Meet the Class of 2021 Leadership Fellows
Kristin Amrine is a current senior studying Elementary Education with a minor in Leadership Studies from Cincinnati, OH. She is currently serving as the Student Director for the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows within the Center for Leadership along with co-facilitating the first-ever School of Education's White Caucus. She has also worked as an Orientation Leader for two years and a Team Lead for one year under the direction of New Student Programs. She has been the First-Year Mentor for the 2022 Leadership Fellows, a Tour Guide, the Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, a teaching assistant for SCI 121: Science without Borders, and a part of the Education Committee and a Student Director for the 2018/2019 Intersect Conference. She has studied abroad, both through the Leadership Fellows program in Disarming Injustice, but also in Cordoba, Argentina, in the spring of her sophomore year for six months.
"The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome." - unknown
Katherine Axness is a senior Dance Performance and Choreography major from Collegeville, PA. She is pursuing a Leadership Studies minor, Chemistry minor, and on the Pre-Medicine track. In addition to being a Leadership Fellow, she is the president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the social media chair of Delta Xi Chi, a Global Ambassador, and a member of the Senior Class Giving Committee. Katherine also has served as an Orientation Leader for two years, the Logistics Coordinator for the Intersect Diversity and Leadership Conference Planning Committee for three years, and a teaching assistant for Elon 101. While studying abroad in Israel last semester, she took artistic and technical training courses at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and Dance in the disciplines of classical ballet, contemporary dance, repertoire, and improvisation. Katherine explored Israel’s rich and vibrant culture through traveling, field trips,
and courses on Hebrew language and Israeli history at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"Be the dry sponge. Be the empty canvas." - Unknown
Riley W. Bradford
Riley fell into the movie-making crowd his freshman year of college and he hasn’t looked back. A Massachusetts native who’s fallen in love with the Tar Heel state, his work in nonfiction has focused on marginalized communities in the South. His first documentary, exposing conversion therapy at a Virginia college, was awarded 1st prize at the River Run International Film Festival’s Pitchfest and has gone on to win numerous other awards. Riley continued his nonfiction work after this following DemocracyNC, a voting rights non-profit where he was one of the resident 2019 Communications Fellows. In addition to these projects, Riley has worked to create a robust portfolio of narrative and music video work as well as learn the ins and outs of commercial work during his time at 1stAveMachine, an international commercial production company. At Elon, Riley served as a showrunner for a comedy show and was recognized by the Media Advisory Board for his work in revamping the show’s production standards. Along with film, Riley currently works as the Communications Chair for the Senior Class Giving Committee.
"The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world." - Allen Ginsberg
Savannah Bulloch grew up an hour outside London, United Kingdom and graduated from ACS Egham International School. In high school she was a part of the student council and ran various committees that involved social events and charitable activities. This led to her profound interest in charitable work and she became the founding member of the community and service project, CRISIS, that helped raise money to pay for a home cooked Christmas meal for homeless people in London. This project still continues to raise money and donate to the local homeless shelters and will be a main organisation that her high school supports. Along with this she worked towards building a BSL (British sign language) club in her school, and this club would raise awareness for the importance of service dogs. She won the community and service award at her high school for two years and received the leadership award in her final semester of senior year. Throughout high school Savannah was the captain of the varsity volleyball team for three years, and this drove her interest in leadership opportunities. Along with volleyball, she participated in varsity basketball, softball and badminton. Her love for sports was developed as her father was the athletic director at the high school she attended. Due to this she wants to pursue a career in sports marketing. While at Elon, Savannah wishes to continue her love for charitable work and to be involved in campus activities.
"You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." - Dr. Seuss
Zachary Charles is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish along with a minor in Leadership Studies. Recently, he returned from a study abroad trip to Córdoba, Argentina, where he was studying language, culture, and the interaction of the two. Outside of his studies, he likes to spend his time outside, which is where he does most of his work for ELOA (Experiential Learning and Outdoor Adventures) at Elon University. He has also been working on a research project relating to the spread of information, specifically of bad information, or “fake news.” After he graduates, he hopes to spend time travelling the world. The top three countries on his list right now are Japan, Dominican Republic, and a return to Argentina. In addition, he has ambitions of writing a book or two.
“Sometimes people aren't ready to hear something, but there is nothing wrong with planting a seed.”
