Committee Bios, 2016-2017

Brianna BurnettBrianna Burnett
Brianna Burnett is a fourth year sociology major and french minor. She has two internships, one at Darden Business Publishing, and the other at UVa's Women's Center on the social media/ marketing team. She loves to travel making last summer's study abroad experience to Lyon, France a top ten life moment. She is super excited to be a part of the Women's Leadership Development Program for the third year in a row!


Rebecca Gorney Rebecca Gorney
Rebecca Gorney is a third-year Biochemistry major from Fairfax, Virginia. In addition to serving on the WLDP Committee, Rebecca is a ULink Peer Advisor and plays the viola in the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. She also volunteers with Medical Services through Madison House in the Martha Jefferson Hospital Operating Room and is a TA for the STAT 2020 Biostatistics Lab. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, eating cereal, and attempting to learn to play the piano.


Meghan GrumblingMeghan Grumbling
Meghan Grumbling is a third year majoring in American Government and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is from Smithfield, Virginia, a small town in Hampton Roads. Meghan is currently a Women’s Center Gender Violence and Social Change intern, an intern with the Peace Corps at UVA, a Resident Advisor, a member of One Less, and an opinion writer for the Cavalier Daily. She loves coffee & tea, space, fighting for social justice, and puns.


Taylor LambTaylor Lamb
Taylor Lamb is a third year majoring in English with a minor in Drama. She participated in WLDP as a first year, and this is her second year serving on the committee. Outside of WLDP, Taylor is a Career Peer Educator working in the Creative Arts, Media, & Design community, an intern at the Women's Center writing for Iris Magazine, the Social Chair for Paul Robeson Players, and she has acted and directed a few plays at the University. She is very passionate about helping women become leaders, especially women of underrepresented backgrounds, and is very excited for this year's sessions! Outside of her studies and extracurriculars, Taylor shows a great interest in superheroes which is why her favorite artist is Beyoncé and she likes watching TV shows such as The Flash, Arrow, and Scandal.

Emma LiEmma Li
Emma Li is a third year from Chantilly, Va. She is majoring in Commerce and Statistics with a minor in psychology. Emma applied to WLDP as a first year and really loved participating in sessions and getting to know people in her small group. The speakers at each session were all outstanding and relevant to the mission of WLDP. Outside of WLDP, Emma is part of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Smart Women Securities (SWS), and Applied Leadership and Philanthropy Network. Emma enjoys volunteering, meeting new people and watching Netflix during her spare time.

Samantha MerrittSamantha Merritt
Samantha is a fourth year, double majoring in Public Policy and Leadership and Foreign Affairs, and minoring in East Asian Studies. As the daughter of a U.S. Army officer, Samantha has lived in South Korea, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the Philippines. In addition to WLDP, she is a facilitator for the Women’s Asian-American Leadership Initiative (WAALI), a Language Consultant for Volunteers with International Students, Staff, and Scholars (VISAS), and an External Committee member for the Batten Undergraduate Council. This summer, Samantha received a Department of State-sponsored Critical Language Scholarship to study Korean in Gwangju for two months. She has also studied abroad at Korea University and the University of Oxford.

Hannah Mezzacappa Hannah Mezzacappa
Hannah Mezzacappa is a third year from Knoxville, TN double majoring in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about her friends, feminism, and books. At UVA, she is also involved with the University Guide Service and One Less. She's thinking of going to law school and then working in policy analysis to achieve reforms in issues like equal pay, parental leave, sex education and women's healthcare.


Cara SneadCara Snead
Cara is a third year pre-med student from Baltimore, MD. She is pursuing a double major in Economics and Global Public Health with a possible minor in Spanish. Currently, Cara is very involved with volunteer and advocacy groups, including Project Peanut Butter, Green Grounds, and Pancakes for Parkinson's. She has studied abroad in Spain and spent two weeks last summer backpacking through Andalucia, the southernmost part of Spain. In her free time, Cara enjoys cooking, exploring Charlottesville with friends, and taking naps.


Anya DallahAnya Dallah
Anya Dallah is a third year pre-med student from Olney, MD. She is currently double majoring in Cognitive Science and Economics. In addition to WLDP, Anya is involved in the American Medical Student Association and Alpha Phi Fraternity which have allowed her to reach out to community by pairing her up with the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville and the food pantry, Loaves & Fishes. In her free time, Anya enjoys volunteering, hiking, Netflix, and trying new food.


