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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. 

2014-15 Student Advocate Team


Denae Amole is currently a senior majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration. On campus, she is involved in the P3 Program, as well as, mentoring four other female college students off campus through Sponsor-A-Scholar. When she is not on campus she can be found styling and interacting with clients at the Loft. Over the summer she had the opportunity to intern for Target Stores as their Executive Team Lead and plans on using the skills she gained there to make her a better leader in her community and workplace.


Lindsey Fergus is a second year graduate student in the M.S. in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling program. Before attending Mount Mary, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Art at UW-Milwaukee with two minors in psychology and art history. She is excited to be a part of the Women's Leadership Institute to help empower and educate women both on campus and in the community. She hopes to use her experience in Women's Studies and that from the Wome’s Leadership Institute in her future career as a counselor to do the same.


Maddie Johannes is a freshman pursuing a bachelor's degree in social work. She has a passion for service and has had volunteer experiences at places including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Ozaukee Women's Shelter, and Balance Inc. Madison wants to use this experience to build leadership skills to help bring into the community.


Jenny Klawitter will obtain her M.S. degree in School Counseling in May 2015 and plans on pursing her ultimate goal of becoming a school district administrator by enrolling in an Educational Policy and Leadership program in the fall of 2015. She currently volunteers for various organizations such as My Life My Plan and Hunger Task Force. On campus her involvement includes serving as the Non-Traditional and Graduate Student Senator for the Student Government Association and as a Student Advocate for the Women's Leadership Institute. Her membership affiliations include Psi Chi Honor Society, Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA), and American School Counselor Association (ASCA).


Margaret Martinez is currently a student in the MBA program and received her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design with a minor in Fine Art in 2013. She serves as Co-Chair of Student Affairs for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Allied Member of the American Interior Design Association. She has created a mentoring program for student members in the state chapter that gives them the opportunity to network with professional members and receive valuable career advice as they transition from a student to an emerging professional. Her passion for leadership and advocacy has led her to volunteer positions in her neighborhood association and with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where she tutors English to Spanish speaking adults. She is returning for the second year to the Women's Leadership Institute as a Student Advocate and is excited for the opportunity to once again help inspire women to reach their fullest potential and become role models in their own communities.


Melina Mendez is double majoring in Business Administration and English. With a deep passion for service and ability to speak two languages fluently, she has volunteered with Centro Hispano and Voces de la Frontera. She is currently a tutor for Milwaukee Achiever and enjoys being part of fixing Milwaukee’s illiteracy crisis. On campus, she is Student Advocate for the Women’s Leadership institute, member of the Honors Program and her compositions can be found in Mount Mary’s publication of Paper Clips. After graduating, she is planning on attending law school.


Erin Mihor is double majoring in English and Sociology/Behavioral Science as well as pursuing a Peace Building Certificate. She is actively working on building a relationship with the School Sisters of Notre Dame through regular volunteer work and a future internship placement. With a passion for building community and sustainable living, Erin is actively involved in local gardening education and community beautification organizations. Upon graduation, she hopes to work within the public sector, helping to advocate for sustainable and fair urban food.


Shannon Molter is majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations, as well as minoring in Writing for New Media. On campus, she is involved with the Communications Club and is also a reporter and editor for Arches Newspaper. Displaying a strong interest in fashion, she handles publicity for the Mount Mary Fashion Association, and has volunteered for the Mount Mary Fashion Show for the past 3 years. After studying abroad in London and Italy, Shannon is eager to travel more often and see more of the world..


Michaela Peterson Michaela Peterson is a junior in the Occupational Therapy and Spanish programs of study. She is currently serving as a volunteer at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in their Escort, Occupational Therapy, and No Vet Dies Alone programs. She is looking forward to her first year as an advocate with the Women's Leadership Institute. She has spent time abroad in Costa Rica and looks forward to her next destination which will be Spain in the summer of 2016.


Heidi Ratzlaff is studying Art Therapy with an emphasis in Fine Art and Psychology. Along with being a student advocate for the Women's Leadership Institute, she is in Campus Ministry and the Honors Program. After graduation, Heidi plans on working with children who are hospitalized and also those who have disabilities.


Andrea Roell is working towards a biology degree in order to enter the medical field. She has a strong sense of commitment to Mount Mary and is highly involved on campus. She is involved in Campus Ministry, Tri-Beta National Biological Society, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She also is a member of the Blue Angel's volleyball team and works as a Student Alumnae Ambassador. In her spare time, Andrea serves the community as a volunteer for the afterschool homework club at Our Next Generation and as a Special Olympics volunteer. She also participated in the Institute's 2014 Summer Leadership Institute.


Katie Roell is a Caroline Scholar earning a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She anticipates graduation in December 2014. With a deep passion for service, she currently volunteers with the Aurora Hospital, Lead2Change, and Common Ground. She believes, "not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything [I] can," as said by Ashleigh Brilliant. At Mount Mary she participates in Campus Ministry, Communications Club, and works as an Ambassador for the Alumnae. She is proud to be a part of an influential institution that invests in women to transform the world.


Zahra Said is in her first year at Mount Mary majoring in fashion design and she hopes to be an international designer someday. She is the oldest of ten children and strives to always be a role model to her younger siblings and young women everywhere. She enjoys writing and watching movies, especially romantic comedies. She has volunteered previously with the Urban Ecology Center and the Women’s Shelter. She is excited about becoming more involved on campus through the Women’s Leadership Institute.