2020 Organizing Committee

EYH Chicago was started in the spring of 2013 by a group of women from the Chicago STEM practitioner, educator and activist communities.  This year’s EYH is our sixth event, and we are thrilled to be introducing young women to the diverse STEM opportunities the Chicago area has to offer.

Our board members review organizational operations and provide insight and resources on event planning efforts, expanding programming, fundraising and developing community partnerships. See our board members here

EYH 2020 Organizing Committee

DirectorsWorkshops|Parent Program|Recruitment and Registration|Programming|Volunteers|Fundraising|Marketing


Alanna CondrenCo-Director
Alanna Condren is a Florida native with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Florida State University. As a 3rd year graduate student Alanna’s research focuses on understanding the chemical communication of pathogenic bacteria and the mechanisms they use to become antibiotic drug resistant. She enjoys mentoring undergraduate students and spending time organizing outreach activities with the goal of improving science communication and inspiring people of all ages to love science, be curious, and not to be afraid to ask questions! When she is not researching she loves to play volleyball, read, cook, and host picnics and is really looking forward to being part of the EYH team!

Kathleen Proudfoot | Co-Director
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Kate Proudfoot is a public relations Account Executive at the science communications and marketing firm, CG Life. She spends a lot of her day coordinating with biotech companies and journalists, and ghostwriting articles for scientific magazines. Kate came from CG Life after completing her PhD and postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago in 2018. Her studies focused on how cells ensure that chromosomes are separated equally between dividing cells to avoid genetic diseases and cancer. In her free time, Kate enjoys crafts like drawing, needlework, and classical singing.


Tiffany Ge | Workshop Co-Chair
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Tiffany Ge is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Genetics at Northwestern University. She is investigating the molecular basis of DNA folding and chromosome organization and is excited to share her passion for science with the young women of Chicago. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys playing cello and volleyball.

Heather Macomber | Workshop Co-Chair
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Heather is a second-year Neurobiology PhD student at the University of Chicago. She studies learning and memory by using light to see neural activity while mice run around in virtual reality. She is a huge science fiction fan, board game aficionado, and loves listening to podcasts.

Lily Burton | Committee
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Lily is a graduate student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Chicago. She is
passionate about making science education accessible and interesting for all. She enjoys crafts, television, and spending time in nature.

Parents Program

Rosalind (Roz) Norkett | Parent Program Chair
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Hi everyone. I’m Roz, a post doc in Cell and Molecular Biology at the Feinberg Medical school, Northwestern University. My research focus is on development of the nervous system using Drosophila (Fruit flies) as a model organism. I first got involved with EYH as a conference day volunteer to improve my science communication and learn more ways to make science exciting beyond the classroom. This year I am very happy to be helping organize the parent program.


Anmol Lamichhane Facilities Co-Chair
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Anmol is a second year grad student in the physics department at UIC. Three of his elder sisters are women in STEM. After graduating from college, in the summer of 2018, he received a grant from his college that allowed him to co-organize summer camps for high school girls interested in STEM from two schools in Nepal. The conference connected the girls to resources in the country and abroad and was one of the first summer camps of its kind in the country. Anmol is excited to join the EYH organizing team and contribute in an effort that helps the future women in STEM discover their academic path. Anmol enjoys playing soccer, cooking, taking walks in the night and playing the drum-set with his band on Fridays.

Mi Nguyen | Facilities Co-Chair
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Mi Nguyen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current work focuses on studying the phosphorylation of ion channels and their roles in neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of the lab, Mi enjoys reading books, creating art, writing, and exploring new places and food.

Brian Guo | Committee
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Brian Guo is a Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacognosy (the study of natural products for medicinal and other purposes) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on new drug discovery from botanical sources, especially derived from ethnomedical knowledge. Brian supports the importance of scientific research, promotion of education, and the Chicago Cubs. He also coaches UIC’s club Ultimate Frisbee team.

Student Recruitment

Alexis Goggin | Recruitment Co-Chair
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Lexi is a senior pre-pharmacy student, majoring in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She works as pharmacy technician for CVS pharmacy and recently worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the UIC College of Medicine. Her career focus is aimed toward becoming a pharmacologist where she could study pharmacology and become involved in drug discovery. In her free time, she embraces her nerdiness by reading and watching documentaries about the latest topics in science.

