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Susan Baughman
Project Assistant

   Susan Baughman

Susan Baughman is the Project Assistant at Newcomb College Institute. She earned her bachelor of arts in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012. Prior to joining NCI, Susan was an intern at the Women’s Resource Center at Loyola and served as a Women’s Studies Advisory board member and a Women’s Resource Center Advisory board member. She is also a certified sexual assault advocate and has volunteered at Metropolitan Center for Women and Children.

Christine Bostick
Executive Secretary to the Director

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(504) 314-7651
43 Newcomb Pl.

Christine Bostick joined the Newcomb College Institute Staff in May 2013, as Executive Secretary to the Director. She performs a wide variety of duties that assist the Director in the day to day operations of the Institute, with a focus on scheduling and research. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Chris has had a long career in policy and speech writing, as well as administrative support, having worked for such prestigious organizations as the National Office of the NAACP, Mfume for U.S. Senate and the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Creative Writing, and was among the first group of UMBC Humanities Scholars. Chris has lived in New Orleans since 2005, and is proud to call it home; she is also a certified and licensed Massage Therapist.

Rosalind Blanco Cook
Assistant, Newcomb College Institute

(504) 865-5422
43 Newcomb Pl.

Rosalind Blanco Cook, an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, currently teaches Southern Politics and Urban Politics courses. She has also taught Louisiana Politics, Politics of Hurricane Katrina, American Government and International Relations at Tulane.

Prior to joining NCI, Rosalind, a native of New Orleans, worked as a media relations and communications specialist, directing public relations programs. Concentrating on coordinating and implementing media coverage, public relations and employee information programs, Rosalind worked in the Department of Communications during the mayoral administrations of Marc H. Morial and for one year for C. Ray Nagin. Rosalind also served as the spokesperson and the media/public relations manager for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. In that capacity, she prepared a communications plan for the post-Katrina re-structuring of public transportation in the City of New Orleans.

Rosalind serves on the boards of the League of Women Voters of New Orleans, the IWO, the New Orleans Coalition, and on the Board of Trustees of the Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana (TMSEL) Retirement Income Plan.

Rosalind has also taught political science courses at Loyola University, the University of New Orleans, Xavier University, and Dillard University.

Ally Halperin
Development Officer

Ally Halperin
(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. 

Marian Herbert-Bruno
Senior Graphic Designer

Marian Herbert-Bruno
(504) 865-5540
1326 Audubon St.

Marian Herbert-Bruno has been the graphic designer for Newcomb College Institute since its inception. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from University of New Orleans where she received the Ida Kohlmeyer Award for outstanding achievement in studio art. She specializes in graphic design for higher education and has been the recipient of numerous regional and national graphic design awards, including CASE, AIGA and Print magazine.

Malliron Hodge
Senior Program Coordinator
(504) 314-7657
 43 Newcomb Pl

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. 


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.

Karen Reichard
Administrative Assistant Professor and Director of Student Leadership and Engagement

   Reichard web
43 Newcomb Pl.

Karen Reichard is Administrative Assistant Professor and Director of Student Leadership and Engagement at the Newcomb College Institute. She earned her Master's degree from the Middlebury College program in Paris and her doctorate degree from Tulane University in Eighteenth-Century French literature with a focus on women's production of knowledge. She recently held the position of Director of the Women's Resource Center at Loyola University New Orleans. In her community work, Dr. Reichard has served on the board of directors for the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and as the Louisiana State Chair for CARE U.S. She is also a graduate of the HERS Bryn Mawr Leadership Institute for Women in Higher Education.

Gracibel Boesch Rickerfor
Program Coordinator/ Manager, Newcomb Alumnae Office

Gracibel Rickerfor
(504) 865-5565
1326 Audubon St.

Gracibel Boesch Rickerfor joined Newcomb Alumnae Affairs as Assistant to the Director in 1995. She performs a variety of duties including database maintenance, alumnae correspondence, and assisting with the Fifty Year and Homecoming Reunion programs, as well as New Orleans-area alumnae events. Graci came to the University after working in the New Orleans steamship business for 35 years. She is originally from Honduras, where she finished her education at Sacred Heart College.  She has been living in New Orleans for over 50 years.

Jaelle Scheuerman
User Services Analyst III - Technology Liaison

Jaelle Scheuerman
(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 bachelor’s degree in computer science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2010.

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 earned her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College and holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida.  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 served as Associate Director of Alumnae Affairs at Barnard for several years before returning to graduate studies. 

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 Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association.

 Kaitlin Splett (SLA '12)
Program Coordinator

Kaitlin Splett
(504) 247-1633
43 Newcomb Pl.

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).

Jessica Troske
Budget and Administrative Coordinator

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43 Newcomb Pl.

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.

Susan Tucker, PhD (NC '72)
Curator of Books and Records, Newcomb Archives

Susan Tucker
(504) 865-5239
Caroline Richardson Building #201

Susan Tucker, Curator of Books and Records, oversees the Newcomb Archives and Special Collections within the Vorhoff Library of the Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University. A former Fulbright scholar to Iceland, Susan has been active over the years in the Women's Collections Roundtable of the Society of the American Archivists as well as numerous local and regional archival groups. She is currently at work on an illustrated history of New Orleans records with special attention to the private and public records kept and used by women.  In the past two years, Susan has served as an editor of Newcomb College, 1886-2006 (LSU Press, 2012) and Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement (University Press of Mississippi, 2013). Earlier works include Telling Memories Among Southern Women (LSU Press, 1988), and editing of The Scrapbook in American Life (Temple University Press, 2006), and New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories (University Press of Mississippi, 2009). The Scrapbook in American Life won the Allen G. Noble book award for the best-edited book in the field of North American material culture.

Laura Wolford
Assistant Director for Administration and Programs

Wolford Web
(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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