Where Are They Now
—updated October 8, 2018
Kelli Blankenship (2006 intern & McNair Scholar). Received a Bachelor Science in kinesiology - exercise science in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene at in 2014 at the University of Minnesota. Currently is getting her Masters in dental hygiene at the U of MN.
Sarah Cummings (2018 intern). Current senior at Ithaca College, where she is finishing up her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Sports Studies. Sarah is currently a kindergarten and first grade soccer coach. After this upcoming school year, Sarah intends to go into the field of sports marketing, with hopes to later further her education in sports sociology or law.
Sarah Hammon Atkins (2008 intern). Received her Masters of Science in Psychology in 2012 and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a Specialty in Child and Family Therapy in 2016 from the University of North Texas. She currently works in an Addiction Treatment Clinic as a Licensed Psychologist and Training Director in the Twin Cities. She also has a private practice specializing in women's health and the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and concerns related to family.
Emma Hawkins Leyden (2012 & 2013 intern). Received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Macalester College in 2014. Early in 2017, Emma worked as a sports journalist at Excelle Sports in NYC, the first multimedia platform to exclusively cover women’s sport. She currently works in Ecommerce at Title Nine, a clothing company for active women, coaches varsity high school girls' basketball, and started a weekly women's basketball pick up league in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Alicia Johnson (2009 intern). Received her Bachelor of Science in exercise science, with minors in biology and sports medicine from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2010 and her Master of Science in athletic counseling from Springfield College in 2012. In 2016, she defended her doctoral dissertation and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Ph.D. in sport studies with a socio-cultural studies specialization. She also completed a cognate in cultural anthropology and a graduate certificate in women's studies. Currently, she is the Director of the Women’s Center and a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Terrence A. Jordan II (2008 intern & McNair Scholar). Terrence A Jordan II, Ph.D., is a psychologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. His areas of clinical and research interest include ethnic minority mental health, intersections of identity, racism, trauma, anxiety and stress management, sport psychology, and psychological assessment. Dr. Jordan’s educational background includes receiving a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University. In addition, he holds two Master’s degrees— one in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota and the other in Sport Psychology from Georgia Southern University. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. #GoGophers
Marnie Kinnaird (2015 Borton Fellow). Received her Master of Science in kinesiology - sport psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2016. Currently she is an Executive Assistant in the San Francisco office of Peer Health Exchange, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing health equity in young people by training college students to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.
Elora Koepcke (2013 intern). Currently a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and participating as a youth soccer trainer on the side.
Mel Koop (2017 intern). Received her undergraduate degree in 2017 from the College of Saint Benedict, with a major in mathematics and a minor in exercise science and sports studies. She completed a Master’s Degree in Sports Law and Business at Arizona State University (‘18), and is currently working as a Business Intelligence Analyst in CRM with the Phoenix Suns.
Maddie Kornfeld (2015 intern). Graduated from Macalester College with a degree in psychology, and played on the women's soccer team for all four years of undergrad. After graduation, Maddie moved to Brooklyn, New York and worked in social services at two different non-profit organizations. Currently, she works as a student advocate at a high school for students that are overage and under-credited, providing emotional and social support and guidance to a caseload of students.
Elizabeth Labedz (2014 intern). Received her Master of Education in sport management from the University of Minnesota in 2016. After serving as a Community Relations Intern of the WNBA Chicago Sky Cares Foundation, in 2017 she accepted the position of Central Region Program Coordinator at Girls On The Run Chicago where she provides program support and resources to coaches and site coordinators in schools throughout Chicago as they deliver the Girls On The Run curriculum. In her position she will expand outreach to new sites and oversee coach training.
Erin Morris (2008 intern). Received her Masters of Science in recreation from Clemson University in 2012 and PhD in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism at the University of Illinois in 2016. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at SUNY Cortland.
Anna Posbergh (2015 intern). Received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with minors in Mathematics and Coaching from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2016, and her Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. Currently, she pursuing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology, specializing in Physical Cultural Studies, from the University of Maryland-College Park, focusing her research on sex testing, bioethics, and female athletes in sport.
Alyssa Ruhland (2012 intern). Currently is pursuing a Psy.D. at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago working towards a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Brenda Senger (2013 intern). Received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - exercise science in 2014. Currently she is a Software Consultant for Crestwood Associates.
Hannah Silva-Breen (2017 & 2018 intern). Received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and exercise physiology from Gustavus Adolphus College (‘18). Hannah is currently a part time assistant in the Tucker Center, group fitness instructor through the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities, and a full time Eating Disorder Technician at the Emily Program in St. Paul. She plans on applying to graduate school in the fall of 2019.
Lauren Slagel (2014 intern). Received her Master’s in Public Health from University of Iowa in community and behavioral health in 2016. Currently, she is job searching while continuing work as a research assistant at the University of Iowa.
Matea Wasend (2016 intern, 2017 & 2018 Borton Fellow). Received her BA in English and Media Studies at Macalester College in 2012. She has held a variety of positions in communications and nonprofit development in addition to coaching with Saint Paul Blackhawks Soccer Club. She earned an MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Sociology (‘18), and was a Tucker Center Research Assistant at the University of Minnesota.