2018-19 Community Fellows
Program and Website Development Fellow at the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce
Hello! My name is Brendan, I'm from San Francisco, my favorite city in the world. Apart from working with the Chamber, I am a contestant for the Mx Whitman fundraiser, a graphic content contributor for queer clothing line The Spectrum Apparel, and a member of the acapella group Schwa. In my free time, I enjoy scouring GoodWill and wearing wigs. My great grandfather was the sheriff of a small town in Kentucky, and died in a duel on the courthouse steps. As a Community Fellow this year, I am excited at the possibility to give back to and learn more about the local business community which has served me so graciously throughout my time at Whitman. My project is currently in a research phase to assess what has been done by other shop local websites, and to brainstorm what we can improve on.
YWCA Community Fellow at YWCA Walla Walla
Daphne is a French & Biology major with a Global Studies Concentration and Chemistry minor from Pasco, WA but grew up in northern California. Good times!! When she's not cooking up a storm in her small kitchen at her Whitman home, she is cooking up a storm in other people's kitchens! She loves to cook for others. She also enjoys going to concerts, playing with dogs she finds on her block + her dog when she's home, listening to podcasts (check out radiolab!!), chillin' at the public library, and most importantly, dancing when people aren't watching, and also when they ARE watching- she doesn't care! She's a club leader for FGWC, a mentor for the mentor program, a grandchild in Adopt-a-Grandparent, and a volunteer at the VA. She is also currently accepting applications for people to teach her how to take better care of plants !! Let her know! And she has been to 4 Coldplay concerts!!
As a Community Fellow this year, she is currently reaching out to different universities across the country to examine student groups that sit on the board of directors to their community's respective YWCA. The goal for the year is to create a group of students from all three of the institutions of higher education in the valley that would sit on the board to the YWCA WW and report to the board in order to provide a student perspective for the board members. Daphne is most excited about working with a team of all women this year! All of whom are incredibly empowering, passionate, and inspiring!
Community Art Space Fellow at ArtWalla
My name is Ellen Ingwerson and I am a Fine Art and Film & Media Studies double major. I grew up outside Boston and currently live in St. Louis. I love opportunities to be creative, going on trail runs with my dog, sharing and listening to music with friends, and adding more salt to every meal. I spent the past summer abroad taking painting classes in southern France! As a Community Fellow this year, I am most excited about growing into a better networker, organizer, and writer, as well as being a creative partner in the non-profit community. Currently I am in the beginning stages; conceiving, researching, and facilitating the beginning steps of creating a non-profits art facility.
Food Focus Events Coordinator at Walla Walla Valley Farm to School
My name is Erina and I am a Race & Ethnic Studies and Chemistry double major, I grew up about half my life in Japan and half my life in the US. I am also half Chinese but also grew up with a Mexican stepfather. Culture, race, ethnicity, language, etc- all those things were always a part of my upbringing. So was wanting to be a pediatrician, playing piano, tennis, and attending church! At Whitman, I take pre-med courses and currently trying to figure out how Race and Ethnic studies and all its intersectional approaches in challenging dominant logics fit into medicine....hahaha. My faith is important to me and have been a part of Whitman Christian fellowship for the past 4 years. Otherwise I love spending time with friends, cooking, baking, singing especially in the shower, writing, & laughing. I climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan when I was 10 years old - chocolate got me through it. The view from the top was unforgettable!
As a Community Fellow this year, I am most excited to foster a sense of community within elementary schools over a meal, and to provide families with activities and information regarding local foods and health services. I am also looking forward to helping provide resources for families that might be experiencing food insecurities. Currently I am working on planning and implementing food focus events, an event with a meal and an activity fair that emphasizes healthy eating, locally sourced foods, resources for food insecurity and local health services.
Outreach & Education Fellow at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho
My Dad is in the Navy so I moved around the country as a child, including San Diego and Charleston. Now, I call the Seattle area my home and I live with my two siblings, three cats, and two turtles. We are hoping to add a dog soon! As a child, I participated in almost every sport but competitive Taekwondo and dance were my favorites! Rumor has it, I still dance around my house to this day. When I lived on the Naval Weapon Station in South Carolina, the base "owned" a pet alligator in a large enclosure. It was the biggest, fattest alligator you will ever see. His name was Charlie and he spent most of his days sunning himself and gorging on roadkill.
