2013-2014 Spirit of Service Scholars
Krissy Jo Bergen is a first year graduate student studying Counseling Psychology at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the White Mountain Apache Nation of Northern Arizona, a true Arizona Native. Krissy Jo is also proud to be a Udall Congressional Scholar and Nina Mason Scholar Alumni. While at ASU she has held leadership positions for the Native American Student Organization and American Indian Council. Her career goals are to become a Mental Health Professional whom works with Indigenous communities to assist in closing the gap of mental health disparities, such as, decreasing the rate of suicide and addiction in Native American communities. Krissy Jo’s long term goals are to develop a nonprofit organization on the Ft. Apache Reservation that will strive to improve the mental and physical well-being of children and young adults by establishing early childcare facilities and youth development programs, with the priority of maintenance and revitalization of the Ndee biyati’ (the Apache language) and Ndee bii-at’e’ (Apache cultural knowledge).
Jasmine Clarke-Telfer is currently a junior in Barrett, The Honors College studying Business Urban Policy at the W.P. Carey School of Business, and earning a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management through the College of Public Programs. She is originally from San Francisco but has lived in Phoenix most of her life. As a student, Jasmine is working towards completing her undergraduate thesis in the area of Parks and Recreation. When not at school, she works for the Boy Scouts of America and volunteers for Girl Scouts of the USA. Her dream is to serve as a corps member for Teach for America upon graduating in 2015. She hopes to apply her degree towards her goal of creating a more sustainable nonprofit sector that can most effectively serve and empower our community’s youth.
Josue is a senior Studying Public Service and Public Policy with a concentration in Leadership and Management in the School of Public Affairs. He is originally from Southern California but is proud to call Phoenix his hometown. As a student, Josue is involved as a Project Specialist with Public Allies Arizona under the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. He also holds a Fellowship with Promise Arizona and Promise Arizona in Action under the Center for Community Change. Josue has interned extensively with the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education working to dissect and synthesis public policy affecting AZFLSE clients and constituents. He has also worked with the New York City Department of Health in piloting a new HIV education workshop series for persons living with HIV/AIDS in the NYC metropolitan area. Josue is a proud nationally recognized Gates Millennium Scholar for the class of 2010. His interests include developing inclusive community leadership and advocating healthy sustainable futures. Josue hopes to apply his skills towards a career in the public sector at the federal level.
Jennifer Papworth is in her second year at ASU’s College of Public Programs. She is studying Public Service and Public Policy after transferring from Rio Salado College with an Associate’s degree in Public Administration. A 4th generation Arizona native, Jennifer believes that a long-term strategic vision and a commitment to invest in public education are essential to Arizona’s future. The mother of three boys, Jennifer currently lives in Goodyear, Arizona. She works as an intern for Maricopa Community Colleges’ Government Relations Office and serves on the Governing Board for Avondale Elementary School District. Jennifer’s long-term goal is to directly shape state legislative policy and enhance opportunities for creative public policy collaborations, particularly in the area of education.
Natali Segovia is a third-year law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. A New York native, she graduated from Columbia University with degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies. She served as the immediate past president of the Chicano/Latino Law Students Association and the International Law Students Association. Natali has worked with community organizations on issues ranging from preventive health and poverty to immigration, and has conducted human rights fieldwork in Colombia, Bolivia and Venezuela. She currently serves on the board of the Law Journal for Social Justice and the National Latina/o Law Students Association. She is active within the Native American Law Students Association, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU and The Puente Movement. Natali hopes to use her law degree to walk the fine line between law and policy work in the United States and Latin America, as a litigator and advocate focused on international human rights, economic development and education.
Ashley Brennan is a sophomore studying Psychology in Barrett, the Honors College. She is originally from Tucson, Arizona. As a student, Ashley is involved in Changemaker Central, University Housing, the Tillman Scholars Program, Social Psychology Research, the Barrett Leadership and Service Team, Talent Match, the National Residence Hall Honorary, Relay for Life, and the Barrett Mentoring Program. She is interested in education equality, community service, and the arts and hopes to apply her degree towards working in education reform.
Chris is a third year doctoral student in the School of Social Work, originally from Lexington, KY. As an aspiring social work scholar Chris is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the Association for Community Practice and Administration, and the National Association of Social Work. As a student, Chris works as a faculty associate and research assistant while being involved with the PhD Social Work Scholars Club. Chris is interested in community development & organizing and participatory action research with marginalized communities. He hopes to apply his education towards exploring empowerment-based participatory research and creating transformative experiences for social work students.
Shireen Nouri is a second year graduate student earning her Master’s degree in Applied Ethics and the Professions (Biomedical and Health Ethics). She graduated from Barrett, the Honors College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Society. She has lived in many places, but Chandler, Arizona is her true home. Shireen is involved in a variety of academic and research activities ranging from tutoring at-risk youth to researching the affects anti-immigration legislature on the access to health care in the South Phoenix area. She also engages in numerous volunteer and mentorship activities within her community such as being a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona to volunteering at the Arizona Burn Center. Aspiring to become a physician and a community leader, she has realized the importance of understanding ethics and policy. She has pursued a Master’s degree in order to better orient herself with how to improve access to health care for underserved and underprivileged communities.
