Meet the Class of 2022 Leadership Fellows
Angy Aguilar from Charlotte, NC is involved with a number of organizations at Elon University. She is currently a leader in Elon's Latin Hispanic Union's Executive board serving as service and event coordinator chair. In this role she oversees the Community Outreach pillar of LHU to help bridge the gap between Elon students and the local community of Alamance by organizing, executing and promoting service events according to the needs of the community. Angy is also actively collaborating with other organizations on campus to engage a broader audience of students in order to educate the Elon community on pertinent social issues. Angy is also a leader in the Women in Computer Science Organization, for she is passionate in supporting the next generation of technologists. She aspires to be able to provide opportunities for all girls to learn Computer Science and understand how they can pursue Computer Science as a potential meaningful career choice. Currently, she provides coding tutoring in a program called HourOfCode to elementary school students in the local community. She has a passion for advancing access to higher education among the most underrepresented and underprivileged groups and technology, and she believes introducing innovative ways of learning will greatly aid the field. Angy is also actively involved in other organizations around campus such as DFA, the Isabella Cannon Committee, Elon Society of Computing, and InterVarsity. Angy hopes to take advantage of all the opportunities Elon has to offer such as studying abroad, conducting research, and continuing to be involved in service, leadership and internship opportunities.
"A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself." - Maya Angelou"
John Ambrose is a junior from Carthage, NC pursuing a degree in Strategic Communications with a Leadership Studies minor. John loves being a part of the Elon community and says he has found much personal growth in his time here. He attributes much of that to the organizations he has been a part of on campus. Orgs like New Student Orientation, Tour Guides, and Leadership Fellows have been some of the most beneficial to that growth. John also has a deep passion for diversity, equity, & inclusion work and plans to continue that work in his future career.
"I may walk slow, but I never walk backwards." - Abraham Lincoln
Max Bozymski, born in Chapel Hill, NC, is currently involved in Autism Speaks, and is a fellows mentor. Max is also a brother of the fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. Max is hoping to join Elon's communications agency, Live Oak in the spring, and hopes to be on the executive board of his fraternity as the vice president of communications. Max has had relatives and friends who have suffered with eating disorders and body dysmorphia and he would like to try and create a safe space for Elon students who are suffering from these kind of issues. He hasn't done any research on the two topics, but he hopes to talk to counselors and leaders of the leadership program to try and start the program sometime in the spring, or fall of next year. Max plans to study abroad in Prague next fall, and will hopefully have a communications internship during his time abroad. Max would also like to get involved with the Elon News Network within the next year.
"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively."
Heeba is a Junior at Elon University from Durham, NC majoring in International & Global Studies and a minor in Leadership Studies. She works as a Front Desk Assistant in the Global Education Center, Public Relations Chair for College Democrats, Voter Ambassador for Elon Votes, RA for the Polyglot LLC in Global Neighborhood, and is involved in the Elon Muslim Society. She studied abroad in the Spring of 2020 in Amman, Jordan under a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and furthered her knowledge on Middle East politics and foreign affairs, as well as Arabic skills. This semester, Heeba plans on holding outreach programs for underrepresented students interested in studying abroad and sharing her stories, as well as mobilizing students to vote in the 2020 Election.
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy
Danielle Cuoco was born and raised in Wilmington, DE. Along with pursuing the Leadership Studies minor for fellows, she is double majoring in Journalism and Political Science with a concentration in Law & Justice, with plans to attend law school post-grad. One of Danielle’s greatest passions is music, and she continues to stay involved musically at Elon. She is the co-Music Director/Vice President for Twisted Measure, Elon’s oldest a cappella group. Danielle previously served as the co-social media chair last spring, co-performance chair during the fall of 2019, and social chair during the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019. Additionally, Danielle is an active member of Delta Delta Delta, a sorority on campus. In her sorority, she is the Assistant Panhellenic Delegate, and represents Tri Delta at Panhellenic meetings. Danielle became involved with New Student Transition Programs (NSTP) last year when she had the pleasure of serving as an Orientation Leader. Danielle was supposed to study abroad in Seville, Spain this fall, but unfortunately could not due to COVID-19. She still plans to study abroad in Seville during the summer of 2021, as long as the conditions are safe. She wants to strengthen her proficiency in Spanish as well as her cultural awareness. Danielle is grateful for the experiences that she has had thus far at Elon, and is excited to keep engaging with new experiences in the remainder of her time.
