Meet the WLI Student Advocates
In addition to our full-time staff, our student advocates support the work of the Institute by sharing information about the Women’s Leadership Institute, its programming and events, while pursuing their own leadership journey as they work toward fulfilling their own purpose in whatever role they choose.
Katie Roell is working toward a degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. With a deep passion for service, she has volunteered with the Aurora Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground, the Women’s Care Center of Milwaukee and Martha’s Village & Kitchen in Indio, CA. At Mount Mary, she participates in Campus Ministry and Communications Club, and works as an Ambassador for the Alumni Association and a second-year advocate for the Women’s Leadership Institute.
Evone Harris is studying fashion merchandise management with a minor in business administration. On campus, she is a leader for the Fashion Association, a founder of the Black Student Union (BSU), a participant in the Promise Program, a peer mentor for the Promise Plus Project, a member of the Honors Program, and a student ambassador for the Women’s Leadership Institute. She also participated in the Institute’s 2013 summer leadership program.
Ana Teran is studying graphic design, applying her studies to produce concepts and design work for Women’s Leadership Institute student and community events. She is also involved with several clubs and organizations at Mount Mary, including the Graphic Design Club, Creative Creations, Promise Program, P3 and the Professional Mentor Program.
Ostassia Jackson is continuing her education by working toward her MBA after receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a minor in Business in 2013. She also works as a case manager for a large health care organization in Milwaukee. In her spare time, Ostassia is a student ambassador for the Women’s Leadership Institute and an active mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.
Michelle Roberts Cunningham is majoring in Occupational Therapy. As a student advocate for the Women’s Leadership Institute, she says, “I love being an advocate for women through the Institute, where I can learn, inspire, support and educate other women like myself.” Upon graduation, she plans to return to her native country of Trinidad and Tobago to provide occupational therapy services. Michelle will most likely be only the 14th occupational therapist in her country, serving a population of 1.3 million people.
Traci Singleton is majoring in accounting. On campus, her involvement includes being a mentor for two students with the Promise Plus program, serving as Vice President of the Student Government Association and as a student advocate for the Women’s Leadership Institute. She also was an attendee of the Institute’s 2013 summer leadership program. Her aspiration is to be a role model for other women by showing them that it is possible to overcome any statistical shadow, family background, or self-doubt along the complex journey of life.
Yvonne Samuel is a senior, pursuing a bachelor's degree in communications. Before enrolling at Mount Mary, she earned a degree in culinary management. After graduation, she hopes to combine the two degrees to work on advertising for food-related businesses. She is a student advocate for the Women’s Leadership Institute and a member of the Communications Club on campus.
Rebecca Kalous is majoring in communications with a minor in theology. She’s deepening her communications involvement as Secretary of the Communications Club and in the communication honors program, Theta Alpha Kappa, while also volunteering as a student advocate for the Women’s Leadership Institute. Outside of school, she works as a chiropractic technician and holds an internship at Holy Apostles Parish in New Berlin, where she is involved in the young adult ministry. She also is a member of the international ministry at Holy Apostles, where she helped develop a strategic plan to foster a relationship with the church’s sister parish in the Dominican Republic.