Special Events Director
Hometown: Berwick, PA
Major: Biobehavioral Health
Smeal College of Business Fundamentals Certificate
Previous THON Involvement
THON 2017: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2018: DAR Alumni Engagement Captain (Alumni Campaigns)
THON 2019: Special Events Captain (Administrative Assistant)
Why did you want to be a Director?
Throughout my years here at Penn State I have met so many people through THON, in various capacities. From other student volunteers on my committee, to members of THON organizations. From young alumni that spread THON's mission beyond the boundaries of State College, to stakeholders in our philanthropy. From a child sitting in the waiting room at the Penn State Children's Hospital, decorating a cake out of Play-Doh, to supporting a young teen as she experienced her first THON events. THON has the amazing ability to take ordinary moments and make them extraordinary. Throughout my years, I have acknowledged that it isn't possible, without the support of every member of our THON community to create these extraordinary moments, . This is the reason I wanted to be a Director -- to give every member of the THON community that opportunity to create special moments with the people they love.
What are your main duties as the Special Events Director for THON 2020?
As the Special Events Director, I am responsible for inspiring, informing, and uniting the THON Community by developing and continuing a variety of events to spread the spirit of THON year-round. The Special Events Committee helps ensure that all THON alumni, supporters, children, and families can experience the endless love and support that the THON community provides. We accomplish this by planning and executing all pre-THON events including the THON 5K Presented by PNC, 100 Days 'til THON Celebration, Family Carnival, the THON Showcase, No Hair Don't Care, and all THON Athletics events.
What is your favorite THON memory?
This past year, I was paired with the Ayaz Family through the Teen Mentorship Program. I got to meet their family and support them throughout the year at various THON events. My favorite memory was meeting Anees for the first time at Family Carnival. We danced, played games, and even won the Cheese-ball Challenge on stage! I will always cherish this day and the Teen Mentorship Program, because it introduced me to an amazing family, teen and friend!
Are you involved in any orgs? If yes, please explain more about some of your experiences.
I am an active member of Lion Ambassadors, and we are very involved in THON. Through my experiences I have gotten to meet our families, and help in any way possible, whether it be through THONvelopes, DonorDrive, alternative fundraisers or any time spent with our families!
"Work hard, Have Fun." -My Dad
Other involvement outside of THON
Lion Ambassadors, BBH Society, Gymnastics Coach at Centre Elite Gymnastics
Plans for after college graduation
I plan to graduate in May, and pursue a career in the business sector of the healthcare field, whether that be in pharmaceutical sales, or event planning in a large hospital. I plan to take all of my experiences from Penn State and implement them into a career I love.