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Meredith Beers, 2007 –
President 
 
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In 2011, Meredith received an MPH from Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine is continuing her education in the school as a PhD candidate. She is a consultant with a focus in emergency management and environmental, health and safety. She was formerly a Women's Research & Education Institute (WREI) Congressional Policy Fellow in the office of US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Smithsonian National Zoo Emergency Preparedness Intern, and worked for FTI Consulting. Her Newcomb and Tulane volunteer service include participating in the Young Alumni Development Task Force, Career Wave Panelist, 5 year Reunion Chair, Former TAA board member, and Newcomb-Tulane College Representative. Her community service involvement includes: Junior League of New Orleans, Kappa Alpha Theta scholarship reading committee, Girls on the Run New Orleans, New Orleans Junior Committee, and Network Voluntours Board Vice-Chair. Meredith is originally from Houston. Her favorite season is crawfish season. Here is why Meredith volunteers for Newcomb, "I volunteer for Newcomb because Newcomb taught me so much when I was an undergraduate.  Newcomb is where I learned about leadership, and now I find it important to give back and connect with current undergraduate women."

Elizabeth Bellino, 1998, PHTM ’99, R '09

 

Elizabeth Belino, M.D., MPH & TM, is a pediatrician whose interests include international health and infectious diseases. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, she is now based in New Orleans and remains active as a Pediatric consultant for international and national organizations. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Newcomb College. She then received her Master's Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University as well. Dr. Bellino completed her medical education at St. George's University School of Medicine. She began her pediatric training at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and completed her training at Tulane University. After completing her pediatric residency, she received a 2 year fellowship grant in Global Health and worked as an Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Tulane University. She also spent 2 years on and off in Uganda where she helped develop the pediatric ward of a rural hospital on the Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo border. Dr. Bellino was in Haiti as one of the first pediatric responders to the earthquake in 2010, where she worked at the United Nations Field Hospital. She remains very interested and active in disaster relief and humanitarian aid in both Haiti and East Africa. She recently co-authored a chapter in the Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and has started an organization, Littletembo, with her sister to help the medical needs of children in East Africa.

Elizabeth Clark, 1974, B’79

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Liz holds an MBA from the Tulane Freeman School of Business (1979). She is currently a partner at Tenzing Consulting, a niche consulting firm focused on providing competitive win strategies and communications for large corporations competing for government contracts. Serving on the NAA Board is her first opportunity to be able to give back to Newcomb/Tulane in a proactive manner. She also served as past president of large condominium association and a board member of Belle Haven Country Club. Liz enjoys watching athletics, especially football and baseball; she was former runner/jogger and now plays golf; she is a voracious reader of current events, history; she loves to hear a well-crafted joke. This is why Liz  volunteers for Newcomb and thinks it's important to give back to her alma mater, "Newcomb afforded me the opportunity to see a different part of the country while attending college. (I grew up in Philadelphia.)  I fell in love with the Big Easy and was also lucky enough to be taken under the wing by the Provosty family in Alexandria, LA.  I studied the history of the area, attended many a Mardi Gras and Jazz Fests, and enjoyed the culture and experiences as much as possible.  After graduating from the Business School and migrating to northern California and to DC, I realized I left my 'fun at heart' in New Orleans.  Seriously, it’s because of Newcomb and Tulane that I have an interesting career, a company with motivating partners, and challenging work and clients.  I now have the time to give back and Newcomb/Tulane were number on one my priority list."

Sofia Pendley Curdumi, 2005 

 
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Sofia holds a Masters in Public Health and is currently pursuing PhD in Public Health at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is currently the Program Director for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in New Orleans. She was formerly a Senior Program Manager for Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. Her Newcomb and Tulane volunteer service includes 10 Year Reunion Chair, New Orleans Alumnae Committee, and Newcomb Women to Women mentor. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Committee for evacuteer.org and a volunteer with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Sofia loves spending time with her husband, Shane, and their daughter, Luisa. 

