Undergraduate Alumni

Alumni news by year of graduation:

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Nicole Ezeh (2016 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.A. Government and Politics) joined the fall 2016 incoming cohort at George Mason School of Law.

After graduation, Ally Fisher (2016 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.A. English Language and Literature) partook in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Charlotte Francoeur (2016 Minor in Black Women’s Studies, B.S. Microbiology) is attending the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hannah Griffith (2016 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.A. Psychology) is working on campus full-time at UMD as a Faculty Assistant in the Department of Psychology.

Saskia Matthews (2016 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.S. Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology) Street Outreach Specialist – Capital Hill Group Ministry, AVODAH: Sparking Jewish Leaders, Igniting Social Change. Saskia joined AVODAH to gain experience in direct services and to fulfill her passion for social justice and equality through nonprofit work

Kendle Meese (2016 B.A. Women’s Studies) began working towards her Master’s in Social Work at The Ohio State University in fall 2016.

Alexandra Seymour (2016 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.A. Communications) Teach for American, Nashville.

Emily Schweich (2016 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.A. Broadcast Journalism, Vocal Music Performance Minor) is a Communications Associate at America’s Essential Hospitals, a trade association representing safety net hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals) in Washington, DC.

Akhila Vishnubhotla (2016 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.A. English Language and Literature) is pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University.

Thomas Lee Voracek (2016 B.A. Women’s Studies, History, and Central European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies) began his studies at the University of Miami School of Law in fall 2017 in pursuit of his juris doctorate with the goal of practicing criminal defense law, ideally as a public defender in Miami-Dade County.


Emily Dooley (2015 B.A. Women’s Studies and Anthropology) Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology at UMD, focusing on the way that communities interact with organizations, institutions and governments. Specifically, Emily is interested in issues of education and the environment among indigenous groups in the Brazilian Amazon.

Aji Drameh (2015 B.A. Women’s Studies) JD Candidate, Case Western Reserve School of Law.


Elizabeth Chagnon (2012 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.S. Psychology) Works at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. with a focus on improving school climate through better mental health in schools and violence prevention.

Chelsea Pasahow (2014 B.A. Women’s Studies) Tech and Design Recruiter for Startups, SingleSprout, New York City.

Peyton Wu (2014 LGBT Studies Certificate, B.A. History) Received a masters degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University in Spring 2016.


Maariya Baasa (2013 B.A. Women’s Studies) Master’s of Science in Nursing Candidate, Yale University.

Neva Bowers (2013 B.A. Women’s Studies) French teacher, Teach for America.

Anna Halpern (2013 B.A. Women’s Studies) Design Associate at Kudzu and Company, Atlanta, Georgia.

Charissa Powell (2013 B.A. Women’s Studies) Undergraduate Experience Librarian, Kansas State University.

After successfully passing her prospectus defense in Spring 2016, Sarah Singer (2013 B.A. Women’s Studies and English Language and Literature) is now officially an ABD (all but dissertation) graduate student in English at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her dissertation will focus on rhetorical constructions of illness and the ways in which patients construct illness identities to access better care and treatment.


Caitlin Carter (2012 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.S. Psychology) Pursing a Master’s in Public Health at The George Washington University with a concentration in global health and communications. She works at The George Washington University Biostatistics Center as a Research Assistant on several pregnancy and diabetes research studies. She hopes to work in public health campaigns and for public health organizations specifically to reduce stigma surrounding mental health.

Samantha Henry (2012 B.A. Women’s Studies) Research Associate, CoStar Group.

Mercedes Katis (2012 B.A. Women’s Studies and Sociology) Coordinator, WILL (Women in Leadership and Learning), University of Cincinnati.

Sarah Manasevit (2012 B.A. Women’s Studies) is continuing her studies at Berkleley Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Vasco Mateus (2012 B.A. Women’s Studies) Has worked in non-profit and high education sectors and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Policy at UMD .


Tiara Harris (2011 B.A. Women’s Studies) has recently been appointed Head Data Collector for the Power through Choices project at Planned Parenthood of Maryland in Baltimore.

