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2016 Class of Fellows

Paige Atchley

Originally from Hixson, Tennessee, Paige Atchley graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2014 from the University of Tennessee, where she majored in Marketing and International Business with a minor in Communication Studies. She served as the Student Body Vice President and was heavily involved in the Student Government Association since her freshman year. Additionally, Paige was a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program as well as Global Leadership Scholars, the selective honors program within the College of Business Administration. Paige served as a UT Ambassador and a Student Alumni Associate and was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity and Mortar Board National Honor Society. During her time as undergraduate, she studied and interned in London and worked for the Office of New Student and Family Programs.

Outside of the UT community, Paige has spent multiple hours volunteering for several organizations, including the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Dream Connection, and the Knoxville Zoo. Her hobbies include hiking, reading, and cheering on the Vols. She plans to return to school in the next few years to earn her master’s degree and then hopes to pursue a career in public education reform in Tennessee.

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Campbell Haynes

A Nashville native, Campbell graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in June 2014. At Dartmouth, Campbell wrote about politics, sports, and popular culture for an online campus magazine, Mouth; served as the Social Chair and Rush Chair of Bones Gate Fraternity; and worked as an undergraduate Research Assistance in the Tuck School of Business. His areas of academic focus include the intersection of markets and politics, poverty policy, presidential politics, health care reform, and the financial crisis. Campbell's background includes a diverse mix of private and public sector experience. After his freshman year, he worked in Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development and interned at Bass, Berry & Sims in the Corporate & Securities department. Later, he gained corporate communications experience at Nashville's McNeely, Pigott & Fox and crisis communications and strategy experience in the New York office of Brunswick Group. He also conducted remote industry research and cold-called potential sellers for Footbridge Partners, an entrepreneurial investment firm based in New York.

His hobbies include Tennessee sports, pick-up basketball, listening to music and reading. Campbell hopes to attend law school in two years, before beginning a career serving the people of Tennessee.

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Noelle Suarez-Murias

Noelle Suarez-Murias is from Boca Raton, Florida and graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2014. Her degree is in Political Science concentrated in International Relations, coupled with a minor in Islamic Studies. During her time at Vanderbilt, Noelle served as a Head Resident and Resident Advisor for first-year students, a participant and site leader for Alternative Spring Break, and held various leadership positions in Zeta Tau Alpha. Additionally, during her last year, she interned in Governor Haslam’s Office of Constituent Services. She has pursued her varying political interests by attending the Iowa Caucus in 2012, interning in former Congressman Daniel Burton of Indiana’s office, and working at the Heritage Foundation as a foreign policy intern.

Outside of policy, Noelle loves going to the beach, hiking and of course, cheering on the Vanderbilt Commodores at all sporting events.

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Karly Schledwitz

Karly graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with a Master of Public Policy in May 2014. She has a concentration in health policy and has also enjoyed courses in writing, negotiations, and business and government. Karly’s capstone project was working with Tennessee’s Office of eHealth Initiatives to study payment reform and health information exchange in the state. Outside of class, she was very involved in the Institute of Politics, The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and HEAL (Health Equity and Leadership).

Karly graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Furman University in 2009 with a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies. Following graduation, Karly worked in Washington DC, starting her career with the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology under Chairman Bart Gordon. As a staff member for the committee, she quickly moved up from Staff Assistant to Deputy Communications Director. Karly also worked as Media Manager for the foreign policy think tank, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where she interfaced with top journalists and scholars.

Karly was born and raised in Memphis where she attended St. Agnes Academy. Her hobbies include baking her grandmother’s “famous” rum cakes, cycling, and entertaining. She’s even starting to learn to play the guitar to be a more authentic Nashvillian! Excited to return to her home state, Karly is looking forward to being a part of this inaugural fellows class.

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Amanda Martin

Originally from Oneida, Tennessee, Amanda graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law with her J.D. in May 2014. Amanda has always wanted to pursue a government or public interest career. While in law school, she interned for the Children’s Law Center in Los Angeles, California, and the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands in Nashville, Tennessee. She also spent a summer working for the Honorable Alice Mpagi-Bahigeine, Deputy Chief Justice of Uganda in Kampala, Uganda, and served as a teaching assistant for the First Year Legal Research and Writing Courses. She received several honors while in law school, including the Judge Barry Russell Federal Practice Award, Dean’s List status every semester, and first place in two Intraschool Moot Court Competitions.

Amanda graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Political Science in May 2011. During her time at Lipscomb, Amanda worked as an intern for the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee for the Tennessee General Assembly. She also served as a Senator in the Student Government Association, a Vice-President of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, and a member of Phi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. Amanda entered Lipscomb as a National Merit Finalist.

Amanda enjoys reading, playing basketball, and traveling. She spent a semester studying abroad in Vienna, Austria, and has spent summers teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand, and Dakar, Senegal. While Amanda loves visiting new places, she is excited to return to Nashville and her home state of Tennessee.

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