Meet the Fellows

Welcome to the 2021 Digital Inclusion Fellows! These fifteen emerging leaders in our seventh cohort join the fellowship to hone their professional skills and develop new and enhanced digital literacy programs for adults.

These professionals from Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah work at nonprofits and social service agencies ranging from housing authorities to public libraries. Together they’re committed to empowering individuals and communities by helping them get online.

Aleah Spencer
Aleah Spencer
Program Coordinator
Project Read
Provo, UT
Pronouns: She/Her

Aleah Spencer is the Program Coordinator at Project Read, a non-profit providing one-on-one literacy tutoring in Utah County, Utah. A forever student, Aleah finds joy and satisfaction in education in all its forms and feels lucky to see it changing lives every day. Although her formal training is in elementary education, Aleah has worked in adult education for seven years. When not directing the everyday at Project Read, Aleah can be found obsessing over her latest project, piecing together a puzzle at the kitchen table, watching movies with her family, or taking long drives in the mountains.

Ali F. Abid
Ali F. Abid
Digital Equity Specialist

Ali F. Abid moved to Utah from Iraq in September 2012. He came to the U.S. as a refugee after living two and a half years in Turkey as a median country before resettling finally in the United States. Ali has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Baghdad. He has been with the Catholic Community Services since June 2015, where he started as a job developer after serving as a volunteer. Ali loves art, animals, city sights, visiting new places, making new friends, and is passionate about helping people.

Alicia Greasby
Alicia Greasby
Digital Literacy Coordinator
Cleveland, OH
Pronouns: she/her

Alicia Greasby is the Digital Literacy and Engagement Coordinator for Metro West Community Development Organization in Cleveland, OH. She has taught ages 6+ in a variety of subjects including front-end coding, Minecraft, basic digital literacy/citizenship, and marketable job skills. Deeply rooted in her 20+ years of activism (both online and off), she brings not only her cultural competency in a variety of areas to the table but also a willingness to meet people where they are. Her unshakeable belief in dignity and justice can best be summed up by the words of Fannie Lou Hamer - "Nobody's free until everybody's free."

Angelina Marie Cortes
Angelina Marie Cortes
Librarian II Adult Services
San Antonio Public Library
San Antonio, TX
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Angelina is an Adult Librarian and current Interim Manager within a branch of the San Antonio Public Library system. Her work revolves around creating and researching resources in the areas of healthcare, homelessness, immigrant rights, and digital and media literacy. Her library is the site of a “Learn” Center which addresses the knowledge gap in adults of marginalized identities in technological and continuing education fields. She believes the role of public libraries should be an “open for all” community-driven model that welcomes and advocates social change in all of its services. 

Brittany Mechele Wachter
Brittany Mechele Wachter
Asset Manager
Neighborhood Concepts, Inc.
Huntsville, AL
Pronouns: she/her

I work directly with low-income families and seniors of HUD-subsidized apartment communities in Huntsville. In my current position at Neighborhood Concepts, I am responsible for implementing meaningful resident service programs that assist in improving the economic conditions of underserved people and in underserved neighborhoods. Neighborhood Concepts, Inc. (NCI) has a 30+ year history of working with low-to-moderate income families through our efforts to provide access to affordable housing coupled with resident service programs designed to empower our residents. NCI has five apartment communities with over 300 units serving low-to-moderate income seniors and families in the Huntsville area.

Elizabeth Endres
Elizabeth Endres
Program Manager
Feeding Texas
Austin, TX
Pronouns: She/her

Elizabeth provides support services and technical assistance to Community Partner Food Banks as part of Feeding Texas’s SNAP outreach contract with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. This program serves to connect Texans to food, cash, and medical social service programs. Elizabeth previously served as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Middle School Matters program at Communities in Schools of Central Texas, as the Program Coordinator for the Community Partner Program at the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, and as a Certified School Counselor in a rural elementary school in North Carolina. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work with a focus in community administration and leadership, and a Master’s of Education with a focus in school counseling. In her free time, she enjoys training for the next triathlon and spending quality time exploring the great outdoors with her two daughters.

