Meet the Fellows
Caleb Axworthy is from Westwood, Mass. He was the senior class vice president, a member of the varsity tennis team and National Honor Society, and was involved in multiple clubs as well. In his junior year of high school, he took part in a service-learning school trip to Costa Rica and had a wonderful experience. Caleb spends his summers as a counselor at Nobles Day Camp in Dedham, Mass. He is hoping to gain a lot of great connections to faculty and students through the Business Fellows program, and intends to major in marketing. He is also looking forward to the opportunity to study abroad, especially in his freshman year.
Claire Babey is from LaGrange, Ky., where she graduated from Assumption High School. In high school, she served as president of the Mock United Nations team and Kentucky Legislature team, played numerous lead roles in musical productions, and was a part of the National Honors Society as well as the music and history honors societies. She was also a part of the Beta Club, through which she actively volunteered around her community at St. Joseph’s Children Center and the Americana World Community Center. Claire discovered her love for business when she started her own business at the age of 12, raising chickens and selling eggs around her community. She is very excited to gain more experience as a Business Fellow. She plans to double major in finance and political science, and looks forward to the study abroad and internship opportunities offered as well as being able to study and connect with people as passionate about business as she is.
Molly Chapin has lived in Cumberland, Maine, her whole life. She graduated from Greely High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her senior year, she received the Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award. Molly played varsity basketball all four years of high school, won States her sophomore year and was a captain her senior year. She also played varsity volleyball for three years and won a State Championship in 2016. Molly has held several jobs, including babysitting and working for Nike. Gaining valuable experience, expanding her network and studying abroad are all reasons Molly is excited to be part of the Business Fellows program at Elon University.
Matt D’Ambrosia grew up in Norfolk, Mass., where he graduated from Bishop Feehan High School. He worked as many as three jobs at once throughout high school, including front-page sports writer for the local news paper. Matt was a member of the high school lacrosse and football teams and attorney for the mock trial team, which placed 8th in the statewide tournament. In addition, he was a nominated senior mentor for freshmen homerooms and a lector at his local parish, St. Jude’s. Matt intends to double major in finance and entrepreneurship, with the hope of starting a personal financial advising firm. He was drawn to the Business Fellows program because of its unique travel opportunities, cohort classes and networking. He is hoping the program will assist him in establishing internships that will allow him to be well-prepared and create a strong foundation to propel him into his career.
Dylan Graybill grew up in Hereford, Md. In high school, he was the president of the Future Business Leaders of America club and the president of the NBEA National Business Honor Society. He also participated in a Junior Achievement company that donated all the profits to the Maryland Food Bank. He hopes to gain a strong network of connections throughout his time as a Business Fellow. He is most excited for the time he will spend traveling with other Business Fellows to Dubai in the winter and the hands-on knowledge he will receive from the successful businessmen and women of Dubai. His travels in all seven continents have shown him that he wants to be involved in the global economy and that is why he chose a dual major path of international business and accounting.
Rani Hecht is from Carmel, Ind., where she attended Carmel High School. In high school, she was part of the varsity golf team for all four years and was captain her senior year. She was a member of the school’s television station all four years as on-air personnel. She was also a member of the National Honors Society and DECA (Distributive Educational Clubs of America). Over the summer, Rani worked as a waitress at the Stratford Retirement Community. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, golfing and meeting new people. She chose Elon University because of its student-centered class setting and impressive study abroad programs. She plans to major in marketing and looks forward to gaining more real-world experiences along with the many amazing opportunities the Business Fellows program offers.
Gillian Hook attended North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford, Pa. She was actively involved in various organizations including the National Honors Society and the Key Club, where she was a committee chair. During this time, she also participated in pre-professional dance and was an avid runner. Outside of class, Gillian worked as a stylist at Francesca’s, volunteered at organizations such as Orchard Hill Church, and worked as an intern/volunteer for an Angel investment group. She plans to major in economics and or accounting with a minor in chemistry. She is very excited to spend the next four years working with and gaining knowledge with the other fellows, along with participating in all of the opportunities Elon and the Business Fellows program have to offer.
