Hi! I’m Ellen, the Sponsorship Coordinator for Ever Widening Circles!

Ever since I was a kid, I knew that my eventual career needed to be doing something good for the world. In high school I became close friends with Louisa, Dr. Lynda and Dr. Chuck’s middle child, who you might better know as the micro-preemie Lynda has talked about on this website and in her book! Through my friendship with Louisa, I learned about Ever Widening Circles, and I suppose the rest is history.

Through my undergraduate career at St. Lawrence University, I studied presidential rhetoric, government, and performance. On campus, I was a peer tutor, sales manager at the university phone-a-thon, and was the Editor-in-Chief of SLU’s yearbook: The Gridiron. In the Fall of 2018, I studied abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand. There, I was captivated by Māori culture and fascinated by its relationship with the NZ government – starkly different from the US Government’s relationship with indigenous peoples. Upon returning to the US, I published a series of articles discussing both the seemingly genuine aspects and the potential superficialities of that relationship in New Zealand and discussed what more needs to be done.

My passion for learning about cultures outside of my own and my love of new experiences have made EWC and I a perfect fit. I am thrilled to be a part of a team that is so collectively enthusiastic about the good in the world, all while still acknowledging that there is progress to be made.

Outside of my work with EWC, I am a figure skating coach, an avid painter, a movie and tv enthusiast, and have (thanks to my quarantine hobby of cooking) become quite the chef! Ask me about my black bean burger recipe – but only if you like things on the (very) spicy side.

If you ever are in need of a good laugh, ask me about…

  • The time I set off a fire alarm with a bag of popcorn

  • My tendency to get locked inside public bathrooms

  • My experience sprinting through Sydney, Australia – all alone – for free tickets to The Book of Mormon

And if you have any hot takes about movies or TV, I want to hear them!

Author's Articles

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This 81 Year Old Learned to Code to Create an App for Seniors

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You’re never too old to learn or try something new. Not ever. If you need proof, take a look at 81 year-old Masako Wakamiya, who after never touching a computer until she was 58, coded an entire app to help seniors in her community stay connected and live more fulfilling lives. 

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The Purple, Fuzzy Burrower You Thought You Knew: The Sand Dollar!

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What you might have thought a cute, nostalgic souvenir is actually a hardcore, metal-eating, badass burrower, surviving in the harshest of places! These fuzzy, purple, sea floor dwellers are none other than the sand dollar, and they’re full of exciting surprises you never thought possible.

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Changing the Narrative and Loving Yourself with All Bodies on Bikes

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Ever doubted you could do something because of the way your body looks? These two thought leaders are on a cross country journey to prove we can do anything our hearts desire and live our best, most happy lives if only we learn to let go of the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary stigmas which society imposes.

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These Moving Mirrors Reveal a New Reflection of Yourself

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Have you ever peered into a mirror made of troll dolls, penguins, or folding fans? Dive into this artist’s world to see yourself in entirely new ways!

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Shattered Glass Portraits Highlight Beauty in What’s Broken

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Let’s think big about the possibilities of materials we encounter every day! Playing with light, transparency, and dimension, Swiss artist Simon Berger creates stunning portraits with nothing but a pane of glass and a hammer. His work shows us that whether it’s by recycling, creating art, or just reusing, everything can be repurposed.

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Pushing the Limits of Our Passions: Figure Skating in the Arctic Circle

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Want to reignite a passion of yours? There’s always something new to learn, even with something we’ve been mastering for decades. We’re heading to the Arctic Circle to discover how one master tested her limits, skating into entirely unknown territory and creating one of the most beautiful performances we’ve seen.

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Is OK the Old OMG? How Teenage Slang Takes Over the World

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Could current teenage slang have the staying power to still be in frequent use 200 years from now? That’s just what happened with a word I’d bet you say every single day. Stick with me on this one, OK?

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How #TeamTrees Proves the Internet Can Do Good 

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20. Million. NEW. Trees. You read that right! When fans of YouTuber MrBeast sparked a lofty goal of planting 20 million trees in 2019, the mission spread like wildfire, exploding to include thousands of content creators and hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Check this story out for proof that when people come together for good, there’s no end to their impact.

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Can Kindness Get You Further than Money?

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How far can kindness really get us in life? In 2017, Two brothers set out to travel the world with nothing—no money, no plans, not even clothes—and traded homemade t-shirts for everything they needed! They made their way into some unique and wonderful situations, all the way relying on their blind faith in the kindness of strangers. Here’s what they can show us about the value of a good story and a kind smile!

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Living with Fun in Mind! Lessons from New Zealand’s Smartest Parrot

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Adding more fun into our daily lives may not be as difficult as we think! The kea—an unbelievably unique parrot known for their curious and mischievous ways—are masters at play, and they have a few things to show us about this delightful way to thrive in life!

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