Current Staff

Advisory Board

Harry Elam
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Doree Allen
Director, Program in Oral Communication
Eavan Boland
Director, Program in Creative Writing
Andrea Lunsford
Professor, Department of English
James Bettinger
Director, Knight Fellowship Program
Marvin Diogenes
Associate Vice Provost, VPUE
Adam Banks
Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric
Charles Junkerman
Dean, Program in Continuing Studies

DIRECTOR

Jonah Willihnganz

Jonah has taught literature, creative writing, and media studies at Stanford since 2002. He has published fiction, essays, and literary criticism, and holds a PhD in English from Brown University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. He is currently trying to write three books at the same time. It’s slow going.

MANAGING EDITOR

Jake Warga

Jake has been an independent radio producer for over a decade and taught humanities and social sciences in Morocco for years before coming to Stanford in the fall of 2015 as a Lecturer in the Stanford Storytelling Program. With a masters in visual anthropology from the university of London, he has reported from far-flung places, producing award-winning radio documentaries for such shows as: NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI’s The World, Studio360, This American Life and many more. Jake also uses photography to tell stories, his images have been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum and featured on Wired.com among many others. His interests have always been in telling good stories and teaching how good stories are told.

SENIOR PRODUCER & PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Jenny March

Jenny March is an audio documentary producer and community-builder. She particularly loves exploring the human experience through intimate, non-narrated audio portraits. Jenny has taught audio courses at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. She is the co-producer of Audio Under the Stars, a summer-long outdoor audio festival in Durham, NC. She has worked in communications at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Amherst College. She graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Middle Eastern history and literature.

SENIOR PRODUCER & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT LEAD

Alessandra Wollner

Allie is a creative nonfiction storyteller, podcast producer, educator, and community maker. She’s addicted to stories built on intimacy, vulnerability, and characters who sear themselves into your memory. She believes two things are integral to a well-told, true story: an attention to aesthetic beauty and a fierce commitment to integrity. She holds a BA from Brown University and MFA from Ohio State in Creative Nonfiction writing.

SENIOR PRODUCER

Christy Hartman

Christy is interested in narrative and its role in healing and transformation. Christy has a background in philosophy and environmental geography. She graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2010 where she studied creative non-fiction. If she owned a boat she would name it Sock.

SENIOR PRODUCER

Claudia Heymach

Claudia is a Human Biology major who is still trying to recover from the awful poetry she wrote in middle school. She is especially drawn to stories about healthcare disparities, ethics, and the brain. She loves how stories have the power to enthrall and to change minds.

SENIOR PRODUCER

Chris LeBoa

Chris LeBoa is a Human Biology major concentrating in disease ecology. He loves a good tale and believes in the power that stories have to bring about positive change in the world. He likes trying to turn scientific studies into fluent narratives and blast NPR at a volume the entire lower row can hear.

SENIOR PRODUCER

Yue Li

Yue is studying math and computer science and listens to too many podcasts while knitting. Her dream is to have a fluffy corgi.

SENIOR PRODUCER

Sienna White

Sienna White is senior in Atmosphere/Energy Engineering from Boise, Idaho. If you have a story, she wants to hear it, and if you ever want to talk about meteorology, poetry, commuting-by-ferry, dunes or guinea pigs, she will scramble over anything to get to you. Sienna is interested in how narrative affects our perceptions in life and how our perceptions in life might affect the way we see narrative.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Adesuwa Agbonile

Adesuwa Agbonile is a sophomore hailing from Seattle, majoring in Economics and minoring in Creative Writing. In her spare time, she makes audio for the Stanford Storytelling Project, writes news for the Stanford Daily, and eats pasta.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Jett Hayward

Jett is a Bay Area native who loves playing rugby but hates confrontation. She studies International Relations at Stanford and enjoys browsing the top charts of the podcast app in her spare time. She is interested in how stories can create and heal trauma.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / EVENTS

Aparna Varma

Aparna Varma is an English major in creative writing interested in all forms of storytelling. A daydreamer, storyteller, and avid Netflix binge-watcher, she especially loves mythical and fantastical stories and has penned some of her own. The ones with dragons are her favorite because it’s her spirit animal. That, and elephants.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Melina Walling

Melina Walling started working with the Storytelling Project at the beginning of her freshman year. She is majoring in English and minoring in psychology and history, and is passionate about uncovering all kinds of stories! In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, photography, hiking, and consuming many different types of media…ask her for book, TV, or podcast recommendations and you’ll probably come away with a very long list.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Erin Woo

Erin Woo is a student producer for the Stanford Storytelling Project pursuing degrees in communications and creative writing. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she is a journalist, an aspiring novelist, and a staunch defender of the Oxford comma.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, WEB MANAGER 

Victoria Yuan

Victoria Yuan is majoring in Biomedical Computation. The intersection between stories and advocacy drew her to the Stanford Storytelling Project. Victoria spends her time painting messily and reading dreamily. Recently, she’s learned to touch her toes.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Will Shan

Will is an avid reader and podcast listener who loves learning about storycraft with the Stanford Storytelling Project. He cares a great deal about community, spending time outdoors, good writing and self-reflection. He cares even more about hosting uproarious games of Mafia and re-reading Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.