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Lory Arnold
Events Coordinator

(504) 862-8724
1326 Audubon St.

Lory Arnold is the Events Coordinator for Newcomb College Institute, where she coordinates various student, alumnae, and faculty events. She is originally from Columbia, MO and received her MBA, with a concentration in marketing and finance, from Stephens College. Prior to joining the NCI team, Lory worked for three years as the Student Development Coordinator at the University of Missouri – Columbia where she advised student organizations and organized events for the Missouri Student Unions. She brings four years of event planning experience and ten years in higher education with her to NCI.

Sam Bruner
Archivist for Technical Services and Digital Initiatives

(504) 314-2722
Caroline Richardson Building #203

Sam Bruner is the Archivist for Technical Services and Digital Initiatives at the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections. Sam graduated from Tulane in 2010 with a Master of Arts in English Literature and obtained a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Digital Archives. While in Austin, Sam worked in a variety of archives, including the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Archives, the George Bush Library and Museum, and the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America. Sam also serves on the board of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, which seeks to preserve the history and culture of Louisiana’s LGBT history. Sam is the staff advisor for the Society of Women Engineers.

Aisha Champagne
Senior Graphic Designer

(504) 865-5540
  7025 Freret St.

Aisha Champagne is the Senior Graphic Designer at Newcomb College Institute. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in Liberal Arts/Graphic Design from the University of New Orleans in 1999. Aisha, a New Orleans native, also attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, where she studied visual art. Prior to joining NCI, Aisha was the Creative Design Manager at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she designed museum collateral for numerous art exhibitions, educational initiatives, programs, and events. She was also the designer/art director of the museum's quarterly publication, which won a 2011 Magnum Opus Award for Most Improved Design.

Ashleigh Hite
Executive Secretary

(504) 314-7651
7025 Freret St.

Ashleigh Hite is the Executive Secretary. A Dallas native, Ashleigh moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane in 2003 (NC ’07, Art History) and has been unable to leave ever since. She received a master’s degree in Arts Administration and Policy in 2010 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; her thesis focused on the ways arts organizations adapted to survive in New Orleans post-Katrina. Prior to joining NCI, she spent several years working for prominent auction houses (Neal Auction Company and Heritage Auctions) and other non-profit organizations.

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard
Manager of Technology Initiatives 

(504) 865-5765
Caroline Richardson Building #204

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard is the Manager of Technology Initiatives at Newcomb College Institute. She earned a B.A. in History from Loyola University New Orleans, and a M.A. in History from the University of San Diego. She is in the process of earning a Ph.D. in U.S. History with an emphasis in Borderlands History from Fordham University. She is currently writing a dissertation, titled “Reading the ‘Bans’: Marriage and Kinship Practices in French Colonial Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi Valley Borderlands, 1680-1780.” Her research interests include examining the development of families in North American Borderlands and the digital humanities. Jacquelyne’s professional experience includes more than eight years of experience working in instructional technology as a technology project manager, instructional designer, learning management system administrator, and educator.

Jenny Irons
Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Leadership

(504) 314-7650
  7025 Freret St.

Jenny Irons is the Director of Student Leadership and Engagement and Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Leadership at the Newcomb College Institute. She earned a B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology at Millsaps College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining NCI, Jenny was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, where she taught courses on gender, race, and social movements. She also published a book (Reconstituting Whiteness: The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, Vanderbilt University Press, 2010), peer reviewed articles, book reviews, and essays. Jenny's previous research examined women's activism in the Civil Rights Movement, state repression during the Civil Rights Movement, and women's experiences of childbirth; she plans to continue her research on women's reproductive health and to develop a new research agenda on women's leadership. After moving to New Orleans in the summer of 2013, Jenny worked for a local research and evaluation firm where she directed qualitative research projects. At NCI, she leads the student leadership and engagement team, conducts research, teaches, and finds ways to enhance undergraduate women's leadership experiences.

Betsy Lopez
Program Coordinator of Internships and Experiential Learning

(504) 314-7654
7025 Freret St.

