Meet The Baker Scholars
Class of 2023
Joel-Anthoney “Joel” Bossous was born in Brooklyn, New York and is pursuing majors in government and in the self-crafted interdisciplinary studies. He is an active board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and serves as the Director of Alumni Relations for the Black Student Alliance. Outside of his academic interests, Joel has long been passionate about and engaged in advocacy work. He hopes to pair those experiences with a growing background in finance to continue empowering others through community development and social entrepreneurship. In his most unproductive hours, you can find Joel sleeping, thinking, thinking about sleeping, or listening to some underrated music albums. He enjoys cooking and learning languages — two things that will always be resourceful.
Lea Frawley was born and raised in New York City and is currently pursuing a major in psychology. As a first generation college student, Lea is passionate about Georgetown and mentoring prospective and current students as they navigate the college process. She is currently the Director of Digital Media for the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program (GAAP), a Peer Advisor, a tour guide, student worker at the admissions office, and a storyteller for the multimedia vlog series Georgetown Stories. Her passion for business started freshman year when she became an Intern for the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU). Currently, Lea is the Vice President of Marketing at GUASFCU where she strives to further advance the content distributed as well as improve accessibility to financial literacy and opportunities. While Lea is not exactly sure what field of business she would like to pursue, she is eager to learn more about what opportunities are available, with current interests in nonprofits, consulting, and the overall ability for businesses to create social impact. In her free time, Lea loves listening to music, spending time with friends and family, and learning all about skincare.
Elizabeth Hasfal was born and raised in Westchester, New York. She is currently pursuing a major in American studies with minors in French and women’s & gender studies. Passionate about social justice, Elizabeth is a dedicated executive board member of Georgetown’s Student Advocacy Office and the annual OWN IT Women’s Leadership Summit. She is also a Hilltoss employee and a tour guide with Blue & Gray. Outside of Georgetown, Elizabeth is a member of the Content & Outreach team for Searching for Solutions, a non-profit organization that seeks to help students from marginalized backgrounds overcome the achievement gap. In addition to advocating for gender and racial equity, Elizabeth enjoys creating new playlists on Spotify, reading, and exploring DC’s coffee shop scene.
Jennifer Luzon was born in Ecuador but grew up in the Bronx, New York. She is currently majoring in American studies with a minor in business administration and Spanish. Outside of the classroom, she is the new Co-President for Hoyas for Immigrant Rights (HFIR), and a future Casa Latina Resident. She served as the Executive Undocumented Inclusivity Policy Chair and works for Classroom Education Technological Services (CETS) as a student assistant by setting up classrooms and computers for hybrid learning. She is also a Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Career Fellow and part of the recently inducted class of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) 2023 Career Prep Scholar. As a first-generation college student, she is a proud member of the Community Scholars Program (CSP) and the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP). She has a passion for activism, issues around immigration, race, and social issues. For fun, she enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and cruising on her longboard.
Anika Prakash was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently pursuing a double major in economics and justice and peace studies with a minor in statistics. On campus, Anika is actively involved with the Georgetown University Student Investment Fund (GUSIF) as thePortfolio Manager of the Markets industry. In addition, Anika enjoys volunteering with Little Lights and The Washington Lawyers’ Committee. Last summer, Anika was an intern at LOCUSImpact Investing where she partnered with project sponsors to position them for successful capital raises that deliver long-term community impact. In her free time, she enjoys running and watching stand-up comedy.
Jorge Arturo Ramirez grew up in San Antonio, Texas and is pursuing a double major in philosophy and political economy. As a first-generation college student who is passionate about supporting college-bound youth, he co-founded a mentorship organization called the Warren Innovation Network to support students through the admissions process and equip them with college readiness. On campus, he is involved in the Georgetown Parliamentary Debate Team. He also co-hosts a show on Georgetown Radio (WGTB) and is a proud member of the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP). Over the summer of 2021, he interned as a Municipal Finance Summer Analyst at RBC Capital Markets, connecting his interests in government, business, and finance. In his spare time, Jorge enjoys playing poker, watching movies and stand-up comedy, and running.
Sam Telesa is from Waipahu, Hawai’i and comes from a large family, being the oldest of nine siblings. He is pursuing a major in anthropology and looks to apply his studies of culture to his interests in the construction industry. Sam is a proud Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP) and Community Scholars Program (CSP) student as well as a “Soul of Georgetown” recipient. He is currently a project assistant for the GSP and its development of the course, “Hidden Curriculum.” Aside from school, Sam is a starting offensive lineman in the Georgetown football program and part of the program’s Hoya Leadership Council. Sam is also a Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s Listed student-athlete. Moreover, as a person of faith and a Christian, Sam is also a sermon and chapel leader for the football program and is part of Georgetown University Christian Athletes (GUCA). He loves to cook, and does so often, cooking anything from Hawai’ian comfort food to ribeye steaks. Not only does he like to cook but he also like to play sweet Hawai’ian melodies on the ukulele and is learning to play the guitar in the hopes to learn a certain style of guitar-playing called “Igi Samoa.” Sam appreciates country music and listens to artists such as Brett Eldridge, Chris Young, and many more. Furthermore, he continues to explore his passion for Polynesian tribal art and draws them himself.