Catherine Hagaman Edwards,
1972 – Immediate Past President

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Catherine is married to David Edwards, also a graduate of Tulane. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Catherine, Eugenia and her husband Matthews, Bailey and his wife Anna. They all live out of town so Catherine flies to see them a lot! Her additional Newcomb and Tulane volunteer service activities include the Tulane President’s Council, NCI Director’s Advisory Council, Past Chairman of NCI Foundation Board, NAA Awards Chairman, President, TAA Strategic Plan Team, and Co-chair Fundraising Campaign to renovate and rename the Bea Field Alumni House. Her community service includes the Junior League of New Orleans, past President Benjamin Franklin High School Parents’ Association, past President Board of Managers, Poydras Home for the Elderly, New Orleans Council on the Aging board, Elder, St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Hospice volunteer. Catherine likes to garden, including design and arranging flowers, and enjoys reading and traveling. Here is why Catherine volunteers for Newcomb and why she thinks it is important to give back to her alma mater, "Tulane and Newcomb have been part of me my whole life. When visiting New Orleans, my parents always brought me to the Alumni House to visit my cousin, Bea Field, for whom the house is now named. I loved coming to Newcomb – I knew hardly anyone and that presented lots of opportunities to try and experience many new things. I became an adult during my college years, making many choices that came from the freedom expanding my mind and my friendships. I hope each young person who attends Tulane now gets many opportunities to learn and grow and, in my alumnae work, I have gotten to know many students. They are bright, adventurous and understand the value of giving back to both the university and the city. I admire them greatly and want to be available to guide them and learn from them."

Danielle Gordon Lee, 2007-Vice President Alumnae
 
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Danielle holds a Master's in Business from the Tulane University School of Business. She is currently the Director of Special Projects and Operations at Match Teacher Coaching, the Principal at Achievement Partners, and the partner of My House NOLA. Danielle is a Bay Area transplant turned into New Orleanian. Upon graduating Newcomb, she joined TeachNOLA and taught in the Recovery School District. She has since received he MBA from Tulane and is now back in the education industry. She lives in New Orleans with her husband (also a Tulane alumnus). She enjoys traveling and cooking.This is Danielle's favorite memory from Newcomb, "My freshman year, I lived in JL and this experience was the basis for my Tulane and college experience. the group of young women I met that year have become lifelong friends. Ensuring the undergraduate female experience is a strong point of Tulane is a priority of mine."

Andrea Mahady Price, 1998-Treasurer

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Andrea holds both an  M.A. and a J.D. from the University of Virginia (2000 and 2004). She is a member of Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC (New Orleans). She was a former  law clerk for the The Hon. Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She has served as a Newcomb Town Mom for several years, attended Newcomb Networking Nights, and spoken at Newcomb in the City. She is also the President of the New Orleans Chapter of the Association for Women Attorneys. She enjoys spending as much time as she can with her husband, Todd, and her two sons, James (5) and Roger (2). This is why Andrea volunteers for Newcomb, I "received a wonderful education at Tulane/Newcomb and feel lucky to be part of this community of amazing women. I’d like to help keep that community alive and welcome new undergraduate women into it."

Kelly Ragland, 2000-Vice President, Students
 
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Kelly was a Political Science & History major and a minor in Art History and received a BA from Newcomb in 2001. She received an MA in Arts Administration from University of New Orleans in 2010. She is currently the Senior Program Coordinator for the Department of Biochemistry + Molecular Biology at the Tulane School of Medicine. Her past career info includes being a Gallery Manager of the Edison Gallery in Washington, DC, working at the Phillips Collection in DC; working for NO/AIDS Task Force, and working for the American Association of Medical Colleges. Her Newcomb and Tulane volunteer service includes being a Tulane T-Club Member and part of the Selection Committee for Grants for the Newcomb Alumnae Association Board. She is also a Volunteer Event Photographer for the NO/AIDS Task Force in recent years. Her interests include Art, Archaeology, Architecture, Travel, and Photography. This is why Kelly volunteers for Newcomb, "I had one of the best college experiences of anyone I know. I think that had a lot to do with Newcomb focusing on education and opportunities for women. I also met most of the closest friends through my years at Newcomb. My favorite memory from Newcomb is living in JL freshman year - 2nd odd forever." Here is why Kelly thinks it is important to give back to her alma mater, "It is important to continue the proud legacy of Newcomb College so that new generations of women can also come into an environment of support, enhanced opportunities, and emphasis on academic excellence."

