Meet the Council Leaders

COAR’s Council Leaders are the students who run our weekly volunteer programs. We are very thankful for all they do!

COAR Council Members:

 — Downtown Greens

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 — Environmental Awareness and Action

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 — Bigs in Schools

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Maia Smith is a sophomore who plans to major in sociology.  She is in the education program and wants to be an elementary school teacher. Her favorite thing to do is read young adult novels and watch movies. She is the program leader for Bigs in Schools. Her favorite COAR event is the Head Start Gift Box Drive.

Hometown: Fredericksburg, Virginia

 — Falls Run Nursing Home

Jordan Cooke is a sophomore double majoring in psychology and music. She is the leader for Falls Run Nursing Home. She enjoys spending her time playing in four of UMW’s music ensembles and helping out her local community. Jordan plans to attend graduate college for music therapy in order to work with Alzheimer’s patients. Her favorite COAR event is Good Neighbor Day.

Hometown: Berryville, Virginia

 — Thurman Brisben Center

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Elisabeth DellaRova is a junior majoring in English with a minor in Business Administration. She is a co-leader for the Thurman Brisben Center program. Elisabeth enjoys volunteering, the beach, running, and writing. She would like to pursue business communication or public relations as her career. Elisabeth’s favorite annual COAR event is Variety Show.

Hometown: Woodbury, New Jersey

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Kimberly Garcia is a senior double major in Sociology and Spanish with a minor in Practical Ethics. Kim is a co-leader for the Thurman Brisben Center program. She loves to volunteer her time to help a cause and is passionate about creating change in her community. In the future, she sees herself working with a non-profit organization that combats poverty and/or social injustice. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and watch Netflix. Kim studied abroad in Spain for the Spring 2018 semester.

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

 — Therapeutic Horseback Riding

 

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Jordan Chandler is a junior majoring in Geography with Urban Studies and Computer Science minors. She is also getting a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Jordan plans to work for the government or military one day with her knowledge of GIS. She is currently a co-leader for Therapeutic Horseback Riding. Jordan likes to relax with friends and be creative. Her favorite annual COAR event is Good Neighbor Day.

Hometown: Leesburg, Virginia

 

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Madelyn Johnson is a sophomore majoring in nursing. She is the co-leader for Therapeutic Horseback Riding. Madelyn enjoys trail riding, playing tennis, and going to the beach. She hopes to work at a hospital in a beach town when she graduates. Her favorite annual COAR event is the Variety Show.

Hometown: Mathews, Virginia

 — Young Women’s Leadership Program

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Refugee Resume Help

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Eleni Riris is a double major in Linguistics and French. She loves learning languages and traveling, as well as doing calligraphy, listening to podcasts, and playing soccer. She is the leader of the Refugee Resume Help program, where UMW student volunteers partner with Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services to provide career counseling and job application/resume help to clients (adult refugees). In addition to leading Refugee Resume Help, she also tutors refugee children in English, tutors French, and plays on the UMW club soccer team. She has one brother and one sister, and she is Greek-American.

 — Food Bank

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Daniel Hur is a sophomore double majoring in Anthropology and English. Daniel is the leader of
the Fredericksburg Food Bank. His hobbies include reading books and crafting stories on paper.
He loves volunteering because he desires to be an effect on the issues of the surrounding world.
In the future he hopes to become a magazine writer for National Geographic. His favorite COAR
event is Good Neighbor Day.

Hometown: Sterling, Virginia

 — Food Recovery

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Eliza Moreno is a senior double major in Spanish and Communications and Digital Studies. She is currently a co-leader for the Food Recovery Network and enjoys being out in the community helping others. Her favorite COAR annual event is the Head Start Gift Box Drive.

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

Kayla Thompson is a senior Political Science major with an Economics minor. She is a co-leader for Food Recovery Network. In her spare time, Kayla likes to hike and hang out with her friends. She hopes to attend law school after her studies at Mary Washington and go on to work for the government. Her favorite annual COAR event is the Spring Forward Festival. Kayla studied abroad in France for the Spring 2018 semester.

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

 — Bragg Hill Tutoring

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Paige Beidelman is a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and enrolled in the Elementary Education program. Paige hopes be an encouraging and inspirational teacher. Paige is the leader for Bragg Hill Tutoring and will also be traveling to Alabama for Alternative Spring Break this year. During the winter, Paige enjoys snowboarding, but in warmer weather she goes for bike rides through Fredericksburg. Her favorite annual COAR event is the Head Start Wrapping Party.

Hometown: Columbia, Maryland

 — Heritage Park and Stafford Junction

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Cindy Ramirez is a sophomore planning to major in Biology and minor in Neuroscience. She is also in the Honors Program and the Pre-Med Program. She hopes to become a doctor one day, which has been a life-long dream for her. She is currently the leader of Heritage Park and will be starting a program at Stafford Junction in the future. Cindy is obsessed with dogs, but her favorite dog is her little Yorkie, Toby. Her favorite annual COAR event is the Head Start Gift Box Drive.

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

 — Hope House

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Carina Lee is a Business Administration major. She is the program co-leader for Hope House. Carina enjoys cooking, traveling, and volunteering in her free time. In the future, she hopes to become a business owner and continue to serve her community. Her favorite event is the annual COAR Variety Show.

Hometown: Herndon, Virginia

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Grace Winfield is a junior majoring in Mass Communications and Digital Studies. She is the co-leader of Hope House. Grace is currently the Viewpoints Editor for the Blue and Gray Press, and is pursuing her dream of becoming a journalist or public relations specialist. She loves to spend her free time outdoors, reading, with her dogs or trying new foods with friends. Her favorite annual COAR event is the Spring Forward Festival.

Hometown: Dinwiddie, Virginia