15 Faces of 2015

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In honor of a new year and the amazing women who make up our membership, we rounded up 15 Alpha Phis worth getting to know in 2015 — from a doctor leading the way in Ebola treatment and a Phoenix-based small business owner, to a political powerhouse and an innovative entrepreneur making waves in the fashion industry. We're proud to share with you some of Alpha Phi's boldest and brightest with the Quarterly's 15 Faces of 2015. 

The women featured in this article were nominated by Alpha Phi sisters and selected by staff at the Alpha Phi Executive Office. The nominations process was promoted through social media platforms in January 2015. For more information, contact quarterly@alphaphi.org 

aurigemma.jpgRosemarie Aurigemma, Ph.D. (Delta-Cornell)
Chief of the Drug Development Section, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

While the rest of the world became aware of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in 2014, Dr. Rosemarie Aurigemma and her team have been helping drug development efforts for over a decade. Dr. Aurigemma oversees a division supporting the development of new drugs to treat infectious diseases. In fall 2013, Dr. Aurigemma and her team were awarded a contract for development of an EVD treatment drug, which is now in testing in human trials.  

Kate Hogan Berger (Iota-Wisconsin)
Features Editor, PEOPLE.com

In 2008, Kate joined the ranks of PEOPLE.com as an assistant editor, and three years later, she took over as PEOPLE.com's style news editor. In her current role as a staff features editor, Kate leads the features team of PEOPLE.com to communicate relevant and breaking news, including the most-read feature on the site: the daily Star Tracks.

Ali Boddy (Theta Zeta-Florida Tech)
Civil Engineering and Sustainability Studies Major

Ali is a senior civil engineering and sustainability studies major who hopes to work in hydrology following graduation. She is a certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate, and most recently, she was selected as one of American Society of Civil Engineers' New Faces of Civil Engineering. Each year, this honor is given to 10 talented collegians for their academic accomplishments and commitment to serving others. 

Stephanie Christenholz Coulston (Beta Epsilon-Arizona)
Owner and Operator, Sundrops Nail Spot

When Stephanie worked a desk job in her early 20s, she often treated herself to a manicure or pedicure after a long day at the office. She noticed a need in the market for a nail salon that offered luxury services at a reasonable price, and in September 2007, Phoenix-based Sundrops Nail Spot was born. The salon features an upscale nail boutique and a shop filled with beauty products, apparel, accessories and more. 

Barbie Bartelt Damon (Tau-Oregon)
Marathon Runner

In 11 years, Barbie and her husband have completed a marathon in every state. Barbie credits Alpha Phi's philanthropic mission, women's heart health, and the American Heart Association (AHA) as her gateway into running. Barbie initially joined the AHA's Train to End Stroke (TTES) Program, which allows participants to train for and run a marathon while raising funds for the cause. After completing this first marathon in Kona, HI, the duo never stopped, wrapping up their 50th marathon in Chicago, Ill in October 2014. 

Emma Dreher (Iota Theta-Wilfrid Laurier)
Global Studies Major with a Legal Studies Concentration 

In 2014, Emma was nominated as the North American coordinating ambassador for One Young World, a UK-based not-for-profit that brings together the brightest young people from around the world at an annual summit. Emma attended the most recent summit in Dublin, Ireland, and as the coordinating ambassador, she serves as an advocate for her region, researching and promoting initiatives and shaping the agenda of the 2015 event. 

Olga Martinez Hickman, Ph.D. (Iota Beta-St. Mary's)
Senior Field Trainer/Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin

After obtaining her doctorate, Dr. Olga Martinez Hickman became part of an elite category of only five percent of Hispanics to complete a Ph.D. Dr. Martinez Hickman's research has focused on urban education from a sociological and multicultural perspective, and the scope of her current research involves the experiences of middle-class Latino parents in predominately white schools in Texas. 