Lisa D.T. Rice, 1983

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Lisa received an M.S. in  Management from MIT Sloan School of Management. She is the Senior Director of Political Affairs at the National Retail Federation (NRF), the world's largest retail trade association. NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad.She was formerly the Manager of Political and External Affairs for Citigroup in Washington, DC. Additionally, she directed presidential fundraisers at Citigroup's New York headquarters.Her Newcomb and Tulane volunteer service include being a member of the DC Tulane Alumni Club, a class agent for Tulane 30 Year Reunion, and a mentor for current Tulane students, and recent graduates, for women students who have an interest in public policy careers. She also has hosted a "Dinner with 12 Tulanians" and on-campus receptions for Tulane PLEN program participants. Lisa is a volunteer and panel speaker on public policy careers -- including resume review -- for women college students who participate in the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). As the mother of a Tulane graduate, formerly a walk-on member of the track team, she enjoys following the team. She has traveled to meets from Houston to Palo Alto and met other parents, including other Tulane graduates and their families. She found that it was fun getting to know current students, observe the changes on campus and see things through the eyes of a new generation of Tulanians. Here is why she volunteers for Newcomb, "I volunteer for Newcomb because it is a place where young women can learn, if they did not know it already, they are the best and the brightest. Newcomb is unique -- bringing women together in a supportive, caring and intellectually challenging environment.  I was fortunate to have attended an all girls college prep school, so I knew the value of strong relationships with smart women before I journeyed to Tulane.  The Newcomb legacy is a critical part of the university's story and important to keep alive." This is why she thinks it is important to give back to her alma mater, "It's important we keep Newcomb and Tulane relevant in the 21st century.  As higher education falls out of reach for so many families, it is inevitable that many institutions of higher learning will cease to exist.  It is critical that we strengthen the university for the future through multi-generational support."

Frances Roche, 2013
 
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Frances holds a B.A. Political Science from Newcomb Tulane University, and graduated cum laude in 2013 as a proud member of the first class of Newcomb Scholars.Currently the Special Projects Coordinator at Courington Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C., a defense firm based in New Orleans, LA.Formerly, she worked with the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project, or IARP, in Minneapolis, MN. As an undergraduate at Tulane University, she served on the Newcomb-Tulane Honor Board, volunteered as a peer-educator and as an operator for Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education, and reviewed campus conduct board compliance with Title Nine standards. She currently volunteers with the World Affairs Council of New Orleans or WACNO. A long-time lover of tea, she can usually be found curled up with a good book or enjoying getting to know the city on her beloved vanilla beach cruiser bike. This is why Frances volunteers for Newcomb, "Being a part of the Newcomb Scholars directed my educational interests and motivated me to strive for more in my learning. In addition my experiences through Newcomb provided me with opportunities to meet wonderful women, many of whom I believe will be life-long friends." Here is why she think it’s important to give back to her alma mater, "As a recent graduate, my experiences with Newcomb, while a student at Tulane, are still fresh in my mind. I can relate to the students currently involved, and relay their needs to the alumni board. I was so happy while involved with Newcomb as a student, that I was eager to maintain my connection to the institution that gave me so many great memories."

Alexa Schwartz, 2013

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Alexa received a BA in 2013 and an MA in 2014 from Tulane. She is currently the Senior Program Coordinator for Internships and International Programs at the Center for Public Service of Tulane University. Alexa was a member of the Class of 2013 Reunion Committee and Newcomb Women to Women Mentor. As a student, she tutored at several local schools; interned with Puentes New Orleans, Inc. and Oportunidades NOLA; worked as a ESL Conversation Partner with Catholic Charities After her time at Tulane, she was a Professional Fellow with the Fundación América Solidaria in Santiago, Chile; translator for Semillas, A.C.; served on Kappa Alpha Theta Scholarship Reading Committee; served as the Scholarship Advisor for the Alpha Phi chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. She is a proud member of the inaugural class of Newcomb Scholars, and her favorite memory was meeting up with fellow Scholars at the NCI House for studying and snacks.

Allie Shapiro, 2003

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Allie holds a BS and MS in Neuroscience (2003 and 2006), and is currently working on an MBA in management. She is the Director of Communications and Technology of Krispy Krunchy Foods LLC and is the owner of AsNOLA LLC. Her service includes Junior League, Vice-Chair of Marketing, TEA, FLG member at large, LA-SPCA Howling Success board and volunteer, ACS Hope Lodge Board and volunteer, and Rebuilding Together volunteer. Her favorite memory from Newcomb was when she was in the Daisy Chain during graduation.

Carolyn Wood, 1986

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Carolyn holds a Masters Degree in History from Harvard University (1994). She is a Non-profit and Philanthropy Consultant, working with a variety of non-profits on fundraising (annual fund, major gifts, capital campaigns), strategic planning and board education and governance. From 2007-2010, she was the Director of Development for Wellesley Free Library. In 1995-1997, she was the Development Associate at Harvard University. In 1989-1993, she was Director of Development at The Newman School in Boston. As a student (1982-86) she was involved in Newcomb Assets, President for Senior Class, Vice President for Newcomb Senate, President for Kappa Kappa Gamma, Recipient of Raymond J. Estus Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Service to Newcomb College. Her community service includes The Philanthropy Connection, trustee at The Meadowbrook School of Weston, President at Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club, Vice President at the Junior League of Boston, Volunteer of the Year Award (1994).

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