Public Relations

Dan Mele

Public Relations Director

Year: Senior
Hometown: Hawley, PA
Major: Marketing
Minor: Digital Media Trends and Analytics

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2017: Hospitality Committee Member
THON 2018: Public Relations Captain - Media Relations Captain
THON 2019: Public Relations Captain - Social Media Captain

Why did you want to be a Director?

Throughout my last four years as a THON volunteer, my passion for the organization and its mission have continued to grow. THON is special in that it is comprised of thousands of students giving their efforts to something greater than themselves. I’ll never forget my freshman year THON Weekend when I stood in the center of the floor and looked around the Bryce Jordan Center to see the number of individuals standing together, united. That moment stuck with me as I applied to be a Captain in the beginning of sophomore year, and for the following two years as I continued to learn more about THON’s history, the Four Diamonds families we benefit, and the importance of sharing THON’s mission with the world. I knew I wanted to give more of myself during my last year at Penn State and that applying to the executive committee would grant me that opportunity. I am so fortunate to be in this position and to make an even greater impact on this organization that I care so much about. THON has taught me that if you are passionate enough, you can truly accomplish anything you put your mind to. My passion for this organization and who we fight for will stick with me beyond my years as a student, and I look forward to continuing to support THON as an alumnus.

What are your main duties as the Public Relations Director for THON 2020?

The Public Relations Committee serves as the voice of THON to spread awareness for THON’s mission on a local, state, and national level. I have the pleasure of leading a team of talented Captains specialized in Brand Development, Media Relations, Graphic Design, Production, Photography, and Social Media. Additionally, I work to strategize and execute THON’s awareness and goal-based campaigns throughout the year.

What is your favorite THON memory?

Filming a Family Focus Video over summer and having the opportunity to spend the morning with the Evans Family and their daughter Aubrey was such a special opportunity. Hearing their story of how far they’ve come with their battle and how THON has supported them throughout their journey was incredibly moving. Realizing that I’ve been a volunteer throughout the entire time of their daughter’s treatment, I felt so fortunate to now have the opportunity to share their story of courage and resilience with the rest of the world.

Favorite Quote

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. "

Other Involvement Outside of THON

Camp Kesem

Plans for after college graduation

Work for a marketing/PR agency in either New York or Philadelphia and continue to support THON as an alum.