Undergraduate Alumni


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.

Kendel 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 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.


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


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.


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.


Vasco Mateus (2011 B.A. Women’s Studies) Graduate Coordinator for TerpService. He works directly with student leaders to promote social change and social justice education through community service learning experiences with local service providing organizations. He is currently working in a graduate degree in education policy between TLPL and the iSchool.

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) Case Manager at Brook Lane Health Services, Hagerstown, MD. She is a bilingual Social Work Master’s Student at Salisbury University and has over five years of experience in Human Services, including working with gang-involved youth, child protective services, healthcare eligibility, and unaccompanied undocumented children.


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.


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.


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.


Elke Chen (2003 B.A. Women’s Studies and Biology) Assistant Principal at EL 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 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) Legal Reporter for the Bureau of National Affairs in Washington, D.C.


Samantha Elena Erskine (1999 B.A. Women’s Studies and Psychology) Senior Director of Development at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”), America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. A lifetime advocate of racial justice and the advancement of women and girls, Samantha leverages her revenue generating skills to both strengthen opportunities for women & people of color, and to help organizations increase their impact. Prior to LDF, Samantha was the Director of Development at the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), a nonprofit organization that seeks racial, ethnic, and gender parity in the highest business and civic leadership positions in the U.S. She has also worked at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the Applied Research Center (now, “Race Forward”), and Legal Momentum. Samantha previously served on the Board of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), a New York State-based organization designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.


Suzanne Marcus (1998 B.A. Women’s Studies) Impact Analysis, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), a nonprofit that provides safe housing for victims of domestic violence in Washington, D.C. which she co-founded in 2007.

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