Who are the 2019 Applebaum Fellows?

Abigail Findley

Program Development Intern, Give Merit

Abigail Findley is a Program Development Intern who works with Give Merit to design the upcoming year’s program. Abigail believes the program will provide the upcoming cohort with the resources and skills needed to graduate high school and attend college. Abigail is a first-generation college student and a Shipman Scholar. Abigail is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience, with a minor in Music at the University of Michigan.

Alexandra Lubczuk

Event and Fundraising Intern, InsideOut Literary Arts Organization

Alexandra Lubczuk is an Event and Fundraising Intern who works with InsideOut Literary Arts to market and reach out to donors to get the donations needed for the Share the Light Event, their biggest event of the year, at the end of summer. Alexandra believes that this work will allow the Greater Detroit community to witness the impact of InsideOut Literary Arts on the youth within their community with newly developed leadership skills through poetry and performance. Alexandra has worked at AIESEC, the largest student-run non profit, as Vice President of Marketing in Michigan this past year, which has developed into one of the top performing Local Committees across the United States with the work of her team. Alexandra is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change.


Dani Silverman

Public Programming Intern, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Dani Silverman is a Public Programming Intern who works with the Museum of Contemporary Art to participate in departmental meetings, special events, various educational programs, and attend regular museum programming including artist talks, lectures, etc. Dani assists in planning, organizing, and running various community events at the MOCAD, creating a more welcoming museum environment for visitors to access.  Dani has previous experience with diverse communities as a Research Assistant through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan where she conducted research and learned more how to best support families who visit Psychiatric Emergency Services to alleviate concerns about their child’s safety. Dani is trained in safeTALK and ASIST, to be ready to assist peers with improving mental health and suicide prevention.  Dani is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience from the University of Michigan.

Elizabeth Williams

Digital Marketing Strategy Intern, JOURNi

Elizabeth Williams is a Digital Marketing Strategy Intern who works with JOURNi to promote their message of equipping urban communities to jumpstart their local economies. She will enhance their social media presence through developing a digital marketing strategy, cultivating unique social media experiences, and writing blog posts and newsletters. Elizabeth landed the role of Marketing Director for The Detroit Partnership, a student-run nonprofit organization, which will allow her to continue to use her marketing and communication skills to better Detroit’s community during the upcoming school year. Elizabeth is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with minors in Digital Studies and Political Science.


Gabrielle Nahhas

Events and Communications Intern, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Gabrielle Nahhas is an Events and Communications Intern at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where she collaborates with various DSO departments and faculty on the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Civic Youth Ensembles and the 100th Anniversary of Orchestra Hall events. She organizes and drafts social media and press releases, photography for the projects, and artists’ promotional materials in preparation for these events in collaboration with the Community and Learning department. She is an International Baccalaureate diploma recipient. Gabrielle is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Michigan in preparation for further education in Law.


Grace Bergeron

Learning and Engagement Intern, The Henry Ford

Grace Bergeron is a Learning and Engagement Intern who works with The Henry Ford’s Learning and Engagement department to develop and re-develop learning strategies at the Museum. Grace believes that the Henry Ford Museum had a great impact on her own education and believes that educating children and teens through innovation-based learning will be influential in their lives as well. Grace has worked on research pertaining to the 1943 Race Riots in Detroit, particularly pertaining to labor strikes in the years preceding the riot. Grace is a first-generation college student and a HAIL scholarship recipient. Grace  is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and minoring in Urban Studies

Jane Sheedy

Teen Council and Youth Programs Intern, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Jane Sheedy is a student at the University of Michigan pursuing a liberal arts education to pursue a career in the arts and public service sectors. Jane believes that the arts are integral for critical engagement with the world. Jane Sheedy has worked at at the South Orange public library for over six years as a library page and archival assistant.  She is also a volunteer with several student organizations including the campus farm and SAPAC (Sexual Assault and Prevention Awareness Center), delivering workshops designed to give students the tools to de-escalate risky situations. This past semester she worked as one of SAPAC Bystander Intervention Training (BIT) coordinators for the winter 2019 semester. This work involves developing and facilitating a workshop in partnership with Central Student Government (CSG) and Wolverine Wellness, as well as analyzing the effectiveness of these workshops. She also serves on the friends of the campus farm board. Jane is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English and Art History.

