Meiklejohn Leadership

Meiklejohn Leadership Committee: 2023-2024

The Meiklejohn Leadership Committee is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Meiklejohn Program. They also help chart the program's broader direction and ensure a close connection between the program's underlying philosophy and Meik events and trainings. Leadership works closely with Dean Shaunté Montgomery and the College Office, acting as the liaison between the Meiklejohn general body and University Hall.

Jackie Benjes '24


Jackie is a senior concentrating in Education Studies. In her free time, she loves rooting for Boston sports teams, listening to podcasts, reading, and running. She's really excited to be serving as a Meiklejohn leader this year, and she is especially excited to share her favorite restaurants and cafe study spots with her advisees!

Samantha Buyungo '24

Samantha (she/her) is a senior from Denver, CO studying Neuroscience. She's a staff writer for The Black Star Journal, the co-technical director of OJA! Modern African Dance, and is currently involved in OCD research in the Desrochers Lab on campus. In her free time, you can probably find her playing piano at the Orwig Music Library, reading a fantasy novel on the Main Green, or drinking an iced chai.

Lanie Cherry '24


Alaina Cherry uses she/her pronouns, and she is a senior studying cognitive neuroscience and visual art. In her free time, she loves painting or doing anything creative, playing soccer, listening to podcasts, and reading.

Isaac Jenemann '24

Isaac is concentrating in Environmental Studies and Computer Science. He is planning on figuring out what he's doing after Brown sometime soon. When not Meiklejohn-ing you'll probably find Isaac cooking, eating, reading, and laughing all at the same time. 

Cecile Schreidah '24


Cecile is a senior concentrating in Infectious Epidemiology with hopes of pursuing medicine in the future. She is very passionate about educational equity and health equity and hopes to inspire and support the students that she advises. In her free time, she loves to run, travel, read, and vlog for her YouTube channel. Cecile is so excited to be serving as a Meiklejohn Leader this year; feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Klara Davidson-Schmich '25

Klara is a junior from Miami, Florida concentrating in Economics on the Public Policy track. Outside of Meik Leadership, she also serves as a TA for various classes and as an editor for post- magazine. During her free time, Klara enjoys going to Ceremony, taking walks, and playing Bananagrams.

Aliza Kopans '25

Aliza (she/her) is a junior concentrating in Public Health with a Certificate in Intercultural Competency focused on Spanish. Along with Meiklejohn-ing, Aliza serves as a Peer Career Advisor through the CareerLAB, a tour guide, and a leader of Brown’s Food Recovery Network chapter. She loves being outside, adventuring throughout Providence, making art and music, and meeting new people.

Melia Lee '25

Melia (she/her) is a junior from Kailua, HI concentrating in Biology on the Immunobiology track. During her free time, you can probably find her in a random study spot around campus drinking an iced coffee. Outside of Meik Leadership, she also dances for Mezcla and will be serving as their financial director :)

Adam Meller '25

Adam is a junior in the Brown/RISD dual degree program. He studies literature and philosophy at Brown, and glass at RISD. In his free time he likes to read, explore, and play music with friends. Also a residential advisor at RISD, Adam enjoys supporting his peers and building communities across campus.

Patrick Rourke '25

Patrick is a junior concentrating in Education Studies and Sociology. Outside of class, he enjoys playing saxophone in the Brown Jazz Band, running, and playing basketball. He is really excited to be a Meiklejohn Leader this year and is happy to help in any way he can! :)

Sydney Stovall '25

Sydney Stovall (she/her) is a junior concentrating in International and Public Affairs on the Development Track. In addition to Meiklejohn Leadership, Sydney works as an Academic Coach with the CRC, volunteers as a Peer Mental Health Advocate on campus, and serves as the Identity Coordinator for ProjectLETS, a mental health advocacy club on campus. In her free time, Sydney loves going to concerts, learning languages, and going on adventures with her dog, TJ!

Samantha Chambers '26

Samantha (she/her) is a sophomore from Tampa, Florida concentrating in Sociology and American Studies. On campus, she's also involved as a Senior Staff Writer for the Brown Daily Herald, and is hoping to get more involved with some other on-campus clubs. In her free time, she loves to read, bake, and rewatch old seasons of Survivor.

David Felipe '26

Davíd is a sophomore concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience and International/Public Affairs on a Pre-Law track. He is very passionate about addressing the health inequities in low-income, redlined neighborhoods. In addition to being a Meik, Davíd is part of Brown's Latinx Pre-Law Society, SOMOS Latine Literary Magazine, and the Brown Dream Team. In his free time, Davíd loves thrifting, reading, getting matcha, and playing with his two cats. He is extremely excited to be a Meiklejohn Leader this year and to support the students he advises!

Roberto Gonzales Matos '26

Roberto is a Sophomore concentrating in Computer Science and Pure Math from Lima, Peru. In his free time, he loves playing guitar, piano and doing activities with his friends like rock climbing. He's really excited to be a Meiklejohn leader next semester and is more than happy to help anyone with any questions that may arise. 

Avery Liu '26

Avery (she/her) is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA (potentially) concentrating in The History of Art and Architecture and Cognitive Science. In addition to peer advising, she loves listening to and playing music (and doing archival work for the campus radio station, WBRU), reading, hiking, going to the beach, and eating lots of carbs.

Marcelo Rodriguez Parra '26