Pamela Cheng, Community Manager
Pamela is a Community Manager and Artist in Residence for Preemadonna and a third year student at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her major is Information Engineering and Media which exposes her to both the technical and design aspects of software and electronics. It is where ‘art meets technology’. Pamela is excited to be part of Preemadonna where she’ll get to be part of the efforts in encouraging young girls to be part of STEM, and to witness the creative designs of nail art. Coming from a tropical country, she’s ready the embrace the chilly weather she never had! Pamela aspires to continue expanding her skills in both the technology and the arts, and hopes to use the combination of these two diverse skills to provide an opportunity for girls who have little to no access to education, one, in the future.
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.
Claire Follis, Beta Program Manager
Claire is the beta program manager at Preemadonna, and a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her major is Education Learning Science, which she applies to education research and data analytics. She’s utilizing her skills to improve the user experience of the Nailbot before it makes it’s official debut. Claire is excited to join the Preemadonna team because she believes it brings the aspect of personalized creativity to everyday innovation. In her free time, you can find her playing ultimate frisbee, traveling, and hanging at the dog park with her Jack Russel. She hopes to pursue a career that helps bring education equality to all children regardless of their zip code.
Julia Hindle, Intern, Nail Artist & Rockstar Coder
Julia Hindle is an intern for Preemadonna and a junior 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.
Alan Phung, College Intern & Entrepreneur
Alan Phung is an intern for Preemadonna. He is a Sophomore 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 Junior 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.