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Leadership & Community Engagement 2018 Fellows

Alden Anthony
Alden Anthony '20

Alden Anthony is a sophomore history major in the class of 2020, and is originally from Northern Virginia. In the Fall of 2017, she spent the semester abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury where she got the opportunity to create and maintain relationships with people from all around the world, something she is excited to continue in DC. She is primarily interested in criminal justice and hopes to combine that with her passion for travel to gain a better understanding of international law. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter, hoping to gain enough knowledge there to adopt a pet of her own one day.

Steven Anton '20

Steven was born in Lowell, MA and grew up in Carlisle, MA, a small suburb just thirty minutes outside of Boston. After attending the Fenn School, a small all-boys school in Concord, MA, he went on to board at the Groton School in Groton, MA. There, he played football and basketball, and continued his passion for music by participating in jazz bands and rock bands for four years. Over the years, he learned bass, piano, guitar, drums and saxophone, and has found music to be his life's most important influence. After graduating cum laude, he started college at William & Mary in the fall of 2016, where he joined the Delta Chi Fraternity. Since then, he has served on his fraternity's exec board as Secretary ("C"), and has been involved in the Bone Marrow Drive, TribeTHON and Someone You Know. He intends to major in public policy and minor in marketing, and looks forward to spending the summer in D.C.!

Rachel Becker '19
Yulia Buynova '19

Yulia Buynova is a Junior at the College of William and Mary. She was born and raised in the the city of Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia, Russia and has always wanted to experience life abroad, study different places and their cultures, languages, and politics. That is why she decided to pursue an International Relations major and probably a minor in Sociology. In the future, she plans to study international law and work in this field and she hopes that the DC Summer Institute will enhance her understanding of how skills and knowledge acquired through classes can be applied in real life. She is also looking forward to getting to know the professionals in the field of international relations, public policy, government, and law as well as experiencing working life in DC. She believes that it can be an important step towards her future career and is extremely excited about this opportunity. At the College, she is an active member of an Honor Fraternity, competes for William & Mary's synchronized swimming team, and interns at the international affairs magazine based in DC. She cannot wait to get to know other students in her program better. 

Julia Carlson
Julia Carlson '20

Julia was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and is a sophomore at the College.  She plans a career in Marketing.  On campus Julia is a staff member on the Marketing Team of Rocket Magazine, has served as Director of EComm for Delta Gamma Sorority and is their newly elected VP of Membership, and is a member of Student Marketing Association.  She enjoys photography and is on a perpetual search for the perfect quaint coffee shop.  Julia likes blending her interests in Marketing and the non-profit world, and has been able to work extensively with two non-profit organizations in Las Vegas – Children’s Heart Foundation and Spread the Word Nevada (a literacy organization.)  She is currently working on a project to partner with Be the Match Registry to bring a bone marrow donor registry drive to Williamsburg.  She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of the non-profit world and is especially excited to be doing that as part of DCSI.

Marc Charbonier '20
Will Elkins
Will Elkins '20

Will is a sophomore at the College, with plans to double-major in Finance and Economics. He is from a small town called Waynesboro, which is tucked in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Growing up in a small town has instilled  a passion for community service and engaging with others in a meaningful way. In that vein, he has participated in nearly a dozen service trips, both in the U.S. and abroad, while also serving his local community on a philanthropy council throughout high school. Here on campus, he serves as president of his fraternity (Phi Gamma Delta), which, in addition to school work, demands the majority of his time. When he does have free time, he prefer to be doing something active, whether that be hiking, playing soccer, or working out. He is thrilled with the opportunity to sharpen his abilities as a leader, while also gaining exposure to the fast-paced world of Washington DC through DCSI.

Anna Fridley
Anna Fridley '20

Anna is a sophomore at the College of William & Mary pursuing a major in government and a minor in either sociology or education. On campus, she is a sister in Kappa Delta, a member of the Young Democrats, a Tribe Ambassador, and on the club swim team. She hopes to study abroad in Paris in the Spring semester of her junior year. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, finding new coffee shops, and going to the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market. After graduation she hopes to work in Washington DC for the Department of Education, on Capitol Hill, or for non-profit organization. She is currently in the William and Mary Washington DC American Politics Seminar for 2018. She is very excited to spend the summer in Washington D.C. and she is hoping that this program and her internship will help give her a better understanding of what she wants to focus on once she graduates from William and Mary.

