Committee Bios, 2013-2014

Alexandra BarnesAlexandra Barnes
I am Alexandra Barnes. I have from Richmond, Virginia. I am a pre-Commerce student and I also want to double major in Global Development Studies. I hope to work for the business side of a non-profit organization. I love to run, read, do yoga and I am also a ceramic artist. I never considered myself an artist until high school when I learned how to make pots, and I fell in love with it. I spend time every week in the studio creating, and it is one of my favorite things to do.
I have three older brothers that I am extremely close with. My brothers are some of my best friends and I love spending time with them and my entire family. We love to travel and I have been fortunate enough to go with my family to many countries all around the world. My parents instilled a love of travel in me from an early age and I love to see new places and experience different cultures.
After graduation I would love to spend some time in New York City but ultimately do not see myself living in a big city long term. I love nature and animals, so I could potentially live in a more rural area as I get older.

Nataly CherepanskyNataly Cherepansky
Nataly Cherepansky is a fourth-year student originally born in Minsk, Belarus who grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. She is majoring in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and Management, a track in Business Analytics, and a minor in Psychology. Nataly was a participant of WLDP her first year, spent two years on the committee, and is now one of the two co-chairs. Post-graduation, Nataly will be a consultant at Baker Tilly in Northern Virginia. Outside of school and work, her passions are dogs (especially pitbulls), volleyball, and eating cheese. Other groups Nataly participates in include McIntire Mentors, McIntire Ambassadors, the Slavic Student Association, UVa IM-Rec, and the Charlottesville SPCA.


Nikita DodbeleNikita Dodbele
Nikita Dodbele is a fourth year student majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Along with being a member of the WLDP Planning Committee she is the Vice President of External Affairs for the Indian Student Association and the Vice President for the American Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She is also involved with research in the Environmental Science department and works at Ulta beauty in barracks. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, trying out new restaurants in Charlottesville, and catching up on her favorite comedy shows.



Sarah DudleySarah Dudley
Sarah Dudley is a 3rd year Biology and Psychology major from Gloucester, Va. Aside from WLDP, she works as a scribe in the UVA ED, does research in the Cognitive Aging lab, and is a Peer Teacher for the Intro Bio labs. Sara hopes to one day attend Medical School in order to become a Pediatrician. In her free time, she enjoys piano, tennis, volleyball, and baking.




Victoria GrahamVictoria Graham
Victoria Graham (Vicky) is a 4th year. She is originally from Darnestown, Maryland but recently moved to Boulder, Colorado this past summer. As a double major in Media Studies and Government, Vicky wants to work within the media policy field, specifically within copyright. This past summer, she has the opportunity to work as a production intern for Discovery Communications in Silver Spring, Maryland within the Science Channel department, editing and producing content for shows such as Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freedman and Survivorman. Vicky has been a part of WLDP since her first year, as a participant, and has been a part of the committee since 2nd year. At UVa, she is the president of the club field hockey team and a research assistant within the USOAR program.  Vicky enjoys running, grabbing dinner at Lemongrass, and catching up on Scandal episodes on Netflix. 

Samantha KarpSamantha Karp
Samantha (Sam) Karp is a third year student from Connecticut. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Bioethics, and looking to possibly double major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In addition to WLDP, she is co-President and a mentor for Cavs and Panthers Mentoring organization, is the President for Hoos for a Cure, does undergraduate research in a Psychology lab, and is a member of Sigma Delta Tau. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, rooting for the New York Yankees, running, and spending time with friends and family. Please feel free to contact her with any questions at!


Madeline KotoriyMadeline Kotoriy
I am a second year anthropology major from Great Falls, Virginia, but being an army brat, I have lived in several other places around the country including Washington, Kansas, North Carolina, and Texas.  I was attracted to UVA by its impressive academic standing, its strong student-led initiative, and beautiful Charlottesville.  Around grounds I am involved with HOPE (Hoos Open to Preventing Eating Disorders), the Virginia Anthropology Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and, of course, WLDP.  Additionally, I like to volunteer at the Haven, the local homeless shelter in downtown Charlottesville.  In my free time I really enjoy running, visiting the famer’s market, seeing movies, and cooking. 

As a new member of the WLDP committee family, I am really excited to be a part of planning this year’s program because I was able to learn so much from last year.  The empowering speakers from last year were so inspiration that I am glad to be a part of the wonderful WLDP network that encourages and facilitates young women exploring different means and perspectives of achieving leadership goals.  I am looking forward to continuing my accumulation of learning about strengthening our community of women leaders here at UVA.