Maggie Beck Maggie Beck
Magdalene "Maggie" Beck is a third year from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is double majoring in the Politics Honors Program and Spanish, and she aspires to pursue a career in law or government. In addition to serving as a WLDP committee member, Maggie is the Media and Website Manager for The Wilson Journal of International Affairs; the Design Editor for Seriatim, the undergraduate American politics journal; a ULink peer advisor; a University Judiciary Committee counselor; and a member of the Benjamin Franklin Literary and Debate Society. Outside these extracurriculars, Maggie is passionate about playing piano, creative writing, listening to music, and drinking way too much coffee.

Mary ShoupMary Shoup
Mary Shoup is a third year from Stafford, Virginia. She is majoring in Biochemistry with the intention of going to Pharmacy School. Mary is currently working on obtaining her Pharmacy Technician license. At UVA, she is a chemistry teaching assistant and STEM learning research observer. She is very involved with the Pre-Pharmacy Society and ChiAlpha Christian Fellowship. As the daughter of a Marine, Mary has moved nine times; she has been to 44 states and plans to visits all 50 by the time she is 25 years old.


Melissa FriedhoffMelissa Friedhoff
Melissa Friedhoff is a second year student from New Jersey, intending on double majoring in Foreign Affairs and English. Melissa joined WLDP as a first year and is now the Social Chair for WLDP. Outside of WLDP, Melissa is the Fundraising Chair for UVA’s chapter of the UN Foundation Girl Up Campaign, a volunteer through Madison House, an active member of the College Mentors for Kids program, and an editor for the Cavalier Daily. Over the summer, Melissa was an intern at CURA Strategies (a public affairs firm focused in healthcare). In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her sorority (Tri Sigma), drinking coffee at Grit, practicing yoga, and visiting the local farmer’s market.

Emily Murphy Emily Murphy
Emily is a second year College student from Alexandria, VA. She remains undeclared, but is interested in pursuing a double major in Religious Studies and Global Public Health. Beyond WLDP, Emily is involved with University Democrats, Sustained Dialogue, Outdoors club, SCUBA club, and the Charlottesville-Abermarle SPCA. She spends her summers working as the High Ropes Specialist at YMCA Camp Letts, and enjoys reading, traveling, and 'outdoorsiness' (snowboarding, scuba diving, and climbing).



Program Co-Chairs

Maddie DevineMaddie Devine
Maddie Devine is a fourth-year student from Belmont, Massachusetts. She is double majoring in Economics and Media Studies and plans on pursuing a career in management consulting upon graduation. In addition to WLDP, Maddie is on the Executive Board for the Women’s Business Forum at McIntire, the Vice-President of Chi Omega Fraternity, and an active member of Madison House and Virginia Ambassadors. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys cheering on the Hoos, going on road trips, watching Netflix, staying active, and hanging out with friends. She is very excited to return to WLDP as a Co-Chair in her third year with the program!

Sarah KochSarah Koch
Sarah is a fourth year Middle Eastern Language and Literature major focusing on Arabic and Persian. In addition to being a member of WLDP's planning committee, Sarah is the Army ROTC cadet executive officer. She is also a member of the Army Color Guard and the Cadet Association president. After first year, she received a Department of Defense language grant to study Arabic in Jordan. The next summer, she traveled to China to observe high school science classes and worked on a research project comparing how boys and girls perform in science classes in China and in the US. She has also conducted research for the Army both in Charlottesville and at the US Military Academy at West Point. Outside of ROTC, she is the vice chair of the Undergraduate Research Network and an ESL tutor.

WLDP Advisors

Kelly ChambersKelly Chambers
Kelly Chambers began her role as Program Coordinator for CIO Support in August 2016. She is a UVA alumna, Class of 2012! While at UVA, she majored in Psychology and Cognitive Science, studied abroad in Spain, served as a Resident advisor for two years, and was an active member of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. She recently completed her Master’s in Higher Education at the University of South Carolina, and is excited to be back at UVA working in Student Activities and co-advising the amazing women that run WLDP!



Stephanie Baer Stephanie Baer
Stephanie Baer is in the Master's in Higher Education program at UVA. She is this year's Graduate Assistant for Student Activities, advising the Women's Leadership Development Program, the Special Events committee of UPC, the Student Photo Initiative, as well as other tasks within Student Activities. Being from Florida, Stephanie is enjoying her experience in Charlottesville and is excited to see snow for the first time!