Meet the Ambassadors!


Katherine Viti - Co-Head Ambassador, Chair of Recruitment

Katherine Viti is a third-year from Clarke County, Virginia, studying Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law and Russian with a minor in English. She is the co-head of Echols Ambassadors and a teacher for Charlottesville Debate League. She is also a member of the Jefferson Society. In her free time, she likes to read, listen to music, and is obsessed with Star Wars.


Anna Wolz - Co-Head Ambassador, Chair of Recruitment

Anna is a third-year from Alexandria, Virginia majoring in physics! She loves playing trombone in the UVA Jazz Ensemble, riding UBike (UVA’s bike share program) around Grounds, being co-head of Echols Ambassadors, and getting into arguments at the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society meetings. Her favorite pastime is pretending to be an astronomy major and drinking their free coffee.



Katie Cantone

Katie Cantone is a fourth-year from Midlothian, Virginia who is double majoring in Spanish and Media Studies with a minor in Latinx Studies. She is currently pursuing a thesis within the Media Studies Distinguished Majors Program. Katie’s primary involvement around Grounds is through the all-female a cappella group Hoos In Treble. Her favorite place to study on Grounds is Nau Hall because of its Insta-worthy natural lighting. A class she thinks EVERY STUDENT EVER should take is Intersectionality and the Media (MDST 3505), taught by Keara Goin. 


Lindsey Shavers

Lindsey is a fourth-year from Richmond, Virginia, studying computer science and entrepreneurship. Lindsey also is an international DJ and co-producer and curator of UVA's Music Matters Series, an arts and sound celebration that features distinguished musicians, speakers and visual artists. She works with the International Library of African Music and the Around Hip Hop Live Cafe in Makhanda, South Africa, and recently performed a spoken word and DJ set in the Critical Consciousness arena at the 2019 National Arts Festival in South Africa's Eastern Cape. On Grounds, Lindsey is a TEDxUVA speaker on topics related to tech equity and bias in artificial intelligence, the Pre-College Initiative Chair for UVA's Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, and a volunteer with Madison House's adult computer literacy program.


Amelia Wilt

Amelia is a four-year from Arlington, Virginia (another NOVA kid, sorry). Although currently undeclared, she plans on majoring in psychology and possibly pursuing global sustainability as a second major. On Grounds Amelia works as a research assistant in a psychology lab, is a committee chair for Take Back the Night, participates in One Less, and is a member of the outdoors club. Aside from that, she is currently trying (and failing miserably) to learn to play the ukulele in order to fulfill a lifelong dream of having some sort of musical talent, and always manages to find time to squeeze in some good old Netflix binge-watching. 


Emma Bass

Emma is a fourth-year from Alexandria, VA double majoring in History and Religious Studies. On grounds she is a member of the gender-inclusive community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, volunteers for political campaigns, and works at Memorial Gym. She also spent a semester abroad in the Spring '19 in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. When she's not on grounds you can catch her hiking humpback, hanging out with her friends, or playing guitar.


Abby Heher

Abby is a fourth-year from Boston, Massachusetts pursuing an Echols Interdisciplinary Major on Environmental Equity and a minor in Biology. At UVA she is involved in the Student Council Sustainability Committee, plays on the Club Ice Hockey team, and is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She is passionate about marine biology and loves hiking, playing with her dogs, and jamming out to the Hamilton soundtrack.


Rohit Musti 

Rohit is former Echols Scholar and current graduate student studying Computer Science. His research focus is currently cryptography. In the past, he has worked as the head TA for the Algorithms computer science class, been a member of a student literary groups, and worked in student government groups. At the moment, he is co-teaching a class on Digital Governance: the governance of technology and the technology of governance.


Hema Shah

Hema Shah is a fourth-year from Chesapeake, VA double majoring in math and economics. Hema is a pianist in Kinetic Sound, a student-run instrumental music group on grounds. She is also involved in Girl Up, a United Nations initiative to promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries. She is passionate about development economics, classical music, and Italian food.


Ben Artuso

Ben is a third-year from Washington, Pennsylvania and is hoping to double major in Economics and Statistics. Outside of academics, Ben is involved in the student-run chamber music group Kinetic Sound, plays in the Cavalier Symphony Orchestra, takes piano lessons, and is a program coordinator for HackCville’s data science track. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis (terribly) and searching with friends for the best cup of coffee in Charlottesville.


Shriya Dodwani

Shriya is a third-year from Louisville, Kentucky, majoring in Foreign Affairs and Global Studies: Middle East & South Asia with a minor in French. On Grounds, she is involved on the Outreach Committee of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, is the Alumnae Chair of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and has served on the executive boards of the International Relations Organization and the Indian Student Association. Shriya loves spending her free time doing hot yoga at The Elements studio in Charlottesville and listening to crime podcasts.

