Recent Fellows

Karel Fellows have been making a positive difference for the past four years. Here’s a quick look at what our most recent class has been doing and what they have accomplished.

2015 Fellows

Nergis LemusNergis Lemus is graduating from Trinity Washington University this winter with degree in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies. She is a member of the “Pi-Sigma-Alpha” a political science honorary society, and a recipient of the Eileen Ryan Lahart Scholarship. She plans to attend graduate school this upcoming year in public policy in hopes of becoming a policy analyst. 

Nergis spent her summer working for the Special Olympics DC, whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Now, Nergis works full-time for DC Vote (a Karel host organization she visited during her fellowship). Currently, she is the Program and Development Associate, collaborating alongside the canvass team while continuing lobbying efforts on the hill.


Milliecia LacyMilliecia Lacy is a senior majoring in international studies and minoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies at Macalester College in Minneapolis, MN.

Milliecia spent her summer working for the Communications Network in Washington, D.C. The Network is a nonprofit organization comprised of social sector leaders from foundations, nonprofits and consulting firms across the globe, who share the belief that smart strategic communications has the power to transform society and improve lives.


Kindra NicolKindra Nicol is a senior Business and Administration major at Trinity Washington University with a deep passion for social justice. She has dreams to “spearhead initiatives and promote awareness about various programs that address social justice and global issues.” Kindra had the opportunity to explore and experience global issues during her 2013 journey to East Africa, spending time in Ethiopia, Kenya and an extensive stay in Tanzania. While in Tanzania, she had the chance to volunteer at the Neema House-Baby Orphanage, where her primary responsibility was to interact with the children.

Kindra spent the summer working with Save the Children Action Network. Save the Children is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child has the best chance for success.


Betzaida NolascoBetzaida Nolasco is a senior at the University of Maryland double majoring in Criminology & Criminal Justice and Romance Languages (Spanish and Italian).

Betzaida spent the summer 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 is a junior at American University majoring in international relations. Marcia is passionate about a long, varied list of social issues: gender equality, freedom of speech, access to education, access to adequate health care and more. She has applied this passion in more ways than one, including volunteering. Marcia’s volunteer experience includes ‘Friends of the Library’, which takes donated books and sorts them to give to less fortunate students and families.

Marcia worked for Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW). WOW works nationally and in its home community of the Washington, DC metropolitan area to build pathways to economic security and equality of opportunity for women, families and elders.


Lauren ShiplettLauren Shiplett is a senior at George Washington University pursuing a major in communications and a minor in international affairs. She currently works at NPR in D.C. as a corporate communications intern with the Marketing, Branding, and Communications team. She splits her time between audience/community relations work and helping with internal communications. Lauren’s responsibilities include giving tours of NPR HQ, answering e-mails from listeners, helping with the employee newsletter, and much more. She’s excited to finish school and says she can definitely see herself at NPR after graduation!

Lauren worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates.


Aaron ZeilerAaron Zeiler is a junior at the University of Florida, pursuing a major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. As a resident assistant, Aaron has gained invaluable hands-on leadership experience working with a team of peers to reach goals together. To complement his involvement at school, Aaron has completed three mission trips to Peru where he helped care for children at two different orphanages as well as assist a farming community build livestock bridges and cages for the animals.

Aaron spent his summer working for the Washington, DC-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world.


Other Recent Fellows

12 recent Karel Fellows from 2013 and 2014