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Pro Bono Project Board Bios


Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13     Carson Smith (’16) Carson was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from UNC- Chapel Hill in 2009 with a degree in Management. Prior to entering law school, he worked in management and sales for a medical services company. After law school, Carson plans to work as a public defender, providing legal services to individuals unable to afford adequate representation.

Director of Community Outreach

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13   Kelsey Kolb (’16)
Kelsey is from West Palm Beach, Florida and graduated from University of Florida in 2013 with a dual degree in Criminology and Family, Youth & Community Sciences. After law school, Kelsey will pursue a career in criminal prosecution.

Director of Student Outreach

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13       Alena Baker (’16)
Alena is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She earned her BS in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Spanish from Florida State University.  Alena plans to combine her passion for public interest law and humanitarian issues in her pro bono work and future legal career.

Director of Public Relations

sainsm14Sarah Saint (’17) Sarah grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and has two degrees from The University of Alabama, a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in School Counseling. For three years before entering law school, Sarah coordinated mentoring programs that matched University students with students at all levels showing drop-out risk factors. She is passionate about anti-discrimination and children’s law and plans to combine her public interest passions in her future career.

Project/Class Coordinators

feehke14   Kyleigh Feehs (’17) Kyleigh is from Traverse City, Michigan and graduated from Wheaton College in 2011, with a BA in International Relations and Economics. After graduating, she worked with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization dedicated to protecting the poor from violence in the developing world. After graduating from Wake, Kyleigh hopes to pursue a career in human rights law, specifically focused on advocating for the rights of vulnerable and exploited women and children.
paceme14   Meredith Pace (’17) Meredith is a Winston-Salem, NC native. She attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC where she received my BA in Political Science. Meredith’s legal interests include criminal law and governmental affairs. Pro bono allows her to combine both of her passions: the law and community service.
singr13Reva Singh 1L Coordinator Reva is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She attended George Washington University for her undergraduate and worked at a healthcare nonprofit before attending law school. Her interest in healthcare led her to pursue a dual JD and MA in Bioethics degree. Reva is interested in using her legal degree in health care, but she is especially interested in using her legal degree to help those in need through Pro Bono work.
smitkh0   Kristin Smith2L/3L Coordinator Kristin is originally from Mount Airy, NC and is now a “Double Deac,” having graduated from Wake Forest University in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and English. She is interested in a variety of legal areas, but is committed to performing pro bono work wherever her career takes her.

Project Leaders

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13Maria Nkonge (’16)Advanced Directives Maria Nkonge was born and raised in Greensboro, N.C., and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in International Studies.   She is currently enrolled as a dual-degree student with the School of Divinity. Upon graduation, Maria hopes to have a long and rewarding career as a trial attorney, while continuing her work as a chaplain.
Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13Emily Morris (’16)Expungements Emily is from the D.C. area, but grew up all over the country. After four years of studying on the St. Augustine, FL beaches, she graduated from Flagler College in 2013 with a degree in Accounting. Upon graduating law school, she plans to pursue a career in Business law.
jacksa14Stephanie Jackson (’17)
Know Your Rights
Stephanie grew up in the Cleveland area of Ohio and received her B.A. in English Literature from Miami University (OH) before moving to New York City. She then attended New York University to study issues around access and equity in higher education and worked as an Academic Adviser for the NYU Athletics Department while working on her M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Upon completion, Stephanie spent several years helping to establish the Office of Student Activities and Resource Center at NYU School of Engineering before enrolling in law school at Wake Forest where she plans to continue to pursue a career that addresses the legal structural barriers to equity in education and civil rights.
jeskec14Emily Jeske (’17)Lawyer on the Line Emily was born and raised just outside of Winston-Salem, NC. She attended Furman University and graduated with degrees in psychology and sociology. After law school, she plans to stay in North Carolina and work in the public interest field, particularly regarding family law and/or juvenile law.
browme0Maya Brown (’17)Prison Letters Maya is from Winston-Salem, NC. She earned my BA in Politics and International Affairs with a minor in Psychology from Wake Forest University. Upon graduating, she plans to pursue a career in business law.
starkn14Kendra Stark (’17)Reclaiming Futures Kendra is originally from New Jersey, and attended Liberty University in Virginia for undergrad. After graduation, she plans to practice criminal prosecution with a District Attorney’s Office here in North Carolina.
stradd14       Daniel Stratton (’17)Teen Court Daniel grew up in west Georgia and studied political economy at Tulane University in New Orleans. After graduation, Daniel spent several years in Washington, D.C., working at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and Office of Public Affairs. After law school, Daniel plans to pursue a career in corporate litigation.
Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13   Dawnielle Grace (’16)Teen Court/YAG Dawnielle Grace is a 3L who has had a long history with the Teen Court Program, beginning with her own High School experience as aTeen Court Attorney here in Forsyth County well over a decade ago. She has also had a work history with the Youth & Government (“YAG”) Program prior to law school, and is eager to see Wake Forest hit the ground running with this exciting new Pro Bono venture. Dawnielle has a varied background having worked for several years prior to law school and obtaining her M.B.A. She brings an experienced and solutions-oriented perspective to her projects, and prefers to focus on the growth of the students within the community with which she works, maximizing Wake Law’s impact. Aside from being an avid reader and traveler, Dawnielle speaks Japanese, is active in her church, and is a devoted wife to her loving husband Brock of 5 years.
Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13     Bradley Setzer (’16)
Bradley grew up in Claremont, NC.  He is a 2010 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC where he studied political science.  After graduating he spent time in Baton Rouge, LA with City Year, a branch of AmeriCorps that works with underprivileged students in schools around the country.  After graduating from Wake Bradley plans to work with in the field of human and civil rights.
Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13Alison Ringwood VITA Alison is from Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from Wake Forest University as a political science major. Prior to returning to Wake to attend law school to become an official double deac, Alison worked for a non-profit doing grassroots political campaign work in the California bay area and Portland, Oregon. Alison hopes to practice administrative law or to work in sustainable business development.  In addition to obtaining my law degree, Alison is also working towards graduating as a duel degree student with a Masters in Sustainability.  Alison currently oversees the VITA or tax project, and welcome any who are interested to participate!
Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13   Katie Yale (’16)
Affordable Care Act Navigators
Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13Zabrina Delgado (’16)
Zabrina is originally from Washington State and graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. After graduation, Zabrina worked as a Paralegal at a small family law firm in Seattle where the majority of our clients were immigrants from Mexico and Central America who spoke only Spanish.  That experience not only propelled her to law school, but it also helped her realize that she would like to work with immigrants throughout her legal career both in an immigration law context, and in a general litigation context.
Daniel is originally from Miami, Florida. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, after graduation Daniel spent two years teaching Spanish on Chicago’s south side. Daniel is passionate about immigration and hopes to pursue a career that incorporates immigration law into a legal practice focused on international law.
barrda14Daniel Barrera (’17) Immigration