Director of Programs
Alyssa Condrey | Alyssa Condrey is the Director of Programs for NeW. Alyssa graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA 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.
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, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN American Morning, CNN Early Start, 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, and has been featured in Politico, Time Magazine Online and More Magazine. 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. In 2008, she received the Richard and Helen DeVos Freedom Center Leadership Award from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute as one of its most exceptional graduate students. A proud Midwesterner, she now works in Washington, DC. By clicking the links, you can listen to her interview on the Monica Crowley Radio Show or see her on a Fox News segment. You can email Karin.
Jane Maddux | Jane Maddux ran for the Virginia State Senate in 1991 and 2001 from the 25th District. She was the campaign spokesman for Paul Harris for Delegate in 1997. A graduate of the Sorenson Institute, she is a lifelong resident of Virginia and community leader. She also has served on the Board of Martha Jefferson Hospital and currently serves on the Foundation Board of Mary Baldwin College.
Steven Rhoads | Steven Rhoads has taught public policy in the politics department at the University of Virginia for over thirty years. He is the author of Taking Sex Differences Seriously¸ The Economist’s View of the World and Incomparable Worth: Pay Equity Meets the Market. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Princeton University in 1961. He received the Ph.D. from Cornell with a concentration in American government and political theory in 1972. He is the recipient of Bradley, Earhart, Olin, National Endowment for the Humanities and Sloan Foundation fellowships. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Public Interest and The Los Angeles Times among other outlets.
Director of NeW DC
Emily Goff | Emily is a graduate of the University of Georgia and moved to Washington, D.C. following graduation for a fall internship. It was then that Emily met NeW Founder and President, Karin Agness, and first learned about NeW. She quickly rose to become the Director of NeW DC. Emily was named NeW Woman of the Year in 2013 for her work leading NeW DC.
Previously, Emily interned in the offices of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. She currently resides in Washington, D.C., where she works as a research associate at The Heritage Foundation.
NeW Academic Adviser
Christina Hoff Sommers | Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. Before joining AEI, she was a professor of philosophy at Clark University, where she specialized in moral theory. She is best known for her critique of late-twentieth-century feminism. She is the editor of Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life, a leading college ethics textbook, co-author of One Nation Under Therapy and the author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, the Weekly Standard and The Atlantic. She has lectured and taken part in debates on more than one hundred college campuses.
NeW Alumna Advisers
Whitney Athayde | After many fabulous formative years in the great state of Texas, Whitney decided she wanted to broaden her horizons and attend the University of Virginia to study political science and economics. While there, Whitney was a founding member of the first NeW chapter and continues to cheer on its growth and success. She has also earned her Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University and is now the Director of Development for the Independent Women’s Forum. In her spare time, Whitney loves to go to music concerts, practice Iyengar yoga, teach Sunday School at Alexandria Presbyterian Church, participate in book clubs, and argue with feminists. 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.
Blayne Bennett | Blayne attended Arizona State University and became involved with the burgeoning NeW chapter on campus as a freshman. Blayne was President her Junior and Senior years, and hosted the first Gentlemen’s Showcase on her campus. After graduating, Blayne participated in the Koch Associate Program and worked for Students For Liberty in Washington, DC. After completing the Associate Program, Blayne is in the process of launching a software company with her father. Blayne’s favorite book on the NeW book list is The War Against Boys by Christina Hoff Sommers.
Kara Bloomer | 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 mineshaft hunting with her husband, 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 L. Lukas.
Kathleen Scofield | Kathleen, who grew up in northern Virginia, is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a B.S. in Systems and Information Engineering along with a minor in Engineering Business. While at UVA, she served as President and Secretary of NeW. She is currently an analyst at Deloitte Consulting. Her hobbies include skiing, playing soccer and trying new cooking recipes. Her favorite book on the NeW book list is Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D’Souza.