Meet the Fellows

Meet the Fellows

You may have heard about our incredibly talented class of 2012.

Now meet them face to face.

New Leaders Council is proud to introduce you to the future of American progress. Please congratulate and encourage our fellows. Their place in their chapters was not easily obtained and they are about to embark on the professional and personal journey of a lifetime!

Our people are what make the NLC experience so powerful. Meet the entire New Leaders Council Class of 2012 or read on about a few outstanding new members of our NLC family.

Westley Bayas-Louisiana

New Orleans Director, Stand for Children

Westley Bayas III is the New Orleans City Director with Stand for Children. In this capacity, he ensures effective collaboration with existing city neighborhood and constituency groups, develops and manages the execution of state and city-level strategic electoral and legislative advocacy plans, and organizes parents, teachers, and community-members motivated to help improve New Orleans Schools. He formerly served as the Deputy Director of the Neighborhood Engagement Office with the City of New Orleans, where he served as the liaison between the Mayor's Office and neighborhood associations/organizations for citywide efforts including blight reduction, neighborhood revitalization and grassroots communications.

He also previously served as an Assistant to Mayor Mitch Landrieu for Constituent Services and Correspondence, Southern Louisiana Regional Field Director for the Democratic National Committee (Organizing for America) and the Director of Community Outreach & Development for local nonprofit The Phoenix of New Orleans. Bayas, a New Orleans native, also serves as a team liaison for the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans. He holds a B.G.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Louisiana State University & A&M College.


Shane Culliton- Rhode Island

Public Relations Officer, Fairmount Schools PTO

Shane Culliton is among the millions of Americans currently unemployed. After almost a decade of corporate world experiences, Shane is taking this opportunity to shift back into the sphere of community building. Past employers include CVS/Caremark, the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain, Bailey Total Health, a health clinic focused on non-drug therapies, Marriot, one of the world’s largest hotel chains, and campaigns for both Gubernatorial and State Senate candidates.

Shane has an MBA from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Northern Arizona University. He completed the Democratic Campaign Management Program in 2002, and participated in NAU’s German Immersion Program in Regensburg, Germany during the summer of 1999.

Shane spent the first ten years of his life in Germany and attributes both his worldview and appreciation of historical items to this experience. Shane is a firm believer in the sustainability movement, the concepts of personal integrity and accountability, and the dangers of exclusionary thought.

Shane is a member of the Rhode Island Payday Lending Reform Coalition and The Woonsocket Neighborhood Team, as well as the Public Relations Officer for the Fairmount Schools PTO in Woonsocket, RI.


Sukie Jefferson- San Francisco

Sukie is a cum laude graduate of Spelman College who double majored in Sociology and Anthropology while completing a minor in Public Health from Morehouse College. Her interest in cultural Anthropology and global health led her to study Western and traditional Brazilian health practices in Bahia, Brazil while researching environmental justice issues in the local favelas. Sukie spent a recent summer working under the direction of Juliana Myeya in the Mwanza region of North-Western Tanzania as an intern for CARE International. Her research focused on evaluating a Women and Girls Empowerment Program (WAGE II) that seeks to bring quality reproductive and sexual health services to marginalized women and adolescent girls. As a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, Sukie plans to continue traveling the world and developing innovative action plans for communal transformation and social change. After receiving her doctorate in Public Health, Sukie will move overseas and work with a non-profit agency to contribute her efforts towards the eradication of global poverty. Sukie is the youngest of 3 and is currently living in Oakland California, where she is earning her Master of Public Health from the University of San Francisco.


New Leaders Council Class of 2012 Fellows