Founder and President
Karin Agness | Karin Agness is the Founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW). She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law. She has been interviewed on national television and radio shows, such as Fox and Friends, Hannity, American Morning, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Laura Ingraham Radio Show, and The Monica Crowley Radio Show. She regularly speaks on college campuses and at national conferences for conservative groups. She has had editorials published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and The Richmond Times-Dispatch, among others. One of her stories appeared in the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. In 2013, she was named to the Maverick PAC 40 under 40 list and to the Red Alert Politics 30 under 30 list. In 2012, she was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy. In 2010, she was awarded a William F. Buckley Award from the Young Conservatives Coalition for her work in leading NeW. Email Karin.
Director of Programs
Alyssa Condrey | Alyssa Condrey is the Director of Programs for NeW. Alyssa graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a Bachelors of Business Administration. During her Junior year, she founded a NeW chapter at JMU and was President throughout her Senior year. In 2012, Alyssa won the Enlightened Woman of the Year Award at the NeW National Conference. After graduating, Alyssa moved to DC to intern for the Heritage Foundation in the Young Leaders Program. There, she assisted with the internship program and coordination of internal briefings. After her internship, Alyssa served as the Career Services Coordinator and Intern Coordinator for the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA. Her favorite book on the NeW book list is What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman by Danielle Crittenden, which is the first book the JMU chapter read. Alyssa’s hobbies include horse-back riding, yoga, and hiking. Feel free to reach out to Alyssa.
Director of Operations
Kendall Wolfson | Kendall Wolfson serves as NeW’s Director of Operations and also directs the NeW Young Women’s Leadership Retreat. Kendall began her involvement with NeW as a member of NeW’s graduate student chapter at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the NeW team, she worked in education reform in Washington, DC and served as the Director of Finance for a college preparatory charter school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kendall graduated from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce and earned her master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education at UVA’s Curry School of Education. Kendall began her career as an economic and business analysis consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton Washington, DC. Kendall is the author of a children’s book about her alma mater, Sweet Dreams UVA. Kendall is excited to foster the education and the leadership skills of culturally conservative women and to expand intellectual diversity on college campuses across the nation through NeW. Kendall’s favorite book on the NeW Book List is Taking Sex Differences Seriously, by Steven Rhoads. Email Kendall.
Sherri Francescon | Sherri Francescon is the Development Manager for NeW. Sherri grew up in North Manchester, Indiana and graduated with honors from Purdue University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and telecommunications. She earned her master of public administration in nonprofit management and public policy from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Immediately following graduate school, Sherri became the Executive Director of United Way of Onslow County in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Before that, she worked at The Heritage Foundation and Council for National Policy. Francescon also served as a volunteer for the Beaufort Republican Women’s Club and Parris Island Officers’ Spouses’ Club in Beaufort, South Carolina. During her undergraduate studies, Francescon interned at The White House and Parliament of the United Kingdom; and during her graduate studies, she interned at the United States Department of State. Sherri’s favorite book on the NeW Book List is Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes by Mary Eberstadt. Email Sherri.
Director of NeW DC
Bethany Davis | Bethany is a graduate of Liberty University, where she was the first female Student Body President. She currently resides in Washington, DC, where she works as an executive assistant to the vice president at The Heritage Foundation. Bethany is also a graduate student at American University in strategic communication. Previously, she served as publicity chair for the NeW DC chapter and worked as an Admissions Counselor at Liberty University. Bethany first heard about NeW when she moved to DC and started working with the previous NeW DC Director, Emily Goff. Email Bethany at NeW DC.
NeW Alumnae Network
Danelle Gagliardi |Director| Danelle graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a degree in history and psychology. While at OSU, she led the NeW chapter, regularly blogged on the national NeW website, and received the NeW Woman of the Year Award in 2011.
Danelle is currently in her second year of law school at Washington University in St. Louis, and when she is not studying, she enjoys golfing, target shooting, boxing, and reading, of course!
Her favorite book on the NeW book list is Domestic Tranquility: A Brief against Feminism by F. Carolyn Graglia.
Elizabeth Libertini |Communications Director| Elizabeth is from Yorktown, Virginia and currently attends the Regent University School of Law. Before beginning her legal education, she received a Master of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia. During her time at UVA, she became involved with NeW and eventually served as president of the chapter.
Her favorite book on the NeW book list is The Flipside of Feminism by Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly.
Kara Bloomer |Communications Assistant| Kara grew up in Mesa, Arizona where she later attended Arizona State University and earned her Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. During her time at ASU, she became a member of NeW and became very involved with the Gentlemen’s Showcase. She was then appointed the Event Coordinator at the ASU chapter. Currently she works as a Process Engineer for EVGroup, in Tempe, Arizona. She enjoys being a mom, playing the piano, and reading books!
Her favorite book on the NeW book list is The Politically Incorrect Guide To Women, Sex, and Feminism by Carrie Lukas.
Sarah-Gordon Goddard |Fundraising Director| Sarah-Gordon is from Richmond, Virginia and moved to New York City to attend The King’s College. While in New York, she interned for ABC News and The Glenn Beck Show at Fox News. She learned about NeW during a summer internship at The Heritage Foundation and started a chapter the following semester. NeW at King’s hosted several campus-wide events ranging in topics from the Missile Defense debate to the Legal-Cultural History of America. She currently works in digital advertising at Summit Media in Richmond, and is very involved in HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage), Richmond’s organization for young professionals.
Her favorite book on the NeW book list is Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D’Souza.