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2012 Capitol Hill Salute to the Fellows

WREI salutes

The Class of 2012

Congressional Fellows on Women & Public Policy

June 19, 2012

Complete photo album

Photos by Sylvia Johnson Photography

The Class of 2012 joins former Fellows for an alumnae pose.

First Row: Elizabeth Darnall (‘10); Evelyn Yee (1997-98, with daughter Avani and son Kalyan) ;

Second Row: Meredith Beers (‘12); Meenal Khajuria (‘12);  Karla Dhungana (‘12); Pammy O’Leary (‘08); Anh Phan (‘08); LInda Mancillas (‘10);

Third Row:  Monica Barrera (‘12); Debbie Jessup (‘05); Fatemeh Hosseini (‘10);  Elina Alterman (‘12); A.Tianna Scozzaro (‘10); Megan Curran (‘09); Carrie Hughes (‘08)


2012 Fellow Karla Dhungana and her boss, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida. 

Karla successfully defended her dissertation a week later and will receive

her Ph.D. in criminology from Florida State University later this year.


2012 Fellow Meenal Khajuria with her boss , Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York.  

Meenal  holds an MSW from North Carolina State University and a master’s in political management from George Washington University. 

Before coming to Capitol Hill, she headed the only organization serving South Asian victims of domestic violence in North Carolina..


Fellow Elina Alterman poses with her mother, Dr. Marina Alterman, and her boss,

Rep. Lois Capps of California.  Elina holds an MSW/MPH from the University of North Carolina

as does her supervisor in the Capps office,  Adriane Casalotti (Class of 2010).


2012 Fellow Monica Barrera with her boss, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California. 

A former Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic with an MSW from Columbia,

Monica was supervised by Deb Jessup, Class of 2008.


Fellow Meredith Beers holds an MPH from Tulane University, where she is pursuing

her doctorate in disaster management.  Last summer, she helped develop

an emergency plan for the National Zoo; this year, she researches chemical facilities

security for Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.


The Class of 2012: Meenal Khajuria, Monica Barrera, Karla Dhungana, Meredith Beers,

and Elina Alterman with WREI President Susan Scanlan (center).


Meredith Beers (‘12) admires Kalyan Patel, son of Evelyn Yee (1997-98).   Evelyn and her husband, Nimish, provided temporary housing for Meredith and Meenal Khajuria

when they arrived in DC to discover no apartments available.


Susan Scanlan poses with interns and staff from the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN).  PLEN is headed by 2008 WREI Fellow, Pamela O’Leary, second from left.


2010 classmates Elizabeth Darnall, senior legislative assistant for Rep. Carolyn Maloney,

and Fatemeh Hosseini, who is at work on her dissertation for a doctorate

in political science (women and gender history) at the University of Maryland.


Evelyn Yee (Class of 1997-98) with daughter Avani and son Kalyan Patel.


WREI Fellow Karla Dhungana purchases a copy of Your Voices/Your Vote from its author, Dr. Martha Burk, former chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations.


Three of Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard’s WREI Fellows:  Deb Jessup (’06) the only nurse-midwife ever to work in the U.S. Congress; Anh Phan (’08), Anti-Hate Table Manager at the Center for American Progress, and Monica Barerra (’12), this year’s Fellow.


“Charlie’s Angels” – Elina Alterman, Karla Dhungana, Monica Barrera, Meredith Beers and

Meenal Khajuria -- under observation by Elina’s mom, Dr. Marina Alterman.