Executive Board 2021-2022


 Co-Chair: Ellie Hartmann (she/her)

Ellie is a junior English major and a Political Science and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies double minor from Waconia, Minnesota. Prior to becoming co-chair, Ellie served as Action Piece co-captain and Finance Director. Outside of Building Bridges, Ellie is also involved with Students for Reproductive Freedom, Diversity Leadership Council, Gustavus Honor Board, Gustavus Wind Symphony and Writing Center Tutoring. Ellie is looking forward to working on melding in-person and virtual formats for the conference, to help make our work more accessible and transparent. In the future Ellie plans to make a career in social justice by becoming a human rights lawyer. 


Co-Chair: Mad Chase (she/her)

Mad is a junior Scandanavian and History double major from Houston Texas. Prior to her work as Co-Chair, Mad served as Action Piece co-captain. Outside of Building Bridges, Mad is also involved with Writing Center Tutoring and Team Lead, Swedish Language Tutoring, Students for Reproductive Freedoms and Gustavus Symphony Orchestra. Mad is looking forward to engaging the entirety of Gustavus students, faculty, and staff-- we all work (in some way) with education. 


Secretary: Olivia Falk (she/her)

Olivia is a sophomore Life Sciene Teaching major with an intending Coaching minor from Foley, Minnesota. Prior to becoming secretary, Olivia was an events general committe member. Outside of Building Bridges, Olivia is also involved in Students for Reproductive Freedom and Environmental Action Coalition. Olivia is looking forward to being involved with the (hopefully) in-person aspects of the conference and listening to the speakers we get. In the future, Olivia plans to to be a high school biology teacher and go to grad school to get her Master’s or maybe even a Doctorate.


Higher Education Liaison: Haley Lukes (she/her)

Haley is a junior Social Studies Education major from Glencoe, Minnesota. Haley's previous involvement in Building Bridges includes Action Piece and Communications and Promotions general committe member and Logistics Chair. Besides Building Bridges, Haley is also involved as a Community Coordinator, Disney Handbells member, and as a Peer Academics Coach. Haley is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in education justice and helping others learn as well. In the future, Haley plans to teach middle school history and geography. 


Finance Chair: Ashley Ley (she/her)

Ashley is a junior Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry double major and Music minor from Paynesville, MN. This is her third year in Building Bridges, serving as the Workshops Captain her first and Secretary her second. Aside from Building Bridges, Ashley is a section leader in the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, on the Proclaim Leadership Team, works in the Gustavus Chemistry Department, she serves on the Chemistry Club Executive Board, is a part of Pep Band leadership. Ashley is looking forward to share the information we're collecting about educational systems. In the future, Ashley plans to attend graduate school for Chemistry and will likely end up in academia. If doing so, Ashely would implement inclusive teaching methods. 


Community Outreach Public Relations Chair: Geena Zebarasky (she/her)

Geena is a junior Biology and Geography minor from Forest Lake, MN. This is her third year in Building Bridges, and her past involvement includes DLC Representative and Events Co-Captain. Along with Building Bridges, she is one of the DLC co-presidents, and is a tutor at the Gustavus Writing Center. Geena super excited to see the wide range of topics that we are going to cover concerning inequities in education, and also being able to see Action Piece in person again! In the future Geena hopes to work outdoors, in some sort of conservation field, or some sort of outdoor justice advocacy work! She hopes that there is a place for her somewhere that allows her to combine her passion for the social science of Geography with her love for the biological world. 


On Campus Media and Correspondance PR Chair: Katie Doolittle (she/her)

Katie Doolittle is a junior English major with a minor in Film and Media Studies from Plato, Minnesota. This is her second year in Building Bridges and in the past she was a Communications and Promotions Co-Captain. Outside of Building Bridges, Katie is involved in Gustie Greeter, LineUs, Queers and Allies, The Radicals, The Women's Action Coalition and is a student employee for the Fine Arts Department. Katie is looking forward to to have a better understanding of educational injustice and how that impacts my current education experience. 


Graphic Design Chair: Megan Hensel (she/her)

Megan is a senior history and Spanish major from Baxter, Minnesota. This is her fourth year in Building Bridges and third year serving as Graphic Design chair. In addition to Building Bridges, she is involved in Students for Reproductive Freedom, Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, and handbells. Megan is looking forward to learn more about something we as students are deeply involved in, obviously, which is education. She is particularly interested in how our individual experiences are similar and different to structural norms of the entire education system. In the future Megan plans to o volunteer work, and hopefully travel as well. 


Logistics Chair: David Eide (he/him)

David is a junior Political Sciene major with a minor in Biology from Andover, Minnesota. David is also involved in Model United Nations, PageTurners Book Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club and Yearbook Committee. David is looking forward to exploring some of the topics related related to this years theme. In the future David plans to work in the Minnesota State Capital in some form in the future. 


Diversity Leadership Council Representative: Ainsley Cox (she/her)

Ainsley Cox is a sophomore Psychology and Theatre Double Major with a Minor in Theatre for Social Justice from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ainsley's past involvement includes Workshops Co-Captain and General Committee Member. Outside of Building Bridges, Ainsley is also involved in Women in Stem, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Residential Life, Pine Productions and Pound Pals. In the future, Ainsley plans to attend graduate school upon graduation to earn my Master’s degree in psychology and become a licensed adolescent psychologist.