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June 26, 2017

Nine interns join PATH Foundation for summer

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The 2017 PATH Foundation interns are, from left (front row): Allie Zaleski, Hannah Michnya, Shelby Thornhill and Emily Berg; (back row): Caroline Kessler, Anna Ritter, Zachary Harris, Ward Van de Water and Jessica Cannon.
The PATH Foundation in Warrenton has hired nine summer interns to focus on projects that improve the overall health of the Fauquier, Culpeper, and Rappahannock communities.

The interns will assist the foundation by working closely on initiatives with the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF), Fauquier Free Clinic, Town of Warrenton, Fauquier County Public Library, Mental Health Association of Fauquier County and Fauquier Reaches for Excellence in School Health (FRESH).

Some interns also will assist the PATH Foundation internally. The eight-week program started June 13.
Through the internship program, which had more than 60 applicants, local college students serve their community directly. In addition to their individual assignments, the students meet weekly for leadership training and selection and implementation of a group project to benefit the area. The PATH Foundation last year interns developed a “Walk Your Warrenton” campaign to encourage increased activity among area residents.
Each intern lives in one of the three counties that the PATH Foundation serves and they share a common interest in bettering community health or nonprofit development.
“These students represent diverse academic backgrounds,” PATH President/CEO Christy Connolly said. “We are thrilled to have them working on the same team and providing valuable services to nonprofits and members of the community.”
The 2017 PATH interns are:
• Emily Berg, a recent graduate of Elon University, with a degree in public health studies and concentration in sociocultural elements. She is working with the Fauquier Free Clinic.

• Jessica Cannon attends at Berry College, studying communications and minoring in environmental studies. She is interning in communications with the PATH Foundation.

• Zachary Harris attends James Madison University, and is pursuing a degree in public policy and administration with a concentration in public management. He is working with the Town of Warrenton.

• Caroline Kessler attends the College of William and Mary and is studying English. She is working with the Fauquier County Public Library.

• Hannah Michnya attends Virginia Tech and is majoring in international studies, with a concentration in foreign affairs. She is working with the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission.

• Anna Ritter attends George Mason University and is majoring in philosophy. She is working with the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County.

• Shelby Thornhill attends the University of South Carolina, majoring in social work. She is interning at the PATH Volunteer Center.

• Ward Van de Water attends Dickinson College. He is interning at the WARF.

• Allie Zaleski attends Roanoke College and is pursuing a degree in English. She is working with FRESH.

For more information about the PATH Foundation interns and their work, click here.

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