Meet the Fellows

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Ashley Berry

Campus Life, Office of Wellbeing

Hailing from New Milford, CT, Ashley Berry quickly fell in love with Winston-Salem after transferring to Wake Forest in the fall of 2017. Impressed by Wake Forest’s level of engagement with the Winston-Salem community, she quickly joined Alpha Phi Omega, Wake Forest’s coed service fraternity, and Campus Kitchen, the university’s on-campus food re-purposing center. Ashley spent much of her junior and senior years working for Campus Kitchen leadership as the Policy and Advocacy Chair, Shift Leader, and Procurement Director. Additionally, Ashley served as a Resident Advisor her junior and senior years where she enjoyed connecting with on-campus residents while working to make Wake Forest a safe and inclusive space for all students. During her final semester of senior year, Ashley volunteered at the Summit School in Winston-Salem, assisting a ninth grade English class.

Ashley graduated from Wake Forest with a B.A. in Communication where she explored issues of bioethics and patient-provider communication while minoring in Education. Wake Forest has helped Ashley find her passions, giving her the resources to carry forward the Pro Humanitate way post graduation. Ashley is thrilled to help students achieve the wonderful experiences she’s had at Wake while working in the Office of Campus Life.


Isabella Ryan

Office of Information Systems

Isabella Ryan is from Nashville, Tennessee and double majored in Economics and Anthropology. As an undergraduate, Isabella was heavily involved in Student Government where she served as a Senator, Committee Chair, and Chief of Staff while striving to improve campus life for all students. Isabella also served as a member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Coalition, focusing on harm reduction and campus alcohol culture, as well as the Mental Health Coalition which advocates for expanded mental health resources. However, Isabella’s leadership didn’t stop there as she also helped organize the impactful President’s Leadership Conference her junior year. One of Isabella’s most meaningful experiences at Wake was attending and facilitating the BUILD (Building University Inclusion through Leadership Diversity) pre-orientation program for incoming first year students. Her professional experience also includes working at the Tennessee State Museum, Capitol Hill, and as a Resident Advisor on campus. In her free time, she enjoys attending lectures and performances on campus, reading, visiting art museums, and hiking. Isabella is excited to serve as the Fellow for Information Systems and to give back to the community that has given her so much.


Ellie Bruggen

Office of the Dean of the College

Ellie Bruggen, a Winston-Salem native, has been a proud Demon Deacon since learning how to ride her bike on the quad as a child. At Wake Forest, Ellie majored in Politics and International Affairs while minoring in Biology, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Environmental Studies. These academic interests carried her to study in Peru, Argentina, and Chile her sophomore year. The summer before her senior year, Ellie traveled to Europe where she conducted a study on gender roles in Spain’s rural farm tourism industry. Because of her passions for the Spanish language and mitigating health disparities, Ellie translates regularly at the Community Care Center, a local health clinic in Winston-Salem. Ellie also enjoys outdoor recreation, leading her to become a trip guide for Outdoor Pursuits and driving her towards a higher understanding of sustainable living. In fact, Ellie lived in Wake’s Sustainability House for two years before working as the Plant Forward Dining Assistant in the Office of Sustainability. She also served as a President’s Aide, helping lead discussions on equity and diversity and inclusion. Ellie’s experiences in the concentric communities of Wake Forest and Winston-Salem have grown and prepared her to work in the Dean’s Office  while contributing to the missions of Wake Forest. Ultimately, she hopes to work at the intersection of social and environmental justice.


Katherine Laws

Office of Personal & Career Development

Katherine Laws, who grew up in Concord, North Carolina, is grateful to spend another year at Wake Forest, having been drawn to the campus community since childhood. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and minored in Journalism as an undergraduate. During her senior year at Wake Forest, she interned for both Wake Forest Magazine and Our State Magazine, treasuring the opportunity to hear and tell the stories of the places she loves. Other projects within her Journalism minor rooted her further to the campus and local community as she took the opportunity to refine her writing skills. Katherine also found much meaning serving as a President’s Aide and as a leader in Reformed University Fellowship. Katherine especially loved interacting with prospective students as a tour guide and as a co-chair of Traditions Council, learning about the power of tradition in bringing campus unity.

Katherine cherishes knowing and serving the people who make Wake Forest a place of warmth, community, and growth, and is thankful the Fellows Program will give her the opportunity to continue learning through Wake’s campus spirit. Katherine is especially delighted to work in the Office of Personal Career and Development, which values intentional self-discovery and meaningful connection with others. She is excited about the opportunities the OPCD provides to hone writing and creative skills as well as the chance to help students grow. She can think of no better place to begin the next chapter of her Wake Forest experience.


