Chelsea is working as Program Manager with Farms Work Wonders, where she will be researching Wardensville’s history and helping create a website to digitally house all findings. Chelsea graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Chelsea was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because she wanted to utilize her degree and skills to help her fellow West Virginians. Through the Impact Fellowship, Chelsea is able to stay in West Virginia, as well as be part of an organization she wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Through the program this year, Chelsea is excited to further develop her knowledge and skills, and experience all that this great state has to offer.
Lourd Jackson (Jack) Morilla
Jack is working as a Junior Design Engineer with McKinley Architecture and Engineering, where he will be helping perform engineering design tasks for a variety of disciplines including utilities, HVAC, and plumbing systems. Jack is a native of the Philippines but grew up in Dubai, U.A.E. He graduated from Marshall University with a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on systems design and simulation. Jack was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because of the chance to show the younger generation that there are opportunities in the Mountain State. He plans on designing efficient systems one project at a time to hopefully lessen the overall carbon footprint of HVAC systems in West Virginia. Through the program, this year, Jack is excited to face the challenges in the construction industry, have the chance to learn from and network with professionals in the industry and apply these lessons to earning his ‘Engineer in Training Certificate’ and eventually obtain a ‘Professional Engineer License.’ Jack also hopes to gain valuable lessons from the great people of West Virginia and to explore the state’s beautiful landscape and natural parks.
Jared is a Business Analyst at TC Energy, working in a Project Support role for the Right-of-Way (ROW) Maintenance team based out of the St. Albans, WV field office. Jared is originally from Hurricane, WV and graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Energy Resources Management in 2018. As a native West Virginian, Jared was drawn to the Impact Fellowship primarily for the opportunity to work and give back to the community that he feels most connected with. He hopes to establish lasting relationships with his fellow cohort members and looks forward to dedicating his Friday to a fulfilling cause as a volunteer.
Mariah is working as a Project Engineer with TC Energy. She is supporting the execution of engineering and design pertaining to project delivery at TC Energy’s U.S. Gas Operations business. Mariah graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and grew up in Washington, PA. Mariah was drawn to the Impact Fellowship because it has given her the opportunity to further her engineering career. Through the program, this year, Mariah is excited to gain engineering experience, volunteer in the Charleston community, and enjoy the beauty West Virginia has to offer.
Olivia is working with the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network as their Operations & Communications Coordinator. There, she will be helping the team with day-to-day operations, assisting with social media and other communication channels, and helping their network of 21 Child Advocacy Centers in any way that arises! Olivia graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a focus in English Literature and Philosophy after growing up in Clay, WV. Olivia was drawn to the Impact Fellowship program through her strong connection to West Virginia, its people, and the need to retain young talent here. She is excited to remain in West Virginia, further her career, and learn from other leaders around the state. Olivia cannot wait to make a difference in her home state through the Impact Fellowship!
Ashish Solanki is working as an Energy Finance Research Associate with IEEFA (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis), where he’ll be conducting rigorous economic and financial analysis on the energy industry with the aim to facilitate the transition to a sustainable energy economy. He graduated from Williams College, MA where he majored in Economics and Psychology. He is originally from New Delhi, India, and belongs to an army family. He chose the Impact Fellowship for the opportunity it provided to work with an employer he was interested in, and for the opportunity to live, work, adapt to, and grow in a completely new state. Professionally, he is very excited to learn how to conduct extensive econometric analysis on different energy companies across multiple states, and outside of work he is excited to go hiking and explore the beautiful nature of West Virginia.
Charles F.V Chitekwe
Charles is working as a Sales and Marketing Coordinator with Coalfield Development, where he is excited to help serve a core need of humanity and provide solutions to global problems. Charles graduated from the University of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics, and he also has an accounting degree from the Association of Chartered Accountants in the United Kingdom. He grew up in Malawi, Southern Africa and has a passion for spending his time appreciating and exploring nature, particularly the clouds and bodies of water because of their value as natural resources. Charles was drawn to the Impact Fellowship to nurture his abilities and achieve his full potential through an organization that appreciates young talent. Through the Impact Fellowship, Charles hopes to bring value and change to West Virginia through his research on circular economics which would produce the most innovative and state of the art method of making full use of available resources.
Nima Shahab Shahmir
Nima is originally from Tehran, Iran but moved with his family in 2010 to Lewisburg, WV, which he confidently calls his second home. Recently, Nima graduated from West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration. Through the Impact Fellowship, Nima is working as an Application Developer with TC Energy. He is excited to live, work, and volunteer in the capital city of Charleston, which brings back memories of 2015 when he and his family had the privilege to become naturalized and U.S. citizens.
Virginia is working as an Architectural Intern with McKinley Architecture and Engineering in Wheeling, West Virginia. Virginia graduated with her Master of Architecture from Kent State University, and her hometown is Pittsburgh, PA. Through the Generation West Virginia Impact Fellowship, she has had the opportunity to move to West Virginia for the first time and begin her professional career in architecture.