2019-20 Exec Biographies


Matt Casler 

Co-Director, Class of 2020, matthewcasler2020@u.northwestern.edu

Matt Casler is beyond excited to work as NUCHR's Co-Director. Matt is a senior student studying Social Policy, Political Science, and Spanish, with hopes to one day attend a top law school. Originally from Orlando, Fla., Matt has yet to grow accustomed to the Chicago winters, but has found plenty of ways to occupy himself inside, as he is involved in Northwestern Hillel, Model United Nations, and research in immigration law and politics.


Mason McVeigh 

Co-Director, Class of 2020, meillynmcveigh2020@u.northwestern.edu

Mason McVeigh is part of NUCHR’s Co-Directors. Originally from South Bend, IN, he is a sophomore studying Philosophy and German. Outside of NUCHR, Mason is involved in Model UN, Helicon literary magazine, and is a peer advisor for incoming students. When not hunched over an anthology of German Philosophy, Mason enjoys trying different coffee shops, buying fun socks, and looking at pictures of cats on the internet.

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Melana Ellingson

Campus Relations, Class of 2020, melanaellingson2020@u.northwestern.edu

Melana is Campus Relations co-chair for the 2018-2019 year. She is a Psychology major in the class of 2020 also pursuing minors in Spanish and Business Institutions. Outside of NUCHR, Melana is a member of MIXED Race Student Coalition, a tutor through NU|Tutors, and works with Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development.

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Claire Koster

Campus Relations, Class of 2022, clairekoster2022@u.northwestern.edu

Claire is quite overjoyed to be working on NUCHR on the Campus Relations team for the 2019-2020 school year! She is a member of the class of 2022, studying Secondary Teaching with certification in English in SESP. She hopes to teach once she graduates, and is specifically interested in culturally relevant pedagogy and inclusive curriculum. She can talk about both of these things all day, as well as education more generally. Once she stops talking about these things, you can find her as a member of Peer Health Exchange, doing SESP things, baking cookies, reading books, evangelizing people about bread makers or the OnBeing podcast, and healing the rifts in her relationships caused by her telling people that she's deeply ambivalent on cupcakes.

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Serena Shah 

Delegate Development, Class of 2021, serenashah2021@u.northwestern.edu

Serena Shah is on the Delegate Development team for the 2019-2020 year. She is from Rochester, Minnesota and is a Sociology major in the class of 2021. In addition to NUCHR Serena is involved in Peer Health Exhange, Ahana Dance Project, and is a member of Gamma Phi Beta. She spends to much looking through meme pages and rewatching SNL skits.


Sandra Radwan

Delegate Development, Class of 2021, sandraradwan2021@u.northwestern.edu

Sandra is a Chicago native from Pilsen. She is a part of the Delegate Development team and the class of 2021. She studies Middle East North African Studies, International Studies, and Legal Studies. Alongside NUCHR Sandra is a research assistant with professor Wendy Pearlman. In her free time Sandra enjoys watching Netflix, playing volleyball, and spending time with her close friends.

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Amar Shabeeb

Education Director, Class of 2021, amarshabeeb2021@u.northwestern.edu

Amar Shabeeb is a sophomore, studying Political Science and Journalism from the suburbs of Chicago (sort of... she's from Indiana). Amar is very passionate about social justice issues and politics. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, trying new food, reading books and watching reality TV.

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Annie Grasse 

Education Deputy, Class of 2022, annegrasse2022@u.northwestern.edu

Annie is on the Education team for the 2019-2020 year. She is a first-year studying Computer Science and Political Science. Outside of NUCHR, Annie is on the Model United Nations collegiate delegation as well as apart of club golf. Coming from Elmhurst, Illinois, Annie loves listening to podcasts, jamming to her favorite djs, trying to run on the lakefill and hammocking.


Kaitlyn Rubinstein

Experiential Learning, Class of 2021, kaitlynrubinstein2021@u.northwestern.edu

Kaitlyn, from Mesa, Arizona, is a co-chair of the Experiential Relations team for the 2019-2020 year. She is a sociology and international studies double major in the class of 2021, and is also pursuing a minor in legal studies. Outside of NUCHR, Kaitlyn is part of the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance and is engaged in research, both as an assistant to sociologist Beth Redbird and independently.


