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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.

Emily Cardinas
Project Assistant

(504) 865-5565
  1326 Audubon St.

Emily Cardinas is the Project Assistant at the Newcomb College Institute. She works directly for the Newcomb Alumnae Office and helps coordinate local and regional events for alumnae. In 2015, Emily earned a B.A. in African & African Diaspora Studies and Environmental Studies with a minor in Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship and a B.S. in Public Health from Tulane University. She plans to pursue her MPH through the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.


Aisha Champagne
Senior Graphic Designer

(504) 865-5540
  1326 Audubon 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.

Suzanne Ellis
Operations Coordinator

(504) 865-5422
7025 Freret St.

Suzanne Ellis is the House Assistant for the Newcomb College Institute. She worked toward an Elementary degree at LSU and then at UNO. A local New Orleanian, Suzanne recently moved back to New Orleans from Texas, and brings with her an enormous amount of organizational, higher education, and event planning experience that greatly benefits in her managing and maintaining the Newcomb College Institute house.

Ally Halperin
Development Officer

(504) 314-7293
1326 Audubon St.

Ally Halperin is the Development Officer for the Newcomb College Institute.  She grew up in Central Florida and enrolled in Newcomb in 2004, studying theatre and political science during her time as a Tulane student.  Ally received her BFA and BA cum laude in 2008.  During her time at Tulane, she was active in the Department of Theatre and Dance, served as an Honor Board Officer, was a Newcomb Scholar and part of Mortar Board, Oak Wreath, and Daisy Chain.  Following a stint as a professional stage manager, Ally worked as the Senior Admissions Counselor for Music and Fine Arts Recruitment at Loyola University New Orleans prior to Tulane Fund as part of the Associates program in January 2012.  She served as a Tulane Fund Class Officer working with alumni as part of Tulane’s new reunion program until April 2014.  Ally is also pursuing her MBA through the A.B. Freeman School of Business. 

Malliron Hodge
Senior Program Coordinator

(504) 314-7657
 7025 Freret St.

Malliron Hodge is the Senior Program Coordinator of New College Institute, where she coordinates student leadership programming, works closely with student organizations and oversees various NCI events. To this position Malliron brings a passion for community engagement and involvement. Originally from Bunn, North Carolina, Malliron relocated to New Orleans to serve as a Tulane Americorps* VISTA at ARISE Academy, in the role of Community Partnership Coordinator, in 2011. 

Prior to joining NCI, Malliron was the Job Placement Specialist at Cafe Reconcile. She received her Masters in Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from Indiana University and her BS in Business Management from Winston-Salem State University. 

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.

Sophia Leonard
Student Leadership and Engagement Graduate Assistant

7025 Freret St.

Sophia Leonard is the Student Leadership and Engagement Graduate Assistant at NCI. She helps coordinate the Newcomb Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary honors program for women that focuses on research, community, and leadership. Sophia graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and History from Tulane University and was a member of the 2015 Newcomb Scholars cohort. During her time as an undergraduate, she served in various leadership positions within the Division of Student Affairs and conducted independent research projects on Southern fiction and religion. She is now in the final year of her Master’s program in English at Tulane University.

Anna Mitchell Mahoney
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. 

Prior to joining Tulane, Anna served as the Director of the Knowledge and Power Mission Course and Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program at Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University. 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.

Sarah McAllister
Newcomb Director of Alumnae Relations and Annual Giving

(504) 862-3109
  1326 Audubon St.

Sarah McAllister is the Newcomb Director of Alumnae Relations and Annual Giving. A Tulane alumna, Sarah brings a passion for relationship building to the position. A trained social worker with experience coordinating volunteer groups, her commitment to the city of New Orleans began immediately following Hurricane Katrina when she relocated from Florida to assist in relief efforts. She comes to the position as an internal candidate from the Newcomb College Institute, where she worked with students and alumnae to facilitate mentoring and internship opportunities. She received her Masters in Social Work from the Tulane University School of Social Work. She is originally from Gulport, Florida and received her BS in Psychology from Lees-McRae College.

Chloe Raub
Archivist and Special Collections Librarian

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

Chloe Raub is an Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections. 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. Her career in archives began at the Newcomb Archives her senior year at Tulane. She then lived and worked in Washington, DC for six years, where she held positions with several libraries and archives, including George Washington University’s Special Collections Research Center and the American Institute of Physics Neils Bohr Library and Archives, as well as an internship with the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. Chloe has a Master of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in Museum Training from George Washington University and a Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management from The Catholic University of America. She is thrilled to be working to preserve and enhance access to the historic records of Newcomb College and NCI, as well as the documentary and literary materials representing the lives and work of women that can be found in our archives and special collections.

