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Fall 2020 Alumni Bios

Megan Boyk '15 is a resident physician in family practice in South Bend, Indiana.  During residency, she is focusing on care for the underserved and health services management.  Additionally, she is currently working towards a Master's in Public Affairs with a concentration in Health Systems Administration and Policy in hopes of becoming more involved with leadership and advocacy in the medical field.  As a student at John Carroll, aside from the Leadership Scholars Program, she was involved in the Honors Scholars Program, JCU-EMS, and choir.  She also worked as a campus tour guide.

Ruthie DuBois ‘18 is currently a family and adolescent mental health therapist through Ravenwood Health's Geauga Youth Center in Chardon, OH. She works as a certified trauma practitioner with teenagers who have been placed in a residential treatment center. She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Substance Use Treatment at JCU in August 2020. Her experiences at JCU working with marginalized communities through the CSSA created a foundation for advocacy that continues to shape her work. While a student at JCU, she majored in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Family Studies.

Emily Furin '17 graduated in 2020 with her BSN from Ursuline College and accepted a position as a nurse on a trauma-surgical intensive care unit. Prior to entering the 15 month accelerated nursing program, she worked as a chief medical scribe in an emergency room and as a course instructor at Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Course. At John Carroll, she was the president of the a capella group Streaks in Key; a Carroll Faith Community leader; volunteered with Students Today, Leaders Forever; participated on an immersion to Guatemala with campus ministry; worked in the Neuroscience Research Lab and as a student office assistant in the Office of Student Engagement

Marissa George ‘20 was recently accepted to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine to begin medical school in the summer of 2021. She looks forward to continuing her education in Colorado to train in rural medicine and tribal healthcare. Until then, she continues to work at Southwest General Hospital in Emergency and Trauma and volunteer at the American Red Cross. While at JCU, she majored in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Leadership Development. She held multiple leadership positions in Kappa Alpha Theta, Order of Omega, and the Honors Program. She was also a member of the Leadership Scholars Program and attended an immersion trip to Pine Ridge Native American Reservation, which sparked her interest in practicing medicine on a reservation.

Colleen Gong '15 earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and is working as an Associate Attorney at Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk in Sidney, Ohio. Her practice is concentrated on labor and employment law and corporate and commercial work. She advises businesses on a wide array of employment-related matters including wage and hour disputes, internal business policies and procedures, and compliance with state and federal law. While at John Carroll, she was a member of the Honors Program, worked as a Tour Guide, was actively involved in Campus Ministry and the Immersion Program, and studied History and Classics. She married Michael Gong ('15) in March 2020.

 

Jenny Grant ’17 is completing her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where she is researching topics surrounding addiction, religion and spirituality, and trauma, as well as training to be a licensed psychologist. She also started and runs a prayer/spirituality group at BGSU and is a clinical student representative. While at JCU, she was a member of Psi Chi, Alpha Sigma Nu, the Psychology Club, Alpha Omega, and studied Psychology, with a minor in Theology.

Jacob Haas '19 is working as a Software Developer at Medical Mutual within the Enterprise Data Warehouse and RPA Architect teams. His position requires an understanding of both the healthcare system as well as the information systems behind it in order to provide company insights and to develop automated robotic processes. During his time at John Carroll, he majored in Computer Science and minored in Leadership Development, later returning to complete his MBA in 2020. As a student he was also a member of the stargazing club and the paranormal club.

Derek Naim ‘18 is working as the Director of Operations for Chagrinovations, LLC. Chagrinovations is a consumer products company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The main objective of this business is to create innovative patented products, and to sell them into mass retail and ecommerce platforms like Amazon. At JCU, Derek was a member of the Blue Streak Football Team, Member of the Sports Information Department, a Rec Desk Team Leader, while studying Finance in the Boler College of Business.

Noah Paulsen ’20 is currently working for the Lubrizol Corporation in the Cleveland area in their Advanced Materials division following a year and a half internship with the company. His work now has him working with customers from around the globe and analyzing vast amounts of data to better understand how to best serve customers. He has also continued working as a freelance graphic designer/photographer/videographer in his free time. While at John Carroll he was an International Business major with a minor in Spanish and was the President of the International Business Association, Photography Editor of the Carroll News, Chair of the Membership Development board of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and a member of the Order of Omega Honors Fraternity.

