Meet our Student Team

Purposeful Work Fellows

Students in this peer advisory role demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, a deep understanding of the exploration related to Purposeful Work, and proven success in aligning their Bates experience with their future plans.  Fellows work closely with the Center for Purposeful Work professional staff to:

  • Engage first-years and sophomores to launch their exploration process
  • Educate and guide fellow students through workshops, events and walk-in hours
  • Serve as role models by sharing their own experiences
  • Assist the Center in developing strategies to fully engage students, faculty, and staff


2018-19 Purposeful Work Fellows:

Clio Barr ’19

Clio Barr ’19 is a senior from Hallowell, Maine. She is majoring in Politics and minoring in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. The summer after her first year, Clio worked as a Public Relations and Promotions Intern at Rinck Advertising in Lewiston. This past summer, she was a Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Maine Government Intern in the City of Hallowell, performing community outreach and economic development work and learning about local government and public policy. At Bates, Clio is a member of the Democrats Club and worked as a Philosophy TA and Office Assistant last year and is excited to join the team of Purposeful Work Fellows last year. This fall, she will also work as a Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant in the Academic Resource Commons. Clio studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland last winter.

Jillian Sheltra ’19

Jillian Sheltra ’19 is a neuroscience major and chemistry minor with a concentration in public health. She is from Biddeford, Maine and has spent her entire life in “Vacationland”. She is an Emergency Medical Technician for Bates EMS, where she is the Membership Coordinator for the service, and in her hometown at Goodwin’s Mills Fire and Rescue. Jill’s passion for emergency medicine led her to accept a spot in the United Training Center’s Paramedic Class of 2018 while still continuing her studies at Bates. On campus, Jill is a captain of the Women’s Water Polo team and a tour guide for Admissions. Jill recently got the chance to travel to Maui, Hawaii for a job shadow through the CDIP program. This past summer, Jill worked as a Purposeful Work Intern for United Ambulance Service, where she taught CPR classes, did car seat checks and assisted in EMS education. After graduation, Jill hopes to pursue a career in emergency medicine.

Alexia Sahue ’19

Alexia Sahue ’19 is a Senior from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She is an Economics and Chinese double major and a Dance GEC. She studied abroad her junior fall in Hangzhou, China where she completed a language intensive program. At Bates, she is the co-president of the Africana Club and the Residence Coordinator (RC) of Kalperis Hall. She also served as the president of the Gospelaires and tutored a Principles of Macroeconomics class. Last summer, Alexia was an Analyst Summer Intern at Analysis Group in Boston, where she collected and summarized data in SAS for a healthcare litigation case. At Analysis Group, she also assisted in preparation of reports of deposition and trial, and participated in meetings with academic experts and case team members. The summer of her junior year, she interned at Portland Global Advisors where she worked independently on weekly projects varying from administrative functions to daily intensive research on industries and international companies. She is passionate about economic development, impact investing and analytical work. After graduating, Alexia will be a Full-time Analyst at Analysis Group.

Ellis O’Brien ’19

Ellis O’Brien ’19 majors in Economics and African American Studies with a general education concentration in physics. Last Summer, Ellis was a purposeful work intern in Washington DC where he worked for the Biomass Power Association, the nation’s largest bioenergy lobbying firm. In previous summers he has worked as a data analyst in the Stanford Graduate School of Education as well as a lab assistant at the Khavari Dermatology Lab. Fall Semester of his junior year Ellis studied abroad in Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia on a trip that focused on the intersection of politics and climate change. At Bates, Ellis plays ultimate frisbee, serves on the off-campus study committee, and DJ’s for WRBC Bates radio. After Graduation Ellis hopes to pursue a career in Law.


Joanna Schaffer ’19


Yeymi Rivas ’19

Yeymi Rivas ’19 from Richmond, California is an Environmental Studies major with a focus on Earth Systems. This past summer, Yeymi worked for The San Francisco Estuary Partnership where she conducted research on clean boating and assisted in communications work. Other summer work experiences include interning at Conservation Lands Foundation with Purposeful Work funding, and teaching at Summerbridge San Francisco. Rivas spent her junior spring studying public health in Buenos Aires, Argentina through the School of International Training (SIT). In Buenos Aires, she conducted research on the health effects of parks in the neighborhood of La Boca. Rivas hopes to pursue a career in public health that incorporates both her passions for the environment and health.

