Segal Fellow Bios
(alphabetical by fist name)
Aaron Chalek works as part of the Government Affairs Department as a public policy manager for Tufts Health Plan. Prior to this, Aaron was on the Cost Trends Team for the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. He graduated with his joint M.P.P. and M.B.A. degrees from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2013. Aaron completed his summer Segal fellowship at The Urban Institute in Washington, DC while being coached by H.P. Goldfield, Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. With a focus on health care policy and management, Aaron's areas of interest include integrative health care delivery initiatives, payment and financing models, and health disparities. Before attending the Heller School, Aaron worked as the Director of Operations at Progressive Business Leaders Network (PBLN), where he was responsible for the daily operations of the organization as well as the coordination of sector-specific working group initiatives. Prior to PBLN, Aaron served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member as a Development Coordinator at the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell, Massachusetts, a nonprofit youth center which provides a safe haven for, and addresses the holistic development of “at-risk” and under-served youth. Aaron received his Bachelor of Arts in international relations and government from Clark University in 2006. Aaron was also recognized for his leadership potential by being accepted to the New Leaders Council of Boston in 2013.
Aja Antoine is from Pensacola, Florida majoring in sociology at Brandeis University. Her honors include the Dean’s List at Brandeis and a Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship for her engagement in collaborative research on cross-regional educational equity campaigns with Brandeis Professor David Cunningham. Alongside Professor Cunningham, Aja co-authored a journal article and presented at the “40 Years Later: The Legacy of Boston Busing” Conference co-hosted by The New England office of the international nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves and The Boston Globe Foundation’s News in Education (NIE) program. In 2014, she participated in the Justice Brandeis Semester program, Civil Rights and Educational Equity in the U.S., traveling and studying with students from Brandeis and Jackson State University to examine the legacies of school desegregation in Boston and Jackson, Mississippi. Her principle interests include a passion for using research as a tool for social change and activism, with a focus on Women in the Civil Rights Movement, education, equality and restorative justice. In summer 2015 in Boston, Aja supported the Facing History and Ourselves. Aja is now the Segal Management Fellow and supports the Segal Leadership team as part of the staff.
Alan Ratliff graduated from the Heller School in 2011 with a M.P.P. focusing on poverty alleviation and children, youth, and families. Prior to starting at the Heller School, Alan worked as the LGBT Outreach Coordinator for the Ohio Democratic Party. He also completed two years of AmeriCorps service as a Massachusetts Promise Fellow. During that period, Alan served at the Asian Community Development Corporation in Boston’s Chinatown where he managed a youth leadership program that taught young people about affordable housing issues and the importance of being civically engaged. Alan holds a B.A. from Ohio State University in political science and Asian American studies and a Graduate Certificate in nonprofit management from Northeastern University. His policy interests focus on promoting social and economic justice for people of color and the LGBT community. Alan is National Network Manager for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network in San Francisco.
Alex Montgomery, 2016 Heller MPP Segal Fellow
Alex Thomson graduated from Brandeis in Fall 2014 and works as a development associate at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. Alex spent his last summer as an Eli J. Segal Fellow at Northwind Strategies, a leading Boston public relations firm, and on the Finance Team for the Martha Coakley Campaign for Governor. His Segal Coach is retired U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Massachusetts, Nancy Gertner.
While at Brandeis, Alex majored in politics and public policy. He worked in the Office of the President for three years, served as a community advisor, was elected Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, and founded Brandeis Bridges, a partnership between the Black and Jewish communities on campus.
Amber Kornreich earned her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and Near Eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University. She is currently pursuing her law degree as a Dean’s scholar at Florida International University – College of Law. Amber served as one of two 1L Representatives to the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law School Chapter at her school. She is a Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) Representative and completed her time at the Anti-Defamation League as their Summer Research Associate. Amber has a background in community organizing, recruitment, and service outreach. She is passionate about social justice, LGBT and Women’s Rights, disability awareness and the Democratic Party. Amber is also interested in projects for social change and providing professional service in Spanish. In 2009 at Brandeis, Amber co-founded Brandeis Buddies, a community service initiative within the Waltham Group that pairs student volunteers with adults who have developmental disabilities and work in the dining and residence halls on campus. For these and other achievements, Amber was chosen by her peers as a 2010 recipient of the Brandeis University Student Leadership Award.
Ameline Limorin is pursuing a double major in education studies and sociology at Brandeis University. She is the daughter of Haitian immigrants, and completed her primary studies in Fort Pierce, Florida, where she attended Fort Pierce Central High School and dually enrolled in Indian River State College. Ameline is passionate about increasing access to higher education for students of low socioeconomic status. She has a history of working with students to help them with the college application process. After arriving at Brandeis, Ameline was fortunate enough to team up with a group of passionate young women and became a founding member of BeSO Educated: Keepin’ It Real 101, a pilot program aimed at providing low income and minority high school students resources to aid them during the college application process. Ameline also serves on the Brandeis Black Student Organization executive board. Ameline’s Segal Program internship was for CollegeBound: Dorchester. Her Segal Coach was Segal Founder and Advisory Board Member Laura Gassner Otting.
Analissa Iversen is a dual candidate for a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Business Administration at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, concentrating in Children, Youth and Families. Before coming to Heller, Analissa served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA program evaluator for the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell, MA. UTEC serves Lowell’s proven-risk youth population with a variety of workforce development, education, and support services. At UTEC, Analissa created systems for data collection and review. Her work ensured the growth of the organization’s culture of continuous learning and improvement. She also helped the organization obtain a $1 million grant from Strategic Grant Partners, which will be used to expand UTEC’s program model. As a 2011 Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities award winner, Analissa graduated from UMass Lowell where she worked closely with a tenured faculty member in the devel- opment of a research project that she presented at the Eastern Sociological Society’s annual conference. Analissa was recognized with this honor and many others for being an active on- and off-campus Citizen Leader. This includes her continued volunteer work as a Rape Crisis Counselor and for marshalling efforts to create a safe campus, focusing particularly on the issue of sexual violence. This summer Ana is interning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation being supervised by Segal Founder Jennifer Baratz Gross.
Andrew Nguyen is a senior majoring in sociology and anthropology at Brandeis University. He is expected to graduate in May 2015. Andrew is a member of Students for a Just and Stable Future and co-founded the Brandeis Divestment Campaign, a movement to divest the university’s endowment from fossil fuel corporations. He was a member of Climate Summer, a program that travels throughout New England exclusively by bikes to support and connect local community groups and individuals on environmental justice and climate-change. This past summer, Andrew worked with Interfaith Worker Justice in tying together theology with economic justice organizing. Currently he is organizing around worker justice for Brandeis and Sodexo employees. He is interested in grassroots intersectional work at the nexus of race and class, seeking approaches that will bring together people from a diversity of movements. Andrew is from the suburbs of Philadelphia. During Andrew’s Segal Summer Internship, he worked at School of Unity and Liberation in San Francisco, California. He was mentored by Segal Founder Garen Corbett as his Segal Coach.
Anicia Fernandes majored in sociology and anthropology at Brandeis University, ’10, with a minor in African American Studies. She is a resident teacher in kindergarten at the public charter elementary school Up Academy in Dorchester, Mass. During her time at Brandeis, Anicia served her community by encouraging high school students to attend college through formal speaking engagements, and assisting in neighborhood health education and the administration of surveys to ascertain community health needs. Anicia was also a Community Engaged Fellow and participated in clubs such as the Women of Color Alliance and the Brandeis African Club.
Anita Yip is experienced as a fundraiser, marketer, conference planner, technology consultant, and tutor for students with special needs. In 2011, Anita co-founded the Jasmine Asian Women Giving Circle with six women in response to foundations giving less than 1% of philanthropic dollars to organizations and programs assisting Asian women, a desire to build a safe and supportive community among Asian women, and the need to collaborate to create lasting change. Anita joined the Segal Program in 2012 after winning the Eli J. Segal AmeriCorps Alums Entrepreneurship Award for her extensive community work. She is a proud Big Sister of four years and an avid lion and dragon dance performer of many years. Anita holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and media arts and sciences from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication from Northeastern University.