Adelaida López-Planas 

Experiential Learning, Class of 2021, marialopez-planas2021@u.northwestern.edu

Adelaida Lopez is on the Experiential Learning team for the 2019-2020 school year. She is a member of the class of 2021 from Bogota, Colombia. Adelaida is currently studying economics and political science, and hopes to use her degree to promote human rights. In addition to NUCHR, Adelaida is also part of the Unicef NU executive board. In her free time, she enjoys baking (and taking an excessive amount of pictures of her bakes), traveling, and spending time with her three dogs.


Soyeon Shin

Experiential Learning, Class of 2020, soshin2020@u.northwestern.edu

Soyeon is a senior from Dallas, Texas, majoring in Social Policy and minoring in Business Institutions and Legal Studies. Besides NUCHR, she is a part of a MOVEMENT campus ministry. She enjoys lifting weights, exploring Chicago, and attending concerts and music festivals. She plans on living and working in Chicago upon graduation.

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Therese Schachner

Finance, Class of 2020, thereseschachner2022@u.northwestern.edu

Therese is a Computer Science major from New York City who is interested in pursuing engineering as a means of social change. She is also a member of City Health Tech (a student-led startup in the Garage), Engineers without Borders, and Engineers for a Sustainable World. She can often be found eating in downtown Evanston with friends, napping in Mudd, and looking at memes.

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Mollie Zoffer

Fundraising, Class of 2022 molliezoffer2022@u.northwestern.edu

Mollie is so excited for her first year as Fundraising Chair. She is a sophomore from Carrboro, North Carolina, studying Social Policy and Middle East and North African Studies. Outside of NUCHR, she is involved in Northwestern Hillel, Delta Zeta sorority, and Sustained Dialogue. A self-proclaimed hippie, Mollie can be found doing yoga or hugging trees.


Lillian Guo 

Logistics, Class of 2020, lillianguo2020@u.northwestern.edu

Lillian Guo is a member of the class of 2020 from the suburbs of Chicago, and is a Social Policy major and Asian American Studies minor. Lillian has been involved with NUCHR since her freshman year, and is excited to serve as one of the co-chairs for Logistics during her senior year. Outside of NUCHR, Lillian is a co-chair for Chicago Undergraduate Program, she works at the Center for Civic Engagement, and she is involved with Sexual Health Peer Educators and Asian Pacific American Coalition. Lillian is very interested social justice, and loves talking about the intersections of health equity and education equity. When she's not doing anything with her beloved student groups or arguing for the need for more inclusive sexual health education and curriculum reform, you can probably find her rewatching old episodes of Jane the Virgin on Netflix, cooking tasty meals with her loved ones, or exploring Chicago to find her new favorite bookstores and bakeries.


June Wardé

Logistics, Class of 2021, junewarde2021@u.northwestern.edu

June is a student studying psychology and economics in Northwestern’s class of 2021 and she is on NUCHR’s logistics team. She is proud to be from Beirut, Lebanon, and she loves talking about her two years spent studying in Bosnia and Herzegovina, although she avoids mentioning that she does not know a single word of Bosnian. She is involved in a number of things at Northwestern which, apart from NUCHR, include being on the exec board of the International Student Association and the student club Mayfest. She also has a job at the Norris University Center, and you can be sure to find her hanging out there at any time of day.


Esteve Botella i Valls

Marketing, Class of 2021, estevebotella2021@u.northwestern.edu

Esteve is NUCHR’s Marketing Director. He loves bragging about his hometown, Barcelona. But if you ever speak, it won’t take more than 5 minutes to start talking about how he went to high school in the coolest country on earth: Swaziland. At Northwestern, he is a freshman studying political science, economics and critical theory. When he is not with the NUCHR family, he also a member of the Global Engagement Summit.


Hannah Brown

Speaker Relations, Class of 2020, hannahbrown2020@u.northwestern.edu

Hannah is on the Speaker Relations team, while studying journalism and Middle East North African studies at Northwestern. From her hometown of Key West, Florida, Hannah learned to love reading, traveling and international affairs, passions she is pursuing in her coursework and in life. In addition to NUCHR, Hannah reports and edits for the Northwestern News Network, is the Women's Empowerment chair for the Alpha Phi International fraternity and does research with Professor Wendy Pearlman, handling her interviews of Syrian refugees. Hannah cares about human rights, Twitter and Café Bustelo.


Eric Pfrender 

Speaker Relations, Class of 2020, ericpfrender2020@u.northwestern.edu

Eric Pfrender is part of the class of 2020 and is on the 2018-2018 Speaker Relations team. He is from Granger, Indiana and is studying Chemical Engineering. When not learning about human rights, he can be found listening to music, missing his dog, and (most likely) taking a nap.