Alexandra Covello is a Senior here at Elon who grew up in Lawrenceville, NJ and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2017. As a Cinema & Television major with a double minor in both Leadership studies as well as Sociology, Alex has focused on applying her studies into different organizations on campus. As director of Elon Phoenix Weekly, a student-run television sports show with an emphasis on Elon University sports, Alex has combined her love for television and leadership in a pleasant work environment for others. As peer educator on campus with the program SPARKS, she has taken her passion for mental health awareness and applying it to real-life situations and to be a support system for others. She has taken the mantra "Think Globally, Act Locally" to a whole new level while traveling abroad through the Semester at Sea program traveling to 12 countries on a ship while taking a semsters worth of courses. This past summer she worked as a development intern for Mandalay Sports Media located in LA. She is grateful for all the opportunities and doors the CFL and the Leadership Fellows program has been able to provide her and has made her time and experience at Elon all the better.
“Just enjoy where you are now.”
Benjamin Cyzner is from Charlotte, NC where he graduated from Providence High School. Throughout his highschool years Benjamin pursued his passion for entrepreneurship and finance, having started his first investment portfolio at age 13. His first business venture started with a peer from school, successfully developing an application for the iPhone and later selling the application. Post this initial success, building upon his foundational knowledge gained, Benjamin decided to start another company, strictly online, for selling phone accessories. Currently, Benjamin is working on the development of a non-profit with a colleague at Elon, hoping its success will imbue a sense of change and social consciousness about very real issues. Although his love for business is strong across all domains, Benjamin is also a car enthusiast, a backcountry skier, and music lover. While at Elon, Benjamin is looking to continue his learning and dedication to business by majoring in finance or economics as well as a minor in leadership studies.
"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston S. Churchill
Anna DuBro is a junior Political Science major from Falls Church, VA. She is involved at the Elon University Poll where she works as a Poll Associate. This past summer, she interned at The Mellman Group, a top DC polling and research firm. In addition to being a Leadership Fellow, she is involved with a Greek organization, Elon College Democrats, and the Executive Intern program with President Book. Anna volunteers at Harvey Newlin Elementary with fourth graders, teaching leadership skills. She studied abroad at the University of Haifa, Israel where she worked as a Marketing Intern and an English-Teaching volunteer. She is interested in political fundraising and campaigns, is passionate about animal welfare, and wants to see Elon and America become a more fair and equitable place.
"Well-behaved women seldom make history" - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Michael Fanning, born in Portland, OR, is currently involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America, Live Oak Public Relations and his fraternity. He is currently exploring the corporate side of communications, and also the marketing industry. He hopes to have an internship at a public relations agency or marketing firm this summer in order to gain experience and knowledge. Michael has prior experience working with the Burlington Salvation Army through a public relations course which he hopes to apply to his internship. Aside from academics Michael can be found on the basketball courts around campus playing with his friends, or at Biscuitville which is his favorite food on campus by a large margin.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs
Victoria Gordon from Alexandria, VA is currently involved at Elon as a Diversity Ambassador, a member of the a cappella group Melanated Melodies, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also one of the founders and the first resident assistant for the African Diaspora Living Learning Community.
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde
Jenna Jones, born in Guam, is a Junior at Elon University studying Strategic Communications with minors in Business Administration and Leadership Studies. Jenna just came back from a semester abroad in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin she participated in research as well as did an internship in an event management agency. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and a part of their philanthropy committee. Jenna enjoys volunteering in her community and helping others whenever she can.
“Great leaders do not tell you what to do, they teach you how to do it.”
Lauren Kottcamp from Georgetown, MA is currently an elected official for the Class of 2021 in the Student Government Association. She is passionate about cross-cultural communication and has spent a semester studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. On campus, Lauren loves being a Tour Guide for the University and connecting with future Elon students and their families. Although from Georgetown, MA, Lauren spent her high school career living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Through classes and University offered programs, Lauren continues to grow in her knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and global awareness. In the following months, she hopes to implement tangible strategies for Elon students to connect with one another across cultures and communities through the Leadership Fellows' Common Good Project.
"At the end of the day, I want to be the cliché game-changer.” – Peter Frates
Remy Lawson is from a small town outside of Boston. She is passionate about leading through teaching. As an Elementary and Special Education major, she is empowered to shape young minds and influence the future generations. Remy is working with classmates to fundraise and write a grant for the local school district to buy anti-racist materials. When she is not student teaching or tutoring, she is mentoring middle-school girls as a part of the Alamance Girls in Motion body empowerment club. Remy fosters creative confidence in her elementary lesson plans and within her college peers. As a Maker Hub consultant, she loves to upcycle clothing and create unique projects. Through her work, she helps students save money, support the environment, and de-stress through creative tasks. Additionally, Remy has taken on a greater role in the Leadership Fellows program. She serves on the Cannon Committee to help plan meaningful and engaging events for each cohort as well as discuss future changes to the program.
