Hometown: Avondale, PA
Major: Middle Level Mathematics Education
Minor: Special Education
Previous THON Involvement
THON 2018: OPP CM
THON 2019: OPP CM
THON 2020: OPP SUTD Captain
Why did you want to be a Director?
For the past three years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of THON on the OPPerations Committee and this past year I served as an OPPerations Captain. As a captain I had the opportunity to unite a group of students from all different backgrounds and interests to achieve one common goal – to improve the lives of those fighting hard to beat childhood cancer. Through this experience I built life-long relationships with my co-captains, committee members and fellow student volunteers. Each team member brings their own experience and style, when combined together, creates an amazing committee who is able to come together for a cause much bigger than themselves. I wanted to become a Director and give back a little bit of what this organization gave me. As a member of THON's Executive Committee, I am able to help this organization grow and improve as we push forward in this fight.
What responsibilities do you have as a Director for THON 2021?
As the OPPerations Director, I am responsible for managing and supporting 21 captains and about 750 committee members. My job throughout the year is to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for the Four Diamonds Families and THON volunteers at all pre-THON events and THON weekend. Through great dedication, determination and hard work, the OPPerations committee logistically plans and prepares for a year of events culminating in the transformation of the Bryce Jordan Center into THON’s home. The OPPerations committee also plays an integral role in enacting THON’s sustainability initiatives, including the goal of becoming a zero-waste organization.
What is your favorite THON memory?
Last year at the Family Carnival, my co-captains and I played duck-duck-goose with a few kids in the middle of the gym. It went on for the longest time because these kids did not want to stop playing. It was such a magical moment to watch these kids each get a turn to chase us (in their eyes the "big kids") and watch them smile as we were tagged and sent to the pickle-pot. To anyone watching it probably seemed like another silly game, but getting to connect with those kids and watch them laugh and play was a very special moment for me.
"Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt."
What are you involved in outside of THON?
I am a member of the Education Student Council and I tutor middle school students for the V.I.P.S. tutoring center.
What are your plans for after you graduate from Penn State?
After I graduate I plan to teach Middle School and hopefully get involved with extracurricular activities.