Meet the Institute for Women's Leadership Staff
Leah Ranta, Student Director 2014-2015
Hometown: Stillwater, MN
Majors: Global Business Leadership and Asian Studies
Involvement: Bonner Leadership Program, Enactus, Study Abroad Ambassador, Foreign Exchange Student Mentor
Favorite Artist: The Shins
Dream Vacation: Take my dad to scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef
Favorite Feminist: Jessie Diggins
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Not allowing gender roles or gender stereotypes created by society to define who you are as a woman or who you have the ability to become. "The sky's the limit!"
What are your hopes for post graduation? Find a solid stepping stone that will form a foundation for my MA in International Development
Haley Ehleringer, Spring Program Coordinator 2015
Hometown: Randolph, MN
Major: Communication, Minor: Gender Studies
Involvement: Magis Ministries, PMS Bible Study, Intermural Volleyball, Heath & Wellness Community, Companions on a Journey
Favorite Artist: Will Reagan
Dream Vacation: Any where near water and good friends
Favorite Feminist: Jesus, Sarah Bessey, & Rachel Held Evans
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? It means living, learning, leading, and loving first as a human being and second as a woman. Challenging the expectations and stereotypes, while being intentional about celebrating and honoring the uniqueness and fullness within each person are what I see as leadership.
What are your hopes for post graduation? My hopes for post graduation are to in some way work with children, continue to encourage and empower women, and to invest my time into a community.
Jessica Raboin, Spring Program Coordinator 2015
Major: Sociology and German Studies
Involvement: Study Abroad Ambassador, German Club
Favorite song: Fearless by Taylor Swift
Dream Vacation: Going everywhere! But I would especially like to go to Turkey, Chile, Argentina, and Russia.
Favorite Feminist: Currently it is Hillary Clinton, but I also have a newfound love anhd respect for Emma Watson.
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? To me, it means that despite societal pressures and stereotypes, women can dare to work for the causes and issues that they are passionate about, and turn that passion into change- whether that be in a for-profit company or a volunteer organization.
What are you hopes for post graduation? I'm looking for opportunities that will lead into a career in global higher education and teaching.
Natalie Kerber, Public Relations Coordinator 2014-2015
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
Involvement: Marketing Club, Study Abroad Ambassador
Favorite Artist: Beyoncé
Dream Vacation: Anywhere by the Mediterranean Sea
Favorite Feminist: Michelle Obama
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women's leadership means having the courage and dignity to embrace and support equality for all women.
What are your hopes for post graduation? Finding a job and career I love in marketing or public relations. I would also love to travel more around Europe if I can!
Ha Pham, Fall Intercultural Women's Representative 2014-2015
Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam
Involvement: Vietnamese Student Association Club, Aikido Club, Hynes Scholars
Favorite Song: Home by Michael Bublé
Dream Vacation: Kyoto, Japan
Favorite Feminist: Dorothy Parker
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Women's Leadership means taking pride in being a woman, turning our weaknesses into strengths, and not hesitating to SHOUT when we need to!!!
What are your hopes for post graduation? My top three are: Spending time with my family whenever I can, having my own company and visiting every corner of Japan
Siri Berg-Mober, Hynes Scholars Student Coordinator 2014-2015
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Major and/or minor: Biology Major, Political Science Minor
Favorite Artist or song: Mumford & Sons
Dream Vacation: Hiking and paddling the fjords and mountains of Norway
Favorite Feminist: Jane Goodall
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Empowering women to take on influential and meaningful roles in society has been shown to change communities in positive ways all over the world.
What are your hopes for post graduation? I hope to spend time traveling the world, playing outside, canoeing the Mississippi and Colorado rivers; eventually I want to work with wildlife and help change the way we relate to the natural world and the creatures in it.
April Donovan, Women's Month Coordinator 2014-2015
Hometown: Deerwood, MN
Major and/or minor: Psychology and Theology
Favorite Artist or song: Communist Daughter, Neutral Milk Hotel
Dream Vacation: Anywhere with Al
Favorite Feminist: Rosemary Radford Reuther
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? It means the exact same thing as men's leadership, but perhaps wearing a dress sometimes.
Emma Fering, Spring First Year Forward Coordinator 2015
Hometown: Chaska, MN
Major and/or minor: Psychology Major, Theology Minor
Involvement: Student Supervisor at McGlynn's/O'Connell's, First Years Forward Co-Coordinator
Favorite Artist or song: John Mayer
Dream Vacation: Eating spaghetti in Italy
Favorite Feminist: Hillary Clinton
What does Women's Leadership mean to you? Empowering women with the confidence and drive to make a difference in the world.
What are your hopes for post graduation? To go to graduate school for counseling.
Magnolia Ditzler, Spring Women's Expeditions Coordinator 2015