“Speak for the silent, stand for the broken.” - Mike Smith
Sarah Jane McDonald
Early into her time at Elon, SJ McDonald from Fort Worth, TX became involved in renaming and reinvigorating a club that came to be known as Students for Peace and Social Justice. She served as its Vice-president then President, and is currently involved in transitioning leadership over to ensure the continued success of the organization. She has also been very active in the formation and leadership team of Immigrant Realities, a student-run organization working to educate and empower students to make change. SJ is a member of Multifaith Scholars, and is conducting research looking at religion's role in refugee lives in East Africa. She will spend a semester abroad in Tanzania then conduct research in a refugee camp or alongside a refugee serving organization. She is also in the process of conducting archival research on the history of protest or social action at Elon.
"Be like the dandelions, spring up in intolerable soils, dare to stand up against violence and hatred, blossom into love" - Rivera Sun
Brian Mischler, born in Maple Glen, PA, has been involved in numerous different organizations. He helped create the Elon Accounting Finance Club. Brian Mischler wanted to build an atmosphere where freshmen and sophomores were able to know what steps they can take to find internships before their business classes become too overbearing. Brian also enjoys his time on WSOE 89.3 where he can talk about the film industry and his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. He has also joined the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity where he was appointed many leadership positions. Recently, Brian led his fraternity to raise money for Duke Children’s Hospital in an exciting and fun manner on campus. Brian Mischler has enjoyed his time so far at Elon University and plans to keep reaching out to find new outlets in Elon. He is currently trying to explore Maker's Hub.
“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” – Confucius
Lindsey Patterson from Dedham, MA is a junior at Elon University. Majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Business and Leadership Studies, Lindsey is inclined towards anything creative. As the Communications Vice President for Alpha Xi Delta, a University Tour Guide, and a Campus Manager for University Tees, Lindsey is highly passionate about working with others. After her semester studying abroad in Berlin, Germany, Lindsey moved through the roles of intern to director of communications for Kleiderly, a startup that is converting old clothing into a new plastic-like material in order to combat fast fashion. Lindsey has absolutely loved her time as a Leadership Fellow and loves learning more about her leadership style every day!
"Leadership is not just about giving energy, it's about releasing other people's energy" - Paul Polman
Alexa Rasmussen is a senior at Elon, double majoring in Economics and Philosophy and minoring in Leadership Studies. In addition to this wonderful leadership program, she is an Odyssey Scholar, a Periclean Scholar, a CAT Mentor, and the President of the Panhellenic Association here on campus! Her favorite part about Elon is the endless support system that she is so fortunate to have here. She consistently feels that between her mentors, advisors, the faculty and staff, and the peers in her cohorts, she always has a huge web of people who want to help her achieve her goals. Alexa's favorite experience at Elon throughout the last three years has no doubt been the trip that she took with her leadership fellows cohort to Alabama and Georgia to study the civil rights movement. This trip was truly life-changing for her, and she thinks about it a lot when articulating what she wants her future to look like. Currently, her aspirations for life after Elon are centered around social justice and policy chance, with law school being the next step. She is starting her applications for this process now, so fingers are crossed!! Until then, she hopes to have a senior year that is as normal as can be, and fabulous in many new mays as well!
“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” - John Lewis
Eliana Sakin from Baltimore, MD is a member of the 2021 cohort. She is the current president of Delta Chi Xi, the honorary dance fraternity on campus. Through this organization she helps to bring together the dance community at Elon and in the surrounding areas. She is also a staff member and choreographer for DanceWorks. These roles give Eliana the opportunity to teach tap classes that are open to anyone at Elon and choreograph for the DanceWorks Spring Show. Additionally, she is a member of Alpha Chi Omega and is currently on the new member education team! As a BFA Dance Major, Eliana is very involved in the performing arts department. She has performed in a variety of dance performances and this year she is working towards her Senior Seminar performance in the spring!
"Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others" - John Maxwell
Mykenzi Sanders grew up in North Sandwich, NH and graduated from Inter-Lakes High School. Beyond her involvement with the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Mykenzi is an active member of DanceWorks, Senior Class Giving, and works part time in the local community. She is Pursuing a BA in History with minors in Leadership Studies and Dance. Mykenzi is working toward a MA in Museum Studies with the hopes to work in Museum Education and community outreach. Her passion for history is rooted in Dance, LGBTQIA+, and intellectual history, which all connects to social justice and cultural movements. In her free time Mykenzi can be found in the dance studio, at a coffee shop, or playing with her cat, Thea. Mykenzi is grateful to have had the opportunity to grow and bond with such a unique and perseverant group of individuals. She is excited to see where her passions and the passions of her peers take them!
