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SAW Staff & Faculty

SAW Leadership Team

The SAW Leadership Team collaborates to ensure that academic and co-curricular experiences during SAW are meaningful and interconnected.

SAW Student Leadership Team

The SAW Student Leadership Team assist the SAW Director in major components of SAW co-curricular programming and serve as a knowledgeable support to the   SAW Counselors. The SAW GA and Counselor Coordinators also live in the residence hall with SAW participants.

SAW Counselors

The SAW Counselors are upper-class FGLI students trained to support incoming first year FGLI students. They have a wealth of knowledge and are excited to welcome incoming students to the Northwestern Community. SAW participants can expect to be matched with a SAW Counselor at the program's start. SAW counselors also live in the residence hall with participants.

SAW Faculty

There are 2 academic components to SAW, a Cook Family Writing Program and School of Communication course. All SAW students are enrolled in these credit bearing courses, and they are taught by passionate and dedicated faculty and Graduate Assistants invested in FGLI student success.


Mayra Garces

Mayra Garces | she/her/ella

SES Associate Director, SAW Director

Elizabeth Lenaghan

Elizabeth Lenaghan | she/her/hers

Cook Family Writing Program, SAW Academic Director

Rick Incorvati

Rick Incorvati | he/him/his

School of Communication SAW Liaison & Facilitator

Braini McKenzie

Braini McKenzie | she/her/hers

SES Assistant Director, SAW Student Staff Manager

Marcia Maxson

Marcia Maxson | she/ella/هي

SAW Graduate Assistant

Cydney Brown

Cydney Brown | she/her/hers

SAW Counselor Coordinator

Gavin Yi

Gavin Yi | he/him/his

SAW Counselor Coordinator

Elizabeth Lenaghan | she/ her/ hers

SAW Academic Director & Instructor | Cook Family Writing Program

Charles Yarnoff | he/ him/ his

Instructor | Cook Family Writing Program

Leslie Fischer | she/ her/ hers

Instructor | Cook Family Writing Program

Michele Zugnoni | she/her/hers

Instructor | Cook Family Writing Program