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Mary Elizabeth Mellon, Nonprofit Management Fellow

National Leadership Program, Summer 2015

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Mary Mellon

Mary Elizabeth Mellon was a Nonprofit Management Fellow with RespectAbility in Summer 2015. Her main tasks included researching donor prospects, as well as writing and editing op-eds and other print materials. She has worked in fundraising in Washington, D.C., and New York City, interned at Mental Health America of Illinois, and volunteered at numerous nonprofits including Sarah’s Circle, an organization that serves homeless women in Chicago.

Mellon earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing at Sarah Lawrence College in December 2017, and is currently working at Norwood News in New York City as a reporter. Previously, she graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2014, where she studied fine art and creative writing. In 2016, Mellon was the graduate coordinator in the Young Offenders Program of Right-to-Write, which involved teaching creative writing to inmates at Westchester Correctional Facility.

Mellon wrote a narrative nonfiction piece called “Kindness” which was featured in the Spring 2017 edition of Open Minds Quarterly. Her prose poem “Dark Hearts For Dark Minds” appeared in Chicago After Dark in September 2014.

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Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the communications director of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to promote positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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