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
Catholic Community Services of Utah
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
Metro West Community Development Organization
Cleveland, OH
Pronouns: she/her/ella
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 NTEN Digital Inclusion fellow at the Central San Antonio Public Library in San Antonio, Texas. Her work revolves around researching knowledge gaps of adults in technology and continuing education fields. Currently, her training consists of basic computer literacy courses as well as providing assistance in connecting folks to social services in the area. 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.
Ashlee Poore
Ashlee Poore
Asset Manager
Neighborhood Concepts, Inc.
Huntsville, AL
Pronouns: She/Her
In her role as Asset Manager at Neighborhood Concepts, Ashlee is responsible for the oversight of the 1,000+ units in NCI’s affordable multifamily portfolio.  Ashlee engages with third party management, performs property risk analysis, coordinates resident service activities and oversees compliance with various regulatory requirements associated with NCI’s portfolio.  Ashlee brings strong organizational and marketing skills to her role with NCI. 
Away from her computer, you can find Ashlee planning her next road trip and spending time with her family and friends.
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. She is currently supporting her organization's digital equity journey as a NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellow. 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 triathlon training and spending quality time exploring outside with her 3 dogs and occasionally a teen child.
Emmanuel Zapata
Emmanuel Zapata
Senior Program Manager for Adult Education
Foundation Communities
Sunset Valley, 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
Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center
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 Program 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
City of South Salt Lake
Pronouns: he/they
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
TechCentral Assistant Manager
Cleveland Public Library
Matthew Sucre is an Assistant Manager in the TechCentral Department 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
Director of Partnerships and Programs
Atlanta, GA
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
Communication Coordinator
Project Return
Nashville, TN
Pearce Barringer is a Communication 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 and indirectly with participants to help with their reentry efforts.
Ricardo Antonio Reinoso
Ricardo Antonio Reinoso
Digital Inclusion Manager
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
Cleveland, OH
Pronouns: He/him/his/él/su
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/Sequence
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)