Public Service Award Committee

Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College 2020-21 Public Service Award Committee

Senior Alumna Trustee Chair

Jocelyn Reader '02Jocelyn Reader ’02
A Biological Sciences major at Goucher, Reader was awarded the Ann M. Lacy Award in Genetics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her doctorate in human genetics in 2009 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a research associate in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and an adjunct associate professor at University of Maryland University College. 


Candace Chance '10Candace Chance ’10, M.A.C.S. ’12
Chance is a West Baltimore City native who matriculated from Goucher College with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Cultural Sustainability; exploring the intersections of local leadership, social ecosystems, education and entrepreneurship. This has set her on quite an unconventional path, uncovering equitable strategies to build resilience in historically disadvantaged, urban communities.

Chance has shared the stage with some of the top thought leaders in leadership and personal development as well as community development. She has traveled extensively, including spending seven months in Queensland, Australia, and making her second home in Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently the Founder & CEO of The VPI Firm, a process and strategy design firm for social good.

Jack Kavanaugh '11Jack Kavanaugh '11
After majoring in Religion at Goucher, Kavanaugh returned home to Buffalo where he received his Masters in Social Work from the University at Buffalo and has spent a career working with youth across many settings, including schools, summer camps and other community-based organizations. He is currently the Director of Training & Program Development at MENTOR New York, where he provides support services to mentoring programs across the state. Kavanaugh has provided training and consulting services to dozens of youth-serving organizations and trained hundreds of people on mentoring and best practices around relationship building.

Donte Small '18Donte Small '18
Small is the first Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) student to earn a bachelor’s degree on the main campus. He holds a B.A in Computer Science with a minor in Sociology. While at Goucher, Small was active in the Baltimore community including volunteering with the GPEP to bring awareness about the transformative effect of education. This has included speaking events and panels at faith organizations, universities, the Department of Education, and Maryland’s Parole and Probation Board. He currently works as a project support specialist at an Enterprise Case Management software development company, Adsystech, in Beltsville, MD. 

Faculty Representative

Anna Jozwick, Assistant Professor of Biology

Executive Director of Alumnae/i Affairs

Jennifer Pawlo-Johnstone

We’d love to hear from you! Contact the committee by emailing or by filling out a Public Service Award nomination form.