Purposeful Work Team

Christina Estabrook, Interim Director of Purposeful Work

Christina H. Estabrook



President's Office

Director of Special Projects

Hathorn Hall, Room 102

Purposeful Work

Interim Director

Marianne Cowan ’92, Associate Director of Purposeful Work

Marianne Nolan Cowan



Purposeful Work

Associate Director of Program Design

Hathorn Hall, Room 107

Marianne Cowan headshotMarianne manages the Practitioner-Taught Courses and the co-curricular programming for Purposeful Work. She is the primary contact for alumni and others interested in getting involved with Purposeful Work curricular and co-curricular programs. She also advises Bobcat Ventures, Bates’ annual entrepreneurship contest. Before the Purposeful Work Design Team, Marianne spent many years fostering alumni and parent engagement through volunteer programs, events and fundraising at Bates, and supported public health startup programs, faculty development and grant writing at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. She holds an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Buffalo and a B.A. in French from Bates.

Amy Wooldridge, Associate Director of Purposeful Work

Amy V. Wooldridge



Purposeful Work

Associate Director of Purposeful Work

Hathorn Hall, Room 103

Before joining Purposeful Work and Bates in May of 2017, Amy’s career path led her to enriching
opportunities in international education, student affairs and refugee resettlement work. She has an M.A. from Lesley University in Intercultural Relations and a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Texas. While a Texas native, she has lived in New England for 14 years and enjoys travel, culture, cooking and music. She is delighted to have joined the Bates community and is enjoying the role of Associate Director of Purposeful Work, where she manages the summer Purposeful Work Internship Program as well as the on-campus Student Employment Development and Reflection Program at Bates.

Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach

Rebecca L. Fraser-Thill





Pettengill Hall, Room 369

Rebecca Fraser-Thill headshotRebecca has been interested in purposeful work ever since she received her BA from Drew University and had no clue what to do next. She spent her twenties earning a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University and teaching in the Psychology Department at Bates, but there remained a lingering question of “what am I supposed to be doing with my life?” She gradually realized that asking that question through research and supporting others as they develop their own identities is what charges her up. She is thrilled to now be the Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach for Purposeful Work, in addition to remaining an active member of the Psychology Department. Rebecca has shared her thoughts about meaningful work in a variety of outlets, including The Huffington Post, HuffPostLive, LifeAfterCollege.org, and the Stacking Benjamins podcast, in addition to on her own website, Working Self.