Founders

 

Rhondale-Marie (Rhon) Barras is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship. She currently works as an Early Childhood Educator (Kindergarten) in Houston. Ms. Barras graduated from Georgetown’s College of Arts & Sciences (COL) in December 1996. While at Georgetown she was very involved in several CMEA—the Center for Multicultural Equity & Access (then Center for Minority Student Affairs; CMSA) programs and worked at Peace Corps. She was also active in the NAACP, served on the Women’s Studies Advisory Board, worked as House Advocate at a local shelter for survivors of Domestic Violence, and volunteered as a tutor at Sursum Corda. Before moving back to Houston, Texas she worked overseas on several International Development projects, as well as several culture and music production events. Rhon holds a Master’s Degree in Education and she also teaches Yoga and is working on her certification in Yoga Therapy and mentors teachers in training. When Ms. Barras is not hanging out with her Kindergarteners or doing Yoga, she is traveling, learning new languages, dancing, and/or listening to international music.

 

Christopher Burke is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and a PHF Board Member.  He currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and has served in that position since August 2011.  From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Burke was an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.  From 2001 to 2005, he was an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP.   Prior to that, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kenneth Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Mr. Burke is a 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan Law and a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University.

 

Damien Dwin  is a managing partner of Brightwood Capital, an alternative investments firm based in New York.  Prior to Brightwood, Mr. Dwin was co-founder and head of North American Special Opportunities at Credit Suisse. Mr. Dwin is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University.

 

Caleb Pitters is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship and a vice president in the New York office of PIMCO.  He is also an account manager focusing on institutional client servicing for foundation and endowment clients. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, he held various portfolio management positions in fixed income at Credit Suisse and gained experience across the credit markets, working directly with institutional clients. Mr. Pitters previously worked in global fixed income derivatives at UBS and held an associate position at JP Morgan in emerging markets fixed income. He has 11 years of investment experience and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1997.

 

Ericka Souter-Pitters is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship.  She is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University.

 

George Weathers is a co-founder of the Patrick Healy Fellowship. He is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University.

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