Arianne McGinnis and Elliott McGann abandoned comfortable career paths to create Hope Grows, a 6 and a half acre sustainable farm in Southeast Georgia that produces food for over 150 families. To call them farmers would be an understatement. These AmeriCorps alumni are also activists, teachers, and entrepreneurs. Each season, Arianne & Elliott teach 10 part-time apprentices and host hundreds of service learners eager to get their hands dirty. They regularly invite volunteers and community members to the farm to FEAST on the good ideas and food that Hope Grows: pasture-raised poultry, eggs, and pork. Their annual Egg Hunt and Pig Roast is THE go-to event in Sylvania, Georgia and is a testament to their work to rebuild local agriculture and rural life.
Audrey Etlinger Cohen graduated from Brandeis University in 2010 with an M.P.P. degree with a health policy focus. She works at Westat as a research analyst. She served as a pro bono policy consultant for the Dan Berwick for Governor of Massachusetts Campaign. Previously, Audrey worked for over three years at RTI International as a public health analyst focusing on aging, disability, and long-term care. During Audrey’s Segal summer fellowship, she interned in Senator Kennedy’s Office as part of the Senate Majority Health Policy Office in the HELP Committee. Her Segal Coach was Segal Founder Mike McCurry. She has worked in almost every type of healthcare setting, including a Planned Parenthood clinic in Iowa, the Fenway Community Health Center, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She also worked for a mobile healthcare company providing health services to the U.S. Military. Her health policy interests include state health policy, cost-effectiveness, and reproductive/sexual health policy. Outside of work, Audrey enjoys running marathons, traveling, skiing, cooking for friends, and learning about wine.
Beneva Davies received her B.A. from Brandeis University in 2013 in politics with minors in economics and legal studies. She is a children’s rights associate at Human Rights Watch in New York. While at Brandeis, Beneva was a mentor, recruiter and coordinator for the local LACE (Language and Cultural Enrichment) program, a “big siblings” program for children who are newly immigrated or English Language Learners. She was also one of two student representatives to the Brandeis University Board of Trustees and in that role encouraged greater diversity on the Board and made efforts to connect Board members with students. Her professional interests are in policy change, international justice and law.
Bria J. Price is from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in Theatre and Dance. As a 2016 AmeriCorps Alums Eli J. Segal Leadership Award winner, Bria served as an AmeriCorps member at City Year Washington, D.C from 2014-2016. In her first year, she supported an English and Language arts classroom where she tutored and mentored 5th grade students at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary. In her second year, she served as a team leader to provided support, perspective and insight on the AmeriCorps experience for first year AmeriCorps members. Bria is now an Impact Manager for City Year Washington, D.C. at John Hayden Johnson Middle School where she manages the school relationship and her team of first and second year AmeriCorps members. Bria believes that service is the gateway to consistent learning and growth because it ensures investment in community first, the world second and yourself third. She recognizes that she could not be successful at one unless she was successful at all, but to do so required personal growth as a leader. Bria envisions a career that merges social justice, education, and the arts.
Brian Schon joined the Segal network through the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where in 2011 he received his MPP and MBA degrees concentrating on health policy and nonprofit management. Brian then spent two years as Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Primary Care Progress, a national non-proﬁt that engages medical trainees to promote primary care practice. He also spent 2011 co-directing the Boston New Leaders Council Institute with Segal Fellow Pem Brown. In 2012, Brian decided to seek an international focus, pursuing emerging market experience as an intern at the Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC and then as a community and economic development Peace Corps volunteer in Pyriatyn, Ukraine. Brian’s work includes conducting seminars on finance and project management (for local residents, small businesses, and the Mayor’s office), grant management, and hosting a tri-lingual weekly internet program to promote shared culture, tradition, and work experience between the U.S. and Ukraine. After service, Brian intends to continue work in international development.
Brie McLemore, 2016 Heller MPP Segal Fellow
Brie McLemore is a joint Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Before attending Brandeis University, she was the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee Intern for the Boston Public Health Commission. Through this position, she provided educational opportunities for staff on health equity and racial justice. Most notably, she sponsored a Stand Against Racism event on police brutality as a public health issue. Brie graduated from New College of Florida in 2013, where she studied Anthropology and Gender Studies. While at New College, she sponsored the Feminist Alliance and was the graduate commencement speaker. Brie wrote her undergraduate thesis on the connection between the criminalization of pregnant substance users and the reproductive rights movement. Through this research project, Brie became aware of the many ways mass incarceration operates to further marginalize women, queer, and gender non-conforming people of color. This summer, Brie interned at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she worked to combat the criminalization of communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and Black Lives Matter activists. She is currently the Crime and Criminal Justice Policy Intern at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which is housed within MIT. She is also working on a research project based out of the Heller School, which will create a database for academic institutions that will providing resources on intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion.
Cali Cornacchia is the Associate, Learning at Service Year Alliance, where she works to increase the value proposition of doing a year of service and to build a network of knowledge sharing between service year host organizations. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, she served as the 2015 Eli J. Segal Fellow at the Corporation for National and Community Service, where she spent a year working on special projects to support the agency’s many initiatives and programs. Cali graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2013 with majors in Sociology and Politics & Government. She has volunteered and worked in a variety of nonprofits, including serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, D.C., where she has lived for the past few years.
Damond Ford is a Richmond, VA native. He attended Elmira College (Elmira, NY) and graduated with a B.S. in criminal justice. Damond served with AmeriCorps in City Year New Hampshire for two years where he met his wife, Emerald. During his second year if service Damond was awarded the Eli J and Phyllis N. Segal Bridge Builder Award. After his years of national service Damond joined the staff at City Year for three more years as an Impact Manager. He left City Year to join the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. While at the SC Coalition Damond help create the statewide manual for providing services to LGBTQIA survivors and build. He was also able to lead the Coalition to adapt an anti-oppression framework and build the statewide framework to engage men and boys in the conversation to end violence against women. While still in Columbia, Damond began his involvement with the Black Lives Matter movement. Now Damond is with the Boys and Girls Club of York County as a Club Director. Damond lives in Charlotte, NC with his beautiful wife and two smart and strong daughters, Cleo and Reed. He is active in the Black Lives Matter movement and Charlotte Uprising.
Dan McConvey, 2016 Heller MPP Segal Fellow
Daniel is a dual MPP/MBA candidate at the Heller School with a passion for civic engagement and social impact. His leadership on campus includes formerly serving as a representative for the Heller Students Association and the co-chair of the LGBTQ working group. Prior to grad school he was an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader and then a program manager for an youth civic engagement AmeriCorps State program. He is currently a graduate intern with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Boston. He has been focusing on community development, creative placemaking, housing policy, and re-entry programs for formerly-incarcerated and justice-involved individuals.
David Duhalde graduated from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management in 2014 with dual Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. and works in campaign finance reform. The Segal Fellowship sponsored his public policy fellowship at the National Employment Law Project in New York City. Before joining the Segal Network in 2012, David graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and worked in community and labor organizing. In his spare time, David has also served on national committees of the Labor Research & Action Network and the Democratic Socialists of America.
Diana Epstein grew up in California, majored in applied math-biology at Brown University, and then served in the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) for two years as a corps member and team leader at the Charleston campus. After her AmeriCorps service she earned an M.P.P. at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Ph.D. in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND graduate school, where her doctoral dissertation examined the long-term impacts of AmeriCorps service on participants. She previously did research and program evaluation in education policy at Abt Associates, the Center for American Progress, and the American Institutes for Research, and she is now a senior research analyst in the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in Washington, DC. Diana has been actively involved with AmeriCorps Alums since 2006 and is now serving as a founding member of the National Advisory Council. Diana was a New Leaders Council Fellow in 2013, and she also serves on the Alumni Advisory Committee for the RAND graduate school.
