Maureen Biggers, Director
Dr. Maureen Biggers is an IU champion Pacesetter for the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), a former co-chair and current advisory board member for the NCWIT Academic Alliance, on the Microsoft Research Connections Education and Scholarly Communications Advisory Board, and served for 5 years as program manager for the NSF Alliance for the Advancement of African-American Researchers in Computing. Her research interest areas relate to curricular and co-curricular educational practices leading to improved retention of women and other underrepresented students in the field of computing technology, and she has presented at numerous national conferences and meetings. Dr. Biggers can be contacted at biggersm-at-indiana-dot-edu.
Jenny Hertel, Associate Director of Operations
Jenny Hertel holds a B.A. in Journalism from Franklin College and an M.S in Human-Computer Interaction design from IU's School of Informatics and Computing. Before she began working with CEWiT, Hertel was employed by IU's University Information Technology Services (UITS) for eight years. Her 20-year career in IT also includes technical support positions with IBM Global, Zurich Financial Services, Lincoln Financial, and Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.
Michelle Bartley-Taylor, Assistant Director for Student Engagement
Michelle Bartley-Taylor holds a B.S. in business from the University of Vermont and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University. Her background in student affairs includes working as an Area Coordinator for Residence Life and as a Program Coordinator at the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education both at Rutgers University. In the latter position, she was responsible for National Science Foundation Young Scholars Program geared to underrepresented populations. Michelle has also worked in K-12 Education in Michigan and prior to joining CEWiT, Michelle was working in at The Wellbridge Group in Michigan.
Jennifer Turrentine, Assistant Director for Cross-Alliance Initiatives
Jennifer Turrentine is pursuing her Master of Science in Business Analytics at the Kelley School of Business and holds a B.S. in political science and criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri. Prior to joining CEWiT, Jennifer worked at IU’s Center of Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) with the Equity Project and was previously an Associate Instructor for IU’s criminal justice department. Before this, she was the coordinator of an interpersonal violence crisis center. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys hiking, kayaking, and being outside with her wife and dogs.
Steph Jimenez, Senior Office Services Assistant
Steph graduated from IU Bloomington with a B.S. in Public Affairs and Nonprofit Management. Steph also serves as a volunteer Family Coach with Safe Families for Children and previously was the Marketing Coordinator at a local nonprofit. She is eager to be part of the movement that empowers women to succeed in the technology field.
Kim Baker, Graduate Assistant
Kim Baker is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master of Library Science with a Specialization in Children’s and Young Adult Services. Before attending IU, she taught first-year college composition at the University of Louisville (Kentucky) and Parkland College (Champaign, IL) where she also taught developmental reading and English as a Second Language. In addition, she taught English in China where she lived with her family for three years. Kim holds a BFA with a specialization in drawing, a BA in English and a Master’s in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from the University of Louisville. In her free time, Kim enjoys camping, reading, baking, sewing and other crafts, and spending time with her family.
Yin-Chan (Janet) Liao, Graduate Assistant
Yin-Chan (Janet) Liao is from Taiwan and currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology in the School of Education and holds a M.S. Ed. in Learning Sciences and Technologies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interest areas focus on pre-service and in-service teacher professional development for technology integration. Recent years, she has worked with teachers to support their technology integration in classrooms in local elementary schools. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for Computers in Education course in the School of Education.
Qiwen Zhu, Database Developer
Qiwen Zhu is pursuing his Master of Information Science with a concentration on Data Science in School of Computing and Informatics. He has specialized in Database management systems and their applications. Qiwen spent 8 years working as a system administrator in a goverment agency of radio spectrum management in China, managing a team of database maintenance and office network administration. He received his first degree in Information System and Management from Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics.
Sarah Hunker, Social Media Intern
Sarah Hunker is a senior pursuing a B.A. in Media Advertising with specialization in Public Relations. Sarah enjoys writing and spending her time involved in other campus organizations. She is a Media School ambassador along with being on the Communications and Marketing Team for IU Luminaries. On the side she also writes for other media outlets, one called Her Track, where she is a Sponsorships and Advertising Team Lead. In her free time she loves to keep up with current events in the media and take long walks on IU’s beautiful campus.
Avrie Allen, Graphic Design Intern
Avrie Allen is a sophomore at Indiana University, pursuing a B.A. in American Studies and Fine Arts: Graphic Design. Avrie enjoys books, art, design, and coffee. She is involved in various community organizing groups and projects. In her free time, Avrie enjoys reading, running, being outdoors, and spending time with friends.
Ellen Glover, Content Writer
Ellen Glover is a senior studying journalism and music. Along with reporting for CEWiT, she also writes for the Media School website and hosts a weekly radio show on WIUX. After graduation Ellen hopes to write for a magazine or report for NPR. When she has free time, she likes to read, write, listen to music or binge-watch Bob’s Burgers. Ellen is so excited to be workingfor CEWiT and looks forward to getting to know this amazing community of women.
Emily Wattimena, Web Maintenance Assistant
Emily Wattimena is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Informatics with minors in Psychology and Human-centered Computing. She is interested in the psychological implications within technology and hope to pursue a career in HCI/D post graduation. Emily also work as an Ambassador at CEWiT as she enjoys sharing with others opportunities available at IU, especially from CEWiT. During her free time Emily enjoys listening to podcasts and hanging out with friends.
Sabren Abdulwahab, Office Assistant
Sabren Abdulwahab is a junior in the School of Informatics and Computing, pursuing a B.S. in Informatics. She is also a participant in the Arabic flagship program and majoring in Arabic. Sabren works as an office assistant at CEWIT, and hopes to contribute an environment of empowering women in STEM fields. In her free time, Sabren enjoys watching movies and Youtube videos that range from travel vlogs to makeup tutorials, as well as, spending time with her loved ones. While focused on her education, Sabren is an active student in a couple of student organizations on campus such as the African Student Association and the Muslim Student Association.
Erin Powell, Photographer
Erin Powell is a senior pursuing a B.A. in Media Advertising with minors in Spanish and Public Relations. Erin works as CEWiT’s photographer and loves to capture pictures of people learning more about technology and finding their niche in the STEM world. Most importantly, Erin loves to empower women who do not think they have a place in the tech industry. During her free time, she likes to travel and volunteer around the IU community. Erin is also involved with Spoon University and the Hudson Holland Scholars Program. Erin's portfolio is available at https://www.erinskypowell.com.
CEWiT also employs Student Ambassadors and Special Interest Group Interns.