Civic Initiative Program Alumni
The programs of the Civic Initiative have served hundreds of teachers, legislators, faculty, and professionals from Massachusetts and around the world. Though these programs have ended we offer ongoing opportunities to stay in touch with past participants in order to continue the learning and networking process. For more information please visit our Alumni website.
Jill Smith is from Walpole MA. She played volleyball throughout high school and was captain of her team for two years. After graduating high school she attended Framingham State College and started the Equestrian Club. She was co-captain and president of the Club. The following year transferred to The University of Massachusetts Amherst where she is working towards her Bachelors degree in political science. She is also a member of the University’s Polo Club and active in other equestrian sports.
Valerie is a junior Political Science and Economics double major, with a minor in French, in the honors college at UMass-Amherst. She is from Dedham, Massachusetts. Valerie has been an intern for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, in the Office of Constituent Services, and US Senator John Kerry. Valerie is currently the head of the Judicial Advisors Program in the Student Government Association at UMass. She is an Apartment Living Advisor on campus and is involved in the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society and the International Relations Club. Valerie’s hobbies include swimming, running, and reading.
Andy is a sophomore at UMass and a political science major. He grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, and has been involved in many community service projects including habitat for humanity in the area. Andy began working for the civic initiative in the summer of 2007, and has greatly enjoyed the experiences and opportunities it has provided him with.
Stefanie Costa is from Harvard, Massachusetts. Stefanie is entering her Sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is working toward a B.A. in Political Science and History. For the past three years Stefanie has been a volunteer intern for State Representative Lewis Evangelidis. At UMass, Stefanie is a member of the International Relations Club and competes on the Model United Nations team. She played intramural field hockey her Freshman year and is now part of the newly formed club field hockey team. Stefanie’s interests include, politics, music and sports.
Emma Einhorn is from Montclair, New Jersey. Emma is a Junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst working towards a dual degree in Political Science and Social Thought and Political Economy with a foreign relations certificate. She is currently the secretary of the UMass democrats and works as a research assistant for two professors. Emma was a member of the UMass women’s rowing team for a year and a half winning three gold medals including the Atlantic 10 championship. Emma has a passion for politics and has interned with her local town mayor and worked as a canvasser for various candidate and organizations including Masspirg and is currently volunteering for Barack Obama.
Jonathan is from Hampden, Massachusetts. He graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School in the Spring of 2007. He is currently working toward his B.A. in Political Science, along with a minor in Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Jonathan is also a member of the executive board of the University of Massachusetts Policy Debate Team and the acting Treasurer. His political interests began in high school and his other passions include debate, football, soccer, photography, and movies.
Stephanie is currently working on her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is expected to graduate in May of 2010. She is originally from North Adams, Massachusetts. Although Stephanie's first political experiences are from watching her father, State Representative Daniel Bosley; her own personal political experiences range from several leadership and service learning conferences to interning for Congressmen John Olver in his Pittsfield, MA office. Stephanie is in her second year as a Clarinet player for the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching band. Her interests also include singing, music, and photography.
Kelley Kavanagh is pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and an International Relations Certificate and is working towards law school. She is expected to graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May of 2011. Kelley is originally from Upton, Massachusetts, where in high school she participated in Model United Nations, as well as volunteering for the Upton Town Library. Her hobbies include reading, writing, backpacking/hiking, SCUBA diving, and traveling. She has a passion for both U.S. and international politics.
Bethany is a freshman working towards her BS in Biology and is a current member of the Commonwealth College. She spends most of her free time riding competitively out of a barn in South Hadley, MA, and during her high school years she headed the Stoneleigh-Burnham School barn. Though she has spent the majority of the last five years around the western Massachusetts area, she grew up in upstate New York. From a young age, she has supported and aided Republican campaigns surrounding her hometown. Bethany began working for the Civic Initiative in April 2009 and hopes to gain a better understanding of politics from a global perspective.
Erica R. Drescher
Erica R. Drescher is a Commonwealth College Senior Political Science Major and an Economics Minor. She is also a candidate for both the International Relations Certificate and the Public Policy & Administration Certificate. In the summer of 2008 Erica interned for State Senator Edward M. Augustus, Jr. in Boston and was competitively awarded the Arthur R. Lambert Memorial Scholarship for State House legislative interns. More recently, Erica took her spring 2009 semester to intern as a Policy Analyst with TechAmerica in Washington DC through The Washington Center. While at school Erica is an Apartment Living Advisor, an excutive board member of Pi Sigma Alpha and the Student Alumni Association, and serves as a Chancellor's Personal Host. Erica is from the Blackstone Valley and currently resides in Upton, Massachusetts where she enjoys playing Ulitmate Frisbee, theatre, and cooking.
Kayla Berube grew up in Millbury, MA and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a Sociology Certificate in Criminal Justice. She is expected to graduate in the spring of 2010 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kayla is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and works in the university’s Political Science department. She is an active alumni member of the Center for Civic Education’s We The People Program, and is very passionate about the importance of civic education. Kayla is also a trained dancer, and a competitive long-distance runner, and in her spare time she likes to spend time with her family.
Kat Zaralides graduated from the American Community Schools of Athens, Greece in 2007. She is currently completing her B.A. in Political Science at the UMass
Amherst. Her interest in politics was sparked by the TV Series “The West Wing” and augmented by the novel “Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis” by Robert F. Kennedy. Her favorite area of study is the Cold War. Her other interests include the guitar, photography, film, and sports.
CURRENT SENIOR FELLOWS
Dr. Julia Sandy-Bailey
Julia Sandy-Bailey is our current Senior Fellow for Digital Humanities. Dr. Sandy-Bailey completed her Ph.D. in history from UMass Amherst in 2006, and she holds a B.A. in history and an M.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She’s taught courses at UMass Amherst, the New School University, Central Connecticut State University, and Keene State College. Her scholarly interests include public history, American race relations, and consumer culture. Her dissertation, “The ‘Negro Market,’ and the Black Freedom Movement in Harlem, 1930-1965” examines how marketers advertised to black consumers, and how those activities paralleled the growth of consumer-related civil rights activism in New York City. With her background in history and new media Dr. Sandy-Bailey will enhance our ability to develop digital humanities-related components for our domestic and international programs.