June 17, 2019

The 2019-2020 Cohort of Presidential Fellows

Jordan Bellamy

Majors: Culture and Political Philosophy

Cabinet Member: D. Michael Lindsay in the Office of the President

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

I was born and raised in Washington, DC. Some of my favorite hobbies include playing soccer, guitar and cooking. When I can, I love to cook for my friends and family and share funny stories. It is always a humbling and joyful time! During my time at Gordon, I’ve served as a Student Ambassador, Launch Co-coordinator, Student Executive Council Member for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and an editor for the Academic Journal, Princemere. Overall, I believe my involvement in these organizations has equipped me to work for President Lindsay by magnifying the importance of having a unified vision and mission. In Michael Useem’s book, The Leadership Moment, he states, “Leadership is at its best when the vision is strategic, the voice persuasive, the results tangible.” This quote has been a refrain throughout my life as I reflect upon leadership.  

What sparked your interest in Presidential Fellows?

           The Presidential Fellows Program is a hallmark program that exemplifies the school’s intention to cultivate a community of change-agents both at Gordon and beyond. Listening to the testimonies of past Fellows and witnessing how they have given back to the Gordon community is truly inspiring. This is an area I am excited to further develop during my time as a Fellow. I am a firm believer in the concept that “iron sharpens iron.” I was attracted to the Fellows Program because it is another opportunity to grow in my character, to think of creative ways to serve Gordon, and have as New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman states, an “always in beta” mindset.

Josh Grambow

Majors: Political Science and Economics

Cabinet Member:D. Michael Lindsay in the Office of the President

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

I am from the great state of New Hampshire. I enjoy academia (especially at Gordon College), any time spent in the outdoors but fishing especially, and spending time with close friends. I relish opportunities to apply myself and the ability to dedicate heart, soul, mind, and strength to the work in which I’m engaged. I have been able to develop strong leadership qualities through my time at Gordon, from the ability to discern and communicate the sentiments of students to administrators to public speaking and relational skills. I have also had the privilege of developing a strong knowledge of the school, its governance structures, and relationships with administrators that will help me to serve effectively as a Fellow.

How will the Presidential Fellows Program serve you in the rest of your career at Gordon and the years following graduation?

After engaging in three years of service on the student government, I was looking for an opportunity to continue serving the institution where I could employ the skills I had gained in my time on student government while also challenging myself in other areas. I hope to eventually end up in consulting and ultimately a career of public service, and I believe that working for, observing, and being mentored by President Lindsay and other Administrators will be indispensable preparation for that career.

Shineika Fareus

Majors: Political Science and Sociology

Cabinet Member: Jennifer Jukanovich in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?   

My name is Shineika Fareus and I am from New London CT. I personally enjoy running and reading by the pier during my free time. Throughout my tenure at Gordon, I’ve had the opportunity to serve this campus as the Freshman Class representative, Student Ambassador, now the current Vice-President of Student Life. As a student leader, I want students to find the Gordon community as an institution where they grow in their faith and find their value in Christ. My previous leadership positions have strengthened my public speaking skills and have given me the ability to navigate the different aspects of Gordon that needs adjustments in order to create a comfortable environment. Whether it is a policy change that will help minority students feel at home or the different events that can take place on campus to promote diversity are some of the many qualities that I have, preparing me to work alongside Mrs. Jukanovich for the next academic year.

What sparked your interest in Presidential Fellows?

As College Freshman, last year, it was a pleasure to occasionally hear and see the Presidential Fellows developing stronger leadership skills from spiritual leaders working hard to make Gordon an inclusive environment. As a student wanting to pursue higher education, I know the Fellows program will give me executive leadership insights, and what it means to work through the lens of an informed Christian faith.

Owen Haworth

Majors: Finance and Business Administration

Cabinet Member: John Truschel in the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Business Development

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

I’m from Colorado – the most beautiful state in the US! I love being in the Rocky Mountains – from hiking in the summer to skiing and snowboarding in the winter. On campus, I work for Rec-IM and I love using sports as a way to relax, have fun, and meet new people around Gordon. Off campus, I’ve worked in various parts of the finance industry, from corporate finance to private equity to equity research, and I’ve grown skilled in interpreting the story that financial data tells about an organization.

What sparked your interest in Presidential Fellows?