Emily Bishop graduated in 2012 from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management with her M.P.P. with a concentration in children, youth, and families. This program reflects her broader interests in developing policy that grants economic independence to low-income women and their families and policy that helps both men and women balance the demands of work and family. Emily grew up in Tewksbury, Mass. and attended college at the University of Vermont where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in political science and sociology. While a student at the University of Vermont, she worked with former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin on her book, Pearls, Politics, and Power. She also interned for Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign and, after graduation, went on to spend three years serving as a Legislative Assistant in his Washington, DC office. Emily was the Coordinator of Principal and Major Gifts at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, based in New York City. She is now the Manager of Board Affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Estela Lozano is from San Jose, California and will be a senior at Brandeis University in the fall. As a daughter of parents who came to the US from Mexico, Estela has worked tirelessly to bring awareness of the obstacles immigrant’s face by promoting equality in deportation issues and access to education. Last year, as co-president of the Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative (BIEI), a campus awareness organization, she met with Brandeis administration to discuss the school’s policy against admissions of undocumented students. Being bi-lingual in Spanish, Estela provided translation services at the San Francisco’s District Attorney Office in the Victim Services department. She has supplemented her studies in Health: Science Society and Policy and Latin American and Latino studies with years interning throughout California and Massachusetts. In 2011, she was selected by Students Rising Above for her ability to strive for her dreams as a Citizen Leader. This summer, Estela is working at the National Council of La Raza on the immigration policy team for Laura Vazquez.
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Gabby Fish graduated from Boston University with a degree in English, and minor concentrations in Spanish and art history. She is currently attending George Mason University for a Master’s degree in Special Education, finishing in December 2015. During her time at BU she volunteered with the Children’s Theatre Program and mentored middle school students on a South Dakota Indian reservation. Through these experiences, she cultivated a passion for reaching out to underserved youth, and a greater commitment to service she maintains in her work today. In 2010-2012, Gabby was placed in DC’s Stanton Elementary School as a City Year DC corps member and team leader, where she displayed such wholehearted devotion to her students that she was offered a full-time job as a special education teacher through Teach for America. Through Gabby’s current work at Stanton as a special education teacher, she is helping drive Stanton toward its goal of significantly increasing reading and math proficiency rates and eventually making the school one of the best in the district. Additional volunteer work Gabby is engaged in includes the family engagement team at Stanton, which leads and trains the staff in home visits, ongoing positive communication, and attendance protocol. She is also an active advocate for LGBT and Women’s rights and passionate about building awareness of mental health issues.
Gabby Zilkha is majoring in business and psychology with a minor in Eastern Asian studies at Brandeis University. Gabby’s passion is her interest in business and social justice. Gabby is very active on the Brandeis campus. She is a co-coordinator of Kindness Day, president of TBA (her improvisational theatre troupe), and a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team. Additionally, Gabby is an ambassador for the Brandeis Admissions Department, a teaching assistant for Financial Accounting, an orientation leader, and part of the Microfinance Chapter of Global Brigades. She is a member of the Big Siblings program through the Waltham Group. Gabby loves being an involved community member and is dedicated to her many extracurricular activities.
Gabby’s hometown is New Hyde Park, NY where she attended Herricks High School. In High School, she discovered her passion for business through a club called DECA where she was an international finalist in her category. During summer 2014, Gabby completed her Segal summer internship at Time Warner, Inc. in their Corporate Responsibility department. She was mentored by Segal Founder Steve Silverman who gave her helpful insights on how to merge her love for business into her interest in developing a Corporate Social Responsibility background.
Gabby attributes her success to her family. Her mother and father, both escapees from Baghdad helped her understand why it is so important to be kind and have pushed Gabby to explore every opportunity, and she has three very supportive older brothers.
Gabriella Sanchez-Stern, Brandeis Class of 2012, majored in politics. For her Segal summer internship, Gabi worked at Demos in Washington, DC where her focus was researching the role of civic engagement in immigrant day workers’ centers across the country. One of the highlights of her time at Brandeis was when she spent a summer semester in Mississippi studying the local civil rights history and researching how segregation was institutionally maintained in the Mississippi towns of Natchez, Philadelphia, and Jackson. After graduating from Brandeis she spent seven months working as a field organizer for the Martin Heinrich for Senate campaign in New Mexico.
Gabi lives in Seattle and is the communications organizer for Washington Community Action Network, a statewide grassroots organization that works to achieve racial, social and economic justice. She plans to take the LSAT and apply to law school sometime in the next couple of years.
Gauris Frias graduated from Brandeis in May of 2013 with his degree in business and economics. He is currently a financial analyst at Constant Contact in Waltham, Mass. Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. to Dominican parents, Gauris has always demonstrated an interest in the advancement of underrepresented ethnic minorities. His other passion is baseball. Last summer, he combined both his interests when he interned as a youth baseball coach at Harlem RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities). At this nonprofit organization, he taught inner-city kids reading comprehension and also coached a youth baseball team. Realizing the need for more ethnic diversity in baseball management, he aspires to work in this field and pave the way for more ethnic minorities who have an interest in pursuing similar career paths.
Grace Vaughn is a kindergarten teacher in Lexington, Mass. She graduated from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management with a Master’s in Public Policy focused on children, youth, and families. She is interested in creating better, more equitable access to high-quality early education and care for young children and families. She hopes to use progressive policy, advocacy, and community-based collaboration to pursue these goals. Previously, Grace lived and worked in Charleston, S.C. at the Charleston County School District under the Office of the Superintendent. There she worked on grant writing, community organizing and nonprofit development for a local initiative offered through the U.S. Department of Education. During her time at Heller, Grace was an assistant teacher at the Lemberg Children’s Center. She recently completed another Master’s in Teaching from Lesley University where she won the June Fox award for promoting equity in education.
Heleena Mathew, Brandeis Class of 2015, is majoring in international and global studies with a minor in English. She was born in Akola, India but immigrated to the U.S. when she was six to pursue an American education. During her freshman year at Brandeis University, Heleena worked as a grassroots organizer for the campaign to reelect President Obama and built support for him on campus. Over the summer, she passed on her knowledge to a team of community organizers and staffed events for the President and First Lady. She went on to become the Co-campus Director for Massachusetts in the Obama 2012 Presidential campaign. In this position she managed approximately 200 students and built college teams from the ground up to campaign throughout New Hampshire. She spent an academic year abroad in South America.
Heleena is passionate about rights for immigrants and women and hopes to work towards progress for both these groups. During her 2013 Segal Citizen Leader Summer Internship, Heleena worked at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Segal Founder Carolyn Casey was her Segal Coach.
Iris Dooling is completing her M.P.A. in nonprofit management at NYU Wagner’s School of Public Service. She works for AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), Taproot Foundation, and as a teacher’s assistant for financial management. Iris is a founding Wagner Consulting Group board member. Last year, her team was a finalist in a national policy completion where they proposed a policy solution for gun control and mental health. Before starting NYU, she worked at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), where she was the 2010 Eli Segal Fellow. After completing her fellowship, she worked in disaster services and performance measurement at CNCS. Before receiving her fellowship, Iris ran Habitat for Humanity’s Louisiana State AmeriCorps program post-Katrina. As a proud AmeriCorps Alum, Iris has served in Teach for America, Indiana Reading Corps, and Summerbridge/Breakthrough Collaborative. She graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University in 2006 with a B.A. in English literature and French.
Jade Eckels is a junior at Brandeis University double majoring in African and African American Studies and English with a minor in History. Given her areas of study, she deeply understands the power of personal narrative, and that investment is reflected in her social justice work, which seeks to empower youth voices. Her interests lie in the area of youth development and child advocacy. She is particularly interested in facilitating the positive growth and development of children whose identities lie outside of the mainstream. At the age of fourteen, she began her youth development work with Girls Inc., a national organization that works with girls ages 9 to 14 and shows them that they are “strong, smart, and bold”. As a former participant in the Program, she became an advocate, spokesperson, and a new face of her local chapter of Girls Inc., making speeches to various stakeholders about the ways in which her time with the organization expanded her vision. She continued this work in high school by working with VOX Teen Communications, a youth development organization and a metroAtlanta newspaper written by teens for teens, where she served as a writer, editor, strategic planning team member, and a workshop planner and facilitator. In the summer of 2015, Jade was a program intern at 826 Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. This past summer, Jade joined the America Forward team (the policy arm of New Profit, Inc.) in their DC office to work on higher education access for non-traditional students by helping implement two town halls across the country to effectively use college students’ voices to inform policy.
