The 2020 Internship Team

Alaina Wheeler

Medical Program Development Intern || Archbishop Carroll High School, Class of 2022
Alaina Wheeler

Medical Program Development Intern || Archbishop Carroll High School, Class of 2022

Alaina Wheeler is going to be a new intern at Leadership Initiatives, excited for the new opportunity being offered to her. Alaina believes that she can offer a lot to the program. Alaina has participated in two of Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in 2019. Alaina has also been a Special Projects chair on her IBIP team in 2018/2019.

Alaina has worked on many projects involving organizations and being in charge. She has also always worked well with young children and making sure they have everything they need. She has also worked on nonprofit programs and programs that involve giving back to her community.

Alaina is currently a sophomore at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C. She is involved in many activities at her school such as track, dance, musicals. She is also part of the Jim Vance Scholars at her school and is part of the first graduating class. She hopes to get all the degrees she can possibly get for her future career as a dermatologist ( specifically for Eczema)

Aarifah Ullah

Medical Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2021
Aarifah Ullah

Medical Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2021

Aarifah Ullah is a Medical Program Development Intern. She works with Leadership Initiatives and doctors and scientists to enhance the students’ experience in the summer programs.

Aarifah became involved with Leadership Initiatives this summer after she attended the Neuroscience Summit. She loved the mission that LI is accomplishing: to create change on a global scale. She wants other students to learn about LI and become a part of the mission too.

Aarifah enjoys community service. She tutors elementary and high school students inside and outside of school. She goes to Interfaith, the local women’s shelter, and makes hot meals for the homeless in D.C. through Hunger Van.

Amelia Kitlinski

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Amelia Kitlinski

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Amelia is an intern at Leadership Initiatives who is eager to change lives. Amelia focuses on helping the planning of the 2020 Medical Summer Programs and wishes to impact students just as Leadership Initiatives impacted her when she attended the programs. Leadership Initiatives has inspired Amelia’s passion for medicine.

Amelia is a junior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in DC. She has attended both the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit as well as the Advanced Neuroscience Summit. She also has helped transform small Nigerian businesses through the International Business Internship Program. Through these programs, Amelia has aquired business skills, leadership opportunities, as well as experiences within the medical world. As an intern, Amelia has been able to speak as a representative for Leadership Intitiatives at conferences across the United States.

Through Amelia’s participation in Leadership Initiatives, school clubs, such as the Golf Club, as well as intensive dance training, Amelia has learned time management and social skills. Amelia hopes to one day become a neurosurgeon. Her goal in life is to help as many people in need as possible.

Arielle Peralte

Medical Program Development Intern || West Broward High School, Class of 2021
Arielle Peralte

Medical Program Development Intern || West Broward High School, Class of 2021

Arielle Peralte is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working towards developing exciting summer programs for future leaders. Arielle believes she can makes a valuable contribution to Leadership Initiatives because, she has seen the doors the programs open for an individual first hand and wants more participants to reap the benefits.

Arielle has participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in 2019. Arielle has also been the Team Lead and Special Projects Chair for her IBIP team, starting in the fall of 2018.

Arielle is currently a junior at West Broward High School. She is a class senator, in National Honor Society and DECA.

Arielle hopes to further her relationship with Leadership Initiatives in the future and have the ability to change lives along the way.

Arman Naseh

Medical Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2021
Arman Naseh

Medical Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2021

Arman is an inter at Leadership Initiative working closely with all the other participants with the same goal of being a positive participant of the program. Arman has participated in the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018 and has seen firsthand the wonderful opportunities that LI provides. He has been an intern at Leadership Initiative since September 2019 working on various opportunities presented by his supervisor and Dr. Giordano of Georgetown University Medical Center.

Arman has worked hard to manage different organizations, volunteering opportunities and events, such as participating in Center for Talented Youth’s Civic Leadership Program during summer of 2018 at Johns Hopkins University, where he completed 100 hour of volunteering opportunities in Baltimore, MD. Arman enjoys participating in various volunteering opportunities at Bullis School, such as participating in A Wider Circle and Thanksgiving Pie Baking events for under privileged families living in our community.
Arman is currently a junior at Bullis School and enjoys being an active member of the Bullis Jazz Workshop as the lead drummer and an active member of the Concert Band. Arman is also a member of the Bullis Wrestling Team and has earned the nickname from his friends as “The Persian Prince”.

