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Three New Fellows Join Chicago GSA Office

Three Chicago university students – all from Illinois – are currently working as fellows in the Great Lakes Regional Administrator's Office.

Head and shoulders shot of Kasti Kieszkowski with American flag behindKasti Kieszkowski, a Naperville native and avid weightlifter, writer, and Chicago Blackhawks fan, is majoring in marketing with concentrations in promotions and communications at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

"A lot of my knowledge is in marketing within corporate America, but not much in regards to Public Services," Kasti said as to why she wanted to work for GSA. "I am always up for learning new skill sets and professions to aid me in my success. Another reason is that I know GSA is a phenomenal agency to work for."

Head and shoulders shot of Keith KnabjianLike Kasti, Keith Knabjian is another fellow who started at GSA in October. A Chicago native with interests in sustainability, music, cooking, and sports, Keith is majoring in public administration at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business.

When asked why he wanted to join GSA, Keith wrote, "To grow my skills in project management and help make a difference through my work."

Head and shoulders shot of Cheryl YungFinally, Schaumburg native Cheryl Yung actually started with GSA in July and is working on a master's degree in International Public Service at DePaul University.

"I wanted to know what it’s like to work in a federal agency," Cheryl said. "[I] knew the Impact Fellowship would provide insight and great opportunities to familiarize myself with the everyday ins and outs."

Cheryl's interests revolve around "anything related to food," including community urban gardening and food security, baking bread, vegetable gardening, and sharing homemade meals with friends.

Cheryl will complete her fellowship at the end of January while Kasti and Keith will continue to work part-time for GSA through the end of their schools' spring semester.

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