Chapter Leadership

To contact the leadership, please email ivgcf@rso.wisc.edu

Student Leadership

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Ashley Henry
Co-President

Hello! I'm a 3rd year doctoral student in the Botany Department studying the genetic controls of root growth variance in the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. When I'm not doing research I enjoy reading, a brisk jog, and rolling in flowers. I'm looking forward to serving y'all this year!


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Polly Yu
Co-President

I’m a 5th year PhD student in the math department. I use math to study biochemical systems. In case you’re curious what a math grad student does all day: there are days when I stare at a piece of paper or a blackboard. (Oops for stereotypes! Truth is often you’ll find me on the computer.) When I’m not working on math, you might catch me reading for fun or just daydreaming about the mountains and the ocean back home in Vancouver, Canada.

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Melina Knabe
Small Group Coordinator

Currently, I am a third year PhD student in Educational Psychology. As an undergraduate, my B.S. in Neuroscience led me to work with a rodent model, but now I have the joy of working with children. My research interests lie in understanding the cognitive processes that support early word learning in mono- and bilinguals. Outside of lab, you can catch me on a run to Picnic Point, in conversation with a friend over coffee, or watching German news. Long-term, I hope to serve students through teaching, mentorship, and scholarship at a liberal arts college.

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Maggie Flamingo
Large Group Coordinator

I am PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in history. My research focuses on the intersection of ideas, theology, and practice within twentieth-century evangelicalism, especially as it pertains to the doctrine of divorce and remarriage. I find everything just a bit too interesting for my own good and can often be found researching topics with little to no connection to my dissertation; this no longer bothers me. I love footnotes.

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Ama Idun
Community Life Coordinator

A second-year grad student in the Speech Pathology Master’s program at UW-Madison, I'm from Kansas City & completed my undergrad at a small school in Northeast Missouri (Go Bulldogs!). Catch me on a sunny day & I probably got a book with me or a frisbee nearby. See me during Madison winter & I'm most likely bundled up in layers & monotones.

Staff

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Jon Dahl
Staff Worker

My training and background is in agronomy and engineering. I worked for the USDA for 5 years. However, for the last 15 years I have been studying grad students and faculty as an IVCF staffworker. My wife, Julie, and I have two boys, Erik and Hans. We live on the near west side not far from the UW. Besides my interest & commitment to seeing 'thy kingdom come and thy will be done' at UW, I enjoy reading, travel, construction, theology, fabrication, anything with a motor, history, literature, bikes, hiking, canoeing, the Terrace with friends, etc. You get the idea.

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Jeff Hardin
On-Campus Advisor

Jeff Hardin received his B.S. in Zoology and B.A. in German from Michigan State University. He received a Master of Divinity degree at the International School of Theology in Southern California, during which he met his wife, Susie. After seminary Jeff returned to academic science at the University of California-Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in Biophysics. After postdoctoral work at Duke University, Jeff joined the Zoology Department at UW in 1991, where he is currently a full professor and chair. Jeff's research focuses on the cellular mechanisms of embryonic development. Jeff is faculty director of the Biology Core Curriculum, a four-semester honors biology sequence for undergraduates. Jeff is the only scientist who is a professor of Religious Studies, and he is co-Director of the Isthmus Society, a campus organization committed to promoting dialogue between science and religion on the UW campus and in the Madison community. Jeff and Susie have two adult sons, Jon and Christopher.