2013 DRF Summer Interns

Kathryn Bennett

Born and raised in Danville, Virginia, Kathryn Bennett is now a rising junior at Emerson College. At Emerson, she is working towards a Journalism degree, with a minor in Science.  Along with her journalism classes, Kathryn is a writer for her school’s AP award-winning television broadcast, EIV News. She has also anchored a radio news show and runs social media for various organizations on campus. She lives in Boston for most of the year, but has returned to Danville this summer to intern at the Danville Regional Foundation.

Before moving to Boston, Kathryn attended Chatham Hall, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper and was very involved in the performing arts department. Her other hobbies include traveling and volunteering. Additionally, she is an active member of Kentuck Baptist Church, where she has goes every Sunday with her family. After graduation, Kathryn hopes to move back to the South and start a career in broadcast journalism, using her career to bring about global change. Her dream is to report on international news for NPR.

Bryauna Clark

Bryauna Clark is originally from Alexandria, VA until she moved to Blacksburg, VA to attend college. She is a rising senior at Virginia Tech where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs and Planning. She is also pursuing minors in Industrial Design as well as Landscape Architecture. At Virginia Tech, she is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholar and Commonwealth of Scholars. Bryauna is a board member for Expressions in addition to NOMAS (National Organization for Minority Architecture Students). She also participates in IDEAS (Interior Designers for Education and Sustainability) and the Urban Affairs and Planning Association.

In her free time, she enjoys jazz music, painting and writing poetry. She is excited to intern with the Danville Regional Foundation this summer where she looks forward to transforming how the citizens of Danville live, work, and learn through design. Bryauna plans to continue her education by applying to Graduate School for her Master’s in Architecture.

Amy Farinelli

Originally from Auburn, New York, Amy Farinelli attended the University of New England in Southern Maine. She graduated with honors, earning degrees in both Environmental Studies and Sociology. While at UNE, Amy was a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, received various academic scholarships, and was named Outstanding Student in Sociology. In her junior year, Amy was also given the opportunity to study abroad in Kenya for 3-weeks, learning about health, the environment, and community development throughout the nation. After returning to Maine, Amy continued her Kenyan studies by partaking in research with Dr. Richard Peterson on gully erosion in the Nyando District and how the non-profit NYADEC is working to socially and holistically solve the problem.

While attending UNE, Amy was also highly involved in different leadership roles, holding positions as a tour guide and a New Student Orientation Advisor, as well as supervising and advising the school’s 70+ student clubs and organizations as a Student Involvement Intern during her senior year. After her internship with DRF, Amy is hoping to find a job with a non-profit organization dealing with environmental issues having a socially aware and responsible focus. She is especially interested in the fields of indigenous ecology, environmental justice, food sustainability, as well as clean energy.

Amelia Grabowski

Amelia Grabowski is excited to join the DRF as a summer intern working on the History United project. Amelia recently received her bachelor’s degree in History and English with minors in French and Peace and Justice Studies from Gettysburg College in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In the fall, she will continue her studies as a member of Brown University’s Public Humanities master’s degree program.

Outside the classroom, Amelia works with a variety of organizations that promote social justice and access to humanities, including the Center for Public Service at her alma mater, the Gettysburg Historical Journal, and Maryland Humanities Council. While these organizations address different audiences and goals, they all have instilled Amelia with great respect for the power of shared humanities experiences to address community issues. Drawing on this respect, Amelia intends to pursue an activist approach to public humanities in her career, starting with her work at the DRF.

Genevieve Marsh

Genevieve Marsh, originally from Auburn, California, is entering her third year in Rhode Island School of Design’s architecture program. As an architectural designer and artist, her work focuses predominantly around social entrepreneurship installations and sculptures. Her largest project yet has been a two story art car that displayed pinwheels hand decorated by people from all over the world. As project founder, she managed design, fundraising, marketing and team dynamics. Now at Danville Regional Foundation, Genevieve looks forward to contributing to the design proposal for a local bridge while learning about consensus design and town politics. She also loves to share her passion for art with children of all ages and volunteers regularly at summer art camps.

Evelyn Riley

Evelyn Riley is originally from Lexington, VA, and she currently attends James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, where she is pursuing a Master’s of Arts Degree in History with a Local/Regional/Public History Concentration while working as a graduate/teaching assistant. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History and Sociology with a minor in Leadership from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, where she was a Canon Leadership Scholar. There, Evelyn graduated Cum Laude and completed the Honors and President’s Leadership Programs.

Evelyn intends on working in a museum setting after graduation or, alternately, may continue her education and pursue a doctoral degree. She has interned at various sites, including the Virginia War Museum in Newport News and the Hampton History Museum in Hampton, VA. Evelyn is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Delta, and was President of the Alpha Zeta Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta during her time at CNU. She enjoys visiting new places and enjoys volunteering. Evelyn has worked with Hampton Roads area food banks, Habitat for Humanity, and has tutored for middle schools. In the fall, Evelyn will be working for the Special Collections Library Archives of James Madison University.

Amanda Schlichting

Originally from West Springfield, Massachusetts, Amanda Schlichting moved to Virginia in the fall of 2010 to enroll in Virginia Tech’s highly regarded Bachelor of Architecture program. Now a rising fourth year, Amanda is an honors student studying architecture with a minor in landscape architecture. She has balanced a thirty hour per week management job at a tool store with a rigorous academic schedule since she left for college. In her spare time, she enjoys softball, volleyball, and hiking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Over the past year, Amanda had the opportunity to both design and build a project for a real community with a team of fellow third year students and professors. The project removed the abstraction from architecture by allowing the students to work directly with members of the affected commnity to see how desig, while beautiful, could be functional as well. After seeing her first built project come to life, she hopes to continue that momentum by working directly with the DRF and the surrounding Dan River Community. Following the internship at the DRF, Amanda plans to obtain her bachelor’s and master’s degrees while continuing to explore the positive impact that architecture can have on community life.


Trey Wilson

A senior Electronic Technology major at Norfolk State University, Trey Wilson is set to graduate in December 2013. A native of Danville, Virginia where he obtained his high school diploma from George Washington High School. At Norfolk State University, he is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honour Society. He is also a member of the Delta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., where he has served as the secretary and the second vice president.

In his spare time, Trey enjoys music and expressing himself through poems and free writing. He also has a love nature and all of its secrets along with the animals that inhabit it. His major is conducive to his personality as he is very detail oriented and innovative.