"To lead people, walk behind them." - Lao Tzu
Chris DiMedio is currently a sophomore at Elon University from Newtown, PA. He is a Leadership Fellow who is currently taking steps to become a leader in the local community. Chris is currently trying to start a Club Spikeball Team for Elon with some friends and support from faculty. He also has an idea for his fellows' project that involves a revamping of the Safe Rides program. Chris is currently a member of Pi Kappa Phi and plans on taking over as head of alumni engagement in order to connect past brothers to present. Outside of playing tennis and basketball, you can find Chris most nights on the intramural fields playing whatever sport he can find.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Trinity Dixon, born in Snellville, GA, is a Human Service Studies and Spanish major with two minors in Leadership Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She served as one of the Orientation Leaders and Teaching Assistants for the incoming Leadership Fellows Class of 2023. Currently, at Elon, she is working towards research centered on how colonization affects gender binary and violence against gender and sexual minorities in Central America. For the 2020-21 academic year, she plans to study abroad in the Dominican Republic and work for Residence Life by becoming a Resident Assistant.
"You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time." - Angela Davis
Daxton Fowler is a sophomore Leadership Fellow originally from Lafayette, LA. He is also an Odyssey Scholar where he learns about diversity on campus and how to be financially stable. He used to work as a Campus Recreation and Wellness Intramural Referee and loves to compete in intramural sports as well. Daxton is a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where he serves on the Philanthropy Committee. Being involved in his fraternity also allows him to participate in service opportunities and help others through philanthropy. He plans to go to Italy next fall as a study abroad experience, explore Alabama over this upcoming J term course, and cannot wait for other opportunities and experiences throughout the Leadership Fellows program.
"Great leaders don't tell you what to do. They show you how it's done."
Ethan Gabriel is a junior from Burlington, NC, originally from Vallejo, CA, who majors in Strategic Communications and Cinema and Television Arts. On-campus, Ethan is a Senior Resident Assistant in the East Neighborhood where he is an advisor for the Student Neighborhood Association. He is also a Communications Intern in the Global Education Center and a Marketing and Communications Intern for the Center for Leadership. Along with being a Leadership Fellow, Ethan is also a proud Odyssey Scholar. For extracurriculars, Ethan is a committee member of “Unity in Communications” which is a McEwen School of Communication initiative to support minority students in the Comm School. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity where he is their Diversity Ambassador. Ethan hopes to create college access resources for low-income and first-generation students in Alamance County, a topic he has been passionate about as he has been very grateful for the resources he has received to pursue his higher education. In the future, Ethan hopes to pursue a career in the entertainment industry in casting, event planning, or becoming a talent agent.
"In a perfect dream, things would be set exactly the way you would want them. But I think it’s more interesting that in real life, things aren’t exactly the way you planned." – Naomi Osaka
BJ Horton is a sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a campus tour guide and co-host of the misinterpreted sports radio show on campus. He wants to get more involved in business opportunities on Elon’s campus. He also plans to study abroad in Australia in the near future.
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quinton Irwin is a Leadership Fellow from Short Hills, NJ, double majoring in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics with minors in Leadership Studies & Data Science. He currently works as a Business Data Analyst Intern in the Elon Center for Organizational Analytics and is the programming lead for the Beach & Associates project. At Elon, he is also involved in the Society of Computing Club and Programming Team. Quinton also volunteers at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Alamance County and the Elon Campus Kitchen. In high school, Quinton traveled to the village of the Scotts Hall Maroon Tribe and interviewed their Colonel, Rudolph Pink, documenting the history of their tribe, infrastructure plans, and future eco-tourism projects. Because of the documentary, he was invited back to Jamaica as a delegate to the 2017 International Maroon Conference in Charles Town, Jamaica. He is still continuing his involvement in fundraising and spreading awareness to stop mining in the cockpit country region in Jamaica. In the future, he plans on completing research in the field of computer science.
"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."
Morgan Kearns is an Economics Major from Brussels, Belgium. She works as a Tour Guide and a MakerHub Consultant on campus and has had the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant and Team Lead of Orientation. Morgan has been working with the Center for Design Thinking (DT) as an undergraduate researcher to understand how to incorporate Design Thinking in higher education. After being able to present at the International Social Innovation Research Conference and submitting to the Innovation in Higher Education Journal, she hopes to further this research by supporting changemakers at Elon University. Morgan also hopes to continue with Orientation and other initiatives such as the Social Justice Film Series in her next two years at Elon University.
