FRED NextGen Leaders

The 2017 FRED NextGen LeadersSM Program exists to ensure a diverse and inclusive environment in the FRED Leadership community. The program offers scholarships to attend the FRED Forum to exceptional young leaders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership early in their careers. In addition, the FRED Leadership community will focus on identifying local young leaders in cities which the FRED Forum convenes. These opportunities will be awarded to leaders who exemplify the FRED mission, and who otherwise lack the funds to attend.

FRED NextGen LeadersSM is and made possible through the generosity of FRED sponsors, individuals, and organizations that fund a scholarship award of $1.5K USD, which covers the individual’s registration fee.

FRED NextGen Leaders are nominated by members of the FRED Leadership community. For information about supporting a NextGen Leader, please contact Debra Esler at

“This was absolutely a life changing experience for me and I certainly grew as a young professional and took a lot from it. The speakers were all amazing and the amount of wisdom each and every one of them had to offer was life changing.”
– Jenni Manzanillo, Music Educator, Vocalist, Actress, Artist Manager, and Philanthropist

The 2016 FRED NextGen Leaders

Edwin Anyolo
Edwin has three years experience in the non-profit sector and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Community Development from Pan African Christian University (PAC) in Kenya. Having studied in Community Development, he specialized in International Community, Democratic governance, Coalition Politics, Gender and Armed conflicts, and International NGOs in the Emerging Third world Sector. While working as a volunteer with ndere youth organization as a program support assistant, a volunteer program manager for youths and a school counselor, he has applied counseling skills to assist people from diverse backgrounds and across a range of age groups, including adolescents and the aged. He has helped to improve the living standards of HIV/AIDS, women, girls and youth in Kenya communities. He attended EARMUN, (East African Region Model For United Nations) to talk of Climate change and Global warming in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He attended Baku World Forum of Young Scientists to reply to new energy challenges in Baku Azerbaijan in May 2014.Edwin was nominated and selected as a finalist for Irex Community Solution in Washington DC 2014/2015 and also a Finalist for 2015 IDEX Fellowship in India. He trained with Action Aid Denmark on Youths Participation In Governance (YPG). Edwin is the founder of Community Transformation Link Kenya ( a local community organization that helps to transform the life of women and Girls in urban slums and rural communities.

Taylor (Tay) Jacobe
Tay Jacobe is a junior at Rice University. She is studying Economics and Policy Studies, with minors in Business and Politics, Law and Social Thought. Her service and professional experiences reflect a passion for helping others through policy, advocacy, and hands-on work. She spent the summer of 2016 in Washington, D.C., interning at the U.S. Department of State in their International Human Rights bureau. At Rice, Tay leads her residential college as External Vice President, a freshman Orientation week advisor, and an economics tutor to fellow students.  She is originally from the small town of Sykesville in rural Maryland, where she first realized her love for impacting others through leadership. An avid runner, she enjoys the outdoors and loves dogs. She is honored and excited to have the opportunity to contribute to this year’s FRED forum!

Kiondo Maghinde
Mr. Kiondo Maghinde is currently a Program Officer with Pact Tanzania, an international Non-Governmental Organization in Rukwa, Tanzania, working to build local promise. He oversees implementation of an Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program, operating in the context of HIV/AIDS, a PEPFAR/USAID funded program in one of HIV/AIDS prevalent regions in Tanzania. Prior to this he was a Research Coordinator with Ipsos Tanzania, a research company in Tanzania, where he coordinated socio-economic and health researches for both local and international firms. His professional experience includes Child Protection, Early Childhood Development, Gender Based Violence and Economic Strengthening Interventions at the community level. Mr. Kiondo is passionate about his work and enjoys working with community-based organization to bring about impactful initiatives among less privileged population.


The 2015 FRED NextGen Leaders

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Dubensky is a Masters of Business Administration candidate concentrating in Strategic Business Partnerships at the University of Denver. Prior to beginning her program, Dubensky worked in the sports industry for the Aspire Group, IMG-Learfield Ticket Solutions and the Syracuse Crunch. She has handled over $2,000,000 in sales and sponsorship contracts, working with major collegiate programs and multi-million dollar companies, as well as small businesses. As an MBA student at the Daniels College of Business, Dubensky is the founder of the Sport Management Club, a graduate student ambassador and a participant in case competitions. She will graduate in June 2016 and is planning to blend her passion for the sports industry with new knowledge in the field of business analytics. Outside of school, Dubensky volunteers and teaches at a local therapeutic riding program, hikes the Rocky Mountains with her dog and explores all that Colorado has to offer.


Jeni Lamb
Jennifer (Jeni) Lamb is a Woodruff Fellow and rising second year law student at Emory University School of Law. She currently serves as the President of the Environmental Law and Conservation Practice Society and as a research assistant for administrative law and tort law at Emory. Jeni will be a summer clerk for the Environmental Protection Agency and Student Attorney with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic in fall 2014. Prior to law school Jeni worked for Appalachian Sustainable Development, a non-profit operating a food hub out of Southwest Virginia and as a Research Associate for the Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Collaborative Research Support Program. Jeni worked on food security and sustainable agriculture projects in Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho and South Africa. A graduate of Virginia Tech, she holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Jeni has published multiple articles on sustainable development. She is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and was selected as a member of the USA Today All Academic First Team in 2010. A life-long horse woman, Jeni enjoys riding her horse, Denny. She is originally from Longmont, CO.


