WILD Women Writers

WILD Women Write: Meet The Bloggers

Jessica Franklin is currently a junior in the Georgian Court University-Meridian Health School of Nursing program for her Bachelors of Science with hopes of becoming a future Registered Nurse. She has an Associate’s degree from Brookdale Community College and resides in Hazlet, NJ with her parents and younger sister. Jessica beams with pride as a GCU Lion and member of the WILD XII Cohort. She is eager to be involved on campus with future goals to include serving as an Orientation Leader, a Student Ambassador, and traveling abroad with the Cultural Studies program at Georgian Court. Her first encounter with cultural education will be to India in December of 2015. She has two part-time jobs that keep her busy off campus, one of which is at a Pediatrician’s Office for medical field experience. Jessica is avidly passionate about many things, including the ocean, astrology, coffee, decorating, crafts and watching Law and Order. Jessica feels truly honored to be among such amazing women in the WILD program.

 Laurie Ebenau is a Biology major in her junior year. Being a member of WILD since her freshman year, Laurie is a dedicated member of cohort XI. Aside from WILD, she also serves as an Orientation Leader and looks for opportunities to contribute to the greater good of the Georgian Court community. Laurie hopes to continue her education in biology upon graduation.

Deanna Briganti is a Business major with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Digital Communications. She serves as a devoted member of the WILD program of cohort XI and a mentor on the Peer Advisory Board. An engaged and dedicated student leader, Deanna also serves as Vice President of Campus Activities Board for the Student Government Association, an Orientation Leader, Vice President of the Basketball Club, a member of the Mercy Collegiate Society, and a member of the Resident Hall Association. Deanna aspires to pursue a career in Event and Convention Management. She hopes to one day have her own event planning business.


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Karen Goff

Karen Goff is the Assistant Provost and Dean of Student Development at Georgian Court University.  In her post as assistant dean, she leads the development, delivery and continuous improvement of programs and services which enrich student life, and supervises the university’s Health Services, Counseling, Residence Life, Student Activities departments, as well as the Student Judicial System.  Additionally, she oversees the signature Women In Leadership Development Program (WILD), and is vigilant about using every opportunity possible to create both compassionate and competent leaders.

She is passionate about motivating young adults toward achieving their personal and professional goals.  Before she joined the Georgian Court administration, Goff founded InsideOut International in 2003, with a vision to train emerging women leaders around the world by availing them with the required resources and support to enhance their effectiveness.

Karen has spearheaded, organized, and participated in short-term mission trips to countries such as her native Jamaica, West Indies, Guatemala, Mexico, and Russia.  As a result of her humanitarian efforts, she has met with key political leaders in these countries, providing leadership training and advocating on behalf of women and youth.


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