrival, she has had a great time extending Kenyon’s reach into the community with relevant programming, and working with the BFEC team to fulfill their mission: to connect people to nature and to conserve natural diversity. Prior to the BFEC, Noelle was director of education at Shangri La Botanical Garden & Nature Center in Orange, Texas, and was part of the team that opened the facility to the public. She built the education department and programming from the ground up, serving up to 25,000 people per year with education programs, and winning several awards for programming in the state of Texas and regionally. 740-427-5903 |

Alyssa Gómez Lawrence '10

Assistant Director, community engaged learning and internships

Alyssa Gómez Lawrence joined the Office for Community Partnerships in January 2016. A Kenyon alumna and English major, born and raised in Knox County, her work focuses on community engaged learning courses and research — course work designed to address specific community needs and/or access community knowledge while providing opportunities for reflection on real-world, hands-on experiences — and fostering new and existing partnerships between Kenyon and the surrounding community. 740-427-5904 |

Chrissie Laymon '01

Program Coordinator, volunteering and rural life initiative

Chrissie Laymon joined the Office for Community Partnerships in December 2021.  A Kenyon alumna with a synoptic major in American rural studies, Chrissie was born and raised in Knox County. As a student she was heavily involved in the early years of the Rural Life Center and is excited to continue the legacy of that program with the Rural Life Initiative. A former AmeriCorps member, she is passionate about building a vibrant and healthy community by developing relationships between students and Knox County through service projects and volunteer opportunities. Chrissie and her family currently operate a 187-acre regenerative farm outside of Gambier and work closely with professors and students in a variety of courses. 740-427-5419 |

Faculty Fellows

Faculty fellows, representing different divisions of the College, work together with the Office for Community Partnerships to advance community-engaged learning and research at Kenyon. 

Pierre Dairon

Associate Professor of French, community-engaged learning


Iris Levin

Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies, rural life

Have a community engagement idea and you're not sure who to contact? Fill out our community engagement projects form. We can't guarantee a connection, but we will do our best to help it grow!

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