Marquise Clarke ’19

Marquise Clarke ’19 is a senior History and Chinese double major with a concentration in Identity, Race, and Ethnicity from Bloomfield, Connecticut. He spent his junior Fall semester studying and interning in Shanghai, China. At Bates, he is a Co-Chair for the Budgets and Clubs Committee which allocates and watches student club budgets while ensuring strict compliance outlined by Campus Life and the Dean of Students. After his first year, Marquise was a recipient of a Purposeful Work/Bates in Asia internship working as a business and employment Editorial Assistant for Dezan Shira and Associates in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He then worked on improving the operations and communication process for Bates Student Employment through work in the Bates Human Resources Office. Last fall, he was a Market Research intern for NIU Technologies in Shanghai. This past summer, Marquise was a Human Resources Summer Analyst for Barclays Investment Bank in New York City. After graduation, he plans to return to Barclays as a participant in the HR Graduate Rotational Program. Long-term, Marquise hopes to pursue an MBA or Masters in Human Resources Management/Industrial Relations working on HR and wider labor and employment issues.

Emma Patterson ’19

Viridiana Chaves ’20

Viridiana Chaves ’20 is a junior from Chicago, Illinois. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chinese with a concentration of Knowledge, Action, and The Public Good. This past summer, Viridiana was a research assistant at the Center for Community Health Equity where she developed a social media engagement plan, translational work, and conducted a secondary research analysis on the Healthy Chicago Survey (HCS), Chicago’s health plan, investigating the association between health insurance and serious psychological distress across race/ ethnicity. When at Bates, she continues her work as a Purposeful Work Fellow while volunteering at the Tree Street Youth Center, coordinating college-prep workshops for Lewiston High School students. This Spring, she is studying abroad in Kunming, China to further her Mandarin skills and solidify her interest in global health.

Meg Robinson ’20

Meg Robinson ’20 is a junior from Riverside, CT. She is a Biochemistry major and Spanish minor, with a concentration in applied mathematics. At Bates, Meg is a member of the Bates EMS service, as well as a captain of the women’s water polo team. She spent the fall semester in Lima, Peru, where she studied Spanish language and Latin American culture. Meg spent this past summer conducting research here at Bates, in the solid-state chemistry lab of Prof. Geneva Laurita. Through this experience, she was able to conduct neutron scattering experiments at Oak Ridge National Lab, as well as present her research to peers and faculty. Her other work experience includes two summers spent as a medical assistant, in which she helped to assess patients and facilitate appointments. After graduation, Meg plans to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry, and continue to conduct chemical research.

El Khansaa Kaddioui ’20




Digital Marketing Assistants

Students in the position demonstrate knowledge of Purposeful Work and have the desire and skills to creatively inform their fellow students about Purposeful Work. Digital Marketing Assistants work closely with the Coordinator or Marketing, Operations, and Outreach in order to:

  • Increase general knowledge of Purposeful Work as well as of specific events

  • Curate the Instagram @batespurposefulwork and maintain a strong student following and engagement

  • Photograph Purposeful Work events (on and off-campus)

  • Create print marketing materials

  • Implement other marketing and outreach as needed

2018-19 Digital Marketing Assistants

Jin Wei ’20

Jin Wei ’20 majors in Religious Studies and Economics with a Dance concentration. He is from Liuzhou, China. At Bates, he enjoys building a sense of campus community and has served as Residence Coordinator and Junior Advisor at the Office of Residence Life. He is passionate about promoting campus social life and has served as Student Programming Fellow and Late Night Program Coordinator at the Office of Campus Life. His variety of interests and enthusiasm led him to serve as President of Sangai Asia Club, Water Sports Director of Outing Club, AESOP leader, and Community Liaison of both Video Game Club and International Club. He actively seeks ways to engage in the community and has been a tutor/mentor at Big Brother Big Sister, Tree Street Youth, Lewiston Middle School and Lewiston High School. He loves exploring career possibilities and has completed 8 job shadows through the CDIP program. Jin participated in the Purposeful Work Internship Program twice. Last summer, he was a Product Marketing Intern at HealthcareSource in Woburn, MA. The summer before, he was a Research Intern at Larkin Trade International in Beijing, China. He would like to pursue marketing in the food tech space.

Sarah Du Pont ’21

Sarah du Pont ‘21 is a Psychology major, with minors in Japanese and Rhetoric. She was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, before entering Bates. At Bates, she is the treasurer of the Bates Sailing team and is the Vice President of the Asian American Student in Action (AASIA). She works as the sports photographer for the Bates Student newspaper and is a Psychology Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Psychology. Her hobbies include photography, playing tennis, and watching Korean dramas. This past summer, Sarah completed a Purposeful Work internship in Phetchabun, Thailand, where she developed psychological profiles of students in a primary school, to help teachers and parents design individualized learning programs.

Purposeful Work Office Assistants

The Purposeful Work Office Assistants collaborate closely with the center’s professional staff to provide premium customer service to students, alumni, employers, and other constituents. This position offers an excellent opportunity for students to develop communication, marketing, and organizational skills, and to gain an understanding of the center’s career and internship resources, services, and opportunities.

