Marie Millan, Project Engineer
Marie Millan is project engineer at Preemadonna. Marie studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is originally from Northern California. Outside of MakerGirl and Preemadonna, she is part of the BAJA SAE club that designs, builds and races their own off road vehicles. In her spare time she likes to volunteer for organizations such as First LEGO League where she has been part of the panel as a Robotics Judge. Marie loves being outdoors and going on adventures, as well as reading, painting and cooking. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to inspire girls to be a part of STEM and spark their curiosity for the world around them.
Julia Hindle, Intern, Nail Artist & Rockstar Coder
Julia Hindle is an intern for Preemadonna and a sophomore at Tufts University studying Computer Science. Along with her interests in Math and Computer Science, she runs the nail art account @nailsofjulia on Instagram where she posts original designs and tutorials.
Kyra Wayne, Design Engineer & Artist in Residence
Kyra Wayne is a design engineering intern and resident artist at Preemadonna. Kyra graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Web Design Engineering and a double minor in Computer Science Engineering and Studio Art. Kyra has a diverse work background in web and iOS app development, as well as in teaching and design. Kyra’s can-do attitude and friendly personality serves her well in being a mentor to others and in spreading Preemadonna’s mission. Kyra is passionate about programming and the arts and hopes to inform more girls that there is a future in technology for them, regardless of whether they can code or not (though to not be afraid of coding, either). Kyra hopes to continue learning and diversifying her skillset so that she may combine her two loves in her future work.
Alan Phung, College Intern & Entrepreneur
Alan Phung is an intern for Preemadonna. He is a Freshman at Denison University. In High School, he got very involved in the Chicago community. He worked on the executive board of both the Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action and the Junior Economic Club. These student led non-profit organizations focused on teaching youth on how to become better leaders. Alan also loves meeting people and that stemmed from being part of the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program and Yale Young Global Scholars. Both these programs allowed him to meet people from around Chicago and the world. He is passionate about showing people that having long and attractive nails is also masculine. Alan refuses to accept the stereotypical model of masculinity.
Elise Voglewede, High School Intern & Star Ambassador
Elise Voglewede is a sophomore at St. Joseph High School in Michigan. In 2017, Elise was a delegate at the National Girl Scout Convention in Columbus, Ohio. At the convention, she was able to meet so many empowering women, including Preemadonna’s founder Pree Walia. In 2018, Elise was one of a few students selected to go to Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland for a Girl Scout NASA training. Through the next two years, Elise will be bringing space science back to her community by creating a Girl Scout astronomy club where girls can learn more about space science through hands-on activities. Elise loves how science can be applied to almost everything. Elise was also awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award because of her volunteer work at her local library with its summer reading program.
Grace Quinn, Community Manager
Grace Quinn is a marketing intern and community manager for Preemadonna. Grace is studying business marketing and psychology at Indiana University. Having always lived in California, she is adjusting to the Midwest lifestyle and enjoys being immersed this new and diverse college culture. On campus she is involved in Psychology Club and the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She is passionate about equality and empowerment for women. She highly values the company’s mission to promote the idea of intelligence and beauty as complementary traits for women everywhere!
Megan Farley, Graphic Design Intern & Artist in Residence
Megan Farley is a Graphic Design intern for Preemadonna. She is a Junior at California Polytechnic University Pomona in Southern California. Although it is part of the same state, Southern California is a whole new culture that she is learning to adapt to. She is majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing. At school she is a member of the Chi Omega women's fraternity and is apart of the AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In her free time, she loves to paint, go to the beach, and visit Disneyland. She is working on various design aspects within the company. She is thrilled to be working with a company that empowers girls as such a young age to pursue science and art!
Tugba Rona, MBA Intern
Tugba Rona is a Business Development and Marketing Intern at Preemadonna. She is an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Tugba started her career in Investment Banking, initially with a focus on General Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and later with a focus on Consumer / Retail specific M&A. She focused on helping leading Consumer brands through creating detailed operating and valuation models, designing strategic cost reduction initiatives and facilitating due diligence. Most recently, she worked as an Account Planner at a high-growth Cosmetics company. Tugba holds an A.B. degree in Economics, Cum Laude from Princeton University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, dancing, practicing yoga and exploring new coffee shops.
Rebecca Chau, MBA Intern
Rebecca Chau is an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Rebecca worked as an Account Management Analyst with PAAMCO for three years helping service institutional clients with their investment needs and building experience in marketing. She has also spent various internships gaining experience in investment research and business services. Outside of work, she has been involved in multiple organizations that encourage learning about various STEM fields and financial literacy for youth. Rebecca holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine