Meet the Fellows


Daniella Feijoo

Campus Life

Family means everything to Daniella and this campus is where she found her second family and home. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Daniella ventured to Winston-Salem to visit WFU, inspired by the University’s close-knit community, remarkable faculty, and Pro Humanitate spirit. She earned her dual BA degree in Politics and International Affairs and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. Daniella is a proud Magnolia Scholar and Kappa Kappa Psi brother. Daniella played in the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black Marching Band for four years and served as the recruitment coordinator for two years. She was an inaugural member of the Wake the Vote cohort, as well as the inaugural class of Pro Humanitate Scholars, focusing on civic engagement. Daniella was also involved in Volunteer Service Corps as the Co-Chair for Education. In this role she volunteered with the Kids Cooking Coalition and Latino Community Services. She also planned the 2017 Pro Humanitate Day of Service and launched the Network for Education and Resource Development. Daniella studied in the Southern Cone study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, where she had the opportunity to live with two host families and intern for Ministerio de la Mujer y la Equidad de Género. Daniella worked in the Office of Personal and Career Development as a career assistant, where she discovered a passion for community building and connecting students to resources. Daniella is honored to serve the University by advocating for the wellbeing of all members of the community.


Mella Tesfazgi

Mella Tesfazgi

Information Systems

Mella Tesfazgi was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States with her family at just three years old. During her time at Wake Forest, she strived to integrate her cultural background with her experience on campus, and the Winston-Salem community at large. As a sophomore, Mella co-founded the Habesha Student Association, an organization on campus that seeks to represent East African culture, while simultaneously creating a space for learning and unity across the student body. Over the past two years she has volunteered at the World Relief Center as an interpreter, where she helps newly arrived refugees become acclimated to their new lives in the United States. Academically, Mella combined her passion for global affairs and her affinity for numbers with a major in Economics and minors in Politics and International Affairs and Global Trade and Commerce Studies. As someone who has always been intrigued by the world around her, she was drawn to Wake Forest for the rich liberal arts experience, dedication to service, and the opportunity for global study. Mella spent the spring of her junior year studying abroad in England at the University of Cambridge. Going forward, Mella is thrilled to continue applying her passions as she serves the Wake Forest community through the Office of Information Systems.


Dalia Namak

Dalia Namak

Office of the Dean of the College

As a Winston-Salem native, Dalia was introduced to Wake Forest at an early age. She found Wake to be a welcoming and academically rigorous university, a perfect place to grow as an individual. She pursued majors in both Politics and Anthropology, as well as a minor in Middle East and South Asia Studies. She found that this mix of academic studies complement her interests in cross-cultural communication and using integrative measures to international peace- building. During the Spring 2017 semester, Dalia took advantage of an exciting opportunity to study abroad in Vienna, Austria. She especially enjoyed engaging her learned knowledge of the German language. During her senior year, a great deal of Dalia’s focus pivoted towards Undergraduate Research. She worked on independent projects regarding the role of poetry in Iraq under Saddam Hussein’s rule, hierarchy within the South Asian immigrant family structure, and motivations of American Muslim convert women’s choosing to join Islam. Some of her highlights during her undergraduate career include: moderating a discussion with United Nations High Commissioner, leading the Muslim Students Association her junior year, moderating at the BRANCHES Social Justice Retreat, and being the Resident Advisor for the Global Village. Dalia is excited to integrate her interests in social justice and intercultural communication in her work with the Office of the Dean of the College to further enrich the experience of the Wake Forest community.


Natalie Wilson

Natalie Wilson

Office of Personal & Career Development

Natalie Wilson, a Fredericksburg, Virginia, native, is overjoyed to be spending her first year as a Wake Forest University graduate back on its beautiful campus. She is grateful that the Fellows Program provides her the opportunity to employ her interests in event planning and writing, as well as build valuable relationships with her cohort colleagues. Ultimately, she is excited to explore the field of higher education and determine her next career steps. Most of all, through the Fellows Program Natalie works for a University and office about which she’s extremely passionate.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in both Interdisciplinary Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her involvement on campus included serving as a passionate member of the Club Rowing Team and as a moderator for the BRANCHES Social Justice Retreat. She also served as a student member of the Women’s Fund, interned for the Law School’s Department of Communication and Public Relations and edited three sections of the Old Gold Black student newspaper.

Natalie is particularly passionate about the Office of Personal and Career Development because she is a personal witness to its impact. She was able to land her dream internship after accumulating a wealth of knowledge from OPCD courses and repeated appointments with Career Coaches. She worked for Winston Starts, a nonprofit startup incubator located in the heart of downtown Winston Salem, for eight months, completing projects similar to those now on her docket as a Wake Forest Fellow.

With the help of the invaluable resources the OPCD has to offer, Natalie is serving in yet another dream position. She is enthusiastic about her work, which will help place future students, such as herself, on a path to a fulfilling career.