Brandon Parr '16 graduated medical school this year from Campbell University in Lillington, North Carolina. This spring, he matched at the University of Chicago NorthShore, and is now continuing his training as an internal medicine resident in Chicago, Illinois. His wife and him, whom he met at JCU, just celebrated their second wedding anniversary in October of this year. While at JCU, Brandon served as President of the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, started a legacy project known as Shampoo for the Red, White, and Blue that still continues annually, and was involved in neuroscience research at the Cleveland Clinic that has led to publications.

Nick Reis ‘19 is working as a Client Solutions Executive for the 3rd Party Logistics Firm, Echo Global Logistics. On a daily basis, his position entails developing, maintaining and managing new client relationships in the Logistics Industry. He also drives new account growth via prospecting and sourcing. Nick currently works at Echo’s branch location in Nashville, TN. While at John Carroll, Nick was a member of the Football Program and studied Business Management along with Leadership Development.   

John Ringer ‘15 is the Vice President of Operations and production manager at Ringer Screen Print/Wholesale Imprints in North Kingsville, Ohio, after majoring in education in college. While at JCU, he served as a Resident Assistant and as a SWAT Leader, and participated in several intramural sports each year.  

Rachel Sammon '15 is working as a Chemist II at the Sherwin-Williams Company in Global Supply Chain Research and Development. Her position entails working on a division-wide waste management system, leading quality investigations involving production issues, and providing support for new product development. While at John Carroll, Rachel was a circulation desk assistant at the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center, was a co-op with the Sherwin-Williams Company, and studied Biochemistry.

Steven Schmitz '17, '18G started his career at PwC Public Sector in the Department of Defense (DoD) sector where he supported the United States Army in Business Process Improvement Initiatives. Today he is a management consultant at DayBlink Consulting located in Washington D.C. There he provides advisory services within the Financial Transformation and Ventures arms of the company to clients all over the world. Steven also volunteers at Wrestling to Beat the Streets DC, an organization dedicated to improving youth development and self-esteem while reducing juvenile crime through the sport of wrestling. While at John Carroll, he was involved as a Senior Resident Assistant, member of the wrestling team, member of the jazz band, and active in service-learning. He majored in accountancy and minored in leadership development. Later, he earned his Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a concentration in international business.

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2023 LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS

Joe Backus is a Data Science major and Leadership Development minor from Olmsted Falls, OH. He is a member of the JCU Cross Country and Track teams. Outside of school, Joe works at Second Sole and completed an internship with Applied Industrial Technologies. After graduation, Joe plans to find a position in the business intelligence field.

Gracie Bressoud is an Exercise Science major and Leadership Development minor from Columbus, OH. She is a member of the JCU softball team, a peer mentor for the COF STEM program, and has an on-campus job with the recreation department. This summer Gracie interned at Morris Chiropractic where she worked as a CA. After graduation, she plans on entering chiropractic school.

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Drezdan Dale is a Data Science major with minors in Statistics, Business, and Leadership Development from Peru, IL. He has worked for Fund That Flip since May 2021, starting as an intern and now working as a Business Intelligence Data Analyst. After graduation, Drezdan plans to continue working for Fund That Flip and begin working on a Masters degree in either Data Science or Statistics.

Miranda Day is an Early Childhood Education major with a Leadership Development minor from Pittsburgh, PA. On campus she has served as a Carroll Faith Community small group leader, worked at the JCU Call Center, and played in the JCU Wind Ensemble. Off campus, Miranda enjoys working as an after-school teacher at Hathaway Brown School.

Mary Evankovich is an Early Childhood Education major with minors in Leadership Development and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights from Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently serving as the Academic Development Director for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta and cantors at Sunday mass on campus. Additionally, Mary works as a Paraprofessional Substitute Teacher District and a Philosophy Intern with the JCU Philosophy Department. She spent her summer as a Lead Teacher at Kiddie Academy Daycare.

