CLASS OF 2014 LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS

Kayla Acklin is a Forensic Psychology major with minors in Sociology/Criminology, Statistics and Philosophy. She is a member of the Honors Program, Psi Chi Association, Pre-Law Society, and the Women’s Varsity Soccer team where she has earned recognition for athletic and academic achievement. She works as an assistant to Dr. Doris Donnelly in the Cardinal Suenens Center and plans to pursue a career in the field of law.

Kelsey Aerni is a Finance major and Leadership minor. She is organizing Kick-It For Cancer at JCU as her Legacy Project. Kelsey is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and a Boler School of Business Ambassador. She studied abroad in London, England her sophomore year. Last summer, Kelsey was an Equity Research intern at KeyBanc Capital Markets in downtown Cleveland.

Abbey Christopher is a senior English Literature major with a German minor from Youngstown, Ohio. She spent five months studying in Dortmund, Germany where she enhanced her German language and people skills. Abbey interned at Cleveland Scene magazine last fall and is a staff writer for the Carroll News. During the summer, she works for a contracting company in her hometown. Abbey plans to attend law school after graduation and would eventually like to pursue a career in international law.

Lindsay Eddingfield is a senior from Columbus Ohio majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Leadership Development. She plans to pursue graduate studies in Occupational therapy after graduating this spring. She wants to work with children with disabilities helping them perform everyday tasks. She participates on the varsity swim team and served as a board member for the Christian Life Communities, coordinating retreats for the participants.

Kasey Foley is a Cell & Molecular Biology major, Leadership minor, planning on pursuing a career in plastic surgery. She is involved in several volunteer events and organizations, including Footprints for Fatima, Colleges Against Cancer, and the John Carroll Pre-Health Honors Society.

Jessica Kreuzer is a Finance major at John Carroll and is currently serving as the President of the JCU bands, President of Residence Hall Association (RHA), and is the Vice President of Administration of Alpha Kappa Psi.  She is leading a Christian Life Community this year and holds an on-campus job in the music department.  Jessica also participates in SUPB, Carroll Singers, Chapel Choir, and Italian Club and participated in an immersion trip to Joplin, Missouri break to help the city recover from its recent tornado damage.

Katie Lynch is from Rochester, NY and is now a senior at John Carroll University.  She will graduate this year with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and has just applied to several Doctor of Physical Therapy programs and is eager to begin this 3-year program in 2014.  Katie is very involved with her work as a Student Supervisor at the Recreation Center, as a consultant at the Writing Center and as a student athletic trainer for the football team.  She has also enjoyed the many opportunities that the Leadership Scholars Programs and other campus groups have provided her.

Natalie Maier is an International Business Major with Language and Culture with plans to pursue a Masters in International Economics. Natalie spent 8 months in Madrid, Spain studying at Comillas Pontifical University and interning at TouristEye. She also will be completing an internship with The U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service in the International Trade Administration. She hopes to pursue a career which offers international travel and work opportunities.

Samson Mastroianni is a Communications Major and Entrepreneurship minor. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur in his own right. Sam has developed a landscaping business, which rivals that of many professional landscapers twice his age in terms of scope and capital equipment. Sam is also pursuing a variety of other business ventures including a sunglass company and a pipe company that has seen international interest and will start mass production October 2013. In addition to his businesses, Samson also plays rugby at John Carroll.

Jack Murphy is studying Communication and minoring in both Leadership Development and Political Science. He participated on the John Carroll football team and is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on campus.

Troy Murphy is a Communications major and Women and Gender Studies Minor. He recently just completed his second year on Orientation Staff and loved it! While being part of the Bluestreak Commmunity, he is involved in his fraternity Beta Theta Pi, Men’s Club Volleyball, the Living and Leading Program, and doing service for the Milestones Autism clinic. He studied abroad in London and has dreams of moving there ASAP. He writes for Ministry of Sound (London based) Electronic Dance Music company in hopes to pursue a career in the Entertainment Industry.

Chelsea Neubecker is an English and History double major with a minor in Catholic Studies.  She is the President of the Honors Student Association, a Christian Life Community leader, and a Career Assistant Intern at the JCU Career Center.  Chelsea lectors at St. Francis Chapel and is planning on going to Immokalee, Florida for a spring break Immersion Experience

Laura Osborne is a Psychology major with minors in Biology and Leadership Development. She participated on the John Carroll swim team, served as a SWAT Leader, and works with the campus EMS unit as the Quality Control Executive as well as a responder.

Ashley Scapillato is a Finance major with a concentration in International Studies.  Ashley partakes in community service, such as Jesuit Day of Service, Boler Community Day, and Boys and Girls Club of Mt Pleasant.  She is an office assistant in Residence Life and will be a tutor in the Finance Department.  She studied abroad in London at Regents College for a semester, where she joined the Women’s Football team.  Ashley is excited to go to Nicaragua for her first immersion trip!

Bride Sweeney is a Political Science Major with minors in Business and Leadership Development. She is currently the government relation’s intern for John Carroll University and is the public relations officer for Pre-Law Society. Bride has interned at a variety of places including, Office of Professional Standards, City of Cleveland Human resources/Benefits department and University Hospitals’ Government Relations/Public Policy office. She has been involved in many different retreats through campus ministry, she is also is also a Eucharistic minister and a lector. She has been involved with service, including partaking in an immersion trip to the Dominican Republic. She also, studied abroad in London at Regents College in the spring of 2012, where she became apart of a Women’s Football team and competed in an international tournament.  She is also a captain of an intramural volleyball team.

Heather Wirtanen is a senior studying Early Childhood Education.  This year, she is student teaching in a Kindergarten classroom at Bryden Elementary School in Beachwood.  She has worked as a teacher’s aide in the TOPs program at Gesu Elementary School.  She currently works as a Senior Counselor at Hawken Day Camp in the summer.  She also teaches an after school class at Hawken School entitled The Building Blocks of Acting. She has performed in the Marinello Little Theater’s One Act plays, for which she was awarded Best Drama Performance by the Little Theater Society.