Center for Community Partnerships
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
12805 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32816-2200,
HPA 1, 352/355/343A
Nancy Ellis, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Nancy Ellis, director of the UCF Center for Community Partnerships, is an experienced administrator, facilitator and clinician. She has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences on clinical services for children and families, community collaboration efforts, children’s health programs, the role of local governments in social services and community-based evaluation and measurement. Currently, she is actively involved with numerous community boards and is a well-respected social worker, researcher, and community facilitator in the areas health, mental health, social services, and community organization and collaboration. She has actively participated in the facilitation and development of community-wide service delivery systems over the last 20 years working with an extensive variety of organizations and numerous communities to achieve long-term systemic change. Dr. Ellis is highly skilled as a facilitator with experience in working extensively with key organizational and community personnel to create strong interpersonal and inter-organizational relationships between partners.
In addition to her administrative background, Dr. Ellis’ strong experience in child and family services in Central Florida has provided her with the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate and structurally support the development of the Evans Community Partnership School in Pine Hills and the OCPS-ACE Community Partnership School in Parramore. Currently, she is facilitating the development of university/community collaboration and service integration efforts that include the UCF College of Health and Public Affairs, Valencia College, the City of Orlando and many nonprofits, businesses, and financial institutions. She plays a critical role in engaging residents of the Parramore communities so that they have a voice in preparation for the UCF Downtown campus.
Heather McClellan, M.P.A., Assistant Director
Assistant Director Heather McClellan is a graduate of UCF’s School of Public Administration. She obtained her B.S. at Florida State University where she majored in criminology and English literature. Having completed her M.P.A. and a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from UCF in 2010, Heather began employment with UCF’s Center for Community Partnerships in the College of Health and Public Affairs in July of 2011. In her current position with the Center for Community Partnerships, Heather is essential in the execution and implementation of the Center’s projects, initiatives, and organization. She has served on the Executive Steering Committee for the Orange County Children’s Cabinet for the last 6 consecutive years and currently holds the position of Vice Chair. Heather has also been instrumental to the planning and operations of the Evans Community School and has helped organize and structure the emerging ACE community school in Orlando’s downtown Parramore. As UCF prepares to open a new campus in downtown Orlando, Heather has contributed to the overall community engagement plan which includes the development of a community land trust and resident-based strategy groups. Internally, she helps to coordinate projects and efforts among COHPA’s schools, departments, and centers to help align the college with shared goals of Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities.
Ann Fivie Coordinator, Administrative Services
Administrative Coordinator Ann Fivie provides organizational support for the Center for Community Partnerships and the Center for Community Schools in the College of Health and Public Affairs. Ann began employment with UCF in January 2016. Prior to joining UCF, Ann worked for Children’s Home Society of Florida where she gained an introduction to community schools. In her current position, Ann continues to support the ongoing efforts of implementing Community Partnership Schools throughout Florida.
Jarrad D. Plante, CNP, Ed.D., Programs Coordinator
Jarrad Plante is the Programs Coordinator within the Center for Community Partnerships. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Central Florida, Masters in Public Policy and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Louisiana State University. Jarrad runs the Volunteer Center where he manages programming around mentoring, tutoring, and service-learning. His research areas are in volunteerism, service-learning, national service, and community engagement. Jarrad replicated the LEADS (Leadership for Educational Attainment Developed through Service) program that he managed at UMASS Dartmouth at the University of Central Florida in collaboration with Evans High School ∙ A Community Partnership School.