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." - Amelia Earhart
Zoe Kurtz is a Leadership Fellow from Winston-Salem, NC. She is majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Leadership Studies and Political Science. At Elon, she works in Admissions as a Tour Guide, serves as Public Relations Chair on the Hillel Student Executive Board, and is one of the co-founders of College Coaches, a student-run mentorship program on Elon's campus. She cannot wait to take advantage of all Elon has to offer, and is overjoyed to be a part of the Elon Leadership Fellows Community.
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin
"Kait MacIntyre is a double major in Strategic Communications and Media Analytics with a minor in Leadership Studies. Kait works at the Center for Leadership as the Student Writing Intern and she works at the Kernodle Center for Civic Life as the Communications and Design Manager. Kait is involved in her third semester at Live Oak Communications, and works as the president for Elon's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Kait likes to read, listen to music and sketch in her free time, and enjoys drinking too much coffee at all the wrong times. Kait is interested in pursuing research around how storytelling plays a part in society, specifically in a spiritual context. Kait is looking to pursue graduate studies or agency work after graduation."
"I believe that each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done." - Bryan Stevenson
Jovani Mendez-Sandoval grew up in Garner, NC, where he graduated from Garner High School. He is a proud first-generation college student. Jovani is currently the treasurer of the Elon Consulting Club, Vice President of the Project Management Club, 2020's Newman Civic Fellow, and an active member of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. Jovani is currently doing undergraduate research with Dr. Carmen Monico and Dr. Vanessa Bravo to analyze the current conditions of U.S immigrant detention centers and understand the overall well-being of immigrants housed in those facilities. Jovani hopes to create initiatives and programs to bring community awareness of immigrant allyship and advocacy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his free time, he loves to run, go fishing, cook, and play with data.
"One cannot discover new oceans unless one has the courage to lose sight of the shore." - Andre Gide
Sarah Myers grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO where she graduated from Eureka High School. While in high school, Sarah was the editor-in-chief of the Eurekana Yearbook and the EHS-hub news site, an active member of the National Honor Society and E!Crew (a program where she gave tours and helped incoming freshman students transition into high school). Back home, Sarah also volunteered for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the American Red Cross, where she made and delivered Easter baskets to patients and helped raise money for flood relief. Sarah hopes to continue volunteering through college, for she values giving back both at Elon and in surrounding communities. As a first-year student, Sarah became the Managing Editor of the Phi Psi Cli Yearbook, started a radio show on WSOE 89.3, and joined a sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. During her second year on campus, Sarah continues her role as the Managing Editor of the Phi Psi Cli Yearbook. Within Alpha Chi Omega, Sarah has joined many committees due to her passion for supporting Real Strong Women through their philanthropy, Domestic Violence Awareness. Through being in a sorority, Sarah hopes to empower the women around her in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Throughout her academic experience at Elon, Sarah plans to continue her passions for writing, photography, and design by majoring in Communication Design. Sarah hopes to complete a Study USA Internship in New York City next summer, as well as other study abroad programs her junior and or senior year. Through her involvement in the Leadership Fellows program, Sarah also hopes to grow and become a more confident leader that is able to collaborate with others to create effective change.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
Maryann Newcomb is currently a sophomore at Elon University from State College, PA majoring in Strategic Communication with minors in Professional Sales and Leadership Studies. In addition to the Leadership Fellows, Maryann is also a part of ElonThon, Alpha Xi Delta, and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Maryann will be participating in the Elon in Los Angeles program in 2020 where she will continue to study communications. She is also excited to participate in the Disarming Injustice course with her cohort fellows this J-term. While at Elon, Maryann would like to strengthen Elon’s relationship with the Alamance Country Rotary club by starting a Rotaract club on campus.
"A boss has the title. A leader has the people." - Simon Sinek
Rebecca Oliver is a current junior from Charlotte, NC. She is currently fulfilling credits for her Finance major and minors in Leadership Studies and Spanish. Outside of the classroom, Rebecca is participating in various extracurriculars around campus. Her involvements include serving as a student employee in the Residence Life office by working directly with Living Learning Communities as a part of the PACE program for student workers, and she serves as a mentor for minority students on campus with the SMART program. Additionally, Rebecca is an active member in Elon’s Black Student Union and Women in Finance organizations. This past summer, Rebecca completed a finance-based internship with Spectrum Reach and looks forward to future internship opportunities, and the opportunity to study abroad before graduating from Elon.
