Patrick Healy Fellowship

PHF Celebrates 20 Years!

From February 23-25, 2017, the Patrick Healy Fellowship hosted its 20th Anniversary Weekend Celebration honoring two decades of the program started in 1997. Since the program’s inception, the Fellowship has grown to over 91 alumni across the globe, ten current fellows on-campus, and by the end of the weekend, they welcomed five new students into their family. This weekend was a time to reconnect with old friends, engage with the current class of fellows, and envision what the next twenty years will look like. Connect with them on social media with the hashtag #PHF20!

Our Mission

The Patrick Healy Fellowship is a community of dynamic leaders who share a passion for addressing issues that affect communities of color through a commitment to service, professional development, and alumni mentorship.

OUR Founders: 
  • Rhondale-Marie (Rhon) Barras
  • Christopher Burke
  • Damien Dwin
  • Caleb Pitters
  • Ericka Souter-Pitters
  • George Weathers
OUR Advisors:
  • Charlene Brown-Mckenzie - Director, CMEA
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Caleb Pitters is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship. He is an executive vice president and head of the Non Profit and Single Family Office Practice at Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (PIMCO), a global investment management firm with $1.6 trillion in assets under management. Since joining PIMCO in 2011, he has advised non-profit investors while delivering customized investment solutions. His previous management responsibilities included serving as the head of the institutional internal sales desk for existing clients and prospects, a business that he pioneered at the firm. 

Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, Caleb was a director at Credit Suisse, where he held various portfolio management positions in fixed income and gained experience across the credit markets, working directly with institutional clients. He previously worked in global fixed income derivatives at UBS and held associate positions at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. He has 16 years of investment experience and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Ericka Sóuter Pitters is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship. She is a contributing editor at, one of the most popular destinations for lifestyle and parenting articles on the Internet. She frequently appears on Good Morning America, Nightline and other national broadcasts to discuss the news and controversies most affecting parents and kids.

Previously, she was a news and entertainment editor at CaféMedia’s high traffic mom site, Prior to focusing on parenting news, she was on staff at Us Weekly. As a features writer there, she worked on numerous cover stories about film, music and television stars. She began her journalism career at People magazine writing music reviews, celebrity profiles and human-interest stories. Later, she moved to the special issues department where she focused on popular franchise issues like Sexiest Man Alive, Hottest Bachelors and The World’s Most Beautiful People. Her work can also be found on the pages of Cosmopolitan, Essence and Self.  Before becoming a magazine writer, Ms. Sóuter took a short detour into the world of advertising, accepting a post at the Chicago based agency Leo Burnett as an account executive on Kellogg’s Cornflakes, Frosted Mini-Wheats and Rice Krispies Treats. Ms. Sóuter received her B.A. from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Current Fellows

Class of 2017

Jason Low

Jason Low PHF

Jason is a senior in the College studying Government and French. He proudly hails from Richmond, California located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a firm believer in manifesting a more achievable American Dream, he is interested in exploring how government and effective community organizing can lead to more inclusive and equitable policies for all. Previously, Jason interned at, a political advocacy group focused on grassroots advocacy and comprehensive immigration reform. On campus, he is the President of the Georgetown Scholarship Program Student Board and recently completed a yearlong post as Co-Chair on the Student of Color Alliance. During his junior year, Jason also studied abroad in Lyon, France.


Ghenesis Mendez (PHF Convener)Ghenesis Mendez

Ghenesis is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Culture and Politics. She was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. On campus, she is a student intern at the LGBTQ Resource Center, and is the co-chair of GU Riqueza Dominicana.  After graduation, Ghenesis will be teaching elementary school at a KIPP Spark Academy in Newark, NJ through Teach For America. In the future, she plans to attend law school and focus on immigration and/or human rights.


Khadija Khan

Khadija Khan PHF


Khadija is a senior in the College majoring in Justice and Peace studies. She spent her junior year abroad in Cape Town, South Africa studying post-apartheid conflict resolution and was an activist with the decolonization student movement Rhodes Must Fall. She made a documentary on women and queer bodies in the movement, served as an international solidarity link with Black Lives Matter NYC, and was present for the country’s largest student uprisings since the 1976 Soweto shootings - Fees Must Fall - during which she was a dedicated ally. In March 2016, Khadija’s passion for post-colonial revolution and student activism led her to Jawaharal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, for a podcast series with activists there and in Cape Town. Over the summer, Khadija will conduct a research project through GUROP’s Raines Fellowship entitled “Decolonization of Higher Education: The Intersections of Student Activism in “Post-Apartheid” South Africa’s “Post-Conflict” Generation”. At Georgetown, she is involved with Leaders in Education About Diversity, the Center for Social Justice, D.C. General’s Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, and various student movements.


