Meet the Planning Team!
**Attended 2014 Symposium
Stephanie is a senior Information Technology Management Major, who will be doing technology consulting in Chicago after graduation. During her time at Notre Dame she has served as the Walsh Hall President, Director of Residence Life, ITM Club President and a career Intern. Steph has lived in Chicago, Boston, and Louisville (yes she is a Louisville Cardinals fan in all games that are not against the Fighting Irish). When Steph isn’t working on the logistics of the conference, you can find her binge watching television shows, wandering aimlessly around campus listening to music, dancing and playing sports with friends, or cooking.
**Attended 2014 Symposium
Juan hails from Tamazula, Jalisco, Mexico but now lives among vineyards and almond orchards in Kerman, California. He is a Senior who is studying Political Science and Latino Studies. Throughout his time at Notre Dame, he has been involved in a variety of activities serving as the Student Body Chief of Staff, President of the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy, and a Senior Anchor Intern with Campus Ministry. He enjoys Latin dancing and trying new foods!
Hailing from "coastal" Cleveland, OH, Alison Leddy is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, where she studies Mechanical Engineering and Sociology. She serves as a Resident Assistant in her dorm, and she is the founder of "Notre Dames," a club that strengthens the female voice on campus. She loves planning events, learning more about inclusion, and interacting with other student leaders--so she's thrilled to be a part of the ACC Student Leadership Symposium!
Veronica is a Senior at Notre Dame with a major in Political Science and Chinese. She grew up in Westchester, New York and hopes to move to DC after graduation. Veronica is the Vice-President of the Notre Dame First Class Step Team. She enjoys watching movies, exploring different countries and loves talking about government, especially the Judicial Branch. Veronica loves to talk, a lot, so if you are ever bored you can feel free to stop her and talk about anything and everything!
Hailing from South Pasadena, CA, Brendan is a Senior at Notre Dame double majoring in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy with a minor in Business Economics. Brendan proudly represents the University's social service clubs on the Club Coordination Council. He enjoys spending time with friends, learning from new people, and playing in club and interhall sports.
**Attended the 2014 Symposium in Miami
Shanice is a Science Pre-Professional Student double majoring in Theology, and a proud member of the senior class. She is originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL but takes pride in her Jamaican heritage. She currently serves as an executive board officer for the Black Cultural Arts Council and Caribbean Student Association. She has spent summers abroad on medical missions trips and pursuing theological research, which she hopes to complete (crosses fingers). Currently she serves as an undergraduate intern for MSPS and does research in a Neurocognitive Translational Research Lab.
Jenn Cha is a sophomore English and American Studies major with a minor in Africana Studies. She is unapologetically a Jersey girl, though she's also lived in Baltimore and Philadelphia. Jenn is the current secretary of PrismND, Notre Dame's LGBTQ/A club, and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Undergraduate Research. Intersectionality is her favorite word. She can be found curled up with a good book, playing violin with the Mariachi band, or (more likely than not) happily napping.
Hailing from the dirty dirty south city of New Orleans, Louisiana, Derek Gauthier is a sophomore here at the University of Notre Dame. He is studying management consulting in the Mendoza College of Business. Derek is the Diversity Council representative for Notre Dame's Black Student Association and the Juvenile Justice officer for Notre Dame's NAACP chapter. Also, Derek plays rugby here at the university.
Monica Barboza is currently a sophomore IT Management major and is pursuing minors in Portuguese and Anthropology. She is involved in various organizations on campus, including the Student Union Board, the Student International Business Council, the World Hunger Coalition, and the Notre Dame Dance Company. Her interests include yoga and coffee. She was had a great time serving the ACC Symposium as the Head of the Hospitality Committee and wishes you all a wonderful weekend here at Notre Dame!
Amy Ackermann is a sophomore from the University of Notre Dame and the designer for our ACC Symposium. She also serves as the Walsh Hall Chair of Social Affairs. Amy works as Nightly Photo Editor for the Observer and a Student Designer for the College of Arts and Letters.
Andrew Green is a current sophomore at Notre Dame. He is enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in marketing and minors in Anthropology and Theology. He is apart of Sophomore Class Council, Advertising Club, the Holy Half Marathon planning committee, and is also an advisor for the Freshman Class Council.
Hailing from the desert southwest Conor is a senior marketing major pursuing a career in sports marketing. This Tucson native enjoys the heat but has learned to adapt to the odd white powder that falls from the sky in South Bend. An enthusiast for college basketball, Conor watches endless hours yet never seems to improve in his March Madness pool. He enjoys walks around campus and the occasional beach, as well as a good brew.
***Attended the 2014 Symposium in Miami
Carolina Ramirez is a senior studying Political Science with a minor in Russian and East European Studies. She has lived in Pasquerilla West Hall all four years (Go Purple Weasels!) and hails from the land of water ice, bagels and pizza: New Jersey. Carolina loves long walks on the beach and huge fiction novels to read in her nonexistent spare time as a student. She wishes to thank the brilliant men and women attending the ACC Conference for enduring our cold winter as they discuss real-world issues that have a great impact on our society.
***Attended the 2014 Symposium in Miami
Bryan Ricketts is a chemical engineering/political science major, and president of PrismND, Notre Dame's LGBTQ and Ally student organization. During his three years here, he has slept in Duncan Hall but taken up residence in various other dorms and, most recently, the student center. At the beginning of February, Bryan was elected Student Body President of the University of Notre Dame. He hopes all of you have a great time and would love to meet/get in contact with anyone who is interested in chatting about student government, LGBTQ issues, or any other university policy areas.