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." - Maya Angelou
Joey Papapietro is a sophomore fellow at Elon from Sandwich, MA. He is involved in a professional, co-ed fraternity called AKPsi that aims to develop business leaders. Through this organization, he has been able to develop both personally and professionally. He also spends time with SPSJ (Students for Peace and Social Justice) a club that facilitates discussions surrounding current political and social issues. While at Elon, Joey hopes to get involved in Marketing Club, as that is his desired area of focus in business. He also hopes to explore some acting classes, for the preforming arts are of personal interest to him.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." - African Proverb
Caroline Penfield from Birmingham, AL is majoring in Policy Studies and Political Science. At Elon she is a Multifaith Intern at the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Through her internship she serves as the director of Ripple, an annual, regional, undergraduate interfaith conference hosted on Elon’s campus. Caroline is also a Resident Assistant in the East Neighborhood where she works with the Politics & Active Citizenship Living Learning Community. She sits on the Leadership Studies Advisory Board and the President’s Student Leadership Advisory Council. This year, Caroline is the recipient of the Hilaire Pickett Leadership Grant, which she will use to develop leadership and diversity training for the Ripple Conference planning team and begin work on her Common Good Project looking into the history of racial violence on and around Elon’s campus. In the future Caroline would like to work with civil rights policy and law in the Southeastern United States.
"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chloe Rogan is from Medfield, MA where she graduated from Medfield High School. In high school, she was the director of a nonprofit for girls with disabilities called Miss Amazing which focused on helping girls with disabilities develop their self-confidence and communication skills. Chloe was on Student Council throughout high school and was Vice President her senior year. Chloe also loves kids, and was a student teacher in a third-grade classroom her senior year. At Elon, she is continuing this passion and double majoring in Elementary and Special Education. She is a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority and works for campus recreation and wellness as a peer educator for SPARKS. SPARKS is group of students that intends to educate others on substance use, mental and physical health, and healthy relationships. She is going to Florence for a semester abroad this spring and is excited to experience the art and culture in a new country. She plans to spend as much time in elementary classrooms as possible.
"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" – Unknown
Lilly Rothschild is an incoming University Innovation Fellow from Cleveland, OH who completed her 6 week design thinking training in October 2019 as a sophomore. She is a Finance major with a Leadership Studies minor. Her involvements at Elon University include being part of the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Program, a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, and a student engagement intern at Elon's Doherty Center for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation. Lastly, she is part of the Tri Sigma sorority as well. Lilly chose to pursue her undergraduate education at Elon for many reasons. One being her acceptance into the Leadership Fellows program but she was fascinated by the magnitude of opportunities, especially study abroad and loved how caring, engaged, and willing the faculty at Elon are. Although, what drew Lilly to become part of the University Innovation Fellows is her fascination with startup culture. Going into her freshman year of high school, Lilly started a leadership 2 week summer camp for girls that grew over the course of 5 years to be a camp of 40 girls! She didn't realize she could refer to herself as an entrepreneur until arriving at Elon. Lilly has interned in data analysis at an ad tech company called Datonics in the startup capital of the Middle East, Tel Aviv, Israel. She loves how motivated and eager to make change entrepreneurs are and wants to surround herself in that community. She is very close with her mom and dad, her sister, Melissa, and brother, Bradley. What makes Lilly happiest is sailing and water-skiing on Lake Chautauqua in the summer. Her hobbies include running (she especially loves the trails and finding new destinations to run) and creative writing. She looks forward to all that she will learn in the future as she continues to pursue change in the vibrant Elon community.
"There are two most important days in your life, the day you are born and the day you find out why."
Dominique Rousseau is from Hillsborough, NC. During her first year at Elon, she was part of the Elon Women’s Club Soccer team and a cast member on Elon Survivor. Over the summer, Dominique worked as a facilitator for Adventures in Leadership where she led three, one-week-long adventures that consisted of ziplining, backpacking, and local hiking. Dominique has also worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for an Elon 101 class, a Surveyor at the Elon Poll, and was an Orientation leader for incoming first-year students. She is also a cast member of the reality tv show, Reality Room where she spends her weekends competing and strategizing with other contestants. Dominique is passionate about traveling, trying absurd foods, and saving animals from shelters (four of her nine pets are rescues). She is working toward a degree in Strategic Communication with minors in Psychology, Leadership Studies, and Professional Sales. Dominique hopes to work in an Advertising or PR agency after graduation.