James Ward is an associate at Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth and buyout investments in industrial technology markets. At Artemis, James is involved in the sourcing and analysis of new investment opportunities including due diligence, market research, deal structuring, and financial analysis. James also works closely with Artemis’s portfolio companies, providing analysis and advice on market, operational, product development, and financial strategy. James joined Artemis in 2011 from Odeon Capital Group’s investment banking team, where he worked with public and private companies from a variety of industries including financial services, software, aerospace, and defense. James is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Now married and living in Boston’s South End, James proudly served as a City Year Boston corps member from 2004-2005 and as a City Year Louisiana senior corps member from 2005-2006. James’s two brothers also served with City Year Boston. He is also on the City Year Boston Board.
Jarvis Nash is the 2015 winner of the Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder AmeriCorps Member of the Year award. He was selected out of nearly 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps Members. Jarvis served as a City Year AmeriCorps member in Washington D.C. from 2013-2015. During his first year with City Year, Jarvis tutored and mentored second grade students, created a school-wide positive behavior incentive system (PBIS), recruited over 400 D.C. public school students for an alternative spring break called Camp City Year, and was the recipient of the Comcast/NBC Universal Leadership award. Jarvis completed his second year with City Year as a Team Leader of 9 AmeriCorps members at a new City Year school site and his team was honored for their work with this site. As a Team Leader, he represented and advocated for his site as a member of City Year’s Dean’s Council and continued to serve as one of his sites recruitment leads for Camp City Year and Summer Leadership Academy. Jarvis plans to continue his work at City Year as a Washington D.C. Program Manager. He is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and graduated from Florida A&M University with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in history.
Jason Gray is a graduate student at Harvard Business School. Previously, he worked at Deloitte Consulting as a strategy consultant to public sector clients. Jason also worked on President Obama’s 2012 campaign, helping to build the field program in Wisconsin. Jason graduated summa cum laude with a M.A. and B.A. in politics from Brandeis University, where he also served as student government president.
Jennifer Recinos graduated from Brandeis University in 2014 with a B.A. in Film and International Studies. She is passionate about travel, arts and culture. As a youth Jenn benefited tremendously from local non-profits that provided her mentors through Americorps programs so after graduating she decided to spend a year of service advising under-served students like herself in her hometown of Providence, RI. She worked full time as a High School College Adviser with the Brown University College Advising Corps housed through Swearer Center for Public Service. Jenn also volunteered part time as an Artist Mentor teaching youth to work with digital media at a local nonprofit, New Urban Arts. Now after completing her year of service, she has relocated to Boston as an Admissions Assistant at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is eager to explore her own creativity through multimedia arts. She spent her Segal summer internship at the Gay Straight Alliance Network in San Francisco, where her supervisor was Segal Fellow Alan Ratliff.
Jerry Saunders, Brandeis Class of 2011, participated in a number of activities in the fields of science, research, and medicine. Jerry was a participant in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at Yale University, where he learned about the field of medicine by shadowing doctors. Jerry also participated in a research and technology program in high school. He is on a full scholarship to the University of Rochester in the M.D./Ph.D. program.
While at Brandeis, Jerry served as Treasurer of the Brandeis Black Student Organization, and he dedicated his time to working with Live Campus, which encourages colleges and universities to hold benefit concerts to support African villages. He has worked as a Science Mentor, advising freshmen with pre-med interests. Jerry has also volunteered to raise awareness and funds for programs such as the American Cancer Society and the AIDS Walk.
Jess Kent graduated from Brandeis University in 2009 with a B.A. in psychology. After teaching a leadership and moral development class to 5th graders, Jess relocated to Claremont, Calif. where she began a two-year master’s program in positive organizational psychology and evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. She is eager to learn how to accurately assess government programs and help to create connections between the public sector and private companies. She advised three developing nonprofits, MoneyThink, FuelEd, and National Campus Leadership Council, as they emerge in the arenas of financial education, teacher training, and student debt, respectively.
Jessica Christian is currently a Masters in Public Health Candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health and a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Fellow at UMass Medical School’s Shriver Center. A first-generation Indian-American from Brooklyn, Jess brings an understanding of a diverse lived experience and a deep passion to eliminate disparities in health access among racial and ethnic minorities. Jess’ research and advocacy are dedicated to the understanding of the intersections between violence, racial discrimination, and health outcomes. Previously, she worked at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health contributing to the overarching goals of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, and increasing equitable access to health care services for women worldwide. Community engagement, coalition building, citizen leadership, and mentorship are at the core of her professional and personal goals. Dedicated to mobilizing communities of color to bring about positive health outcomes, Jess serves through her passion for people and insistence on restoration of justice.
Jessie Stettin completed his B.A. in business in 2013 from Brandeis University. He chose to continue his studies at the Brandeis International Business School, graduating in 2014 with his M.A. in international economics and finance. As a Brandeis student, Jessie was part of the Sun Life Financial Rotational Leadership Development Program in Waltham, Mass. He plans to use the business tools he learned in class to start a business in the “green sector”. Already demonstrating his ambition and entrepreneurial spirit, Jessie successfully created an on campus bike-rental program for Brandeis students and expanded the already existing daily-rental program. One of his specific interests within the environmental field lies in sustainable agriculture, which led him to his a summer internship with the Queens County Farm located in his hometown of Queens, N.Y. Through hands-on farming experience, Jessie learned specific organic farming practices as well as the marketing and sales that goes along with running an agricultural organization. Jessie was a 2011 recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship which allowed him to study art history and film in Amsterdam; he also had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with 30 members of the International Business School to review an economy in transition.
Jessie Zimmerer earned a joint M.P.P. and M.A. in women’s and gender studies from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2012. Before finding her home in Boston, she worked as a victim advocate at a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center in La Grande, Ore. where she also served as an elected City Councilor. Jessie’s commitment to advancing women's political and economic interests includes working professionally to address violence against women, homelessness, poverty among women and children, volunteer work with at-risk teens, and academic research on feminist mentorship in academia and women’s organizations. She was aide to Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley and currently serves as Legislative Director at the Office of Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz.
Jimmy Duong works in the development department for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools where he helps raise the organization’s budget while overseeing stewardship of accounts. He aspires to become an Executive Director for a nonprofit organization. During his time at City Year, Jimmy led a team of corps members at Hollenbeck Middle School. Prior to joining the Partnership for LA Schools, he worked with the California Participation Project and on various capacity building projects for different nonprofit organizations as a freelance consultant. He holds a B.A. in history from UCLA and was a graduate of the Coro Public Affairs Fellowship Program.
John Enterline received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. In 2005 he joined the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), and during his 10-month term he served with several nonprofits focusing on housing and the environment, as well as working at a Red Cross facility in Louisiana assisting Hurricane Katrina victims. John, who also goes by Johnny, was selected to be the 2006-2007 Eli Segal Fellow for the Corporation for National and Community Service, during which time he continued work on national service’s response to Hurricane Katrina and helped with the launch of the first AmeriCorps Week. Johnny received his J.D. from Northeastern University in 2011 and is currently Assistant General Counsel and Grants Director at the League of Conservation Voters. He is the vice president of the board of his church and an active volunteer for many of the community-focused services done at the church.
Jon Ostrowsky graduated from Brandeis with a B.A. in politics and history with a minor in journalism. While at Brandeis, Jon served as News Editor of the campus newspaper The Brandeis Hoot and also as Co-President of the Brandeis Haiti Initiative, an organization that raises funds for and educates people about health, education and poverty issues in Haiti. In 2010, Jon interned on Mass. Governor Deval Patrick’s re-election campaign. Jon was the Policy and Issues Director for the 2014 Steve Grossman Campaign for Governor of Boston. Now, Jon is the Policy Director for State Treasurer Deb Goldberg.
Jonah Seligman hails from the great state of New Jersey and graduated Brandeis in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in history. Deeply interested in politics and public policy, Jonah was a research assistant at Brandeis’ Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. He also co-founded Gen Ed Now, a club that brings leaders from an array of fields to speak with Brandeis students about life, leadership and pressing social issues. Jonah just completed serving as a Teach for America member in New Orleans.
Jordan Rothman graduated from Brandeis University in 2009 with a B.A. in history and politics as well as an M.A. in American history. As an undergraduate, Jordan spent two summers with AmeriCorps, where he taught political science to inner-city students in Paterson, N.J. In 2008, he completed his Segal Fellowship as a recruitment team intern at the national headquarters of Teach For America. Jordan attended Georgetown University Law Center after college, where he was the Administrative Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy. As a law student, Jordan also participated in Georgetown Law’s Street Law Clinic, where he taught legal subjects to high school students throughout the District of Columbia. After earning his J.D. from Georgetown Law in 2012, Jordan passed the New York and New Jersey bar exams, and currently practices law as an Associate Attorney at Callan, Koster, Brady & Nagler, LLP.
