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maMerrilyn Akpapuna
Psychology and Business Management

Merrilyn Akpapuna, born on the 9th of April, 1994, is a Psychology major and Business Management minor from Delta State, Nigeria. The Melton Foundation has helped her grow into a global citizen. She lives by Ghandi's quote "be the change you wish to see in the world" and actively participates in several organizations on campus, some of which include K.B. Clark Psychology club, Peer Educators, African World Network Organization, Thomas Cook Honors Program, and Global Scholars Association. She is presently the 2013-2014 Lead Fellow for the Dillard University chapter of the Melton Foundation. Merrilyn helps tutor her peers in the Writing Lab on campus, tutors high schools students in Martin Luther King Charter School, and has participated in several community service efforts earning more than 400 service hours. She aspires to become a consultant, helping organizations around the world increase productivity by improving the mental wellness of their employees. Upon graduation from Dillard University, she intends to gain a PhD in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology.

CandaceCandace Banks
New Orleans

Candace Raelynn Banks is a native New Orleanian majoring in psychology with a minor in women’s studies at Dillard University. While there she has joined and taken leadership roles in several organizations including: President of Peer Educators Against Violence, President of KB Clark Psychology Club, Lead Fellow if the Melton Foundation, Phi Eta Sigma member, and Mellon Library Intern. She has also participated in several community service projects with Habitat for Humanity, The St. Bernard Project, Volunteers of America, Langston Hughes Academy, and the Urban League. She was also a part of the New Orleans Take Back the Night Planning Committee. During the summer of 2011, she worked as an intern in the Stanford University Social Psychology department, as well as, the Stanford University School of Education. She aided in two research projects. The first was a stereotype threat intervention in Palo Alto area high schools, and the other a study of own-race bias and names. She has future plans of attending graduate school in psychology or speech pathology.

ArielleArielle Calloway
Antioch, Calif.

Arielle Calloway is a 21 year old GRADUATING senior mathematics major. She hails from the city of Antioch in the Bay Area of California. Arielle is the 2011-2012 Senior Class Council President, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a mathematics tutor for the Division of Student Success, and last but not least, a member of the public relations team for DUMF. Arielle is the goofball of goofballs, and if you get to know her, you will understand. She loves music and dancing around, singing in the shower, joking around with her friends, and baking. Arielle LOVES LOVES LOVES her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and collecting buttons.

courtneeCourtnee Fenner
Houston, TX
English and Spanish Minor

Courtnee Fenner is a English major and Spanish minor from Houston, Texas. Fenner is a Junior Fellow in the Melton Foundation. She aspires to do research in comparative literature, write novels for our generation, and teach on the university level. She joined the foundation to change the world with one solution at a time. In her free time, she likes to hang with friends, shop for vintage, write short stories, and read.

JasmineJasmine Hardman
Lake Charles, La.

Born on July 29, 1991, Jasmine is a junior biology major. She conducts research for the Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation, is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Tri Beta National Honor Societies, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.. Over the summer she participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she shadowed doctors and learned what it takes to gain admittance to medical school. She aspires to become a doctor of orthopedics, specializing in sports medicine. She was recently accepted into the Early Medical School Selection Program at Boston University, and will begin her first year of medical school early in the fall. In her free time, she enjoys performing community service and spending time with family and friends. Joining the melton foundation she gained a more diverse outlook on life and skills to become a global citizen focused on positive world change. Currently serves as the 2011-2012 secretary of the DUMF.

LaurenLauren Lemonious
Lauren Lemonious is a junior Urban studies/ public policy major from Detroit, Michigan. She currently works to become a model global citizen and an agent of positive change. Upon graduation from Dillard University, Lauren plans to attend law school with a concentration in human rights and social and global justice. Ultimately, Lauren aspires to become an epentrepreneur, a humanitarian and a philanthropist.


Demetrius MCartherens
Chattanooga, TN
Health Sciences Physical Therapy

Hello everyone. My name is Demetrius McCartherens and I am from Chattanooga, TN. When I came to Dillard University, the Melton foundation was one of the first organizations I became interested in. I have always wanted to travel the world and become a more “global citizen.” I am 20 years old and can say I’ve been overseas. The Melton foundation has been a blessing and stepping stone for so many more opportunities. I am privileged to be a part of the Melton Foundation.

