State of State 2017 Executive Board
Meg Zuccato is a senior at Penn State dual majoring in Applied Spanish and Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Polymer Science. As one of only a couple students left who have been part of State of State since its inaugural conference in 2014, she is ecstatic to be taking on the role of Executive Director this year. Coming from a family of Penn Staters, Meg has loved this university practically since birth, and can't wait to work with her amazing executive board to promote open dialogue between all different members of the Penn State community. After graduation, Meg plans to work in polymer manufacturing after great internship experiences where she found a love for wearing a hardhat to work. Please feel free to reach out to her at megzuccato[at]gmail[dot]com with any questions or thoughts about State of State!
Andrew Boynton is a senior at Penn State majoring in History with minors in French, Middle Eastern Studies, and Russian. He will be serving as the Content Director for State of State 2016 after two years in Production and one in Finance. In addition to State of State, Andrew is a photographer for the Panhellenic Council, the Class Gift, La Vie, and Schreyer. He spent the past summer interning with the Smithsonian Institute translating journals from the First World War. If you have content ideas you want to throw past Andrew, you can probably find him running around the HUB, at Irving’s, or running through Brown Cows at Webster’s. He is looking forward to developing the conversation at the conference in 2017 with his Co-Director, Jessica. You can reach him with your content ideas at aeboynton13[at]gmail[dot]com
Jordan Glover is a senior at Penn State majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. After two years of being a content committee member, and working with four fabulous speakers, she is thrilled to take on the exciting new role of Community Engagement Director for State of State 2017. Outside of State of State, Jordan has a passion for working with new students and their parents and families. Over the summer she worked for New Student Orientation and helped welcome Penn State’s class of 2020, as well as their parents and families as a Student Program Specialist. She has previously interned for the Undergraduate Admissions Office and thoroughly enjoys walking backwards around campus with the Penn State Lion Scouts. Some of her other interests include community service with her organization Serve State, research with the Pennsylvania Educational Equity Project, and an ongoing dialogue of women’s issues supported by her involvement with AAUW and the Commission for Women. Feel free to contact Jordan at jmg6097[at]gmail[dot]com!
Kyleigh Higie is a junior majoring in Supply Chain and Information Systems. She will be serving as one of the Directors of Partnerships for State of State 2017 and is thrilled to be a part of an amazing team in her first year working with State of State. In addition to State of State, Kyleigh is involved in the University Park Undergraduate Association, the Association of Residence Hall Students and the Blue and White Society. She is also a Resident Assistant with Penn State Residence Life. Kyleigh spent her summer working as an intern in the Supply Chain Department for Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) in Pittsburgh. In her spare time, Kyleigh can be found in various places in the HUB or hanging out with her residents in Simmons Hall. Feel free to contact her at kyleigh.higie[at]gmail[dot]com!
Sofia Cacho is a senior majoring in Telecommunications with a minor in Psychology. Sofia first joined State of State as a production committee member last year and will be serving as one of the Production Directors for State of State 2017. In addition to State of State, she is also a member of the Puerto Rican Student Association, a THON committee member and a Brand Ambassador for OrderUp. She spent the last summer interning with Univision Communications, Inc. in Miami, FL in their Digital Entertainment department where she learned many production tips and tricks that she hopes to apply when filming and editing State of State videos with her committee. She is thrilled to work with her amazing Co-Director, Olivia, and the rest of the State of State team! If you have any questions about Production, State of State or are in need of Spanish or Salsa lessons, please reach out to her at sofiacacho2013[at]gmail[dot]com.
Sarah is a senior majoring in Genetics with a minor in Health Policy and Administration. She loves helping people and working to solve problems on behalf of her community, which she eventually wants to integrate into a career in public health. She was previously involved with State of State as a Community Relations Committee Member for 2016 and has attended the conference twice. Her goal for the 2017 year is to get more people to come together and talk about the issues they have in common but experience in different ways. Outside of State of State, she is also involved on campus as an engagement representative for the international community. Her favorite things to do at Penn State are laying on Old Main Lawn watching dogs catch frisbees, staring at a computer analyzing data, and walking around downtown poking her head into the various shops. If you have any questions or ideas for events for this year, do not hesitate to contact her at sngalang22[at]gmail[dot]com.
INTERNAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Diane Cascioli is a senior at Penn State in the Schreyer Honors College, with undergraduate majors in Secondary Education and English (with a minor in Spanish) and a concurrent graduate major in Curriculum and Instruction. After contributing to the last conference as a member of the Public Relations committee, she is extremely excited to serve as the Internal Director for State of State 2017. In addition to State of State, Diane participates in THON as a Hospitality committee member, she is involved in SPSEA (an educational club on campus), and works as a writing tutor for student-athletes through the Morgan Center Tutors. She also spent this past summer as a sailing instructor on Long Beach Island, NJ. When she is not daydreaming about her love of churros, she can be found student teaching at the local high school in an English classroom. Diane is looking forward to hearing the diverse perspectives and new ideas from State of State 2017 committee members! Please feel free to contact Diane at dianecascioli[at]gmail[dot]com
Jessica Malerman is a Junior at Penn State majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences. After spending a year serving as a member of the Content Committee, she is ecstatic to take on the role of Co-Director of Content for the 2017 conference. As a transfer student, Jessica found inherent value in working with an organization that fostered connections throughout the Penn State community. Outside of State of State, Jessica is highly involved with political activism on campus, is a member of the College Democrats and serves on the executive board of Students for Hillary. She is also a member of the co.space, the home for changemakers in State College. Jessica would love to connect with any member of the Penn State community, as well as to hear any feedback or ideas about our conference! Feel free to contact her at jessicamalerman[at]gmail[dot]com
PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Katie Formichella is a junior at Penn State dual majoring in Psychology and Public Relations with a minor in Music Technology. After being a member of the Public Relations committee this past year, Katie is very excited to join the executive board for State of State 2017 as the Public Relations Director. In addition to State of State, she currently serves as a Penn State Homecoming captain, MasquerAIDS chair for the Penn State Thespians, and writer for Her Campus PSU. In her spare time, Katie can be found drinking too much coffee for her own good, running, and hunting for new music. She can’t wait to see what State of State can do this year. Feel free to contact her at kformichella[at]gmail[dot]com
Becca Poling is a senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and minoring in business and liberal arts. She will be serving as one of the Partnerships Directors for State of State 2017 and is so excited to work with this team after being involved with State of State during her junior year. Aside from State of State, Becca is involved with Happy Valley Communications, a university-run public relations firm, as a consultant and she is also involved with CHAARG, a fitness organization that promotes health and wellness for women at Penn State. This past summer, Becca spent time in Philadelphia as a development and promotions intern for Stage 3 Productions at Center City Film and Video. When she isn't sorting out budget sheets and putting together presentations for State of State, you can find Becca at Starbucks writing an article for Elite Daily or you can find her daydreaming of her next adventure overseas as she recently spent some time living in Seville, Spain. Becca is looking forward to see what's in store for State of State 2017 and the surrounding Penn State community! If you would like to contact Becca, you can reach her at becca.poling[at]gmail[dot]com.
Olivia Abboud is a junior at Penn State in the College of Communications majoring in Advertising, and minoring in Digital Media Trends and Analytics, and Psychology. Olivia joined State of State last year as a member of the production committee, and will be serving as one of the Production Directors of State of State 2017. She was inspired by her older sister, Maddison’s, work as a director on the founding State of State board, as well as two years after as well. In addition to State of State, Olivia is also serving as New Member Director for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where she also volunteers for CASA and THON. She speaks fluent Japanese, as well as elementary French, and will be studying abroad in Paris in the spring of 2017. She spent her summer interning as a Creative Design intern at Brian Communications and Real Time Media in Philadelphia, PA. She hopes to build and improve the production of State of State this year through this experience. She is so excited to work with the other Directors, especially her Co-Director, Sofia. Penn State has a huge place in her heart and she is so excited to continue making a positive change for her friends, peers, and Penn Staters past and future. If you have any questions for her about absolutely anything, please email her at olivia.abboud[at]gmail[dot]com.
Evan Savage is a senior majoring in Computer Science with minors in Music Technology and Arts Entrepreneurship. He currently serves as an Operations Director for State of State 2017. This is Evan’s second year as an Operations Director, and he looks forward to planning this year’s conference. Aside from State of State, Evan is a trombonist and section leader in the Penn State Blue Band, former Director of Operations for Movin’ On 2015, former Teaching Assistant of Technical Entrepreneurship, weekly Calculus One Tutor with Lion Tutors, and President of the newly-formed Arts Entrepreneurship club, stART. This past summer, he worked with the Graduate Program in Acoustics here at Penn State and performed Room Acoustics research. He is also an aspiring DJ and music producer and will have his own show on The Lion, 90.7 FM this fall highlighting a dense variety of dance music stemming from soul, disco, and funk as well as many other genres. Please do not hesitate to contact Evan at esav678[at]gmail[dot]com with any questions!