Meet our 2020-2021 Leadership Board!
PRESIDENT: JULIA DEPILLO
Hi! My name is Julia DePillo and I am a fourth year student majoring in biochemistry and minoring in philosophy and MicroBiology When I’m not studying in our study room I love to sing and play guitar, take and develop photos, travel the world, and adventure with my friends. I joined WSS my first semester at SDSU because I wanted to be more involved in college than I was in high school. I moved from New Jersey to come to SDSU and thought WSS would be a great way to meet new people and get involved on campus. I soon became very involved in WSS as both apart of the Leadership Team for the SDSU Chapter and then as an Intern for the Parent. I am the first person in my family to major in STEM so WSS has been a great support system for me. I want to help other women with STEM majors feel like they have a group of people they can always rely on.
VICE PRESIDENT: NATALIE BENSON
Hi everyone! My name is Natalie Benson and I am a fourth year biochemistry major with a biology minor. I hope to someday become a genetic counselor and help people gain control over what has previously been deemed out of their control. I am in Dr. Bergdahl’s research lab on campus, which has been a great experience. I grew up in a very small town in Minnesota and moved to San Diego for the experience and, of course, the weather. Science stole my heart at a very young age and not many people could relate to my love. My friend told me about WSS fall semester of my sophomore year and I thought I’d give it a shot. Ever since I joined it feels like I have finally found my people after years of searching, and let me tell you it is such a beautiful feeling. WSS has been nothing short of wonderful to me by providing opportunities I cannot get anywhere else, making new connections, as well as helping me grow as an individual.
SECRETARY: JEWEL MOLLET
Hi everyone! My name is Jewel Mollet and I’m a fourth year majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology on a pre-med route. This is my third term serving on the leadership team to help give back to WSS and I’ve never been so thankful for these experiences. In a normal school year, you can definitely find me in the library at any hour of the day, but with everything COVID, chances are I’m either on my couch or at the beach!
After joining WSS, I was able to get opportunities in volunteering, shadowing opportunities, and even got a position in a research lab. This organization has shown me all the different ways in which I could find my true path in life. I’ve met so many inspiring women that have shown me that even though it seems like everyone has it together, it’s okay to still be confused and unsure when it comes to certain decisions in life. Never in a million years would I have been able to find out about the numerous possibilities I put forth for myself without the help of WSS and all the inspiring women in it. Aside from the networking and advice I’ve gained, I’ve found more self growth in the past 3 years of my life than I have in my entire life together. This growth stems directly from having such an amazing support system I found in WSS!
TREASURER: ASHLEY CLARK
Hi! My name is Ashley Clark and I am a fourth year student majoring in Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy) and minoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. I hope to someday become a physical therapist that specializes in neurorehabilitation. I find it really fascinating how the mind and body work together in homeostasis and give an individual the capabilities to have motor control. If I am not studying, you could find me traveling the world (just got back from India), taking photos, watching netflix/youtube, or visiting home (Orange County). STEM has been my safe haven for as long as I can remember, and this is not simple because of my love for it, but it was because when I was little I was diagnosed with a reading disability. I had to work hard for years to be at the level of my other classmates in English, but I was always performing well in my STEM subjects. At the time my parents and family provided me the support and guidance to overcome my reading disability, and now WSS provides me a support system when I am facing difficulties in a course. I want to help others find their home away from home, and their second family in WSS.
EVENTS COORDINATOR: NATALIE MOGHADAM
Hi! My name is Natalie Moghadam and I am a fourth year Biology major with a Personality and Social Psychology minor. I am on the pre-med path, hoping to one day become a pediatric cardiologist or pulmonologist. Apart from science, I am super passionate about music and all things Disney. I also love to travel with my family and visit new, local food places with my friends. I joined WSS the first semester of my freshman year because I was looking for a way to get involved on campus while pursuing what I love and meeting other girls with similar interests. It proved to be very beneficial because I have learned so much from WSS and have made many connections with other students and faculty that I would not have been able to make on my own. By serving on leadership again this year, I hope to inspire other members and show them all the excitement of being a woman in the scientific community while encouraging them to gain success through hardship.
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR: JESSICA OCTAVIO
Hi! My name is Jessica Octavio. I'm a third year Microbiology major here at State, and this year, I'm the Communication Coordinator. I like drinking espresso and milk tea a bunch, and my favorite genres of music are Latin, R&B and reggaeton. I've always loved asking questions, and science has taken me toward a path where I can ask all the questions I want and meet a ton of amazing, nerdy, passionate people along the way. WSS has been such a strong home base for me for the past two years, and our community here continues to challenge me to be a better version of myself.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS: LINDSEY MACLEOD
Hello! My name is Lindsey MacLeod and I am a third year Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in bioengineering and a minor in computer science major at San Diego State University (SDSU). I joined Women in Science Society (WSS) my freshman year of college because I lived on the Women in Science and Engineering floor and wanted to get more involved on campus. Outside of WSS I am a desk assistant at the Math and Stats Learning Center and on board for the Quality of Life Plus Club at SDSU. I love to play volleyball, ride my bike, and surf. My career goal is to make prosthetics for children with disabilities. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!
CONTENT COORDINATOR: MY HOANG
Hi! My name is My Hoang and I am a third year Interdisciplinary (Biology, Public Health, Psychology) major from San Jose. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I’m volunteering, at the gym, watching Grey’s Anatomy or Shameless, shooting photos, or listening to Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse, or Queen. I am also a SI Leader for CHEM 100 and a Research Assistant in Dr. Oren's lab at SDSU. I joined WSS because of the strong and smart women in this organization that made me feel like I could achieve anything. I hope to help women feel confident enough to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities in STEM.
BRANDING COORDINATOR: CASSANDRA FOX
Hey my name is Cassandra and I am a third year Pre-Med Psychology Major. I am a southern California native, so I love going to the beach whenever I can. I love to travel with my family, we go all around the world to places like Kenya, Amsterdam, Fiji, Thailand, and so much more. I joined WSS my first semester Freshman year because it sounded like something that would be really helpful as a young science major. As the branding coordinator for the club, I get to create art and designs that represent the club creatively. I love being able to blend the world of art and science together, which is something I thought I would never be able to do. I want to make our members feel like they can do anything, the same way WSS has made me feel.
FACULTY SPONSOR: REBECCA LEWISON, PHD
Rebecca Lewison is a professor of Biology and serves as the Chair for Research and Scholarly Excellence for the Division of Diversity and Innovation at San Diego State University. Her research is at the vanguard of innovating applied conservation science as it relates to resource and land use, developing actionable science in partnership with practitioners and policy makers. Dr. Lewison’s research focuses on the impact of resource and land use on vulnerable wildlife populations that face pressing conservation challenges, in both terrestrial and marine environments. Her projects also explore coupled human-natural populations and systems around the world. What unites the research is a common focus - understanding the complex relationships between human and ecological processes using innovative field, quantitative and lab-based approaches to advance applied conservation science. Dr. Lewison’s diverse research portfolio receives funding from NASA, the National Science Foundation, as well as Federal, State and local resource and land management agencies. In addition to her ecological research, Dr. Lewison has been leading efforts to support diversity, inclusion and excellence in the academy. She serves as a co-PI on a UC-CSU collaborative NSF ADVANCE award “Center for Research, Excellence, and Diversity in Team Science (CREDITS)” and leads several initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, innovation and excellence at SDSU.