Samone Jones (2011 B.A. Women’s Studies) Policy Analyst/Senior Consultant at MindPoint Group, LLC.


Carly Wade (2010 B.A. Women’s Studies and Psychology) Clinical Mental Health Therapist and Psychiatric Social Worker, Los Angeles, CA. She provides individual and family psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and diagnostic and treatment planning services for her clients. She completed her Masters of Social Work at Salisbury University in 2018. She has worked with a wide variety of populations, including gang-involved youth, unaccompanied undocumented youth, and children and families involved in the child welfare system.


Renee Davidson (2009 B.A. Women’s Studies and American Studies, LGBT Studies Certificate) Social Media Manager, American Association of University Women. Her writing has been published by Salon, Mic, Huffington Post, Ms., Bitch Magazine and more. She was nominated for the Women’s Media Center’s (WMC) 2013 Social Media Award for her successes in leading online campaigns around gender equity and sexual violence prevention.

Leon LaCross (2009 LGBT Studies Certificate, B.A. English) Left a career in energy efficiency to pursue ordination as a Lutheran pastor in Berkeley, CA. In his previous position he developed and promoted diversity and inclusion initiatives in the work place. In his call to ministry, he is working to break down the illusory boundary between LGBT identity and faith/religion.


Erin Lester (2008 B.A. Women’s Studies and American Studies) Corporate Associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, NY.

Miranda Vargas (2008 B.A. Women’s Studies) Volunteer Coordinator at Capitol Hill Housing, Greater Seattle Area, WA. Her specialties include: non-profits, domestic violence advocacy, program coordination, donor relations, fundraising, volunteer organization, and peer education.


Sara Jaye Sanford (2007 B.A. Women’s Studies, B.A. English Language and Literature, LGBT Studies Certificate) Immunization Coordinator for Within Reach, a non-profit devoted to bringing essential health and nutrition resources within reach of all families in the Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Maryland, Sara worked for two years at The Mautner Project before heading off to the University of Washington where she earned her Master’s in Public Health in 2011, focusing on Community-Oriented Public Health Practice.

Rebecca Sickenberger (2007 B.A. Women’s Studies and Criminology and Criminal Justice) Staff Attorney at Maryland Office of the Attorney General.


Anna Martine Whitehead (2006 Black Women’s Studies Minor, B.A. Fine Art) received her Masters of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in 2010 and spring 2011 was as an artist in residence at Hambidge in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Anna Martine has shown and performed at numerous galleries, theatres, and backyards in the Bay Area and beyond (including Southern Exposure, Climate Theatre, SOMArts, and CounterPULSE in San Francisco, the Bronx Museum and Gallery, The High Museum in Atlanta, and galleri bob in Gothenburg, Sweden). Her work with Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior garnered a Goldie Award in performing arts from the SF Bay Guardian, and her collaborative work has been noted in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and LA Weekly. Anna Martine’s work uses video, puppets, sound, and movement to address queer, deracinated, disremembered histories. In Spring 2016 she published TREASURE | My Black Rupture. 


Jenny Barry (2005 B.A. Women’s Studies and English Language and Literature) Head of Development at Semillas, Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, Mexico City, Mexico. She writes: “My organization oversees a national network of Catholic youth that do a lot of activities around LGBT rights.” In fall 2010 she traveled to Nigeria to speak at a meeting hosted by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations on youth sexual and reproductive rights discussing how the Mexican Ministry of Health has implemented youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services through collaboration with NGOs.


Cara Behneman (2004 B.A. Women’s Studies) Earned a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Leadership in Jewish Education and Coummunal Service from the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University in 2014. The bulk of her work is devoted to the Jewish community, serving both college students and other young adult populations.

Amy Oden (2004 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.A. Broadcast Journalism) Creative Services Manager, DCTV – Public Access Corporation of the District of Columbia. She is also Producer/Director at From the Back of the Room Productions. Her first full length documentary, From the Back of the Room, chronicles thirty years of female involvement in DIY punk and is featured on Amazon Prime, and in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her second film earned her a fellowship with Docs in Progress, and fiscal sponsorship by Women in Film and Video. She has also managed the production of a Presidential Library mobile app, and is working on several multimedia exhibits.