Bridget_SisneyBridget Sisney
Jackson, Miss.

Jackson, Miss., native Bridget Danielle Sisney was born May 14, 1991, the youngest daughter of Stanley and Dora Sisney. She majors in biology and aspires to participate in an early medical school selection program, and dual M.D./Ph.D degree program in the near future. Bridget stays actively involved on campus by holding positions both as the 2010-2011 Student Government Association chaplain, member of Minority Association of Pre-medical Students, and as a member of the VisionQuest Liturgical Praise Dance Team, in addition to her involvement with the Melton Foundation. She helps and serves all mankind as she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Bridget also mentors at-risk youth, tutor middle and high school students, and volunteer at local homeless missions. In her free time, Bridget enjoys dancing, playing Mancala, and sitting outside in nature. Bridget's long-term goals revolve around becoming a Pediatric Geneticist, enabling her to provide health care to infants and adolescents affected by genetic disorders.


Donique Chevelle Thorpe

Donique Chevelle Thorpe is a 20 year old female, hailing from the beautiful island of Jamaica. She is a third year biology student who takes her academic pursuit very seriously. To diversify her educational background, Donique participates in many extracurricular activities such as the Melton Foundation, S.K.I.R.T.S, Thompson Cook Honors Program, Global Scholars Association, LAMP Research Program, Student Support Services Peer Tutor, Mock Trial Association, Beta Beta Beta Biological Science Society, MLK Tutor and Residential Assistant. In addition, Donique is highly interested in learning about different cultural backgrounds and seizes every opportunity that makes her more culturally aware. Hence the Melton Foundation is a great compliment to her warm welcoming personality, jovial spirit, open mindedness, diligence and leadership abilities. Her favorite quote is “Heights by great men reached and kept, were not attained by sudden flight, but those while their companions slept, were upwards toiling through the night”.

LT1Lawrence Young
Atlanta, Ga
Urban Studies and Public Policy

Lawrence L. Young, Jr. was born October 22nd in Atlanta, GA. His proud parents are Dylanda T. Young and Lawrence L. Young, Sr. Lawrence is a very passionate and ambitious young man majoring in Urban Studies and Public Policy in his third year at Dillard University. He is the President of the Collegiate 100 Black Men of Dillard University, a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. the Daniel C. Thompson/ Samuel DuBois Cook Honors program, Black Ivy Couture, and he serves as both the Parliamentarian for the Melton Foundation as well as the Global Scholars Association. Lawrence hopes to work with the government and travel the world, impacting the lives of many all over.


Ayanna Woolfork
Public Health

Ayanna Woolfork is a sophomore Public Health major with a concentration in Health Systems management. Ms. Woolfork lays claim to three homes, Chicago, Il, Houston, Tx, and her newest place of residence, New Orleans, La. In addition to being a New Fellow with the Melton Foundation, Ayanna is a member of the Dillard University Student Activities Board and the Campus Coordinator for Fresh Campus Club. Ayanna is a Dean's Scholar and maintains a 3.75 GPA. In her free time, Ayanna enjoys reading, listening to music, watching her favorite tv shows (Scandal and Arrested Development), and traveling.

Senior Fellows

jeromeJerome Bailey
Mass Communications

Jerome Bailey, a Mass Communication major, Marketing Minor from Houston. While a Dillard he served in various leadership roles such as The Promotional Manager of WDUB Dillard Radio station, Vice President of the Collegiate 100 Black Men of DU, PR Director for the Dillard University Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, a senior fellow of the Melton Foundation.  While adhering to a very busy schedule, Mr. Bailey has completed well over 150 hours of Community service in his freshman year and he tutors and mentors freshman high school students weekly at different charter schools in New Orleans. Mr. Bailey also is a filmmaker, music producer and poet. He produced a 12 track compilation of hip hop songs during his sophomore year. He is now pursuing his master's degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York.