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Samantha Steinman from Leesburg, VA is a member of the 2021 cohort. She is currently pursuing degrees in Strategic Communications and Spanish with a minor in Leadership Studies. On campus, Samantha is an active member in Kappa Delta and a featured writer for The Edge Magazine. She is also a Student Caller in the Office of Advancement, which she loves. Through her job, Sam gets to hear a lot of stories about alumni's time at Elon. Sam is currently preparing to study abroad in Seville, Spain during the Spring of 2020 and is excited to improve her Spanish skills and learn more about the culture. Her time at Elon has shaped her into who she is today, and she is proud to be a Leadership Fellow!
"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill
Jack Taylor is a Strategic Communications major from Sterling, VA and a part of the 2021 Leadership Fellows cohort. On campus, he engages with leadership as an Account Supervisor for Live Oak Communications, Elon's on-campus communications agency which services clients in the Burlington-Alamance area. In addition, Jack serves as the director of Phoenix Flops, a failure and resiliency based movement on campus founded as a Leadership Fellows Common Good Project that he plans to innovate this upcoming year in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also joined Student Government Association back in April 2020 as one of two School of Communications Senators, and is enjoying being able to represent students in that new space. Formerly, he served as the 2019 Community Engagement Intern with Elon's Center for Leadership, working with Alamance Youth Leadership Academy (AYLA) and ways to connect leadership to service. Jack cannot believe he is already a senior, and looks forward to leaving a positive impact during his last year at Elon!
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Chandler Vaughan, a Gilman scholar, Fulbright program awardee, and 3-year Black Excellence award recipient, is a fourth year Policy Studies major with minors in Poverty & Social Justice and Leadership. On campus, she currently serves as the President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Vice President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She’s also employed by the President’s Office as a student assistant. Additionally, Chandler volunteers with the Elon Village and as a Reach the World traveler, two organizations committed to mentoring and working to empower youth through education.
Chandler, a purpose-driven servant leader, has simultaneously integrated her personal passions into her academic, personal, and professional commitments. Currently, she is researching the impact of policy on the teaching practices of juvenile justice educators. Throughout her college journey, Chandler has met her interest in working to eliminate educational disparities within marginalized communities through service, coursework, and internships. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Community Development or Community Psychology to build upon her diverse undergraduate experiences.
"You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their difference, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that is within all of us." - Beyonce
Maddie Wilkerson was born in Clearwater, FL but has lived in Asheville, NC for six years. During high school, she was most deeply devoted to an organization known as Serve to Lead that establishes relationships with villages in the Dominican Republic, Zambia and Sri Lanka. During her sophomore year, she traveled to the Dominican Republic where her group ran medical clinics and helped build homes in a village known as Saman. Through this organization, she was offered a leadership position and with it formed a sewing club that made reusable sanitary pads to bring to Sri Lanka as a startup project for women in the community. With the help of the organization and other students in her high school, her club made over 300 pads. During her senior year, Maddie traveled to Sri Lanka with a small group of girls and introduced the project to women and community leaders there. Along with her position in this organization, she interned at a local nonprofit known as LEAF. This organization strives to connect the community and the world through arts education. With the internship, she worked closely with their outreach program known as LEAF Schools & Streets. She organized and promoted music and art classes for elementary and middle school students in schools all around the community. With her time at Elon, Maddie hopes to graduate with a major in global and international studies, on the pre-PA track. She is currently a member of Global House Ambassadors and works with the service committee that partners with the North Carolina African Services Coalition to provide immigrants help with learning how to live in the United States. The team works to raise money for their family partner from the Dominican Republic of Congo, the Kolandas.
"We rise by lifting others." - Robert G. Ingersoll
Alex is a member of the 2021 cohort. He is a Marketing major with minors in Leadership Studies and Art. Alex has spent the last few years getting very involved in various organizations and offices on campus. Most recently, he served as Coordinator for International and New Student Orientations. Alex just got accepted to an accelerated program at the Culinary Institute of America, although he is planning on deferring for a year to teach English in Thailand. Alex is not quite sure where exactly life will take him, but if there is one thing he has learned the last three years in this incredible program, it is this: if you cherish the good in life, hold fiercely onto the humans who matter, and always remember to lead with love, you will end up exactly where you are meant to be.
"Our fears are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt." - William Shakespeare.