Leadership

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 2023 Organizing Committee

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

Directors

Celeste Rosencrance | Co-Director

Celeste Rosencrance is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at Northwestern University. Her research currently focuses on nuclear architecture and higher-order genome organization in the context of functional significance and human disease. She is a WVU alumni and former 4H leader who is passionate about helping young women discover science. Outside of the lab, Celeste enjoys playing videogames, wandering in nature, traveling, and exploring new cuisines and restaurants. 

Mohammed Saleem | Co-Director

Mohammed Saleem is a bright, humble, and inspiring young leader who is passionate about medicine, engineering, and philosophy. Mohammed’s motive with EYH Chicago is to help combat negative stereotypes against girls interested in STEM as they believe STEM will benefit with more women in leadership. Mohammed enjoys diverse cultural experiences and learning from others through conversation. Mohammed believes in the following statement: Given a woman may carry a child for 9 months, they may definitely be a CEO of a STEM organization and do particularly well for those in their community.

Workshops

Now recruiting!!

Recruitment and Registration

Now recruiting!!

Programming

Now recruiting!!

Ann Houlihan-Doyle | Day-of Food/Care Packages Committee

Ann is a Certified Public Accountant professional who believes in the power of promotion of STEM activities to young women. She attended UIC and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her CPA thereafter.  She worked in public accounting as an auditor for 7 years, before crossing over to the private sector and becoming the Accounting Manager for a publicly traded company. Being involved in a STEM profession has brought many rewards and valuable life skills and she looks forward to teaching some of these skills to young women.

Volunteers

Maggie Steiner | Volunteer Co-Chair

Alexis Thornburg | Volunteer Co-Chair

Fundraising

Ann Mariam Thomas | Fundraising Chair

Marketing

Holly Seiler | Secretary, Annual Report

Holly Seiler is an Electrical Design Engineer at Epstein Global in Chicago. She brings her passion for art and engineering on projects around the world, designing the electrical, lighting, and fire alarm systems. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology where she discovered her passion for seeing women in STEAM and women in power. Her wanderlust takes her to new cafes to write exotic places in fiction, and on as many planes as her PTO (and global pandemics) allows.

Rebecca Rassmussen | Website


See past organizing committees here: 2015 Organizing Committee2016 Organizing Committee, 2017 Organizing Committee, 2018 Organizing Committee, 2019 Organizing Committee, 2020 Organizing Committee, 2021 Organizing Committee, 2022 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.

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

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

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.