Hyerim Yang | Recruitment Co-Chair
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Hyerim (Hye) is a research technician at the Glover lab. She is currently investigating neurobiological basis in the context of alcohol use. After work, she attempts to skateboard, play the ukulele, and paint.

Alexandra Nisenoff | Committee
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Alexandra is an undergrad at the University of Chicago double majoring in Computer Science and Astrophysics. She is currently doing research related to computer security, privacy, and human-computer interaction with the SUPERgroup and on supernovae in Professor Dwarkadas’s group. In her free time Alexandra enjoys knitting, embroidery, crocheting, and digital/film photography.

Student Registration

Maddie Field | Registration Co-Chair
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Maddie works at Stripe, a technology company that builds financial tools and economic infrastructure for the internet. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago she served with City Year in a CPS 6th grade classroom and joined EYH for the opportunity to continue working with Chicago students. In her spare time Maddie likes picking up new hobbies, biking, and exploring new corners of Chicago.

Matt Caraher | Registration Co-Chair
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Matt is a Chicago native and a Math major at Roosevelt University. In his off time from school he enjoys taking in movies, listening to podcasts, and attending random events in city. Also, he finds talking in the third person to always be a weird experience.


Reem Elorbany | Keynote Speaker Chair & Lunch Activities Co-Chair
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Reem Elorbany is an MSTP student at the University of Chicago. Currently in the PhD section of her training, she studies human variation in gene regulation using induced pluripotent stem cells. Outside of science, Reem fosters cats, and enjoys traveling around the world with her family.

Charlie Lang | Lunch Activities Co-Chair
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Charlie is a PhD student in Genetics and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on how spatial patterns emerge in early embryonic development. Outside of lab, he likes outdoor activities like climbing, running, and hiking.

Daniel O’Brien | Food Chair
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Dan is a professional musician, private instructor, and independent contractor. In his free time, he enjoys nature, reading science fiction/fantasy, learning new instruments, and writing. He also has an interest in improving the community around him through volunteer action.


Lucas Beaufore  | Volunteer Co-Chair

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Lucas is a PhD student in Physics at the University of Chicago with his B.S. in engineering from Ohio State. He studies cosmic rays and has previously worked in searches for the nature of dark energy. He was a longtime participant in the FRC high school robotics organization, including multiple years mentoring an amazing women and gender minority team during his undergrad. He is looking forward to continuing to work towards greater diversity in STEM with EYH.

Christa Martens | Volunteer Co-Chair
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Christa Martens is from the Chicago-area and is a Research Project Manager in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University. Her work is rooted in healthcare and focuses on using scientifically valid ways to measure a patient’s physical, emotional, and social health. She got her Master’s in Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, but got back to Chicago as soon as she could (despite the weather). She likes running, yoga, and being outside as much as possible on sunny days!

Sarah Feid | Committee
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Sarah is a PhD student at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She studies post-translational modifications that occur without the use of an enzyme in bacteria, with a particular focus on the ribosome. In addition to her lab work, she is part of the Loyola Women in Science executive board. Outside of STEM, Sarah is an avid Dungeons and Dragons player, dedicated cat parent, and self-taught hair colorist.

Sydney Jenkins | Committee
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Sydney Jenkins is an undergraduate physics and computer science double-major at the University of Chicago. She is interested in astrophysics and is currently researching ultra-faint dwarf galaxies as a member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and hiking.


 Katie Rhodes | Fundraising Chair

Katie Rhodes is a PhD candidate in Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. She studies human variation in gene regulation using induced pluripotent stem cells. Katie also enjoys performing improv comedy and watching too much TV.

Leslie Proudfoot | Grants Coordinator

Leslie is the Philanthropy Operations Coordinator for GRID Alternatives, a national non-profit solar installer. She also loves hiking, camping, and playing piano.

Paméla Atade-Nanguit | Committee
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My name is Paméla Atade-Nanguit. I graduated from North Park University with a BA in Biology and French Literature. Since then, I’ve served at North Shore University Health system as a technician in Surgical Pathology but I currently work as a Physical Therapy technician. In my spare time, I sketch and take photos of different parts of Chicago. EYH allows me to be more involved in the community while sharing the amazing opportunities in STEM and continue my lifelong learning journey about science and medicine.