Mark Handler

Office of the President

Mark Handler is an English major and Interdisciplinary Writing minor from Atlanta, Georgia. A proud Atlanta native, Mark attended the same school in Atlanta since he was six years old. Seeing echoes of his community back home, Wake Forest’s commitment to a liberal education focusing on personal development and a strong encouragement of community relations made the college search easy. While at Wake, Mark joined the international service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, serving as an executive member and helping coordinate social and service events for the chapter of nearly 200 people. Outside of the fraternity, Mark’s passion for service extended to his animal-loving side, as some of his fondest memories include selling custom wristbands for Australia’s bushfire relief fund WIRES, erecting deer crossing signs in his hometown, and bringing Forsyth Humane Society to campus to help sponsor foster dogs. As an avid soccer fan, Mark also joined the club soccer team his freshman year and held internships at Generation Adidas International and Soccer in the Streets, two organizations focused on spreading the impact of soccer to underserved communities throughout the United States. During his junior year, Mark attended Trinity College Dublin for his fall semester and even joined the college soccer team there, playing matches for Trinity throughout Ireland. During his final semester as an undergraduate, Mark capped off his senior year writing an Honors thesis for the English department on Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Now, Mark looks forward to representing Wake Forest beyond student life and tackling educational and administrative challenges as the Fellow in the Office of the President.


Walter Jackson

Office of the Provost

Walter Jackson, IV, a North Carolina native, graduated from Wake Forest with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Affairs. As a Politics and International Affairs major, Walter especially enjoyed classes pertaining to international relations. He traveled to the United Kingdom twice to conduct research on British expropriation policy during the Cold War era. He also traveled to Tanzania to examine African relations with the U.S. and China.

During his time as an undergraduate, Walter served as a Senator and Senate Committee Co-chair within Student Government. Walter also contributed to the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, served as an Admissions Ambassador in Wake Forest’s Admissions Office, and helped lead the Call to Conversation movement, initiated by President Hatch. The area of campus involvement that most influenced his decision to become a Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of the Provost was serving as a President’s Aide for several years. It was through this directive that Walter had the opportunity to closely study how administrators and staff members work towards making Wake Forest a better institution.


Lydia Faber

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Lydia Faber grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, finding a second home in Wake Forest’s welcoming community. Having an older sister with special needs, Lydia has embodied the spirit of Pro Humanitate and inclusion through her involvement with the special needs community. In tandem with community outreach, Lydia found a passion for women’s health, realizing Wake would be a great opportunity to grow her knowledge of medicine. During her time at Wake Forest, Lydia pursued a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Art History. She has participated in both Dr. A. Jones’s Organic Chemistry Research Lab and Dr. E. Johnson’s Genetic Research Group during the majority of her undergraduate career. Her love for Art History peaked during her time abroad in Madrid, Spain where she toured museums with a member of the Royal Art Academy. During her time in Madrid, she volunteered as an English language teacher for children with disabilities. She is a certified Doula through the Deacon Doula’s program that aids uninsured and Medicaid patients at Wake Baptist Hospital, and is looking forward to continuing this experience throughout her Fellowship. Lydia’s professional goals include pursuing a degree in Medicine to continue her advocacy for both women and the disabled.


Yassmin Shaltout

Wake Downtown

Yassmin Shaltout was born in Alexandria, Egypt and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was two years old. Since then, she’s spent the majority of her childhood in Winston-Salem. Growing up near  Wake Forest, the campus has always felt like home to Yassmin and she was thrilled to accept the opportunity to spend 4 years learning and growing under the magnolia trees. During her time at Wake Forest, Yassmin pursued an Anthropology major and a Biology major and Chemistry minor while also completing courses for the pre-medical track. During the summer of 2018 and 2019, Yassmin traveled to southern Europe and Kathmandu, Nepal to study cultural art-forms and research mental health stigmas (respectively). Her anthropology elective courses and extracurricular activities have been deeply dedicated to civic leadership and community involvement. She has embraced Pro Humanitate to mindfully create impacts in the Winston-Salem community through project management and volunteer work within local nonprofit organizations, schools, and refugee communities.

Through her leadership roles in Women in STEM, OCEE’s Dash Corps, and independent community-based research projects, Yassmin has learned critical skills in community commitment. She hopes to inspire future generations of Demon Deacons to be civically minded by using her resources, knowledge, and passion to connect Wake Forest students with the city of Winston-Salem. Yassmin is excited to bridge her interests in social justice, engagement, and connectivity in her work with the Office of Wake Downtown.

Monet Beatty

School of Business

Monet Beatty was raised in Winston-Salem and is an active member of her local community. Her strong science and arts interests, entrepreneurial spirit, passion for the environment, and desire to uplift humanity are just a few distinctions that drew her to her first choice school, Wake Forest.

As a Presidential Scholar for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts for Dance, she was able to work closely with the School of Theatre and Dance to produce a dance production her sophomore year. This successful event, also known as the Winston-Salem Dance Collective, was instrumental in bringing the Winston-Salem and Wake Forest dance community together and was fully realized through a beautiful production entitled “Love in Motion.” She later produced a dance production entitled “Breathe” that was sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and IPlace during her senior year which helped merge the arts and sustainability programs. “Breathe” was ultimately created in a short film produced by Monet in response to COVID-19 which suggested humanity more effectively deal with its carbon footprint.

Monet majored in Biology and double minored in Environmental Studies and Dance. She is excited to be joining the School of Business as a Wake Forest Fellow, and she is looking forward to immense growth opportunities, professional development, and mentoring relationships that will aid her in her pursuit of a career in Sustainability and Leadership.

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
2019-2020 Wake Forest Fellows