Please see a list of our Board of Directors below. All Chapter members are welcome to attend any of our board meetings, and all Chapter members can apply to join our board as well.
 
Interested in joining the board? If so, please contact our president at president@psuwashdc.org
 

President

 

 

Andrew Schlegel

 

 Hometown: Mifflintown, PA
 Freshman Dorm: Packer Hall in East
 Major at PSU: Food Science, minor in International  Agriculture
 Currently Resides in: Arlington, VA
Current Job Position: International Agriculture Program Specialist, US  Dept. of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service
Activities done while at PSU: Food Science Club, Ag Advocates,  Ag Student  Council, Ag Day 2012 Co-Chair
 Favorite PSU DC Events: Softball games on the mall, football  viewing sites, Wreaths Across America Volunteering at Arlington  National Cemetery
Favorite PSU Memory: Football games and tailgating, All sporting  events, Ag  Day 2012, Beaver Canyon rally after beating Ohio State  in 2008, Cafe, THON,  Joe  Pa's last season
Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter: I wanted to get more involved with the Penn State community and enjoy playing sports. Plus I bleed  blue and white!

Favorite Creamery Flavor: Apple Cobbler Crunch

Vice President

Jill Bakner

Hometown: Mont Alto, PA
 Freshman Dorm: Went to a branch campus for a year, so never lived in a  dorm.  Thank God!!!
 Major at PSU: Kinesiology
 Currently Resides in: District Heights, MD
 Current Job Position: Program Manager for Corporate Fitness Works
 Favorite PSU Memory: Saturday morning rituals with all of my friends in  preparation for the Penn State Football home games.

 Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro  Washington, D.C. Chapter: Penn State is something I hold near and dear to  my  heart and I wanted to be a part of a group that feels the same way. I think  it is great  to network with other Alums and also hope to help build opportunities f  or future  Penn Staters

Treasurer 

Matthew Saar

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Hometown:  Moscow, PA
 Freshman Dorm: Tener Hall
 Major at PSU: Mechanical Engineering
 Currently Resides in: Arlington, VA
 Current Job Position: Acquisitions Program Manager, US Air Force
 Activities done while at PSU: AFROTC, ASME
Favorite PSU Memory:   Football Games
 Favorite PSU DC Events: Football Games
 Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro    Washington, D.C. Chapter: Getting Involved with the local community with my Penn State family
Favorite Creamery Flavor:  Peanut Butter Swirl

 

Secretary

Jill Burdick-Zupancic

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Hometown: Grove City, PA

Freshman Dorm: Wolf Hall

Currently Resides in: Alexandria, VA

Current Job Position: Communications

Activities done while at PSU: Penn State Fitness instructor, Penn State in Washington Program, Habitat for Humanity, Worked at The Corner Room, Fraser Street Dancers

Favorite PSU Memory: Senior seminar Friday afternoons at the Cafe.

Favorite PSU DC Events: Football viewing parties

Favorite Creamery Flavor: Peanut butter swirl

Communications Chair and Merchandise

Anthony Saraceno

 Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ

 Freshman Dorm: Packer Hall

 Currently Resides In: Arlington, VA

 Current Job Position: Supply Chain & Logistics Administrator at  CustomInk

 Activities Done while at PSU: THON (Hospitality and R&R Committees &  Danced), Worked at Creamery, The Second Mile, Penn State Glee Club, Penn  State Pulse

 Favorite PSU DC Events: Watching football games together with fellow alumni  at various viewing sites, Wreaths Across America, THON Final Viewings

 Favorite PSU Memory: Watching Homecoming parades from my friend’s balcony on College Ave, Hanging out on the HUB Lawn in the Spring, Various  Concerts & Events at the BJC

Communications Chair

Todd Kominiak

 Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA

 Freshman Dorm: Pinchot Hall

 Currently Resides In: Fairfax, VA

 Current Job Position: Content Strategist

 Activities Done while at PSU: THON Dancer and Committees, La Vie Video  Yearbook, Phi Beta Kappa

 Favorite PSU DC Events: Football Watching, THON viewing, Wreaths Across  America 

 Favorite PSU Memory: '05 win over Ohio State, THON '05

Communitee Service Chair  Allison Wolkinallison

Hometown: Dresher, PA

Freshman Dorm:  Bigler
Major at PSU: Advertising and Psychology 
Currently Resides in: Alexandria 
Current Job Position: Awards Program Specialist 
Activities done while at PSU: Penn State Thespians

Favorite PSU Memory: Making lifelong friends freshmen year.
Favorite PSU DC Events: Big 10 Day of Service
Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro    Washington, D.C. Chapter: to give back to my school and local community

Favorite Creamery Flavor: Keeny Beany Chocolate

Communitee Service Chair

Jennifer Nelson
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Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Freshman Dorm: Bigler

Major at PSU: History, BA (Undergrad); Counselor Education, M.Ed. (Graduate) 

Currently Resides in: Vienna, VA

Current Job Position: Higher Education Policy

Activities done while at PSU: Chi Sigma Iota, Relay for Life, Never missed a football game 

Favorite PSU Memory: Meeting friends that became family 

Favorite PSU DC Events: The Big 10 Day of Service. This volunteer opportunity brought together over 70 alumni from various Big 10 institutions in order to help a local recreation center complete different projects.

Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter: I joined the Alumni Association to give back to an institution that gave me so much. 

