The student-led movement to end mass atrocities.

Meet Our Team

STAND’s leadership team consists of a Managing Committee, Task Forces, and chapter leaders across the country. The Managing Committee, made up of eleven students, is STAND’s central decision-making body, and work to ensure that students have the resources to effectively organize their campuses and communities. Our Education Task Force and Communications Task Force support the Managing Committee in the development of national campaigns, educational resources, and training materials.

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Student Director

Savannah Wooten

Savannah Wooten

Student Director

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 2018

Savannah is excited to use her extensive experience in the genocide prevention field to help STAND grow its membership base, engage in substantive and impactful policy campaigns, and begin building a cohesive and unified International Youth Network of students interested in atrocity prevention and activism. If Savannah had a superpower, she would want the ability to understand every language-- a skill she would no doubt use to further STAND’s presence abroad. Savannah has a STAND crush on Bethany Vance, who she is sure returns the feeling.

swooten@standnow.org @SavannahEWooten

Programmatic

Ashley Morefield

Ashley Morefield

Communications Co-Coordinator

Dickinson College 2018

Ashley majoring in International Studies and French at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. She is excited to continue improving her communications skills and learning more about STAND's conflict areas and US foreign policy initiatives this year. As a kid, Ashley wanted to be a doctor until she took biology in 9th grade and determined that science was not her thing.

amorefield@standnow.org @_Ashlaaaay

Bethany Vance

Bethany Vance

Campaigns Coordinator

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 2018

Bethany is majoring in Public Policy and Peace, War, & Defense at UNC Chapel Hill, and is excited to see STAND continue its strong role in the movement against genocide and mass atrocities. As the resident STAND bad girl, she has a couple of sweet tattoos, one from her family crest and another from a part of a Michelangelo painting. She has a huge crush on Student Director Savannah Wooten because together they would be the ultimate genocide prevention power couple.

bvance@standnow.org @bethanyyyv

Ellen Bresnick

Ellen Bresnick

Education Coordinator

Washington University in St. Louis 2021

Ellen is excited to educate STAND's grassroots audiences on our conflict areas as a way to encourage responsible activism. If Ellen could spend 15 minutes with any living person, it would be Samantha Power because of her incredible work in the genocide prevention field. As a child, Ellen wanted to be a scientist, and if she could have any superpower, it would be invisibility. We’re (not so) secretly hoping she’ll combine these dreams and become an invisible mad scientist of genocide prevention, but only time will tell.

ebresnick@standnow.org

Grace Fernandes

Grace Fernandes

Digital Media Coordinator

Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2020

Grace wants to continue STAND’s social media presence and grow our audience through eye-catching graphics, “lovable” Facebook posts, and viral tweets. If Grace were a superhero, she would like to have the power of decisiveness so she could always make the right choice. She may already have this power though, because if she ever got a tattoo it would be of Hermione Granger’s wand on her index finger. She hopes to one day meet Lin Manuel Miranda and impress him with her ability to rap history.

gfernandes@standnow.org @gracefernandes

Justin Cole

Justin Cole

Policy Coordinator

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Justin is a senior at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is excited to further STAND's policy goals and advocate for effective policies in places where individuals are currently being threatened by mass atrocities. The most interesting place he has traveled to is Rwanda, and if he could bring one person back from the dead, it would be Nelson Mandela.

jcole@standnow.org

Nick Shereikis

Nick Shereikis

Communications Co-Coordinator

College of Wooster

Nick is a double major in Political Science and Communications with a Philosophy minor at the College of Wooster. He is excited to be working with STAND at such an crucial turning point in American history, and looks forward to helping the organization maintain the strong leadership role they have always played in the fight to end genocide and mass atrocities. When he was younger, Nick wanted to be a professional soccer player (something he gave up after a torn ACL). If Nick could spend 15 minutes with anyone, alive or dead, he'd spend it with someone alive.

nshereikis@standnow.org

Outreach

Amala Karri

Amala Karri

Advocacy Coordinator

Hunter College High School

Amala is a rising junior at Hunter College High School in New York. She is excited to develop our Rapid Responders program and an Advocacy Task Force to increase our presence in every state. If she could bring anyone back from the dead, it would be Harriet Tubman in order to help the current resistance movement.

akarri@standnow.org @amalakarri

Farida Ettefa

Farida Ettefa

National Outreach Coordinator

University of Maryland College Park

Farida is excited to strengthen collaboration and communication between the STAND MC and our chapters and to deepen connections between chapters. If Farida could have one superpower, she’d choose teleportation so she could travel quickly to different places around the world. She’d love to meet Angelina Jolie, partially because she is inspired by her, and partially due to her curiosity of what it’s like to be married to Brad Pitt.

fettefa@standnow.org @letFARIDomring

Harleen Kaur

Harleen Kaur

Field Organizer

Stanford University

Harleen is ready to strengthen STAND's network by working with high school chapters and advisors on STAND's advocacy work. Harleen found STAND accidentally by walking into the wrong room at her school, but it was such a great experience that she decided to stick with it, and we’re so glad she did! If Harleen could have one superpower, she’d want to be able to conjure up any food she’s currently craving.

hkaur@standnow.org @hklehal99

Ugo Ndife

Ugo Ndife

Field Organizer

University of Pennsylvania 2021

Ugo Ndife, one of our two Field Organizers, is an incoming first year at the University of Pennsylvania. He is excited to be a resource to new and existing STAND college chapters. If he could bring back one person from the dead, it would be the creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson.

undife@standnow.org @ugondife