Makergirl University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Team

Mary is a senior studying Chemistry at UIUC

Mary is a senior studying Chemistry at UIUC

Mary Hadley

Managing and Curriculum Director 

I joined MakerGirl to help change the stigma around girls in STEM. The girls continue to inspire me every session! Some girls come to our session see tinkercad and immediately think they will fail, we have to change their mindset by giving them a creative push. The girls who think they are going to fail at the beginning sometimes end with the most creative project from the session. It is so inspiring to see them persevere and love to learn about STEM. I love to show girls that at time of self doubt  they can do anything in STEM and hope it sticks with them as they age.

Olivia Cole

Internal Director 

I joined MakerGirl because the mission was something I agreed that we needed! I always hear parents, and sometimes other ChangeMakers, say that they wish that there were programs like this for girls when they were growing up. Either they think it would have greatly impacted their life and education/career choices, or they think it would have helped someone else they know. Since working with MakerGirl, I'm less intimidated by industries that I never felt represented in. Everyday I see my MakerGirl colleagues (and session-goers!) break boundaries in school, work, and even within MakerGirl sessions. They inspire me to reach and dream for more, and that I am as capable and worthy at any job as anyone else. My goal is to be this inspiration to the girls that attend our sessions as well!

Olivia is a senior double majoring in Marketing and Business Process Management

Olivia is a senior double majoring in Marketing and Business Process Management



Marketing Director

I joined MakerGirl because my past experience with all girls education makes me very passionate about the power of girls making a difference and we need more of that power in STEM

Rachel is a junior studying engineering at UIUC

Rachel is a junior studying engineering at UIUC

Rachel Tham

Academies Director

As an aspiring engineer and researcher, I would not have chosen STEM without significant help from mentors along the way. I joined MakerGirl to continue mentoring and encouraging young girls to pursue STEM. I hope that all youth, through MakerGirl and beyond, can learn to challenge themselves and curiously explore their individual creative potential through self-expression. One of my most memorable sessions was building a robot, and a young girl taught me how to program in Chinese-- MakerGirl continues to show me that there is always more to learn about and opportunities grow!

Deepika gudavalli

FInance Director

I was first drawn to MakerGirl by the phrase "3D printing". Once I had read those words, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in. However, after joining, I saw what united MakerGirl was more than that. It was a team of people all passionate about bringing equal representation of girls in STEM. In MakerGirl, I am always inspired by everyone's hard work, dedication, and unique ideas. MakerGirl is a place where I am supported and encouraged to grow. It is a place where I am mentored, heard, and have the opportunity to give back through our sessions. I am able to watch our students faces light up as they bring their ideas into reality. And for me, that is the best part! 

Claire Follis

Chicago Academy Manager

My passion is helping children under served communities. MG gives me the opportunity to reach those kids in Chicago even when I'm in Champaign. I love seeing the girls' faces when they start watching their prints come to life!



Gowthami Venkateswaran

MakerGirl Goes Mobile Manager

When I first heard of MakerGirl, I instantly knew I wanted to be part of it. My contribution even in the smallest possible way would definitely have a long term impact through MakerGirl. Interacting with little girls seems very fascinating to me. I’m very glad I’m part of this team to empower little girls and help them decide their educational choices.

Mashruba Haque

Education Manager

I joined MakerGirl because I enjoy and believe that empowering young girls by educating and nurturing them to explore their interests in the STEM field is important so that they have the tools and confidence to continue their interests in any field as they get older.



Cara Geoghegan

External Curriculum Manager

I joined MakerGirl to introduce young girls to the world of STEM and teach them that they are capable of achieving their goals even when they think they might fail.

Victoria Gomez

Billing and Filing Manager

I joined MakerGirl because I felt that educating young girls about STEM was a perfect way to give back. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up, so I'm very grateful to be a part of something that can positively impact a girl's world perspective and make her feel capable of accomplishing anything. Representation is paramount and it's important to me that young girls can see women in STEM that come from different backgrounds to show them that it's possible to achieve anything they want no matter who they are.



Julianne Yang

Fundraising Manager

I myself decided to pursue biochemistry because of mentors who took a chance on me, who invested reagents and time in training me, and who encouraged me whenever I expressed doubt in my own abilities. MakerGirl is way for me to act as that valuable source of support for other young girls like me, who are interested in STEM or may not even know yet whether they are interested in STEM. But it is important that they, too, be given that chance.

Rachel Berg

Team Relations Manager

Growing up, my family really emphasized STEM. They signed me up for science camps in the summer, encouraged me to play with LEGOs, and always inspired me to not give up what I enjoyed doing. Having that support at a young age made me confident that I can succeed as an Industrial Engineer today. I want to give back to girls what my parents gave me and that is a safe place to explore and develop my interests. It's important to be curious and to never give up no matter if you're the only girl trying. The human population has made some great strides in technology, imagine if women contributed as much as men! We would be leaps and bounds ahead of where we are today.

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Amy Merkelz

Logistics Manager

I joined MakerGirl because I believe it is important to encourage young girls to be problem solvers and to look at STEM as a field where they can excel. I believe that mentoring can have a huge impact on girls' confidence to pursue their dreams and be ambitious. One of my mentors was a MakerGirl, and I am excited for the opportunity to give back to this wonderful community!

Kim Quiroga

Social Media Manager

Before coming to UIUC, I was not exposed to STEM fields and had no idea what coding, 3D printing, or robotics was. I can't help but think how much of an impact an organization like MakerGirl would have made on me when I was a young girl. I am passionate about advocating for young girls from underrepresented, low-income areas and educating them not only about 3D printing but also about all of the amazing opportunities that are available to them! I live by the motto "Be the change that you want to see in the world", and I am excited to continue to educate the next generation of ChangeMakers!



Sanya Rupani

Promotion Manager

I joined MakerGirl to support the very important cause of encouraging girls to pursue STEM. Personally, I hope to combine computer science with the love I've always had for design so I want to share my story and show the girls how personalized and amazing CS can get.

Annie Mulcahey

Website / Data Manager

I joined MakerGirl because I want to educate young girls on all the possibilities the STEM field has to offer. I was lucky enough to have teachers who emphasized how interesting math and science can be, and I want to be able to pass on my passion to girls who may not have a role model in their life to give them a little push. I was also fortunate enough to work with MakerGirl during their initial sessions and am so excited to help it grow even more than it already has.