Recent Updates for Alum (information arrived in Spring 2017)
Stacey Murrell ’13 is in a PhD program in History at Brown University 2017.
Emily Gastineau ’09 is a choreographer, performer, writer, and arts organizer based in Minneapolis. She performs nationally and internationally as part of the performance duo Fire Drill, and works at the Walker Art Center as Program Manager of Mn Artists. In fall 2017, she will begin the DAS Choreography master’s program at Amsterdam University of the Arts.
Chris DiCesare will be beginning a Master’s in Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University this fall 2017.
Elizabeth Newman ’07 Earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California and currently analyzes, drafts, and advocates for policy and legislation, directs programs, and conducts research as the Workplace Policy and Legislative Director for the City and County of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.
Hannah Trivilino ’15 I am a Graduate Fellow in Merrimack College’s Higher Education Program (concentration in Student Affairs). While getting my degree, I will serve as the Teaching and Program Assistant for Merrimack’s undergraduate Women’s and Gender Studies department.
Delaney Keyes Voeller ’04 worked for a variety of non-profits in the Twin Cities and Mexico before completing an MA in Family Therapy and a master’s certificate in School Counseling. She is now a school counselor at an american school in Ecuador.
Emily Schorr Lesnick ’11 Since graduating from Mac in 2011, I moved back to New York and started working at a theater teacher at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. I love working with middle and high school students to embody the kind of world they wish to live in. In addition to classroom teaching, I am the Upper School Director of Service Learning and the Assistant Director of Community Engagement, which means I get to push our institution to prioritize equity and justice both on-campus and off-campus. I still perform comedy in New York, which connects to my WGSS senior capstone on gender and improv dynamics! My partner and I also co-created How We GLOW, a piece of interview theater that explores lgbtq+ youth identity. The play has traveled to over 25 schools and community centers in New York, Minnesota (including Mac!), and even in Ireland. In my spare time, I explore new places by eating ice cream, which I document on my instagram (@esleatsicecream). In my work, I am reminded of the words of Audre Lorde, that ‘There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.’While my work may seem disparate at times, I find nourishment and congruence in engaging in community and struggling towards justice.
Nola Pastor ’14 I am living in Madison, Wisconsin and working in nearby Baraboo doing sexual violence prevention work focusing on the local high school. The critical lens and intersectional values that were so important to me in my WGSS major are deeply tied to the work I do on a daily basis – as well as to my ongoing commitments to practice love and justice in my personal life.
Gary Charles Kilian ’13 will be pursuing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in French and Italian, and hopes to include WGSS in all of his future endeavors.
Sabrina Baumgartner ’13 majored in WGSS and also a concentration in Community & Global Health and a minor in Biology. She is working at Tubman Family Crisis & Support Services in Minneapolis, MN.
Myriah Myers ’13 majored in WGSS with an English minor. She is working at Hunger Solutions, MN as Minnesota Food Helpline Associate.
Emily Pripas ’13 is a Marketing Outreach Specialist at AmeriCorps at VISTA.
Sophie Schwadron ’13 is heading back to DC and working a few jobs, including a communications internship with a health care organization. In the long run she wants to save enough capital to build her own business.
Emma Cohen ’12 is starting a one-year internship at the Museum of Modern Art in Community and Access Programs. The museum has tours and art-making activities for the visually impaired, the developmentally disabled, and people with dementia. Emma will be coordinating the tours, assisting with activities, and working as a gallery guide.
Holly Evans ’11 majored in WGSS with a Religious Studies minor. She is working on a farm in Tennessee and hoping to have a farm of her own one-day, to practice sustainable agriculture.
Kyera Singleton ’11 is a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is studying ‘Black women’s bodies and diasporas’ in the American culture doctoral program.
Bobbi Gass ’10 is a PrideAlive health education coordinator at Minnesota AIDS Project.
Alexandra Zoellner ’10 works at the Family Tree Clinic.
Kayoua Vang ’09 completed Masters in Social Work at University of Michigan with concentrations in Management of Human Services, Community & Social Systems, and Social Policy and Evaluation.