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2020-2021 WCOH Board

Meet the WCOH Board for 2020-2021!  

 

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Rachel Tucker '78, Co-President

After majoring in psychology at Wellesley and obtaining a Masters in Social Work from UT Austin, my career and family have taken me across the US and overseas. Our family lived in Saudi Arabia for 10 years, where we had the opportunity to travel and explore new places with our daughters. "Retirement" brought us to Houston, (where pre-covid) we enjoyed travel, attending cultural and international events, and eating out.  I also enjoy reading, spending time with my husband, adult daughters, and granddog.

 

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Sanam Anwar '15, Co-President

I majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Geosciences when I was at Wellesley. Fun fact: I lived in the princess suite in Tower my senior year when I served as house president! After Wellesley I got my master's degree in Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Originally from Austin, I decided to come back to Texas after graduate school, and have been in Houston since 2018 where I now work for Kinder Morgan Terminals. Outside of work I like to travel, read, and advocate for environmental justice initiatives.

 

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Rachel Kronenberger '12, VP Communications

I majored in Religion, with a minor in English. After living in Boston for several years, I relocated to Houston in 2015 to join my husband, Billy. This is my fourth year on the WCOH Board, after serving for two years as VP Programming. I currently work in the Office of Philanthropy at Texas Children's Hospital. My hobbies include indoor cycling, traveling, and enjoying Houston’s terrific restaurants. Billy and I recently welcomed our son, Russell, and we are also proud pet parents to our cat Winston and dog Franklin. 

 

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Alexandra Gazzolo '16, VP Programming 

I majored in History at Wellesley. I grew up in Wilmette, IL but moved to Houston in 2018 once my SO began medical school. I serve as the programming and community outreach coordinator at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, a special collections branch of the Houston Public Library. Hobbies as of late include eating lots of breakfast tacos (must make up time for my pre-Houston, pre-breakfast taco years), reading, and bargaining with my cat as she attempts to sabotage video calls. I'm a member of the red class--just like my sister and new grad, Francesca Gazzolo '20!

 

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Missy Moore '60, Treasurer

I majored in Economics and Sociology, and used my economics in my career in financial management.  Sociology helped me manage my life living in 5 different states and raising four daughters in 8 different cities! I recently settled in Houston to be warm in the winter and live near some of my grandchildren. WCOH has made this transition to living well in my later years easy!  I look forward to continuing my board service as Treasurer.

 

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Rebecca Saltzer '84, Secretary

After majoring in geology, I was unable to get a job in the oil industry during the down-cycle of the eighties and instead became a financial analyst with a fortune 500 company and then a municipal bond analyst for Lehman Brothers. The financial world eventually lost its luster and I returned to graduate school, receiving a PhD from MIT in global seismology which led to a series of geophysicist roles at ExxonMobil. Shifting gears once again, I took early retirement in 2017 and am currently writing a murder mystery. My hobbies include theater, pilates, skiing (water and snow), and the WCOH where I have served on the board as treasurer, secretary, and book club chair. 

 

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Danielle Callendar '13, Co-Admissions Rep

I am a proud member of the green class of 2013. After majoring in Africana Studies, I received a Master's in Sociology from UCLA. I moved to Houston in 2015 to join my husband, Greg. I have had the pleasure of serving on the WCOH since I moved to Houston in several roles and now serve as Co-AAR for a second year. When I'm not working in data analytics, I enjoy producing a podcast on spirituality and living a meaningful life, reading as much as I can, and enjoying the wild ride that is parenting a new baby with my husband.

 

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Nan Chen '08, Co-Admissions Rep

I majored in English and Neuroscience at Wellesley, and after graduation worked in cancer clinical research for a couple of years followed by medical school in New York. I moved to Houston 5 years ago, and am now an oncology fellow at Baylor College of Medicine with an emphasis in breast cancer. In my free time I enjoy eating everything Houston has to offer and taking my dog Odo out for walks. 

 

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Bina Thakkar Heidebrecht '03, Alumnae Association Board Member

I was an Economics major and Art History minor, but a first year cluster class planted a passion in me for women's health, which laid dormant until I returned home to Houston and earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Women’s University in Houston. Now I specialize in treating pelvic floor dysfunctions, an underserved practice area in women's health. I have a spirited 1 year old daughter who brings us loads of love and joy.

 

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Katharina Dechert '10, Outreach & Service Coordinator 

I majored in Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley, and currently work with immigrant survivors of gender-based violence as a Legal Advocate at a Houston non-profit.       I have a Master of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland. I organize the Club’s annual Day to Make a Difference and help to connect alumnae to volunteer and service opportunities around the city.

 

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Lydia Luz '82, Membership Chair 

I’m a member of the purple class of ’82. Created an independent study in Women’s Studies before there was a department. Practiced law for 6 years then a college classmate told me about a planned giving position at Wellesley. It was the first development job I applied for.  Moved with my family to Houston in 2005 to work at Rice University. I have a 20-year old son and recently separated after 25 years of marriage. When I’m not working at the United Way of Greater Houston or volunteering for 2 other organizations, I enjoy playing music, working out and reading.  I look forward to being Membership Chair, as it was so welcoming to receive a directory when I moved here.  

 

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Marian Bonner '83, WAAD South Regional Representative

Many years before entering Wellesley, I had aspired to become a physician, so I majored in psychobiology and then earned my doctor of medicine degree from Duke University. I completed a radiology residency at New York University and a breast imaging fellowship in Miami. After several moves around the country, my family and I finally settled in Houston in 1999, where I currently practice as a breast radiologist. I am an active member of several medical organizations and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Two years ago, I was nominated to serve as the south regional representative for Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (WAAD). 

 

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Jacqueline Kacen '83, Book Club Chair 

It is a pleasure to serve, once again, as the book club chair for the club.  I have always enjoyed reading which perhaps explains why I graduated from Wellesley with an English degree.  After Wellesley, I earned my MBA (’90) and doctorate in business administration (’94) from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and became an assistant professor of marketing.  In 2003, I moved to Houston with my husband to join the marketing faculty at the Bauer College of Business, University of Houston.  I retired from academia last year.  In addition to reading, I love minions, Paris, and champagne.