2018-19 Office Assistants:

Madeline Moberg ’19

Madeline Moberg ’19 is a Math major and Physics minor with a Psychology and Philosophy concentration from Saint Paul, Minnesota. At Bates, Madeline is also a tutor in the Math & Statistics Workshop and competes for the Women’s Swimming and Diving team. This past summer, she continued working with the Minnesota Department of Commerce contributing to Market Conduct Examinations to determine whether insurance companies are in compliance with Minnesota laws and regulations. She also participated in the Summer Institute for Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota to further explore potential career options. Madeline is excited for her senior year and is loving exploring Maine as much as she can before graduation.

Lilly Scott ’20

Hello everyone! My name is Lily Scott and I am a psychology major from Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. I am a part of the DCS program and have a general education concentration in knowledge, action, and the public good. I also swim for the varsity swim team at Bates and I enjoy spending my free time cooking or volunteering.

Sylvie Tuchman ’19

Sylvie Tuchman ’19 is a Psychology major and Anthropology minor from New York City. She is one of the captains of the ultimate frisbee team (go Coldfront!) and in her spare time enjoys playing the fiddle and eating in Portland. This past summer she was the recipient of a Purposeful Work internship grant and spent June and July at the Quad Manhattan’s summer camp, which serves gifted children with special needs in New York. She has spent previous summers helping with research projects at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Sylvie ultimately hopes to use the knowledge gained through her work experiences to pursue a graduate degree in psychology or social work.

Tommy Pace ’19

Tommy Pace ’19 is from Boston, Massachusetts. He is majoring in History with a concentration of the United States. The summer of his junior year, Tommy worked as a real estate agent helping students, young-professionals, and families find residency in the Boston area. Other summer experiences include working as a Business Development and Marketing Intern at Community Roots. At Bates, he has previously done volunteer work at Lewiston High School by tutoring students in Math, English, and Science. He has also volunteered at Lewiston Middle School to assist students with coding techniques. After graduation, Tommy will be a full-time commercial real estate agent for Marcus and Millichap.

Ryan Lizanecz ’20

Ryan Lizanecz ’20 is from Portland, Maine. He is a Politics major and Music minor with a concentration in Economics. At Bates, he divides much of his time between singing A Cappella, managing a weekly radio show, and serving on student government. This past summer, he spent his time traveling across Maine and interning with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in Portland, Maine. He is currently considering a career in law post-graduation.

Luis David Molina Rueda ’20

Luis David Molina Rueda ’20 is from Cabra (Cordoba) Spain. Though much of a Spaniard at heart sometimes, he completed his last two years of high school at the United World College in Mostar, an international high school for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a Theater and Latin American Studies double major. Whether theater or acappella, much of his extracurricular involvement at Bates can be summarized in an apology: “Sorry. I can’t, I have rehearsal!” This past summer, he completed a Purposeful Work arts administration internship at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME. He hopes to pursue a career in the performing arts post-graduation.

Nick Eaton ’20

Nick Eaton ’20 from Portland, Oregon, is an Economics and Art and Visual Culture double major with a concentration in Documentation and Reality. At Bates, he plays goalie for the Men’s Water Polo and Ice Hockey teams. He is also President of the Bates Fly Fishing Club, Concert Co-Chair for Chase Hall Programming Board, and Class Representative for Bates Student Government. After his sophomore year, he was a recipient of a Bates Purposeful Work internship working as a Community Manager and Business Development intern at Looptworks, a Portland, OR based upcycling startup. Nick is studying abroad in New Zealand at the University of Otago during the Winter/Spring of 2019. In his free time, Nick operates a pet sitting business and likes to go fly fishing and hiking. After Bates, he plans to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship.

Nell Pearson ’20

Nell Pearson ’20 is from Brooklyn, N.Y. While currently undeclared, her academic interests are Anthropology and History. At Bates, Nell plays saxophone in the jazz and funk bands, works as a concert assistant at the Olin Concert Hall and is a member of Bates Builds and the Food Advisory Board. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, beekeeping, and skiing. This past summer, Nell completed a Purposeful Work internship at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a nonprofit in Portland. She has previously interned with Earth Matter NY as well as the Brooklyn and New York Historical Societies.

Alyssa Souza ’20

Alyssa Souza ’20 is a sophomore from Scarborough, Maine. While still undecided in her major, she continues to study Psychology and Environmental Studies as well as Spanish and Education as minors. At Bates, she is on the residence life staff as a Junior Advisor and is a member of the Varsity Field Hockey team. In her spare time, Alyssa plays frisbee and lacrosse on the Bates club teams and is a part of the Bates Christian Fellowship and Sunshine Society. Alyssa volunteered with Tree Street Youth and one of Maine’s Special Olympic Basketball teams in her first year at Bates and is looking forward to more opportunities to get involved in the greater community.