2019 Fellows

                                                       About the Fellows

Lynsey Ford

Lynsey Ford is the Program Manager for the Engaged Scholars Program at the Swearer Center for Public Service. Lynsey earned a Sc.B. in Chemical Engineering at Brown in 2010. Before joining the Swearer Center, she served as Coordinator for the Brown University Science Center managing daily operations, programmatic activities and the New Scientist and Women in Science and Engineering mentoring programs. She also has experience working in the Providence Public School system designing math and science programming for low-income and underrepresented students through U.S. Dept. of Education Supplemental Education Service Providers. When not at the Swearer Center she enjoys theatre, chocolate and superheroes!


Nathaniel Gill

Nathaniel Gill is the Manager of the Center for Computational Molecular Biology. He has worked in higher education for the past 20 years, focusing first on student life, then transitioning into departmental administration. He is currently the Manager of the Center for Computational Molecular Biology and has been at Brown for over 9 years. Nathaniel enjoys a wide range of responsibilities as the sole administrator running the CCMB including a graduate program of 20+ students, 35 undergraduate students in two concentrations, 33 core and affiliated faculty members, 5 postdocs, and a labradoodle. Nathaniel is incredibly proud of the students and faculty in the Center as they have developed not only cutting edge research and training grants in their fields of study, but also a warm, welcoming and supportive work environment. Nathaniel is hoping to build on the Center’s success in creating a diverse community of collaborators while continuing to grow the Center’s student and research programs and developing outreach programs to highlight their achievements.


Joshua Rodriguez

Joshua Rodriguez is the Program Manager for Student Development at the Swearer Center for Public Service. Rodriguez was born in Providence, RI and grew up in the south-side of Elmwood neighborhood, and uses he/him/his pronouns. He received a public education and participated in Community MusicWorks and College Visions, which are 2 local non-profit organizations started by Brown University Alumni. It was at Community MusicWorks where Joshua learned to play classical viola. Joshua is a first-generation college graduate. He graduated from Guilford College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance. During his time as an undergraduate Joshua was Bonner Community Fellow and dedicated over 180 hours of service to a local community organization in Greensboro, North Carolina. 


Joshua currently works as a Program Manager for Student Development at the Swearer Center for Public Service. As a program manager Joshua enjoys building relationships between Brown University students and community organizations through service opportunities and partnerships. As an alum of Community MusicWorks he continues to volunteer by assisting his former instructor teach music to members of the Youth Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Directors for College Visions.

Joi-Danelle Whitehead

Joi-Danelle Whitehead is the Associate Director of Pre-College Programs and Diversity Initiatives at the Division of Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs. ​In this capacity, she is responsible for the development and implementation of diversity recruitment efforts with a focus on students from historically underrepresented groups, low-income backgrounds and students who will be the first in their families to go to college. Each year, Joi has the privilege of visiting students in the Providence Public School District to speak about program offerings, financial aid and the on-campus experience. She shares resources and engages Brown Pre-College instructors in dialogue pertaining to inclusive pedagogy and also oversees the Summer @ Brown for English Language Learners Program. For over a decade Joi has been engaged in the field of education, previously serving as a middle and high school teacher and immediately prior to Brown, serving as the Director of a college access and success program, where she supported and advocated for students of color, low-income and first-generation college students attending higher education institutions across the country. Originally from Rhode Island, Joi holds a Master of Science in Education from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Tufts University.

Annie Yoo

Annie Yoo currently serves as a Research Services Business Analyst for the Research Administration Information Systems (RAIS) team housed within the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Annie and her team provide services to the research community for all electronic systems and data overseen by OVPR and Workday Grants. She is primarily responsible for managing the Lab Animals module in InfoEd for Brown’s animal research community, which was a wonderful transition for her as she began as an extern at Brown University in 2016 working closely with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for three years. Annie received her Master’s in Animal Public Policy and continues to hold a passion for commitment to ensure the responsible care and humane use of all animals used in university research and instructional activities. When she’s not assisting the research community, you can find Annie outdoors either hiking or camping!