Chapter Leadership

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Student Leadership

Melina Knabe
Co-President and Admin

Currently, I am a fifth 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 (it's more interesting than it sounds!). Long-term, I hope to serve students through teaching, mentorship, and scholarship at a liberal arts college.

Ashley Henry
Co-President and Large Group Coordinator

Hello! I'm a 5th year PhD student in the Botany Department studying the genetic controls of traits of root growth zone and how these various traits affect a root's ability to respond to gravity. I work in Arabidopsis thaliana, the lab rat of the plant world! When I'm not doing research, you can catch me listening to podcasts on effective teaching strategies, baking cakes and scones, or frolicking in the flowers (or snow) at UW Madison's Botany Garden. I'm looking forward to serving you all!
Jenny Li
Small Group Coordinator

I am a second year PhD student in the Health Services Research in Pharmacy program within the School of Pharmacy. I graduated from my undergraduate studies and pharmacy school at the University of Pittsburgh, so my side hustle is working as a part-time pharmacist. My research work focuses on adolescent health, engagement of families in preventative health, substance use, and expanding the role of pharmacists in different areas of community health. Although school, research, and working as a pharmacist take up most of my time, I always make sure to practice self-care by chilling with God, spending time with my friends and Christian community, and watching a lot of TV. Feel free to reach out to me about anything school-, GCF-, or life-related!

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Mariah Calubag
Community Life Coordinator

I am currently a second year PhD student in the Cellular and Molecular Biology program studying how dietary interventions affect metabolic health and longevity. In particular, I am studying if reducing dietary branched chain amino acids can attenuate the accumulation of senescent cells to promote healthy aging as well as studying how short-term dieting affect the metabolism and the epigenome in mouse models of diet-induced obesity. Outside of lab, I like to listen to music, play video games and watch MMA!


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.

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.