Organizing Committee

NextGen is lead by the Organizing Committee (OC), a team of committed to furthering the goals of NextGen through different roles including Communications Lead, Administrative Lead, Events Lead, and At-Large Members.

Deanna Phillips

OC Chair

Sarah Valencia

LEAG Liaison

Amanda Stadermann

Communications Lead

Gavin Tolometti

Events Lead

Lillian Ostrach


Lauren Jozwiak

Administrative Lead

Elisha Jhoti

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Lead

Tess Caswell

At-Large Member

Erica Jawin

At-Large Member

Heather Meyer

At-Large Member

At-Large Member

Emeritus Members

  • Amy Fagan

  • Kirby Runyon

  • Ryan Watkins

OC Founders

  • Noah Petro

  • Lora Bleacher

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