Arman likes to build his own innovative projects in and outside the Bullis School. Last year he designed a solar panel operated charger that would power any iPhone or Laptop, etc. with USB outlet. This year, Arman plans on building a ballistic shield to advocate against gun violence and has started his personal podcast expressing his views of politics, pop culture and other topics about life in general. Arman lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Bryce Soviero

Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2023
Bryce Soviero

Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2023

Calvin Williams

Operations and Technology Management Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2020
Calvin Williams

Operations and Technology Management Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2020

Clayton Reid

Medical Program Development Intern || Urban School of San Francisco, Class of 2020
Clayton Reid

Medical Program Development Intern || Urban School of San Francisco, Class of 2020

Cindy Borjas

Business Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022
Cindy Borjas

Business Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022

Cindy Borjas, a new intern at Leadership initiatives, passionately looks to encourage a work environment that allows for learning, growth, encouragement, and commitment. Cindy believes that everyone benefits from working with other passion driven students. Learning from and with others, builds self growth which benefits the group overall. Cindy believes that accountability is essential for successful and productive work, while working with others.

Cindy during the summer of 2019, has participated in both Leadership Initiatives Business Summit’s Tier I and Tier II. Motivated by the gratitude she still currently has after the opportunity she received to participate in both summits, she decided to participate in the Leadership Initiatives Business Program Internship. Working with her team during the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020, as both the Team Lead and Special Projects Chair, she takes on the responsibility of time management with everyone’s schedule, good communication as a team, and the constant motivation for her team members. An important value of Leadership Initiatives that shows great leadership the value of prioritizing other’s necessities for the betterment of the team.

Cindy, as a current sophomore at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, has focused on exploring with her interests through her involvement in school extracurriculars, making time management essential. She has been involved with athletics, the arts, and the STEM fields. In her academics, she finds herself interested in science, literature and math.

Catherine Leonard

Business Program Development Intern || T.C. Williams High School, Class of 2022
Catherine Leonard

Business Program Development Intern || T.C. Williams High School, Class of 2022

Catherine is a new intern who works with Leadership Initiatives to help participants of the International Business Internship Program complete all tasks and meet all required objectives for success. She is excited to bring her qualities to Leadership Initiatives that she knows will help create an even bigger impact in communities around the world. Catherine is currently the Team Lead for her IBIP team and will be attending the first ever Youth Development Program National Security Summit in the summer of 2020.

Being currently enrolled in the program, Catherine knows her experiences as Team Lead will be beneficial to new teams who are working on their first grant proposals and business solutions. Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Catherine is very involved in her community (in and outside of school). Catherine's work with her school has awarded her the CTE Medallion Award, a prestigious honor given to students who exhibit significant leadership qualities, along with additional academic honors. Catherine hopes to use these honors to inspire kids to fight for change around the world, no matter their age.

Catherine is currently a sophomore at T.C Williams High School and a Conservatory Division dancer with Arlington's Balletnova Center for Dance. Catherine plans to use opportunities available in the future to one day earn a degree in Diplomatic Relations and International Affairs.

Dingda (Jason) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2021
Dingda (Jason) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2021

Dominic Scurfield

Law Program Development Intern || Georgetown Preparatory , Class of 2020
Dominic Scurfield

Law Program Development Intern || Georgetown Preparatory , Class of 2020

Dominic Scurfield is a Law Program Development Intern. He works with our experts, educators, and leadership initiatives team to create real-world educational experiences with our students

Dominic believes giving students the opportunity for real job experience is crucial for development. This belief is what led Dominic to Leadership Initiatives. His interest in connecting students to real-life job experience is a great fit with the Leadership Initiatives mission.

Dominic has been committed to service around the world, including places like Washington D.C, Philippines, Timor Leste, and Indonesia. He has also worked with non-profits such as Best Buddies, Father McKenna Center, and Challenger baseball.

Dominic is currently a Senior attending Georgetown Preparatory School and is hopefully going to study Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross.

