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Meet our Changemaker Fellows


Above: The 2016- 2017 Changemaker Fellows

Meet the Fellows


Amanda Calderon is a junior at Roger Williams University majoring in Marketing with double minors in Web Development and Graphic Design. She is very passionate about entrepreneurship as a way to empower personal growth. On campus, she is the Advertising Chair for the Multicultural Student Union. Having started her first business at age twelve, she wants to help inspire and educate youth to strive for their goals. As a Fellow, Amanda is looking forward to collaborating with other passionate campus leaders and learning about their different perspectives.


Tiffany Chen is a junior at Brown University studying Computer Science & Economics. She lived in Taipei, Taiwan for seven years and currently lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. In addition to her interests in design and tech-ed, Tiffany also enjoys long-distance running and drawing. On Brown’s campus, she is Co-Director for Hack@Brown’s Experience team and a member of the Innovation Dojo. She is incredibly excited to be a Changemaker Fellow as she continues to pursue her dream of changing the world through social impact in the education and creative fields.


Denny Cosmo is a sophomore at Community College of Rhode Island studying Business Management and pursuing an Entrepreneurship Certificate as well. On campus, he is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Kappa Beta Delta Business Honor Society, and Knights Leaders. Denny grew up in the Edgewood neighborhood of Cranston and served nine years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and airborne Ranger. As a Changemaker Fellow, Denny wants to work to eliminate urban food-deserts in Rhode Island through sustainable agriculture and aquaponics.


Jordan Elster is a sophomore at Salve Regina University majoring in Business. He is passionate about Soccer and Entrepreneurship. On campus, he is starting an entrepreneurship club. As a fellow, he is excited to learn from SEG mentors and other Changemaker Fellows and hopes to bring that knowledge back to his school and surrounding community. He wants to change the world by innovating to help employees be passionate about their work. He knows that if every company were to give back and have social impact, it could change the world.


Anh Khue Ho is a sophomore at Johnson & Wales University studying Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management. Hailing from Vietnam, she came to the U.S last year in order to pursue her dream of becoming an international event manager. Her goal as a Changemaker Fellow is to bring a global viewpoint to entrepreneurship projects and inspire the youth to take leadership role. Previously in Vietnam, she helped to create extracurricular activities for high school students to help them boost their confidence and activate their potential outside the classroom. She was also part of a team that started the first entrepreneur camp for 100 Vietnamese high school students.


Leah Kiernan is a senior at Rhode Island College studying Public Relations and INGOS (International Non-governmental Organization Studies). She is from Scituate, RI and in her free time enjoys horseback riding, kickboxing and participating in her school’s American Democracy Project. Previously, she volunteered with Invisible Children Inc. and was selected to visit their site in Uganda. As a Changemaker Fellow, she hopes to bring more awareness to her campus about social enterprises. Post-graduation, her goal is to change the world with education and community outreach.


Aimee Kim is a senior at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) working towards her BFA in Graphic Design with background in Industrial Design. She is passionate about research and spreading awareness about environmental sustainability and mental health care. As a designer, she is also curious about the process of social design of finding solutions, practical innovations, and making improvements that address social and global issues. As a Changemaker, she would like to change the world by disrupting existing infrastructures by sowing the seeds of empathy, compassion, and altruism.


Nicholas F. Peltier is a Senior at the University of Rhode Island pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Nick is excited to be part of the Changemaker Fellowship because he is a creative, passionate and driven individual with a yearning to learn and to teach others. Nick wants to change the world by providing helpful and affordable wearable technology and software for both patients and doctors in the field of Medicine. Some of Nick’s interests include exercising, hiking, and playing music.


Jake Zimmer is sophomore at Bryant University double-majoring in Social Entrepreneurship and Management. He is the director of the Bryant University Northeast Entrepreneurship Conference (BUNEEC). Jake is on the executive board of Bryant’s chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO). Jake would like to change the world by starting an international non-profit that can provide common resources to those who do not have access to them. He is excited to be a Changemaker Fellow in order to help young entrepreneurs realize that they can truly have a recognizable impact – not only in their community but also globally.

2015- 2016 Changemaker Fellow Alumni


2015-2016 Changemaker Fellows: Tom Sulahian, NEIT, Madeline Curto, PC, Nathalie Batista, CCRI, Kyle Nacci, URI, Tim Levene, Bryant, Linda Garcia, JWU, Dakota Williams, Salve, Teri Minogue, Brown, William Zheng, RISD, Monica Canova, RWU, Octavian Goncalves, RIC, Arianna Alleyne, JWU, Gabriella Vega, PC

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