Fellows Directory

Elona Toska 2004-2005 Fellow with mothers2mothers, South Africa Princeton University Class of 2005
Emily Trautner 2011-2012 Fellow with Plan International, Uganda Princeton University Class of 2011

Alumni Update:

After her fellowship, Emily spent another year working for Plan in the same capacity as a Technical Writer and took on some additional roles and responsibilities. She then returned to the US for a year to do some remaining coursework in order to apply to medical school. She is currently working for UCSF as Research and Training Coordinator for Kenya. She coordinates a program that facilitates medical and master’s students and residents to do clinical work or research here in Nyanza Province as well as connect researchers to one another since they have a multi-institutional research collaboration. She is based in Kisumu, Kenya until June this year, when she will go back to the US for medical school. She is not yet sure which school she will attend, though she has a couple of options already!

Fellow Bio:

Emily (Princeton ‘11) is an economics major with a certificate in African-American Studies from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. During her time at Princeton she was a member of the varsity swim team, an active Cap and Gown member and occasionally bartended and tutored to pay the bills. Through Princeton she interned with the Global Fund in Switzerland, which sparked an interest in a career in global health and development.  Emily aspires to become a physician one day. While in Uganda next year, Emily looks forward to learning about and participating in local music and dance, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and waking up to a new adventure every day.

Michael Traynor 2011-2012 Fellow with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Lesotho Princeton University Class of 2011

Fellow Bio:

Michael (Princeton ‘11) is a Woodrow Wilson School major from Fargo, ND. At Princeton, he was Academics Chair of Whitman College Council, a member of Princeton Chapel Choir, and a member of Cloister Inn. He enjoys water sports, including swimming, kayaking, rowing and water tubing. Like many North Dakotans, he is an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, and hiking. Through Princeton, Michael worked on health policy at the Center for Rural Wealth, University of North Dakota, and studied abroad at the University of Cape Town. While in Lesotho, Michael hopes to learn more about the psychosocial factors surrounding HIV/AIDS, make new friends form Lesotho and all over the world, and bike through the Drakensburg.

Sandra Tsikor 2017-2018 Fellow with African Leadership Academy, South Africa University of Pennsylvania Class of 2017

Sandra Tsikor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in International Relations and minors in African Studies and International Development. Upon graduation, she was a recipient of the Arthur Fauset Award for intellectual pursuit and community service. Originally from Ghana but born in Russia, she has been committed to exploring the world around her. She studied intensive French in Tours, France and International Relations from an African perspective at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is wholly committed to furthering the political, social and economic conditions in Ghana and Africa. She interned at the IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a think tank in Ghana, conducted research and produced a report on recommendations in improving Ghana’s doing business environment. This research fed into her senior thesis project where she received grants to conduct field research on entrepreneurial Ghanaian return migrants from the US and the UK, the challenges they face and policies for alleviating them. Interested in strategy and consulting, she has worked at the ShawbellConsulting Limited in Ghana and Deloitte Consulting with government agencies to transform their model, garner efficiency and improve their public service delivery. At UPenn, she managed the processes of 9 teams in delivering web content for the Wharton Africa Business Forum, a gathering of executives and leading professionals interested in furthering business in Africa. Sandra Tsikor is interested in exploring entrepreneurship, specifically social entrepreneurship, and youth leadership as a means for furthering Africa’s development. As such, she looks forward to her fellowship with the African Leadership Academy in South Africa!

Susan Tuberville 2015-2016 Fellow with Maru-a-Pula, Botswana Birmingham-Southern College Class of 2014

Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Art with a minor in Human Rights and Conflict Studies as well as a teaching certificate in Art Education from Birmingham-Southern College. During her undergraduate career, she discovered an interest in promoting cross-cultural empathy through creative storytelling. Susan explored her passion for cultural exchange by traveling to Avedo, Ghana, where she taught art and English at a rural primary school. She also spent a semester studying art in Florence, Italy. While in Birmingham, Susan participated in long-term service-learning initiatives. She partnered with NorthStar Youth Ministries, an outreach program where she taught weekly art classes and mentored elementary students. Susan also participated in service throughout her internship at Glide Foundation, an internationally recognized social services organization in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. While at Glide, she contributed to the Communications department’s efforts to share powerful stories of hope and healing and also assisted with creative arts programming for Glide youth. After graduating, Susan taught in an inclusive classroom for both children with special needs and typically-developing children. She is thrilled to begin this adventure and looks forward to learning from the Maru-a-Pula community, discovering the arts in Botswana, and exploring the country’s breathtaking landscape.

Stephen Tuozzolo 2012-2013 Fellow with Nyumbani Village, Kenya Princeton University Class of 2012 Check out Stephen's Blog

Fellow Bio:

Stephen is a Civil and Environmental Engineering major from Sayville, NY. At Princeton, Stephen was an Outdoor Action leader, a first aid instructor, and a member of the Princeton Band. In Kenya, he looks forward to learning Swahili, developing a taste for ugali, and adapting to a rural lifestyle.

Jennifer Umberg 2014-2015 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, South Africa University of California, Berkeley Class of 2013

Jennifer graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her defining experience at Berkeley was the Global Poverty and Practice Minor. Through a fellowship generously provided through the minor, Jennifer spent a summer in an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Kenya where she taught children in a two room “prop-up” school; helped establish a micro-loan project for women; and raised money from friends and family in the US to start an agricultural initiative for planting and irrigation projects on nearby land. Jennifer studied abroad in Paris and spent time in New York as a peer counselor for the International Rescue Committee’s “Youth Summer Academy.” During the school year she interned with IRC’s Oakland branch to provide recently arrived refugees access to government and charitable organization resources for support. After graduation, Jennifer spent her time at Human Rights Watch in San Francisco and the Environmental Defense Fund. Jennifer, who was on the Cal Dance Team at Berkeley, looks forward to exploring Johannesburg’s menu of dance classes and encountering new friends and cultures along the way.

Joe Vellone 2010-2011 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, Senegal Princeton University Class of 2010

Fellow Bio:

Joseph ’10 is a Woodrow Wilson School major from Armonk, NY. At Princeton, he was President of the Slow Food group, directed the Princeton Farm to Fork Project, and served on the Class of 2010 Commencement Committee. Joseph Studied Sustainable development in the Wilson School and wrote his senior thesis on the UN Millennium Villages Project in Malawi. He has traveled throughout Europe and Central America, and is an avid hiker. While in Senegal, Joseph looks forward to discovering Senegalese cuisine, brushing up on his French, and having exciting African adventures

Alexander Villec 2013-2014 Fellow with The BOMA Project, Kenya Georgetown University Class of 2013 Check out Alexander 's Blog

Alumni Update:

Alex is currently working for One Acre Fund in Rwanda, using data to make small-scale farmers more prosperous.

Fellow Bio:

Alexander is an Economics and Government double major with a minor in French from Tucson, AZ. Through Georgetown, he studied abroad in Senegal where he worked with Zidisha Microfinance. He also interned at the Embassy of Burkina Faso and conducted research in Kenya related to financial education, road safety, and maternal health savings. Outside the classroom, Alex served on the student body funding commission, volunteered at a social services center downtown, and led the Georgetown triathlon team as men’s captain. He spent two summers at home in the renewable energy sector and eagerly awaits twelve months of learning Swahili, running the Rift Valley, and better understanding rural poverty with The BOMA Project in northern Kenya.