The Fellows program is unlike any other leadership development program offered at the undergraduate level and it is unique to Gordon. Our college is blessed with high-quality and highly-skilled administrators that have a passion for serving one of the strongest liberal arts schools in the country, and the chance to learn from them and develop personal relationships with them is an unmatched opportunity.

Collin Hall

Majors: Communication Arts and English

Cabinet Member:Rick Sweeney in the Office of the Vice President for Marketing and External Communications

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

I’m uh… Collin Hall from… Louisiana? New Jersey? Louisiana is a weird hellhole but it’s also a deeply beautiful place with a lot of heart. The same can be said about New Jersey. I’m super passionate about the artistry and invention of video games; I’ve spent so much money on Japanese Pokémon cards but I’m in too deep to stop now. I love writing about media and talking about life’s quandaries with my friends. I think alot about how I can be an agent for good in this world; too often I feel that I come up short. Right now I do my best to love my friends, family and those around me. I think people find me relatable and approachable but also very capable and analytical. That’s my best guess at my ‘leadership qualities’ anyway. I just hope I’m making the world a better place in everything I do. The best we can do is try.

What sparked your interest in Presidential Fellows?

I decided to apply literally the night before; I unfairly saw the program as contrived and pretentious but wanted to see what the inner-workings of Christian leadership looks like. I’m really grateful that I was chosen to be part of this year’s group and am hoping to shed my biases and learn a ton.

Grace Heffner

Major: History with concentrations in Public History, Museum Studies, Early Christianity Studies, as well as a minor in Classics

Cabinet Member: Dr. Sandra Doneski in the Office of the Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

I’m from West Lawn, Pennsylvania.  I enjoy reading books of all genres (though the British classics and American Modernists are my favorites); spending time outside, especially riding my bike around Beverly to West Beach or local gardens; having quality time with my closest friends, which usually looks like a date to Atomic Café or La Vic’s paired with a trip to the beach; and meandering through art museums while traveling.  I’ve held several leadership positions at Gordon—such as Orientation Core Staff member, Student Life Office intern, Tour Guide, and Admissions Intern—which have utilized my administrative skills. All of those positions taught me to utilize my quiet, determined spirit to work hard and empathize with others, enabling me to serve them to the best of my ability.

How will the Presidential Fellows Program serve you in the rest of your career at Gordon and the years following graduation?

The Presidential Fellows Program will be an opportunity for me to learn directly from the administration about the challenges of running an institution, which directly applies to my career goals in the museum field.  I hope to become a museum curator or director—both of which require skills in management, project development, and public relations. This position will allow me to practice and cultivate critical skills for my future.

Matt McEathron

Major: Economics with a minor in Biology

Cabinet Member: Paul Edwards in the Office of the Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President for Advancement

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

           I grew up in Vermont and lived there for the first fifteen years of my life. I lived on a small farm with my parents, four siblings, and a whole lot of animals. After those 15 years, my dad felt called to go back to the seminary and then into ministry full time. My family relocated to southern Massachusetts and my dad started at a small, non-denominational church. Three years later, we relocated again to Upton, which is where we live now. I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors hiking. I spend each summer in the mountains of New York at a camp called Deerfoot Lodge. Additionally, family is a big part of my life. I care about being intentional with people, regardless of the setting. In terms of leadership qualities, I have good interpersonal skills. I can build relationships with people over a number of different points of connection. My ability to connect with people opens up a level of trust and allows me to work with them as we work to accomplish goals together.  

How will the Presidential Fellows Program serve you in the rest of your career at Gordon and the years following graduation?

           Overall, the Presidential Fellows Program is geared towards the long term; It is not only becoming an ambassador to the college, but it is also learning how the development of higher education works. We get to see how a leadership team runs an institution, which allows us to learn how to best serve the college as whole. The opportunity to learn how Paul fosters team dynamics focused on the same goal will provide lessons applicable to much more than my current context as a college student. The beauty of the program is the long-term help and validity it provides students. The program equips students through leadership training and professional skill development, as well as giving them the space to learn how to follow and achieve goals for the institution as a whole.

Chukwuemeka Bernard Jr. (BJ) Osuagwu

Majors:Political Science and Sociology

Cabinet Member:Paul Edwards in the Office of the Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President for Advancement

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

           I’m originally from High Park, Massachusetts. My family moved to a small town in southern Massachusetts when I was middle school age. I like sports—football, basketball—and I enjoy reading about the current political climate of the country. I also like hanging out with my friends. It’s a necessity to keep a good group of people around because you end up as reflection of those closest to you. I’m pretty outspoken. I have strong ideas, but I’m willing to put myself in other people’s shoes to better understand opposing points of view. It’s important to remove yourself and your biases from the situation to look at it critically.