Julie (Proulx) Livingstone is Development Associate at the HYM Investment Group, LLC. Julie is dedicated to building vibrant places to live, work, and play. As an Eli Segal Fellow Julie worked on national service policy, operations, and strategy from the Office of the CEO at the Corporation for National and Community Service. She helped launch the agency’s corporate pro bono initiative and produced a national conference session on Millennial leadership in social activism. More recently, Julie was Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, a Boston Field Organizer for Ed Markey’s campaign for U.S. Senate, and a Dukakis Graduate Fellow for the State of Hawaii. Her work has included policy analysis, program development, and community relations. Prior to becoming a Segal Fellow, Julie served 1,900+ hours with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) in Gulf Coast communities after Hurricane Katrina. Julie has a B.S. in brain and cognitive sciences from M.I.T. and a Master’s in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is a member of the Segal Program Advisory Board.
Justin Roias graduated from Rhode Island College in 2009 with his Bachelor’s in Social Work. Upon graduation, Justin joined City Year Rhode Island as an AmeriCorps member, where he supported four 7th grade math classes at the Gilbert Stuart Middle School. Justin's focus with these students was to help strengthen their academic and social-emotional skills. In his second term as a Team Leader with City Year, Justin led a team of 10 first-year AmeriCorps members through a challenging school transition with new administration as well as through an internal team transition without a primary manager. Justin ultimately helped reestablish City Year’s partnership with the Gilbert Stuart Middle School, leading him to be recognized with the 2016 Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award for City Year’s national AmeriCorps Member of the Year. In addition to his work with City Year, Justin is Rhode Island’s State Director of Wolf PAC, an American non-partisan political action committee formed in 2011 with the goal of ending corporate personhood and publicly financing all elections in our country. As State Director, Justin played a key role in helping Rhode Island make history by becoming the fifth state to pass legislation calling for an Article V Convention to propose an amendment to the constitution that would end the corrupting influence of money in politics. Justin currently works at the College Crusade of Rhode Island, where he serves as an advisor to Central High School students. He is also one of the co-founders of Peace in Providence, a community group whose mission it is to create safe positive platforms for inner-city youth to build community, promote peace, and encourage non-violence.
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Kate Tull is a Program Manager at the University of California, San Francisco, working on strategic planning, communications and change management initiatives. Past professional experience includes working as Associate Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and holding a variety of positions at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. She received her M.P.P. from the Heller School at Brandeis University and her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of the Segal Program Advisory Board.
Kate’s volunteer experience includes serving as volunteerism co-chair for the Kirkham Child Development Center’s Parent Advisory Committee in San Francisco, serving on the Paulist Center Social Justice Advisory Board in Boston, co-founding the Heller School's student-run journal, and participation in hunger/homelessness ministries in San Francisco and Boston.
Lauryn Imann DuValle is a native Tennessean who has served two years as both an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) and VISTA Leader at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, at the North Mississippi VISTA Project, managing the largest AmeriCorps VISTA site in the state. She helped develop service learning and sustainable volunteering opportunities ranging from cultural inclusion programming, college accessibility, early childhood development, and health awareness initiatives. She also played an active role in establishing the largest annual University road trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where she encouraged School of Education students to explore the historical and racial implications of segregated teaching in the Deep South.
Most notably, in 2011, as a cinema/documentary student at the University of Mississippi, Lauryn was selected by MTV Productions to assist Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN, compete in the White House’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. To enter the competition, Lauryn worked with MTV to produce a film which chronicled the students' tremendous academic achievements while overcoming adversities. Of the numerous entries submitted from across the nation, the film was selected as the winner by President Obama. As a result, the graduating class at Booker T. Washington High School was honored with the 2011 commencement address delivered by President Obama during his first trip to Memphis as President. Shortly thereafter, Lauryn received the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Media Advocacy Inc. award for Female Alumnus of the Year.
These diverse experiences helped reinforce her dedication and commitment to nonprofit and policy sectors. In addition, it has bolstered her enthusiasm for community relations and outreach. She received a BA in History from Grambling State University, LA, a minor in Cinema/ Documentary at the University of Mississippi, MS, and pursued graduate studies in policy at New York University, NY.
Leah Igdalsky graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis in 2014, with majors in psychology and Hispanic studies and a minor in social justice & social policy. Leah works as Development Associate and Grantwriter at Greater Waltham Arc, a nonprofit that serves persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Waltham, Mass. community and as a research associate at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School. Leah intends to use her knowledge of disability, research and policy-making to make meaningful change in the field of disability policy, strengthening the connection between research findings and action. In her spare time, Leah volunteers with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Leah’s 2013 Segal Citizen Leader summer internship was at Special Olympics International in Washington, DC. She worked with Segal Founder Sarah Lichtman Spector as her Segal Coach.
Leah Sakala is a dual Master’s in Public Policy and Master’s in Business Administration candidate at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, concentrating in poverty alleviation. Leah is currently a part-time senior policy analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit think tank. Since 2008, Leah has worked on criminal justice reform campaigns at the Prison Policy Initiative. Her projects have included writing reports on communication policies in prisons and jails, presenting research at the Massachusetts State House on the collateral consequences of drug convictions, and organizing national broad-based coalitions to reduce the impact of mass incarceration on voting policy. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Smith College with a focus on social policy and social change. She wrote a senior honors thesis on the relationship between economic recession and sentencing policy reform. She also co-organized Students for Social Justice and Institutional Change, a student activist group, and led a working group dedicated to criminal justice reform. Leah worked on the intersections of drug policy and reproductive justice as a Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corp intern at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. In 2010, she became fluent in Spanish during the eight months she served clients at a government immigration assistance office in Puebla, Mexico. Leah is passionate about working to improve criminal justice policy, especially by reducing the racial and economic disparities that are predominant throughout the U.S. justice system. This summer, she is interning in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in D.C.
Lila Givens works in Belmont, Mass. for an organization called PEAR (Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency). PEAR works to support schools and afterschool organizations to meet the social-emotional and mental health needs of their students. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Lila attended the University of Georgia where she studied English. After graduating from college she joined AmeriCorps in San Antonio, Texas with City Year. After graduating from City Year, she spent a year in Washington, DC and then two years in Manchester, N.H. as program manager with City Year. Lila enjoys being able to support schools in their work with students, especially helping to meet students’ social-emotional needs. She would like to start national service organizations in rural areas that address these needs in young people.
Lys Joseph graduated from Brandeis University in May 2014 with a B.A. in politics and health: science, society and policy. Then, he became the Associate Testing Coordinator for Partners HealthCare. Lys plans to pursue a career in health policy and management to regulate and mitigate healthcare cost drivers in the United States. He strives to increase access to quality health care for individuals of low socioeconomic status. In past summers, Lys developed a firsthand understanding for issues in his community through internships with New York City Council Member Letitia James and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer.
At Brandeis, Lys was the Junior Representative to the Student Union’s Provost Advisory, Public Safety, and Undergraduate Curriculum Committees. He was Health Policy Representative to the Brandeis Health and Fitness Club, where he reviewed and proposed healthy food options to the Brandeis student body.
In his spare time, Lys participated in the Brandeis Boxing club, Men of Color Association and as student ambassador for the Brandeis National Committee. In addition, Lys mentored a young male of color in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. Lys is always seeking to help underprivileged students from inner cities pursue their goals. Lys spent his Segal summer internship in Boston at Health Resources in Action.
Manoo Sabety-Javid, Brandeis class of 2014, graduated with dual degrees in politics and economics. After living in England, Iran, and France, he decided to return to his country of citizenship for college as a Lerman-Neubauer Fellow. He has since cofounded a Brandeis Amnesty International chapter, revived the formerly defunct Brandeis Economics and Finance Review, and served as President of the Brandeis Business Club. Manoo completed his summer Segal internship at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and had cyber security expert Alan Paller as his Segal Coach. Additionally, Manoo has interned at the United Nations and the Massachusetts Export Center, and worked as a research assistant at Brandeis’ Politics Department.