Elizabeth Jefferson | Committee
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Hi, my name is Elizabeth Jefferson, I’m a UX professional with three years of experience. I graduated in November of 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, but during my first graphic design internship, I learned that UX was my calling. In March 2017. I graduated from the Human-Computer Interaction Master of Science grad program at DePaul University. I love technology and People. I want to give back and encourage women to get involved in STEM especially tech. I think that not enough women have a voice in technology and that we need more women and diversity contributing to the conversation.


Holly Seiler | Secretary, Annual Report

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Holly Seiler is an Electrical and Lighting Designer at Ghafari Associates in Chicago. She brings her passion for art and engineering on projects around the world. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her wanderlust takes her to new cafes to write, exotic places in fiction, and on as many planes as her PTO allows.

Bethanie-Michelle Statler | Social Media Coordinator
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Bethanie is a faculty fellow at Harper College in the department of biology. In her graduate studies, she studied the molecular mechanism that allows eukaryotic cells to sense direction and polarize their growth in response to external chemical stimuli. Aside from teaching biology, Beth also loves to travel, thrift shop, play volleyball, and learn new languages. She is especially passionate about inspiring young people to pursue STEM.

Ana Beiriger | Graphics
Ana Beiriger is a PhD candidate in developmental biology at the University of Chicago. She studies collective cell migration and is interested in how it contributes to the formation of neural circuits during early development. In her free time, she enjoys painting, backpacking, and spending time with her adorable cats.

Tamanna Gulati | Website Chair & Graphics 

Tamanna Gulati works in internal Product Support and Analysis at a Chicago tech company. She regrets that she grew up believing she had no aptitude for STEM and hopes EYH will help the next generation of young women understand their true potential.

Rebecca Rasmussen| Newsletter 

Rebecca Rasmussen is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Program at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the biochemistry of how bacteria adapt to changing zinc concentrations. Outside of science, she enjoys playing the flute and inline speed skating.

See past organizing committees here: 2015 Organizing Committee2016 Organizing Committee, 2017 Organizing Committee, 2018 Organizing Committee, 2019 Organizing Committee

 Board Members

Caitlyn Mulherin – Chair

Caitlyn believes in the power of STEM accessibility to benefit girls in Chicago communities. Caitlyn has years of synthetic chemistry research experience and a Masters degree from UIC. Caitlyn is now pursuing a career in financial derivatives and works as Manager in the Finance Division at CME Group.

Karina Szymulanska-Ramamurthy, PharmD/ PhD

Karina is a Global Regulatory Lead at Baxter Healthcare Corporation and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago with PharmD from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and professional interests in science and education.

Prior to Baxter, Karina led a consulting team focused on partnering with a variety of healthcare companies across the Midwest. Prior to embarking on her professional career, Karina was as a Graduate Research Assistant at UIC where she discovered novel chemical scaffolds with therapeutic potential as drug leads for the treatment of neurodegeneration.

Karina is also an avid health and fitness enthusiast, with a passion for traveling and exploring foreign cultures.

Meenakshi Lakshmanan

Meenakshi is a Computer Engineering professional who believes that STEM education can empower women to actively participate in solving problems they care about. She is the Co-founder and CTO of a FinTech startup called Manifest, focused on making 401k transfers seamless. Before that, she built technology solutions at Goldman Sachs for over 12 years. She received her Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from India and Masters in Computer Science from Norfolk State university, Virginia. She is currently pursuing her MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Chicago. Meenakshi loves active nature focused travel (basically visiting places in the middle of nowhere) and is an avid motorcyclist.

Jessica L. Williams

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Jessica L. Williams is currently a Solutions Consultant at SDI Presence and a Customer Research Strategist at &yet. She is also the founder of Tech Biz Gurl — a side-hustle that empowers women to believe that they can start and run a #sidehustle, rock it at their day job and still have a life. Jessica co-facilitated 1871’s WiSTEM program for women entrepreneurs. She’s also led infrastructure services at McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America and worked as a Career Coach at General Assembly Chicago.

Board Advisor

Rabiah Mayas

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Rabiah Mayas is the Associate Director of Science in Society at Northwestern University, supporting STEM education programs and partnerships in Chicago and Evanston. Rabiah completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago, then spent nine years exploring her passion for science education and public engagement at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Rabiah is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and loves hopping on a plane to almost anywhere, running (albeit slowly) and visiting family on the East and West coasts.