Founders and Current Fellows


 Rhondale-Marie (Rhon) Barras is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship. She currently works as an Early Childhood Educator (Pre-Kindergarten) in Houston. Ms. Barras graduated from Georgetown’s College of Arts & Sciences (COL) in December 1996. While at Georgetown she was very involved in several CMEA—the Center for Multicultural Equity & Access (then Center for Minority Student Affairs; CMSA) programs and worked at Peace Corps. She was also active in the NAACP, served on the Women’s Studies Advisory Board, worked as House Advocate at a local shelter for survivors of Domestic Violence, and volunteered as a tutor at Sursum Corda. Before moving back to Houston, Texas she worked overseas on several International Development projects, as well as several culture and music production events. Rhon holds a Master’s Degree in Education and she also teaches Yoga and is working on her certification in Yoga Therapy and mentors teachers in training. When Ms. Barras is not hanging out with her students or doing Yoga, she is traveling, learning new languages, dancing, and/or listening to international music.

Christopher Burke is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and a PHF Board Member.  He currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and has served in that position since August 2011.  From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Burke was an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.  From 2001 to 2005, he was an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP.   Prior to that, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kenneth Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Mr. Burke is a 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan Law and a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University.

Damien Dwin is a managing partner of Brightwood Capital, an alternative investments firm based in New York.  Prior to Brightwood, Mr. Dwin was co-founder and head of North American Special Opportunities at Credit Suisse. Mr. Dwin is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University.

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 2018

Kathryn (Kay) Threatt

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Kathryn “Kay” Threatt is a senior in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, hailing from the beautiful city-town of Richmond, Virginia. She is pursuing a degree in International Politics with a concentration in security studies with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Her campus involvements include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Black Movements Dance Theatre, Movements of Grace Praise Dance Ministry, the BRAVE Summit and the Queen House. Last Fall, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a Gilman Scholar and a blogger for the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. This past summer she spent 7 weeks in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University of Minnesota: Humphrey School of Public Affairs as a fellow in their inaugural Public Policy & International Affairs Junior Summer Institute cohort.

Lauren Smith
PHF Covener

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Lauren Smith is a senior from Conyers, Georgia double majoring in Government and Sociology with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. On campus Lauren tutors and mentors court-involved youth through the After School Kids Program, and serves as President of the Georgetown Black Student Alliance. Deeply involved in social justice work on and off campus, Lauren is particularly interested in finding ways to combat issues at the intersection of race, gender, and class. She has worked in the juvenile court system and interned for the Children’s Defense Fund and the Center for Civic Innovation-Atlanta. This past summer Lauren interned for Congressman Hank Johnson as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation emerging leader program. After Georgetown, Lauren plans to attend law school and specialize in areas of civil rights law and family/juvenile law to best advocate on behalf of children’s rights and access to opportunity.

Matthew Behrens

Matt Behrens is a senior 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, a coordinator for the 2016 UCanBeU program and is a member of GU’s Sexual Assault Task Force. In addition to being a student and activist, Matt is also an athlete on Georgetown’s Men’s Lacrosse Team, where he also holds the position of Inclusivity Coordinator for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.  This past summer, Matt interned for Legal Aid Society, helping with their civil practice. Accepted to Georgetown Law’s early assurance program, he plans on studying public interest law with the goal of transforming our legal and political institutions towards justice and equity.  

Laura Padilla

Laura Padilla is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences pursuing a major in Government and minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. She was born and raised in an immigrant community on the Southwest side of Chicago. Her experience with the challenges of growing up in a predominately low-income Latinx community, has influenced her passions and desire to serve her community. During her time at Georgetown, Laura has worked as an intern for her congressman Luis V. Gutierrez and with Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA). She also served as the program coordinator for the YLEAD program that challenges twenty first-year Georgetown students to engage in conversations about diversity and social justice. This year, she is serving as the resident director of Casa Latina, a space for identity exploration and community building on campus, as well as, interning for a think-tank in DC called Voto Latino.  In the future, Laura hopes to attend law school or earn a Masters in Public Policy, and continue working with her community to ensure that Latinxs are adequately being represented in and protected by government.

