Mount Holyoke Club of Northern California

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Pauline Au ’87


Pauline has 20+ years in Banking, plus 6 years in Healthcare as an Internal Auditor which transitions nicely into the role of Treasurer. Pauline has participated in MHC events over the years, however, this year she wants to do more than participate. Pauline wishes to help the Club in any way and connect more with the growing MHC alum and student population in the bay area. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, travel, and try new restaurants.

Eleanor Chang ’78

General Board Member

Eleanor is passionate about supporting Mt. Holyoke for over 30 years. She has served as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees as well as co-chaired the inaugural Asian Alumnae Symposium in Hong Kong. She was the membership chair of the Northern California Club, a member of the SF Major Gifts Committee, the Alumnae Trustee & Awards Committee, the Asian Scholarship Nucleus Committee, and the Global Strategy Task Force. Eleanor is a retired banker and received her MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University. 

Stephanie Corrales ’16


Steph moved to the Bay Area right after graduating from Mount Holyoke with a degree in Italian Studies, Psychology, and an ‘unofficial minor’ in Studio Art. She is a Product Designer by day and a ceramicist by night. Originally from Miami, Steph hopes to foster a vibrant MHC alum community in the Bay as the Co-Communications Chair. Check out her ceramics on Instagram at @slightlysecret.

Elena Eimert ’15

Vice President

Elena is an East Coast transplant pursuing her Master’s in City Planning at UC Berkeley. She graduated from MHC in 2015, having majored in History and minored in Development, through the Nexus Program. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a paralegal at a law firm that structured financing for affordable housing and community development projects.  Elena has served on her class board continuously since her sophomore year as Secretary and Scribe. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, drinking wine, and getting emotional about poetry. She is particularly excited to explore the NorCal great outdoors and the grapes located therein with an inspiring cohort of MHC alums.

Hannah Fairbanks ’03


Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the NorCal board. She has served as Secretary and Newsletter Editor, Membership Chair, Vice President, and looks forward to meeting and connecting with even more local alums over the next year in her role as Co-President. A freelance writer with an MFA in Creative Writing, Hannah works on most of her projects late at night when her two young daughters are in bed. When she’s not writing, you might find Hannah reading, packing bento box lunches for her kids, and adventuring around the Bay Area. 

Hannah Groce ’08

General Board Member & East Bay AAR

Hannah attended Mount Holyoke at the urging of her aunt Onie Bussey ’84 and is eternally grateful for the bond of their shared alma mater. Post graduation she moved back home to the Bay Area to work as a program manager at a college access nonprofit. She was involved with the club as a member starting in 2009 and joined the board 4 years ago as the admissions liaison. 

Leah Hellerstein ’08

Seven Sisters Liaison

Leah has attended club events since graduation and is excited to join the board as Seven Sisters Liaison. She believes it will be a great opportunity to connect with alums and boards of Seven Sisters colleges in the Bay Area and create a stronger partnership. It’s important to cultivate relationships amongst alums of the Seven Sisters colleges so we can learn from each other and make connections. Leah served as a board member for 4 years in two different positions (communications, education) on the Northern CA Chapter of the American Case Management Association (ACMA) board, and currently serves as a board member in the communications chair for the Northern California Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare. She lives in San Francisco.

Sarah Lau ’07

General Board Member

Sarah is excited to return to the Board to engage and support our diverse community in Northern California. Previously, Sarah has served on the Board as Co-President and as Membership Chair, and delighted in organizing the occasional Mount Holyoke dinner while living in Beijing. As a Recruiting and Operations consultant, Sarah partners with Beijing and San Francisco-based organizations on their talent, community engagement, and fundraising initiatives.

Vickie Victor ’18

Recent Alum Chair

I believe engaging with recent alums is crucial. Early engagement helps maintain our connection with the college, builds stronger community, and helps bridge the gap between recent and older alums. After graduating and moving to the Bay, this club was my first introduction to the community here. I formed relationships with recent alums that I never crossed paths with while at Mount Holyoke and have enjoyed the events where I have connected with older alums as well. I am grateful for this group and I am most grateful for getting involved early. As the Recent Alum Chair, I will prioritize planning events that cater to varying personalities and ensure recent alums feel supported during their college to post-graduation transition. I want to help maintain a strong sense of community for recent alums and help the club grow its capacity.

Marija L. Vulfs ’08

Co-Membership Chair

Marija Vulfs was an architecture major and philosophy minor at Mount Holyoke. She was on the Mount Holyoke College Dressage Team and continues to be devoted to horses. After being a professional dressage trainer for many years, Marija moved to SF where she has been involved with administration and marketing. Marija enjoys going to farmers markets, throwing dinner parties, and gardening. As Membership Chair, she looks forward to engaging with new and returning members to discover how the club can best support them. 

Emily Wen ’16

Co-Membership Chair

The Northern California alum region is unique in that we have a diverse group of alums, spanning different class years, careers, and experiences. My intention is to position the NorCal Club as a prominent resource and network for recent alums and alums new to the area. I’d like to draw connections between newer and more tenured members, to create an inclusive environment and a group that can effectively serve multiple purposes (social, mentoring, networking, etc). As Mount Holyoke thrives on its community, my goal is to replicate and uphold that sense of belonging, even though we’re not on campus anymore. 

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