Elena Gaffney
Elena Gaffney '19

Elena Gaffney is a junior at the College of William and Mary and is a double major in Government and Hispanic Studies. She is from New Rochelle, NY, a suburb of New York City. On campus, she is a co-founder of HEART (Human Engagement, Awareness and Response to Trafficking) a group that advocates for survivors of human labor and commercial sex trafficking, a member of Team Blitz, a competitive club cross-country team at the College, and a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. In her free time, Elena enjoys running in crisp fall weather, drinking coffee with friends and baking. She is extremely excited to study and intern in DC to extend her interests in community service and social justice.

Shaina Greenberg '20
Alex Hayes '19
Emily Hynes
Emily Hynes '19

Emily Hynes is a junior from Richmond, Virginia, and a double major in sociology and public policy. While she is not exactly sure how she wants to turn her majors into a job, Emily is currently looking to work in the non-profit sector post-graduation. On campus, Emily is involved in Camp Kesem, a camp for children whose parents have or have had cancer, as both a counselor and a member of their executive board, in charge of planning their biggest fundraising event of the year. She is also a middle school tutor and mentor through Griffin School Partnerships, a member of the Panhellenic executive board, a Tribe Ambassador, and a member of a social sorority. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, and cooking with her roommate. She is excited to spend the summer exploring the nation’s capital and hopefully discovering her future career path.  

Sophie Kidd '20

Sophie Kidd is a sophomore at the College from Norfolk, Virginia. She plans on majoring in Government and minoring in History. Outside of the classroom, Sophie is a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, social sorority Delta Gamma, and a Tribe Ambassador for The Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She also works as the Social Media Manager for Global Playground, a nonprofit that works to bring educational resources to developing countries. She is passionate about improving access to education around the world, specifically for women and girls. Sophie is interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector, focusing on international development and girls’ education. She is so grateful and excited to be taking part in this institute, and cannot wait to start her time in D.C.!

Kiley Kio
Kiley Kio '20

Kiley Kio is a sophomore at the College from Greenville, South Carolina. She intends to double major in government and kinesiology with a focus in public health. On campus, Kiley holds leadership positions in Kappa Kappa Gamma and is a research volunteer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. In her free time, Kiley enjoys painting, reading, and visiting art museums. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the health sector of public policy or possibly law school. Kiley has never been to Washington, D.C. and is extremely excited to explore the city and make connections this summer.

JonDavid Nichols '20

JonDavid Nichols is a current sophomore at the College. He is a Government major and hoping to minor in Marketing. He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), the Vice President of DuPont Hall Council, and he is involved in GRID (Greeks for Respect, Inclusion, and Diversity).  His favorite activities include biking around campus, studying at the Grind, and eating too much Mac and Cheese from Cosi. JonDavid is participating in the D.C. Summer Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement, “This is an incredible opportunity and I am honored to have been accepted into this amazing program.”

Maisie Sapnar '20

Maisie Sapnar is a sophomore at the college from a small town in central New Jersey. She plans on majoring in Economics with a minor in Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies. She hopes to transfer her passion for helping others and building connections into the study of development and empowerment of individuals. Maisie also hopes to study abroad in Nepal her junior year and conduct research on economic development and inequality across gender and classes. On campus, she is a member of the club field hockey team, Delta Delta Delta Sorority, and HOPE. In her free time she enjoys going for runs, hanging out with her cats, reading, and watching Netflix.

Lauren Sasseville
Lauren Sasseville '20

 Lauren is a sophomore at William & Mary. She is originally from Fairfax, Virginia, butI spent her last two years of high school living in Ankara, Turkey. She enjoys being an active leader in the community, and has been a Girl Scout for 14 years; she has completed my Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. She loves to play soccer, her favorite food is Popeyes’ fried chicken, and she loves a good horror movie! She hopes to work in the foreign service and possibly have a career in diplomacy; she wishes to make a global impact.

Sidney Walker
Sidney Walker '20
Sidney Walker is a rising junior at the college, double majoring in both Psychology and Government. She plans on attending law School where she wants to specialize in Human Rights Law. She wants to ultimately work for a non profit providing free and reduced legal services to families in need. Giving back has always been very important to her as she believes that much of the success she has had in life are merely due to luck. She is excited to start her journey in DC and to see what amazing opportunities the summer brings!