Executive Board

The Women’s Caucus executive board is composed of faculty and staff volunteers. The board meets monthly to review progress made in subcommittees and to plan for the future. Each board member sits on at least one subcommittee.

Michele Kane

Co-Chair | michelon@udel.edu

Michele is the Senior Associate Director for Assignments and Business Services in Residence Life & Housing. Having started at UD in 1998, Michele has had a variety of positions within the department including oversight of in-hall staff, development of large scale programs, growth of specialty programs with academic and other units, and budget oversight. Outside of the University, Michele is an active member of school, sport, and recreational groups in the area. Michele joined the Executive Board in 2017.

Megan Wenner, PhD

Co-Chair | mwenner@udel.edu

Dr. Wenner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware. She received her PhD from the University of Delaware. Her research focus is on women’s health and cardiovascular function.

Regina Wright, PhD

Treasurer | rsims@udel.edu

Dr. Wright is a an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and currently serves as Associate Dean for Diversity for the College of Health Sciences. As a psychologist, her program of research is focused on examining relations of cardiovascular risk factors to brain and cognitive outcomes among older adults. Dr. Wright teaches in the PhD in Nursing Science program.

Tywanda Cuffy

Board Member | tywanda@udel.edu

Tywanda L. Cuffy is the Director of External Relations for the University’s Library, Museums and Press. In this role, she will plans, executes and evaluates activities and communications as they relate to supporters of the UD Library, Museums and Press, as well as members of the Friends of the University of Delaware Library. Cuffy is instrumental in advancing the Library’s strategic initiatives and services by identifying funding opportunities, assisting with the creation of a responsive and comprehensive development plan, and cultivating relationships with a variety of constituents. Cuffy, a UD alumna, brings a wealth of experience to the position. Most recently serving as the associate director of stewardship and engagement communications at UD’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Cuffy has also held positions with the United Way of Delaware and the Wilmington Trust Company. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware, and earned a Master of Business Administration with a discipline in marketing management from Wilmington University.

Kelsey Cummings

Board Member | kelseyrc@udel.edu

Kelsey is an academic program coordinator in the University of Delaware Honors Program. She collaborates with departments across campus, advises students, and works with candidates applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Aside from her work with the Women’s Caucus, Kelsey teaches yoga for UD employees, works with the Office of Student Conduct as an appellate and sanctioning panel member, and is a trained LQBTQ ally. She is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women on campus.

Meaghan Davidson

Board Member | meagstew@udel.edu

Meaghan started in 2009 at the University of Delaware. Currently, Meaghan is an Assistant Dean of Students within the Office of the Dean of Students. Within this role, Meaghan works with students in crisis and advocating for the student experience. Additionally, Meaghan oversees parent and family engagement for the Division of Student Life. Before working in the Office of the Dean of Students, she worked in the University Student Centers at UD with campus wide programs, various student leaders, student programming boards, late night programming, and working with some underrepresented student organizations.

Meaghan is working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware. Prior, Meaghan earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s from the UD. Meaghan joined the Executive Board in 2017.

Leah Dodd

Board Member | ldodd@udel.edu

Leah is a digital communications specialist for the College of Engineering. She is responsible for a diverse portfolio of communications initiatives, including dozens of websites, social media strategy, video production, and client training. She has over ten years of digital marketing experience and remains committed to being informed on industry trends and best practices. She received a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Emerson College, certificates in graphic design, social media strategy, and project management and is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Technology at UD.

Jodi Drake

Board Member | jodrake@udel.edu

Jodi is an administrative assistant in the University of Delaware Honors Program. She has been on the executive board since 2014. Jodi is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services after completing her Associate in Arts degree this past spring. She is actively involved in the UD community as an LGTBQ ally, a sanctioning and appellate panel member for the Office of Student Conduct, and is the acting NSAC representative for District 6. Jodi is passionate about equality for women at the University.

Diane Goldsmith

Board Member | dianeg@udel.edu

Diane is an Administrative Assistant in the IT-Network and Systems Services Department and joined the University in 2016. She began volunteering with the Women’s Caucus to update their Kudos webpage. A UD trained LGBTQ Ally, she is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Exercise Science, with a strong focus on Women’s and Gender Studies. Diane teaches yoga for student athletes at a local university and is a regularly featured yoga teacher at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover DE since 2015.

Barbara Ley

Board Member | bley@udel.edu

Barbara is an Associate Professor of Communication and Women & Gender Studies. Much of her research and teaching focus on the health of women, families and children, and she is especially interested in the role that yoga and mindfulness can play in trauma-informed care. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children and families in the greater Delaware area. Barbara joined the Executive Board in 2017.

Barbara Settles

Board Member | settlesb@udel.edu

Barbara’s biography is coming soon.

Lauren Wallis

Board Member | lwallis@udel.edu

Lauren is the First Year Experience and Student Success Librarian at the University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press. In this role she supports first-year students in learning research and information literacy skills and collaborates with student support services across campus. She also serves as the adviser for the Strong Like a Girl RSO, a student group that develops programming for girls at local middle schools. Lauren holds a M.A. in English and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.