4th Year Student
Hometown: Muncy, PA
Major: Supply Chain and Information Systems
Minor: Information Systems Management
Previous THON Involvement
THON 2019: Hospitality Committee Member
THON 2020: Hospitality Committee Member
THON 2021: Hospitality Captain (Inventory)
Why did you want to become a member of the THON 2022 Executive Committee?
Without this organization, I don’t know where I would be in my Penn State journey. I want to continue to dedicate myself to THON, its mission, and the families with both emotional and financial support. Every step along the way, I want to celebrate happy memories and persevere through every obstacle that may present itself together—alongside 16,500 of my closest friends. I owe THON and our THON families every ounce of effort I have since, whether they realize it or not, have made me into the person I am today. THON has given me more than I could ever give it; it has given me a home, a family, a purpose, and a passion. If there is any way in which I can show my appreciation, it is to continue to put tireless hours into this fight, For The Kids®.
What are your main responsibilities for THON 2022?
My main responsibility as the Hospitality Director is to work with donors, both corporate and in-kind, to procure food and beverages for THON Events. It is my responsibility to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with each of these donors. With these donations, the Hospitality Committee serves meals to dancers, families, and volunteers so together, we can Fuel the Fight against childhood cancer.
What is your favorite THON memory?
After THON 2020, myself and the other Hospitality Cadets stayed after to help tear down the Bryce Jordan Center. We were tasked with loading quite a few leftover cases of water and Gatorade into the back of a Penske to take to storage. Despite each volunteer running on a small amount of sleep, our group of delusional volunteers had the best time creating a massive assembly line to fill the truck to the brim.
What are you most looking forward to for THON 2022?
The Hospitality Committee has the unique opportunity to work with so many facets of THON. Every successful event has food! We have the pleasure to establish relationships with large donors and small donors in the State College community. We continue to fuel dancers, families, and volunteers with various meals and snacks throughout the weekend. Finally, we interact with general spectators while staffing concession stands. For this reason, I have always enjoyed being a part of the Hospitality Committee, and I am excited to share these experiences with other volunteers.
What is your favorite quote?
"Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together." —Guy Fieri
What are you involved in outside of THON?
Lion Ambassadors, Sigma Chi Mu Tau (Penn State’s Supply Chain National Honor Society), Lady Lions Basketball Practice Player
What are your plans after graduating from Penn State?
I plan to attend graduate school to study business analytics.