State of State 2018 Executive Board
Jessica Malerman is a Senior majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences with a minor in Women's Studies. She began her work with State of State during the 2016 conference as a member of the Content Committee, and returned to the 2017 conference as a Content Director. She lives in the co.space, an intentional living community in the downtown area, and contributes toward the long term goals of increasing the vibrancy of the town through her involvement in the house. An avid supporter of local and national civic engagement, she has worked as a campus organizer and volunteer for a number of political campaigns. Now, she works for the Student Engagement Network on campus, a network designed to promote engaged scholarship at Penn State. She is very excited to serve as Executive Director of State of State, an organization that has been fundamental in her Penn State experience. If you have any questions or comments about State of State, feel free to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Emily is a senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology/Security Risk Analysis (with an emphasis in cyber security), as well as pursuing a degree in Criminology. Emily spent last year as a member of the Content Committee, and this year she will serve as one of the Content Directors for State of State 2018. Outside of State of State, Emily is very involved in the Penn State community as a Lion Ambassador, undergraduate teaching assistant, research assistant, a member of the IST Honors Society, and the Vice President of Programming for the College of IST Student Council. Emily spent the past summer working in Network/Information Security and will be continuing her efforts in the future through a developmental program in the Washington DC area. She would love to connect with anyone in the Penn State Family and discuss ideas related to past or future conferences, or just to start a conversation! You can reach her at email@example.com.
Emma Schwendeman is a senior at Penn State, majoring in Biology and double minoring in Human Development and Family Studies and Psychology. After being a committee member on Special Events in 2016 and Community Engagement in 2017, she is beyond excited to be the Community Engagement Director for State of State 2018. Outside her role in State of State, Emma is a member of Schreyer Honors College, currently working on her thesis to graduate with honors and loves being involved with the Family Foundations Lab in the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center on campus. She has previously been an summer pediatric intern at Akron Children's Hospital near her hometown of Boardman, Ohio, collaborating on a project with a pulmonologist in regards to the relationship between exercise-induced asthma in kids and patient characteristics. She is also involved with Global Medical Brigades, having gone on two trips to Panama in 2016 and Nicaragua in 2017 to set-up medical clinics in these amazing communities and facilitate construction on public health projects. Additionally, she volunteers as a receptionist at Centre Volunteers in Medicine, has been involved with THON, specifically R&R the past three years, and is a Stat 200 tutor for LionTutors. When she is not juggling all the work on her plate, Emma loves to run 5Ks and half-marathons and can't be missed with a cup of coffee in hand! Feel free to contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cory Steinle is a sophomore in the Schreyer Honors College planning to double-major in Labor & Employment Relations/Communication Arts and Sciences, minoring in Math, English, and Business and the Liberal Arts. He is from Pittsburgh, PA and considers himself expert in all-things-Pittsburgh. He is a Scholar Assistant in Admissions & Diversity, the President of the College Independents, President and Founder of FORM Consulting, and a competing captain for Penn State Mock Trial. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to various golf courses, smoking cigars, and binge-watching political dramas. When he grows up (which he never wants to do) he aspires to be a college admissions counselor, marry rich, and have a super cool grill in his backyard.