As a Community Fellow this year, I am so excited to advocate for reproductive health care and help empower people in the Walla Walla community. Currently, I'm working on several projects! Lately, I have been helping with voter registration by tabling and organizing canvassers. Additionally, I help facilitate sex education at both Whitman and the high school program at Walla Walla Community College. I hope to start teaching at the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center soon and become more involved with volunteer organization.
Assistant Study Coordinator at Walla Walla Community Council
Georgia Lyon is from Los Altos, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the treasurer for Whitman College's Renaissance Faire club. When Georgia is not doing school work, she can often be found cooking, listening to classic rock, drawing in her sketchbook, and trying to make people laugh at her terrible puns and actually getting them to laugh at her silly and candid remarks. Here are three fun facts about her: 1.) She is a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do 2.) A Children's book company published How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl, a book she wrote and illustrated when she was 16-years-old. 3.) She was a legislative intern for United States Senator Maria Cantwell last summer.
As a Community Fellow, she is excited to explore the topic of affordable housing at the community level and learn more about this issue from a variety of expert speakers. Georgia is currently working on conducting interviews with people knowledgeable in weatherization, modular housing, and tax levies
Recreation & Events Fellow at the City of College Place
I'm from the Portland, Oregon area and I like road biking, cooking without recipes, and being involved with Kappa Alpha Theta on campus. I'm left-handed! As a Community Fellow this year, I am excited to learn about small city government! Currently I'm working on researching best practices and sustainability for recreation and events.
Community Resilience Fellow at the Walla Walla Public Schools 21st Century Community Learning Centers
I love dogs, chocolate, and kombucha. I am currently an RA and I work at Sharpstein with America Reads/America Counts. In my free time I like to nap, read, and spend time with friends. I lived in Berlin, Germany for the last two years of high school.
As a Community Fellow this year, most importantly, I am excited to get to know students and interact with them on a regular basis. I am excited to be applying my academic work in psychology in the research that I will be helping with. Currently, I work at the after school programs at Edison, Green Park, and Sharpstein. I will also be helping to conduct research about resilience of the students who participate in the after school programs.
Community Health Partnership Fellow at The Health Center Walla Walla
I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, then moved with my parents overseas with the Department of State. I have always enjoyed sports, travel and discovering new places. I'm weirdly into geographic trivia. As a Community Fellow this year, I am excited about engaging with both schools and health care providers in the Walla Walla community, and learning more about their inner workings. I will be examining and evaluating potential partners to establish a more sustainable and productive mode of service for The Health Center.
Research Fellow at Walla Walla County Corrections
I grew up moving often. I've lived in Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington. I went to high school in Seattle. I enjoy creative writing, as well as reading short stories. Extracurriculars-- I was on the Ethics Bowl team for my first two years. Now, I'm interested in theater and socially engaged art as a space for mediation and empathetic discourse. I'm very excited to read Ottessa Moshfegh's "My Year of Rest and Relaxation" over Thanksgiving Break-- is that a fun fact? I can't make a clover with my tongue.
As a Community Fellow this year, I am researching the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the degree in which Walla Walla County Corrections complies with this law. This means, studying the caselaw, conducting interviews with correctional officers, and studying the architecture of the facility. By the end of the year, I will provide an analysis to WWCC that includes a set of recommendations for PREA compliance in a local facility. I am looking forward to learning about how civil rights are understood in corrections, and the ethics which presuppose, or follow, the legal rhetoric.
Economic Impact Research Fellow at the Port of Walla Walla
I was born and raised in Texas and have spent all my life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Outside of tennis all of my hobbies are related to music - I'm in all possible singing groups on campus, I just picked up the bass guitar, and I've also played violin for a while. Also when I can, I'm a big fan of traveling anywhere! A fun fact about myself is that I'm the only one in my family that's not a doctor!
As a Community Fellow this year, I'm currently figuring out the methodology that I will use in order to accumulate data from businesses that the Port of Walla Walla has worked with. I plan to then use this data for an economic impact analysis. I'm excited to meet people and to create and strengthen professional relationships within the Walla Walla Community and beyond! I'm also eager to apply theoretical knowledge from school into the work I'll be doing.