Zachary Irons grew up in Wallingford, Pa., where he attended Strath Haven High School. He was a member of the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams, chess club, student government, camerata choir and the Unified Bocce team. Zachary created an independent study course that allowed him to teach a Junior Achievement financial literacy course in a lower income, urban community next to his school district. He enjoyed the interaction with seventh and eighth graders and exposed them to the importance of budgeting, the dangers of credit cards and the benefit of goal setting and planning for their futures. During his summers, he was a lifeguard and taught children how to swim at Swarthmore College. Zachary plans on majoring in finance with a minor in mathematics. He chose Elon University for the Business Fellows Program because of the personal and authentic experience it provides. Zachary cannot wait to explore the world through studying abroad and traveling to Dubai.
Alyssa Keller is from a rural town north of Baltimore where she graduated from Hereford High School. She was on the Varsity tennis team, an officer in Spanish Honor Society and Spanish club—as well as a member of three other honor societies—and an active participant in Future Business Leaders of America. In addition to captaining the school’s field hockey team, Alyssa played club field hockey and coached a local rec league team. Her junior year, she was one of the founding members of her school’s chapter of One Love, a national organization that helps teach teens and young adults about the warning signs and dangers of relationship violence. At Elon, Alyssa plans to continue her work with One Love, while pursuing a major in international business and a minor in Spanish. She is very excited to see what unique opportunities and experiences she will encounter because of the Business Fellows program.
Kara Kimberl is from Ashburn, Va. She graduated from Broad Run High School, where she was captain of the girls varsity soccer team, board member of the Interact Club and member of the Spanish Honor Society. She will continue her soccer career at Elon as a member of the women’s varsity team. Her favorite classes in high school were AP Economics and Spanish, so she is interested in majoring in economics and minoring in Spanish. She is most looking forward to joining the cohort of like-minded individuals and the special opportunities provided by the Business Fellows program, such as the trip to the United Arab Emirates. She chose Elon for the competitive academics, the welcoming environment and the beautiful campus.
Charlie Lindsey is from Mooresville, N.C., where he attended South Iredell High School and graduated with an International Baccalaureate diploma. He played varsity football and soccer, was president of the Key Club and was a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Young Investors Club and National Honor Society. At Elon he intends to major in finance. He looks forward to working with the other Business Fellows and is excited to study abroad for an entire semester at some point.
Sean Lytle is a graduate of Cannon School in Concord, N.C., a private and college preparatory school where he played varsity baseball, served as archival prefect in the house leadership system and participated in a stock market club. Sean was also a member of Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society. Outside of school, he was a volunteer at a local Alzheimer’s care facility, where he used his ability to play four instruments to entertain and assist patients. Sean intends to major in marketing at Elon and is excited to partake in the Business Fellows cohort. He looks forward to developing close relationships with fellow cohort members and traveling to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the Winter Term, where he will gain insight into global business issues.
Julia Madden is from Princeton, N.J. She is a graduate of Princeton High School, where she was a section editor for the yearbook and a member of the choir. As a volunteer, she supported the Princeton Education Foundation, assisted autistic adults at dances sponsored by Eden Autism Services, and was a tutor for her school’s Idea Center. She has a passion for travel and studying world cultures and had the opportunity to travel to China and France with her Mandarin and French classes, respectively. She was inducted into the French Honor Society and received the Outstanding Senior in French Award by the American Association of Teachers of French. With the choir, she sang with the Montreal Symphony and toured the Andalusia region of Spain. At Elon, she is part of the Leaders in a Global World Living Learning Community and plans to major in international business. She’s excited to be a part of the Business Fellows program to gain real-world experience before she graduates. She looks forward to traveling to Dubai and Abu Dhabi with her cohort, as well as taking full advantage of Elon’s internship and study abroad opportunities.
