4th Year Student
Hometown: Hershey, PA
Major: Supply Chain & Information Systems
Previous THON™ Involvement
Freshman: OPP CM
Sophomore: OPP CM, Junior
Junior: OPP Captain (DR Liaison)
Why did you want to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?
Wanting to become a director for THON 2024 came from wanting a chance to give more to an organization that has given me more than I could've asked for. Since joining my freshman year, I have been eternally grateful for having the opportunity to have a hand in a cause so much bigger than myself. With OPP, we are able to put in a lot of work behind the scenes that might go unnoticed. Though, being able to see the events that we host for families, run smoothly and ensure that every family and volunteer that attends has an enjoyable time is something that I'm grateful for. Being given the chance to be the OPP Director, I am excited to give back to others the same way that people have been able to spark excitement in myself.
What are your main responsibilities as a Director for THON 2024?
As the OPPerations Director for THON 2024, I will be responsible with prioritizing and protecting the safety of all Four Diamonds Families, volunteers, and spectators. Additionally, pushing to continue having sustainability be at the forefront of our efforts. I am also responsible for overseeing the logistical planning, setup, maintenance, and tear down of the THON 5K, Family Carnival, and THON Weekend. I am the primary liaison between the Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State OPP staff and the Executive Committee to collaborate and maintain a trusting relationship. I work with 21 OPP Captains and their 500+ Committee Members to plan and participate in all OPP events, mat cleanings, and Committee Member training opportunities throughout the year.
What is your favorite THON memory?
My favorite THON memory was getting the chance in THON 2023 to lead my group of committee members onto the event floor for the first time. I had the opportunity to attend THON back in 2020 before I was a student at Penn State. I still remember the feeling of awe that I had the first time I stepped foot on the floor. Having been able to guide this group of individuals throughout the entire year, I had such a connection to every single person. Being able to see the amazement in their faces when they first got to see THONs magic that weekend on the floor was a full circle moment that I won't ever forget.
As a director, what are you most looking forward to for THON 2024?
The first thing that I am most excited about is that I get the opportunity to be a volunteer for this organization and get to experience it all again. I am looking forward to being able to make positive changes that keep our families at the forefront of these decisions. Continuing to create everlasting memories for everyone who is involved in THON and leave a positive lasting impact everywhere I can. Having had the chance to lead committee members last year was a life changing experience, and I am excited to be able to spread the magic of THONs mission to more individuals this year.
If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Everything works out the way it's supposed to, and you'll end up right where you should be.
What are you involved in outside of being a THON™ Director?
What are your plans after graduation from Penn State?
I'm hoping to be working for a company focusing on operational planning in supply chain living in a city somewhere in the Northeast.
Who is your role model? Why?
Both of my parents have always been my role models. They have always been people to lead by example and help me become the person I am today. Without their guidance and wisdom, I wouldn't have been able to grow into the individual I am.
What Disney character do you identify with the most? Why?
Anna from Frozen. I think that she is wildly optimistic and absolutely adores her sibling and family.
What is one thing you think everyone should try at least once?
Travel to your favorite places with your best friends. Creating memories with your favorite people in your favorite place is an unmatched experience.