CEL offers Gordon College students the chance to help dream, strategize, and implement the programs that serve their fellow students. Learn how you can be a part of our team through various year-long internships.
Jocelyn Cook, Director
As the Director of CEL, Jocelyn Cook is passionate about building connections with students, deepening their passion for engaging in entrepreneurial leadership and supporting ways to realize that passion in order to be agents of change. Jocelyn is the Founder and acting Executive Director of SPUR, a Marblehead based nonprofit founded to cultivate a Community of Doers through an array of multi-generational volunteer activities and youth enrichment programs. Prior to founding SPUR, Jocelyn worked in the International Health arena both stateside and abroad. She earned her Master’s in Global Studies and International Affairs from Northeastern University after earning her undergraduate degree at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. Jocelyn resides in Marblehead with her husband and two children, all of whom sail or are budding sailing enthusiasts.
Lisa Buettner, Advisor
Lisa Buettner founded Anchor Consulting not long after graduating from Gordon ('87). In this capacity, Lisa has developed learning and talent development programs for some of the world's largest companies and senior leaders. She has also worked with Harvard Business School to build executive education programs. In recent years, Lisa has served as the Interim Director of CEL and the Chair of the CEL Advisory Council, and is excited to continue serving in a hands-on advisory role.
Stephanie Leathe, Assistant Director
Stephanie serves as the Assistant Director for the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. She grew up in Afghanistan but now calls Wenham home since graduating from Gordon College with her B.A. in Psychology '16. Facilitating opportunities for students to learn how to utilize their strengths, work collaboratively, and develop as thought leaders and change-makers is what excites her most about her job. When she’s not making spreadsheets and daydreaming about how to grow the many programs that CEL puts on, you might find her riding her moped around the North Shore or planning her next trip abroad.
Lane Ditore, Program Assistant Intern
B.A. Communication Arts ’20
As an aspiring brand creative and visual storyteller, Lane has spent her time at Gordon learning to love the art of problem-solving. Whether in a photograph, a film, a communication brief, or a leadership program her mantra is make meaning. A native Texan, raised by entrepreneurs with New England roots, Lane most recently served as the Vice President of Communications for the Gordon College Student Association and a social media intern for a local Salem fashion retailer. Now, as a senior, Lane views the call to join CEL in the role of Programs Intern as the perfect catalyst to further serve the Gordon community while bringing her education full circle. In the near future, she hopes to join an emerging brand dedicated to beauty, restoration, and flourishing. Or, God-willing, start one!
Vi Khuc, Design Intern
B.A. Art ’20
As a child, Vi spent an absurd amount of time drawing on the walls with crayons. Vi spends much of her time in the studio studying different disciplines of art from painting to installation work. When not making or at least thinking about art, Vi’s passion for social justice can be seen in her work in various cultural organizations on campus. To supply her curiosity in global politics and justice, she enjoys catching up on current events on peace and conflict. In her free time, Vi enjoys studying languages in hopes of becoming a polyglot (Ask her how Japanese is going!). New to the CEL team, she is always excited to hear about what students are doing to make a difference on campus and in the world.
Luke Pollack, Social Media & Marketing Intern
B.A. Communication Arts '20
Luke was born in Northern California but grew up in Florida. His love for photography and media began in high school. He is currently a communications major, with a focus on film, and a minor in social enterprise. His significant knowledge and experience with technology of all kinds inspired him to start his own YouTube channel (TechnoMinute), which focuses on creating fresh, cinematic product reviews. Realizing a gap in the market for self-taught content creators like himself, he and his co-founder competed and won 3rd place in Gordon College’s annual nonprofit and business pitch competition (Social Venture Challenge) to launch CreateBox, a video editing agency that meets the needs of the average content creator at the price they can afford. When not studying or filming, Luke enjoys building computers, thinking of new venture ideas, and improving his photography.
Deborah Sullivan, Teaching Assistant & CEL Representative
B.A. Social Impact '20
Deborah will be a senior at Gordon and currently resides in Beverly, Massachusetts. She is eager to put her hands to the entrepreneurial plow. Since discovering entrepreneurship in 2018, she has launched full force into the world of startups and innovation. As a Praxis alumna, former Social Venture Challenge participant, youth program developer for The Boston Project, former Elevate peer mentor and current CEL intern, Deborah has immersed herself into the entrepreneurial lifestyle and she is never looking back! Deborah has a passion to create and help others develop their own creativity, bringing any team together in order to produce exceptional results that have a transformational and restorative social impact.
Elaina Francisco, Forrester Venture Fellow Mentor
B.A. Communication Arts '19
Elaina is a Jersey girl (definitely not like Jersey shore—think a mesh between the pinelands and Philly) with a passion for building communities. Raised by two entrepreneurial parents, her heart is for creativity backed by thoughtful action. When she is not dancing, singing, helping a friend start a venture, or helping kids push past their limits she is studying the art of communication. Her favorite part about CEL is getting to hear her peers passionately tell the stories that have gotten them to where they are as they work to tangibly make the world a better place. A Forrester Venture Fellow herself her freshman year, she can’t wait to be back on a team that creates spaces to foster innovation!