Betsy Lopez is the Program Coordinator of Internships and Experiential Learning. She oversees and develops experiential learning opportunities for students, which include internships and career readiness programs to assist students in the transition from college to the professional world. Betsy has worked to expand the Women to Women alumnae mentoring program, connect students to conferences, increase student awareness and engagement in NCI programs, and create new initiatives for students. Betsy is active on multiple campus committees and the Newcomb Inclusivity and Diversity Excellence Assessment. Betsy is the staff advisor for Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity (APO), The International Society (TIS), and Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE).  

She is a Louisiana native and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Newcomb-Tulane in 2010 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Communication and dual minors in Latin American Studies and Philosophy. She was heavily involved on and off campus and received the Newcomb College Institute 1914-2004 Award for Exceptional Character, Glendy Burke Medal in Communication, and Bea Field Alumni Relations Award. After graduating, Betsy wanted to further her commitment to the city and she completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at New Orleans Outreach and Tulane Center for Public Service. She was hired on as the Volunteer Coordinator to manage and grow the AmeriCorps team, create and implement an internship program, and work directly with partner schools to oversee all volunteer-based programs, including 18 university partnerships, 500 long-term volunteers, and countless one-day volunteers. She then worked three years for CASA New Orleans as the Volunteer Recruiter/Trainer where she trained everyday citizens to serve as committed CASA Advocates for children in foster care, curated monthly in-services, developed innovative trainings and recruitment initiatives.

When Betsy is not at NCI, she is either working on her Masters of Science through the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy or teaching at Pure Barre.

Anna Mitchell Mahoney
Director of Research, Newcomb College Institute
Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Political Leadership

(504) 314-2658
 Caroline Richardson Building #201

Anna Mitchell Mahoney earned a B.A. from Loyola University in Mass Communications, a M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. She joined the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University as an Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Political Leadership in August 2014. In 2016 she became Director of Research for the Institute.  

She has taught a range of courses at the university level including Introduction to Women’s Studies, American Government, Congressional Politics, American Race Relations, and Women and American Politics.  

Anna’s research is centered on women’s representation and gendered institutions which is explored in her dissertation on the origins of women’s caucuses in state legislatures. Anna received an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship in 2011-2012 in support of her work. 

Anna is a member of several community organizations including the American Association of University Women, the League of Women’s Voters, and was named in 2016 to the Louisiana Women's Policy & Research Commission.

Amanda McKnight
Newcomb Scholars Program Coordinator

(504) 247-1633
7025 Freret St.

Amanda McKnight is the Program Coordinator for Newcomb Scholars at Newcomb College Institute. She works to support the leadership development, research interests, and community of the Newcomb Scholars. Originally, from Charlotte, NC, Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina State University and earned a Master of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining Tulane, Amanda served as the Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership and Engagement and Orientation at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, where she advised student organizations, coordinated new student orientation, and facilitated leadership development. The North Carolina College Personnel Association recognized her contributions to the field of Student Affairs in North Carolina with the Graduate Student of the Year Award. Amanda is a member of ACPA – College Student Educators International.

Taylor Murrow
Media Specialist

Taylor Murrow
(504) 865-5238
1326 Audubon St.

Taylor Murrow is the Media Specialist at Newcomb College Institute. Previously, she was Editor of Museum Publications at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she coordinated the production of the museum's Arts Quarterly magazine, managed, and edited exhibition catalogues and other museum materials. Her writing has been published in Pelican Bomb, Room 220, and The Tulane Review, among other places. A New Orleans native, she graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans with a BA in English Writing and a minor in Mass Communications.

Molly Pulda
Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Literature

(504) 862-8749
Caroline Richardson Building #205

Molly Pulda is the Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Literature at Newcomb College Institute.  She has a Ph.D. in English and a certificate in women's studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a B.A. from Columbia University. Before joining Newcomb College Institute, she was a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at the University of Southern California and taught at Barnard College and Brooklyn College. Molly promotes a culture of women reading women at Tulane University by leading Newcomb's literary programming, teaching courses in the English department, and directing a pre-college program, Newcomb Summer Session: Women's Literature. Her research is on secrecy in contemporary literature and culture. 

