Meet 2013-2014 AB Board

 

Chair - Amanda Burns

Amanda is a junior PPP and International Studies Major, from Buffalo, NY. This spring Amanda attended an Alternative Breaks trip in Catalina Island, CA which focused on Conservation of Native Ecosystems. Last year she traveled to Pine Ridge SD on her AB trip. This trip was focused on education on Native American issues and service. Last summer Amanda went on an Alternative Breaks conference focusing on developing leadership skills to bring back to the AB team, in Atlanta GA. Amanda was very excited to be on board as fundraising chair for the 2012-2013 year. She is outrageously excited to be Chair of Alternative Breaks board for 2013-2014! You can e-mail Amanda at burnsa6@xavier.edu and tweet her at @AmandaBurnsFire.

 

Financial Chair - Johnny Reiser

 

Johnny Reiser is a senior economics and finance double major graduating in May 2014. He is from Buffalo, NY where he grew up with two brothers and a sister, who is at Xavier this year. He loves music, especially live music, and his favorite band is LCD Soundsystem. He was fortunate enough to participate in AB Community Development this year and is extremely excited to be on board because he loves AB! If you want to get ahold of him you can contact him at reiserj@xavier.edu.

 

Special Events Chair - Nick Lehan

 

Nick is a junior Biology major with a Chemistry minor, hoping to become a fantastic pediatrician or researcher one day.  He is a commuter (to the surprise of many) who lives at home on the west side (best side) of Cincinnati with his parents, his three beautiful sisters, and his little angel of a cat, Snickers.  Heavily involved in the CFJ already as a Christian Life Community small group leader and retreat junkie, Nick is super frickin? excited to start planning for all of the tremendous events that AB hosts as the Special Events Chair!  There?s nothing he loves more than planning fun events, as seen by his love of organizing an annual scavenger hunt for his friends back home.  This is only his second year being involved with Alternative Breaks, but he was so moved and inspired from his trip last year working with L?Arche, a community in Mobile, Alabama where adults with and without disabilities live and work together, as a site leader that he wanted to further the program as a whole. You can email him at nick_lehan@fuse.net or hit him up on his twitter @NicholasJosephL.  

 

Communications Chair - Allie Hart

 

Allie Hart is a junior middle childhood education major who is focusing on history and english. She has lived in Cincinnati, Ohio her whole life and had planned on coming to Xavier ever since she was a little girl. Her interest in service started in high school when she attended a mission trip to South Texas. Ever since then, service has been a major significance in her life. Her first AB trip was to West Virginia to learn about Mountain Top Removal, and in her sophomore year she learned about the difference between Inner and Outter City Education. She has had so much fun participating on AB trips and is excited for this new year of AB! You can email her at harta3@xaiver.edu or hit up her twitter @alliehart_.

 

Development Chair - Teya Deleveaux

 

Teya is a junior Finance Major from Atlanta, Georgia. She has loved participating in Alternative Breaks over the past two years! In Spring Break 2012, Teya traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to learn about Inaccessibility of Communities:  United Cerebral Palsy, where she constructed wheelchair ramps for various homes and learned about how disabilities affect day-to-day activities. Over break 2013, she traveled to Albany, New York to learn about gang violence issues with an inner city population. Along with Alternative Breaks, Teya is a 2013-2014 Resident Assistant, Communications Chair for Business Leaders for Tomorrow, a past Leadership Intern (2012-2013) for Office of Student Involvement, and a past member of 2012 Manresa Orientation Team. Some of her favorite hobbies include listening to good music, and spending quality time with friends/family. You can contact her at deleveauxt@xavier.edu, especially with Adopt-A-Breaker questions.

 

Fundraising Chair - Emily Prebihalo

 

Emily is a sophomore Chemistry major with possible Biology and Math minors. This past spring break she went to Catalina Island to learn about the native ecosystem and the importance of conservation. This summer she attended a Break Away retreat to learn new leadership skills and bring back new ideas for AB. Outside of AB, Emily is a student tutor, a leader at GetAway, and involved in Math club and Alchemyst club. You can email her at prebihaloe@xavier.edu

 

Veteran Site Coordinator - Caroline Loner

 

Caroline is a senior Occupational Therapy Major, from Jasper, Indiana.  In 2011, Caroline went on Alternative Breaks to Atlanta, Georgia. While there she worked with Refugee Family Services and Lutheran Services of Georgia to learn about Refugees in America.  In 2012, Caroline was a site leader for Alternative Breaks Austin, Texas.  In Austin, she worked with Green Gate Farms and learned about Sustainable Living.  This past year, Caroline went on the Medical Mystery trip working with families with terminal illnesses. She worked with Habitat 4 Hope, Lebonheur Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House.  Along with Alternative Breaks, Caroline is involved in S.T.A.R. where is tutors children at Homework Club.  You can e-mail Caroline at lonerc@xavier.edu

 

 

Risk Management/Site Coordinator - Alyssa Lucas

 

Alyssa is a Junior Early Childhood Education major from Versailles, KY. Her past Alternative Breaks experience includes doing Hurricane Katrina relief work her freshman year in New Orleans, Louisiana. Last year, she took on the role of being a Site Leader for the HIV/AIDS trip that also traveled to New Orleans. Both of these experiences have shaped the role that she wants to play in this life by helping others and living each moment to the fullest. She is excited to be a Site Coordinator this year and cannot wait to see what else the Alternative Breaks experience has in store for her. When she is not busy with AB, Alyssa likes to spend her time teaching the children of Cincinnati, hanging out with friends, and enjoying a variety of sports. Feel free to contact Alyssa by emailing her at lucasa3@xavier.edu or tweet at her @alyssalealucas.  