"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish." - Sam Walton
Mercedes Ruiz, born in Raleigh, NC, is a sophomore at Elon with a love of mentorship, learning about different cultures, and performance. As a Global Studies major, she is concentrating on the Middle East and is currently working on Arabic and planning her study abroad to an Arabic-speaking country. She hopes to be trilingual in Arabic, Spanish, and English. As a Theatre Studies major, she is very involved by attending workshops on various acting styles, reading plays both in and out of class, and by conducting a research project on inclusivity in the Performing Arts. She hopes to have knowledge of many theoretical lenses in which to study theatre and acting skills in various forms. In her spare time, she performs and practices improv with Please Clap Improv, attends events through El Centro and LHU, works at the Belk Library, and is on the Isabella Canon Committee in Engagement. This summer she enjoyed her involvement with NSTP as an Orientation Leader, and plans to apply again next fall. She is very grateful to be a Leadership Fellow and is looking forward to more leadership opportunities in the future.
"We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou
Sarah Talley is from Powder Springs, GA and was a boarding student at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN during her high school years. Currently, she is majoring in Marketing with a minor in Leadership Studies. On-campus, Sarah is heavily involved in her on-campus jobs. This year, Sarah is continuing her on-campus job in the PACE program as the Athletic Development Intern with Elon's Phoenix Club. In this role, Sarah is working with the Phoenix Club’s Marketing Director to learn more about marketing from an athletic fundraising standpoint and gaining experience within the field. In addition, she has recently joined the Office of the Provost as one of their student assistants, aiding the office in any task they need to have done throughout the day. Apart from work, Sarah is a volunteer tutor with the It Takes A Village Program on campus, tutoring Burlington students and helping them with their homework. Sarah is passionate about business and wants to use her roles as the foundation for her future career, hoping one day to be CEO of her own company. As a leader, Sarah wants to use her talents and gifts to bring diversity and inclusion to corporate America by helping companies create C-Suite paths for their minority candidates and employees. Next year, she hopes to study abroad in Ireland and continue pursuing internship opportunities.
"The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes." - Tony Blair
Danielle Thomas, from Jamison, PA, is currently involved in The Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education in which she serves as a Student Coordinator for ALANAM Initiatives and Sisterhood Circle. She is currently planning the ALANAM Women's Institute, which is a women's conference for women of color. She has a passion for serving her church and global communities. Danielle hopes her involvement on Elon's campus will draw more people to think outside of the box. She is currently passionate about women of color on Elon's campus and providing a space for them to build solidarity and a continued safe space that is empowering for them to be successful. As a Strategic Communications major, she strives to create messages for the underserved and helping others put their best selves forward.
"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own."- Michelle Obama
Emma Vigne was born and raised in Sarasota, FL. In 2018, she graduated from Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School as a member of the National Honor Society. Currently, she is double majoring in Finance and Economics with a minor in Leadership Studies. Due to her excelling academic achievements, Emma works on campus as an Economics Tutor, aiding Elon students in all undergraduate level economics courses. She also works closely with learning disability students with to provide them with additional assistance in economics. After the completion of her freshman year, Emma was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, a national college and scholastic honor society. This semester, she plans to volunteer with Junior Achievement to teach financial literacy to elementary school students in Alamance County. Next year, she hopes to study and intern abroad in either London or Shanghai.
"The difference between successful people and really successful people, is that really successful people say no to almost everything." - Warren Buffett
Abby Weaver from Silver Spring, MD is involved with her sorority Kappa Delta along with taking the role as captain of her intramural soccer team, serves as an Orientation Leader, and is a member of Elon's chapter of Public Relations School Society of America. She has previously had an on-campus radio show with WSOE and worked on the school yearbook Phi Psi Cli. Abby plans to study abroad in the Fall of 2020 in Sevilla, Spain. In the summer of 2019, she interned at Subject Matter, a public relations firm in Washington, D.C. She has worked as an election judge in her local precinct and acted as a Spanish translator. She hopes to get more involved with the Center for Leadership, El Centro, and the CREDE.
"Si se puede." - Dolores Huerta
Lily Winton is a Junior Leadership Fellow from Newton, MA. On campus, she is involved in a variety of different things including the Leadership Fellows program, her passion for marketing and sales, a sorority, and her love for helping others through philanthropy and service. At Elon, Lily is a Marketing major with a concentration in Professional Sales and a double minor in Leadership Studies and Finance. Last spring Lily pledged the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and is now a brother and dedicated member. This year Lily is continuing her involvement in the American Marketing Association for a third year. She is also a devoted member and sister in her sorority, Phi Mu. Lastly, Lily finds time on Tuesday nights to take 3 hours out of her day to cook meals for the homeless in the surrounding areas of Alamance County. Along with her extracurriculars Lily is an advocate and mentor for concussion and chronic pain patients. As a student and leader, Lily wants to ensure she is involved in a variety of organizations on campus exposing her to distinct experiences and diverse groups of people and communities.
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” - Eleanor Roosevelt