The 2020 Internship Team

Aarifah Ullah

Medical Program Development Intern
Aarifah Ullah

Medical Program Development Intern

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.

Aarifah is a junior at Bullis School. She is the fundraising chair in the Educate Girls Globally Club and is involved with Inlight Magazine where students can share meaningful insights with the community. She would love to become a biomedical engineer in the future.

Amelia Kitlinski

Medical Program Development Intern
Amelia Kitlinski

Medical Program Development Intern

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 acquired 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 Initiatives 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
Arielle Peralte

Medical Program Development Intern

Arielle Peralte is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working towards developing exciting summer programs for future leaders. Arielle believes she can make 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 the 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
Arman Naseh

Medical Program Development Intern

Avani Deshpande

Medical Program Development Intern
Avani Deshpande

Medical Program Development Intern

Bryce Soviero

Business Program Development Intern
Bryce Soviero

Business Program Development Intern

Calvin Williams

Operations and Technology Management Intern
Calvin Williams

Operations and Technology Management Intern

Clayton Reid

Medical Program Development Intern
Clayton Reid

Medical Program Development Intern

Clayton Reid is a Medical Development Intern who works with our experts, educators, and Leadership Initiatives team to create real-world educational experiences for students in the interest of their development and growth.

Clayton’s belief is that true learning happens after school, in the workforce. This is what lead Clayton to find the Leadership Initiatives organization. His interest in providing young people with real-world experiences makes him great member of the team.

Clayton has been heavily involved in both community service projects and volunteering opportunities with places such as the San Francisco Chinese Immersion School and the U.S. Forest Service. Along with this, he has interned and shadowed with multiple doctors and physical therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area in hopes of gaining more understanding in the field.

Clayton is currently a senior at the Urban School of San Francisco, and will be studying biomedical engineering at an undecided college.

Cody Earl

Medical Program Development Intern
Cody Earl

Medical Program Development Intern

Dingda (Jason) Yang

Law Program Development Interns
Dingda (Jason) Yang

Law Program Development Interns

Dominic Scurfield

Law Program Development Intern
Dominic Scurfield

Law Program Development Intern

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 for 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.

Elliot Trendell

Law Program Development Intern
Elliot Trendell

Law Program Development Intern

Emily Blair

Law Program Development Intern
Emily Blair

Law Program Development Intern

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.

One 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

Gabriela Zeidler

Law Program Development Intern
Gabriela Zeidler

Law Program Development Intern

Giovanni Ruffolo

Business Program Development Intern
Giovanni Ruffolo

Business Program Development Intern

My name is Giovanni Ruffolo and I am currently a junior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am taking multiple AP, and honors classes at my school.

I am involved in many clubs and extracurricular activities, including Marine Biology Club, Recycling Club, Spanish Club, and Model UN Club. I also am a member of the National Honor Society, and I am the class director for my grade in the student council. During my free time, I enjoy watching sports and playing hockey for my school. I also work at my local supermarket, Publix, on the weekends. I also participate in various community service projects, including volunteering at homeless shelters, and my local humane society.  Altogether, I have accumulated over 500 service hours in my community.

I am very excited to be a part of the International Business Internship Program as the fundraising chair this year. I know we are going to change many lives with our business partners in Nigeria and through this program. Our team will work very hard to ensure the success of our business. 

 

 

Grace Markey

Medical Program Development Intern
Grace Markey

Medical Program Development Intern

Grace Markey is a first year intern at Leadership Initiatives. She is a junior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC. She enjoys interning for Leadership Initiatives because she has the opportunity to help others across the globe. In addition to interning for Leadership Initiatives, she is the Team Lead for an International Business Internship Program Team with five of her classmates. Her job is to communicate all assignments to her team members and be the direct contact for Leadership Initiatives Staff, she also assists her team members on their assignments, runs team meetings, and brainstorms ideas for solutions to bring to her Business Partner, the Orphan Care Program. Grace attended the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018, and plans to attend the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit this upcoming July at Georgetown University. Grace aspires to be a Nurse Practitioner in her adult life, so she loves taking any opportunity to expand her experience in the Medical Field, while she is still in high school.

In school, Grace is currently taking both AP and Honors classes. She plays for the school softball team and participates in many clubs including: Best Buddies, Think Pink, Science Fair Club, Building Engineering Design and Architecture Club, and UNICEF. Outside of school, Grace is a gymnastics instructor at The Little Gym. She is the Lead Instructor for 3 and 6 year olds. Through working at The Little Gym, Grace has acquired many skills necessary to run a successful business. She feels confident in using these skills to benefit her International Business Internship Program Team and Leadership Initiatives as a whole. Grace looks forward to help change the lives of those living around the World!

Haichuan (Scott) Xu

Law Program Development Intern
Haichuan (Scott) Xu

Law Program Development Intern

Scott Xu 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. 

Scott believes leading students to think independently is a very important part of development. This belief is what leads Scott to Leadership Initiatives. His interest in leading students to think independently and to innovate is a great fit for the Leadership Initiatives mission. 

Scott has been committed to service around the world, including places like Washington D.C, China, and Nigeria. He has also attended some community service from his school, and he is so excited to work with Leadership Initiatives this year. 

Scott is currently a freshman attending Bullis School, and doesn’t have an idea with where he is going for college.

Haley Bowland

Medical Program Development Intern
Haley Bowland

Medical Program Development Intern

Hannah Pierce

Medical Program Development Intern
Hannah Pierce

Medical Program Development Intern

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.

Jacob Becker

Medical Program Development Intern
Jacob Becker

Medical Program Development Intern

Julia Ruggieri

Medical Program Development Intern
Julia Ruggieri

Medical Program Development Intern

Jianing (Julia) Zhu

Law Program Development Intern
Jianing (Julia) Zhu

Law Program Development Intern

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

Julia wants to help others with her best. She is aware that it’s important for teenagers to have real-world job experience. That’s the reason why she is so glad that she join the Leadership Initiatives and help to provide these opportunities for students. 

Julia started working with Leadership Initiatives as a student in the Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit. Julia also participates in International Leadership & Business Internship Summit in the summer. 

 

Julia currently a freshman at the Bullis School, in Potomac Maryland. She is excited about working in Leadership Initiatives.

Jody Goldman

Medical Program Development Intern
Jody Goldman

Medical Program Development Intern

Jody Goldman is one of the Medical Program Development Interns. She works directly with the other interns and professionals in the medical field to craft the best experience for the students. 

Jody believes that a passion for helping others with science and medicine can help make a great change around the world. This belief is what lead Jody to Leadership Initiatives. Her drive to inspire others and create change on a global scale aligns with Leadership Initiatives’ core values and goals. 

Jody has been on a year-round Leadership Initiatives team with other students from her high school for four years. Over those years they have helped two businessmen in Nigeria. A fish farmer and an irrigation farmer. She has also been an intern for two years now and has attended the Business Tier 1 summer program and both medical programs, Tier 1 and Tier 2. 

Jody will graduate high school this year and has been on the honor roll all four years. She is looking forward to college. She wants to get a higher education and hopefully become a doctor to help administer care to those who cannot afford it or do not have access to medical attention, especially in developing countries. 

Jordyn Anderson

Law Program Development Intern
Jordyn Anderson

Law Program Development Intern

My name is Jordyn Ewing-Anderson, and I am currently a Senior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. This year I am enrolled in honors classes and have multiple after school activities. In my free time, I like to listen to music, run, and watch football.

I feel called to make a change in society, and one of the steps I have taken towards making a change is learning how to make my voice heard. This will be my third year on my High School's speech and debate team, this year as a captain, and I can’t wait to participate again this year. Being an Original Orator means that I can speak on a topic that is passionate to me or a topic that desperately needs to be changed within society. This year will also be my third year as a member of Best Buddies, an organization that gives children with IDD an opportunity to develop friendships with students like me. I am also the head leader of Bishop Moore’s Turning Point USA chapter. Additionally, I am an ambassador on my High School’s leadership team.

The International Business initiative will help me learn how to develop relations with other people, and those in different countries. I’m so stunned to be selected for this program and can’t wait to see all the opportunities it brings.

Kaitlin Coll

Law Program Development Intern
Kaitlin Coll

Law Program Development Intern

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.

Justine Torres

Medical Program Development Intern
Justine Torres

Medical Program Development Intern

Justine Torres is a Medical Program Development Intern. She collaborates with Leadership Initiatives experts, educators, and staff by utilizing her time and effort to help others in need.

Justine firmly believes that immersive learning and character development can only be achieved through personal experience. This conviction led her to become a member of the Leadership Initiatives program, where she has wholeheartedly enjoyed using her talents to reach beyond her local community. Her passion for inspiring change in others has made her a great match for the Leadership Initiatives program.

As an intern for Leadership Initiatives, Justine has been able to aid others on a global scale, but she also devotes her time in numerous ways to her local community. Besides leading an International Business Internship Program team, which introduces her peers to the LI mission, Justine is Woodwind Captain of her high school marching band, where she fosters the musical and marching abilities of both her individual section and the band as a whole. She is also a nominee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year Campaign, where she devotes her time to coordinating fundraisers in the fight against forms of blood cancer.

 

Justine is currently a Junior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School, and plans to study pre-med in the upcoming future.

Kamryn McDonald

Medical Program Development Intern
Kamryn McDonald

Medical Program Development Intern

Kamryn McDonald is a Medical Program Development Intern. She works with other program developers, experts, and the Leadership Initiatives team to make sure the medical programs are successful and rewarding for students. 

 

Kamryn believes that global health is an incredibly pressing issue and she hopes that the Advanced Neuroscience and Advanced Public Health Summit will inspire students to develop creative solutions to important problems. 

 

Kamryn is currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Women's and Gender studies with a minor in Chemistry. 

 

Kamryn is committed to providing important medical services in her local community. Services that include increasing mental health awareness on her campus, advocating for feminine health, and teaching young girls to love themselves. She is involved in campus government, runs a campus-wide newsletter for first-generation college students, is part of the school's honors program, and is a member of a pre-medical honors society. She also is an active member of nonprofits such as CPals, Carolina for the Kids, and Carolina Adapts Toys. 

Kate Shanahan

Law Program Development Intern
Kate Shanahan

Law Program Development Intern

Kira Bui

Law Program Development Intern
Kira Bui

Law Program Development Intern

Kurt Hammen

Accounting Oversight Intern
Kurt Hammen

Accounting Oversight Intern

Lady Mason

Law Program Development Intern
Lady Mason

Law Program Development Intern

Lady is a Junior at Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan. Lady is a Law Program Development Intern, who works tirelessly with our experts, educators, and leadership initiatives team to create real-world educational experiences with our students. In her free time, she enjoys classic cinema and spending time with the people she loves. Lady is currently enrolled in many Honors and Advanced Placement courses at her school.

Academics aside, Lady is heavily involved in her school and community. She has a passion for performing arts—music, theatre, dance, etc—and she has been acting for 9 years and dancing since she was able to crawl. Lady is an inducted member of the International Thespian Society, a State Thespian Officer, Treasurer of her thespian troupe, Troupe 2898, and a board member of the Michigan Educational Theatre Association. She has also been doing Forensics, competitive public speaking, for the past 5 years. She usually competes in the category of poetry, to which she was titled 3rd in the state of Michigan, as a Freshman in high school. In addition to her extracurriculars, she has participated in many community service projects and activities through school and her church. She attends Southside Church of God in Pontiac, Michigan, where her grandparents have served as Pastor and Assistant Pastor for the past 30 years. For the past 8 years she has served on the Youth Choir and as a Youth Usher, the ladder of which, she has received statewide recognition. In the following year she has made plans to organize and run a clothes pantry out of her church. As she gets older, she plans to stay involved in her community, which may prove difficult as she aspires to go into a field dealing in foreign affairs that allows her to travel, but Lady is up for the challenge.

She first joined Leadership Initiatives in 2017 at the International Leadership and Business Summit and has been hooked ever since. As a person interested in pursuing a career in international relations, this is a phenomenal program that will allow her to get a better idea of her career path and better understand the world we are living in. As a Sophomore, she joined the International Business Internship Program because of the amazing things Leadership Initiatives is capable of and how great of an impact she could help make on someone’s life. As Team Lead, Lady’s job is to supervise the completion of other team member’s assignments and ensure that the team is working together to aid their business partner to the best of their ability. 

Lucy Whitney

Medical Program Development Intern
Lucy Whitney

Medical Program Development Intern

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!

Linnaea Petterson

Law Program Development Intern
Linnaea Petterson

Law Program Development Intern

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 high school, 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
Marc Zavarro

Business Program Development Intern

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 attending 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
Madison Paulus

Law Program Development Intern

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
Jessica (Meihe) Yang

Law Program Development Intern

Mike O’Shea

Law Program Development Intern
Mike O’Shea

Law Program Development Intern

Mike O’Shea is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives, who helps with the Law Program Development to help seek out ways to improve and adjust the current programs. Mike has participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, The Advanced Law and Trial Tier 1 summit and the Advanced Law and Trial Tier 2 summit, and Mike wants to continue to allow these programs to continue to be a success in years to come.

Mike is currently a Senior at St. Laurence High School. He is apart of the Varsity Baseball team, involved in the National Honors Society and a Class Representative on Student Council. He enjoys tutoring fellow teammates and working hard to achieve a goal.

Having experienced the fantastic opportunities that Leadership initiatives has to offer, Mike knows that he has the power to change lives for the better and that through Leadership initiatives, he can do so.

Miranda Heard

Law Program Development Intern
Miranda Heard

Law Program Development Intern

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

Miranda has always loved law and government work, which is what led her to Leadership Initiatives, but it’s the mission of Leadership Initiatives that has made her stay. Upon becoming an intern, Miranda realized how much she loves helping people, and she wants to be able to give students the same opportunities that she had when she was a student. 

Passionate about the law and policy, Miranda worked on the Rhode Island political campaign in 2018, and interned for State Senator and Chairwoman Hanna Gallo on a civics education bill last summer. She graduated high school in 2019 with two state championship titles as a leader on her mock trial team, and is continuing this passion for legal competition as an attorney on her college mock trial team. 

Miranda is currently attending Syracuse University as a prelaw student and plans to graduate with degrees in International Relations and Information Management and Technology. 

Molly Carroll

Law Program Development Intern
Molly Carroll

Law Program Development Intern

Molly is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working with students and staff members to make sure the program's gears are running smoothly. Molly knows that her work with leadership initiatives can be a force for positive change in all of the communities she encounters.

Molly has worked with Leadership Initiatives for over 3 years now, as a summer program participant, an IBIP team member, and now as a program Intern. Throughout these years, she has learned about entrepreneurial finances, built up her practical tech-savvy, learned how to lobby in DC, and worked on active criminal law cases. All of these experiences have come together to build a base of experience and confidence that will follow her through Leadership Initiatives and beyond.

Molly is currently a senior at Sandy Spring Friends School, where she is an active member of her school's senior legacy fundraising committee, climate action committee, and competitive rock climbing team. She is excited to pursue an interest in environmental law and policy as she transitions into college.

Nesochi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern
Nesochi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern

Nicholas Soviero

Accounting Oversight and Business Program Development Intern
Nicholas Soviero

Accounting Oversight and Business Program Development Intern

Nicolas Scurfield

Law Program Development Intern
Nicolas Scurfield

Law Program Development Intern

Nicole Campos-Vasquez

Medical Program Development Intern
Nicole Campos-Vasquez

Medical Program Development Intern

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 headlight 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
Noah Kim

Business Program Development Intern

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 the lives of people from across the world.

Nyla Holley

Medical Program Development Intern
Nyla Holley

Medical Program Development Intern

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. Its 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
Olivia Gertz

Law Program Development Intern

Olivia Mwangi

Medical Program Development Intern
Olivia Mwangi

Medical Program Development Intern

Rachel Shepps

Medical Program Development Intern
Rachel Shepps

Medical Program Development Intern

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 an EMT.

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

Pilar Melendez

Law Program Development Intern
Pilar Melendez

Law Program Development Intern

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 programs 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 childhood abuse and fundraising for 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.

Shane Better

Business Program Development Intern
Shane Better

Business Program Development Intern

Simone Minor

Law Program Development Intern
Simone Minor

Law Program Development Intern

Stephanie Odom

Law Program Development Intern
Stephanie Odom

Law Program Development Intern

Stephanie Odom has been an intern for Leadership Initiatives for two years and is flattered to continue with the development of the Leadership Initiative’s law program this coming summer. She was one of the first students to participate in Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs for both Law Tier I and Law Tier II programs. Through this program, she has worked on a national court case pertaining to gender disparities in the National Park Service as a case law researcher, Capitol Hill representative, and a questioning developer. Stephanie has been the Team Lead and Nigerian Partnership chair for her IBIP team for almost two years.

Stephanie is known as a nationally recognized debater as she has seen much career success in both Congressional Debate and World Schools Debate. Some of her accomplishments in debate are finaling at the Catholic Forensic League Nationals, placing ninth internationally in World Schools at the National Speech and Debate Association Nationals, receiving four Tournament of Champion bids, and being selected as one of the top 12 competitors in the Bluekey Round Robin. She has now used her nationally recognized platform to promote gender and minority inclusivity in the debate community as the Head of the Congressional Debate Initiative for Beyond Resolved.

Stephanie is currently a senior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. She is her Debate team’s captain, president of the human trafficking awareness club, and a varsity weightlifter. She plans on double majoring in International Relations and Communications in college.

Sofia Daubert

Law Program Development Intern
Sofia Daubert

Law Program Development Intern

Sobichi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern
Sobichi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern

Sophia Ogot

Medical Program Development Intern
Sophia Ogot

Medical Program Development Intern

Rashiya Howell

Medical Program Development Intern
Rashiya Howell

Medical Program Development Intern

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.

Zechang (Charlie) Yang

Law Program Development Intern
Zechang (Charlie) Yang

Law Program Development Intern

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.