Staff

JulJLP 1ie Plaut, Executive Director
julie {at} mncampuscompact(.)org, 612-436-2081

Julie Plaut’s work is grounded in an asset-based approach to collaboration and change and a deep commitment to lifelong learning and engagement that contributes to just, democratic, and sustainable communities. In 2009 she returned to Minnesota Campus Compact, which she previously served as Associate Director, after several years as Director of Academic Initiatives for national Campus Compact and an independent consultant to other state Compacts and nonprofit organizations. Julie received her Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, where she taught several service-learning courses and helped to establish and lead the campus office for community partnerships. She also holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University. Her community engagement includes co-chairing the board of the Minnesota Alliance With Youth and serving on the board of the Prairie Oaks Institute.

Sinda-headshotSinda Nichols, Associate Director
sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org, 612-436-2080
Sinda joined Minnesota Campus Compact in October 2013. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA; has training in counseling and nonprofit administration; and brings experience in leadership and social change facilitation, collaborative and peer education, partnership development, experiential education, and philanthropy. Before joining the compact, she worked for The University of Texas at Austin’s Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life managing the Speak Up! Speak Out! youth action civics initiative. Sinda holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton College, is an alumna of HECUA, and has a master’s degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the board of the Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice. 

Ashley StruszAshley Strusz, College Health Corps VISTA Leader
strusza {at} augsburg(.)edu612-359-6464
Ashley started her VISTA service with Illinois Campus Compact at Rockford University, in Rockford, Illinois. While in Rockford Ashley worked to identify and address retention rates of low-income and first-generation college students, spearheading a new first-year student mentoring program and faculty/staff mentoring program. With a B.S. in Public Health, Ashley will start her Masters in Public Health this fall 2016 at St. Catherine University. Originally from Minnesota, Ashley takes interest in hiking, biking, reading, and learning new things.

Abbie Thebault-Spieker, Administrative and Communications Assistant
thebault {at} augsburg(.)edu
Abbie started with Minnesota Campus Compact in February 2016. She started as a Career Ready Intern, helping to coordinate the move to the new website. After her internship ended, she was hired to continue work on the website.  Abbie is in her final year at St. Catherine University, pursuing her Bachelor’s in Social Work. Ultimately, she aims to complete a Master’s in Social Work.