Emily Blair

Law Program Development Intern || East Islip High School, Class of 2022
Emily Blair

Law Program Development Intern || East Islip High School, Class of 2022

Emily Blair is a new intern at the law program for Leadership Initiatives and is elated to be returning this summer. Last summer, Emily attended the Advanced Law and Trial Summit Tier 1 and is participating in the Advanced Law and Trial Summit Tier 2 this summer. On top of that, Emily is currently Team Lead and Media Chair of her IBIP team which started in the fall of 2019.

Emily attends East Islip High School and is president of her sophomore class. She also takes part in various after school activities such as student directing the middle school musical and is a member of her schools Tri-M Music Honors Society.

On day, Emily wishes to pursue a career in law and knows that her experience at Leadership Initiatives will help her do so.

Evelyn McEwen

Law Program Development Intern
Evelyn McEwen

Law Program Development Intern

Giovanni Ruffolo

Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021
Giovanni Ruffolo

Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021

Grace Markey

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Grace Markey

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Haichuan (Scott) Xu

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023
Haichuan (Scott) Xu

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023

Haley Bowland

Medical Program Development Intern || North Mecklenburg High School, Class of 2021
Haley Bowland

Medical Program Development Intern || North Mecklenburg High School, Class of 2021

Haley Bowland is an intern who works with Leadership Initiatives to help create and run their medical summits for high school students. Haley truly believes that when teenagers are emerged in opportunities pertaining to their interests in the real world, they hold great potential to make a difference on the world around them.

Haley is an active HOSA member at her school, representing North Mecklenburg High School as their chapter president. Over the years she has competed in both Health Career Photography and Health Career Poster, advancing to Internationals in her freshman year and placing 7th overall in Health Career Photography.

As well as her interning at Leadership Initiatives, Haley works at Chick-fil-A as well as her local barn where she owns her horse. She has been working at Chick-fil-A for over a year and now trains new employees. She loves working with guests and has learned a tremendous amount about customer service and how to address problems that come up. Haley also works at Lenux Stables and Riding Academy, the barn where she has been invested in since she was five! She loves spending time with all of the horses, especially her own, U.C.

Haley is a current junior at North Mecklenburg High School. She hopes to pursue a degree in the medical field and continue to change the lives of the people around her!

Hannah Pierce

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022
Hannah Pierce

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022

Hannah Pierce is a sophomore currently attending Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington D.C. Hannah is an astute student who has excelled academically, especially in the arts and sciences. She is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives and works within their medical programs. She has attended the Leadership Initiatives Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit as a student. Hannah is also the Team Lead and Fundraising Chair for her IBIP team which was created fall of 2019.

Hannah is a talented musician who has a passion for playing the harp. Hannah is an active member of the Georgetown Visitation Orchestra and MCYO harp ensemble.

Hannah is dedicated to helping others and has volunteered to serve in a number of community events. She has always had a zeal for the medical sciences and her goal is to become a neuro-radiologist.

Julia Ruggieri

Medical Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021
Julia Ruggieri

Medical Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021

Jianing (Julia) Zhu

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023
Jianing (Julia) Zhu

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023

Jody Goldman

Medical Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2020
Jody Goldman

Medical Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2020

Kaitlin Coll

Law Program Development Intern || The Mary Louis Academy, Class of 2021
Kaitlin Coll

Law Program Development Intern || The Mary Louis Academy, Class of 2021

Kaitlin Coll is a first-year intern who is looking forward to being a positive contributor to Leadership Initiatives. Kaitlin spent her past summer at the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 1 and is ecstatic to participate in Tier 2 of the program in 2020. Kaitlin also serves as a Team Lead for her IBIP team. Her team is currently crafting solutions regarding financial planning for their business partner and writing grant proposals.

Outside of her work with Leadership Initiatives, Kaitlin is also active in her school and community. She serves as the head of lighting for her schools’ theatre productions and is an active member of the student council, along with the Adopt-A-Grandparent club and yearbook. She also enjoys spending her time tutoring other students in her school, coaching youth soccer, and working as a youth day camp counselor during the summer. Kaitlin is passionate about making positive contributions to the world, whether on a small scale in her school community or through her work with Leadership Initiatives.

Kaitlin is currently a junior at The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates, New York. She is hoping to pursue a degree in legal studies, with the hope of one day becoming an attorney.