Alicia MuratoreAlicia Muratore
Hi! I am Alicia Muratore. I am a fourth year, Biology major and am interested in entering the medical field after graduation. Outside of WLDP, I am involved in several different activities. I spend a large portion of my time working in a clinical research lab with patients who have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, COPD, and numerous other lung diseases. Additionally, I am a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and served as VP Risk Management. I also currently am a lifeguard at the AFC. In my free time, I love to go hiking, and have hiked many incredible trails near Charlottesville. I also enjoy swimming. I love going to the beach, and will jump at any opportunity to go. I love traveling and would love to go abroad in the future.


Emily PaulEmily Paul
Emily Paul is a third year double major in Urban and Environmental Planning and Spanish. Emily grew up in a Hartville, Ohio, a tiny, rural town in the northeastern part of the state. Emily loves to read, write, be outside, and one day will travel the world! She took her first step this summer by spending five weeks in Spain. During the semester, she works in the Hereford Heritage Garden as manager, located in the residential college where she lives. WLDP is one of Emily’s favorite extracurricular programs because it fosters a community of females and advances dialogue about women’s issues.


Mary Cate SwadbaMary Cate Swadba
Mary Cate is a 3rd year in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is majoring in Art History, hoping to travel to England to pursue a Masters and then a career in museums or auction houses. Beyond her involvement in WLDP, Mary Cate volunteers for Madison House’s Adopt-A-Grandparent, and is a member of the Inter-Sorority Council community. She also works at the Special Collections Library as a Manuscript Processing Assistant. After going through a training process, Mary Cate is also a docent at the UVaM The Fralin. She is further involved with the UVaM The Fralin during Final Fridays, when she helps to plan receptions for the Elmaleh Gallery in the Architecture School. This past summer she interned at the Newark Museum in New Jersey. In her free time Mary Cate enjoys sleeping, hanging out with friends, and watching the English Premier League.

Margaret TarmannMargaret Tarmann
Margaret Tarmann is a 4th year from Arlington, Virginia majoring in Environmental Science and Medieval Studies. She has been involved in WLDP since her first year when her RA was the co-chair and now has ended up following in her footsteps! She is passionate about preparing women leaders to succeed in male dominated environments because of her own experiences in Naval ROTC, through which she will hopefully be commissioning as UVA's first female submarine officer this spring. Outside of WLDP and NROTC, she is also the Education Director for Sigma Sigma Sigma, president of Global Environmental Brigades (if you want to go to Panama this spring break let her know!), and was the team leader for a Jefferson Public Citizens Project that did research in Tajikistan this past summer. Additionally, she is involved with College Council, VISAS, Green Dining, and political organizing and was named a finalist for the national Harry S. Truman Scholarship last spring. In her free time, she enjoys reading in UVA's beautiful gardens and going to cultural events around Charlottesville. Feel free to stop by her room, 9 West Lawn, anytime!

Katherine WilliamsKatherine Williams
My name is Katherine Williams, and I am a fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am currently applying to medical school, and I am double majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish. In addition to WLDP, I am a program director for Madison House Medical Services, a volunteer at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. I have also been a teaching assistant for general chemistry and a research assistant for a lab at the UVA Medical School Neuroscience Department. My hobbies include reading, experimenting with baking and cooking, and watching shows on Netflix. I also love to travel; I studied abroad in Valencia two summers ago, traveled to Panama with Global Medical Brigades, and frequently travel to Greece to visit with family. 

Larkin WillisLarkin Willis
Larkin Willis is a fourth-year Political & Social Thought major from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Larkin has one foot in the Curry School of Education and another in the UVa School of Architecture for her thesis research on the social meanings behind recent Irish education reform. When she’s not fulfilling her duties as a member of the WLDP planning committee, Larkin can be found buried in Alderman stacks, mouthing the high notes in St. Paul’s Chancel Choir, or editing art content for two student-run literary magazines: the Declaration and Glass, Garden. Her work experience varies widely from stocking merchandise at the 2012 U.S. Open to desk work in the national office of a major Irish nonprofit. Larkin looks forward to many things this spring: a completed capstone, the end of job applications, and—most importantly—the opportunity through WLDP to meet and connect with inspired young women.

Carol YacoubCarol Yacoub
My name is Carol and I am a third-year psychology major. I love people and being involved and extremely busy when I can; being in the company of others gives me energy. When I am not at WLDP, I am involved in Pre-dental Society, Salsa Club, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, a Social Neuroscience Lab, and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.I love service and mission work, which is why I decided to coordinate a medical and dental trip to Costa Rica this upcoming winter break. I am absolutely the girl to have hour long conversations about real-world problems and philosophical issues, because I like understanding the meaning and purpose behind things. I aspire to one day become a dentist and have my own private practice as well as do dental mission work in underprivileged countries. My goal throughout my time at UVA is to make life-long friendships, have more fun than I can imagine, study topics that I enjoy, and learn a great deal about myself and my passions.