4th Year Student
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Previous THON™ Involvement
THON 2021: Finance CM
THON 2022: Finance Captain Administrative Assistant
THON 2023: Finance Captain Assistant Treasurer
Why did you want to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?
I wanted to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world because of the mission of THON. Childhood cancer is a terrible thing and the impact it has on the affected family is devastating. The ability to dedicate my time and efforts to helping them in any capacity is a privilege and an honor.
What are your main responsibilities as a Director for THON™ 2024?
As the Finance Director my main responsibility is to uphold the financial integrity of our organization. Throughout the year I work with the entire Finance Committee to ensure all donations are processed efficiently and accurately, so they may be given to our sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds.
What is your favorite THON™ memory?
My favorite THON memory was total reveal last year. As one of the Assistant Treasurers, my Co-Captain and I had the opportunity to create the organization totals PowerPoint that was show at the End of THON Weekend. It was an incredible culmination of our efforts throughout the year only enhanced by the understanding of what those funds would be able to do for those we support.
As a director, what are you most looking forward to for THON™ 2024?
One of the aspects of being a Director I am most looking forward towards is leading a Captain committee. Finance has 23 incredibly dedicated and hard-working Captains that have great passion for our organization. The ability to work with them and see them grow throughout the year is an opportunity I am the utmost excited for.
If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Start developing healthy habits earlier. Eating healthy and working out have drastically changed my life and it's never a bad thing to create those habits earlier on in high school.
What are you involved in outside of being a THON™ Director?
Outside of THON, I have been a part of Penn State's $14.00 MM student-run hedge fund, the Nittany Lion Fund. My involvement with this organization has greatly increased my Finance capabilities, which is something I hope to leverage during my time serving as a Director this year.
What are your plans after graduation from Penn State?
After graduation from Penn State, I hope to become an Investment Banker in New York City.
Who is your role model? Why?
My role model is my mother. I have always known her in my life to be the most kind and strongest person I know. No matter the situation she may be in, she always puts others first and wants the best for everyone around her. That ability is something I strive to replicate in my life all the time.
What Disney character do you identify with the most? Why?
I would pick Luigi from Cars because I'm Italian and I aspire to run a business as successful as the iconic "Luigi's Casa Della Tire" one day.
What is one thing you think everyone should try at least once?
I'm a big black coffee drinker and I am a huge advocate for everyone at least trying it once. After you get used to the taste and can survive without milk or sugar, the world is your oyster.