Center for WGSS Industry Advisory Board

Our Mission

The members of the CWGSS Industry Advisory Board are advocates in the community promoting awareness, engagement, and mentorship to foster academic excellence and support of students, alumni, faculty, and programs of the FAU Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Headshot of Stephanie Alvarez Stephanie Alvarez, Staff Experience Manager for Working Families Party

Stephanie Alvarez is an alumnus of the WGSS MA Program. She currently works at the Working Families Party as the Staff Experience Manager. Her role is part of the WFPs Equity, People, Inclusion, and Culture (EPIC) Department. Stephanie's work allows her to incorporate the knowledge she brings from her studies at FAU when designing DEI training for the WFP's staff. She enjoys reading, doing yoga, and spending time with her two cats Karl and Fred.

Headshot of Beck André Rebecca André, Board Member, Palm Beach County National Organization for Women

Co-Chair, CWGSS Industry Advisory Board

Rebecca André earned a B.S. in Business Administration, a M.A. in Women’s Studies, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership with an emphasis on women’s issues in higher education at Ohio State University. Rebecca had a long career as Educational Technology Director at several universities and schools until she recently retired. She continues to serve on the board of Palm Beach County National Organization for Women.

Headshot of Katy Haynicz-Smith Katy Haynicz-Smith, Manager of Nursing Education Content for Wolters Kluwer

Katy Haynicz-Smith is an alumna of the WGSS MA program. She has held various education, project management, editing, and content/curriculum roles over the years, and currently works as a manager of nursing education content at a publishing company, Wolters Kluwer. Katy is passionate about creating equitable assessments that will help nurses in their licensure prep and clinical practice, and she is also an active member of her company's DEI committee. Katy enjoys reading, hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and dog.

Headshot of Sarah Tucker Jenkins Sarah Tucker Jenkins, Education and Outreach Coordinator, University of Virginia

Sarah Tucker Jenkins is an alumna of the WGSS MA program. She has worked in campus-based women’s centers for ten years. She is graduating with her Ed.D. in Higher Education in Spring 2024. Her dissertation topic explores students’ experiences with a campus-based women’s center. Sarah enjoys live theater, laughter, and spending time with friends and her cats (and her friends’ cats).

Headshot of Erica Nelson Erica Nelson, English Teacher and Advisor, PACE Center for Girls-Broward

Erica Nelson is an alumnus of the WGSS MA Program. She currently works as an English Teacher and Academic Advisor at the PACE Center for Girls at the Broward County Location. Her education in women and gender studies has allowed her to fulfill her role as a teacher while providing a gender responsive and trauma informed education to her students. She enjoys learning and teaching and plans to continue in both indefinitely.

Headshot of Roger MessengerRoger Messenger, Licensed Professional Engineer

Roger Messenger came to Florida in 1969 on a Post-Doctoral fellowship in Solid State Physics at Florida Atlantic University. In 1970, FAU established its College of Engineering and Roger became one of the original 5 faculty members in the Electrical Engineering Department. He retired from FAU in 2005. While at FAU, he worked his way through the ranks to Professor, served as Chair of the Department for 8 years, served as Director of the Center for Energy Conservation for 14 years and as Associate Dean of Engineering for 4 years.

Headshot of Sam Orozco Sam Orozco, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, Department of Defense

Sam Orozco is an alumnus of Florida Atlantic University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Master of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Sam currently serves Active-Duty Military, their families, and DoD civilians. Sam Orozco contributes her success from her studies at FAU and the support she received from the WGSS program. Sam is most fervent about response and prevention to create a much-needed cultural shift within our United States Military. Sam Orozco has recently relocated to Washington D.C., with her wife, Katie Orozco, who is also a FAU alumna and Active-Duty Army Officer. 

Headshot of Adrienne Percival Adrienne Percival, Director of Development at Compass Community Center

Co-Chair, CWGSS Industry Advisory Board

Adrienne Percival started at the Compass Community Center, which has been serving the LGBTQ community in Palm Beach County for 35 years, as an intern in 2015 as she was completing her MA in Women's Studies from FAU, and is now a co-chair for the Advisory Council of their Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies program. A lifelong feminist, Adrienne is passionate about activism and advocacy. When she's not inviting folks to the latest event or festival, she enjoys butterfly gardening, dachshund rescue, and holiday decorating.

Headshot of Sara Salman Sara Salman, Strategy and Corporate Development Manager, Coverys

Sara Salman is an alumna of the WGSS MA Program. She is currently working for Coverys, the 5th largest U.S. based Medical Professional Liability Insurance company. Sara’s role as the Strategy and Corporate Development Manager supports strategic growth, diversification, and cultural evolution with a continuous focus on and commitment to DEI.  She sits on the DEI advisory board and has consulted on the launch of all Coverys DEI based Resource Groups.