YWCA Ames at ISU Staff



Angela Merrick, Executive Director 


Angela grew up in Iowa City, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2006, and has a background in journalism and nonprofit management. She became the Executive Director of the YWCA Ames-ISU in August 2011. She is married, and has three boys - a 7 year-old named Oliver, a 5 year-old named Hudson, and a 1 year-old named Liam. They also have a boxer named Mugsy. Angela spends her free-time attending her kids activities, travelling, reading, camping, fishing, swimming and spending time with family.

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Asha Mishra, Financial/Office Assistant


Asha is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in Accounting and minoring in Managerial Information Systems. She is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. There she spent her free time volunteering for the Minnesota Epilepsy Foundation and Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and now spends the majority of her free time reading and watching a lot of Netflix.  

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Annaliessa Michelotti (She/Her/Hers), College Bound High School Mentoring Coordinator


Annaliessa is a Senior at Iowa State University, double majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies. She is originally from Seattle, Washington, and resides in Ames, Iowa for university. Prior to her involvement with the YWCA, she spent time in Dublin, Ireland at the US Embassy as a full time staff member, working directly with the American Ambassador and his team. Some of her passions include women’s and gender issues, both nationally and internationally, politics, and community engagement. Annaliessa believes a focus within these areas are the best ways of relieving massive systemic issues within society.


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Whitney Mason, College Bound High School Mentoring Coordinator


Whitney is the YWCA's College Bound High School Mentoring Coordinator.


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Elise Margulies, GIRLS Power Mentoring Coordinator


Elise is a student at Iowa State double majoring in Pre-Veterinary Animal Science and Women’s Studies with a minor in Genetics. Elise is from West Des Moines, Iowa and loves to spend time with her cat and dogs. She enjoys traveling and volunteering in her free time.

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Francesca Giugno, GIRLS Power Mentoring Coordinator


Francesca Giugno is studying psychology, communication studies, and public relations at Iowa State University. She is from Sioux City Iowa, where she enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, and being with her two cats. 

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Chinmayee Mankar, Global Outreach Coordinator/YWCA Graduate Assistant


Chinmayee is a graduate student at Iowa State University majoring in Information Systems. She is from Pune, India where she completed her Bachelor's in Engineering in Information Technology and has worked with Amazon and Deutsche Bank before coming here to pursue her masters degree. She has also been an active member of a non-profit organization back in India, working for women socioeconomic empowerment. Whenever she gets time, Chinmayee likes to travel, explore new places, meet new people and learn their languages and cultures and create new experiences.


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Emily Meinert, Campus Outreach Coordinator


Emily Meinert is a student at Iowa State University majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She enjoys spending her time cooking, exploring, and doing both with her friends! She is looking forward to improving our future and can't wait to see what's next!


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Meagan Maschino, Campus Outreach Coordinator

Meagan is a junior at Iowa State University majoring in Aerospace Engineering.  She is from Delano, Minnesota. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her friends and pets.  She is very passionate about volunteering and her major, and her career goal is to be able to work on hybrid planes/making planes more environmentally friendly.  

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C1102A Knapp-Storms Commons

Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50014

Email:  ywca@iastate.edu 
Phone: 515-294-1663

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