Jayden D’Onofrio

Business Program Development Intern || Western High School, Class of 2023
Jayden D’Onofrio

Business Program Development Intern || Western High School, Class of 2023

Jayden D’Onofrio is an upcoming new intern for Leadership Initiatives to help maintain success for those that take the summer programs are offered. Being a participant in one of the summer programs, Jayden absolutely believes that Leadership Initiatives provides great opportunities for many.

Jayden has already seen first hand what his work can do, including the help and support for Nigerian Business owners through the Business program. Also, he has attended states for a DECA competition and completely surrounds himself in business-related events. Jayden hopes that with his internship he will be able to help many in their endeavors with Leadership Initiatives and beyond.

Jayden is currently a freshman at Western High School and has worked on the IBIP team to further his help and support for small businesses in Nigeria. Through Leadership Initiatives Jayden believes he has improved his resume and is completely set for college.

Justine Torres

Medical Program Development Intern || Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Class of 2021
Justine Torres

Medical Program Development Intern || Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Class of 2021

Kamryn McDonald

Medical Program Development Intern
Kamryn McDonald

Medical Program Development Intern

Kira Bui

Law Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2021
Kira Bui

Law Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2021

Lady Mason

Law Program Development Intern || Lake Orion High School, Class of 2021
Lady Mason

Law Program Development Intern || Lake Orion High School, Class of 2021

Lucy Whitney

Medical Program Development Intern || American Heritage School, Class of 2022
Lucy Whitney

Medical Program Development Intern || American Heritage School, Class of 2022

Lucy Whitney is a Medical Program Development Intern who enjoys working with the other interns and medical professionals supporting our Leadership Initiatives programs. She strives to provide all program participants with the resources they need to obtain the most out of their summer experience. Lucy has participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs; the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in 2019. She also has a semester’s long experience with the International Business Internship Program.

As a sophomore at American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, Lucy maintains a schedule of rigorous coursework with a focus in pre-med. She also has a passion for visual arts and enjoys studying photography and drawing. With health and fitness a priority as well, Lucy participates in club and school volleyball, tennis, and crossfit. Through her volunteer work with the BD Foundation, she has helped to raise monetary and in-kind donations for areas devastated by natural disasters around the world. Her volunteer commitments also include working with the local children’s museum, senior citizen rehabilitation center and food bank.

She is currently helping us to plan for the next wave of student leaders who will be with us this summer to positively change the lives of others!

Jenna Poma

Law Program Development Intern || Scholars' Academy, Class of 2021
Jenna Poma

Law Program Development Intern || Scholars' Academy, Class of 2021

Jenna Poma is a first-year Law Program Development Intern who is excited to be working with Leadership Initiatives on preparing for the summer programs and assisting participants during her time there. Jenna first became involved with LI in the summer of 2019 when she attended the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 1. Since then, she has served as the Nigerian Partnership Chair for her IBIP team and will be attending the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 2 in 2020. Jenna has experienced first hand the incredible opportunities LI has to offer and believes that, with their help, she can make a positive impact on the lives of those around her and across the world.

Aside from her work with Leadership Initiatives, Jenna is an active member of her school and local communities. She is the Founder and President of her school’s Business Administration Club as well as Journalism Club, where she acts as Managing Editor for her school's newspaper. Jenna also serves as the Secretary of Events in Student Government, a delegate in Model UN, a representative of her school as a Student Ambassador, a Peer Tutor in the PBIS Mentorship Program, and a flyer on the Cheerleading/ STUNT team. Jenna also works as a gymnastics instructor and volunteers her time over the summer as a camp counselor for adults who have special needs.

Jenna is currently a junior at the Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Park, New York. She plans on pursuing a degree in Political Science with the hope of one day becoming an attorney.

Linnaea Petterson

Law Program Development Intern || Glenwood Springs High School
Linnaea Petterson

Law Program Development Intern || Glenwood Springs High School

Linnaea is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working to advance the Advance Law and Trial Internship Summit as a law program development intern. Linnaea was once a participant himself for both tiers of the law program and has experienced firsthand the amazing opportunities that the Advanced Law and Trial Internship holds.

Linnaea is a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, and has worked as the fundraising chair of an IBIP team for the past two years in order to contribute to making the world a better place. She has also dived into the world of politics and law beyond Leadership Initiatives through her internships for her district attorney and Senator Bob Rankin as well as being a member of her school’s top Mock Trial team. Through her many experiences, she has found a passion for helping and advocating for others. After highschool, she plans on attending college in hopes of going into politics.