Emmanuel Zapata
Emmanuel Zapata
Senior Program Manager for Adult Education
Austin, TX
Emmanuel Zapata was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Germany, and has called Austin home for the past 20 years.  He has gained more than 10 years of experience managing a wide variety of programs at Foundation Communities.  Most recently Emmanuel has focused on internal and external Digital Literacy, ESL, and immigration work.  In his spare time, Emmanuel enjoys traveling, learning new technologies, and spending time with friends and family.
Gina Birch
Gina Birch
Program Coordinator
Pronouns: she/ her

Gina Birch is the Program Coordinator and Media Specialist for ASC3. She has 10 years of consumer electronics and digital inclusion experience, including 3 years owning a small, senior-focused technology services company. Her experience is complemented by her Comptia A+ certification, as well as her educational background in engineering and business.

Katherine B. Maloney
Katherine B. Maloney
Director of Workforce Development
Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas
Kansas City, MO
Pronouns: She/Her

Katherine Maloney is currently serving as the Director of Workforce Development at Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas based out of Kansas City, Missouri. She has been with the organization for over four years and a part of the Goodwill network for over ten years. Katherine completed her master's and bachelor's degrees in Public Administration from Texas State University. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and an AmeriCorps Alum. Katherine's expertise is primarily working in workforce development, program management, grant oversight and implementation, career exploration and navigation, and career readiness training. Over the last three years, the MOKAN Goodwill team partnered with Goodwill Industries International and Google to launch a series of digital skills training efforts in the Kansas City metro area. They are looking to expand these services to combat the digital divide in the Kansas City community. 

Kelsey Baird
Kelsey Baird
Digital Equity Coordinator
City of San Diego
San Diego, CA
Pronouns: She/Her/ Hers

Kelsey works on digital equity projects and policy for the City of San Diego within the Department of Information Technology. Her efforts support stakeholders across the city such as community leaders, organizations, and city departments in their mission to close the digital divide for as many San Diegans as possible. This includes developing digital literacy and device distribution programs, community outreach initiatives, and a roll out of public Wi-Fi. She is passionate about models that empower communities to be decisionmakers in what technology goes into their neighborhoods- where, why, and how.

Kelsey has a background in bioethics with a focus on the ethics of technology. She is a former Killam Fulbright Fellow where she conducted research on the public/private focus groups and makerspaces which acted as feedback pipelines for the development of Toronto’s Smart City – Quayside. She was a Student’s for Economic Justice Fellow at the Center on Policy Initiatives and is most proud of her training in labor and community organizing. She studied sociology and critical race theory at California State University San Marcos. 

Lucas Kyle Zollinger Horns
Lucas Kyle Zollinger Horns
Staff Writer
Pronouns: he/him/his

Lucas Horns works for South Salt Lake, Utah, helping the city develop the Community Opportunity Center – a co-working space and tech hub for residents and grassroots organizations. Born and raised on the Wasatch Front, Lucas has a keen passion for promoting prosperity in his local community. He has a history working in LGBTQ+ activism, founding the non-profit, Project Rainbow in 2018. With South Salt Lake, he is striving to address disparities in the city by providing residents with the technology and skills to thrive in the digital world.

Matthew L Sucre
Matthew L Sucre
Library Assistant Computer Emphasis
Cleveland Public Library

Matthew Sucre is a Library Assistant at the Cleveland Public Library and an instructor at the Ohio Options Program for Cuyahoga Community College. He is a graduate of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio with a bachelor of science in Business Administration, and the University of Phoenix with a master of adult education in Adult Education and Training. Throughout his career at CPL he has worked in the TechCentral Department interacting with patrons and teaching computer classes. Recently, he launched "CodeCentral," a beginner's class in Python and HTML. He is passionate about looking deeper into his learners' struggle with the digital divide in order to help them overcome those challenges and build bridges to digital inclusion. 

Oneisha Freeman
Oneisha Freeman
Pronouns: she/her

My life motto is Work Hard, Do Good. For the past 15 years, I've been able to combine my passion for education, technology, and creativity with a calling to serve Atlanta’s most under-resourced communities. I work at Inspiredu where I lead the partnerships strategy and program development and supports marketing and outreach.

Pearce Barringer
Pearce Barringer
Program Service Coordinator
Nashville, TN

Pearce Barringer is a Program Services Coordinator at Project Return, a nonprofit organization committed to helping people live a full and free life after incarceration. Pearce graduated from the University of Alabama where he earned degrees in Communication, Philosophy, and Political Science. Prior to working at Project Return, Pearce worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Alabama Forensic Council. Since Joining Project Return, Pearce has worked directly with participants by assisting them in all tasks necessary to starting again after incarceration and administering classes on relevant life skills.