Matt Schlosser

Matt Schlosser

President’s Office

As a prospective student from Tampa, Florida, Matt Schlosser quickly learned that Pro Humanitate was more than a motto. During his campus visit, Matt’s father suffered a heart attack, leaving his family unsure of how they would finance his education. Fortunately, several generous alumni intervened, making it possible for Matt to attend his dream school. Filled with gratitude, Matt dedicated his college career to paying forward the kindness that fellow Wake Foresters had shown him. After working with the Pro Humanitate Institute to establish a computer lab in a local homeless shelter, Matt went on to conduct research on neighborhood revitalization projects and community organizing techniques in ten cities across the United States. He continued his service efforts by establishing a tutoring program for students from low-income families, interning at multiple poverty alleviation nonprofits, and leading an organization that supports communities affected by mass incarceration. Matt left the country for the first time as a junior, traveling to the UK to study his majors of English and Politics at the University of Cambridge. Respecting the emphasis that Wake Forest puts on developing students of integrity, Matt joined the Honor and Ethics Council and later the Judicial Council in order to increase student awareness of the benefits of the Honor Code. As a Fellow in the President’s Office, Matt looks forward to serving Winston-Salem for one more year while promoting the vision of empathetic leadership that he believes makes Wake Forest such a special university.


Sophie Leruth

Sophie Leruth

Provost’s Office

Sophie Leruth grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia and double majored in Politics International Affairs and Spanish during her time at Wake Forest University. Sophie is multilingual in Spanish, French, and English and is a proud U.S. and French dual-citizen. She lived in Montpellier, France for a year as a child. She has played the violin since the age of 6 and was a Presidential Scholar for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts for Music. Her favorite memories from her time as a Demon Deacon include performing in the WFU Symphony Orchestra’s annual Halloween concert, studying abroad in Argentina and Chile with the Southern Cone Program, and having coffee with fellow Deacs on the beautiful quad. Sophie’s work experiences include working for Ayuda, an immigrant rights nonprofit in D.C., and as a researcher at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile. Sophie’s professional goals include one day having the knowledge and experience necessary to advocate for those whose human rights are endangered by ineffective and detrimental governance.


Austin Offnick

Austin Offnick

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Austin fell in love with Wake Forest and the greater Winston-Salem community during a summer tour before her senior year of high school. Although it was a risky decision at the time, Wake Forest ended up being the only school she applied to, as she couldn’t picture herself anywhere else. Luckily, this risk paid off. During her time at Wake Forest, Austin pursued a double major in Economics and Spanish along with a concentration in Spanish for Business. Although very different in curriculum, both departments explored subjects that she developed a passion for long before attending Wake. While balancing classes and three jobs, Austin found time to participate in several extracurriculars opportunities including Women in Economics, Hillel, and Club Gymnastics. Through her involvement with these organizations, Austin refined her leaderships skills by serving on organizations’ executive boards; however, she felt that her work with the Board of Investigators and Advisors was by far the most meaningful. While on the board, Austin guided students through all phases of the University’s conduct process and investigated cases of academic misconduct. Both a challenging and rewarding experience, serving on the board provided her with the opportunity to connect with her peers on a personal and professional level as well as set a positive example for the Wake Forest community. Going forward, Austin is beyond excited to work with the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, as she is fascinated by the economic implications of current healthcare systems and models.


Daniel Oberti

Wake Downtown

Daniel Oberti is a Studio Art and Biology double major from Marietta, Georgia. He was drawn to Wake Forest for its liberal arts education as well as its strength in both the Visual Arts as well as the Core Sciences. After falling in love with the Reynolda Campus, Daniel pursued a Presidential Arts Scholarship to explore both the arts and scientific disciplines. He also became extensively involved within Student Government, where he became Chief of Staff by his senior year. Daniel strove to make visible changes wherever he went on Wake Forest’s campus– whether this was displaying public art on campus to increase ADHD awareness or creating an outdoor classroom. He also pushed Student Government to provide more leadership programming for promising students through the President’s Leadership Conference and the inaugural President’s Leadership Series. Daniel’s involvement also included guiding tours for prospective students and serving as a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. Daniel’s passion is for combining and applying his varied interests in science, art, and leadership to make the institutions and people around him better than he found them.



Past Fellows

2012-2013 Wake Forest Fellows
2012-2013 Wake Forest Fellows
2013-2014 Wake Forest Fellows
2013-2014 Wake Forest Fellows
2014-2015 Wake Forest Fellows
2014-2015 Wake Forest Fellows
2015-2016 Wake Forest Fellows
2015-2016 Wake Forest Fellows
2016-2017 Wake Forest Fellows
2016-2017 Wake Forest Fellows
2017-2018 Wake Forest Fellows
2017-2018 Wake Forest Fellows
2018-2019 Fellows
2018-2019 Wake Forest Fellows