Executive Event Director
Lily is a senior majoring in human development and family studies with minors in journalism and child maltreatment and advocacy studies. She participated in Relay in middle school before leading the Relay team at her high school. At Penn State, she was a Public Relations Committee Member before becoming the Public Relations Overall last year. Lily Relays for her friends and family who have been affected by cancer and because everyone deserves to celebrate more birthdays.
Carianne is a senior studying biomedical and mechanical engineering. She participated in Relay during high school, was a member of the Luminaria Committee her freshman year, and joined the Entertainment Committee her sophomore year. Last year, Carianne was the Entertainment Overall. Carianne has always Relayed to make a difference for anyone affected by cancer, as it is important to her that we honor cancer survivors and remember those who we have lost. She gained another reason to Relay last year when her Dad was diagnosed with, and beat, cancer.
Brooke is a junior studying Early Childhood Education and minoring in Special Education. She was involved in Relay For Life in high school so she wanted to continue being involved at Penn State too. She joined the Administrative Committee her freshman year and then sophomore year she was a Committee Member in the Donor Relations Committee. She decided to take over the Overall position for Donor Relations Committee because she learned a lot from her experience as a committee member and wanted to continue to allow the Donor Relations Committee to succeed!
Jessie is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. Last year she was on the Entertainment committee. Jessie Relays because so many of her friends and family have been affected by cancer and being a part of Relay is her way of fighting back for them and honoring those she has lost. She loves the Entertainment committee because she enjoys coming up with fun activities for people to do and bringing the event together with performers and music for people to watch and listen to while they walk. She also loves being able to interact with many different people throughout the year.
Elke is a senior neuropsychology major. She has been involved in Relay ever since she was a little kid. Elke joined Relay for Life at Penn State my sophomore year and was on the PR committee and then was the Merchandise Overall last year. She relays for her Dad, who is a brain cancer survivor, and the many other individuals who have been affected by cancer. She loves the Merchandise Committee because it is amazing to create and promote merch that brings awareness to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.
Julia is a senior majoring in Biobehavioral Health and minoring in Psychology. Julia was a Luminaria committee member in 2019, the Entertainment Overall in 2020, the Mission Overall in 2021, and now the Mission Overall in 2022. She Relays for a cure, for hope, and for more birthdays. She Relays to Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back against cancer. She also Relays to raise money for cancer research to help find treatments and a cure for cancer. Many of her family members have been impacted by cancer, and she Relay for my Pap, Aunt Mary, Nana, and Nunu.
Julia Mertes is a sophomore double majoring in English and digital print journalism within the Schreyer Honors College. She served as Relay Team Captain for three years in high school and joined the Fundraising Committee last year. Julia loves working with the Fundraising Committee to help raise both awareness and monetary funds to help current cancer patients and ongoing cancer research. She Relays for her family and friends who have fought, are fighting, or will fight cancer in the future as she believes there can be a world without cancer.
Recruitment & Involvement
Emma is currently a sophomore, majoring in ETI in the College of IST. She is involved with a THON organization in Zeta Tau Alpha. She is also a member in WIST. Outside of school, she loves to work out, hang out with my friends, family, and dogs, and craft. Emma Relays for her Grammy and Grandpa who both passed away from cancer, as well as everyone else who has been diagnosed, those who have lost their battles, and those who continue to fight.
Emma is a senior studying biomedical engineering, interested in attending medical school following graduation. She participated in Relay last year as a captain on both the Entertainment and Public Relations committees. Emma loves the Public Relations Committee because it keeps the community informed of Relay's mission and goals, especially during this time. She Relays for all of her family who have been affected by cancer and for the chance of more happy memories.