Capella University

Fellows Program

One degree of change can make all the difference in the world.

Capella University seeks to provide the most direct path between learning and employment. But we don’t want to stop there: we believe in giving back by changing lives where we work and live.

The Capella University Fellows Program is our investment in helping to build the talent and leadership skills required to mitigate social and economic inequities. Employees from select Fellow corporate partners and community organizations are chosen to participate in the program annually.

2021 Fellows recipients

Marina Brady, Master of Health Care Management 

Office Manager at People Incorporated

Marina intends to identify ways for increased collaboration between large health systems and community health providers and is committed to creating positive change to healthcare systems within the Twin Cities.

Sydney Velez, Master of Public Administration Program

Communications Coordinator at Emerge

Sydney’s goal is to address the disparity in financial education between financially secure children and children who are within poverty and/or are young breadwinners. Through a degree in public administration with a focus on project management, she will enhance the financial education program at EMERGE and implement a specialized project for the young breadwinners to learn the financial tools to escape cycles of poverty, from a point of understanding, compassion, and empowerment.

Wanda Vue, MS in Clinical Psychology Program

Program Lead Coordinator at Hmong American Partnership

Wanda intends to address social and economic disparities in marginalized communities through advocacy and counseling. She hopes to raise awareness about substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health. 

Aubrey Fredrickson, Master of Social Work Program

Program Supervisor at Northside Residence IRTS Program at People Incorporated 

Aubrey aims to create positive change and reform within Twin Cities police departments by advocating for increased wellness and mental health resources to connect officers in receiving their own mental health assistance and lessen the stigma people experience regarding mental illness and substance use.

Barbara Chromy, Master of Social Work Program

Mental Health Professional at Lutheran Social Service

Dr. Chromy aims to raise awareness of the need for expanded services to improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of elderly individuals who experience a full range of mental health issues while lacking much of the support their younger counterparts enjoy. 

Maihlee Lee, Master of Social Work Program

Plus Case Coordinator Worker at Plymouth Christian Youth Center

Maihlee intends to make an impact at the macro level by continuing to support young scholars in the education system in Minneapolis in order to address the Achievement Gap and advocate for rebuilding school culture in preparing students for success. 

Elizabeth Knight, MS in Human Resource Management Program

General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Assistant Secretary at Catholic Charities

Elizabeth’s passion is fighting for equity, particularly for BIPOC communities and in the critical sectors of employment and criminal justice. She aims to focus on eliminating systems and barriers within organizational human resource structures, so that there truly is equal employment opportunity. 

2020 Fellows recipients

Stacy Heltemes, MS in Human Resource Management Program

Heather Kamia, Master of Social Work Program

Shanika Lambert, Master of Social Work Program

Maria Mills, Master of Social Work Program

Mai Yang, Master of Social Work Program

Anisha Murphy, MBA Program

2019 Capella Fellows
Ayan Abdinur (MBA)
Maria Ayala Ramirez (MBA)
Kendall Benson (Master of Social Work)
Jennifer Christianson (MS in Education)
Rebecca Lopez (MS in Human Services)
Ben Phillip (MS in Higher Education)
Nou Vang (Master of Social Work)

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