Favorite Creamery Flavor: Raspberry Fudge Torte

Membership Chair Bryan Gardinerbryan

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Freshman Dorm: Brumbaugh

Major at PSU: International Politics

Currently Resides in: Vienna, VA

Current Job Position: Senior Recruiter at Spectrum Careers

Activities done while at PSU: Member of Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity, THON, Penn State Pep Band

Favorite PSU Memory:  Joe Paterno’s 409th win 

Favorite PSU DC Events: Coaches Caravan, Wresths Across America, Football Viewing Parties

Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro Washington, D.C. Chapter: I joined because I want to stay involved as a Penn State alumnus on the local level to ensure alumni in the area don’t lose their bonds to Dear Old State and to help support local Penn State students 

Favorite Creamery Flavor: Peachy Paterno 

 
Professional Development Chair Ross Clark  

Scholarship Chair

Brandon Shoup

Hometown: Leesburg, VA
 Freshman Dorm: Curtin Hall
 Major at PSU: Marketing
 Currently Resides in: Leesburg, VA
 Current Job Position: Marketing Coordinator for Carahsoft  Technology Corp.

 Activities Done while at PSU: THON (Rules & Regulations Captain  2014 & 2015), Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Penn State Marketing  Association, PSMA Philanthropy Advisory Board, IM Sports

 Favorite PSU DC Events: Still haven't gotten to experience  everything yet (being a recent grad), but I've loved talking to the  incoming freshman class at the Student Send-Off Picnics

 Favorite PSU Memory: Meeting Joe and Sue during Halloween my  freshman year; all THON events; storming the field after knocking  off #2 Ohio State

 Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro  Washington, D.C. Chapter: Penn State has given me the best  memories, best friends, and greatest experiences of my life, so I  wanted to be sure that graduation didn't mark the end. I love being  involved as often as possible so that I may help make other peoples'  experience just as fulfilling as mine.

Social Chair

Anthony Mitchell

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Hometown: New Orleans, LA
 Freshman Dorm: Simmons Hall
 Major at PSU: Political Science
 Currently Resides in: Lanham, MD
 Current Job Position: Social Chair
 Activities done while at PSU: University Park Undergraduate Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Lion Ambassadors,BLUEprint Peer Mentoring, and Resident 
Favorite PSU Memory:   Celebrating graduation will all my family and friends that have become like family. 
Favorite PSU DC Events: Chapter Scholarship & Bus Rides 
Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro    Washington, D.C. Chapter: Penn State has had a great impact on my life, so I wanted to give back to others the way that Penn State enriched my prefoessional and educational development.
Favorite Creamery Flavor: Death by Chocolate & WPSU Coffee Break
Student Affairs Chair Evelyn Tyanevelyn
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
 Freshman Dorm: Bigler Hall
 Major at PSU: Health Policy and Administration, minor in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and Concentration in Information Sciences and Technology
 Currently Resides in: Bethesda, MD
 Current Job Position: Senior Business Analyst at IBM (Watson Health)
 Activities done while at PSU: 
  • Student Representative for the University Park Undergraduate Association, served in the Student Life Committee 
  • Vice President for Communications for the Multicultural Greek Council
  • Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Vice President for Philanthropy, Vice President for Sisterhood, Secretary, and New Member Educator for Sigma Omicron Pi, Inc.
  • Fundraiser for THON (through Sigma Omicron Pi)
  • College of Health and Human Development (HHD) Dean's Advisory Board member
  • Undergraduate Student Representative for the Health Policy and Administration Faculty Committee
  • Mentor for Asian American Students In Action (AASIA) Mentoring Program
  • Mentee for the HHD Alumni Mentoring Program
Favorite PSU Memory:   The plethora of bars available at Penn State to hop around; especially Indigo (now called the Basement). May it rest in peace.  
 Favorite PSU DC Events: Haven't had the opportunity to decide quite yet!
 Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro    Washington, D.C. Chapter: I wanted to get more involved with Penn State again, and with my community. This was a perfect combination of both. 
Favorite Creamery Flavor: Cookies and Cream--the milkshake. 
  THON Chair
Heather Grace Thomas
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Hometown: Levittown, PA 
Freshman Dorm: Wolf  
Major at PSU: Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Currently Resides in: Arlington, VA  
Current Job Position: THON Chair 
Activities done while at PSU: THON Captain (Dancer Relations + Family Relations), Penn State Dance Alliance Team (THON Chair + Teammate), Fitness Instructor 

Favorite PSU Memory:  Creating and doing the Line Dance at Penn State Dance MaraTHON 2016 

Favorite PSU DC Events: Trivia For Charity, Scholarship Golf Tournament & D.C. Diamonds
Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro  Washington, D.C. Chapter: To continue my passion for Penn State THON and bring it to the DC Community! 

Favorite Creamery Flavor: Alumni Swirl 

Young Alumni Ambassador TJ Rushtonrushton_200

Hometown: Mountain Top, PA

Freshman Dorm: My Parents House

Major at PSU: IST & SRA

Years in DC Area: 6 months 

Currently Resides in: Arlington

Current Job Position: Advisory Consultant, Deloitte

Activities done while at PSU: Anime Club, Student Caller/Trainer Department of Development and Alumni Relations

Favorite PSU Memory:  Getting snuck into the Student Section by my sister as a Senior in High School.

Favorite PSU DC Events: Watch Party! 

Why did you join the Penn State Alumni Association, Metro    Washington, D.C. Chapter: I moved down to the area as a Young Alumni Ambassador and felt that I could help out as much as possible

Favorite Creamery Flavor: Peachy Paterno

Past President

Mike Edwards

Hometown: Downingtown, PA

 Freshman Dorm: Penn State Harrisburg - Building 4000

 Currently Resides In: Northwest Washington, DC

 Current Job Position: Managing Partner - CliCKS

 Activities Done while at PSU: SGA, CCSG, Soccer

 Favorite PSU DC Events: PSU Softball, Lionfest, any activity with my PSU-DC friends! 

 Favorite PSU Memory: