2019 – 2020 FellowsOctober 9th, 2019 by Generation WV
Anthony is working as an Implementation Analyst with Core 10, where he will be providing services to clients in the Private Equity industry. Anthony graduated from Marshall University with a B.B.A. in Accounting and a B.B.A in Finance, and he is now pursuing an MBA. He grew up in Barboursville, WV. Anthony was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because he was seeking an innovative career path and hoped to begin working while attending Graduate school. Through the Impact Fellowship, Anthony is able to stay in West Virginia and work in the booming Fintech industry. Through the program this year, Anthony is excited to begin his professional career, while continuing to pursue his education and remaining involved in the community.
Brooke is working as the Community Excellence Associate with Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement, where she will be assisting with the triennial Community Health Needs Assessment for Charleston Area Medical Center. Brooke graduated with her Master of Social Work with a concentration in community and policy practice, and grew up in Berkeley County. Through the Impact Fellowship, Brooke was able to come back to West Virginia and connect with a unique job opportunity and gain community-level social work experience. Brooke is excited to be part of the Kanawha County community, to work on grassroots organizing projects in the state capitol, and gain valuable work experience to direct and continue to develop her career in her home state.
Carter is a software engineer at Core10 in Huntington where he assembles apps and APIs. After growing up in Wheeling, he graduated from WVU with Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. After that, he drifted for a while, using his programming powers to explore his interests in sociology and statistics. Carter discovered the Impact fellowship, and decided it would be a good opportunity to work in his area of study while doing something positive for West Virginia. Over the following year, he hopes to develop his skills, explore his many hobbies, and spend time with his dog.
Cristin is a Wheeling, WV native and graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering. She is excited to bolster her technical background while serving her home in West Virginia with the Impact Fellowship. As a Staff Scientist/Engineer with the TERRADON Corporation, she will work to apply engineering principles to environmental and geologic projects. Throughout the year, she hopes to become a more well-rounded engineer while strengthening the community around her. She is serving through her love for STEM education and community organizations in her new home, Charleston, WV.
Dallin grew up in Safford, Arizona and graduated from Syracuse University with a Master of Architecture and from Southern Virginia University as a fine art major with a philosophy minor. Dallin is working as an architectural intern with McKinley Architecture, where he will be working on architectural documents for a variety of projects often for one of the Ohio Valley Schools. Dallin was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because of the exceptional opportunity to expand his potential by working at a host company and volunteering at other organizations, while being able to contribute to them and learn from those unique experiences. Through the Impact Fellowship, Dallin is able to live in West Virginia for the first time and experience the natural beauty and friendly people that make up this mountain state. Through this program, Dallin hopes to gain greater skills and be able to give back to the community that has already adopted him.
Danielle is working as a Marketing and Sales Support Specialist with Alpha Technologies, where she will be helping the marketing and sales teams with strategic planning and creative execution. Danielle graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Marshall University in 2013, and then went back to school at Mountwest Community and Technical College in 2017 to obtain an Associate of Applied Science in Web Design and Development. She grew up in Scott Depot, West Virginia and still lives in her hometown. Danielle was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because she wanted to give back to her state sharing her talents. Through the program this year, Danielle is excited to gain experience in her industry, develop her digital skills and give back to her hometown.
Gabby grew up as an Army Brat, but calls Johnson City, Tennessee home. A first-timer to West Virginia, Gabby is working as a College Access and Success Outreach Fellow with the West Virginia Community and Technical College System in Charleston. Gabby earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising from East Tennessee State University and currently is completing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Educational Leadership with Nicholls State University. An extrovert and people person at heart, Gabby is passionate about helping others reach their goals through higher education, which is what attracted her to the Impact Fellowship. Through the Fellowship, Gabby is able to utilize her prior public relations and higher education experience to curate new opportunities to create a better and stronger workforce that is rooted in education for West Virginia.
Graeson is a Paden City, West Virginia native. In May 2019, she graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s in Science in Strategic Communications. She is excited to have the opportunity to stay and work in the state that raised her, even if it’s in a new city. She is eager to learn more about Charleston as the Capitol City, while working in the communications department at Quality Insights. She is passionate about her home state and is eager to support organizations in her new community through her volunteer Friday experience this year.
Ish is working as a Data Analyst with Core 10, where he will be working with Private Equity Firms and Investment Banks to co-ordinate and setup operational management platforms. Ish grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh and graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, IN with BAs in Economics and Finance. He was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because he is interested in economic development and state-level policies. Through the Impact Fellowship, Ish is able to learn new aspects of a field he has previously worked in and learn more about the challenges involving economies in transition. Through the program, he is excited to teach a university level course at Marshall University and contribute to legislative research concerning financial literacy and personal financial planning.
Kyle is an Accounting graduate from Northern Michigan University. Kyle is originally from the Metro-Detroit area, and recently moved to Hurricane, WV to start working for American Benefits Corporation as an Account Manager. Kyle chose West Virginia so that he could have the opportunity to serve with close-knit communities and always find a place to hike, bike, ski, and camp with his dog. Kyle is excited to start this new chapter and learn the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia.
Max was raised in Leesburg, Virginia, and graduated from the College of William & Mary. Max is working as an Impact Fellow with the Just Transition Fund, where he will be supporting projects related to research, impact, and evaluation in Appalachia with a focus in West Virginia. He was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because of the opportunity to live in America’s most beautiful state, and he’s excited to learn about West Virginia’s diverse communities and landscapes throughout the year.
Mikayla hails from Rochester, NY. She attended Syracuse University’s School of Architecture where she completed her five-year degree and received her Bachelors of Architecture in May of 2019. She was looking for something different after graduating that involved her field but also fed into her other interests. She was able to secure a position with McKinley Architect and Engineering in Wheeling, WV through the Impact Fellowship. As an Impact Fellow, she is able to follow some of her passions in social justice and empowering women through her Volunteer Friday. She is new to the region, but already seeing the true natural beauty in northern West Virginia, and she is excited to see more of the state this year.
Sam is a recent graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, Sam has called Maryland, Texas, Colorado, and Massachusetts home. She found her way to the Mountain State through the Impact Fellowship, which she saw as an ideal opportunity not only to grow professionally, but also to learn from and give back to a new community. As a copywriter at 84 Agency, Sam enjoys using her communication and critical thinking skills to help craft messages that support the values-driven work of 84 Agency’s clients. Her passion for writing, commitment to community-led change, and love of the mountains are all powerful forces in her life, and she is thrilled that, through the Impact Fellowship, she is able to delve deeper into each of these defining interests
Sarah is an Operations Director with Unlimited Future in Huntington, West Virginia, where she is working to provide technical assistance and coaching to clients, as well as analyzing data for the impact of their programs and services. Sarah holds a B.B.A in Marketing and an M.B.A from Marshall University and grew up in Scott Depot, West Virginia. Sarah was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because it was not just employment but an opportunity to give back, be an advocate for young people in West Virginia, and gain exposure to an invaluable professional network and experience. Through the Impact Fellowship, Sarah can stay in West Virginia and strengthen her professional skill set along with service to her community in Huntington.