Manu Fairley was a Founding AmeriCorps Member of the City Year Orlando site in 2012. Before joining City Year, Manu graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in international relations and affairs. In his first year at City Year, Manu served as a corps member in a 6th grade English/Language Arts class at Memorial Middle School in Orange County, Fla. He worked with nine “off-track” students, who, by the end of the year, were all “on-track” and excelling in class. In addition, Manu spearheaded his signature event, the “March Madness Program” – a week-long, positive school climate initiative designed to engage a group of more than 30 male middle school students with programs and activities that stimulated intrinsic motivation. The program created a support system that empowered the young men of Memorial Middle School to take on emotional, mental, and physical challenges with poise and dignity, and helped them become positive role models in their communities. Through a series of workshops featuring motivational guest speakers, and through the sponsorship of the Universal Orlando Foundation, Manu was able to provide programming that overhauled the negative behaviors that took place at Memorial Middle School.
At Meadowbrook Middle School, also in Orange County, Florida, Manu served as a Team Leader in the Pine Hills community. Manu worked closely and tirelessly with grade-level deans to implement an original, innovative idea known as City Year Alternative Day – an initiative that replaced out-of-school suspension with an immersive, intensive, full-day of rigorous intervention with City Year to drive instructional delivery and character-development skills with students.
To continue the March Madness legacy, Manu secured a $3,000 DSW grant to ensure his students at Meadowbrook also received resources.
In 2014, Manu moved to Boston to start at the Boston Teacher Residency Program.
Margaret Levy grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. After serving as the Public Health Policy Analyst for a Massachusetts State Senator and as a teacher at a computer center for children living in public housing in Brookline, Mass., Margaret received her M.P.P. in 2009 from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Margaret then received a Presidential Management Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship for graduate school graduates to gain leadership experience in the Federal government. She went to work at the U.S. Department of Education. Margaret is an analyst for the Department’s Budget Service in Washington, DC. Her work involves providing assistance to staff regarding program policy and funding decisions, preparing budget justifications to Congress, and reviewing regulations and legislation. Margaret’s volunteer activities include tutoring for the Horton’s Kids program, a community-based organization that serves 500 children, grades K-12, living in an isolated neighborhood in Washington, DC. Horton’s Kids’ mission is to empower at-risk children and prepare them for successful and healthy lives through educational opportunities and comprehensive programs tailored to their needs. They provide a holistic, research-based continuum of academic, enrichment, and basic needs supports designed to empower children to succeed.
Marianne Sierocinski received a B.A. in urban studies from The College of Wooster, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her independent study project, entitled “Building Civic Capacity: A Study of Education Reform in Miami-Dade County,” was awarded Honors by the faculty of her department. During her college career at Wooster, she played a key leadership role in the creation of Global Social Entrepreneurship, an undergraduate study abroad program that received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from the Institute for International Education in 2011. She is also an AmeriCorps alum, having taught 9th grade mathematics for two years as a Corps Member with City Year Miami.
Marisa Daniel received her M.P.P. and M.B.A. degrees with a concentration in children, youth and families at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2013. She is a policy analyst for Public Consulting Group. Prior to that, Marisa was an MBA intern for the Schott Foundation in Cambridge, Mass. And, before joining the Segal Program, Marisa completed two years of AmeriCorps with Friends of the Children, a mentoring and tutoring program, and City Year Boston, a national education nonprofit focused on eliminating the dropout crisis. Most recently Marisa has worked with the Growth and Development Department at City Year Headquarters to develop a new site location in Orlando. Marisa has her B.A. in political science and Hispanic studies from Boston College.
Matthew Schmidt is originally from Washington State, but he now resides in Boston. Growing up surrounded by the natural resource economies of the western United States, he is interested in natural resource management, including economic solutions to environmental conflicts. He completed his B.A. in politics and economics at Brandeis University in 2011. During this time, he organized several successful campaigns to improve the environmental sustainability of the university and spent his Segal Internship working on energy and environmental initiatives for U.S. Representative Ed Markey. His Segal Coach was Segal Founder Chris Murphy. He now works as a Research Analyst for the environmental economic consulting firm Industrial Economics Incorporated.
Megan Andrews graduated from Hendrix College in 2011 with a major in psychology. She served as a Corps Member with City Year Miami from 2011-2012 where she tutored math and provided attendance and behavior coaching to ninth grade students. Additionally, she was a Young Heroes Team Leader during her year in Miami, in a service learning program for middle school students. In 2012-2013 Megan served as a Team Leader with City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock where she led her team of seven Corps Members as the first to serve in a local high school.
Megan worked with Upward Bound as a Spanish instructor for high school students and now works with a social work agency in Toledo, Ohio.
Melissa Nalani Ross received her M.P.P. with a concentration in poverty alleviation in 2012 from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Before attending the Heller School, Melissa was the Communications Project Associate at the California Immigrant Policy Center, providing technical support to and developing media strategies for organizations focused on immigrant rights. She worked as the Director of the Campaign for a United America, a national initiative of the Center for New Community. Additionally, Melissa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and worked on issues such as police brutality and women’s rights. Melissa has a B.A. in sociology and political science from The University of Arizona. Melissa lives in Los Angeles and works as a senior policy analyst at the Advancement Project.
Michael Perloff graduated Brandeis in 2012 with a B.A. in politics and economics. During the summers before and after his first year of college, Michael interned at Cleveland City Council, where he wrote policy proposals to help the City respond to the foreclosure crisis. During his time at Brandeis, Michael worked as a community advisor, a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a summer staff assistant at the Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School. He volunteered at the WATCH Housing Advocacy Clinic, a primarily student-run organization that helps Waltham, Mass. residents find affordable housing and protect their rights. Michael works as a research fellow at Work First Foundation in New York.
Molly O’Donnell is a M.B.A./M.P.P. dual degree candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, with a concentration in children, youth, and families. Before attending Heller, Molly worked with the Step Up program in Portland, Ore. as a Youth Advocate and facilitator with a program supporting young people in high school to develop leadership and academic skills. While at Step Up, she was a member of the Equity Team, a group of committed educators working on personal development and organizational strategies to close the racial achievement gap. Her hope is to continue working with youth services organizations to develop more equitable policies. Molly is a two-time AmeriCorps alum, serving both in Oregon and New Orleans. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2010 with a B.A. in international relations, but being born in raised in Vermont, she will always call the Green Mountain State home. Molly completed her Segal Citizen Leader internship at Root Cause in Boston and was mentored by Segal Coach and Segal Founder Margaret McKenna.
Molly Pearlman is studying sociology, environment studies, and social justice & social policy at Brandeis University, class of 2016. After high school in Cooperstown, N.Y., Molly spent a year traveling the southwestern United States working at various nonprofit and government organizations as a member of the Corporation for National and Community Service Program, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). In her spring 2015 semester at Brandeis, Molly studied language, culture and sustainable community service in the Dominican Republic.
Molly co-founded Students against Mass Incarceration, which works to raise awareness and combat the racism and prejudice involved in the U.S. judicial system.
Criminal justice has become Molly’s greatest passion. Last summer, she worked at the Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in New Orleans. She has supplemented her academic understanding about this large-reaching system by acting as a legislative intern in Mass. State Senator Michael Barrett’s office and at the Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism. Molly hopes to work as an investigator in the future. For summer 2015, she wants to combine her experience, passion and skills to work on prison reform by assisting a New York organization working with those in the criminal justice system by investigating and researching.
Morgan Goins received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida and earned her Master’s of Sport Business Management degree in 2008. She has worked in marketing and communications including positions with the Phoenix Suns, ISP Sports, Coca-Cola Company and Orlando Magic. Morgan has also been involved with the Hope for Stanley Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, UCF President’s Leadership Council and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. In addition to being named an Eli Segal Fellow, in 2006 she received the Order of the Pegasus, Dorothy Shaw Leadership Award and UCF Alumni Association Fellows Scholarship. Morgan is Associate Development Director at the Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville, Tenn.
