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 10 year-old named Oliver, an 8 year-old named Hudson, and a 4 year-old named Liam. They also have a boxer named Rufus. Angela spends her free-time attending her kids activities, traveling, reading, camping, fishing, swimming and spending time with family.
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Sydney Anderson, Financial/Office Assistant
Sydney is a current sophomore at Iowa State planning on double majoring in Finance and Management. She moved to the Des Moines area a few years ago after growing up in the small town of New Hampton, Iowa. Sydney loves spending her free time outdoors, playing volleyball, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeye’s Basketball Team. She is currently a member of the Chi Omega sorority and can not wait to become more involved in the community of Ames!
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Elizabeth Cavitt, GIRLS Power Mentoring Coordinator
Lizzy is a senior majoring in Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. She is from Omaha, Nebraska and has also lived in Oregon, Virginia, and Michigan. She loves spending time outdoors playing tennis and volleyball with friends. She is currently an executive board member for Alpha Chi Omega sorority and serves as the Vice President of Public Relations and Marking. She was a mentor for the 2020-2021 school year, and has been a coordinator since early 2021. Lizzy's favorite part of the program is being a role model for young women.
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Maddy Lakomek, GIRLS Power Mentoring Coordinator
Maddy is a senior at Iowa State studying electrical engineering. She is from Munster, Indiana and loves being active and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. Maddy was a mentor for the 2019-2020 school year and was coordinator last year. Maddy's favorite part of the program is spending time with her mentee and being able to be a role model for so many young girls.
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Eden Grimes, Campus Outreach Coordinator
Eden is currently in her second year at Iowa State, double majoring in Global Resource Systems and French. She is originally from North Liberty, a growing town just outside of Iowa City. In her free time, Eden loves to volunteer at food pantries, plant vegetables in her garden at home, and play with her two dogs Casey and Ollie. Eden is most excited to get the YWCA more connected with the young women on the Iowa State Campus, and hold great events that gets the student body involved with the YWCA mission.
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Megan Neuroth, CollegeBound Mentoring Coordinator
Megan is a junior at Iowa State University studying elementary education. She is from Ankeny, Iowa, and loves spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. Megan was a mentor for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Megan's favorite part of the program is getting to spend time with her mentee and the opportunity to be a role model for so many young women.
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Claire Gaarde, CollegeBound Mentoring Coordinator
Claire is a junior at Iowa State studying elementary education. She is from Iowa City, Iowa and loves being active and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. Claire was a mentor for the 2021-2022 school year. Claire's favorite part of the program is spending time with her mentee and making connections!
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Halle Nanninga, Global Outreach Coordinator
Halle is a graduate student in Architecture and Business at Iowa State. She is originally from Edmonton Alberta. She is passionate about creating welcoming environments and enjoys experiencing and learning about new cultures and new stories. In her free time, she finds joy in time spent with others, travelling, trying new fitness classes, and exploring creative projects.
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