Student Staff

NACC Student Staff work at the Center during open hours and assist with publicity, planning and coordinating events, and maintaining the NACC facilities. 

House Managers

  Woesha Hampson-Medina

Branford ‘18

Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: Chemistry
Tribal Affiliation: Winnebago, Chippewa

Woesha is currently a junior in the Native community. This is her first year on house staff and her second year working as a dean’s assistant in the Yale College Dean’s office. Woesha is also the President of the Yale Food Critic’s Society and coordinates Baking and Bonding every week at the NACC. She is working toward a chemistry degree to pursue a career in food chemistry as an experimental chef. In her spare time she likes to watch New Girl, play soccer, listen to music, and cook.

 

Ashton Megli
Saybrook ‘18

Hometown: Mansfield, Texas
Major: Psychology
Tribal Affiliation: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
 

Ashton Megli is currently a junior in Saybrook College. She likes to hike, run, do yoga, and spend time with friends and family. She is active in the Blue Feather Drum Group, the Association of Native Americans at Yale, and Yale Faith and Action. 

 

Haylee Makana Kushi
Timothy Dwight ‘18

Hometown: Hilo, Hawaiʻi
Major: Ethnicity, Race and Migration
Native Nation: Kanaka Maoli
 

Haylee is a current junior in the Native community. She is on the board of the Association of Native Americans at Yale, Blue Feather Drum Group, the Indian Health Initiative, and Sisters of All Nations. This is her third year working on the NACC House Staff and co-editing the Yale Native community newsletter. She is also a staff writer for DOWN magazine and enjoys journalism and other forms of writing. Haylee plans to pursue a career in advocating for Native Hawaiian sovereignty and Hawaiian language education. 

 

Kyle Ranieri
Formerly Known As Calhoun ‘18

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan
Major: (Prospective) History & Global Affairs
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo/Diné
 

Kyle is a junior in (Formerly Known As) Calhoun College from Lansing, Michigan. He majors in History and Global Affairs, and is in the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. On campus, Kyle is involved in a diverse range of student groups, including the LGBTQ Co-op, Yale AIDS Support Coalition, Yale Ballet Company, The Politic, and is the head Peer Liaison for the Office of LGBTQ Resources. In his free time, Kyle drinks too much coffee, performs as a drag queen, and goes to beaches, though he longs for the salt-free waters of Lake Michigan. 

 

Oliver Mesmer
Pierson ‘17

Hometown: Massachussets
Major: Anthropology
 

Oliver grew up in Massachusetts and is currently in his fourth year at Yale. He became involved with the NACC community in the fall of 2015 while taking a class at the center about Native American Literatures. Oliver studied abroad in Samoa during the spring of 2016. He loves travelling to new places and learning from the people he meets. This is his first year on house staff. Oliver is excited to work to make the space a home for any students interested in learning more about native cultures. When he’s not at the NACC, you can find him working in the Chaplain’s Office, biking around campus, or rock climbing at City Climb gym! 

 

Joseph Zordan
Trumbull ’19

Hometown: 
Major: History
Tribal Affiliation: Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa
 

Joseph is the on-call photographer for the NACC. Catch him at hallmark NACC events and don’t forget to smile!

     

First Year Liaisons

 

Paige Johnson                                                                                                 Formerly Known as Calhoun ʻ20

Hometown: ​Blackfeet Reservation, Montana                                                                  Tribal Affiliation: Blackfeet, Navajo

Paige is a first year in the Native community. She’s interested in pre-medical studies. In her free time, Paige enjoys playing the clarinet in the Yale Precision Marching Band. 

 

Matthew Motylenski
Trumbull ‘20

Hometown: Flushing, New York                                                                              
Tribal Affiliation: Mohawk, Bay of Quinte Band
 
Matt is a freshman who is actively involved in our community.  He serves as a Freshman Liaison for the Native American Cultural Center, and he is a member of the Association of Native Americans at Yale and the Indian Health Initiative. Also, he is on the Native American Heritage Month Committee and the Intercultural House Committee. He is committed to social justice, and he plans to attend law school so that he will be able to represent tribes in their pursuit of legal remedies.  When he is not studying, he is busy organizing social events to welcome students to Yale. He is the third bulldog in his family as he follows both his sister and his Mom, fellow Trumbullians. He enjoys stand-up comedy, dancing, baking, and working out at the gym.
 
  Chase Warren

Berkeley ‘20

Hometown: Fort Yates, North Dakota                                                                              
Tribal Affiliation: Hunkpapa Lakota
 
I’m Chase and I’m from Fort Yates, ND on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. I am Hunkpapa Lakota just like Sitting Bull, and I am the great grandson of the great holy man, Black Elk. I play trumpet in the Yale Precision Marching Band and am involved with ANAAY, IHI, and Blue Feather Drum Group (I’m not that good yet). I may major in MCDB but I am still undecided even though I got into the STARS 1 program just like Alanna. I am in Berkeley College. My ultimate goal is to become a physician for the Indian Health Service in Fort Yates to serve my people. 
    Hannah Selwyn

Graduate Student Coordinator

 

Vanessa Noelte
Ezra Stiles ʻ15

Hometown: Seekonk, Massachusetts
Concentration: Health Policy
Tribal Affiliation: Mi’kmaq
 

Vanessa graduated from Yale last year majoring in the History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. As an Undergraduate, Vanessa taught meditation and mindfulness, ran on the Varsity Track team, was the President of AISES, and worked as an NACC House Manager. She is in a 5 year BA/MPH program and is currently in her 5th year as a full-time Masters student at the Yale School of Public Health. Her focus is on food policy and nutrition.