Tanner Gill-Snow is a Biology major with Leadership Development and Philosophy minors from Whitehouse, OH. He is on the JCU Men’s lacrosse team, served as the Senior Orientation Leader for New Student Orientation, and is a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Rachel Halapchuk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology major with a minor in Leadership Development from Pittsburgh, PA. Rachel is a member of the Student Leadership Team for CSSA, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Captain of the Women’s JCU Swimming and Diving Team.

Sarah Hanlon is an Exercise Science major with minors in Spanish and Leadership Development, from Orchard Park, NY. She is on the JCU Diving team while also working in the Campus Ministry Department. She leads both retreats and a Carroll Faith Community group while also serving as the President of the Respect for Life club. After graduation, Sarah plans on pursuing a career in the medical field.

Emma Kosicek is a Communication Advocacy major with minors in Political Science and Leadership Development from Ashtabula, OH. This past summer she worked for the Cleveland Museum of Art Philanthropy Department. Emma is also a on the Executive Board for the University Club, serves as a Leadership Coach, and is member of Chi Omega sorority and Student Government.

Megan Lane is a Marketing major with minors in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development from Cleveland, OH. She is a Student Liaison for the Center for Service and Social Action, served as a Resident Assistant, an Orientation Leader, and a Facility Attendant for the Department of Recreation.

Adam Okuley is a Finance and Economics double major with minors in Spanish and Leadership
Development from Sylvania, OH. At JCU, Adam has volunteered his time in weekly service,
Campus Ministry events, and played several intramural sports. On campus, he is currently serving as the Director of Student Organizations for Student Government, and is excited to take part in the January Immersion Trip to El Salvador. Adam also is working part-time for Dana Incorporated.

Nora McKee is a Communications and Digital Media major with minors in Creative Writing, Peace, Justice, and Human Rights, and Leadership Development from Gibsonia, PA. She serves as a Tour Guide, an Orientation Leader, and a member of the Center for Service and Social Action Leadership Team. This year Emma will be working as an intern for the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Caylin Perryman is a Sociology and Criminology major with minors in Forensic Psychology and Leadership Development from Honeoye Falls, NY. She is a member of Morgan’s Message on campus and a member of the JCU Women’s Lacrosse team. Caylin is planning to pursue a career in law enforcement after graduation.

Hannah Pollack is a Psychology major with a concentration in Mental Health Services and Leadership Development minor from North East, PA. In addition to participating in various leadership activities on campus, Hannah plans on getting her masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis after graduation.

Sam Rodgers is an Exercise Science major with a Leadership Development minor from Monclova, OH. Sam is on the JCU Men’s Lacrosse team and plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon after graduation.

Brenden Swann is a Sports Management major with a minor in Leadership from North Royalton, OH. Brenden is a team captain for the JCU Men’s Soccer team.

Brooke Talbot is a Marketing and Supply Chain Management double major with a Leadership Development minor from Erie, PA. On campus, she is the Vice President of Administration for Women in Business and works in the Office of Student Engagement. She was recently inducted into the Jesuit honor society Alpha Sigma Nu and participated in the North Carolina immersion trip.

Thomas Wetzel is a Finance major with a minor in Leadership Development from Willoughby, OH. He is currently work a finance co-op internship at Sherwin-Williams and hopes to secure a financial analyst position after graduation.

JP Yerian is a Marketing and Supply Chain Management double major with a Leadership Development minor from Poland, OH. He currently works for 17 River Grille as a line cook following his passion for cooking.  After graduation, JP hopes to find a supply chain management position in the food retail field, starting his career with the desire to pursue a leadership position.

Katy Zoller is a Political Science major with minors in Spanish, Leadership, and PJHR. from Fairview Park, OH. She is a peer mentor with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

CLASS OF 2024 LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS

Sophia Alberico is a Sociology major with minors in Leadership Development and Psychology of Human Diversity from Erie, PA. On campus she is a Carroll Faith Community Leader, Tour Guide, Peer Success Advisor, and Student Government Senator. Sophia hopes to pursue a career in school psychology after graduation.