Robbie Miley is from Mt. Airy, Md. and graduated from Linganore High School. He competed on the soccer and track and field teams for three years. He was a member of the national honor society and the vice president of Mu Alpha Theta at Linganore during his senior year. Once a week during his junior and senior year, he would stay after school and help tutor underclassmen who needed help in math or science. He is most excited about finally meeting the rest of his Business Fellow cohort. He plans to become involved in SGA and double major in the fields of business and mathematics.
Derek Muller is from Coopersburg, Pa. He graduated from Southern Lehigh High School, where he played on the varsity golf team. He volunteered for Cops ’n’ Kids as well as Valley Youth House. He participated in tutoring students at Fountain Hill Elementary after school and actively participated in National Honors Society. He chose Elon because of its beautiful campus along with the many opportunities offered through the Business Fellows program. He looks forward to visiting Dubai and studying abroad, as he loves to travel. He plans to major in finance with a minor in Spanish, given his experience in a Spanish immersion program from first grade through junior year of high school.
Kaitlyn O’Donnell is from Wayne, N.J., where she attended Wayne Valley High School. In high school, she was Executive Student Council president, a member of the National Honor Society, a board of education student representative, a Relay for Life team captain and a peer leader. Additionally, she was captain of her high school varsity soccer and swim teams and volunteered with a Special Olympics swim team for five years. Kaitlyn loves to travel and stay active and is planning to major in accounting at Elon, while exploring other minors. She looks forward to studying abroad during her time at Elon and is excited for the many opportunities and relationships the Business Fellows program offers.
Regan O’Donnell grew up in Fredericksburg, Va. where she graduated from Fredericksburg Academy. During her 14 years there, she was involved in the Student Life Committee and was named chair her senior year, becoming the committee’s representative on Student Government. She also participated in sports year round; she swam and captained the varsity soccer team and the four-time consecutive state champion varsity field hockey team her senior year. Additionally, she was involved in theatre and chorus at school. She knew she belonged at Elon when she first visited because of its beautiful campus, tight-knit community, study abroad opportunities and amazing business program. She plans to major in marketing and looks forward to getting closer with her Fellows cohort and traveling to Dubai in January.
Colleen Palmer is from a northern suburb of Chicago, Ill., where she graduated from Regina Dominican High School. She was a four-year varsity athlete for both the basketball and soccer teams. Colleen was also a two-year captain for both teams junior and senior year. Along with her commitment to athletics, Colleen also was heavily involved in clubs and extra-curricular activities. She was the vice president of the National Honor Society, a four-year student council officer, a school ambassador and part of the Latin and English Honor Societies. Colleen plans on exploring various fields in the business program at Elon University, but plans to pursue a career in marketing. She chose Elon because of all the opportunities in the university and specifically within the business fellows program. She looks forward to making connections, traveling and gaining experience in the business world both inside and outside of the classroom.
Tara Petrillo grew up in Montvale, N.J., where she graduated from Pascack Hills High School. Throughout high school, Tara played basketball and ran cross country. She also enjoyed managing the wrestling team, participating in the Business Club and assisting underprivileged students through Project Paterson. Beyond the classroom and work commitments, Tara shares her passion for health and wellness through a personal blog, created originally as an outlet. The blog has provided her numerous opportunities to work with health-related companies in marketing and advertising. This ultimately led Tara to focus on a marketing major at Elon, where she looks forward to participating in undergraduate research. As a younger sister of an Elon alum who found great success in the Love School of Business, Tara knows how Elon excels not only in its academic reputation, but also in the relationships built between faculty and students. Tara looks forward to working with her Fellows class and shaping her own Elon experiences.
Alexandra Pirsos grew up in New Jersey, where she graduated from Northern Highlands Regional High School. She spent many hours at her dance studio, Ridgewood Performing Arts Center, and at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wyckoff as an active member of the youth group. Alexandra was a member of the National Honor Society and through the Transition Project Ambassadors and Highlands Heroes programs mentored underclassmen and middle schoolers. She also had a major role in her school's DECA chapter, where she competed for three consecutive years at the international competitions. She won first place at nationals for principles of marketing and working on a community service project where she raised $7,300 which was donated to the CJ Foundation for SIDS. Alexandra plans to be a marketing major and is very excited for the unique business and travel opportunities that she will have over the next four years at Elon.