Jaelle Scheuerman
User Services Analyst III - Technology Liaison

(504) 865-5765
Caroline Richardson Building #205

Jaelle Scheuerman joined Newcomb College Institute as a Tech Liaison in July 2010. She manages the Collat Media Lab, which aims to provide undergraduate women with technical skills by offering training, support and resources.  She oversees an internship program that provides students the opportunity to work with faculty and staff on multidisciplinary projects.  Jaelle also maintains the web presence for the Newcomb College Institute and provides technical support to the staff.  Prior to joining the Tulane University staff, she worked in many roles as a technology professional including web design, application development, technical editing, training and support. She received her BS in Computer Science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2010 and her MS in Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University in 2014.

Aidan Smith, PhD
Administrative Assistant Professor for Advancement Communications

(504) 865-5539
1326 Audubon St.

Aidan Smith joined the staff as External Affairs Officer in 2011, and now serves as Administrative Assistant Professor for Advancement Communications.  She teaches the first year seminar in the Newcomb Scholars Program, History and Philosophy of Higher Education: The Role of College Women.  She recently completed her doctorate in American Studies  at the University of Hawaii upon completion of her dissertation, "All in the Family: Modern U.S. Presidential Campaigns, Gender Performance and Compensatory Heterosexuality."  She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College and holds a master's degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. She has taught undergraduate communications courses at Cornell University and Ithaca College and periodically teaches in Tulane's communication department. Her research interests include social and cultural history of the 20th century, media studies, and gender theory.

She is a member of the National Women's Studies Association, the American Studies Association and the Popular Culture Association.

 Kaitlin Splett (SLA '12)
Program Coordinator

(504) 247-1633
7025 Freret St.

Kaitlin Splett is the Program Coordinator at Newcomb College Institute. She manages the Newcomb Scholars program and the Newcomb College Institute's internship funding and opportunities. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and received her BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Newcomb-Tulane College in 2012. Prior to joining the NCI team, Kaitlin spent four years in Housing and Residence Life at Tulane. She is a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

Chali Temple
Executive Secretary

(504) 314-7651
 7025 Freret St.

Chali Temple serves as the Executive Secretary to the Executive Director of Newcomb College Institute. She joined NCI’s staff in October, 2014 after serving as the Administrative Assistant for the French Legation Museum in Austin, TX. Prior to moving to Austin, Chali attended Elon University in North Carolina and earned a BA degree in Anthropology. Many of her Anthropology courses focused on issues with cultural gender interpretation and understanding, which contributed to her familiarity with women’s and gender studies. Chali has also been extensively trained in cultural competency, diversity awareness, and conflict resolution skills.


Gwen Thompkins
Visiting Scholar


Gwen Thompkins, is the former East Africa bureau chief for National Public Radio, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She was also the longtime editor of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, with Scott Simon. In 2011, after a Nieman Foundation for Journalism fellowship at Harvard University, Thompkins returned home to New Orleans. Thompkins is a freelance writer and commentator for NPR. She’s also the creator, host and executive producer of Music Inside Out, with Gwen Thompkins, a public radio program featuring Louisiana artists whose music resonates around the world.

Jessica Troske
Budget and Administrative Coordinator

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 and is pursuing a Master‘s in Literature from her alma mater.  Her current research project explores southern writer William Faulkner’s novels and the social construction of gender and race relations.   For the last ten years, Jessica has worked 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.

Lauren Wethers
Student Leadership and Engagement Graduate Assistant

7025 Freret St.

Lauren Wethers is the Student Leadership and Engagement Graduate Assistant. She helps to coordinate activities for the NCI student organizations and also assists in planning Take Back the Night, a walk to end sexual assault. Lauren is originally from the Saint Louis area and moved to New Orleans in 2011 to attend Tulane. She graduated magna cum laude in May 2015 with a B.A. in English and Spanish and a minor in film studies. During her time as an undergraduate, Lauren was a leader of many student organizations and was recognized with the Dean Donald R. Moore Crest Award for her involvement. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English through Tulane's 4+1 accelerated degree program.

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. Her work also promotes faculty and student research on women through grants programs. In addition, she conducts research projects assigned by the Executive Director.

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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