Recent Fellows

The Karel Fellowship has been around since 2012. Here’s a quick look at what some of our past Fellows have been up to.

2015 Fellows

Nergis LemusNergis Lemus graduated from Trinity Washington with a Bachelors in political science and government. Nergis spent her summer as a Karel Fellow working for the Special Olympics DC, whose mission is to provide year-round sports training in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She now works for the DC Government as the Assistant to the Director of Forensic Science!


Milliecia LacyMilliecia Lacy graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and political science. Milliecia spent her summer as a Karel Fellow working for the Communications Network. The Communications Network is a nonprofit organization comprised of social sector leaders who share the belief that smart strategic communications has the power to transform society and improve lives. Milliecia is now a Student Intern at the Minnesota Department of Health!


Kindra NicolKindra Nicol graduated from Trinity Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in international business. Kindra spent her summer as a Karel Fellow working with Save the Children Action Network. Save the Children is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child has the best chance for success. Kindra is now an Early Childhood Education Assistant Teacher at the YMCA!


Betzaida NolascoBetzaida Nolasco graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in criminology & criminal justice and romance languages. Betzaida spent her summer as a Karel Fellow working for DC Vote. Founded in 1998, DC Vote is a national citizen engagement and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening democracy and securing equality for all in the District of Columbia.


Marcia Puig-LluchMarcia Puig-Lluch graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in International/Global Studies. Marcia worked for Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) during her summer as Karel Fellow. WOW works to build pathways to economic security and equality of opportunity for women, families and elders. Marcia is now a Bank Teller at Wells Fargo!


Lauren ShiplettLauren Shiplett graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in international affairs. Lauren was hosted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies, during her fellowship. She is now a Public Relations Coordinator for the Washington Post!


Aaron ZeilerAaron Zeiler graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in public relations and a minor in Spanish. Aaron was hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world, during his summer as Karel Fellow. He is now pursuing a Master of Arts in mass communication at the University of Florida!


2014 Fellows

Taylor Brandon graduated from the DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and advertising. She spent her time as a Fellow at the Food Recovery Network, an organization that organizes college students to donate their surplus and unused food. At FRN Taylor provided communications support for the launch of Food Recovery Certified. She is now an Account Coordinator at MoKi Media, a boutique PR firm that offers comprehensive media campaigns to clients!


Eura_Chang2 Eura Chang graduated from Macalester College with a double major in political science and educational studies and a minor in French & Francophone studies. Eura was hosted by DC Vote, an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress for District residents, during her summer as a Karel Fellow. She is now a State Operations Coordinator at Stand for Children Colorado, an education nonprofit that empowers parents, educators, and community members to advocate for education policies that will help prepare our students for college and career!


Calvin Jackson graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.calvin_jackson During his fellowship, Calvin was hosted by the Campaign for Youth Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the practice trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system.


yoo_jin_kangYoo-Jin Kang graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with her Bachelor of Arts in language and cultural studies and interdisciplinary studies. During her summer as a Karel Fellow, Yoo Jin worked with Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. Yoo-Jin is now Senior Victim Advocate for HopeWorks, a nonprofit agency that provides services to women, men, and children impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence in Howard County, Maryland!


Sivan SheriffeSivan Sherriffe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from the George Washington University in May 2015. During her fellowship, Sivan worked with Greenpeace, the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world. She is now a Communications Associate for the Center for Law and Social Policy, a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people!


Karen_VanegasKaren Vanegas graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in broadcast journalism and government and politics. During her fellowship, Karen was hosted by Mary’s Center, a nonprofit organization that has committed itself to saving lives and strengthening communities, one family at a time, through a holistic model that integrates medical, social, and educational services.


Elizabeth_TejedaElizabeth Tejeda graduated from the University of Florida in 2017. She was hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids during her summer as a Karel Fellow. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Elizabeth is now pursuing Master of Science in Information and Communications Technology at the University of Denver!


2013 Fellows