Amy Rodriguez is from Burlington, N.C. She graduated from Western Alamance High School, where she was active as the choreographer for her a capella group, WA Capella, and was involved in science club and the National Honor Society. She was also on a competitive dance team throughout high school. She plans to double major in finance and mathematics and is still open to other possibilities. She also spent time volunteering at the Habit for Humanity center in her home town and tutored elementary school students in the area. Amy is excited to take advantage of all the opportunities the Business Fellows program provides, especially the trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. She looks forward to working with the cohort and gaining knowledge and experience through internships and undergraduate research.
Maddie Skaife is a graduate from the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. In high school, Maddie made the Headmistress’ Honor Roll and received the Sudie Duncan Citizenship Award. Additionally, she was captain of the varsity soccer, field hockey and track and field teams qualifying her to receive the Joyce Rainwater Athletic Award. Each week, she enjoyed working with and tutoring the elementary students of a neighboring school as well as playing bingo with the homeless at Austin Street Shelter. In her free time, she loves to stay active playing sports and enjoy time outside in the fresh air. At Elon, she intends to major in international business with a double minor in Spanish and math. She is most excited about the amazing trips planned through the Business Fellows program and opportunity to study abroad.
Brian Tannenbaum is from Northport, N.Y., and attended Northport High School. In high school, Brian balanced his time between schoolwork, sports, clubs and community service. He was an active member of the National Honor Society, DECA, Grandfriends, Mathletes and a two-year starter on the Varsity soccer team. Brian was also a distinguished member of the Academy of Finance, through which he went on a transformative finance and culture trip to England and Scotland. During the summer between junior and senior year, Brian worked as a paid intern at Dayton & Sydney Wealth Strategies Group, where he updated the company’s
organizational charts, prepared marketing materials for potential clients, and learned about the operations of an efficient business. In college, Brian hopes to gain invaluable business experience through the many opportunities Elon, and specifically the Business Fellows program, has to offer. He cannot wait to embark on more internships, form beneficial business connections, and study abroad. He intends to major in marketing in pursuit of a possible MBA post-graduation.
Jamie Tarantiles is from Readington, N.J., where he graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. In high school, he ran cross country for four years, founded the school’s Spanish Club and volunteered at a senior citizen center. He was also a member of the Spanish Honor Society and Math Honor Society, through which he frequently tutored fellow students. Outside of school, Jamie coached an athlete for the Special Olympics, volunteered for a local Outreach Program and was a referee for youth soccer games. At Elon, he intends to major in finance with a minor in management to pursue his dream role of CFO one day. As a Business Fellow, Jamie is most excited for the travel opportunities, advanced classes and business cohort associated with the program.
Andrew Veilleux is from Methuen, Mass. He graduated from Central Catholic High School where he was president of the Student Alumni Association, a Student Ambassador and a captain of the varsity golf team. He also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity alongside coaching Methuen's youth basketball program. Most recently, Andrew received the rank of Eagle Scout. He is excited to start the Business Fellows program and intends to pursue finance. He looks forward to seeing what his cohort will accomplish in their four years at Elon.
Thea Vunk is from Manchester, Vt., where she graduated from Burr and Burton Academy with high honors. As a high school student, Thea played soccer, lacrosse and tennis. She was also a member of Freshman Mentors, a small group of seniors chosen to help transition incoming freshmen, and the National Honor Society. Thea chose Elon University because she felt the school offered everything she wanted in her dream college and more. She intends to pursue a double major in finance and biology. Thea is thrilled to be a Business Fellow because of the amazing opportunities associated with the program. This coming year, she is most excited to travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai during Winter Term with her cohort and gain valuable business skills both in and out of the classroom.