Jennifer Alderson Page (Chi-Montana)
Motivational Speaker and Heart Ambassador, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)

When Jennifer's son Max was born with a severe congenital heart defect, she and her husband brought him to CHLA for treatment, and since his birth, he has endured nine surgeries. As a CHLA heart ambassador, Jennifer works with a community of families and friends to fund initiatives that will revolutionize pediatric cardiology. In February 2014, the ambassadors began their fundraising efforts to build a hybrid surgery suite at CHLA, which will combine the settings of a traditional operating room with those of a cardiac catheterization laboratory. Jennifer has also worked closely with Loyola Marymount (Zeta Beta) to raise funds for CHLA.

Cat Reid (Beta-Northwestern)
Journalism Major at the Medill School of Journalism 

As co-director of Northwestern News Network's (NNN) Executive Board, Cat works with a team of students who shoot, write, edit, anchor, produce and direct their own newscasts. In 2014, she and her team accepted a collegiate Emmy for Best Student Newscast. Cat has also interned with the New York Bureau of FOX News, where her story on female veterans' access to healthcare aired on Happening Now with Jenna Lee and John Scott. 

Meaghan Rose (Eta Lambda-George Mason)
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rocksbox

After lending out pieces from her own personal jewelry collection, Meaghan noticed a need among women to simplify the jewelry-shopping process. With an MS in economics from Johns Hopkins and an MBA from the Wharton School, Meaghan put her skills to work and in May 2012 she co-founded Rocksbox — a membership-based personalized jewelry styling service. 

Allysa Dittmar (Zeta Omicron-Johns Hopkins)
Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Two weeks before Allysa's sophomore year of college, she lost her mother to suicide. In 2012, Allysa joined the AFSP and participated in her first Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk, a 16-18-mile overnight journey to raise awareness and funds for suicide research, advocacy and prevention. Since her first walk, Allysa has shared her story as a field advocate on Capitol Hill and raised more than $25,000 for the organization. 

Kara Keigan (Epsilon Theta-Northern Iowa)
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Uprising Magazine

After studying at the London College of Fashion during summer 2014, Kara — a textiles and apparel major — returned to campus and put her talent to work. She developed Uprising Magazine, the university's first print magazine, covering progressive fashion, art, music and culture. In her role as founder and editor-in-chief, Kara has recruited a group of talented student designers, photographers, musicians and artists to showcase their abilities and provide them with hands-on experience in the publishing industry. 

Riva Litman (Lambda-UC/Berkeley)
Communications Director, House Republican Conference

A Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) alumna, Riva currently serves as the communications director for the House Republican Conference. She also launched the first-ever congressional staff organization for Republican female staffers — GOP Women on the Hill — which provides women with mentorship opportunities and introduces them to prominent female leaders who have paved the way before them. 

Wendy Naugle Holmes (Gamma Omicron-Drake)
Executive Editor, Glamour Magazine

As Executive Editor of Glamour magazine, Wendy's responsibilities are wide-ranging. Some days you'll find her walking backwards in heels during a Today Show appearance, and others you'll find her in her office at One World Trade, negotiating exclusive interviews. In her role, Wendy has landed Glamour's first-ever interview with a sitting president in the Oval Office, launched the Tell Somebody campaign against domestic violence and continues to support the editorial team at one of Condé Nast's preeminent women's publications. 

Louisa Kornblatt (Zeta Upsilon-Washington University)
Dorot Fellowship Recipient 

In November 2014, Louisa was recognized as a Rhodes Scholar finalist for her undergraduate academic achievements and commitment to social justice. As a women, gender and sexuality studies major, Louisa focused on gender-based violence and worked in the local community to launch The Writing Shelter, a mentoring program designed to empower women and create outlets for their self-expression. Currently, Louisa is one of 10 Dorot Fellows living in Israel, where she constructs a personal learning program and assists African asylum-seekers from Eritrea apply for refugee status. The Dorot Fellowship is designed to assemble and empower a network of young Jewish leaders to enliven the American Jewish landscape.