Rules & Regulations
Event Safety Director
5th Year Student
Hometown: Williamsport, PA
Major: Labor and Human Resources
Previous THON™ Involvement
THON 2019: Rules & Regulations Committee Member
THON 2020: Rules & Regulations Event Safety Captain (Pass)
THON 2021: Rules and Regulations Event Safety Captain (Head of Pass)
Why did you want to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?
The idea of serving as a THON Volunteer makes me feel hopeful. Hopeful that one day, childhood cancer will be an obstacle of the past. Hopeful that children will grow up to be doctors, astronauts or whatever their heart desires. Hopeful that we can one day dance in celebration. Once I joined THON, I knew I wanted to help our dreams and the dreams of so many others come to reality. Becoming a Director gave me the ability to spark that same hope in future volunteers.
What are your main responsibilities as a Director for THON 2023?
My main responsibility is to ensure the safety of every family, volunteer, and spectator at all THON Events. I serve as the main contact between THON and Penn State Police, emergency management, Environmental Health & Human Safety, EMS, and work closely with other committees to ensure that all rules and polices are enforced.
What is your favorite THON memory?
My favorite THON memory was during THON 2020. It was right before dancers stood and I was on the concourse with my other Co-Captains. At the time, it felt so surreal to be standing in the Bryce Jordan Center for THON Weekend, all our hard work throughout the year had paid off. I try to keep that memory close on days where I feel as though my work isn't important to others. Sometimes it's hard to rationalize that the work we do throughout the year helps THON Weekend to be successful and magical as it is.
As a director, what are you most looking forward to for THON 2023?
I'm looking forward to seeing all the accomplishments this community makes and the barriers it breaks. Amidst facing a very unprecedented few years, the THON Community was strong, resilient and came together in ways we'd never imagined. I am excited to engage with new THON Volunteers and spread THON’s mission to our supportive community.
“Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.” —Nina Dobrev
Are you involved in other organizations that benefit THON?
Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team (S.M.A.R.T.)
What are you involved in outside of THON?
Undergraduate Office of Admissions Intern
What are your plans after graduation from Penn State?
I hope to move to Virginia, Maryland or Lehigh Valley and find a job in recruitment or human resources.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
A goat - They honestly just seem like fun, sporadic animals.
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
No - it's a sub. A sandwich has a clear top and bottom whereas a sub isn't a fully sliced piece of bread.