I am a senior with an anticipated graduation date of summer 2018 with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS) degree and a concentration on Global Meetings and Convention Management. I will also have two minors including the Non-Profit Studies; and Tourism and Events Management. My husband who is also studying at GMU just informed me he will not complete his studies until the fall (2018) so I may have to take and bank some grad school credits in the fall so we can graduate together. As part of our fellowship, I accepted an unpaid internship with Volunteer Fairfax focusing on resource development. I have been planning events including meetings and conventions since 1989 primarily working with non-profit associations so my degree certainly continues to follow my career path. My passion, other than event planning, is to travel and drink wine. Just this past year I travelled to Australia twice, New Zealand, France, Spain, and Italy; all in an effort to find some of the best (yet affordable) wines in the world. At this time, I have an Alaska cruise booked this summer and sometime this summer I will travel to Germany for my daughter’s wedding. And lastly, I have a two-month old grandson who is cute as a button. He lives in Arlington so I hope to find my way there after class at least once a week. A nice perk to accepting the non-profit studies minor.
Erin is a rising senior at Mason pursuing her BA in Integrative Studies with a concentration in social innovation and enterprise. She is a passionate advocate for environmental justice and sustainability, and hopes to eventually study environmental law. Her internship is with the Coalition for Smarter Growth, a nonprofit focused on equitable and sustainable urban development in greater Washington. Outside of her professional and academic life, Erin is a member of Mason's forensics speech team and competes around the country giving speeches. She also loves writing, and has received national recognition for her poetry as well as publishing an article in Greater Greater Washington, a regional blog. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring DC, travelling, cooking, and reading anything and everything.
For Sammy Moore, service is rooted in her love of people. She believes that philanthropy can best be described as the donation of one’s time, talents, treasures, and ties. Through this definition, everyone is able to participate in the joys of giving and improve the community in which they live. Throughout her life, Sammy has been no stranger to the nonprofit sector, and from her involvement in the Bedford Community Foundation, her passion for philanthropy has grown.
Sammy is currently a freshman at GMU studying Government and International Politics. During her time in college, Sammy hopes to achieve a better level of global awareness and apply her knowledge towards improving humanity. The greater Toledo region has provided Sammy a solid foundation for her future, and she hopes to build upon what she has learned to aid the mission of Britepaths providing poverty relief to those in the Northern Virginia area.
Jake Grosso is a member of the United States Army National Guard. He has worked for 5 years in Military Intelligence, and has served at Special Operation and Military Intelligence units. Jake had previously been a volunteer for Get2Green, where he taught 5th graders the concepts and importance of sustainability in Fairfax County Public Schools. After this exposure to volunteering and education, he chose to participate in the Nonprofit Studies Fellowship to gain further exposure to the sector. Jake is currently a senior at GMU studying International Studies. He is interning with Spirit of America, working in support of US troops' and diplomats' missions abroad. This Fall, Jake will be starting law school at the University of Richmond.
I have been living in the United States for over nine years. Originally, I am from Afghanistan. I am married and have two kids. My older son goes to pre-school and the younger one is going to daycare in Alexandria. My wife is studying English and she wants to be a kindergarten teacher. I am majoring in global affairs with concentration in international development and a minor in nonprofit studies. Prior to migrating in the United States, I have worked with some international organizations, United Nations, and the US military in Afghanistan. I grew up in a very poor and brutal country. My dream is to take all the knowledge and experiences that I learn throughout my studies in America, into Afghanistan because my country has been affected a lot with war. I am so delighted and blessed that I study in America, which I never thought that I would be alive today.
Michaelene is an Integrative Studies major with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights and a minor in Nonprofit Studies. Spent the semester as a development intern with FACETS, a human services organization in Fairfax, VA that helps individuals facing homelessness and poverty through educational, life skills, and career counseling programs.
I am a Senior Information Technology student at George Mason University who transferred from Northern Virginia Community College in 2016. While at NVCC, I became involved in student organizations and leadership. Later on, I found similarities in what I did as a student leader in being a leader in a nonprofit organization. I have a passion for empowering others to live their life to their fullest potential. The Nonprofit Fellowship Program has equipped me with mentorship, resources, and friends that have taught me more than I expected to learn about effectively helping others. Hopefully this program will continue its legacy for many years to come!
I am a Global Affairs Major with the concentration in International Development and a minor in nonprofit. I am passionate about evaluating and analyzing the effects of relief programs relating to food security, health, education, and natural resource development in Sub Saharan Africa. I find fishing to be the most relaxing thing to do.
Hannah Hall is a Junior at George Mason University, Majoring in History in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. While taking part in the Nonprofit Fellows Program and pursuing her degree in History, she is also a Resident Adviser on the Fairfax Campus, as well as a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Nation Honorary Band Fraternity, and the Green Machine, George Mason’s pep band. After college, Hannah plans to stay in the Washington D.C. area and work in the nonprofit sector, potentially focusing on nonprofit museum and public history work. Hannah plans to graduate in spring of 2019.
Jacqueline Calderon is a senior at George Mason University. Jacqueline is pursuing a BA in Integrative Studies with a concentration in International Studies. She is a Nonprofit Fellow and is minoring in Nonprofit Studies. She will be the first in her family to receive a Bachelor's degree. Jacqueline is currently the Public Policy and Advocacy intern at the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter. Jacqueline plans to focus her career on the issues of immigration and refugees and human trafficking.
Sean Herpolsheimer is a Public Administration major at the Schar School of Policy and Government at GMU. He is scheduled to graduate in Spring of 2019. He has written at length about Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and is interested in pursuing a career in state and local government advocacy with human-servicing nonprofit organizations. He sat on the Board of Employee Charitable Contributions at Kapstone Charleston Kraft, LLC in Charleston, SC. He has also worked as a state level policy intern at The League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C. He hopes to complete his Master’s of Public Administration in Nonprofit Finance at GMU.
I’m from Costa Mesa, CA and decided to go to George Mason to peruse my dream of becoming an international aid worker. I’m a double major in integrative studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights and a concentration in legal studies, with a double minor in leadership and nonprofit studies. I’m the founder of an on campus club called LUCKI GMU. LUCKI has a goal to teach children in vulnerable communities the important of knowing social justice and human rights ideals. If I’m not found on campus doing homework you can almost certainly catch me hiking in national parks all over the country! I love traveling and look forward to graduating in fall 2019.