Nate Rosenblum completed his Segal Program summer internship at Campus Compact. After graduating from Brandeis, class of 2010, he became a residential college director & co-coordinator of the Social Justice Center at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied politics and business. During his undergraduate years he was very involved with community service, crew, admissions, and orientation at Brandeis. He went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Master’s in Higher Education. He is particularly passionate about issues of social justice and college student mental health. Nate is originally from Louisville, Ky.
Nicole Hart is an M.P.P. candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, with a concentration in children, youth and families. Prior to attending Heller, Nicole spent four years at Year Up, a national nonprofit that prepares talented urban young adults for family-sustaining jobs and higher education. She pioneered the organization’s efforts to raise students’ awareness of post-secondary options, managed scholarships, and provided college counseling to students and alumni. Nicole has served two Americorps VISTA terms and is passionate about enhancing non-traditional students’ access to and persistence in higher education. Originally from a small town in coastal Maine, she has also lived and traveled extensively in India. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and education from Bowdoin College. She completed her Segal Program internship at the GreenLight Fund and Segal Founder Maureen Curley was her Segal Coach.
Paul Vancea, Brandeis class of 2014, majored in business, economics, and film studies. Paul moved to the United States from Romania with his family when he was 14. In high school, Paul was MVP of his football, wrestling and track teams while working full-time with his family’s business and maintaining a nearly perfect GPA. In his freshman year at Brandeis, Paul and a roommate initiated a student health and fitness club. In their first event, the club hosted a panel of experts to discuss various aspects of healthy lifestyles, i.e., fitness, nutrition, sleep and stress management. In addition, in his sophomore year, Paul and another roommate started an international media production company through which he hopes to use his filmmaking skills, passion for health, and economics/business knowledge to promote positive actions and socially conscious business models. Most recently, Paul was a start-up tech intern at IRIS.TV in Los Angeles. Paul completed his Segal summer internship with Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC. Paul has spearheaded the creation of the Eli J. Segal pilot documentary.
Paula Katrina (PK) Drago, the 2012 CNCS Segal Fellow, is currently the Volunteer Services and Corporate Partnerships Manager at Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. A native New Yorker, PK started her career by serving three consecutive terms with AmeriCorps: two with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and one with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. Her service allowed her to master the art of parallel parking a 15-passenger van, accumulate library cards from 5 different states, learn how to build a house, and meet a diverse group of people across the country, solidifying her life-long dedication to national service. PK has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
Pem Brown, Heller M.P.P. ’11, completed a joint Master’s in Public Policy and a Master of Arts in women’s and gender studies at Brandeis University. Pem completed his Segal summer internship with the National Partnership for Women and Families and his Segal Coach was Segal Founder Josh Gottheimer.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pem first moved to Massachusetts to attend Amherst College, where he majored in French and European studies. After graduating in 2006, he moved to Boston, where he worked for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts (NARAL PCM), specializing in fundraising and communications.
He works for M+R, providing online advocacy and online fundraising consulting to a range of progressive nonprofit organizations. He sits on the NARAL PCM Board as their Treasurer. Pem has also volunteered for numerous political campaigns and worked with organizations promoting LGBT equality, economic justice, and workers’ rights.
Peter Murray is the founder of the Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL), the nation’s largest progressive political training institute. Since 2003, CPL has provided comprehensive training, coaching, and mentorship to over 6,000 progressive political and policy leaders across the country. Prior to founding CPL, Peter was the President and Founder of the Empowerment Group, Philadelphia’s largest minority and bilingual entrepreneurship training organization. Peter was also Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President of the I Do Foundation, a national social justice foundation, and CEO of Image Contractors, a community-based construction company in Philadelphia. For his leadership in the nonprofit sector, he received the Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award in 2002 and the Eugene Lang Community Service Award in 1999, and was selected for Fast Company Magazine’s 2002 “Fast 50,” which honors 50 leaders from around the world who are reshaping their sectors.
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Qiong Lin, Brandeis Class of 2011, majored in politics, and health: science, society, and policy. Qiong has worked for the FEMAP Foundation in El Paso, Texas, where she learned about health disparities along the US-Mexican border and also served as a community organizer in New York City. At Brandeis, Qiong was the Associate Director for Students Crossing Boundaries, a student-run organization that recruits and trains students to intern at international conflict zones such as the Israel/Palestine territories and the U.S./Mexican border. She was also a member of the Student Leadership Board at Brandeis University’s Student Support Services Program, an office dedicated to serving first-generation college students.
Upon graduation, Qiong taught English as a Second Language at a New York City public high school and at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York. Qiong works at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and plans to return to teaching in the future.
Rachael Weiker earned dual M.B.A./M.P.P. degrees at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. A Wisconsin native, she completed her B.A. in cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, where she earned the title of Outstanding Young Philanthropist from the Madison Association of Fundraising Professionals. Rachael is passionate about supporting social entrepreneurship and economic development. She has been involved in all aspects of nonprofit development, management and policy coordination for organizations like Downtown Madison Incorporated, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and New Profit. She has also supported the development of startups like SheGivesBoston, Main Street Partners, and New Politics. She currently works with the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington DC. Rachael is also a Board Member for Main Street Partners and an events volunteer with the Washington Area Bicyclist’s Association.
Rafey joined the Corporation for National & Community Service as the 2016 Eli J. Segal Fellow in September 2016. As the Segal Fellow, Rafey will spend one year working on strategic initiatives to promote national service. Prior to joining CNCS, Rafey served as an AmeriCorps VISTA from 2015-2016 at Volunteer Houston, a Volunteer Center in Houston, TX. As a Volunteer Recruitment & Management Systems Specialist, he increased the number of volunteers by over 50% using Volunteer Houston’s recruitment system, led the development of the nation’s first mobile app for finding volunteer opportunities created by a Volunteer Center, applied for and managed a $120K Google AdWords search marketing campaign through Google Grants, contributed to Volunteer Houston becoming one of the first Volunteer Centers in the nation with integrated background checks, and instituted procedures for utilizing analytical tools and reports in decision-making. During this VISTA year, he authored a blog for AmeriCorps Alums sharing his reasons for joining VISTA in the hopes of inspiring others to consider national service. Prior to this, Rafey worked for nearly 2.5 years at NAXION in Philadelphia and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business.
Rhonda Ulmer is the Founding Director of University for Parents. She was determined to keep her vision, passion and entrepreneurial spirit alive while leaving “No Parent Behind.” As the 2008 AmeriCorps Alums Eli J. Segal Entrepreneurship Award recipient, Rhonda had the opportunity to share the Van Bokkelen Elementary School Family Network success story across the country. In addition, it allowed the network to expand into University for Parents (UfP). The goal of UfP is to help parents support their children to be successful in school. UfP received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting American Graduate Initiative to address the high school student dropout crisis. Being a Fellow has helped Rhonda to continue a lifetime of service and serve with other emerging leaders. Rhonda recently received a new partnership with the U.S. Dream Academy. Additionally, she was invited to speak on Capitol Hill with a celebrity mom panel alongside the mother’s of Kevin Durant, Robert Griffin III, Michael Phelps and Mark Ingram.
Ruth Galaviz is from Los Angeles, California majoring in Art History and minoring in Architectural Studies at Brandeis University. She is a first-generation Mexican-American and the first in her family to attend a 4-year University. She graduated from the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP) in 2013. During her sophomore year, Ruth served as the coordinator of the Queer People of Color Coalition. Over the past year, she has grown to become the Coordinator of Triskelion, the LGBTQ organization that oversees the 5 branches of clubs on campus. Ruth’s passions focus on promoting social justice for queer and trans people of color and low income people living in urban areas with minimal access to healthy food and stable housing. Particularly, she enjoys learning about how various issues, such as transportation, development, housing, economic growth, education and healthy food outlets, within under-resourced areas intersect and the ways we can systemically empower the communities in our cities and urban areas. This summer, Ruth hopes to explore these issues further and make an impact in a city.
Ryan Sarafolean is a community organizer, educator, and proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For four years, Ryan worked at an after school program that served the at-risk and homeless community in Madison. Upon graduation, Ryan became an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow with Project SUCCESS, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis. Ryan now serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the KGSA Foundation, a nonprofit organization that reduces poverty and gender inequalities in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. KGSA Foundation works closely with local leaders in Kibera to provide free secondary education, artistic programming, and athletic opportunities to over 130 young women each year. The core of the Foundation’s work is to build and harness the unique strength of women to lead their communities out of poverty. Ryan is in a graduate program in development management at American University in Washington, DC, where he is focusing on gender studies and community development. Ryan is also co-director of OurCity DC, a nonprofit that uses live music as a way to build and bridge communities and expose citizens to local organizations and causes within their neighborhoods.
