Meet the Student Coordinators!

Landon Peterson 

I am a Sophomore at St. John’s University. My major is Political Science with minors in Peace Studies and English. This is my first year serving as a student coordinator, however, last year I volunteered with the Center doing some video editing, creating highlight videos, etc. for MCC events. I will be working on the Media team. I've wanted to be a part of the MCC ever since I toured my senior year of HS. There are so many opportunities for connections and learning, and I'm looking forward to helping inform students of the complex topics surrounding politics and helping with in-person events at the MCC after COVID didn't allow them last year. I also look forward to continuing expanding the McCarthy Center's online and social presence alongside Lizbet.

On campus, I am the Op/Ed Editor of The Record, a member of the baseball team, a member of Johnnie Brothers, an Orientation Leader, and also serve as an Athletic Media Relations Assistant. In my free time I enjoy getting outdoors with my friends, biking, and watching Formula 1 with my brother. Fun fact: Nope.

Lizbet Martinez

I am a Senior at the College of Saint Benedict double majoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. This is my first year as a student coordinator, but I have attended various events put on by the McCarthy Center in the past. I am on the Media Team alongside Landon. I have a background in civic engagement and after an amazing internship experience where I got to do hands on work in the St. Cloud community, I decided I wanted to get more involved with civic engagement on campus. I also recently developed a strong interest in public policy and thought that working at the McCarthy Center would be a great opportunity to explore that interest more in depth. I am looking forward to more in person events this year, particularly Polidazzle. I am also excited for events where we can come together and converse on different topics.

Outside of the McCarthy Center, I am the President of Drama Club, Co-President of ELAC, an Executive Board member for CSBeats, an Orientation Leader, and a member of the Cultural Affairs Board for CSB/SJU. In my free time I love to sing, dance, and perform. Most of my free time is taken up by theater as I often perform in productions. A fun fact about me is that I can beatbox!

Fardusa Ahmed

I am a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict and I am majoring in Political Science. This is my first year as a student coordinator. I was a mentee in last year's mentor program and also attended various events that the McCarthy Center has hosted throughout the years. I am the Mentor Lead for the McCarthy Center this year. The McCarthy Center is a great space that initiates conversations that are meaningful and promote change on our campus. My motto in life is to seek discomfort because that is where growth happens and the MCC does a phenomenal job at making you challenge your own perspective. I'm looking forward to the events and dialogues this year!

Outside of the McCarthy Center, I'm involved in the ILead program here on campus and work as a Pharmacy Tech back home. In my free time, I enjoy reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and drinking boatloads of tea. A fun fact about me is that I've walked a llama.

Brianna Kreft

I am a Senior at the College of Saint Benedict. My major is Political Science with minors in Environmental Studies and Psychology. This is my first year as a student coordinator. In the past, I served on the CSB voting coalition which was headed by the McCarthy Center. I currently work on the Programming team. I love that the MCC makes public service and involvement open to all students. It shows students that civic engagement is necessary in every aspect of life and that people our age can make a real difference. I wanted to be a part of the MCC because I believe in this mission. I'm looking forward to hosting in-person speakers again!

On campus, I am the student manager for the CSB softball team, an FYX Peer Mentor, and a Research Assistant. In my free time I love thrift shopping! -- About 80% of my wardrobe is thrifted. I also love working out and staying active, reading, and hanging out with my friends and family. A fun fact about me is that I was once run over by a car (a little Shriner car that drives in parades, but it still counts).

Emmett Adam

I am a Junior at St. John’s University. My majors are Political Science and History with a Pre-Law track. The upcoming academic year will be my third year involved with the McCarthy Center. As a first-year, I volunteered weekly, was a member of the Mentorship Program, and transcribed a project on Senator McCarthy. Last year, as a sophomore, I helped lead the McCarthy Center Mentorship Program with Liam Miller '23. I am currently on the Programming team. I joined the MCC to work alongside a group of peers with goals interrelated with mine. The Student Coordinators and Team are very bright, believe in the mission of the Center, and have a vested interest in improving our community. This year, I look forward to working with the Programming Team and offering dynamic opportunities to engage students with public policy and civic engagement. I look to collaborate with different campus stakeholders, seek new bold opportunities, and learn more with my peers.

On campus I am the Academic Affairs Representative on the Saint John’s Senate, an Opinion Editor for The Record, a member of the United Politics club, a Research Assistant for the CSB/SJU Political Science Department, an Orientation Leader, and part of Johnnie Brothers. Outside of school I have worked as an Appointments Intern for the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, a Campaign and Legislative Office Intern for Representative Dave Pinto, MN House (64B), and a Political Fellow for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. In my free time, I enjoy listening to podcasts, exercising, reading, spending time outside on campus, and keeping in touch with friends/family. A fun fact about me is that my birthday is 03/02/01!