Having experienced the fantastic opportunities LI has to offer, Linnaea has found purpose through discovering the importance of civil engagement in her community.

Marc Zavarro

Business Program Development Intern || Western High School, Class of 2022
Marc Zavarro

Business Program Development Intern || Western High School, Class of 2022

Marc Zavarro is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working to improve the experience of all summer program students, as well as aid in the development of the programs. Marc has participated in two summer programs with LI and knows first-hand the benefits that they can bring to a student. After witnessing these incredible benefits, Marc hopes he can bring these benefits toward every single student attendng the summer program to help change lives around the world.

Marc is a Sophomore in high school, and has participated in the IBIP program for two years, serving as the Team Lead both years. Along with this, Marc has gained experiences in leadership through his leadership role in the charity Children Helping Other Children. His years in this role have allowed Marc to see the impact that students can have on kids, families, businesses, and the world; all while knowing that LI shares the same goals.

After viewing the great benefits that Leadership Initiatives has to offer, Marc is confident that he can help LI share the benefits to every student attending the program, all while aiming for the goal of helping to change the world.

Madison Paulus

Law Program Development Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2020
Madison Paulus

Law Program Development Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2020

Madison Paulus is a new intern who is looking forward to making positive contributions within Leadership Initiatives. Madison believes she is to be a valuable asset within Leadership Initiatives and is excited to apply her critical thinking and collaborative skills to her work within the organization.

Madison has worked tirelessly within her community in many ways, including school programs supporting mental health and political activism. Madison has also interned during Leadership Initiatives’ Law and Trial Tier I Summit summer program in 2019. Since this initial involvement with leadership initiatives, Madison has assumed the role of Team Lead within the International Business Internship Plan. Madison is incredibly passionate and devotes the majority of her time to activities she sees to be beneficial to as many individuals as possible.

Madison is trained in the internal functions of non-profits through her volunteer work at Ten Thousand Villages.
Madison is a soon-to-be graduate from Roosevelt High School. She hopes to receive degrees in both foreign affairs and journalism, eventually attending law school.

Jessica (Meihe) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023
Jessica (Meihe) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023

Oladimeji Olatunbosun

Medical Program Development Intern || Brentwood College School, Class of 2020
Oladimeji Olatunbosun

Medical Program Development Intern || Brentwood College School, Class of 2020

Oladimeji is a new Law Program Development Intern. After participating in the Tier II Advanced Law and Trial Summit in 2019, she knew she had to stay connected with Leadership Initiatives in any way possible. She is grateful to come back as an intern and is looking forward to ensuring all participants have the same incredible experience that she did.
Oladimeji is current the Head Prefect of Brentwood College School, where she has the opportunity to give students, teachers, and parents a voice.
Striving to create global change, Oladimeji currently volunteers with children of Syrian refugees in her community, teaching them to read. Driven by her love for people, Oladimeji will be attending King’s College London to pursue a degree in law this fall.

Miranda Heard

Law Program Development Intern
Miranda Heard

Law Program Development Intern

Nesochi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Nesochi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Neso Mere is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, she has attended two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in the summer of 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in the summer of 2019. She is the Media Chair for her IBIP team, working with her team to create strategies to help expand a business in the developing world.

Neso serves as an example to her peers by showing little acts of kindness around her community. She knows that a small impact in her community makes a great impact on the world, and that these small acts shape the society we are continuing to better everyday.

Neso is currently a sophomore at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington DC. She plays for her school’s volleyball team and plays active club volleyball. She has a keen interest in physical and sports medicine, plans to major in Neuroscience and continue on to Pediatric Neurology.

Nicholas Soviero

Accounting Oversight and Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2020
Nicholas Soviero

Accounting Oversight and Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2020

Nicolas Scurfield

Law Program Development Intern || Georgetown Preparatory, Class of 2020
Nicolas Scurfield

Law Program Development Intern || Georgetown Preparatory, Class of 2020

Nicole Campos-Vazquez

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2020
Nicole Campos-Vazquez

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2020

Nicole Campos-Vasquez is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, ecstatic for the amazing opportunity given to her. Nicole believes she can help Leadership Initiative become even better than what it already is. Nicole has participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in 2019. Nicole has also been the Team Lead and College Assistance Chair for her IBIP team, starting in the fall of 2018. She’s is currently in the process of creating her three business solutions to help her welding business partner face the constant economic change in Nigeria.