 

Risk Management/Site Coordinator - Breanna Lynch

Breanna is a senior Occupational Therapy major from Garden City, NY.  This year Breanna will be acting as the Risk Management Site Coordinator!  In 2012, Breanna worked with Re-Member on the Oglala Lakota Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota as a part of Alternative Breaks.  The trip focused on helping the native people rebuild community by learning about the culture and doing construction on houses and trailers.  This past year, Breanna was a Site Leader for Alternative Breaks Hunger and Homelessness in Washington DC.  The group was able to immerse themselves with the population and see what it truly means to be homeless in America.  When she isn?t working on AB, Breanna is involved in Unified for UNIFAT and works as a care provider for children with disabilities in Cincinnati.  Feel free to contact her at lynchb2@xavier.edu.

 

Retreats/Site Coordinator - Kellie Gaustad

 

Kellie Gaustad is a 21 years old senior that was raised in Lawrenceburg, IN with her four younger siblings. She is studying to be an Occupational Therapist with a minor in Gender and Diversity Studies. She has been a part of three different issues with AB including Community Development, Preservation of Native Ecosystems, and Substance Abuse. AB helped Kellie realize her passion for service and social justice. She is especially passionate about issues regarding inequality in all realms. She is the president of a new club at Xavier dedicated to continuing aid to her AB host site from freshman year in Jamaica, The Blue Mountain Project. She is currently working as a care provider for young people with developmental disabilities.  She also does work-study here at Xavier in Classroom Support. You?ve probably seen her around campus helping your professor out with their classroom technology.

 

Retreats/Site Coordinator - Sam Meza

Samantha Meza is an advertising and public relations double major with a philosophy minor. Originally from Massachusetts, she is a transfer student who first came to Xavier at the start of her sophomore year. She had her first experience with AB that year as a participant on the Gang Prevention trip to Albany, NY. After having an enlightening and fulfilling experience on that trip, she went on to become a site leader the following year for the Conservation of our Native Ecosystems trip to Catalina Island, CA. Outside of AB, Samantha is the Training Coordinator on Manresa Core, Vice President of Xavier LGBTQ Alliance, Sustainability Communications Intern, and a student manager for Hoff Dining. You can email Samantha at mezas@xavier.edu or tweet her at @samburnsred.

 

Travel/ Site Coordinator - Haley Herchek

Haley is a Senior Biology Major with Chemistry and Peace Studies Minors, from Cleveland, OH.  In 2011, Haley participated in an Alternative Breaks trip focused on community development in Hagley Gap, Jamaica.  In 2012, Haley was the site leader for an AB trip focused on the restoration of native ecosystems in Catalina Island, California.  Junior year, Haley was a Site Coordinator for three Alternative Break trips focused on animal rights, community development, and environmental conservation.  Haley absolutely loves Alternative Breaks, and can be found involved with AB in the majority of her free time.  Outside of AB, Haley is the Alpha Epsilon Delta Service Coordinator, where she plans service projects for a group of pre-healthcare professionals.  Haley also has a job at Cincinnati Children?s hospital as a laboratory aide, and will be conducting her senior research at Cincinnati Children?s Hospital.  When she?s not involved around campus, Haley loves swimming, running (with her dog), hitting the gym, and doing yoga to balance all the baked goods she makes for her friends and family. Haley?s favorite form of exercise will always be laughter! Feel free to contact Haley at herchekh@xavier.edu

 

 

Travel/Site Coordinator - Kate Hamilton

 

Kate is a senior marketing major with a minor in international business. In 2011, she participated on her first AB trip to Buffalo, N.Y., where she learned about refugee resettlement. During her sophomore year she was privileged to serve Alternative Breaks as a site leader for the Roots of our Nation trip. Last year was her first year on AB executive board, where she was also a site coordinator. During her year on board she was fortunate to attend Breakaway?s ABC conference in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She also went on a spring trip to work on Gang Prevention. When not working on Alternative Breaks, Kate enjoys yoga, swimming, and reading a good novel. Feel free to send her love at hamiltonk@xavier.edu.

 

 

Faculty Advisor - Molly Robertshaw

Molly is finishing up her fifth year as Assistant Director in the Center for Faith and Justice and is entering her third year as Advisor to XU Alternative Breaks. A 2003 graduate of Xavier, Molly was a part of student-led immersion programs at Xavier before XUAB sprang to life and she is thrilled to help support the club to deepen their impact in the lives of students and our world in coming years. As advisor to Alternative Breaks, Molly mostly enjoys behind the scenes work with compliance, risk, financial oversight, university relations, learning partner liaison, and advisement of the student board members. In her spare time, she enjoys growing food, inline speed skating, and being mom to baby twins. You can reach Molly at robertshawm@xavier.edu