2003 Women's Studies Graduates

Carrie GordonCarrie Gordon (Women's Studies/English): Legal assistant, foreclosure firm
I graduated with the class of 2003 as a Women's Studies and English double major. I worked in Williamsburg as a bar manager immediately after graduation, but left hospitality and Williamsburg to move to New Jersey where I now work as a legal assistant at a mid-size law firm that specializes in foreclosure. Our clients include Freddie Mac, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Countrywide. I have a small staff, and together we ensure that the foreclosure sale process goes smoothly and correctly. 

My husband Matt is also a W&M Women's Studies alum, and together we purchased a distressed home in a town that was a resort area for Philadelphia residents about fifty years ago. The house actually once belonged to a radio personality who hosted a show called "The Children's Hour" and which eventually made the leap to broadcast television.  We rehabilitated the house and cleaned up our little part of the small river that runs out to the Delaware River, almost directly opposite the city of Philadelphia.  If that wasn't enough, we also just finished rebuilding a small salvaged yacht, and are presently learning to sail.

Jaye Marolla (Women's Studies/Sociology): Cyclist, Massage Therapist
Jaye MarollaAs a seasoned cyclist, former bike safety educator, and bike tour guide, a long haul journey is something I have always dreamed of endeavoring on. Growing up in Virginia with two parents who loved to cycle meant much of my adolescence was spent in the saddle, tailing my Mom or Dad down the back country roads of our rural neighborhood. Post college led me to Portland, Oregon where my interest in cycling quickly turned to a passion, nurtured by the thriving pro-bike culture of the Northwest. After three years teaching bike safety education to children, I left for Ghana, West Africa to volunteer with the Village Bicycle Project and became exposed to cycling projects throughout the world. On April 15th of this year, CycleInstead project founder Abi Wingate and I will embark on a 15,000 km cycling journey across 19 countries. Our tour will begin in Chiang Mai, Thailand, bicycling over two continents for six months until we reach our final destination of Edinburgh, Scotland. We will embark on this journey to raise awareness of suicide prevention and
mental health issues. Our goal is to raise £20,000 for our partner charity, the Scottish Association for Mental Health. 

Update 2011: On April 15th of this year, CycleInstead project founder Abi Wingate and I will embark on a 15,000 km cycling journey across 19 countries. Our tour will begin in Chiang Mai, Thailand, bicycling over two continents for six-months until we reach our final destination of Edinburgh, Scotland. We will embark on this journey to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health issues. Our goal is to raise 20,000 pounds for our partner charity the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

As a seasoned cyclist, former bike safety educator, and bike tour guide, a long haul journey is something I have always dreamed of endeavoring on. I cannot think of a more worthy cause or exciting adventure. 

For more information and to follow our journey please visit www.cycleinstead.com

Karen WolfKaren Wolf  (Women's Studies/Computer Science): Web developer
I did a short stint with the Feminist Majority Foundation (2004-2005). I finished my M.A. in Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University in 2010. I'm currently working in student affairs at Mason, mostly doing websites, but that means I get to work with the Women's Center and the LGBTQ Resources Office, along with other offices. It's a great, feminist-friendly workplace! I live in Falls Church, and I'm still close with several of my W&M friends. (2012)

Erin Caro AguayoErin Caro Aguayo (Women's Studies/Latin American Studies): Writer, editor, designer
Erin is a professional writer, editor and graphic designer specializing in non-profit work. She was the creator of the surprisingly long-lived Flat Hat column "Behind Closed Doors." She is also the proud parent and step-parent to four children, and spends a lot of her time pondering the great mysteries of feminism while cooking, cleaning and picking up things. Read about her life in "That's Ms. Mommy to You," a feature in the W&M Women's Studies newsletter. (2012)