Executive Director
KATE COLGAN
she/her

Executive Director

5th Year Student
Hometown: Dillsburg, PA
Major: Public Relations
Minors: Sociology, Psychology

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2018: Rules & Regulations Committee Member
THON 2019: Rules & Regulations Fundraising Safety Captain (Fundraising Outreach)
THON 2020: Rules & Regulations Fundraising Safety Captain (Online Giving)
THON 2021: Rules & Regulations Fundraising Safety Director

Why did you want to become the THON 2022 Executive Director?

THON has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember—my cousins paved a path for being involved in this amazing organization long before I arrived at Penn State, and my involvement in my middle and high schools' Mini-THONs occurred naturally and without thought. It was through Mini-THON that I found my passion for helping others and developed a desire to make a difference in the lives of those around me. When I arrived at Penn State, I quickly applied and was selected for a Rules & Regulations Committee and my passion for this organization and helping others grew immensely. However, I felt that there was more I could be doing to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer and that I had more of myself to give to this organization. I wanted to be a Director because I longed for the opportunity to give all of myself and my abilities and passion to THON and the fight against childhood cancer.

What are your main responsibilities for THON 2022?

As the Executive Director, my primary responsibility is to oversee the 16 members of the THON Executive Committee and be a resource to the entire THON Community. I help to facilitate all THON meetings and events while working on growth-driven projects and communicating with donors. I act as the primary liaison to Penn State Administration, Student Affairs, University Development, and our sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds. I am also privileged to be on the Four Diamonds Advisory Board.

What is your favorite THON memory?

I've always loved witnessing others experience THON Weekend for the first time. I don't remember my first THON, but I remember being drawn to the colors and the music from such a young age and then growing older and being so inspired by 15,000 people all gathered to celebrate the lives of kids fighting childhood cancer. While a kid, I loved talking to anyone and everyone about how amazing I found THON Weekend, but I also understood that the magic of THON truly cannot be understood until it's experienced for the first time. My greatest joy and my favorite memories have been seeing THON Weekend through the eyes of those for whom the magic is entirely new. From family members to friends and THON Committee Members, seeing someone's face light up as they first lay eyes on a full Bryce Jordan Center and truly begin to comprehend the wonder of this event is unlike anything I've ever experienced.

What are you most looking forward to for THON 2022?

I am most looking forward to giving my all to this organization for one last year. I expected to feel that my work was done and that I was ready to move on at the end of last year, however I knew that I still had more to give to this organization and that my work was not finished. I'm looking forward to making the greatest impact that I possibly can upon this organization and children and families fighting childhood cancer!

What is your favorite quote?

"Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." —Steve Jobs

What are you involved in outside of THON?

Phi Beta Sigma Honor Society

What are your plans after graduating from Penn State?

I plan to pursue a career in non-profit and continue making a difference in the lives of others.