Jan Thomas

Director of Community Partnerships

Before coming to Kenyon in 1996, Thomas worked as a counselor, educator, and administrator at women's health centers in Chicago and Denver and operated her own health counseling practice in Denver. Thomas teaches courses on gender, health and illness, social movements, and research methods. She is particularly interested in service-learning and connecting the life of the College with the life of the greater Gambier community. 740-427-5903 | thomasj@kenyon.edu

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, who was born and raised in Knox County, her work focuses on the curricular with 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, while assisting in fostering new and existing partnerships between Kenyon and the surrounding community. 740-427-5904 | lawrencea@kenyon.edu

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 Kenyon students and Knox County through community 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 through a variety of courses. 740-427-5419 | laymonc@kenyon.edu

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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