The Team

Kris Miranda, M.A. (WITA Founder)
Kris is currently a part-time student organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation and a non-degree graduate student in screenwriting. He holds his master’s degree in philosophy, having defended his thesis “Heralds of the Lightning: Skillful Means, Self-Overcoming, and Steps Toward a Nietzschean Bodhisattva” in July. He served as the Council Chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Association in 2012-2013.

Kris founded WITA because he realized that many of his brightest, toughest friends have to deal with crap he doesn’t, and he wasn’t sure how else to begin addressing this besides asking a bunch of smart women to talk to each other in a public setting for two hours. He still can’t really believe that the idea took off (with lots of help), but he’s learning not to question his luck too loudly.

Ambar Jacqueline Calvillo, M.A.
Ambar, a founding member of WITA, holds her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and currently works with Enroll America, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage.

Ambar helped lead and publicize WITA in her capacity as  a Mentoring and Leadership Graduate Assistant at the UNM Women’s Resource Center. She is grateful to be a part of WITA and have the opportunity to work closely with all of the brilliant members. Previously Ambar served as a Fall Organizing for America Fellow under the Political Department, Latin@ Graduate and Professional Student Fellow, Graphic Designer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving NM, and Programs Committee Chair for GPSA. She enjoys cooking and is passionate about social justice around the world.


Megan Speciale, M.S., L.M.H.C., N.C.C.

Megan is a founding member of WITA. She is currently the on-site counselor at the LGBTQ Resource Center and doctoral student at the University of New Mexico in Counselor Education.



Dr. Katie Richardson, Alumni Representative

Katie completed her doctorate in particle physics at the University of New Mexico in 2012 with her dissertation “Indirect Detection Signals Beyond the Simplest Supersymmetric Dark Matter.” At UNM she served as president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association from 2011-2012. She is currently finishing a research grant project awarded to her by the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. She is also now working as a field representative for US Senator Martin Heinrich, focusing on business, real estate, telecom, energy, the Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, Torrance County, and Native American issues. Her passion is promoting women in STEM, higher education, politics and the world at large. Contact Katie at richardson(dot)physics(at)gmail(dot)com.

Danielle Boudreau is a 2012 graduate of the UNM Anthropology department. She is interested in women’s health and health policy, and plans to complete a graduate program for nurse-midwifery and public health. Danielle is thrilled to be a part of this project, and believes strongly in the power of a collective to start the conversation in New Mexico.


Jennifer O. Gammage has been a fan of Women in the Academy ever since she overheard her colleague, Kris Miranda, pitch the idea back in the fall of 2011. She is proud to have
participated in the founding panel discussion of the group and hopes there are many more events to follow. Jennifer is working toward her MA in Philosophy and teaches in the Core Writing Program at UNM. She serves as president of the Philosophy Graduate Student Association, as well as on the steering committee for WITA. As a former McNair scholar and a nontraditional student, she is a staunch advocate for underrepresented persons and groups in the academy.



UNM Partners and Friends

Graduate and Professional Student Association
Women’s Resource Center
Graduate Resource Center
Associated Students of UNM
LGBTQ Resource Center


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