Caitie Berndtson is an Early Childhood Education major and Leadership Development minor from Buffalo, NY. She is a Senior Resident Assistant on campus and plans to teach elementary students after graduation.

Michael Bevington is a Finance major and Leadership Development minor from Cincinnati, OH. Michael is a member of the JCU Men’s Lacrosse team, was an Orientation Leader, a MELT Peer Mentor, and a leader for a Carroll Faith Community group.

Abby Birch is a History and Political Science double major with minors Leadership Development and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights from Wexford, PA. She works as a New Student Orientation Leader, an Intermural Scorekeeper, and a Recreation Supervisor for the Recreation Department. Abby is also a member of the Chi Omega sorority.

Zach Brinks is a Psychology major with minors in Exercise Science and Leadership Development from Cincinnati, OH. Zach is on the JCU Golf team and is a Carroll Faith Community leader. He also is a member of the student leadership team for the Center for Service-Learning and Social Action.

Claire Colbaugh is a Marketing and Supply Chain major and Leadership Development minor from North Royalton, OH. She is on the JCU Tennis team and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Over the summer, she worked as a junior seasonal assistant tennis pro at Shaker Heights Country Club.

Jennifer Follmer is a Sports Studies major and Leadership Development minor from Cleveland, OH. She is a member of the JCU Volleyball team and works in the JCU Sports Information department. Jennifer hopes to have a career with the NFL in the future.

Flora Frieden is Communications and Digital Media major with minors in Sociology/ Criminology and Leadership Development from Chardon, OH. She is an Event Coordinator for the University Club and is part of the JCU women’s Club Volleyball team. Outside of school Flora works alongside her father with his landscaping business.

Anna Glass is a Supply Chain Management and Marketing major with a minor in Leadership Development from Needham, MA. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority as well as a member of the Women’s Swimming and Diving team. Anna also works at Saxbys coffee on campus.

Leah Harrigan is an Integrated Marketing Communications Major with minors in a Leadership Development and Psychology from Orchard Park, NY.  On campus, she is the Vice President of the Women’s Club Basketball Team, a Peer Health Advocate in the Wellness Program, a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, a reporter for The Carroll News, and a member of the JCU Sports Information Department. After graduation, Leah hopes to work in the NFL as a sideline reporter.

Aeneas Hines is a Communications major with a minor in Leadership Development from Chicago, IL. He is a campus Tour Guide and works as a tennis coach and instructor for Western Springs Tennis Club.

Maddie Laird is an Early Childhood Education major with minors in Catholic Studies and Leadership Development from Pittsburgh, PA. She is a tour guide and Student Admissions Liaison, a campus ministry retreat team leader, a Carroll Faith Community leader and the Vice President of Marketing, and an executive member of Labre. Upon graduation, Maddie plans on pursuing careers as a Child Life Specialist or teacher as well as a youth minister.

Lexi MacDonald is a Biology major with minors in Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Chemistry, and Leadership Development from Clarence, NY. For the past two summers, she worked as an EMT at Six Flags Darien Lake and plays on the JCU Volleyball team. After graduation, Lexi plans to attend PA school after graduation.

Max Malley is a Political Science and Economics major with a Leadership Development minor from Westlake, OH. Max serves the Service Chair for Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

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Sarah McAllister is an Integrated Marketing Communications major with minors in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development from Pittsburgh, PA. On campus, she leads the Physical Health group for the Peer Health Advocates in the Wellness Center and is the PACE Chairwoman for Gamma Phi Beta sorority. This summer Sarah served as a Marketing and Development Intern for NAMI Greater Cleveland and she began writing a book on her struggles with anxiety through the JCU Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jacob Ross is an Accountancy major and a Leadership Development minor from Independence, OH. He interned at KPMG this summer and recently accepted an offer to return to the firm after graduation.

Adam Salek is an Accountancy major with a minor in Leadership Development from Medina, OH. He is on the JCU Wrestling team, works as a Tour Guide on campus, and loves playing cornhole in his free time. He previous served on the SUPB Executive Board member and as an Orientation Leader.