Sydney Richter

I am a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict. My major is Political Science with a focus in Law and Public Policy and a minor in Global Health. This is my second year serving as a Student Coordinator and third year involved with the Center. During my first year at Saint Ben’s, I volunteered with the Center on the events team. Last year, I was the Communications and Events Coordinator, specifically running the social media accounts and planning events surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. This year I am on the Programming team. When I was a first year, the McCarthy Center events completely changed my perspective on all things policy - both on campus and in the broader community. I met incredible people and learned more than I ever imagined in a short period of time. After beginning to volunteer for the Center, I realized that I wanted to spend more time working for the Center because I wanted to help make an impact on students in the way the coordinators made an impact on me during my first semester. I am looking forward to continuing the "Let's Discuss" and "News Highlights" series on the social medias, as well coordinating programming with other clubs. And of course, I am excited to encourage students to apply for McCarthy Center grants to fund their ideas and make them a reality.

In addition to working for the Center, I serve as the Academic Affairs Representative for the Saint Ben's Senate, Vice President of the Mock Trial Team, Treasurer and Member of the Figure Skating Team, an Orientation Leader, CSB/SJU Votes Coalition Member, part of the McCarthy Center Mentor Program, part of the D.C. Summer Internship Program, a Student Leadership Fellow, a Hynes Scholar, a Legal Apprentice at Migala Law Firm, and the Education and DEIJ Policy Advisor for the James Farnsworth for Saint Paul School Board Campaign. I am also a self-defined coffee connoisseur. In my free time, I love making and drinking coffee and making other people coffee. As my friends say - coffee is my love language. A fun fact about me is that I have toe thumbs.

Kate Fenske  

I am a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict. My major is Integrative Science with a focus on Public Health and minors in Political Science and Global Health. This is my first year as a student coordinator. I've volunteered with the McCarthy Center's CSB/SJU Votes Coalition in the past and was also part of the mentor program my freshman year. When possible, I also try and make it to Politics and a Pint. I am part of the Programming team at the McCarthy Center. I wanted to be part of the McCarthy Center because I wanted to help diversify the staff and the programming events outside of only political science majors. It is important to show that civic engagement is for everyone and public policy issues impact all fields of study. I'm really looking forward to having in person events again! I also hope to make a lot of new partnerships with other clubs and organizations that the center hasn't previously worked with.

On campus I've served on CSB Senate as a Club Auditor and as the Underclass Representative, am a co-social media and marketing director for the Peer Resource Program (PRP), the treasurer of the Global Health Affairs Club, and a Hynes scholar. I also spent the summer interning in Washington D.C with the CSB/SJU internship program. I love all things in the outdoors and always enjoy drinking copious amounts of coffee. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been to 19 countries!

Nayeli Carreno

I am a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict majoring in Global Business and Political Science. This will be my first year as a student coordinator, but I have been actively involved with MCC by attending previous events, webinars, zoom calls, and using all the great resources MCC provides on the CSB/SJU MCC page. I work on the Programming team. I wanted to be part of the MCC for the opportunity to highlight the various ways we as students can be engaged within our communities to make a positive impact and having the chance to work alongside other students that share similar passions. I am looking forward to being able to help plan fun and memorable events for students to attend. Hopefully, we’ll also be able to have more in-person events.

Outside of the McCarthy Center, I am part of the Bonner Leader Program, a Hynes Scholar, part of the Advocates for Inclusive Mentoring, and a Workvana-Business Operations and Real Estate Management Intern. In my free time I love to go on runs, and spending time with friends and family. A fun fact about me is that I have naturally curly hair.

Claire Boettcher

I am a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict double majoring in History and Political Science. I wasn't able to work with the McCarthy Center before due to Covid, so this is my first year as a student coordinator. I work on the Programming team. The McCarthy Center is an incredible organization that is able to do so many great things in the CSBSJU community. They get to bring some amazing people on campus and organize events that help inform students and offer them new perspectives. The McCarthy Center engages with the community in the hopes of bringing people together and learning, and that is the type of organization that I am proud to be a part of. I am excited to work with the amazing staff at the MCC and to plan events and programs that benefit the community. There are so many awesome things I can't wait to do!

Outside of the McCarthy center, I am in Women's Choir, the Women's Choir Rehearsal Assistant, in the Tegeder-Berg Society, and a YMCA Camp Counselor. In my free time I enjoy traveling, watching documentaries, and being with friends/family. A fun fact about me is that I am studying abroad in Rome during the Fall semester!