Shawn Rubin is the Director of Technology Integration at the Highlander Institute in Providence, R.I. managing the Institute’s blended learning and technology integration professional development programs. Shawn is also the co-founder and CEO of Metryx, a start-up software company building flexible formative assessment tools for educators to use on mobile devices. Shawn began his education career in 2000 as a founding faculty member of the Highlander Charter School, teaching a range of grades including four years in kindergarten.
Stephanie Johnson received her B.A. in politics from Brandeis University in May 2013. She also minored in legal studies and social justice and social policy. Stephanie hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., where she continues to volunteer at The Possibility Project, mentoring youth and organizing community service projects for at-risk teens.
On the Brandeis campus, Stephanie was a co-coordinator for the WATCH Housing Advocacy Clinic, a primarily student-run program that helps Waltham, Mass. residents learn about their rights as renters and find affordable housing. She also worked on an advocacy campaign designed to pass a DNA access law in Massachusetts. Stephanie received one of the selectively awarded MLK & Friends Scholarships at Brandeis University. During her last semester at Brandeis, she interned in the Office of Representative Jay Kaufman until she graduated and began working as Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Segal Founder Chris Murphy, and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Executive Office of Vincent Gray, Mayor of Washington, DC.
Stephen Larbi graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 with a B.A. in sociology. During his time on campus, he became the first community service/mentoring chair for Brothers On a New Direction (B.O.N.D), and President in his senior year. Upon graduation, Stephen joined City Year Rhode Island as a team leader and received The Greatness Award for Rhode Island’s Corps Member of the Year. In his second term with City Year, Stephen led a team of seven corps members in helping with a successful turnaround of the school’s culture and climate by implementing numerous small initiatives and large events throughout the school year leading him to be recognized as one of the two recipients of the 2013 Eli Segal Bridge Builder Award for City Year’s national corps member of the year. During 2013 Stephen was also a fellow of the New Leaders Council of Rhode Island and was a Program Manager for City Year Rhode Island for two years. He is currently a Nation Urban Fellow and M.P.A. Candidate at Baruch College.
Tam Emerson is the Executive Director of the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at the Center for Youth and Communities. Tam is a 2008 Eli J. Segal City Year Fellow and joined the Segal Program Team as a Management Fellow in 2012.
Prior to her work with the Segal Program, Tam served for two years at City Year Boston and was part of the start-up team for the City Year London site. Tam earned a B.S. in an interdisciplinary program with math/science as well as elementary education with a minor in juvenile justice and youth advocacy from Wheelock College.
Additionally, Tam completed a research fellowship through the American Cancer Society at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Pediatric Oncology Department. She was named as one of the 100 most influential people for the Latino community in 2016 by the prominent Boston Latino newspaper, El Planeta.
Tanika Lynch, a Playworks ’16 AmeriCorps alum, is currently in the Urban Teacher residency program in Baltimore where she is team-teaching in a 2nd/3rd grade classroom at City Springs Elementary/ Middle School. Tanika has focused her commitment to communities AmeriCorps is in because they are often under-resourced and in a state of disrepair. In order to address the root causes of these issues, Tanika concentrates on how racism and other tools of oppression have impeded on making communities safer, stronger, and healthier. She hopes to keep her efforts in the non-profit sector as she believes they are able to get closer to the heart of the people. Tanika holds a long term interest in the intersection of education, incarceration, and community development. She is currently getting her Master’s of Education in Educational Studies and Special Education from the Johns Hopkins School of Education. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Educational Studies from Columbia University. Prior to her AmeriCorps terms, she supported the work of Congresswoman Donna Edwards as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Intern.
Toni Burke is Vice President and Executive Director of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. She leads 74 AmeriCorps members serving in seven schools, impacting more than 3,600 students every day. Toni came to City Year with extensive experience in building successful nonprofits and managing high-performing teams.
As Management Fellow and then Director of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, she led a growing Network of nearly 500 Segal Founders and Fellows in 10 different states. During her tenure she helped establish the organization’s three-year strategic plan, established partnerships with leading national organizations, mayoral and state capital offices, Congressional offices, federal agencies, and the White House. These connections have supported efforts to promote national service and citizen leadership around the country. Previously, she served as a Policy Fellow in Atlanta advancing the rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and also helped create a federal policy agenda for rural America.
Toni completed her Master's in Public Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut. She currently resides in San Jose with her husband, Mark Burke.
Victoria Roomet graduated from Brandeis University in 2009 with a B.A. in psychology. She interned with the marketing team at College Summit in Washington, DC. Looking back, she realizes that her placement at College Summit was a perfect fit, as her interest in helping youth thrive during college has only increased since graduating from Brandeis.
Victoria is the Vice President of CARP, an organization dedicated to supporting Unificationist life on college campuses. Amidst the wide variety of tasks that come with nonprofit management, Victoria feels the best part about her job is that she gets to have coffee breaks with college students (as well as prospective students), and help them pursue their passions and interests.
Will Chrysanthos served four years as an AmeriCorps member with the Breakthrough Collaborative, Teach for America, and Hands On Mississippi. He considers these years to be the most positive and transformative of his life and hopes that one day, all Americans who choose to, can serve their country through AmeriCorps.
Will’s Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Eli J. Segal Fellow award led him to Washington, DC, where he served at the CNCS as a Special Assistant to the Director of AmeriCorps. He served as the New York Section Chief for AmeriCorps operations in the hurricane Sandy response, and FEMA mission assignment administrator on eleven other federally declared disasters. Prior to his work in DC, Will served four years in the hurricane Katrina recovery effort in Mississippi, during which he was named to the Mississippi Commission on Volunteer Service to manage the state's largest AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Will received his B.A. in history from Tufts University.
Wil Jones, 2016 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow
William Jones is a sophomore double majoring in Politics and International Global Studies, with a double minor in Hispanic Studies and African & African American Studies. Will is passionate about issues of social justice and inequality at the intersection of race, class, and gender. At Brandeis, Will holds several leadership positions including being a Community Advisor, an Advisory Board member of the Men of Color Alliance, and the Chief of Staff for the Student Union. Last summer, he worked at the IBEW Local Union #3 in New York. Will has also been a youth member of the N.A.A.C.P and received a scholarship from the group in 2014. Will aspires to hold a form of public office in his home state of New York and contribute to policy changes affecting the socio-economic segregation prevalent within the New York State education system. This summer, he hopes to support the office of a public official in New York, Washington, D.C. or Boston.
Witney Christie is a third-year student at Brandeis University and she’s passionate about education. She is majoring in Education Studies with a minor in African and Afro-American Studies. While at Brandeis, Witney graduated a semester early from the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP). Additionally, she is the president of the Brandeis Black Student Organization (BBSO) where she co-founded “BeSO Educated 101”, a pilot program aimed at providing low-income and minority high school students with resources to aid them during the college application process. The pilot, started in Waltham High School, will be instituted fully as a credit-bearing elective course. Witney also works at the Lemberg Children’s Center and has been a Teaching Specialist with BeSafe in Boston. Additionally, she spent five years working part-time at To Our Children’s Future with Health, a community health planning non-profit in Philadelphia. Witney’s focus con- tinues to be on urban education and youth development. She has made it her life goal to strive for educational equality in her community and beyond. This summer, Witney is interning at America’s Promise, supervised by Melinda Baskin Hudson, creating an DC Education Policy Map and will be coached by Asim Mishra, Chief of Staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Yvonne Perez is Mexican-American, born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. Yvonne graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in health: science, society, and policy, as well as a minor in women’s & gender studies. Yvonne was the co-founder and treasurer of the Brandeis Chapter of the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. She was also the co-president of AHORA!, a campus organization devoted to celebrating Latino traditions and culture, and an official peer mentor to four first year students through the University’s Student Support Services Program. In 2011, Yvonne was selected as one of fourteen Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars, an award that allows her to participate in a comprehensive summer program focused on health policy and leadership. She is now a Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools in New York.