Nicole has worked hard to manage different organizations and events, such as musicals and plays for younger children. She enjoys tutoring young students whose first language isn’t English, or whose parents don’t speak English at home. Nicole wants everyone to know that they have the power to make a huge impact in the world, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity.

Nicole is currently a junior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. She is currently the head light designer for her school's musical and the president of the International Thespian Society. She hopes to one day get a degree in Biophysics or Bimolecular and Chemical engineering.

Noah Kim

Business Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2020
Noah Kim

Business Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2020

Noah Kim is an intern at Leadership Initiatives. He has helped design LI Youth Development Programs and loved working as a staff member during the 2019 Neuroscience Summit and Business Tier II Summit.

Noah started working with Leadership Initiatives during his freshman year through IBIP. He's had the chance to partner with three different businesses in Bauchi since then, and he is now the team lead for his chapter of IBIP.

Outside of LI, Noah is an active leader and member of his school's show choir program. His experience in the school's vocal music department has helped him develop skills in leadership, as well as taken him to the stages of the Hollywood Bowl and the Grand Ole Opry.

Now, as a senior in high school, he appreciates the opportunities Leadership Initiatives has given him, and he is glad to have had the ability to change lives of people from across the world.

Nyla Holley

Medical Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest High School, Class of 2021
Nyla Holley

Medical Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest High School, Class of 2021

Nyla Holley is a Medical Program Development Intern. She works with experts and educators to give back to the community. She wants everyone to be able to make great memories and have the great learning experience that she did. At Leadership Initiatives she is given the opportunity to do so. She attended two Leadership Initiative Summits. She attended The Advanced Neuroscience Summit, and also the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit. She hopes to one day pursue a career in emergency medicine. Because of these interests she was drawn to Leadership Initiatives and fell in love with the program.

She is a Junior at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland. She is very passionate about math and science. Nyla participates in many extra-curricular activities inside and outside of school. An example of one of those activities is the Rhoer CLub. It’s mission is to teach and help young women develop public speaking and leadership skills, while also doing a lot of community service. She is a student leader for the Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference and participates in many different clubs at school. She was selected for the All-Conference Volleyball team and has played on varsity all three years of her high school career. She also enjoys playing basketball, lacrosse, and tennis

Olivia Gertz

Law Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2021
Olivia Gertz

Law Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2021

Rachel Shepps

Medical Program Development Intern || Glen Ridge High School, Class of 2022
Rachel Shepps

Medical Program Development Intern || Glen Ridge High School, Class of 2022

Rachel is an intern who works with leadership initiatives to raise funds for growing businesses in Nigeria. Rachel believes that she can make a difference in the world and help others feel the same way!

She has also raised over $600 for a growing hospital in Bauchi Nigeria to now have a more efficient hygiene program.

Rachel is certified in cpr and in administering an aed, and she is currently enrolled in a course to become a emt.

Rachel is a sophomore in high school where she has maintained perfect attendance since kindergarten.

Rona Eslamy

Business Program Development Intern
Rona Eslamy

Business Program Development Intern

Rona Eslamy is an International Development intern for Leadership Initiatives. She loves getting involved with the curriculum components of LI andcurating lessons for IBIP students across the country.

In addition to interning, Rona participated in LI’s Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit during the summer of 2019. This program inspired her to start her own IBIP team the following school year. As an intern, she is excited to take her work to the next level by interacting with different cultures and people through the medium of education.

Rona believes that everyone has a responsibility to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others and that these differences can start with small actions that grow into an impactful reality. This is why she considers the work of Leadership Initiatives to be so meaningful.

Rona participates in a form of Debate called Public Forum, where she either defends or opposes a monthly resolution that is often centered around controversial political themes. In teams of two against two, Rona defends her position to a non-specialist judge. In addition, Rona’s passions include playing the piano, cooking, and caring for succulents.

As of the 2019-2020 school year, Rona is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington.