Mary “Hadley” Trahan was born in Beijing, lived in Hong Kong, and grew up in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is pursuing a major in economics and a minor in history. At Georgetown, Hadley is actively involve with Homeless Outreach Programs and Education (HOPE) and volunteers regularly at DC Central Kitchen. Through the United Nations Volunteer Program, Hadley worked as a Digital Marketing Intern during the summer of 2020. During her work with New Beginnings Charitable Trust, an NGO based in Andhra Pradesh, India, Hadley witnessed firsthand the role of business in empowering marginalized women and generating social change. Excited to further explore corporate social responsibility, Hadley looks forward to completing a finance internship this summer at Tetra Pak, a sustainable food packaging and processing company. Hadley is also an avid lover of the outdoors, working as a ski instructor at the École Suisse de Ski Les Diablerets and having completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in 2019. As a committed member of the Georgetown ski and running clubs, Hadley remains active on the Hilltop. In her free time, you’ll find Hadley in the kitchen preparing dinner for her friends and family, and perfecting her food photography skills.
Qianyin Wu grew up in the Bay Area in California and is pursuing a major in economics with minors in government and business administration. She is currently a project manager at Georgetown Global Consulting where she works with international clients to address various financial and organizational challenges. She joined GU Impacts in 2021 as a fellow to work on economic, transportation, and digital access research with a D.C. nonprofit. She also enjoys partaking in cultural events as secretary for the Chinese Student Alliance and being a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority. She is also a proud member of the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP). Outside of school, she enjoys listening to music and podcasts on walks, visiting art museums, and catching up with friends and family. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in economic policy or consulting.
Class of 2024
Noah Aire was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is pursuing a major in French with a minor in business studies, hoping to bridge international linguistic barriers. On campus, Noah is a committed employee of Students of Georgetown, Inc. (The Corp), serving as the Director of Purchasing for the Hilltoss Café for the 2021-2022 term. He has also been involved with the Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society, Bossier Magazine, and a pre-orientation program. Passionate about business, Noah was the first anti-racism consultant employed to his high school. Serving virtually for the first two years of his time at Georgetown, Noah has become impassioned about the intersection of social impact and business. In addition to finding avenues to do business for the common good, Noah enjoys attending student performances, trying international teas, and learning about geography.
William “Will” Barao was born in Boston and raised in Hingham, Massachusetts. He is majoring in political economy and intends to minor in cognitive science. On the Hilltop, he is a swimmer on the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving team, aiding the Hoyas in taking home their first conference title in program history in 2022. When he is not racing laps in the Albert G. McCarthy Pool, Will is a proud member of Georgetown Student Capital Partners (GSCP), the Georgetown Impact Investing Group (GIIG), and the GU Male Development Association (GUMDA). These pursuits are complementary to his interest in the international investment of capital for the purpose of positively impacting the global environment, society, and especially underprivileged communities, a topic he has pondered since representing the United States in swimming at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eager to continue generating positive outcomes for the communities around him, Will served two concurrent internships during the Summer of 2021. He was both a Legislative intern for Congressman William R. Keating (MA-09) and a Business Development Intern for Edstruments, an edtech company which aims to maximize K-12 students’ postgraduate successes. At his leisure, Will enjoys relaxing with his puppies, John Steinbeck novels, meditation, and collecting baseball memorabilia. Additionally, Will is in the process of bringing his website, Acumen4TheCollegeMogul, to fruition. The site’s aim will be to create a comprehensive resource for students to learn more about business topics.
Ethan Fan grew up in Columbia, Maryland and is pursuing a double major in biology of global health and economics. He is interested in bridging the divide between scientific developments and society through biotech business. Ethan currently works for the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation as a student analyst under the State Chief Data Officers Network, conducting a nationwide open data state census. He is also a research assistant for the COVID Analysis and Mapping of Policies Project under Rebecca Katz at the Center for Global Health Science and Security (CGHSS), documenting domestic and international COVID policies. Outside of work, Ethan is part of Innovo Consulting where he regularly helps social entrepreneurs and nonprofits develop their business. This summer, he will be interning under the Translational Development and Diagnostics division at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) where he will learn more about personalized immunotherapy treatments and how they may improve patient care. Ethan will also study abroad this upcoming semester at Copenhagen, Denmark under the DIS program where he hopes to gain an international perspective on biotech, healthcare, and pharmaceutical companies. In his free time, he loves to follow World Cup soccer, go for hikes, swim, cook Chinese food, and watch movies.
