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2014-2015 Officer Board

President :: Marin Merge (mjm6337@psu.edu)

Vice President :: Michelle Stedman (mqs5569@psu.edu)

Treasurer :: Katie Krause (krk5289@psu.edu)

Secretary :: Erika Lee (eml228@psu.edu)

Junior Officer (and social chair) :: Samantha Chou (szc5507@psu.edu)

THON Chairs :: Samantha Chou, Amanda McKaig, Laurel Hyneman, Kelli Zaino

Orchesis Dance Company
2014-2015

Marin Merge
President

mjm6337@psu.edu


Hometown: Murrysville, PA
Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
Minor: International Business
Hometown Dance Studio: Larry Cervi School of Performing Arts
Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz and Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: Smeal Student Mentors
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Everything THON, spending every Martin Luther King weekend in NYC with my girls, and showcases!
Plans after graduation:
Financial Leadership Development Program at Johnson & Johnson.

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Michelle Stedman
Vice President


Hometown: Garnett Valley, PA
Year: Senior
Major: Nursing Hometown Dance Studio: Kicks Academy of Dance
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: Healthworks
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Homecoming week festivities, NYC trip, and THON weekend!
Plans after graduation: To work on a Medical-Surgical floor in a hospital and eventually become a nursing clinical instructor at a university to teach future nurses.

Katie Krause
Treasurer

Hometown: Matamoras, PA
Year: Junior
Major: Biology/Ecology & Business
Hometown Dance Studio: The Dance Center, P.J. NY
Favorite Style of Dance: Ballet


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Erika Lee
Secretary (Homecoming Chair)

Hometown: York, PA
Year: Senior
Major: Biobehavioral Health
Minor: Business
Hometown Dance Studio: Greater York Dance Center & York Area Repitoire of Dance
Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz and Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: President of Health and Human Development Student Council, BBH Society
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Spending countless hours with my orchesis girls, hayride, and THON weekend in the stands with everyone!
Plans after graduation: To work as a Physicial Assistant specializing in Orthopedic Medicine.

Samantha Chou
Junior Officer (Social Chair)

Hometown: Severna Park, MD
Year: Junior
Major: Supply Chain
Minor: International Business
Hometown Dance Studio: The Dance Academy of Severna Park
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: Valley Magazine, R & R Committee
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Taking classes at Broadway Dance Center and spending the weekend with the girls in NYC.

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Rachael Beaver

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Year: Freshman
Major: Undecided
Hometown Dance Studio: Wexford Dance Academy
Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz
Other PSU Organizations: Phi Sigma Sigma

Pamela DeTomas

Hometown: Garnet Valley, PA
Year: Freshmen
Major: Rehabilitation and Human Services Hometown Dance Studio: The Rock School West
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary

Other PSU Organizations: Trilogy

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Cecilie Broussard

Hometown: Prince Frederick, MD
Year: Sophomore
Major: Nuclear Engineering
Hometown Dance Studio: Abigail Francisco's School of Classical Ballet
Favorite Style of Dance: Ballet
Other PSU Organisations: SWE, ANS
Favorite Orchesis Memory:

Savannah Cranford

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Year: Junior
Major: Architecture
Hometown Dance Studio: Clark Academy
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Other PSU Organisations:Ambitions
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Being woken up Sunday morning to find out I made the company!

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Daniella DeLacruz

Hometown: Belle Mead, NJ
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biobehavioral Health
Hometown Dance Studio: Dance Exposure II
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: Pre-Dental Society, Global Medical Brigades

Victoria DeBeneditto

Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Year: Freshman
Major: Nursing Hometown Dance Studio: Touch of Class Dance Studio, The Rock School West
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: Greek Life, Snap

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Laurel Hyneman

Hometown: Reading, PA
Year: Senior
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Hometown Dance Studio: Berks Ballet Theater
Favorite Style of Dance: Ballet
Other PSU Organizations: PSNtv, the Penn State Association of Journalists for Diversity
Plans after graduation: To work in the entertainment industry.

Brienne Felty

Hometown: Orwigsburg, PA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Orwigsburg, PA
Hometown Dance Studio: Horizons Dance Conservatorys
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: Student Programming Association


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Emily Garrison

Hometown: Hershey, PA
Year: Freshman
Major: Undecided
Hometown Dance Studio: One Broadway Dance Center
Favorite Style of Dance: Variety

Other PSU Organizations: NHSDA, Whiplash

Nikelle Henderson

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Year: Harrisburg, PA
Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown Dance Studio: Company Dance
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Big/Little Night and canning weekends
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Avery Felty

Hometown: Orwigsburg, PA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biobehavioral Health
Hometown Dance Studio: Horizon's Dance Conservatory
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: Pre-Med Society, Yoga Club
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Dance classes

Christey Mader

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Year: Freshman
Major: Undecided
Hometown Dance Studio: The Dance Stop
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary/Jazz
Other PSU Organizations: Alpha Phi

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Amanda McKaig

Hometown: Redondo Beach, California
Year: Senior
Major: Nursing
Hometown Dance Studio: The Studio
Favorite Style of Dance:Contemporary
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Performing at THON!
Plans after graduation: To become a critical care RN.

Alaina Pikula

Hometown: McKeesport, PA
Year: Freshmen
Major: Engineering
Hometown Dance Studio: Ken & Jean Dance Studio
Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz
Other PSU Organizations: SWE, WEP

Gabi Omatick

Hometown: Connellsville, PA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown Dance Studio: Houck Dance Studio
Favorite Style of Dance: Ballet
Other PSU Organizations: SWE Favorite Orchesis Memory: Every and all the socials!


Lauren Pruyne

Hometown: Athens, PA
Year: Sophomore
Major: Rehabilitation Human Services
Hometown Dance Studio:
Perkins School of the Arts
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Other PSU Organizations: Dancer Relations, Food Science Club


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Kaleigh Raia

Hometown: East Setauket, New York
Year: Freshmen
Major: Food Science
Hometown Dance Studio: Michelle Ferraro’s Dance USA
Favorite Style of Dance: Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical
Other PSU Organizations: Food Science Club, Earth House, Cheese Club

Breanne Rowe

Hometown: Arnold, MD
Year: Senior
Major: Elementary Education Minor: Human Development
Hometown Dance Studio: Broadneck Dance Company
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Big/Little night

Plans after graduation: To be a First Grade Teacher.

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Finlay Young

Hometown: Glenn Mills, PA
Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations/Entrepreneurship
Hometown Dance Studio: Kicks Academy of Dance
Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz/Lyrical

Other PSU Organizations: Delta Gamma
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Joining this year!


Amanda Sklarsky

Hometown: Monroeville, PA
Year: Freshman
Major: Science BS/MBA program; minor in dance
Hometown Dance Studio: Dance Expressions by Erica
Favorite Style of Dance: Contemporary

Other PSU Organizations: NHSDA

 

 

 

 



Kelli Zaino

Hometown: Londonderry, NH
Year: Freshman
Major: Finance
Hometown Dance Studio: Melissa Hoffman Dance Center
Favorite Style of Dance: Lyrical/Contemporary
Favorite Orchesis Memory: Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity

 

 

 

 

 

Marissa Wegfahrt

Hometown: Jamison, PA
Year: Freshmen
Major:Biology
Hometown Dance Studio: Buckingham Dance Studio
Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz