2019-2020 Members

We are once again blessed with an amazing group of AmeriCorps members this year.

Here are our Full Time Members:

Meli Bandera Web

Meli Bandera

Youth Development Programs

Meli Bandera is a native of the West Side of South Bend. She recently graduated from IUSB with a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a double minor in Sculpture and Art History. Meli integrates her knowledge of art history, cultural upbringing and interest in expressive, multicultural art to implement unique and expansive art education. Meli is a firm believer of strong art education and hopes to help promote the artist within every student and send out many future artists into the world from the Robinson Center! 

Meli has shown work in many museums regionally in the Michiana area. She is a multimedia artist who works in fibers, 3D and 2D media. When she is not in the studio, she is spending time with her dog, reading comics, or learning a new trade.


Sarah Dowling Web

Sarah Bowling

Shakespeare Programs




Chloe Deardurff Web

Chloe Deardurff

Program Coordinator
Advanced Skills & Entrepreneurship Programs




Marley Guy Web

Marley Guy

Deputy Director
Take Ten Programs

My name is Marley Guy and I am excited to be serving as a full time member for the Take Ten program here at the Robinson Center. I graduated from Albion College in 2018 with a degree in English and Environmental Studies and have been working with youth since then. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a big inspiration to me and I am excited to teach youth nonviolent conflict strategies. I hope to learn more about myself and immerse myself in this community throughout my service.


Celine Marcos Web

Celine Marcos

Program Coordinator
LitCorps Programs




Samantha Musleh Web

Samantha Musleh

ENL Preschool Coordinator
LitCorps Programs

Samantha is a returning full time AmeriCorps Literacy Corps member serving as the ENL Preschool coordinator.  Samantha is a South Bend Native. She graduated from Saint Joseph High School and continued her studies at Holy Cross College and graduated with her bachelors from Indiana University. Samantha is married with 4 daughters who are twelve, nine, seven and four. 



Denise Penrod Web

Denise Penrod

Deputy Director
Take Ten Programs

Denise Penrod is from Battle Creek, MI, but has lived in the South Bend area for the past four years. She graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Intercultural Studies and minored in Economics. Her passion for healthy community development and engagement is what drew her to serve with the Take Ten program at the Robinson Center. She hopes to use her experience here to get to know the South Bend community better and to further educate herself on topics of peace & conflict.


Sage Weber Web

Sage Weber

Program Coordinator
Moreau College Initiative