Connor Headley

Connor is a fourth-year from Richmond, Virginia, majoring in Chemistry with a specialization in Materials Science and minoring in Applied Mathematics and Religious Studies. On Grounds, he is an academic peer advisor for ULink, a peer buddy for Best Buddies, and a research assistant for Dr. Jerrold Floro in the Materials Science department. Outside of class, Connor loves to explore the local Charlottesville area, spend time with friends on the Lawn, and support UVA basketball. He is also an avid lover of absurd, hypothetical questions and every dog he meets.

Maitri Patel

Maitri is a former Echols Scholar and 3+1 Masters in Public Health student from Ashburn, Virginia who majored in Religious Studies in 2019. She aims to apply these areas of study in her pursuit of medical school in the future. She spends her time being a research assistant at the UVA HELPR Lab, volunteering as a Spanish interpreter at the Charlottesville Free Clinic, and spending time embracing her culture through Indian Student Association and her Indian-dance team, HooRaas. In her free time, she loves attending UVA basketball games (GO WAHOOS!). watching Netflix, and splurging on Roots from the Corner. 



Rachel Walet

Rachel is a third year who hails from the wonderful midwestern metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska. She is majoring in Government and minoring in Spanish. In the fall of 2019, she also began working towards her Master in Public Policy through the Batten School. She’s involved in Greek Life and is a member of the University Guide Service and Best Buddies. She can commonly be found pointing out Nebraska on the map to those who “weren’t aware” that people ACTUALLY live there, asking for a side of ranch at restaurants, and laughing with friends.

Salem Zelalem 

Salem is a third-year from Burke, Virginia, planning to double major in Economics and English, with a minor in Mathematics. On grounds, Salem is the President of Flux Poetry and Spoken Word and a member of the 2018 and 2019 CUPSI (College Union Poetry Slam Invitational) teams. She is also involved with theatre on grounds, having been assistant lighting designer for a Spectrum show, and a cast member in the Black Monologues. She loves NPR and late night runs to Cookout with friends.

Vishnu Karri

Vishnu is a second-year from Roanoke, Virginia and is hoping to major in Human Biology and minor in Economics. Outside of class, Vishnu is involved with the Charlottesville Debate League and the Indian Student Association. In his spare time, he can be found rock climbing, playing racquetball, or hiking with his friends.

Olivia Liu

Olivia Liu is a second-year from Fredericksburg majoring in Global Public Health and Biostatistics, on a pre-med track. At UVA, she is a research assistant in the Medical School's Moore Lab, a cellist in the Charlottesville Symphony, a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Center for Global Health, and a TA for General Chemistry. She is also a music director for the musical group Kinetic Sound. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, doing makeup for Shakespeare on the Lawn, taking photoshoots of her dog, and making new friends. 

Quinn Broughton

Quinn is a second-year from Richmond, Virginia who plans to double major in Economics and English. Around Grounds, Quinn volunteers with Operation Smile, is a member of the Sports Business Society, competes as a racer on the club ski team, and is a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Outside of the classroom, Quinn loves all things Game of Thrones and you can always find him cheering on a Boston or UVA sports team. 

Nicole Avidon

Nicole is a second-year from Long Island, New York interested in double majoring in Cognitive Science and Media Studies and minoring in Technology Entrepreneurship.  She is involved in Women in STEM, volunteers with Challah for Hunger, and is a member of the Society for Cognitive Science.  She loves traveling and cheering on the Hoos at UVA sporting events.  

Magin Sanchez

A second-year from Woodbridge, Virginia, Magin hopes to follow his academic passions of helping others through pursuing a double major in Government and Commerce. The son of Salvadorian immigrants, Magin is involved on grounds as part of the Future Business Leaders of America PBL, the WUVA media marketing team and the Latinx Student Alliance. He is also a member of the newly launched McIntire Commerce Cohort initiative and the second Latinx Leadership Institute Cohort. When he takes a break from studying, he enjoys hanging out with friends, drinking coffee, and listening to music.

Isabel Ullman

Bel is a second year from New York, NY. She’s hoping to declare the Computer Science major this year while continuing to study Arabic. She’s involved in the Student Dining Association, the Outdoors Club, skis with VASST, tutors local kids through the organization Peanuts and Crackerjacks, and otherwise can be found hiking or destroying the kitchen making pizza. 

Aaria Malhotra

Aaria is a third-year from Haymarket, Virginia, studying neuroscience and Spanish on the pre-medical track. She is a research assistant in a social neuroscience lab, a resident advisor, a VISAS volunteer, a brother of Phi Delta Epsilon pre-med fraternity, and the Chair of Mentorship on Echols Council. In her free time Aaria enjoys going to the AFC, hanging out with her residents, listening to Spanish music, and exploring Charlottesville.

James Burger

James is a third-year from right here in Charlottesville, Virginia. His interests include Public Policy and Politics and would love to talk your ear off about either! James is a member of the all-male a cappella group The Virginia Gentlemen as well as a volunteer at the UVA LGBTQ Center. His hobbies include running, singing in the shower, and doing laundry at his parent's house.