Marshall Pimentel is a senior undergraduate student studying Political Science and Communication at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. He was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona. Beginning his undergraduate career at Glendale Community College, Marshall served as the school’s representative in the Student Public Policy Forum and as an ambassador for the honors program helping to recruit and retain students. Once Marshall transferred to Arizona State University he began an internship with Arizona Students’ Association advocating on behalf of student issues and volunteered for multiple political campaigns. Currently, he works as a page at the Arizona State Senate, is a member of the Arizona Town Hall, and is serving a two-year term on the City of Glendale’s Historic Preservation Commission. In the future, Marshall hopes to earn a Master of Public Administration and work on Capitol Hill as a policy advisor.
Amy Umaretiya is a junior studying Civil Engineering and Political Science at ASU. Originally from Chandler, Arizona, she has been interested in politics for a long time, chairing her city Mayor’s Youth Commission and serving on the Governor’s Youth Commission. As a student, Amy is involved in environmental biotechnology research at the Biodesign Institute, serves as the secretary of the LD26 Democrats, and is the incoming director of Community and Local Affairs for USG. She is interested in environmental and water policy and hopes to apply her degrees towards a career in policy analysis.
Mackenzie is a third ‐ year law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Originally from Albuquerque, Mackenzie moved to Memphis, TN as a Teach For America corps member. He is currently a law clerk with the Carter Law Group, P.C. where he advises social entrepreneurs on various corporate governance matters as well as helping them secure and maintain tax ‐ exempt status, if applicable. He serves on the board of directors for the Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation High School and during the summer of 2013 he was a Summer Leaders Intern with Building Excellent Schools where he was a resident with Vista College Prep. He is passionate about education reform and plans to continue leveraging his education and legal knowledge to impact student achievement after graduation.
Stephen is currently a junior undergraduate student stu dying Nonprofit Leadership and Management in the College of Public Programs. He also is a management Intern at the Arizona State University Foundation and is an avid volunteer for the Phoenix Chapter of Amigos de las Americas, a youth leadership and immersion volunteer program. He is passionate about a variety of different causes which include community development and cross sector collaboration. After graduation, Stephen plans to work either for a local charitable foundation or in corporate philanthropy to continue his work with the non profit sector. In his spare time Stephen loves to travel and volunteer.
Cary Kelly is a junior undergraduate double majoring in Economics and Business (Global Politics) at the W.P. Carey School of Business. A curious adventurer and global investigator, Cary has traveled extensively internationally developing his abilities as an effective, dynamic communicator. Raised in Tucson, Arizona, Cary plans to utilize his passion for sustainable development and non-profit leadership to promote economic and cultural partnerships in the U.S.-Mexico border region, addressing the growing needs of a socially complex Southwest. Recently, Cary has interned for environmental NGOs in Ecuador and Chile, as well as the Arizona-Mexico Commission in the Office of the Governor. On campus, Cary works for an online high school research initiative named Quanta and participates actively in the Barrett Honors Choir.
Allie is an incoming senior studying Nursing and Global Health. She is originally from Nashotah, Wisconsin but moved to Tempe for school and to be a part of the Leadership Scholarship Program. Allie began her passion for service in high school after starting the world’s largest Key Club, a high school lead club dedicated to the service of others. Ever since, she has dedicated her time to volunteering through various local and abroad organizations. She worked as the Volunteer Chair for Changemaker Central this past year and helped co-lead the largest service event Devils in Disguise. Some highlighted volunteer experiences have been in Mexico, Tanzania, and Korea. Her passion for service at home and abroad are continually developing and she plans to become a Nurse overseas post graduation. Allie has realized that health disparity overseas is such a pressing issue and wants to make a difference by providing care and educating at risk individuals. Allie currently stays busy by working in the ER at Chandler Regional Hospital and is involved in several student nursing organizations. In her free time, she loves running, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and dabbling in photography.
Davier Rodriguez is a third-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Administration from the College of Public Programs and a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He is originally from Miami, FL and the son of Cuban immigrants. Davier is a founder and coordinator for DREAMzone, an ally certification program aimed at creating visible support structures for undocumented students at institutions of higher education. He is also a member of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a national organization that concurrently advances LGBTQ and immigrant equality. Davier is committed to multiple social justice issues, particularly to increase access to quality education for lower-income, first-generation students and create educated, socially responsible democracies around the world.
Karen Voyer-Caravona is in her second year of the Master of Social Work Program, concentrating in Adult Behavioral Health. She returned to school 20 years after receiving her Master of Expressive Therapy at the University of Louisville. In addition to working as a mental health therapist treating children and families affected by child sexual abuse and incest, Karen also served at a Legislative Aide for Louisville Metro Council (KY) where she developed a passion for civic engagement. More recently, Karen worked for the City of Flagstaff. In addition to her MSW, Karen is also pursuing certification in gerontology and plans to work professionally supporting community based living for aging adults and end-of-life care.