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Congressional Fellowships
on Women and Public Policy

Class of 1998-1999

These seven remarkable women are already making a difference as WREI Fellows on Capitol Hill.


Karla Armenoff, a public policy doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, also holds a B.A. in political science and journalism from Indiana University. Ms. Armenoff has accepted a placement in the office of Representative Chaka Fattah (PA), where she is focusing on mortgage assistance and income maintenance issues. Prior to her doctoral work, Ms. Armenoff worked at a citywide tenants union, where she initiated a national organizing project in publicly subsidized housing developments. After completing her fellowship, Ms. Armenoff will return to Boston to begin her dissertation.


Megan Gordon earned her B.A. in modern European studies from Smith College and is now a Master of Health Science in health policy candidate at Johns Hopkins University. Before returning to graduate school, Ms. Gordon was director of socioeconomics and quality management for the Dallas County Medical Society and a health care industry analyst for Andersen Consulting in Dallas, TX. She has accepted a placement in the office of Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY), where she will work on health care policy and women's issues.


Kirsten Lindquist, a doctoral candidate in Political Science at Purdue University specializing in social welfare policy, also holds a B.A. in history and political science from Emory University and a M.A. in political science from Virginia Tech University. Ms. Lindquist has joined the staff of Senator Paul Wellstone (MN), where she is conducting legislative research on welfare reform policies and lesbian and gay issues. After completing the Fellowship she plans to pursue a career in advocacy work focusing on lesbian and gay issues in progressive organizations.


Ly Nguyen, a doctoral candidate in clinical and community psychology at the University of Maryland, also holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and M.A. in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland. Ms. Nguyen has completed extensive training as a group and individual therapist. She has joined the staff of Representative Bobby Scott (VA), where she will be working on minority health issues and the connection between psychological and physical well-being.


Nikki Shivers selected a placement with Representative Charles Rangel (NY), the Ranking Minority Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Ms. Shivers is con-ducting legislative research on international human rights issues, trade, Cuban issues, and women's health policy. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Ms. Shivers is currently enrolled at Clark Atlanta University in the Africana Women's Studies program, where she is working on a M.A.. Ms. Shivers holds a B.A. from Tennessee State University.


Debra Turner is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She is a Master of Social Work candidate at Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Turner has joined the staff of Representative Eva Clayton (NC) and is working on child and family issues. Other issues Ms. Turner has involved herself with are legislative research on the impeachment process and a census profile of the 1st Congressional District of North Carolina. After completing her Fellowship she plans to expand her small business overseas as well as pursue a career in public policy.