What sparked your interest in Presidential Fellows?

           I first heard about Presidential Fellows as a freshman on campus. One of my mentors, Farnel Maxime, was a presidential fellow for Dan Tymann. I always thought it was something I could never achieve. I never thought it was within my grasp of obtainable things while I was here. Luckily, I had good people around me who encouraged me to do it. My roommate and best friend, Bol Fajolu, said he would be willing to help me however he could as long as I applied. The final push came from my apartment mate, Sebastian, who is also in the cohort this year.

How will the Presidential Fellows Program serve you in the rest of your career at Gordon and the years following graduation?

           I’m looking forward to the wisdom I’ll gain working under Mr. Paul Edwards. Mr. Edwards is beyond one facet of wisdom. It takes a wise person to admit they don’t have all the answers and Mr. Edwards manages to do so while effectively sharing valuable life experience. Learning how to effectively fundraise will also be a great asset. Right now, I’m working for a nonprofit called the Boston Project and they would need help with things like grant writing. I would love to transplant the skills I’ll learn from this office and bring them to my home community. My long term plans include law school and running for public office. I want to apply Mr. Edwards’ knowledge to my life outside of Gordon. There is a lot you can gain from working in close proximity with those older than you.  

Salome Palmer

Majors: Biblical Studies, Music, and Comparative Literature

Cabinet Member:  Janel Curry in the Office of the Provost

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

I grew up in Cincinnati, OH in a bicultural home. I have loved my opportunities to travel internationally, especially to Greece, Turkey, and Israel. I enjoy writing music, playing volleyball, cooking with obscure healthy ingredients and life coaching for holistic health.

What sparked your interest in Presidential Fellows?

My interest in Presidential Fellows arose from my desire both to challenge myself in a professional, academic setting while also to serve the Gordon Community in a meaningful way using my gifts in academics and leadership.

How will the Presidential Fellows Program serve you in the rest of your career at Gordon and the years following graduation?

I feel honored to be working in the Provost’s office next year for the opportunity I will have to learn how administration functions within higher education. Post-graduation I plan to pursue work in starting Christian schools internationally.

Sebastián Toro

Majors: Business Administration as well as Recreation, Sport, and Wellness

Cabinet Member: Dan Tymann in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff

Please share a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What are your hobbies? What leadership qualities do you have?

           I was born and raised in Queens, New York. But, my entire family lives in Colombia. My mother was the first in my family to leave Colombia and I was the first born outside of Colombia. Other than that, I’m just your average city kid. I’ve grown passionate about urban ministries, which is in part due to my upbringing and also the influence of the Clarendon Scholars program. In terms of leadership qualities, I always remain calm and flexible through high pressure situations. I don’t let the stress get to me. At the end of the day, God is going to help you through anything and help you with the next step.

What sparked your interest in Presidential Fellows?

           I first heard about Presidential Fellows my freshman year. As a freshman, the senior cohort of Clarendon Scholars were role models and people we wanted to be. My freshman year there were three Clarendon Presidential Fellows and I never thought I would one day be in their position. Of all of them, Farnel Maxime, in addition to the current and previous Clarendon Directors, led me to apply for Presidential Fellows. I applied last year as a sophomore and didn’t get it. The people surrounding me saw a lot of potential in me and pushed me to apply again this year. To be honest, I never thought I would get in. I’m not very professional, but through the application process I realized the program is about much more than just professionalism.

How will the Presidential Fellows Program serve you in the rest of your career at Gordon and the years following graduation?

           The Presidential Fellows Program will help strengthen my leadership qualities and put me in uncomfortable situations. It’s important for all of us to be pushed and be uncomfortable. I’m not used to suit and tie type situations. Minorities aren’t always seen as successful in authoritative positions. It’s been such a blessing and a true step forward to be the odd one out in a sense. Everyone is capable of learning leadership qualities, being professional, and being part of the administrative world. I really hope I can take everything I learn this next year and be able to teach those in my community back home who don’t have access to the same opportunities. I took the same subway they take and got those free lunches at school too. I need to keep passing my resources forward to the next generation, on campus and off.

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