Four committees have been formed to help accomplish the work of THRIVE! 

Professional Development and Networking

Identifies and promotes initiatives to support the development and advancement of women on campus through the development and/or promotion and sponsorship of programs, conferences, workshops, etc., and identifies or creates professional networking opportunities for women on campus.

2020–2021 Committee Members

  • Kara Primmer, Chair
  • Dawn Foster
  • Gracie Gallagher
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Joan McClendon
  • Brittani Stutsman
  • Joey Summers
  • Ideneicka Verse


Develops and facilitates a program designed to provide mentoring opportunities for women on campus with the goal of enabling women to achieve their highest potential and enables knowledge and skill transfer to assist with retention and advancement of women on campus.

2021–2022 Committee Members

  • Lindsey McIntyre
  • Cathi Kennedy
  • Diana Rowan-Placzkowski
  • Heather Christensen
  • Janel Zakrzewski-Kuntz
  • Tracy Rendall


Increases awareness and supports membership growth by communicating THRIVE! mission, goals, and activities to the campus community and promotes THRIVE! events and related opportunities to members.

2020–2021 Committee Members

  • Elicia Dennis, Chair
  • Heather Christensen
  • Molly Mahoney
  • Jessica Noffsinger
  • Rachel Rump
  • Katie Spohr
  • Andrea Stumpf
  • Ashley Van Avermaete
  • Aviva Wulfsohn


Provides opportunities for recreational, motivational, and instructive idea sessions with the intention of connecting women in the Notre Dame community and identifies or creates opportunities for women on campus to engage with one another socially and strengthen collegial bonds.

2020–2021 Committee Members

  • Amelia Lutz, Chair
  • Kelly Donnelinger
  • Vicky Flesher
  • Heather Goralski
  • Victoria Hommel
  • Cheryl Lee
  • Lisa Michaels
  • Pam Mullin
  • Niti Singh
  • Alison Thigpen


Thrive! ambassadors help welcome new members and coordinate events to further foster community and encourage networking among all Thrive! members. Ambassadors are self-nominated and can serve concurrently on other committees. To sign up for request more information, please fill out this form, or contact Carrie Gates, who leads the Ambassadors group. 


More information about our committees is available in our bylaws