Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows


Alexyss Gray

Kent State University

Alexyss Gray was born in Cleveland, OH and is a junior at Kent State University. She studies sociology and pre-law and plans on attending law school. She is the Director of Academic Affairs for Black United Students, which is a student organization that serves and unites the black community on campus. Her passion for politics and social justice led her to the Campus Vote Project and she hopes to gain leadership skills through this program. Alexyss believes everyone should be afforded the right to vote, and is passionate about voting reform in our prison systems.

Daja Lee

Central State University

Daja Rose Lee is a young and driven African American Female from Cleveland, OH. Daja graduated from Bedford High School earning many academic awards and was involved in volunteering, being a Color Guard member for the Bedford Bearcats Marching Band, while balancing a job and dancing full time at Mayne Attraction Studios. Carrying on her legacy, she now attends Central State University as a honor student maintaining a 3.8 GPA, majoring in business under a marketing concentration. Along with continuing with her academic background, Daja is also a Dancing Belle for the Central State University Invincible Marching Marauders Band. As she continues to chase her dreams, Daja is living every day in her purpose while striving for excellence.

Jack Krolak

Miami University

Jack Krolak is a sophomore studying economics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is passionate about voter engagement and believes civic engagement is one of the most important parts of a healthy democratic system. To this end, he has worked as a volunteer to increase voter turnout in Cincinnati. Jack is excited to be a Democracy Fellow and looks forward to working to increase voter registration, engagement, and knowledge among Miami students, as well as to ensure that Miami is a Voter Friendly Campus.

Kalesha Scott

Central State University

Kalesha Scott is currently a sophomore studying Political Science at Central State University. She is involved in the Pre-Law Society and has taken several trips with the group. She also is a Student Ambassador where she mentors several freshman young men and women to help guide them through their college career. Kalesha has also been on the Dean’s List every semester while she has been at Central State University. After she obtains her degree she plans to go on to law school in North Carolina, to pursue her career as a lawyer and to later become a judge.

Kyle Ray

Cuyahoga Community College

Kyle Ray is currently a college freshman studying at Cuyahoga Community College for his Associate’s of Arts degree with plans to transfer. His academic accomplishments include graduating as high-school valedictorian, one year at Tri-C under the CCP program, a 4.0 GPA, being enrolled in the Mendel Scholar program, and membership of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Kyle has a long-held interest in how the U.S. government operates and in citizen participation. During his downtime Kyle likes to read, play interactive entertainment media, enjoy board games, and listen to music.

Lillian Holmes

Wright State University

Lillian Holmes is a freshman honors student at Wright State University where she is majoring in environmental science. She hopes to one day work for a nonprofit in hopes to make a difference in her community. She is an intern with her school’s Student Government Association and a member of her school’s fitness club. She hopes to encourage her peers to take advantage of the opportunities they have and to use their voices to implement the change they want to see.

Mary Nazimiec

Cleveland State University

Mary Nazimiec is a history and social studies double major and an education minor at Cleveland State University. As an aspiring educator, Mary is extremely passionate about making a difference beyond the classroom in the lives of those she serves. Mary dedicates her time to the betterment of her community and believes it starts with the young people it fosters.

Oliver Holstein

Miami University

Oliver is a freshman at Miami University pursuing a degree in social work. Oliver is vocal advocate for transgender rights, both on and off campus. He currently serves on a committee campaigning for the addition of accessible, gender inclusive restrooms on Miami Hamilton’s campus. Oliver also works as a Community Assistant for Miami University Hamilton’s Center for Civic Engagement, where he helps to connect students with local nonprofits and community leaders to promote volunteerism and civic engagement in the greater community beyond campus.

Whitney Tyler

Wright State University

Whitney is a first-year student majoring in political science and English at Wright State University. She is a member of the Student Government Association. Whitney was born and raised in Ohio. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career in civil rights law. She highly values the American democratic process and believes everybody should be expressing their hard-fought right to vote. She is passionate about voter registration and informative voting. Whitney is excited to begin working with CVP and Wright Vote Advocates to help the college millennials’ voices be heard and impact the American government.

Zach Siegert

University of Cincinnati

Zach is a third-year political science and criminal justice double major at the University of Cincinnati. As an intern in Washington, D.C., for the Office of the Mayor of Cincinnati, and on local campaigns, Zach has spent much of the past two years surrounding himself with public policy. When not working in the political arena, Zach enjoys spending time outside in National Parks and working with children of all ages at YMCA Camp Kern, where he has been a summer camp counselor and director for the past five summers. Alongside the Bengals, Zach is also a die-hard FC Cincinnati fan.

Anthony Ahmad

Cuyahoga Community College

Anthony Ahmad is a first-year student at Cuyahoga Community College. He is a 2017 graduate of Brush High School and the NCI of Willoughby, Ohio for the business academy. He is a Mandel scholar who plans to obtain his Associate’s Degree of Business Administration by 2019. He then hopes to pursue a bachelor’s and finish college with an MBA. Outside of school, he works as a manager at McDonald’s where he learns many valuable skills and business operations. He thrives to grow everyday and become a successful leader of the future.

Dianna Mack

Mount St. Joseph University

Dianna Mack is a junior at Mount St. Joseph University. She is currently completing coursework towards a Bachelor’s of Science degree in criminology and psychology, with a minor in forensic science. Dianna is a member of the track and field team and currently serves as the interim president of the Leaders of Tomorrow organization on campus. This organization volunteers their time and efforts to help the Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati. Dianna has always been an advocate for contributing to her community and others and is excited to take on this new venture as a Democracy Fellow.

Anthony Simmons

Cleveland State University

Anthony Simmons is a history and black studies major at Cleveland State University class of 2019. He is a volunteer youth advocate and looking to gain a bigger role in the future working with the Campus Vote Project because the experience will help me advance in the future.

Olivia Shackleton

John Carroll University

Olivia Shackleton is a sophomore at John Carroll University. She is double majoring in political science and communication in the hopes to one day become a political journalist. Shackleton is the Editor-in-Chief of John Carroll’s newspaper The Carroll News. Her interest in political science has fueled her excitement to be a fellow for Campus Vote Project, and she wants to influence her peers and classmates to engage in, appreciate, and understand the voting process. Shackleton hopes to bring her leaderships skills and passion to John Carroll’s campus through this fellowship.