John Kistler

Oral History and Curatorial Intern, Detroit Historical Society

John Kistler is an Oral History intern working with the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) on a project to record, preserve, and share the history of Detroit as told by longtime residents themselves. John works to conduct interviews with Detroit residents on the development and unique qualities of the city’s various neighborhoods, as well as engaging in community outreach to make sure that those being represented are all active participants in the project. He has experience working with community organizations such as We The People of Detroit and MOSES and is dedicated to making history an accessible public service that people can both learn from and have a say in creating. John is a Senior majoring in Social Theory & Practice and History, he is currently working on a thesis on the lesser known origins of LGBTQ+ activism in the 1960s.

Jordan Brown

Marketing and Communications Intern, American Red Cross

Jordan Brown is a Marketing and Communications Intern who works with The American Red Cross to work with the volunteer service team in growing and diversifying their volunteer network. Jordan creates marketing documents to attract volunteers, and organizes events with local businesses and community groups to gather, teach, and persuade people about the Red Cross in the hopes that they will become a volunteer.  Jordan has worked with Professor Valiant doing research about the media ecology and its influence on the Flint Water Crisis. Jordan is pursuing a Bachelors at the University of Michigan in both Economics and Communications.

Jordan Kamen

Volunteer Club Coordinator Intern, American Red Cross

Jordan Kamen is a Volunteer Club Coordinator Intern who works with Red Cross Clubs in Southeast Michigan to support the Volunteer Services team of the Red Cross by communicating with and assisting the various Red Cross Clubs in high schools and colleges in the area. Jordan knows that her work supporting the Red Cross will help benefit many people in Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Jordan has supported many people and organizations in the Detroit area through her work as her high school’s National Honor Society president. Jordan is an IB diploma recipient. Jordan is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan.

Kaleb Brown

Museum Collections Intern, Motown Museum

Kaleb A. Brown is a University of Michigan undergraduate who will be working as a collections intern for the Motown Museum. He will assist in organizing the museum's extensive archives. In helping with the archive and exhibits, Kaleb hopes to help patrons learn about the exciting history of Motown. Kaleb has had a narrative journalism published in the Ann Arbor Observer and has had three poems published in the 2019 edition of the Cafe Shapiro Anthology. Kaleb has received a variety of scholarships including the Hail Scholarship and has recently aided in creating an exhibit as part of his archival class.

Katelyn Albrecht

Museum Collections Intern, Motown Museum

Katelyn Albrecht is a Collections Intern at the Motown Museum in Detroit and helps organize and manage the collection database for more accessibility in the future. This work will make collections more efficient and bring new objects out for display. Katelyn has aided Dr. Michele Hannoosh manage and collect photographs by Alexander Svoboda. These photos were verified and stored in Zotero as a database for future researchers. Katelyn is pursuing a bachelor of Arts in in History and Anthropology focusing on Pre-modern Islamic history. Additionally, Katelyn is earning an associates in Museum Studies.

Lena Hoppe

Program Intern, Motown Museum

Lena Hoppe is a student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and German. As a student, Lena is looking gain the necessary tools to address issues affecting those on an international, national, and local level. During her first year at the University of Michigan, Lena became involved with the Prison Community Arts Project and helped to facilitate a weekly music workshop for incarcerated individuals. Lena hopes to utilize her experiences with PCAP in her summer internship working with the program department at the Motown Museum.

Elizabeth Choi

Youth Program Academic Support Intern, Downtown Boxing Gym

Elizabeth Choi is a Youth Program Academic Support Intern at the Downtown Boxing Gym, and works with disadvantaged youth to promote academic and athletic success. She believes that education and physical health should be attainable to anyone who desires them, and is extremely happy to work towards that goal at the Gym. Elizabeth is a mentor for the Michigan Muscle Club and has been a community coordinator for Detroit Partnership Day, a large volunteering event where students worked at numerous sites around Detroit. In her first year at university, Elizabeth currently has a 4.0 GPA and has been awarded the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize. Although she is still undecided on her major, she finds much interest in healthcare and hopes to attend medical school someday.

