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Tambria Schroeder '17

Women’s Studies, Political Science, and International Studies with a Certificate in French Studies; Honors College

While at Brockport, Tambria studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia at the New York - St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistic, Cognition, and Culture. She is currently a program specialist in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor’s Office of Global Program at the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

"Being a WMS student taught me to appreciate a multiplicity of identities and the complexities that lie therein. The courses exposed me to the unique and shared challenges that women around the world experience, and encouraged me to pursue a career devoted to addressing them."


  • The College at Brockport’s Annual Scholars Day, Brockport, NY (2017)
  • Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL (2017)
  • National Women Studies Association Conference, Montréal, QC, CA (2016)
  • Seneca Falls Dialogues, Seneca Falls, NY
  • National Women Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI (2015)



  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award (2017)
  • ACT Scholarship for Student Excellence & Initiative (2016)
  • Douglas A. Feldman LGBT Paper Award (2016)
  • International Studies & Women & Gender Studies Departmental Scholar (2015/2016)
  • Honors College Outstanding Senior Award (2017)
  • Jennifer M. Lloyd Women & Gender Studies Essay Prize (2016)
  • Fannie Barrier Williams Woman of Courage Scholarship (2016)
  • Edward J. & Ruth Bauer Gafney Washington Internship Award (2015)
  • W. Raymond Duncan Alumni Scholarship (2015)
  • Elaine K. Miller Modern Cultures & Languages and Women & Gender Studies Scholarship (2015)
  • Alpha Chi National Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
  • Iota Iota Iota Women & Gender Studies Honor Society

Brooke Ophardt with Dr. Karen Logsdon at Commencement 2017

Brooke Ophardt'17

Women and Gender Studies

Brooke is currently a graduate student at The School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is enrolled in the master of public administration program, with a concentration in gender-based violence.

"The Women and Gender Studies program from The College at Brockport has given me the skills and ability to apply the concept of intersectionality of race, class, and gender and how it relates to victims of interpersonal violence in meaningful ways. This solid educational foundation will serve me well as I follow through with my passion to help people who face domestic violence and reproductive injustices."


  • Scholars Day 2017 – Panel Contributor, Brockport, NY
  • Seneca Falls Dialogues 2016 Panel Contributor, Seneca Falls, NY
  • Scholars Day 2016 – Panel Contributor & Poster Presenter, Brockport, NY
  • Student Union Poster Presentation, Brockport, NY
  • NWSA 2015 – Panel Contributor, Milwaukee, WI


Ophardt, Brooke A.,"Body Autonomy During Pregnancy: Where Did it Go?",Dissenting Voices, Vol.5, 2016.

Ophardt, Brooke A., "Disrupting the Lean: Performing a 2016 Declaration of Sentiments", Seneca Falls Dialogues Journal, 2016.


  • The College at Brockport Women’s and Gender Studies Service Award (2017)
  • Iota Iota Iota Honor Society (2016)

Christopher McNeil

Christopher L. McNeil '15

Women and Gender Studies

While at Brockport, Christopher studied abroad in Ghana, Africa. Christopher currently serves in the Military as a commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

"Women and Gender studies opened my eyes to the realities we face today and tomorrow. I’ve learned about some inspirational women of our past, present, and future. The classes are thought provoking and helped me understand the path that I want to take, and what I can help others achieve: Equality!”

Additional Work

  • Internship with the University of Rochester (NROTC) to help identify views of midshipmen in regards to sexual assault within the military.



  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service


Johnny Sparrow '13

Women and Gender Studies, Psychology

Johnny graduated from University of Buffalo earning a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and has his LMSW. Johnny is a social worker at the Arc of Monroe and hopes to begin private practice that serves LGBTQ youth and their families.

"Women and Gender Studies prepared me for the realities of the world we live in and the injustices that many people face. Two questions that resonate with me that I learned from the program are: How do you know what you know, and now that you know what you know, what do you do with that knowledge? Live your truth.... I do that every day thanks to the Women and Gender Studies Program."


Nellie Dennis

Nellie Herman '13

Women and Gender Studies

Nellie graduated from Niagara University with her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently working at BryLin Behavioral Health as Clinical Counselor in the Department of Substance Abuse.

"My WMS degree has given me the knowledge and drive that anyone needs when moving forward in their career and society. This program provides you an understanding of how we can develop an empirical and theoretical perspectives for studying the status and experiences of women all around the world. Wouldn't replace this experience for anything."

Additional Work and Activities

  • Niagara University - Career Services Office
  • YWCA - Domestic Violence Counselor


Kelsey Mahoney

Kelsey Mahoney '14

Women and Gender Studies

Kelsey served as an AmeriCorps*Vista Volunteer in Missoula, Montana, with the Women’s Foundation of Montana. Kelsey’s project focused on their PowerHouse Montana initiative, a website that connects female Montanan businesswomen and entrepreneurs with mentors and resources. Kelsey currently is attending the University of St. Joseph School of Counseling (West Hartford, CT).

"I feel so prepared for this position because of everything WMS taught me. My Vista training included causes of poverty and solutions, and I sat there feeling like I was back in Gender, Race, and Class. I just wanted to start quoting Peggy McIntosh. Vista in general is a good follow-up to the WMS Program since its aim is eliminating poverty and we study so much about it. Thanks so much for everything, Dr. LeSavoy!"


Honors and Awards

  • Triota Honor Society, Spring 2014
  • Tau Sigma Honor Society, Fall 2014

Laura Clark

Laura Clark '13

Women and Gender Studies, Spanish, Honors College

Laura earned the distinguished honor of receiving a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence (2013). Laura was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain, and currently is pursuing an MA in Human Rights Policy and Practice through Erasmus Mundus.

"Being a WMS student gave me a thoughtful, developed framework in which I could analyze the world around me."


Honors and Awards

  • Harriet Whitney Award, The College at Brockport, 2013
  • Elaine K. Miller Scholarship Recipient, The College at Brockport, 2012

Kelly Gaskin

Kelly Gaskin '11

Women and Gender Studies

Kelly began the College at Brockport/Nazareth College collaborative masters in social work program, did a year and a half before transferring to University of Buffalo to begin her PhD in Global Gender Studies. In 2015, she was asked to join a CANAM program. At the end of 2016, she will have earned two masters degrees. She also is currently teaching at Brock University (St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada).

"I began the program because I was constantly unhappy and never understood why, until I took Amber Humphrey (who had the greatest impact on me than any other mentor type figure) and realized all of the oppression's and inequalities that were hurting me. Of course, at first I wanted to run screaming with my ears plugged, but eventually I saw hope in knowledge."

Additional Work and Activities

  • Needle Exchange at an agency that works with HIV positive individuals.
  • Group Coordinator and Individual Support at an inpatient rehabilitation program.
  • Honors and Awards
  • Harriet Whitney Award for Scholastic Excellence


Dena DeFazio '11

Women and Gender Studies, Psychology

Dena earned her Master of Social Work from SUNY Buffalo (2014) and was licensed to practice in New York State in May 2015. She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor at Albany Law School. Before beginning law school, Dena worked as a social worker providing clinical counseling services and supervised visitation to families with children in foster care. This experience inspired Dena’s current endeavor into the field of law. She hopes to use a blended career of law and social work to further the rights of children and families, as well as other disenfranchised and underrepresented groups.

"My experience as a WMS student gave me a framework for viewing the world that has affected every aspect of my life. WMS classes, such as Gender, Race, and Class, exposed me to, and encouraged me to analyze, diverse experiences and ways of thinking, providing me with a more informed and unique basis for my work, studies, and life. My experiences in the program have been the foundation of my passion for advocacy."

Additional Work and Activities

  • Albany Law School LGBT Pro Bono Project
  • Albany Law School Prisoner’s Rights Pro Bono Project
  • Albany Law School Women’s Rugby, Lady Misdemeanors
  • Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, Rockefeller Chapter, Albany, NY
  • Clinical Visitation Worker, Syracuse, NY
  • Graduate Assistant, NYS Office of Mental Health; Children, Youth, and Families Mental Health
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project; Buffalo, NY
  • Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, Epsilon Mu Chapter, Brockport, NY
  • Presentations
  • Scholars Day Presenter; Push by Sapphire: Gender, Race, and Class; The College at Brockport, 2011
  • Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding Student of the Year Award Nominee, SUNY Buffalo, 2014
  • UB Student Employee of the Year Nominee, SUNY Buffalo, 2014
  • Triota Women and Gender Studies Honors Society, The College at Brockport, 2011

Lindsey Cain

Lindsey Cain '09

Women and Gender Studies

Lindsey earned her MSEd in Human Sexuality Education (2013) and has earned her ABD for PhD in Human Sexuality Education, both from Widener University. She currently works as a Training Coordinator, Sexuality Education Training Institute, Planned Parenthood of Deleware,(Newark, DE).