Grant Sarnowski is a Finance major and a Leadership Development minor from Springfield, IL. Grant is a member of the JCU Tennis team, the Economic Society, and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. (SAAC).  During the summer, Grant worked as a teller for Illinois National Bank and he also works as a sportswriter for Wisconsin Sports Heroics.

Jacob Scaffidi is a Sports Studies major with minors in Leadership Development and Business from North Canton, OH. He is a tour guide here at JCU and enjoys playing intramural sports. Jacob hopes to work in the front office of a professional sports team after graduation.

Jo Schierloh is a Sociology major with minors in Spanish and Leadership Development from Chicago, IL. On campus, she is an Event Coordinator with the University Club, a member of Kappa Gamma sorority, and a tour guide. Jo is planning to study abroad in Spain during her time at JCU with hopes of working in a Spanish speaking country as a counselor or social worker after graduation.

Anna Schramko is an Accountancy major and Leadership Development minor from Avon Lake, OH. She is a member of the Women’s Golf Team and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity. After graduation, Anna hopes to work in the sports industry.

Keeley Scullin is a Clinical and Counseling Psychology major with a minor in Leadership Development from Hermitage, PA. On campus, she is an Orientation Leader, a Student Liaison for the Center of Service and Social Action, a Recreation Supervisor for the Department of Recreation, and a Teaching Assistant for the Psychology Department. Additionally, she is the President of Best Buddies and Seeds of Hope, Secretary for Psychology Club, and a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology. Off campus, Keeley is a Neuropsychological Assessment Intern at the Cleveland Clinic. Following graduation, she intends to continue her education in a doctoral child and adolescent clinical psychology or neuropsychology program.

Sara Sfeir is a Biology major with a Leadership Development minor from Beirut, Lebanon. Sara serves as president of the Pre-Surgical Club and a member of the Student Organization Budgeting Board. Sara is also a Student Liaison with JCU’s Center for Service-Learning and Social Action (CSSA). Whenever she can, Sara participates in service opportunities that JCU provides. After graduation, Sara hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

Tyler Siconolfi is a Finance major and a Leadership Development minor from Pittsburgh, PA. He is the Vice President of programming for Beta Theta Pi and is a founding member of the JCU Spikeball Club.

Logan Sindone is a Political Science Major and Leadership Development Minor from Cleveland, OH. He is currently a senator in Student Government, a Resident Assistant for Campion Hall, President of the College Democrats at JCU, and an Orientation Leader. Logan spends his free time volunteering for local political campaigns and is pursuing a career in campaign management and consulting.

Marie Steinkuhl is a Psychology major with a Neuroscience concentration and Leadership Development minor from Cincinnati, OH. She is a part of the JCU Retreat Team on campus, is a Choose Ohio First Scholar, and works as a Behavioral Health Technician with Building Blocks Therapy. After graduation, Marie plans to do a year of service.

Katelyn Testa is a double major in Math and Education with a minor in Leadership Development. She is a member of the JCU Club Basketball team and works as a math tutor in the Learning Commons as well as a serve in a restaurant off campus.

Ava Welchans is a Business Marketing Major with minors in Leadership Development and Italian from Wyckoff, NJ. She is a Financial Officer and Ambassador for Morgan’s Message, a member of the Student Organization Budgeting Board, and plays goalie for the JCU Women’s Lacrosse team.

 

CLASS OF 2025 LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS

Morgan Anderson is a Sociology and Criminology major with minors in in Leadership Development and Professional Writing from Ashtabula, OH. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority, the University Club Executive Board, is a Peer Success Advisor, and is a Service Liaison for CSSA.

Marko Babic is a Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Leadership Development Broadview Heights, OH. He is a member of Pre-Med Society and Pre-Surgical Club at John Carroll. After college, Marko plans to attend medical school.

Tyler Capron is a Sociology major and Leadership Development minor from Cuyahoga Falls, PJ. He is a Resident Assistant, a member of the University Club, and also works at Saxbys on campus. Tyler plans to pursue a career in college counseling following graduation.

Ryan Champa is a Marketing and Supply Chain double major with a minor in Leadership Development from Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He is a member of the JCU Cross Country and Track teams, where he was named the OAC Freshman of the year in Cross Country. After graduation Ryan plans on pursuing a career in the marketing field.