Nicole Mahobian
In 2008, Nicole graduated from the University of Kansas Honors College with a BA in English and as an accomplished 4 year full ride Division 1 captain for the soccer program. She moved to Denver after graduation and with two jobs; a center-midfielder for a​ humanitarian focused, internationally traveling,​ semi-professional soccer team and a teacher with Teach for America​ (TFA)​.​ As a TFA​ she helped develop a literacy program that brought her 9th graders, reading as low as 1st grade, up to speed within one year. She did this by applying experiential education components, a focus of her Masters in Secondary Education, which she earned in 2010 from the University of Colorado at Denver. After four years inside the classroom walls, she realized her greatest strength was in taking students out of the classroom to inspire them to find their passion. Nicole sat on the executive team of an international short-term student study abroad organization for 2 years before writing the business plan for Colorado Young Leaders, the local 501(c)3 organization that she founded in December 2014. The core values of CYL are leadership, service, adventure, community, and legacy, and in just 19 months, Nicole has worked with about 250 extraordinary students from over 30 schools across the state. These young people have served close to 13,000 hours in their local community and invest in 5 hours of leadership development a month. Nicole’s greatest joy has come from developing this next generation of servant leaders who are acting on their passions, developing a heart for others, and living life to the fullest. Nicole lives with her husband and best friend, Aurom, in Highlands Ranch, and they are expecting their first child at the end of October.


Jenni Manzanillo
Jennifer (Jenni) Manzanillo is a Music Educator, Vocalist, Actress, Artist manager, and Philanthropist born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Jennifer is founder and executive director of Berklee club “Beyond Borders” whose mission is to spread a message of peace, love and unity by establishing music programs in developing communities around the world. Jennifer also serves as advisor/artist manager for various local artists within the Boston area. She also taught voice and choir for 3 years with the Berklee City Music Prep Academy. Jennifer is a graduate of Boston Arts Academy class of 2008 and is currently in her last semester at Berklee College of Music on a full tuition scholarship finishing up a dual degree in music education and professional music. Jennifer’s future goals include continuing to change the lives of many students around the world by continuing to develop “Beyond Borders” as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. In addition, Jennifer aspires to have a positive impact in the music industry, her community and the world through service and the power of arts.

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Jared Moore is a second-year MBA at Daniels with a concentration in entrepreneurship/innovation studies. Jared has always been passionate about being a prolific leader, whether that was on the baseball field at Kansas State University, where he was a team captain his senior season, or off the field in life dealing with some difficult times in his life. Jared aims to lead by example, showing that no matter what the obstacle is, anyone can get through them with faith. As Jared’s goals include starting his own business, his main goal in life is to influence as many people as he can, one day at a time.


Katrina Niemisto
Katrina M. Niemisto originally hails from Detroit, Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Science in Communications with an emphasis in theatre from Grand Valley State University. After a ten year career in the arts, Katrina stumbled across the Daniels College of Business due to a consulting project with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She moved out to Denver in 2009 for an internship with the Denver Center, and in five years racked up an impressive resume of over 60 productions as a stage manager, designer, and craftsperson. Now you can find her working for Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey as a tour guide and arguing with anyone and everyone about Detroit sports in her “free time” from the Full-Time MBA program. She is also the marketing director for the Daniels Consulting Firm. She’s passionate about the alcoholic beverage industry and plans on working as a marketing director and eventually as CEO for an alcoholic beverage company.


Maria Barsallo Rubio
Maria’s professional experiences have been rooted in seeking systemic change for social issues. As a Program Director at the El Pomar Foundation, Maria coordinated various regional programs and recommended grant funding for nonprofits in the foundation’s High Country while participating in the foundation’s Fellowship program in nonprofit management. Maria later served as a Colorado Deputy Finance Director for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet on what at the time was the most successful fundraising campaign in Colorado history. Maria led fundraising efforts for statewide constituencies including, women and Latinos, and created regional fundraising strategies in rural and suburban areas across the state. In 2012 Maria joined the The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Colorado Schools team serving as the Director of Development. Inspired by her family’s humble roots and her experiences as a Panamanian immigrant to the U.S., in 2014 Maria founded DESDE, a social enterprise which empowers marginalized Latin American artisans by providing them market access and the tools to navigate it. She is impelled in her work by a belief in creativity as a force that can foster dignity and the power of social businesses as sustainable catalysts to address the world’s most difficult social issues. Maria is an alumna of the International DO School Fellowship, which has supported her work with DESDE. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from The Colorado College.

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Serena received a BA in Anthropology, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a PhD at Princeton. A member of the USA Today 2010 All-USA College Academic Team, Serena dedicates her work and studies to addressing social inequality and global health disparities through innovation in international development, social entrepreneurship and higher education. Her research has investigated barriers to healthcare access for indigenous communities in Argentina, mental health in the aftermath of a mudslide disaster in Guatemala, the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Brazilian shantytowns, and urban food security in eastern Africa. While completing a master’s degree in International Development at Oxford University, she founded the Global Food Security Forum to unite academics, policy-makers, students, and activists around emergent issues including food system crises and nutrition-related chronic disease epidemics worldwide. At Princeton, Serena is developing academic expertise applied to the areas of health technologies, health and social policy, and private-public cooperations in Brazil and across the southern hemisphere.