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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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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The Conspiracy Chronicles: Consuming Consciously, December 2019

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Can what we purchase have a positive impact on the world? Here are some tips on consuming consciously and supporting companies doing good in the world!

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