Ricardo Antonio Reinoso
Ricardo Antonio Reinoso
Digital Inclusion Manager
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
Cleveland, OH
Pronouns: He/Him/His

As the Digital Inclusion Manager at the Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Ricardo is committed to building a bridge to opportunity through digital inclusion. He has dedicated his life to inspiring people in many ways, from community engagement and neighborhood revitalization to assisting young immigrants in their pursuit of becoming actively engaged citizens. Before CMHA, Ricardo graduated from the Cleveland Neighborhood Leadership Development Program and founded The Cleveland Dinners, a dinner dialogue series committed to confronting racism and building equitable communities through facilitated dialogue. Before moving to Cleveland, Ricardo lived in Washington DC, where he worked at the International Monetary Fund and was a Neighborhood Commissioner. Ricardo was born and raised in Tulsa to Peruvian immigrants and is fluent in Spanish and French. He has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working towards a Master’s of Science in Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. 

Teri Mumm
Teri Mumm
Director of Community & Government Initiatives
Spy Hop Productions
Pronouns: She/Her
Teri is a community builder with more than 20 years of project development, nonprofit and grants management experience, focused on collective impact and increasing opportunities for multicultural communities. Teri is a founding member of the Promise South Salt Lake Equity Council and a founding board member of 1520 Arts. She is currently the director of Community & Government Initiatives for Spy Hop Productions, a nationally recognized creative youth development organization offering in-school, after-school, youth-in-care and satellite digital media arts programming.

Past Fellows

Samantha Akwei (2016)
Ellie Avis (2019)
Sarah Bell (2016, 2016)
Kayla Bradshaw (2020)
James Butts (2015, 2016)
Mike Byrd (2015, 2016)
Ruben Campillo (2015)
Melissa Canan (2020)
Angelina Marie Cortes (2020)
Tianca Crocker (2016)
Lorena Cuffy (2017)
Becky DeForest (2018)
Gabryella Desporte (2019)
Necole Durham (2017)
Charly Eaton (2016)
Shauna Edson (2016)
Joshua Everett (2020)
Andrew Farrelly (2018)
Emily Flores (2019)
Joanne Telser-Frere (2018)
Kyra Gomez (2019)
A’Sarah Green (2019)
Anthony Hale (2018)
Rizwanullah (Atif) Hamedi (2017)
Chris Hernandez (2018)

Emma Hernandez (2016)
Emily T. Holland (2018)
Nicole Hooper (2016)
Susana Jerez (2019)
Munirih Jester (2016, 2018)
Sol Katia Jimenez (2015)
Cheryl L. Johnson (2020)
Jessica Jones (2017)
Evert Keller (2018)
Shenee King (2019)
Aneta Lee (2017)
Aneta Thomas Lee (2015)
Stephanie De Leon (2020)
Jamie Littlefield (2016)
Daniel Lucio (2015)
Samuel Maldonado (2019)
Maddie McKinney (2019)
Megan McNaughton (2020)
Cegee Moore (2018)
Krysti Nellermoe (2019)
Oleg Nepliouev, (2018)
Angela E O’Neil (2020)
Caché Owens (2016)
Wendy Pearson (2016)
Gabriela Beatriz Peden (2020)

Dr. De’Andre S. Pickett (2015)
Naymar Prikhodko (2015)
Sara Rasmussen (2016)
Susan Reaves (2015, 2016)
Ernesto Resto (2016)
Alonso Reyna Rivarola (2015)
Bianca Rozenblad (2018)
Heather Salters (2018)
Leslie Scott (2015)
Margo Scurry (2016)
Wenwen Shi (2016)
Lindsey Sipe (2018)
Elaine Stehel (2016)
Dustin Steinacker (2015)
Patricia Steward (2018)
Adam Strizich (2015, 2016)
Felicia Tillman (2016)
Maithri Vangala (2015)
Brenda Montecinos Villa (2020)
Claire Warnick (2018)
Jessica Washington (2015)
Demetrius Williams (2018)
Erin Young (2020)