I am pleased to announce this year’s officers of the UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers! I’m honored to work with this group of individuals, fellow students who have put forth their very best to lead in UNIFI. This is a team that I have the greatest respect for, and I trust this group to represent our community and the University of Northern Iowa. Without further ado, our team:
Abbie Shew, Director of Finance
Abbie is a returning UNIFI officer, last year she served as the Director of Public Relations, and she is ecstatic about stepping into her new role as Director of Finance. Abbie is currently a sophomore double major in biology and philosophy with a minor in chemistry. In addition to UNIFI, Abbie is heavily involved with the UNI debate team as a varsity policy debater and team captain. She can’t wait to get to know the new officers and see what they can accomplish this year.
Ryan Lode, Director of Activities
Ryan is an active member of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, Northern Iowa Democrats, and the UNI Fencing Club. Prior to attending UNI, he served as Event Coordinator for SSA at the University of Alabama Birmingham in which he helped organize several debates between marquee speakers-one of which included former president of American Atheists, Ed Buckner. At the conclusion of this semester, he will have completed his third year of his biology major, and will be attending the virology summer research program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before returning to UNI in the fall.
Laurelin Berkley, Director of Membership
Laurelin is finishing up her first year at UNI and loves it here so far. She is a Choral Music Education Major and sings in UNI Singers and has participated in Opera the year. She is currently Director our Outreach for UNISTARR and is a founding member of Bedsider UNI, the UNI chapter of a national campaign to provide resources and information about birth control. She is really looking forward to being Director of Membership for UNIFI!
Natalie Kaufman, Director of Public Relations
Natalie is a freshman double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy with a Women and Gender Studies minor. She will be serving as the Director of Public Relations and cannot wait to start working to enhance the vision of UNIFI! She is incredibly passionate about the advancement of human rights and equality and outside of UNIFI is involved with Feminist Action League, UNISTARR, Bedsider UNI, and is a senator in Northern Iowa Student Government representing CHAS. She is really looking forward to being a part of the officer team this year!
Margaret Nervig, Alumni Program Coordinator
Margaret is currently finishing her first year in the Public History M.A. program. This past year she has been involved with UNIFI as Director of Membership, as well as One Iowa at UNI, and she looks forward to continuing involvement this next year.
Cassie Beadle, Graphic Design Coordinator
Cassie is a freshman Graphic Design major and actively involved in other campus groups along with UNIFI, including the Feminist Action League. You’ve probably already seen her work in posters and graphic design done for Women’s History Month events, cosponsored by the Feminist Action League and UNI’s Women’s and Gender Studies program.
Neill Goltz, Activism Coordinator
Neill is wrapping up his third year as a student, double majoring in the Study of World Religions and Anthropology. This year he will be acting as your one and only Activism Coordinator. When he isn’t actively participating in UNIFI, he enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and going camping or hiking. Neill hopes we can make this next year great together and looks forward to hearing any suggestions you might have.
Alex Prinsen, Chief Editor
Alex is a senior double majoring in Modern Language and Computer Science. Over the next year he will channel his passion for words and grammar into the UNIFI blog as Chief Editor. As a long time member, Alex is excited for a chance to give back to the organization. Outside UNIFI, he DJs at KULT, UNI’s student radio station, and writes music for his band.