2017-2018 WiSE Ambassadors Committee Chairs

Educational Programming Chair
Taylor Dunn

Hey! My name is Taylor Dunn and I am from Keokuk, Iowa. I am currently entering into my third year at Iowa as a Biology major on the Genetics and Biotechnology Track. I plan to attend graduate school after graduating in hopes to become a Certified Genetic Counselor. Outside of school, some of my favorite things to do are watercolor painting, photography, and any excuse to be outside! 

This will be my second year as a WiSE Ambassador, and I am so excited to be this year’s Educational Programming Committee Chair!  My role is to plan educational and professional development events for WiSE members like guest speakers and lab tours, so feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or ideas! I can’t wait to meet you all and look forward to this coming fall!


K-12 Outreach Chair
Salma AshShareef

Hi, my name is Salma AshShareef. I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and I am originally from Nyala, Sudan. I am a second year student and my major is biology, on the Neurobiology track. Other than WISE, I am involved in are the Human Rights organization, UI Biology Org and the African Student Association. I work in a lab in the Carver Biomedical Research Building and I love it. I enjoy learning about research and lab techniques.

Outside school, I spend time painting, reading and drawing. I also love piano and swimming. I am honored to be a part of the executive board as I love what WISE works toward and its drive for paving the way for young women and supporting them. I am eager to work within WISE and excited about all that will come up this year.



Community Service Chair
Kelsi Dahms

Hello! My name is Kelsi Dahms and I am from Morton, IL (proudly known as the pumpkin capital of the world). I am in my fourth year at Iowa majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in business administration. In addition to my role as the Community Service Chair for WiSE Ambassadors, I am also a mentor in the WiSE mentoring program - who doesn’t love a reason for an ice cream run?!;

In my free time, you’ll most likely find me at the Field House participating in one of the many intramural sports I play throughout the year. Volleyball, dodgeball, and canoe battleship are among my favorites.



Social Co-Chair
Tartil Ali

Hello! My name is Tartil Ali, I am from Des Moines, IA and I was born in Khartoum, Sudan. I am a second year student, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Arabic. I joined WiSE Ambassadors my first year and I am currently the social co-chair and involved in the Peer Mentoring Program. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, traveling, volunteering, working out and watching movies. I am proud to be a part of an organization that supports women create a path for a succesful future and I hope you will too!

Social Co-Chair
Margaret Mungai

My name is Margaret Mungai. I am from Des Moines, IA and I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. I am a second year, Biology major with a Spanish minor on the pre-med track. I am also involved with MAPS and Medicus and volunteer at UIHC and UI mobile clinic. I enjoy being at the hospital whether as an observant or volunteer and viewing the care provided and the advancing technologies used by health care professionals. On my free time, I like volunteering, reading, traveling, meeting new people, trying new things, working out at the gym, drawing and painting.

This will be my first year in the executive board and I am excited to help in any way I can! I enjoy meeting people with similar interests and dreams, seeing women advancing in STEM fields while empowering each other. WiSE has helped me meet intelligent, inspiring women. I cannot wait to meet other members and see how the year unravels.