4th Year Student
Hometown: Horsham, PA
Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
Minors: Special Education, History, Psychology
Previous THON Involvement
THON 2019: OPPerations Committee Member
THON 2020: Finance Captain (Administrative Assistant)
THON 2021: Finance Captain (Assistant Treasurer)
Why did you want to become a member of the THON 2022 Executive Committee?
Even since my first THON in 2013, I had known that I wanted to put all my time and energy into this organization, but really the events of this past year had furthered my passion to become a Director. Within the past year, the entire THON Community continued to put all their devotion into making an impact for our Four Diamonds families, even if we were constantly questioning what was going to happen amidst the pandemic. I struggle to describe how grateful I am to be part of something so amazing and how proud I am to be a Penn Stater. After showing the world that we still raised $10.6 million during a global pandemic, I saw how strong the THON Community proved to be. Those involved in THON do not just attend our school; they are located across the country and send their support to State College. The invincibility and perseverance of the THON Community had truly changed my view of the world. I know that one day we will dance in celebration because of our determination to help all the families who have been impacted by childhood cancer. THON 2022 is unpredictable. There are going to be unforeseen obstacles just like any other year, but I wanted to be part of the Executive Committee to keep on fighting and do everything in my power to continue to make an impact, For The Kids® always.
What are your main responsibilities for THON 2022?
As the Finance Director throughout the year, I oversee the tracking and managing the total of the THON Community's fundraising efforts, creating and maintaining the THON 2022 budget, as well as producing the Summary of Fundraising Activities for THON 2021. I also work to assure that all monetary donations are processed with integrity by the 23 Captains and 75 Committee Members. During THON Weekend, my responsibilities include processing donations made over the weekend, assuring accurate records, and calculating the final THON Weekend total.
What is your favorite THON memory?
In THON 2020, I got the opportunity to dance for my Special Interest Organization, Monarch. On Saturday night, going into Sunday morning, I was hitting a wall and struggling to stay awake and on my feet. The other Monarch dancers, our Dancer Relations Committee Members, and I went up to the Mezzanine for the THON History Tour. Once there, we could not hear anything going on down on the event floor and it was just a nice, relaxing, quiet space. One of the Special Events Committee Members that was giving us the tour had a ukulele and started playing “I'm Yours” by Jason Mraz. We all just stood there and sang the entire song. It was so peaceful. I just closed my eyes and thought about all my previous THON memories that led up to that moment.
What are you most looking forward to for THON 2022?
The thing I am most looking forward to in this role for THON 2022 is bringing the “Finance Family” together. I love how we are a small, tight-knit committee because everyone gets the chance to meet all the other members of Finance. It gives us all the opportunity to become so close, like a family. I cannot wait to help create a sense of belonging in Finance for so many others, whether that is for someone who has never been on a committee before, or someone who has been on Finance for 4 years. FIN FAM Forever!
What is your favorite quote?
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." —Ferris Bueller
Are you involved in any organizations that participate in THON? If so, please share a special experience or memory.
I am heavily involved in my Special Interest Organization, Monarch. This organization has held a special place in my heart for a long time now, even before I had become a student at Penn State. When I was 12, my brother, a Penn State student at the time, decided to start Monarch with his close friends. They planned for Monarch to be a small Special Interest Organization, one that could be more closed-knit, and truly a family. Since he helped start this amazing organization my brother wanted our family to visit him at Monarch’s first THON in 2013. Walking into the Bryce Jordan Center, I was not prepared for the feeling that overcame me. It was truly a life changing experience. My family and I went into Monarch’s section and met the Keister Family for the first time. Dylan Keister had the biggest smile I had ever seen when he first met us and immediately sprayed us with a water gun. I always knew I wanted to attend Penn State but ever since the moment I saw Dylan smile, I knew I wanted to come to Penn State to be a part of THON. In my sophomore year, I got the opportunity to Dance for Monarch and represent the Keister and Snyder Families. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and they were on the floor dancing with me the entire time. Monarch is the most awesome organization, and I am so happy to have seen it flourish ever since it had been created. For the Keisters, For The Snyders, and For The Queen.
What are you involved in outside of THON?
Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA)
What are your plans after graduating from Penn State?
I plan to get a job as a high school teacher and, in the future, go back to school to get my Master's in Education.