JJ Cuddy is a Finance and Economics major with a Leadership Development minor from Pittsburgh, PA. In his first year at JCU, he was a member of the Men’s Soccer Team and named to the Dean’s list both semesters. Outside of school, JJ enjoys reading, journaling, and listening to podcasts.

Lauren Devin is a Marketing major with a Leadership Development minor from Buffalo, NY. 

Aidan Dugan is an Early Childhood Education major and Leadership Development minor from Buffalo, NY.  He is a member of the JCU Men’s Lacrosse team and volunteers with Boys Hope Girls Hope. 

Lily Earley is a Biology major with minors in Leadership Development and Professional Healthcare Prep, from Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Resident Assistant, volunteers at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and is a member of the Pre-Surgical Club. After graduation, Lily plans on attending medical school.

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Nicholas Graeca is a Biology major with a Leadership Development minor from DuBois, PA. He plays for the JCU Men’s Soccer team and plans to attend medical school after graduation.

MaryClaire Gregory is an Accountancy major and Leadership Development minor from Broadview Heights, OH. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, serves on the Academic Affairs committee for Student Government, and is a team lead at Saxby’s on campus. Over the summer she worked as an audit intern for CBIZ MHM LLC.

Kara Grose is an Integrated Marketing Communications major with minors in Spanish and Leadership Development from Rochester, NY. On campus, she is the social media chair for PRSSA and interns with the Tim Russert Department of Communication. Kara hopes to study abroad during her time at John Carroll and plans to pursue a career in marketing.

Gia Hamed is a Political Science major with minors in Leadership Development and Peace Justice and Human Rights. She is the founder and current President of Students for Justice in Palestine, serves on the Student Organization Budgeting Board (SOBB), is a MELT mentor, and is an intern with Person 2 Person International. Gia also serves as a Democracy Fellow to help promote civic engagement on campus.

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Diona Johnson is double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Marketing along with a minor in Leadership Development from Grosse Pointe, MI. She is currently a member of the Environmental Issues Club as well as working for both JCU’s Sports Information and as a Tour Guide.

Samantha (Sammy) Kuczynski is an Integrated Marketing Communication major with a minor in Leadership Development from Hinckley, OH. Around campus, Sammy works in both the Student Engagement and Digital Engagement Offices and participates in several clubs and intramurals. Outside of JCU, Sammy coaches tennis and volunteers for a non-profit organization, THRIVE Through Tennis.

Jessica Liddle is a Financial Planning and Wealth Management major with a Leadership Development minor from Barberton, OH. Jessi is a member of the JCU Women's Volleyball team.

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Veronica Mikhail is a Biology major with a minor in Leadership Development from Cleveland, OH. Following graduation, she plans to attend medical school to become a cardiologist cardiologist.

Colin Moore is a Sports Studies major with a concentration in Athletic Administration and a minor in Leadership Development from Columbus, OH. Colin is a member of the JCU Men’s Lacrosse team.

Hayden Mumbach is a Financial Planning & Wealth Management major with a minor in Leadership Development from Hamburg, NY. He is a member of the JCU Men’s Lacrosse team and plans to pursue a career in financial planning after graduation.

Taylor Olson is double majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain with a minor in Leadership Development from Lockport, NY. She is a member of Women in Business and the University Club.  

Amanda Pancake is a Biology major with a Leadership Development minor from Columbus, OH. She is a member of the JCU Women’s Golf team and the Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) Early Assurance Program. Amanda plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Evan Smith is a Professional Writing major with minors in Business, Creative Writing, and Leadership Development from Lyndhurst, OH. He is a member of the John Carroll Track and Field team and is also a member of Beta Theta Pi. Over the summer he participated in the John Carroll Labre homeless ministry program.

Grace Talbot is a Computer Science major with a Leadership Development minor from Erie, PA. On campus, she works for the Office of Student Engagement, is a member of Cru, and involved in Campus Ministry.

Vladimir Tchepak is a Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Leadership Development. He is a part of Pre-Med Society and Pre-surgical Club. After graduation, Vladimir plans on attending medical school to become a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist.

