4th Year Student
Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Minor: Human Development and Family Studies
Previous THON Involvement
THON 2019: Rules & Regulations Committee Member
THON 2020: Supply Logistics Captain
THON 2021: Communications Captain (Outreach)
Why did you want to become a member of the THON 2022 Executive Committee?
Serving on the Executive Committee allows me to give back to the organization which has supported and inspired me every day for the past three years. Through my volunteer experience in Penn State THON, I have found individuals who are equally passionate about finding small ways to improve the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. I have also learned that all of these small acts can amass into an unshakeable sense of hope and community for everyone who touches this organization. Growing up, I had the privilege of healthy and happy memories with friends and family. Now, I believe wholeheartedly that each of us have a responsibility to invest in providing happy and healthy memories for future generations. Volunteering for THON allows me to contribute in small ways to providing more precious childhood memories for children and teens at all places in their journey with childhood cancer.
What are your main responsibilities for THON 2022?
As the Communications Director, it is my job to ensure that the THON Community is being supported in four different facets: Organization Development, Education, Outreach, and Inclusivity. Organization Development provides decision-making support to THON Chairs as they lead their organizations to success throughout the year. Education aims to ensure that THON's volunteers are properly educated about THON and its history to be able to serve as advocates and ambassadors of THON's brand. Outreach focuses on recruitment of the Penn State student body as well as outreach to faculty, staff, and other groups in the University looking to be involved in THON. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has become a focal point of THON's efforts this year, and Communications is responsible for holding the THON Community accountable for growing in these efforts, developing programming and initiatives to make the THON Community a place where all feel safe, heard, and welcome.
What is your favorite THON memory?
My favorite THON memory was during my first shift as a Rules & Regulations Committee Member for THON 2019. I was fortunate to be stationed right at the Founders' Entrance of the Bryce Jordan Center, the door that dancers entered to take their first steps onto the floor for THON Weekend 2019. Being able to watch each of them see the floor for the first time, where they would be spending the next 46 hours, was such a privilege. Not only did I watch hundreds of beaming smiles coming from the dancers, but I saw the genuine enthusiasm and passion of other Committee Members, Captains, Directors, Student Organization members, and Four Diamonds families as we lined the dancers' tunnel. In that moment, I realized how special THON is for every person who touches this organization; from general spectators, to organization members, to committee members, and most importantly for children and families impacted by childhood cancer.
What are you most looking forward to for THON 2022?
As we look toward more normalcy in the coming year, I am excited to build upon the lessons of adaptability and innovation that we learned from the challenges of this past year. I am committed to empowering all volunteers to make decisions to improve their committee, organization, or campus's THON efforts on a holistic level.
What is your favorite quote?
“I’ve noticed something about the people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakeable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over a smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.” —Unknown
Are you involved in any organizations that participate in THON? If so, please share a special experience or memory.
Phi Gamma Nu Professional Development Organization
What are your plans after graduating from Penn State?
After graduating, I hope to work for an organization which allows me to use my degree and technical knowledge while positively impacting the communities I serve.