Pilar Melendez

Law Program Development Intern || Glenwoods Spring High School, Class of 2020
Pilar Melendez

Law Program Development Intern || Glenwoods Spring High School, Class of 2020

Pilar Melendez is an intern for Leadership Initiatives, working with the program’s various participants, taking on different roles to ensure needs and activities are prepared for.

In fact, Pilar is also a participant of the Leadership Initiatives Business Program, as she experiences both sides of the story and works to help her business partner along with her team.

Having experienced the fantastic opportunities Leadership Initiatives offers (for almost two years now), Pilar has continued to grow as a leader striving to change lives for the betterment of society with the help of LI!

Pilar is a junior in high school, and continues her work as an active member of her community during her free time. A lot of her experience involves community outreach program and fundraising for local organizations. Through her work, Pilar has developed values such as leadership, work ethic, and a passion for striving to help others. Not to mention, Pilar has taken the initiative to direct a local youth board that focuses on spreading awareness for children abuse and fundraising fro this cause. To this point, not only has she expanded this board but has also achieved the translation of a Children’s book on this topic form English to Spanish. Pilar’s focuses and values are held high as they hold true for LI as well. With the opportunities LI has to offer, Pilar knows that she has the power to change lives for the better, and that through LI, she can find the support in doing so.

Rhea Kurana

Law Program Development Intern || Chantilly High School, Class of 2020
Rhea Kurana

Law Program Development Intern || Chantilly High School, Class of 2020

Rhea Khurana is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working with participants to ensure all their needs are met and that activities are set up and prepared for. Her experience from being a participant herself and doing the IBIP program has enabled her to see the kind of opportunities that LI provides and the lives that they positively impact.

Rhea is a senior at Chantilly High School in VA, and has worked as a member of IBIP for the past two years in order to make the world a better place. She has also participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 1 in 2018 and Tier 2 in 2019. She also was an LI intern and TA for the International Leadership and Business Summit in 2019.

Additionally, Rhea is avidly involved in her high schools DECA club, focusing on teaching students leadership and business skills, and MUN, stimulating procedures in the UN while introducing students to current global issues. She is also passionate about her Indian classical dance community and practicing the art form.

Rhea hopes to one day earn a degree in International Relations in order to be able to change lives on a global level, just as LI is doing today.

Shane Better

Business Program Development Intern || Our Lady of Good Counsel, Class of 2020
Shane Better

Business Program Development Intern || Our Lady of Good Counsel, Class of 2020

Shane is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives who is excited to use his knowledge and experience to improve the organization. Shane believes that the work he is doing is a crucial step in equalizing opportunity across the world.

Shane has already developed and helped create three businesses with LI: an Orphan Care and Independence Program, an Auto-Electric Repair Shop, and a Barbershop. In his work, he has done everything from securing grants, writing business plans, and drafting curricula.

Shane’s leadership and drive manifests outside of LI as well. In highschool, he started a non-profit, student-run coffeehouse to improve opportunities for those in his immediate community. He was also heavily involved in the Global Programs where he helped international students assimilate to the American educational system and culture. He even served as a leader on his club and varsity ice hockey teams which consistently qualified for the playoffs and won championships.

Shane is passionate about Leadership Initiatives’ mission and is excited to improve the organization and maximize its potential for success.

Simone Minor

Law Program Development Intern || Bandung Alliance Intercultural School, Class of 2020
Simone Minor

Law Program Development Intern || Bandung Alliance Intercultural School, Class of 2020

Simone Minor is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives who works with others to better understand each other and themselves, and eventually strive for better as a unit. Simone believes that good leadership along with willing and able team members makes up a huge part of success. She plans to bring her enthusiastic, hardworking, and open-minded personality to Leadership Initiatives to better both herself and the team. Simone has participated in one Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs: the Advanced Law & Trial Summit in the summer of 2019. In addition, she also acts as both the Special Projects Chair and Fundraising Chair for her IBIP team, starting this past fall. She is currently in the process of completing her team’s solution plan with her team members for their business partner.

Simone has worked to manage many school events through her positions as a student government member and a leader in her school’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion program. She has not only planned dances and class bonding activities, but she has participated in diversity conferences and applies her lessons at her school. In fact, currently she is planning a charity week there to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. This young lady uses her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to work with underprivileged students on a weekly basis. Simone wants everyone to feel like they have a place at the table.