Jaida Forbes was born in London, England, but spent most of her childhood in Orlando, Florida. She is currently pursuing a government major and is double minoring in justice and peace studies and business studies with a concentration in marketing. Jaida has a profound passion for the intersection of public policy, business, and activism for issues around immigration, race, and worker’s rights. Outside of the classroom, she leads efforts to create cohesion and community within various cultural groups as the Community Outreach Director and United We Dream Coordinator for Hoyas for Immigrants Rights (HFIR) and is the Vice President of the Caribbean Culture Circle (CCC). She is also a proud member of the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP). In her free time, you will either find Jaida listening to music, watching video essays about popular tv shows, or daydreaming about spending the day out on the nearest beach.
Whitney Johnson is from Manchester, Massachusetts and is pursuing a major in political economy with minors in religion, ethics, and world affairs (REWA) and French. She hopes to focus her studies in REWA on Chinese philosophy with a specific interest in political thought. She is also pursuing a certificate in sustainable business where she is a part of the Sustainable Business Fellowship Advisory Committee. When she is not studying, Whitney is an active member of GREEN’s education committee, Georgetown Ventures Launchpad, and the H*yas for Choice Advocacy Board. In the summer of 2021, Whitney was a GU Impacts Fellows in the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation where she interned with the Mann Deshi Foundation researching the impact of public private partnerships in healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic and creating promotional materials to advertise opportunities for women in entrepreneurship through the foundation’s Chambers of Commerce. Outside of Georgetown, Whitney loves exploring new places outdoors with her dog Toblerone (Toby for short), listening to podcasts, and baking. Her interests are in sustainable business practices, reproductive education and healthcare access, and land conservation.
Valerie Mallon was born and raised in Mineola on Long Island, New York, and is pursuing an English degree alongside two minors in environmental justice and justice and peace studies. Valerie is deeply interested in the future of sustainability in the corporate sphere in addition to the myriad possibilities that come with exploring the nexus of business and social justice. Outside of the classroom, Valerie is a consultant and project manager for Georgetown Eco-Consultants, working to sustainably uplift both local and national businesses as small as vegetable gardeners and as large as nonprofits like The Trust for Public Land. She uses this same passion for environmentalism as an athletics tutor for the Hoyas, specializing in biodiversity and conversation. She is also a founding board member of Georgetown: Survivor, inspired by the hit CBS show of the same name. As Communications Director, she is responsible for building the momentum through PR and outreach to foster a community that will eventually film, produce, and screen Georgetown’s very own student competition series. In her free time, you’ll find Valerie snowboarding in the winter and skateboarding in the summer – and either watching a classic film or playing with her rescued tabby Hillary in-between.
Isabel McHenry is from Lilburn, Georgia and is pursuing a Spanish major and history minor as well as business coursework in management at Georgetown University. On campus, she is a Marketing Chair for the Georgetown Program Board, the Outreach Chair for Catholic Women at Georgetown, and a Catholic Faith Community (CFC) mentor. She is also active in Georgetown’s comedy scene as a writer and performer with the Sketch Comedy Society. She works at the Writing Center and has spent two years as a Program Assistant at Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). In the summer of 2021, she worked as a Girl Scout Camp Counselor after growing up as a Scout for fourteen years. Isabel has a strong passion for education and youth development and, in the past, worked as a tutor and the Outreach Director for B’more Tutoring, a graduation-assistance program for underprivileged students in Baltimore. She is fascinated by the intersection of talent development and workplace equity and has a passion for helping people grow. Outside of the classroom and office, Isabel loves listening to her favorite podcasts, baking birthday cakes, and hiking whenever she gets the chance.
Charlotte Messaris was born in Baltimore, Maryland and is double-majoring in French and linguistics. With these interests, Charlotte is passionate about examining the intersections between language, identity, and business and seeks to pursue a career abroad in branding or marketing. Beyond the classroom, Charlotte is deeply involved in Catholic ministry, leading an LGBTQ+ faith group and heading the committee for the 3rd annual Mass of Belonging, a celebration intended to emphasize inclusivity and LGBTQ+ acceptance. Likewise, Charlotte plays the bassoon in the GU Orchestra and is a committed member of the GU French Cultural Association (GUFCA) and the GU Linguistics Society (GULS). In her free time, Charlotte enjoys dancing to international music, getting bubble tea with the other bassoonists, swimming, and hosting movie nights with friends.
Leah Smith grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is majoring in art history and minoring in business studies. Growing up around her family’s business, Leah saw how a business could create a basis for the economic growth of an entire community. She is passionate about learning how art can be used as a tool for social change. She is the president of the Georgetown University Eating Society (GUES), a club that explores culture through food. She is also a Member Service Representative at the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU). In her free time, Leah enjoys reading, baking for her friends and family, playing tennis, and going to the beach.
Maryellen “Ellie” Vogel grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She attended The Lawrenceville School prior to Georgetown. On the Hilltop, she is pursuing a theology and religious studies major with a concentration in religious studies as well as business studies and journalism minors. At Georgetown, she is a member of the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team. When Ellie is not in the classroom or on the field, she works as a Program Assistant for Health Education Services addressing the mental health of students on campus and is a proud member of Jack Crew. During her free time, she enjoys quality time with friends and family, cooking, and the outdoors.