LaDarius Torrey

LaDarius Torrey PHF

LaDarius is a senior in the College from the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is pursuing a major in Government and minors in African American Studies and Film & Media Studies. LaDarius is a founding member of the URBAN house which looks to empower men of color on campus and in the greater DC area. In his time here, LaDarius has also written and directed a number of films, each addressing a specific social justice issue affecting the campus and the greater Washington, D.C. area. In 2016, his film, "Brochure Brother", received the Crowd Choice Award in the Voices from the Margins Film Contest hosted by America Media and the Ignation Solidarity Network. LaDarius aspires to become a professional filmmaker in hopes of serving as a voice for the marginalized.


Michael MartinMichael Martin PHF

Michael is a senior in the College majoring in Computer Science from the beautiful and sunny Los Angeles, California. Currently, on campus he is on the executive board member of the Black Student Alliance or BSA for short as the Member-at-Large.  Also, he lives in the URBAN House on Magis Row. URBAN stands for Under Represented Brothers from Across the Nation and the house will look to empower men of color on campus and in the greater Washington DC area. Next year, he will be working in Minneapolis, MN at General Mills as an Application Analyst.


Class of 2018

Kathryn (Kay) ThreattKay Threatt PHF

Kay is a junior in the School of Foreign Service pursuing a degree in International Politics with a concentration in Security Studies. She was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. On campus she is a board and performing member of Black Movements Dance Theatre, co-Vice President of the Georgetown Chapter of the NAACP and a co-founder in the revitalization of the Movements of Grace Praise Dance Ministry. Beyond Georgetown, she hopes to pursue a career in the Foreign Service before seeking public office.


Lauren SmithLauren Smith PHF

Lauren is a junior from Conyers, Georgia double majoring in Government and Sociology with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. On campus Lauren mentors and tutors court-involved youth with the After School Kids Program, and serves on the executive boards of the Black Student Alliance and the Minority Pre-Law Association. Lauren is deeply involved in social justice work on and off campus, and is particularly interested in finding ways to combat issues at the intersection of race, gender, and class. Lauren has worked in the juvenile court system and spent the past summer interning with the Children’s Defense Fund. After Georgetown, Lauren plans to attend law school and become an advocate on behalf of children’s rights and opportunities.


Matthew BehrensMatthew Behrens PHF

Matt is a junior from Bronxville, NY majoring in Justice and Peace Studies and minoring in Sociology. At Georgetown, Matt has served as a peer leader for Young Leaders in Education About Diversity and as a coordinator for the 2016 UCanBeU program. He is currently a member of GU’s sexual assault Bystander Education Committee. In addition to being a student and activist, Matt is also an athlete on Georgetown’s Men’s Lacrosse Team. Last summer, Matt interned at the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.


Laura Padilla

Laura Padilla PHF

Laura is a junior in the College majoring in Government with a concentration in American Politics and a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. She was born and raised in the Southwest side of Chicago to immigrant parents from Mexico. As the youngest daughter of five children, she has always been inspired by her siblings to work hard in order and take advantage of all of the opportunities they were not offered as undocumented students. Laura’s passion for her community has shaped her involvement here at Georgetown.  She is involved in various initiatives with the Latinx Leadership Forum, Center for Social Justice, and the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access like the After School Kids Program, Hoyas for Immigrant Rights, and the Kalmanovitz initiative for the Working Poor. As an advocate for immigrant rights, Laura worked as a research assistant with Professor Diana Guelespe where she studied the barriers that undocumented immigrants face when trying to obtain the limited purpose driver’s license. This summer, she will be interning with Congressman Luis Gutierrez, as well as, coordinating the Young Leaders in Education about Diversity (YLEAD) pre-orientation program. After Georgetown, she hopes to attend Law School and continue fighting for justice for immigrants for in the United States.


Xiomara SalazarXiomara Salazar PHF

Xiomara is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in International Law. Xiomara was born in Yonkers, NY, but was raised in the rural town of Berwick, PA. She is currently the Co-Chair for the Student of Color Alliance. On her downtime, she loves to run to the monuments and explore DC. This summer, she will intern at Instagram as a Community Operations Intern in Menlo Park, CA.