Female Student-Athletes Benefit from Alumni Mentoring Workshop

Twenty alumni, parents and community members participated in an Alumni Athletics Mentoring Workshop May 12 in Daniel Family Commons. As part of the program, guests met with several female student-athletes to speak about career options.

Guests included Andrea Balkan ’86, managing partner with Brookfield Real Estate Financial Partners; Patricia Wetherill, M.D., of Norwalk Hospital; Ruth Bodian ’88 project manager at the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project; Clare Colton ’12, research analyst, CEO of Practice and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practices, Spencer Stuart; Meg Dempsey ’85, elementary school teacher and high school tutor; Allison Monarca, school counselor at Woodrow Wilson Middle School; Francine Rivkin ’78, freelance business consultant; and Sheryl Smith Ph.D. ’78, clinical and sport psychologist.

Also Lisa Campoli ’84, executive vice president and managing partner of Capital Markets at Collier’s International; Liza Barrett ’86, middle school English teacher; Gretchen Cooney ’83, owner of Bucket List Training; Kate Antonucci, social worker; Cindy Robinson, Esq. ’83, attorney at Tremont & Sheldon P.C.; Ashleigh Corvi ’13, assistant dean of admissions at Wesleyan; Alicia Sisk ’86, psychotherapist; Lexi Turner ’83, project leader for the Strength Matters Initiative; Dr. Linda Polonsky, M.D. ’82, specialist at Baystate Medical Practices; Nikki Maletta ’08, advanced practice registered nurse at Yale-New Haven Hospital; Karen Miller ’83, former director of squash and tennis programs at the Greenwich Academy; and Sarah-Jane Ripa ’02, assistant director of student services and outreach for the Department of Continuing Studies at Wesleyan.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Alicia Sisk ’86 spoke to student-athletes about her career as a psychotherapist. Sisk works with college students and young adults with relationship challenges and substance abuse issues.

Alicia Sisk ’86 spoke to student-athletes about her career as a psychotherapist. Sisk works with college students and young adults with relationship challenges and substance abuse issues.

Abby Rutt '17 is on the softball team and women's ice hockey team.

Abby Rutt ’17 is on the softball team and women’s ice hockey team.

At right, Anna Howard '15, a member of the women's field hockey and women's tennis team, speaks with attorney Cindy Robinson, Esq. ’83. Robinson's practice focuses on advocacy of sexual abuse victims. She also lectures on trial tactics and strategies.

At right, Anna Howard ’15, a member of the women’s field hockey and women’s tennis team, speaks with attorney Cindy Robinson, Esq. ’83. Robinson’s practice focuses on advocacy of sexual abuse victims. She also lectures on trial tactics and strategies.

Nikki Maletta ’08 is an advanced practice registered nurse and board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is responsible for psychiatric patients on an acute 26 bed dual diagnosis inpatient unit and spoke to students about her background in nursing, psychiatry, forensics, substance abuse and the mental health care system.

Nikki Maletta ’08 is an advanced practice registered nurse and board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She is responsible for psychiatric patients on an acute 26 bed dual diagnosis inpatient unit and spoke to students about her background in nursing, psychiatry, forensics, substance abuse and the mental health care system.

Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro mingled with several student-athletes at the event.

Connecticut U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro mingled with several student-athletes at the event.

Chekira Lashley '15 is on the women's basketball team.

Chekira Lashley ’15 is on the women’s basketball team.

Meg Dempsey ’85 spoke to student-athletes about her career teaching elementary school students and tutoring high school students in math and for SAT preparation.

Meg Dempsey ’85 spoke to student-athletes about her career teaching elementary school students and tutoring high school students in math and for SAT preparation.

Dr. Patricia Wetherill P ’15 is a hospitalist at Norwalk Hospital. She has taught and mentored first through fourth year medical students at Yale University, New York Medical College and National University in Singapore.

Dr. Patricia Wetherill P ’15 is a hospitalist at Norwalk Hospital. She has taught and mentored first through fourth year medical students at Yale University, New York Medical College and National University in Singapore.

Sheryl Smith, Ph.D. ’78 is a clinical and sport psychologist who treats anxiety disorders with biofeedback. She helps athletes develop mental skills that enhance their motor performance.

Sheryl Smith, Ph.D. ’78 is a clinical and sport psychologist who treats anxiety disorders with biofeedback. She helps athletes develop mental skills that enhance their motor performance.

Lisa Campoli ’84 is an executive vice president and managing partner for Capital Markets, Collier’s International. She oversees the real estate investment sale practice in the Boston region and serves on the firm’s management committee overseeing overall operations and profitability.

Lisa Campoli ’84 is an executive vice president and managing partner for Capital Markets, Collier’s International. She oversees the real estate investment sale practice in the Boston region and serves on the firm’s management committee overseeing overall operations and profitability.

Fran Rivkin ’78 is a freelance business consultant. She's worked or volunteered for many non-profit enterprises including Road Scholar, an educational travel organization; COMPASS for kids, where she worked with homeless single mothers on applying for college; and Passim, a non-profit organization. She's also managed construction for the Boston Red Sox.

Fran Rivkin ’78 is a freelance business consultant. She’s worked or volunteered for many non-profit enterprises including Road Scholar, an educational travel organization; COMPASS for kids, where she worked with homeless single mothers on applying for college; and Passim, a non-profit organization. She’s also managed construction for the Boston Red Sox.

Women's swim team member Roxy Capron '14 speaks with Fran Fran Rivkin ’78.

Women’s swim team member Roxy Capron ’14 speaks with Fran Fran Rivkin ’78.

Jeff McDonald, assistant football coach, co-coordinated the event with Rachel Ludwig, assistant to the athletic director.

Jeff McDonald, assistant football coach, co-coordinated the event with Rachel Ludwig, assistant to the athletic director.

Olivia Drake

Olivia (M.A.L.S. '08) is editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter and campus photographer. I have two dogs, five chickens and 30 house plants. I like snow, photographing firemen and enjoying "stinky" cheeses. Send me your story ideas to newsletter@wesleyan.edu. 

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