About Echols Scholar Council

The Echols Scholars Program is predicated upon the Jeffersonian ideal of freedom of inquiry and the development of critical thought. It offers special opportunities to those undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences who are its most avid learners.

Echols Council serves as a representative body of the Echols Scholars Program.  Echols Council works with the Director and Associate Dean of the Echols Scholar Program to design and implement initiatives to foster a sense of community and enhance the academic experience of Echols Scholars.

The Echols Council consists of an Executive Board, Committee Board, and Committee Members.

 

Executive Board

President  Mary Garner McGehee is a 4th year from Fluvanna County, VA majoring in Political and Social Thought. Fun fact: she has listened to over 1,000 hours of podcasts!

President

Mary Garner McGehee is a 4th year from Fluvanna County, VA majoring in Political and Social Thought. Fun fact: she has listened to over 1,000 hours of podcasts!

Vice President for Academic Affairs  Hema Shah is a 3rd year from Chesapeake, Virginia hoping to double major in Math and Economics. In her spare time she plays the piano and the violin, and loves to travel.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Hema Shah is a 3rd year from Chesapeake, Virginia hoping to double major in Math and Economics. In her spare time she plays the piano and the violin, and loves to travel.

Vice President for Community Engagement  Morgan Feldenkris is a 4th year from Clifton, VA studying Political and Social Thought.

Vice President for Community Engagement

Morgan Feldenkris is a 4th year from Clifton, VA studying Political and Social Thought.

Secretary  Abigail Johnson is a 4th year from Staunton, VA majoring in Environmental Thought and Practice. She likes moss and music.

Secretary

Abigail Johnson is a 4th year from Staunton, VA majoring in Environmental Thought and Practice. She likes moss and music.

Committee Chairs

Chair of Recruitment and Ambassadors  Katie Cantone is a Third Year from Richmond, Virginia who is double majoring in Spanish and Media Studies with a minor in Latinx Studies. Katie’s primary involvement around Grounds is through the all-female a cappella group Hoos in Treble.

Chair of Recruitment and Ambassadors

Katie Cantone is a Third Year from Richmond, Virginia who is double majoring in Spanish and Media Studies with a minor in Latinx Studies. Katie’s primary involvement around Grounds is through the all-female a cappella group Hoos in Treble.

Chair of Fireside Chats  Karishma Srikanth is a second year from Clifton, Virginia, hoping to study Global Public Health and Economics. Outside of class, Karishma is the Chair of Outreach and Advocacy for Charlottesville Alliance for Refugees and an intern at the International Rescue Committee. In her spare time, you can find her procrastinating at the piano for hours or drinking copious amounts of coffee at any given moment throughout the day.

Chair of Fireside Chats

Karishma Srikanth is a second year from Clifton, Virginia, hoping to study Global Public Health and Economics. Outside of class, Karishma is the Chair of Outreach and Advocacy for Charlottesville Alliance for Refugees and an intern at the International Rescue Committee. In her spare time, you can find her procrastinating at the piano for hours or drinking copious amounts of coffee at any given moment throughout the day.

Chair of Public Relations  Carson Lambert is a second-year Charlottesville native, majoring in environmental science and biology. Outside of class, Carson is president of the sustainability club Green Grounds, and a member of several other unimpressive groups. He is also involved in recreational ice hockey and competitive bird-watching. In his spare time, you can find him eating citrus fruit or sitting in comically oversized chairs.

Chair of Public Relations

Carson Lambert is a second-year Charlottesville native, majoring in environmental science and biology. Outside of class, Carson is president of the sustainability club Green Grounds, and a member of several other unimpressive groups. He is also involved in recreational ice hockey and competitive bird-watching. In his spare time, you can find him eating citrus fruit or sitting in comically oversized chairs.

Co-Chair of Social and Community Events  Kamilia Moalem is a 4th year from Alexandria, VA studying biology and math.

Co-Chair of Social and Community Events

Kamilia Moalem is a 4th year from Alexandria, VA studying biology and math.