Xiomara Salazar

Xiomara Salazar is a rising Senior, majoring in International Politics. She was born in Yonkers, NY and raised in Berwick, PA. In the spring, Xiomara studied abroad in Strasbourg, France where she improved her language skills and explored Europe. This past summer, she interned for Google as an Associate Product Marketing Intern on Google Express, a competitor of Amazon. Her project was to double the weekly download of the mobile app, which she achieved by identifying areas of opportunities and developing tactics with the advice of the engineering, marketing, and growth teams. In the future, Xiomara wants to find the intersection of social good and technology.

Class of 2019:

Luis Gonzalez

Luis is a junior from Santa Ana, California majoring in American Studies and double-minoring in Government and Education, Inquiry, and Justice. At Georgetown, Luis is involved in a variety of initiatives where he is able to learn and engage with issues about immigration, the empowerment of students, and access and support for students from underrepresented communities. Most of his time is spent advocating for undocumented students through his work with UndocuHoyas, a tight-knit community of undocumented students, and as a legislative aide for United We Dream, the nation’s largest immigrant youth-led organization. Luis also mentors through the Georgetown College Peer Advisor Program and through the Georgetown Scholarship Program Peer Mentoring Program. He is currently the President of Stride for College, a student-run mentorship program that guides Bell Multicultural High School juniors and seniors through the college application process. Lastly, Luis was the Co-Chair of the Hoya Saxa Weekend Planning Committee, a group responsible for planning two admitted student weekends for students from underrepresented communities. Outside of his work on campus, Luis has taught at Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, a program that provides academic enrichment opportunities and support for highly motivated, underserved middle and high school students so that they can realize their potential to excel in high school and graduate from college. He is interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Education and a law degree with the hope of becoming a lawyer and then a teacher as a second career.

Nadia Guamán

 Nadia Guamán is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in culture and politics with a thematic focus on the intersection of immigration and education in the United States. She is also pursuing a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Justice and Peace Studies. Originally from Queens, New York she now resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Nadia is passionate about studying the effects of inequality that immigrants face in the U.S in relation to English language acquisition and hopes to focus her career on these issues. This past summer she worked in her hometown’s literacy center restructuring and developing new teaching practices to benefit students. On campus Nadia is a student fellow with the Latin America Initiative and vice president of Georgetown University’s Women of Color.

Jasmin Ouseph

Jasmin Ouseph is a junior studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. On campus, she is involved with Leaders in Education About Diversity as a peer facilitator and GU Forming a Radically Ethical Endowment, seeking just and transparent institutional investment practices. Jasmin is interested in international affairs, climate science and energy policy, and racial and economic justice. In the future, Jasmin hopes to pursue further schooling to obtain her Masters and/or J.D., and she is interested in teaching at the graduate level.

Taylor Riddick

Taylor Riddick is a junior majoring in Government with a concentration in International Relations and minoring in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs (REWA) and African American Studies. She proudly hails from Silver Spring, Maryland. On campus, Taylor serves on the executive board of the Black Student Alliance (BSA) as Vice President of Operations and on the Provost’s Committee for Diversity. Additionally, Taylor is a peer leader for Georgetown’s First Year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI) pre-orientation program through the Center for Social Justice. Taylor is also an assistant editor for Georgetown’s first ‘zine, Bossier, an intersectional feminist magazine committed to promoting the work of women and women-aligned authors and artists. This past summer, Taylor interned for Senator Chris Van Hollen in his Capitol Hill Office. In the future, Taylor hopes to pursue a career that involves international relations, law, civil rights, and social justice.

Jerome Smalls

 Jerome Smalls is a southern charmer from Charleston, South Carolina. He is currently a Junior in the McDonough School of Business majoring in Marketing and minoring in African American Studies, with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. Throughout his time at Georgetown thus far, Jerome has played an active role in many clubs and extracurricular activities on campus. His most notable involvements include being the president and founder of an organization dedicated to mentoring young men within the inner city of DC called The Male Development Association. He also serves as a lead co-coordinator of Georgetown’s Lemonade Day initiative which teaches grade school students how to be entrepreneurs through mentorship and the power of financial literacy. Jerome has also served as a board member of the Black Student Alliance, a Peer Ambassador, and an After School Kids Program tutor. This past summer Jerome was an intern with Bloomberg L.P. in New York city, working with their Technology & Innovation and Recruitment efforts. This young man has always believed in paying it forward and he hopes to continue to be a man for others throughout the remainder of his Georgetown career and beyond.