Yanni Volas is an Accountancy major with minors in Leadership Development and Data Analytics from North Canton, OH. He a member of the JCU Football team, a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and is an Ambassador for the Boler College of Business.

Christian Watters is a Biology major with minors in Leadership Development and Chemistry from Bethpage, NY. He enjoys participating in intramural sports on campus and plans to attend veterinary school after graduation to become a wildlife veterinarian.

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Nate Welch is a Cellular and Molecular Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Leadership Development from Columbus, OH. He is involved in the Black Students in Action, and plays several intramural sports on campus. Nate plans to attend medical school after graduation to become an ER Doctor.

Celeste Wellman is an Exercise Science major with a Leadership Development minor from Cleveland, OH. She is a liaison for the Center for Service-Learning and Social Action, works as a manager at McDonalds, and plans to pursue a career in athletic training after graduation.

Jett Wieber is a Psychology major and Leadership Development minor from Avon, OH. He is on the JCU Cross Country and Track and Field teams and is involved with the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Morgan Wieczenski a Middle Childhood Education major with a concentration in science and English, and a minor in Leadership Development from Pittsburgh, PA. Morgan is a member of the JCU Volleyball team.

Adrianna Zura is a Biology major with minors in Leadership Development and Chemistry from Broadview Heights, OH. Outside of school, Adrianna volunteers her time in numerous humanitarian efforts to aid the people of Ukraine. She plans on attending medical school after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2026 LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS

Cameron Bell is a Political Science major with minors in English and Leadership Development from Copley, OH. She was a Co-Captain of her high school’s tennis team, the secretary of Girl Up, and a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Council. Outside of school she participated in competitive dance and taught junior dance classes.

Emma Boreman is a Biochemistry major with a minor in Leadership Development from Wooster, OH. In high school she was involved with many service organizations such as Interact of Rotary Club and many more and was a four year letter winner on the tennis team. At JCU, Emma is on the Women’s Tennis team and plans on joining a sorority. She plans on attending medical school after graduation.

Lydia Brouse is a Management and Human Resources major with a Leadership Development minor from Akron, OH. In high school, she was Coalition secretary, public service representative for Social Action Club, and secretary for the Speech and Debate team. She also played varsity tennis her junior and senior year.

Scotty Crawford is a Business major with a minor in Leadership Development from Canfield, OH. In high school he ran Cross Country, Indoor Track and Track and was a member of the Ohio Attorney General's Teen Ambassador Board. After graduation Scotty hopes to work in a marketing or finance position in the Cleveland area.

Ahmed Essa is a Finance major and a Leadership Development minor from Richfield, OH. Outside of school Ahmed works as an intern for The Solution Center.

Michael Filippelli is an Accountancy major with a Leadership Development minor from North Royalton, OH. In high school, he was a member of the football team and was an involved community member. He led numerous clubs and was a contributing writer for the school newspaper.

Joshua Flesher is a Biology major and Leadership Development minor pursuing a career in the medical field from Columbus, OH. In high school, he was on the men's soccer team, involved in HOSA (future healthcare professionals' organization), and a member of the National Honors Society. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school.

Danny Gibel is a Business major with a minor in Leadership Development from Westlake, OH. In high school, he was heavily involved with student broadcasting and is continuing that passion at JCUl by working for the Sports Information office and the WJCU radio station. 

Alex Harb is a Cell & Molecular Biology major with a minor in Leadership Development from Parma, OH. In high school, he was involved in the National Honors Society, tutoring, History Club, and Discovery Center, while earning his black belt in karate.

Chad Harpster is a Business major with a Leadership Development minor from White Lake, MI. In high school he was heavily involved in student government as well as athletics. Chad also spent much of his free time volunteering working with the homeless in Detroit. He is a member of the JCU football team and wants to work in the sales management field after graduation.

Joseph Iberis is a Biochemistry major and Leadership Development minor from Poland, OH. In high school, he was captain of both the soccer and golf teams as well as president of Leadership. Joseph is a member of the JCU Men’s Soccer team and worked as a tennis coach in the summer. He plans on attending medical school after graduation.

