Year: 5th Year
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, PA
Major: Accounting and Finance
Previous THON Involvement
THON 2016: Finance Committee Member
THON 2017: Finance Captain- Admin
THON 2018: Finance Captain- Assistant Treasurer
THON 2019: Finance Director
THON 2020: Executive Director
Why did you want to be a Director?
When I joined a Finance Committee freshman year, I never would have imagined the impact that THON has made on my life. I vividly remember getting ready to attend my first THON, and although I was on a committee all year, I had no idea what to expect. The sense of community and hope I felt during my first THON has not left me since that weekend, and motivates me every day to do everything I can for the families. THON is in such an exciting time with so much opportunity, and I want to ensure that I do everything I can for THON to continue the legacy that has been created over the past 47 years.
The families I have met over the past four years have such different stories, yet are all connected through THON and the support that all 16,500 volunteers provide year after year. I want to be sure THON provides that emotional support far beyond the day we dance in celebration of a cure.
What are your main duties as the Executive Director for THON 2020?
There are a few different facets of the role of Executive Director. First and foremost, I have the pleasure of overseeing the 16 members of the Executive Committee and being a resource for them throughout the year. We work together to complete all extensive projects, while continuing to accomplish day-to-day tasks. I also work with many individual donors, as well as University administrators and contacts where I maintain relationships and steward these essential stakeholders of the organization. Another large part of my role is being the main liaison to Four Diamonds. I work closely with the Executive Director and other members of their staff, as well as serve on the Four Diamonds Advisory Board to ensure we are aligned in our efforts. Finally, I am able to be the spokesperson for THON to ensure that we are upholding our mission to best serve the families each day.
What is your favorite THON memory?
When I visited Hershey my sophomore year, I was able to see one of the kids ringing the bell to signify his end of chemo! It was absolutely incredible to see that monumental moment in his journey, however I was reminded of the terrible reality that cancer brings to these families. This moment is always vivid in my mind and I think back to it when I need extra motivation. During THON 2019, I was able to meet that family again, 2 years after that day. We chatted for a few minutes, and I heard about how much their organization and THON does for them. It was the first time that I witnessed the reality of the “emotional support” firsthand, and was one of my favorite memories from the weekend.
Another moment I will never forget is going up to the upper bowl during the Final Four to see all of the Finance Captains and Committee Members together. It was the first time all weekend that I saw everyone together, and I was so grateful for each one of them and everything they accomplished during the year.
“The universe is funny that way. Sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong.” – Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy
Plans for after College Graduation
I will be working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Assurance Practice as an Audit Associate in Philadelphia. I will also be studying for the CPA exam!