Cedric_2Cedric Blair
Modesto, Calif.
Economics and Finance

Cedric Blair is a servant of the global community and an admirer of God and Her beautiful creation. Global service has taken him to Spain, India, Germany, Portugal, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, Chile, Argentina and China, where he taught geography in a rural village in Ju County. He is a Harvard Business School Summer Venture in Management fellow, a Melton Foundation fellow, and a UNCFSP Institute for International Public Policy fellow. “We have the responsibility to water and properly tend to the seeds of the future, our children,” Cedric said. “Through love, education, and respect for life, we will ultimately dictate the success of this most precious and priceless crop.” As one of his favorite poets, Deruut, once said, “Time is our only guarantee between life and death, invest it wisely,” and Cedric plans to do just that. In 2011 he graduated 4th in his class Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Economics and Finance. He went on to lead two service projects in Temuco, Chile with the Melton Foundation and will begin as a Teach For America Corp member this summer 2012. He thanks his family and friends for their unconditional love, support and positive influence.



Shaunessy_profile--EDShaunessy Carr
St. Louis
Political Science

Shaunessy Elaine Carr, a 21-year-old political science major from St. Louis, is one the Melton Foundation’s social service project coordinators.
Shaunessy’s activities include being Miss Dillard University 2010-2011, a member of the Political Science Student Association, the co-activities officer of the African World Network Organization, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an officer on the Student Government Association Executive Council, a member of the VisionQuest Liturgical Dance Company, a member of the Pre-Alumni Council, and a fellow with UNCF’s Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program.

Upon graduating from Dillard University, she plans to attend law school. She wants to become an attorney in the public sector, advising not-for-profits and federal agencies facing constitutional law issues. She is deeply interested in pursuing a career in politics. She will be a philanthropist for Dillard University and other not-for-profits, along with serving on numerous boards and committees.

Shaunessy’s interests and hobbies include volunteering, orating, reading, mentoring, leadership, community and social activism, and social entrepreneurship. To conclude, Shaunessy is a young lady that knows just who she is, and whose she is. Her mission in life is to leave this world better than she found it. She wants to continue to live her life rendering God, and enthusiastically guiding and mentoring younger brothers and sisters that she comes in contact with. Excellence and happiness are proven habits for her, and inclinations that she loves to share. Lastly, she is a person who values education, because she knows that education equals freedom, access, opportunities, and much more. However, she does not believe that education should be used to make one human being feel as if they are better than another human being. To her, education should be used for service and to make a change.

TaNeshia_profile--EDTaNieshia Hamilton
St. Louis

TaNieshia Reni Hamilton is a senior psychology major and criminal justice minor from St. Louis. She was born to L’Tanya R. Hamilton and Christopher W. Blount. TaNieshia is actively involved in the Melton Foundation, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, K.B. Clark Psychology Club, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Outside of Dillard’s gates, TaNieshia serves several communities through her volunteer efforts with College Summit. She hopes to obtain her Psy.D. in clinical forensic psychology.

Andree_profile--EDAndree Tarvin-Pyles
Los Angeles
International Business

Andree Tarvin-Pyles is from Los Angeles. He is a graduating senior studying international business at Dillard University. Although he is currently excelling academically, holding a 3.8 grade point average, he finished high school with just a 2.3 average.

He tutors at the MLK Charter school in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, and tutors Spanish on behalf of the university’s Student Support Services program. Mr. Tarvin-Pyles is also an active member of the Melton Foundation, and as a freshman, he was elected vice-lead fellow. The following year he became lead fellow for the organization.

Mr. Tarvin-Pyles is also active off campus. He is part of the United Negro College Fund’s Special Programs Institute for International Public Policy. The organization offers six-year fellowships that prepare young leader at Dillard University, Mr. Tarvin-Pyles has been involved in countless community service projects, including working with Brad Pitt´s Make It Right Foundation. When not involved with his stple for the field of international affairs. Mr. Tarvin-Pyles also works with non-profit groups such as Inspiration 52 and One Child At A Time, both of which work with inner-city youth. He has served as both a mentor and tutor for both organizations.

He has studied in Spain and plans to teach English in Temuco, Chile.



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