Serine Jaffal is a Chemistry major with a concentration in Neuroscience and a minor in Leadership Development from Cleveland, OH. Throughout high school, Serine has held many leadership positions ranging from being on the board of Difference Makers, a mentorship program, to being the President of Key Club and Senior Class Vice President. She was also the Vice President of Model UN and was part of the National Honors Society and National Technical Honors Society, all organizations that helped spark her love for leadership and making a difference in the world through global health.

Kerry Kelly is an Undecided major with a Leadership Development minor from Pepper Pike, OH. Throughout high school, she was an active member of the Varsity Girls Golf, Mock Trial, Campus Ministry, Excel TECC: Studio Art and Design, the Writing Center, the Future Problem Solving Program International, and various other organizations. In her community, she avidly participated in service including volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul Food Kitchen, lectoring at Church, and going on an immersion trip to Campton, New Jersey.

Josephine Lawler is a Political Science major with a minor in Leadership Development from Hudson, OH. In high school, she was a part of Hudson Community First, a service organization which did volunteer events around the schools and the community, was the basketball and lacrosse teams, and in Service Learning. Outside of school, Josephine was heavily involved with the Hudson Kiwanis service organization and helped with youth basketball and lacrosse events. She is a member of the JCU Women’s Lacrosse team and plans to get involved in student government. After JCU, her plans are to attend law school and work on Capitol Hill. 

Keegan Meloun is majoring in Supply Chain Management with a Leadership Development minor from Columbus, OH. He is a member of the JCU Football team.

Cameron Morrison is a Biology major with minors in Leadership Development and Chemistry from Canfield, OH. While in High School he was a member of the Canfield Model United Nations team, was treasurer of the National Honors Society chapter at Canfield, and was a squad leader, band manager, and tuba player in the marching band. He is is continuing to play the tuba as a member of the JCU Pep Band. Cameron plans to attend medical school after graduation.

Haley Nicholson is an Undecided Major with a Leadership Development minor from Pittsburgh, PA. In high school, she was captain of the varsity volleyball and softball teams and was a member of the National Honors Society. She is a member of the JCU Women’s Volleyball team.

Elaina Norris is an Exercise Science major with a minor in Leadership Development from Canton, OH. In high school she was a member of National Honor Society, women’s tennis, Safety City summer camp counselor, and student council representative. She plans to attend PA school after graduation.

Madelyn Null is a Cell and Molecular Biology major with a minor in Leadership Development from Kirtland, OH. Throughout high school, Madelyn was in the marching band, cheerleading, the National Honor Society, Leadership Lake County, and Key Club. Madelyn enjoyed being a competitive dancer growing up and still enjoys the art of ballet in her free time.

Madeline Otterman is a Biology major with a Leadership Development minor from Madison, OH. In high school she was a member of the show choir, National Honor Society, the track and field team, and the volleyball team. This past summer she had the opportunity to work as a camp counselor for the YMCA and led a volleyball skills clinic.

Owen Roberts is a Management and Human Resources major with a Leadership Development minor from Kent, OH. In high school he participated Cross Country and Track teams and several clubs. Owen is a member of the JCU Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

Jay Rinehart is an Education major with a Leadership Development minor from Bay Village, OH. In high school, Jay was captain of the baseball team, a member of National Honors Society, and on the Student-athlete leadership board at Bay. Jay has enjoyed volunteering in his community by helping with various youth sports teams and doing volunteer work at his church. Jay is on the JCU Baseball team and hopes to work as a high school history teacher after graduation.

Ryan Sand is a Biology major with a minor in Leadership Development from Lancaster, NY. In high school, Ryan was involved in many service-based organizations including the National Honor Society as well as captain of the soccer team. He is on the JCU Men’s Soccer Team.

Peyton Shorthouse is a Biology major with a Leadership Development minor from Struthers, OH. Throughout high school, she was a student council member and served as President of numerous after-school clubs, including the National Honor Society. She plans on attending medical school after graduation.

Benjamin Tocke is currently a Communications major with a minor in Leadership Development, from Buffalo, NY. In high school, Benjamin took an active role in the Theatre and Music Department, as well as the National Honor Society.