THOSE INVOLVED

TreeTop Commons, LLC

Since its founding in 2007, TreeTop Commons has promoted community engagement by helping campuses manage their community service programs online. They are known for providing ongoing, secure and high-quality services.

Black and white headshot of Lise Keyne, CSO for TreeTop Commons and Collaboratory
LISA KEYNE, PH.D.

Chief Strategy Officer, Collaboratory

TreeTop Commons, LLC

Scholar, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement

UNC Greensboro

Lisa Keyne serves at TreeTop Commons, LLC, as the Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, introducing the cloud-based software solution to higher education institutions interested in comprehensively tracking their community engagement and public service activities, and working to help them strengthen their institutional mission and strategy related to community engagement.

Lisa’s experience in higher education includes working as the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, housed on the Elon University campus, where she was a member of the Council on Civic Engagement. As Executive Director she helped support and build community engagement at over 50 diverse institutions, and was active in national Campus Compact.

Lisa was Vice Provost and Professor of Education at Concordia University, Portland, OR; and Assistant Professor and program director at Concordia University in Seward, NE. She currently holds an appointment as Senior Scholar with the Institute for Community and Economic Development at UNC Greensboro.

Now living in Vancouver, WA, Lisa remains a member of the editorial team for Partnerships: A Journal for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, and is a member of the Forum @the Library committee for the Ft. Vancouver Regional Library. She has served as the Chair of the Education Subcommittee for the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg; as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service; and as member of the faculty development team for the Concordia University System.

Lisa earned her Ph.D. in higher and postsecondary education from the University of Southern California; a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham; a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

Collaboratory Customer Specialist Lauren Wendling
LAUREN WENDLING, M.S. Ed.

Customer Specialist

TreeTop Commons, LLC

Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education

Indiana University Bloomington

Lauren Wendling serves as the Collaboratory Customer Specialist at TreeTop Commons, working to ensure that all customers successfully implement and utilize Collaboratory software to tell their institutional story of community engagement.

Prior to joining TreeTop Commons, Lauren worked as a Graduate Assistant within the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of Community Engagement where she built capacity for and implemented Collaboratory software to gather information from across campus and the community to inform assessment, institutional decision-making, and to tell the story of IUPUI’s collective impact.  She also conducted institutional research and disseminated findings to be used as supporting evidence for IUPUI’s commitment to deepening community engagement and build IUPUI’s reputation for community engagement both nationally and internationally. 

Lauren earned her Master of Education, Teaching, and Leadership from Butler University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Philosophy from DePauw University.  Lauren is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington.

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KRISTIN MEDLIN, MPA, MS

Director of Research

TreeTop Commons, LLC

Scholar, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kristin Medlin is the Director of Research at TreeTop Commons, LLC, where she oversees research efforts to support, promote, and enhance the field of study related to community engagement and socially effective impact across all sectors. She is a co-designer of Collaboratory (with Janke and Holland) and previously served as the ICEE Communications & Partnerships Manager. Kristin’s scholarly work explores technology-assisted engagement, cross-sector partnerships, and tracking and assessment of community engagement. Kristin holds masters degrees from UNCG in Public Affairs and Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. 

The Originators

Collaboratory originated from within the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) at UNC Greensboro (UNCG). It was designed, initially, to serve UNCG’s need to track, report and build awareness of hundreds of community engagement and public service activities and relationships for planning, reporting, and recognition purposes. Co-creators of Collaboratory are Emily Janke, Ph.D., Director of ICEE, Kristin Medlin, MPA, Assistant Director of Post-Secondary Initiatives at TreeTop Commons, and ICEE senior scholar Barbara Holland, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina Greensboro Institute for Community and Economic Engagement

EMILY JANKE, PH.D.

Director, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Collaboratory Consultant

Emily M. Janke is the founding director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) and an associate professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies department at UNC Greensboro. Dr. Janke has held key leadership roles to support the fair treatment of community engaged scholarship in promotion and tenure policy and practices, track and monitor community engagement and public service, develop a university-wide website and Referral Desk to advance communication and potential for collaboration, and support department-level community engagement partnerships. Janke served as chair of the Community Engagement Metrics Task Force for the University of North Carolina General Administration. Her teaching and scholarship explore multiple aspects of community and economic engagement, including community-university relationships and partnerships, institutional culture and change strategies, and the role of reciprocity, communication and tension in collaborative relationships for public good. Janke is a member of the National Advisory Panel for the 2015 Elective Community Engagement Classification process. She is a visiting fellow with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) where she is a member of The Next Generation Engagement Project, a collaboration between NERCHE, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and Imagining America. She received the Early Career Researcher Award (2012) and the Dissertation Award (2008) given by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. She received the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Civic Engagement Leaders (2012) given by the American Democracy Project of AASCU, and the Sustainer Award (2014) given by North Carolina Campus Compact.

BARBARA A. HOLLAND, PH.D.

Senior Scholar, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Collaboratory Consultant

Barbara A. Holland is recognized internationally for her scholarship and expertise on organizational change in higher education with a focus on institutionalization of community engagement. As an academic leader, she held senior administrative positions at Portland State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Western Sydney and University of Sydney. In government-related roles, she was Director of the Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse for seven years and Visiting Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of University Partnerships for two years during the Clinton and Bush administrations. As a researcher and consultant, she has been an on-campus adviser to more than 100 higher education institutions in the USA and internationally regarding community engagement institutionalization and leadership of change, and she has authored many publications of note, including the creation of the Holland Matrix for Institutionalization.

As a scholar and leader, Barbara was a founding board member and 2011-12 Chair of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), and also was a founding member of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Education, the National Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement, and the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (now called Engagement Australia) which in 2008 named her one of their first two Honorary Fellows. In 2006, she received the IARSLCE Award for Research Achievement. She is Executive Editor of Metropolitan Universities journal and serves in editorial roles for five other refereed journals. Barbara had been a lead faculty member for the Engagement Academy for University Leaders, sponsored by four major higher education associations, since it began in 2008.

Her current research and practice interests include the design of national and international frameworks for professional development of academic leaders, analysis of the strategic importance of community engagement to teaching, learning and research quality, and the development of comprehensive data systems for monitoring and measuring engagement’s impacts and outcomes. Barbara’s Bachelor and Master’s degrees are in Journalism from the University of Missouri and her Ph.D. is in higher education policy from University of Maryland. She resides in Portland, Oregon.