A native Pennsylvanian originally from Lehigh County, Melissa is a senior at Penn State studying Women's Studies, Political Science and Spanish. She stays busy 100% of the time as a member of Penn State's student government, giving tours for Lion Scouts, writing for Onward State and as a board member for the Nittany Valley Society.
Her previous work experience includes campaign volunteering and work at a nonprofit for children with serious and terminal illnesses. After graduation, Melissa hopes to remain in the Nittany Valley and work for Penn State, continuing service to her alma mater.
Dane Vanover is a problem-solving, music-loving, communications-studying student entrepreneur. He is currently a junior studying Public Relations at Penn State with minors in Spanish and entrepreneurship. Prior to working for the Borough, Dane worked in the news bureau at Penn State Outreach where he mostly focused on writing stories about student entrepreneurship for the Small Business Development Center.
Last year he also helped launch a student-run mobile application development and event hosting company. Dane has been involved with the University’s Student Programming Association (SPA) since his freshman year, helping to bring alcohol-free events to campus for students. Through SPA he also worked on Penn State’s annual music festival, Movin’ On (2014) as their executive board’s SPA Liaison. Dane has also been on communications committees for Penn State’s IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) since his freshman year and hopes to continue his involvement with a public relations committee for THON 2015.
In his free time Dane enjoys writing, recording, performing and/or listening to music (did we mention he loves music?) as well as playing golf or tennis. Dane dreams of owning his own business and being able to contribute to the community and society in some way, whether that be his own venue, a consulting firm for other start-up companies or some other great idea that has yet to come to realization.
Amy Hopf is a motivated, eccentric and broadminded student with a mission to make positive change in the world. Originally from Glenside, PA, Amy is a senior studying marketing at Penn State with minors in Sustainability Inquiry and Environmental Studies. Her past work includes working at the Sustainability Institute where she was able to aid in the improvement of sustainability curriculum, as well as, work with outreach and engagement of students in sustainable action.
In addition, Amy interned at the Small Business Development Center as a marketing consultant this past summer, learning a great deal about consulting and how to start a new enterprise. Since freshman year, Amy has been involved with the Student Programming Association (SPA) and is now the Marketing Chair for the organization, which brings over 30 musical acts, events and speakers to Penn State each semester. Amy has almost too many hobbies to keep up with, but she tries very hard. She loves to read, sharpen her photography skills, recycle, find new music, play soccer and dance around her apartment.
Natasha Bailey is a senior at Penn State with a major in Advertising/ Public Relations. She has a minor in Sociology. Bailey is a Resident Assistant in McElwain Hall. She is a member of Project Cahir, Penn State Students United Against Poverty, where she works to help mitigate the effects of poverty on Penn State students. Bailey has experience with the American Cancer Society as the Coaches vs. Cancer intern, where she worked to engage high-schools across Central Pennsylvania to raise money for the fight against cancer. She also served as an intern at DoSomething.org, where she worked to plan and execute a training and networking event for over 200 young social entrepreneurs, leaders, and activists. Natasha Bailey is from Queens, New York.
Amanda Della Ragione
My name is Amanda Della Ragione and I am currently a junior at Penn State University. I am a double major in public relations and labor and employment relations with a double minor in business and international studies. This past summer, I completed an internship with Maguire Steele, a fashion public relations firm located in New York City. At school, I am involved in Happy Valley Communications, a student-run public relations firm. I also participate in homecoming by serving on the public relations committee and help fundraise for THON throughout the year. I have been a proud member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars since my freshman year.