Gwen Warman (2004 B.A. Women’s Studies) Earned a Master’s of Artys in Gender and Cultural Studies and a Master’s of Science in Communication Management from Simmons College in 2010. She worked in the non-profit health services field before joining the University of Maryland as a Program Coordinator for the Biological Sciences Graduate program. She has served as the Academic Coordinator for the Department of Women’s Studies since 2019.


Elke Chen (2003 B.A. Women’s Studies and Biology) Assistant Principal at E.L. Haynes Middle School, District of Columbia Public Schools. She also graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in education policy and holds a Master degree from George Washington University in special education. Her dissertation explored how teachers understood their school districts’ bullying and gendered harassment policies within their unique organizational and institutional contexts.


Katherine Jean Taylor (2002 B.A. Women’s Studies) Experiential Education Manager for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. She joined the Education team in July of 2015, and currently manages the recruitment, marketing, programming, and evaluation of the START internship program. She also provides career advising, professional development workshops, mentorship, and supervision for the many interns START employs each semester. Taylor is also currently pursuing a Master of Public Management degree, specializing in Education Policy.


Laura Francis (2001 B.A. Women’s Studies) Received a JD from George Washington University Law School in 2004. Legal Reporter/Editor for Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs in Washington, D.C. She is currently also chair of the labor union at Bloomberg BNA.


Samantha Elena Erskine (1999 B.A. Women’s Studies and Psychology) Samantha is the Founder and President of the Imelda Consulting Group, LLC, which guides purpose-driven, transformational, and sustainable change for individuals and organizations. She is currently also a doctoral student in the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Prior to returning to school to pursue a Ph.D., Samantha raised $10 million for nonprofit organizations; built a deep knowledge of, and networks within, the philanthropic community; and elevated organizations’ visibility, impact, and brand to diverse audiences. Prior to a career in fundraising, Samantha was a professional Latin dancer. She has trained in ballet, jazz, Latin, and Afro-Diasporic dances; has a deep commitment to — and passion for — the performing arts; and has performed all over the world. One of her most fond performance memories was opening for El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico while on a salsa cruise. Samantha earned a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management, a Master of Arts in Women’s History, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. She is also a Certified Professional Coach and Certified Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP).


Suzanne Marcus (1998 B.A. Women’s Studies) Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) in Washington, DC, was the co-founder and former Deputy Director of DASH. Drawing on her experience developing and implementing DASH’s program model and approach, Suzanne now supports DASH’s local and national projects to increase safe housing options for victims throughout the housing continuum. Previous to DASH, Suzanne was the Director of Lang House, Safe Horizon, a transitional shelter for battered women in their children in New York City. Suzanne previously worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, providing technical assistance on national projects with the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice.  She also worked for New Destiny Housing Corporation, where she researched trends among women exiting domestic violence shelters in New York City and was the Co-director of Community Education at My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter in D.C. Suzanne holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management form the Robert J. Milano school of Management and Urban Policy at the New School University in New York City.


Kieran McGrath (1997 B.A. Women’s Studies, African American Studies Certificate) Kieran earned a Master’s in Business Administration in 2005 and now works in Human Resources for Everytown for Gun Safety.


Erika Goldwater (1995 Women’s Studies Certificate, B.A. Journalism) Vice President of Marketing for a Demand Generation Strategy firm. She is also the Chapter President of the North Shore of MA, Pajama Program. She writes and focuses a great deal of her time on helping empower women in the workforce, especially women in technology. In 2015 Erika was recognized as one of 20 Women to Watch in sales led management by the Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA). She has also been a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) since 2008.

UMD Women’s Studies alumni, please keep us informed of your news and whereabouts: womensstudies@umd.edu and connect with the University of Maryland Department of Women’s Studies LinkedIn Group