Additional Work

  • Adjunct Instructor - WMS 330 Global Issues of Women and Gender - The College at Brockport
  • Professional Women’s Tackle Football, Pittsburgh Passion, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Supervised a Children’s Community Residence for boys 8-13 with emotional disturbances in Syracuse, New York
  • Clinic Coordinator, Family Planning Clinic of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Presentations
  • Upcoming presentation at the 2016 National Sex Ed Conference titled: “In a compromising position: Sex ed in restrictive environments.” "Reclaiming 'Play Like a Girl': Challenges and Triumphs of Women's Football in Media Representation" - IWFL Championship week, July 2014
  • Keynote Speaker at the 13th Annual Sister to Sister Summit, Washington, Pennsylvania: "Make your story EPIC"
  • IWFL Championship Week: "Reclaiming 'Play Like a Girl': Challenges and Triumphs of Women's Football in Media Representation"
  • Honors and Awards
  • IWFL World Championship, Pittsburgh Passion, 2014
  • Triota, 2009

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans '09

Women and Gender Studies, English

Sarah earned an MA in English Literature and Rhetoric from SUNY Binghamton (2011) and an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Cornell University (2013). She currently works as a senior analyst with The Advisory Board Company, a healthcare research and consulting firm in Washington, DC.

"The interdisciplinary nature of the WMS program taught me to think at the boundaries: to question expectations, to recognize the overlooked, and to always consider alternatives. The implications of this lesson have had great personal and professional impact on me, laying the foundation for graduate study and beyond."

Additional Work

  • Editor in chief, The Cornell Policy Review
  • Fellow, Women's Campaign Fund
  • Adjunct instructor, English, SUNY Binghamton


  • LeSavoy, B, Bergeron, J. & Evans, S. “‘Now I have Something that is Mine’: Women’s Higher Education Gains as Feminist Standpoint” (2011). Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies(v. 9), Special Issue: Gender Equity in Higher Education.

Honors and Awards

  • Cornell University Institute for Public Affairs Fellowship
  • Adams Leadership Award, Cornell University, 2013
  • Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team Grant, for study at a women’s cancer center in Malaysia, Cornell University, 2012
  • Jennifer M. Lloyd Essay Prize, The College at Brockport, 2009
  • Harriet Whitney Award, The College at Brockport, 2009
  • Brockport Leadership Academy Award, 2008

Kimberly Adams

Kimberly Adams '08

Women and Gender Studies, CSTEP/McNair Research Scholar

Kimberly earned her Juris Doctor in Child Welfare, Juvenile and Education Law from Wayne State University Law School (2013). As an Equal Justice Works Postgraduate Fellow, she is currently participating in the Boots on the Ground Project, working with Akron Community Legal Aid Services in Ohio.

Honors and Awards

  • Wayne State University Law School Equal Justice Works Fellow, 2013
  • Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Summer Fellow, 2012
  • Equal Justice America Public Interest Summer Fellow, 2012
  • Damon J. Keith Research Fellow, 2011–12
  • Wayne State University Law School Public Interest Law Fellow, 2011 and 2009
  • Founder, Wayne State University Law School Family and Juvenile Law Society
  • Chair, Wayne OUTlaws, 2011–12
  • Member of Law School Congress, National LGBT Bar Association
  • Harriet Whitney Award, The College at Brockport, 2008


Jamie Bergeron '08

Women and Gender Studies, Spanish, CSTEP/McNair Research Scholar

Jamie earned an EdM in Higher Education Student Affairs from the University at Buffalo (2010). Currently, she is the diversity coordinator at Northeastern University.

"WMS was the place I called home. The academic rigor and critical thinking skills I gained continue to serve me today. Our small classes prepared me for the deep reasoning and research necessary for a career in higher education. My faculty guided me and built my confidence as a first-generation college student!"

Additional Work

  • Assistant Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Salem State University, Salem, MA, 2013–14
  • Assistant Dean and Director of LGBTQ Initiatives, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 2010–13
  • Taught LGBTQ Culture as adjunct faculty, Women and Gender Studies, The College at Brockport
  • Graduate Assistant, LGBTQ, Wellness Education Services, University at Buffalo, 2008–10


  • LeSavoy, B, Bergeron, J. & Evans, S. “‘Now I have Something that is Mine’: Women’s Higher Education Gains as Feminist Standpoint” (2011). Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies (v. 9), Special Issue: Gender Equity in Higher Education.

Honors and Awards

  • The College at Brockport Women and Gender Studies Senior Scholar, 2008

Rebekah Orr

Rebekah Orr '08

Women and Gender Studies, Sociology, CSTEP/ McNair Research Scholar

Rebekah earned an MA in Sociology from Syracuse University (2010) and is currently ABD for a PhD in Sociology, with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Women's and Gender Studies, also from Syracuse. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA).

Brockport's Women and Gender Studies Program not only prepared me for success in graduate school, but it provided me with an academic family that remains an important part of my life today."

Honors and Awards

  • Harriet Whitney Award, The College at Brockport, 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Syracuse University
  • Joan Lukas Rothenberg Graduate Student Service Award, Syracuse University

Last Updated 3/21/18

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