Location: Arlington, VA
Connection to Four Diamonds: As an undergrad, I was a Morale committee member, Morale captain, and Entertainment captain. As an alum, I serve as the President of the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG), an affiliate group of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Years of Involvement: 2006-2010 (THON), 2010-present (DMAIG)
How are/were you involved with Four Diamonds and THON?
Through DMAIG, I have the unique opportunity to manage THON’s alumni efforts, as well as help drive DMAIG’s internal strategy and initiatives.
I continue to support Four Diamonds with the same passion and fervor as I did as an undergrad, knowing the great potential for raising awareness through our growing Penn State alumni base. Together, I know we can continue to make a difference in the life of a child, and I am determined to help by enabling alumni with ways to assist, contribute and remain involved.
Why is the partnership between Four Diamonds and THON important?
I believe the partnership between Four Diamonds and THON is important because the fight against childhood cancer benefits from a village of support - the two organizations are driven by the same cause, and awareness plus emotional and financial support only strengthens when the two join forces.
What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memory to date with THON was during THON 2016 - I was fortunate to not only recognize all THON alumni efforts on stage on behalf of DMAIG, but I also got to sing the Penn State alma mater shortly after with the entire BJC singing along. That memory showed me the true convergence of passions for Penn State, THON and our cause.
What is your dream for Four Diamonds and THON over the next 40 years?
My dream for Four Diamonds and THON over the next 40 years is to continue supporting cancer-afflicted families who need it; however, my hope is that the financial help we provide is in subsidizing the costs of delivering the cure.