Meet the Women's and Gender Center Staff

Maggie Melvin

Name: Maggie Melvin

Pronouns: She/Her

Position: Associate Director

Hometown: Norwich, VT, but I currently live in Starksboro, VT

Fun fact: One of my favorite pastimes is snuggling with my daughter and two black kitties.

Why the WGC is important to me: I love that my work allows me the opportunity to empower and support our students to be the best version of themselves. And, it's extra fun to hang out in the WGC with students having conversations, working on puzzles and eating snacks!

Email: mmelvin@champlain.edu

Call: (802) 383-6632


Name: Maddie Braz

Pronouns: She/Her

Maddie Braz, AmeriCorps Vista employee in Champlain's Women's and Gender Center

Position: AmeriCorps VISTA, Aug. 2017–Aug. 2019

Hometown: Plymouth, MA, but I currently live in Burlington, VT

Fun fact: I have a bachelor's degree in gender studies; the WGC is the perfect place for me!

Why the WGC is important to me: Feminism, sexuality, gender, and sexual violence prevention are my main areas of expertise; working in a space that values these topics is extremely fulfilling. As a staff member at the WGC, I hope to support students, staff and faculty surrounding these issues and more.

Email: mbraz@champlain.edu

Call: (802) 865-5443


Name: Jayy Covert

Pronouns: They/Them

Position: Office Assistant

Major/year: Psychology and Elementary Education, 2021

Hometown: DeLand, Florida

Fun fact: I do drag sometimes! I've walked in Orlando Pride 2016 and Burlington Pride 2018 in full drag!

Why the WGC is important to me: The Women's and Gender Center has given me a space on campus where my identity feels validated and where I know I can find other queer folx to befriend. I'm thankful to be part of providing that space for students to feel comfortable and supported.


Amethyst Flores, Event Programming Employee in Champlain's Women's and Gender CenterName: Amethyst Flores

Pronouns: She/Her

Position: Event Programming - Sexual Violence, Awareness & Prevention

Major/year: Early Education, 2020

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Fun fact: I'm a published poet :]

Why the WGC is important to me: I know what it feels like to be marginalized. To be given the freedom to have a voice is an invaluable gift that I believe we should all celebrate—and we can, at the Women's and Gender Center!


Name: Jadah Bearden

Pronouns: She/Her

Jadah Bearden

Position: Office Assistant

Major/year: Law, 2022

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Fun Fact: Hugs and eating cereal at night time are my favorite forms of self-care.

Why the WGC is important to me: I'm passionate about the progression and advancement of all people, especially those who are marginalized. During Admitted Students Day, the WGC was the first space I visited. I'm really grateful to be a part of a place that does so much for the community.


Name: Nicole Glidden

Nicole Glidden

Pronouns: She/Her 

Position: Ambassador Program Coordinator, Social Media Specialist

Major/year: Public Relations, 2019

Hometown: Cushing, ME

Fun Fact: I'm currently teaching myself how to block print! 

Why the WGC is important to you: I preach self-care, and having a place to feel safe and comfortable in your own body and life is very important. People come to college to learn who they are and we here at the WGC are there to support them every step of the way. 


Name: Gail Lewis 

Pronouns: She/her

Position: Office Assistant

Major/year: Professional Writing, 2021

Hometown: Brookline, NH

Fun Fact: To unwind, I make papercuttings while listening to The Lumineers!

Why the WGC is important to you: The WGC is a place where people can gather and share their experiences, as well as learn from each other; it's an environment that encourages growth. Having a place on campus that does these things and supports the students is incredibly important, and I'm so glad to be a part of it.