Notable Young Alumnae
Mount Holyoke students come here to pursue their ambitions—and to discover new ones. In turn, MHC’s rigorous academics, accessible faculty, and global alumnae network all contribute to our students’ professional development and open doors to prestigious internships and hands-on career exploration. Throughout their varied careers, MHC alumnae make news and make names for themselves. They make money, make policy, make art, and make a difference.
Miriam Aschkenasy '94 M.D., M.P.H.
Public Health Specialist at Oxfam; ER Physician at Cambridge Hospital in Boston
Trained as an emergency medicine physician, Miriam Aschkenasy ’94 had an epiphany while in her second year of residency, in Kathmandu. “It just completely transformed me,” says Aschkenasy, who realized in Nepal that public health was the only way to help those without access to regular medical care.
Katey Walter Anthony '98
Aquatic Ecologist and Biogeochemist, University of Alaska at Fairbanks
Named a National Geographic 2009 Emerging Explorer, Katey Walter Anthony ’98 travels to the ends of the earth to research global warming. Anthony spends five months a year in some of the most inhospitable places on the planet: Alaska, Siberia, and the Arctic Circle. Anthony regularly faces the perils of walking on thin ice and maurading polar bears.
Jessica Whiteside '01
Assistant professor of geological sciences, Brown University
“My sense of self-place and purpose in part derives from my experiences at MHC. I was fortunate to have a slew of professors and classmates who ascribed to the ideology of emerging as an individual from the collective whole. At MHC I was encouraged to listen to my natural voice with its shifting and inconsistent perspectives, provoked to think critically and decipher abstract convictions, and both mentored and inspired in my own early research.”
Maile Martinez '03
Program Manager, Reel Grrls
When Maile Martinez ’03 landed a job at Reel Grrls, a filmmaking program in Seattle for teenage girls, she knew it was a perfect fit. As program manager, she plans and implements the organization’s classes, workshops, and camps exploring all aspects of filmmaking and media literacy. Martinez fell in love with teaching while working for Teach for America.
Cristina L. Rodríguez '04
M.B.A. student, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
“I am looking toward a career in management consulting or general management. Mount Holyoke has helped me to be more analytical and understanding about the range of issues faced on a daily basis. The fact that I was constantly interacting with intelligent, strong women from all over the world helped me to push myself. This is the mindset I need to be successful in my career path.”
Meredith Bambrick '05
Law student, Tulane University
“MHC’s international relations major offered a perfect combination of idealism and realism, propelling me into foreign aid and international development. I served in the Peace Corps in rural Morocco and worked for Chemonics International, Inc., a USAID contractor. I spent seven months in northern Afghanistan as operations manager for a $15 million agriculture program, and seven months as contracts manager in Nigeria for a $50 million food security program. In the future, I want to work as a war crimes prosecutor at the International Criminal Court with a focus on women and children in post-conflict zones.”
Sadiqa Basiri Saleem FP'09
Founder, Oruj Learning Center
Before the Taliban forced her Afghan-run university in Pakistan to close, Sadiqa Basiri Saleem FP’09 planned to become a gynecologist. After the fall of the Taliban in 2002, she returned to Afghanistan and, by pooling her savings with a few other women, founded a school for girls in the remote village of Godah.