Chloe Raub
Head of Archives and Special Collections

(504) 314-2723
 Caroline Richardson Building,
Vorhoff Library

Chloe Raub is Head of the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections of Newcomb College Institute. An alumna, Chloe enrolled in Newcomb in 2003 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2007. She then lived and worked in Washington, DC for six years, where she held positions with several archives and special collections libraries. She is active in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) Wiki initiative and Art+Feminism, a global campaign to improve coverage of women in the arts on Wikipedia and encourage greater diversity among Wikipedia editors. Chloe is on the board of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana and is a Society of American Archivists (SAA) Representative to the Joint Committee on Archives, Museums, and Libraries. She is also Co-Vice Chair/ Co-Chair-Elect of SAA's Women's Collections Roundtable. Chloe holds a M.A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies from George Washington University and a M.S.L.I.S. in Library Science and Cultural Heritage Information Management from Catholic University.

Aidan Smith, PhD
Administrative Assistant Professor for Advancement Communications

(504) 865-5539
1326 Audubon St.

Aidan Smith is an Administrative Assistant Professor at Newcomb College Institute. She teaches the first year seminar in the Newcomb Scholars Program, History and Philosophy of Higher Education: The Role of College Women. She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College and holds a master's degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. She completed her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Hawaii. She periodically teaches in Tulane's communication and political science departments. She is currently working on her manuscript, Gender, Heteronormativity, and the American Presidency, forthcoming from Routledge.

Jessica Troske
Budget and Administrative Coordinator

(504) 247-1639
7025 Freret St.

Jessica Troske is the Budget and Administrative Coordinator for the Newcomb College Institute. Jessica is a Louisiana native. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in English Literature from Northwestern State University. Her scholarly interests include southern writer William Faulkner and the social construction of gender and race relations found in his novels and short stories. Jessica has a strong background working within the non-profit and educational sectors. Prior to joining NCI, Jessica worked as the Assistant General Manager for School of Rock in Denver, CO, as Logistics Manager for New Orleans based non-profit organization,, and the Administrative Assistant to the Curator for New Orleans art’s organization, the Contemporary Arts Center. For the past three years, she has acted as staff advisor to Newcomb College Institute’s honor’s society, Alpha Lambda Delta and sits on the Board of Directors as Treasurer with the New Orleans based non-profit organization LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana.

Lauren Wethers
Student Leadership and Engagement Program Coordinator

(504) 314-7657
7025 Freret St.

Lauren Wethers is the Student Leadership and Engagement Program Coordinator. She works with all of the Newcomb student organizations, coordinates the Big/Little Sister mentorship program, and assists in creating leadership development programming for students. Originally from the Saint Louis metro-east, Lauren moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane. She graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with a B.A. in English and Spanish and earned her M.A. in English in 2016. Prior to joining the NCI, Lauren worked for Tulane Orientation for two years and was an active leader of nine different student organizations. Her contributions to the Tulane community were recognized with the Dean Donald R. Moore Crest Award (given to one undergraduate student annually) and the Center for Public Service Outstanding Student Leader Award in 2015. She began her current position after spending one year working as the Student Leadership and Engagement graduate assistant. Lauren is a member of ACPA.

Laura Wolford
Assistant Director for Administration and Programs

(504) 314-2721
Caroline Richardson Building #200

Laura Wolford is the Assistant Director for Administration and Programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Reed College and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School at the University of Texas, Austin. At NCI, Laura coordinates several endowed programs, including the Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence Program, manages the Newcomb Grants program, and coordinates the Institute’s annual report and strategic planning processes. Her work also promotes faculty engagement through the Newcomb Fellows program. She is the staff advisor for SURJ (Students United for Reproductive Justice) and contributes to sexual assault prevention efforts on campus.

Prior to joining NCI, Laura worked as a budget analyst for the state of Texas, on a political campaign in Oregon, as a legislative aide to an Oregon state representative, and as an intern at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.

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