4th Year Student
Hometown: Connellsville, PA
Major: Biobehavioral Health
Minor: Global Health
Previous THON™ Involvement
THON 2021: R&R CM
THON 2022: COMM Captain
THON 2023: AE Captain, Penn State Snowboard Club Primary Chair, Dancer
Why did you want to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?
Throughout my time at Penn State, THON has always been a place I could call home. I have met so many incredible people in THON. I wanted to be a Director to give back to this organization which has given me so much, and to support our children and families to the greatest potential I can.
What are your main responsibilities as a Director for THON 2023?
As the COMM Director, I facilitate all communication between THON and its Volunteers and supporters. I also work to maintain relationships with and support THON Chairs and Organizations. I also oversee the implementation of DEI efforts across THON and help to plan volunteer recruitment and education.
What is your favorite THON memory?
My favorite THON memory comes from THON 2023, when I danced. During the Final Four, one of my friends and previous Co-Captains, AJ Jacunski shared the story of his brother, Jay. Hearing him speak was so inspiring and motivated me to make it through the last few hours of dancing. This is a memory I will remember for the rest of my life.
As a director, what are you most looking forward to for THON 2024?
I am looking forward to having a more "big-picture" view of THON and seeing how every volunteer comes together to support our children and families.
If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don't sweat the small stuff
What are you involved in outside of being a THON™ Director?
I am a member of Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity and the Penn State Snowboard Club.
What are your plans after graduation from Penn State?
After graduation, I hope to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician focusing on infectious disease and public health.
Who is your role model? Why?
My role models are my grandparents. The four of them have taught me so much about so many different aspects of life
What Disney character do you identify with the most? Why?
Olaf. He is funny and always optimistic.
What is one thing you think everyone should try at least once?
Strawberry Oatmilk Latte from Elixr in State College (best coffee ever)