Mackenzie Deck

Grant and Foundation Relations Intern, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Mackenzie Deck is a Grant and Foundation Relations Intern who works at MOCAD to assistwith research and grant submission to aid the museum’s funding. She is passionate about theprospect of helping others and has done so through the Detroit Partnership. Mackenzie hasinterned at Phillip B. Maxwell Associates doing research and drafting briefs. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English with plans to attend law school after graduation.

Matt Harmon

Script Reading and Marketing Intern, Detroit Public Theatre

Matt Harmon is currently a rising senior studying International Studies with a concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity and Playwriting at the University of Michigan. As a Deputy Statement Editor at The Michigan Daily and as Co-President of Empty Mug Records, a student-run record label on campus, Matt has seen the impact creative expression and the arts can have on individual identity and community building and wants to continue working in this field after graduation. His past work experiences include writing for Culture.pl in Warsaw, Poland and the Metro Times in Ferndale, Michigan as well as teaching English and writing plays for Ankuri, a women's rights non-profit, in Dehradun, India. Matt was also a John Cable One Act Play National Finalist at the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his play Exhibits in the Zoo.

Molly Wyett

Advancement Intern, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Molly Wyett is an Advancement Intern with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where she works in partnership with other departments at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to execute events and programming. Molly organizes and delivers promotional materials, press releases, as well as social media posts. Molly has secured a position as a fellow of the Communications Department for 2019-2020. Molly was awarded a Presidential Award for Community Service in 2016. Molly is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies.

Rachel Safir

Curatorial Intern, Detroit Historical Society

Rachel Safir is a Curatorial Intern who works with the Detroit Historical Society to assist curatorial staff with research for exhibition development, process and digitize artifacts, and write entries for the museum's online database, the Encyclopedia of Detroit. Rachel believes the work she does is important because it will allow students and researchers around the world access the Society’s artifact collection, as well as educate museum visitors about the history of Detroit so that they can understand the people, places and events that have shaped the lives of metro Detroiters. Rachel has worked with Seven Mile to create and teach arts lessons to children in the metro Detroit area, volunteered with Bob Sweeney’s Camp Hope as a group leader to lead discussions on coping with grief, and served as an Art Director with Smithtown High School West’s theater department. Rachel is pursuing a liberal arts degree in an undecided area of study.

Sierra Gillies

Digital Marketing Strategy Intern, JOURNi

Sierra Gillies is a Digital Marketing Intern who works with JOURNi to help them curate and expand their social media presence. Sierra’s work as a digital marketing intern will help to support JOURNi and their mission to teach code to youth in order to give them valuable skills to succeed. She has had previous experiences with running social media accounts, as she has run the accounts for her high school’s yearbook as well as a volunteering based club that she was the president of. Sierra intends on pursuing a degree of Bachelor of Science in Information through the School of Information.

Taylor Grier

Public Affairs Intern, Detroit Institute of Arts

Taylor Grier is a Public Affairs Intern who works with the Executive Director of Public Affairs in making the DIA an engaging experience for all guests. Taylor will have a role in marketing and branding as well as event execution and inspiration for the museum and community members. Taylor loves building something for the sake of others and having even a small part in the identity of such a massive museum. Taylor has supported the Detroit community for two years in underprivileged schools teaching literacy skills, and developing programming and content. She has diverse experience in public speaking and leading and is pursuing a Bachelor in General Studies focused on art, fashion, service, and media.

Theo Pistner

Development Intern, Downtown Boxing Gym

Theo Pistner is a Development Intern at Downtown Boxing Gym who works with Detroit youth to support them through school using education, athletics, and mentorship. Theo has instructional experience working with kids before. He has worked at Angell Elementary teaching Spanish to 4th grade classes during the 2018-2019 school year. Theo is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Spanish.