Simone is currently a sophomore at the Tatnall School. Aside from the activities and programs previously mentioned, she is the assistant editor and chief of her school’s yearbook and a devoted member of her track team. She hopes to one day be able to apply her passions in the real world and make it a better place through the pairing of business and medicine.

Sofia Daubert

Law Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Sofia Daubert

Law Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Sofia Daubert is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives. She is grateful for the new opportunity given to her, and she is excited to begin working. Through Leadership Initiatives, she believes she can further improve her leadership skills and work with the program participants to help ensure everything is organized and prepared for. Sofia participated in the Law and Trial Summit Tier 1 last summer, and loved it. Because of her amazing experience at the summer program, she decided to start her own IBIP team, and has enjoyed her time as a team lead.

Sofia loves to travel and is passionate about hiking and the environment. She spends a month in the summer visiting her family in Panama where she also volunteers helping out children in need.

Sofia is currently a junior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. She loves math and science and hopes to pursue a degree in astrophysics or aerospace engineering.

Sobichi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022
Sobichi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022

Sophia Ogot

Medical Program Development Intern || Coronado High School, Class of 2020
Sophia Ogot

Medical Program Development Intern || Coronado High School, Class of 2020

Rashiya Howell

Medical Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest School, Class of 2021
Rashiya Howell

Medical Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest School, Class of 2021

Rashiya Howell is a Medical Program Development Intern. She works with our experts, educators, and leadership initiatives team to teach and mentor students and further develop the medical program. She has participated in both the Advanced Public Health Summit and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit. She has also been a team lead and the Special Projects Chair. Through Leadership Initiatives, she has had an endless amount of life-changing experiences.

Rashiya believes that providing young kids with real-life experiences allows them to recognize their passions and awaken their minds. At Leadership Initiatives, she does just that. When working with students to expand their minds, she feels as though she is helping to change the world for the better.

At Garrison Forest, Rashiya is an athlete, participating in both varsity volleyball and varsity basketball. Outside of school, she plays AAU basketball. Rashiya is also an active volunteer at My Sisters Place, a shelter for homeless women and their children in the Baltimore area. She is also a member of the Delta Gems which is a youth community service program.

Rashiya is currently a junior at Garrison Forest School, an all-girls college preparatory school.

Ula Ekmecic

Business Program Development Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2022
Ula Ekmecic

Business Program Development Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2022

Ula is an International Development Intern, new to Leadership Initiatives this year. She works to improve the experience of students within the International Business Internship Program, working closely with her facilitator and fellow intern to rethink and approach new ways of fostering successful student-led grassroots development in Nigeria. Ula believes that the key to creating change is through empowering youth. She feels that by refining IBIP from a student-perspective and participant, she can help expand the program to better accommodate a wider variety of thinkers, learners, and creative minds.

Starting in 2019, Ula has worked as the Special Projects Chair within her IBIP team, where she has formed close bonds with her teammates, business manager, and business partner. Ula also loves to push herself by participating in Public Forum debate, her school’s cross country team, and is currently in the process of starting the Seattle chapter of the Tomorrow Project with other International Development Intern, Rona Eslamy.

At present, Ula is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School, in Seattle, Washington. She grew up living in China, and subsequently, Bangkok, Thailand, and is often inspired by the differences in people and culture that she has been lucky enough to have been a part of. She is excited to see where life takes her, and hopes to make change along the way!

Zechang (Charlie) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023
Zechang (Charlie) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023

Zechang “Charlie” Yang a student of class 2023 in The Bullis School, Potomac, MD. He came to the United States from Beijing, China (RDFZ, the High School Affiliated to Remin University) last year as an 8th grader. Charlie is a dedicated honor student who is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Charlie also enjoys community service. Service, in his opinion, is a process of giving to others voluntarily; as giving somethings out, you are gaining something back. Therefore, he is really glad to help others who were in trouble. When he was in his previous middle school in China, some of his friends and he hatched a public benefit activity. They visited a village monthly with the purpose of helping the children whose parents are in prisons. Therefore, he attended two summer programs in the summer of 2019, which are Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit and International Leadership & Business Internship Summit. Through these experiences, he helped other people around the world and broadened his horizons.

Zoe Sommerville

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022
Zoe Sommerville

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022