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2011 - 2012 Fellows

Cassie Powell

Cassie Powell is from Yorktown, VA, only about 30 minutes from Williamsburg! She is an English major with a pre-law concentration. On campus, she participates in many service opportunities, including being the Programming Co- Chair for The Campus Kitchen at William and Mary, working as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Buddy Art program, and is President of the newly formed Community Engagement Council. Cassie is the 2011 recipient of the President's Award for Service. She is a former Sharpe Scholar and is incredibly excited to continue her service journey as a fellow this year. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in child law. In her spare time she likes to read, listen to classic rock, and talk about poetry and politics. 

Grace Martini '14

Grace Martini is a rising sophomore from Cary, North Carolina. She plans to major in Business and Environmental Policy. Grace first became involved with community engagement and learning as a Sharpe scholar her freshman year. She has continued to stay involved through her presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies and participation on the Engagement Council and Lynchburg Grows pre-orientation trip. On campus, Grace is a member of social sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and enjoys occasionally filming games for the Varsity Field Hockey team. In the future, Grace wants to continue environmental advocacy through Sharpe and Ethical Fashion by contributing to the Licensing Code of Conduct Committee and the Student Ethical Fashion Organization.

Jessie Dzura

Jessie Dzura is a rising junior from Richmond, Virginia. She is a Government and Hispanic Studies major that spends most of her time sprinting between Morton and Washington. As a freshman, Jessie was a Sharpe Scholar in the Ethical Fashion seminar, and has continued interest in the subjects of sustainability, labor rights, and eco-movements. Additionally, Jessie led a Branch Out National trip to Richmond in the spring, concerning issues of HIV/AIDS awareness. On campus, Jessie is an RA in Spotswood Hall and a Student Supervisor at the William and Mary Phonathon. She intends on working with International Development post-college, which hopefully involves playing in the rainforest!

Katie Gehron '12

Katie Gehron is a rising senior who has lived most of her life in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a International Relations and Francophone Studies double major and had a wonderful experience studying abroad in and France and Senegal in 2010. Katie has had a very diverse service experience, from working at cancer institutes to teaching children with physical disabilities. She has now found her new inspiration in educating people in sustainable agriculture practices. On campus, Katie is involved in the International Relations Club and working with a local school in environmental education. In the future, Anna plans on pursuing a career that promotes food security with better education in nutrition, agriculture and environmental practices.

Laura Ryan '12

Laura Ryan is a rising senior from Ridgefield, Connecticut. She is majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Management and Organizational Leadership. Laura's service journey at the College of William and Mary has been mainly centered around Branch Out National Alternative Spring Breaks, through which she has been both a participant and a group leader. She was also a Leadership in Community Engagement student last fall. On campus, Laura is the Vice President of Standards for Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Director of Steer Clear. This past summer, she worked as a Teaching Intern at Horizons at Greens Farms Academy, a summer enrichment program geared at improving academic and social achievement for underprivileged students. In the future, Laura intends on pursuing her Masters in Elementary Education.

Maureen Howard '14

Maureen Howard is a rising sophomore at the College. She has lived in northern Virginia her entire life and enjoys being so close to campus. Still new to the William and Mary scene, she has not yet committed to a major but hopes to follow her passion of working with children and become a special educator. She started her service journey by being a Sharpe Scholar and now continues on as a Fellow. When she is not all about the Sharpe life, she enjoys her social sorority Gamma Phi Beta as well as being a regular volunteer for the ARC of Williamsburg.  She is very much looking forward to working with the new freshmen this year!

Yessenia Arias '13

Yessenia Arias is a rising junior from Arlington, Virginia.  She was a Sharpe scholar as a freshman and since then continues to delve into service projects around campus.  Over this past spring break she went on an international service trip with the organization Students Helping Honduras,  She has also participated in service organizations such as Campus Kitchens and Cpals.  This summer she went abroad to Italy through a William and Mary Program.  Currently she is a Psychology and English double major as well as the Service Chair for the Latin American Student Union. 

Emily Gottschalk-Marconi '12

 Emily Gottschalk-Marconi, a Chicago native and a senior at the College, Emily serves as a Sharpe Program Assistant. Emily joined the Sharpe Community Scholars Program as a freshman, during which time she participated in the "Citizenship and Community" seminar and became involved in the local community and Williamsburg municipal government, working on housing issues and town-gown relations. There, and again as a Sharpe Fellow, she learned first-hand the importance of being an engaged, informed citizen and the value of mobilizing students to make positive changes in the community. Her involvement in Sharpe program also inspired her to create her own interdisciplinary Political Theory major, in which she studies citizenship, consent, and minority group rights.

 In her other roles, as the Student Representative for the Neighborhood Relations Committee, a Co-Editor for the national Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics, and a tour guide, Emily continues to emphasize outreach and communication to keep her fellow students "in the loop" and excited about politics.

Alicia Moore

 My name is Alicia Moore and I will be the Community Scholars Liaison for the 2011-2012 school year. I am a rising sophomore from Petersburg, Virginia and plan to pursue a major in Public Health with a minor in Biochemistry. My engagement journey began as a Sharpe Scholar in the 7 Generations Program and has since evolved into a passion for civic engagement and active citizenship in the community. I have served as an RHA Representative and participated in numerous campus organizations including the Student Leadership Foundation, Campus Kitchens, the Stand-Up Campaign, and currently work with the Maggie L. Walker Project on campus. Aside from pursuing a career in public health I take interest in gifted education, traveling, photography, and being a typical William & Mary person.

Anna Mahalak '12

 Anna Mahalak is a rising senior hailing from Monroe, Michigan. As a Government major, she has spent most of her academic career in Morton Hall. Anna began her service journey at the College as a Sharpe scholar, and has stayed involved in service through participation in a Branch Out National trip, local service days, and an international service trip with the Bosnia Project. She worked as a service leader this past summer for Youth Service Opportunities Project in Washington, D.C., focusing on issues of hunger and homelessness. On campus, Anna is president of her social sorority Gamma Phi Beta and is a member of the Student Assembly Executive Board. In the future, Anna plans on pursuing a career that promotes a quality K-12 education for all children - and FUN. 

Molly Bulman '12

Molly Bulman is a Senior studying Public Policy with a minor in Finance.  She is a former Sharpe scholar, participated in the Community Scholars house, and fellowed for Professor Joel Schwartz's class on civic participation.  Last summer she spent 8 weeks working for a socially responsible private equity firm, Solera Capital.  Molly has been heavily involved with the Student Assembly and the Campus Kitchen at the college, an organization that provides food to low-income housing residents in the area.  Molly enjoys teaching group fitness classes at the Rec Center and running around the Williamsburg/Jamestown area.