Sam Morris is a senior majoring in Telecommunications with a minor in Business and Liberal Arts and Labor Employment Relations. Sam first joined State of State as a production committee member in 2015 and will be serving as the Production Director for State of State 2018. In addition to State of State, she is a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and has been involved with THON as a committee member for two years. As Production Director, she has a lot of video and content ideas that she hopes will continue to spread the word about State of State. Sam became part of State of State because she believes it is important to make an impact on campus. With a school as big as Penn State she hopes that through continued dialogue we can continue to better our University and the community as a whole. In the fall if you can't find Sam folding t-shirts at her part time job downtown, you can find her in Dunkin Donuts ordering an iced coffee. If you have any video ideas or just want to chat feel free to reach Sam at email@example.com
Ryan Winick is a Senior at Penn State majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He will be serving as one of the Operations Directors for State of State 2018 and is ecstatic to be part of this years passionate team of directors. In addition to State of State, Ryan has been involved with the Engineering Orientation Network, a program where upperclassmen serve as mentors for incoming students. He is also conducting research with the College of Engineering. Ryan is excited to go all-in with his involvement in State of State in order to build a lasting bond with the Penn State community at large in his last year of undergraduate studies. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERNAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Olivia Abboud is a rising senior at Penn State in the College of Communications majoring in Advertising and Public Relations, and minoring in Digital Media Trends and Analytics, and International Studies. Olivia joined State of State as a member of the production committee, then moved on to become the Production Director for State of State 2017. This year she will be serving as the Internal Director of State of State 2018. In addition to State of State, Olivia served as New Member Director for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where she also volunteers for CASA and THON, and is moving on to her second year as a member of the Valley Magazine staff. She speaks Japanese and French, and is traveling the world as she studies abroad in Paris this spring. This year she is aiming to develop State of State's facilitation abilities in order to assist a broader audience in our Penn State community. She hopes to encourage the growth and progression of State of State through its committee members, by increasing its internal conversations and strengthening its bond as a group. 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 anything, please email her at email@example.com.
Olga Dorabiala is a senior majoring in Applied and Industrial Mathematics with minors in Chemistry and German. After serving two years on the Content Committee, Olga is excited to be working as one of the Content Directors for State of State 2017. Outside of State of State, Olga is involved in a Dancer Relations THON Committee, Polish Club, and works as a math tutor at Penn State Learning. After graduation, she hopes to go on to graduate school to pursue a PhD in Mathematical Biology. Please feel free to contact Olga at Olga400916@gmail.com
PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Anastasia Skold the Public Relations Director for State of State 2018. She is a junior majoring in Telecommunications and minoring in Political Science from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Anastasia started on the Production Committee, where she filmed and photographed the conference for two years. Outside of State of State, she is on the Homecoming Public Relations Committee and involved with THON. Anastasia spent her summer studying abroad in the Czech Republic where she traveled the country and studied globalization. Afterwards, she traveled through Europe with her mom, visiting places such as Frankfurt and Amsterdam. When Anastasia isn't busy with schoolwork, you can usually find her curled behind her laptop listening to Broadway musicals, specifically Hamilton, sipping iced tea. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Panini is a sophomore studying International Relations and Spanish. Outside of the classroom she is involved in THON and PALS, an organization that serves the Down syndrome community. When she's not arranging budget proposals, you can find her running around the HUB, burying myself in homework at the BBH, trying to be fit at Power Remix in the White Building, and making guilty late night trips to Taco Bell. Panini has extreme wanderlust and absolutely loves to travel. Her ideal day would consist of sitting in a coffee shop in a new city reading a novel.
Katie Formichella is one of the Operations Directors for State of State 2018. She attended the conference her freshman year and was inspired to be a part of the organization after what she hear. In her sophomore year, she was a part of the Public Relations committee. Last year, she served as the Public Relations Director. Katie cannot wait to spend her senior year on the executive board of an organization that has helped to define her college career. Outside of State of State, Katie is involved heavily involved with the Penn State Thespians and Movin' On. She loves coffee and music (pretty much more than anything else in the world).
Clare McHugh is a junior at Penn State in the College of Engineering pursing a dual major in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. Clare joined State of State last year as a member of the special events committee and will be serving as the Special Events Director of State of State 2018. Inspired by the mission and goals of State of State, she is eager to become more involved in the organization through this position. In addition to State of State, Clare is also serving as Tour Director for Penn State's Lion Ambassadors and is involved as a College of Engineering Career Envoy and a Women in Engineering Program Facilitated Study Group Facilitator. She spent her summer interning at NSF International in their medical device division in Washington, D.C. Clare loves Penn State, and is excited for the opportunity to positively influence all Penn Staters through her work this year. By holding engaging and exciting events, she hopes to create meaningful dialogue and ideas that can benefit the whole Penn State community. If you have any questions or ideas for events please feel free to reach out to her at email@example.com.