Donor & Alumni Relations
Alumni Engagement Director
3rd Year Student
Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Previous THON Involvement
THON 2020: Donor & Alumni Relations Committee Member
THON 2021: Donor & Alumni Relations Captain (Alumni Campaigns)
Why did you want to become a member of the THON 2022 Executive Committee?
I wanted to serve as a Director so that I would have the chance to focus all my efforts on an organization that has not only introduced me to so many amazing people and brought me so much joy during my time at Penn State, but one that has also touched the lives of so many children and families for decades. With every year I have spent on the Alumni Engagement Committee, I have had the opportunity time and time again to see just how special THON’s mission is to generations of Penn Staters. Regardless of how far removed our alumni are from State College, whether in years or miles, their support and dedication to THON never cease to amaze me. They help to spread THON’s mission well beyond State College and ensure that THON will only continue to grow. I wanted to serve as the Alumni Engagement Director so I would have the chance to work with THON Volunteers, both past and present, and provide those who came before me the same opportunities to stay involved that I will seek out after my days in State College are over.
What are your main responsibilities for THON 2022?
As the Alumni Engagement Director, I serve as the primary liaison between THON and Penn State’s Alumni Network. Here in State College, I work alongside the Penn State Alumni Association and help engage Alumni Groups across the country to spread awareness and fundraise on behalf of THON. I also serve on the board of directors for the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG), a group of passionate Penn State alumni who work hard to continue in the fight after graduation. Finally, I lead a Committee of 14 Captains who work constantly to expand the variety of alumni initiatives we offer and communicate these opportunities to our alumni.
What is your favorite THON memory?
If I had to pick just one, I would say my first time on the floor of THON 2020 during my Committee’s theme hour. I vividly remember looking around and all at once seeing and feeling the magic of THON Weekend that we talked about all year long. As inspirational as this moment was, it has continued to become even more special to me when I consider what this moment meant for the children and families who were there alongside us. Witnessing the culmination of the efforts of thousands and thousands of students for such an amazing cause that first time was and continues to be such a powerful memory that has stuck with me throughout my time as a THON volunteer.
What are you most looking forward to for THON 2022?
This year, I am looking forward to maintaining and expanding the relationships THON has with DMAIG, the Penn State Alumni Association, Alumni Groups, and alumni across the country. Penn State graduates are so passionate and love to help THON, and I have the privilege of working with these people in the pursuit of a goal much bigger than any of us. It has been an honor as both a Committee Member and a Captain to work alongside these amazing supporters and see our hard work and collaboration tackle new challenges each year, and I am excited for the chance to grow these relationships even more in the director role.
What is your favorite quote?
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” —Jackie Robinson
Are you involved in any organizations that participate in THON? If so, please share a special experience or memory.
As a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, I have had the privilege of getting to know our two THON families. Although COVID-19 limited the amount of in-person interaction we could have, we were able to watch movies with our families, play games via Zoom, and spend time with them virtually during THON Weekend. Alumni Engagement is not quite as focused on family interaction as some other committees, and even though we do have the chance to meet with families at a variety of events throughout the year, my time in Alpha Kappa Psi has been a great way for me to hear family stories and see first-hand how impactful our hard work truly is.
What are you involved in outside of THON?
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Undergraduate Research
What are your plans after graduating from Penn State?
Upon graduation, I would love to work in the autonomous vehicle industry and continue to improve the technology that will help provide safe and reliable transportation to people around the world.