The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Learn more about the Young Alumni Academy Class of 2016-2017 below.

Kailen Akers

BS, College of Engineering, Class of 2013

MS Consultants, Inc.

“I will use the skills I learn in the Young Alumni Academy to advance the causes I care most deeply about, such as supporting the STEM education of children, no matter their gender, race, or economic status.”

Kenneth Bickle

BS, Fisher College of Business, Class of 2011/MBA current, Fisher College of Business

Graduate student/The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

“I value the opportunities this program will give me to interact and network with business and community leaders as well as program presenters. Having the opportunity to learn from my peers who have similar goals and aspirations to become leaders, mentors, and role models is another exciting learning opportunity for me.”

Brenna Feeney

BA, College of Education and Human Ecology, Class of 2014

The Ohio State University

“I hope to be able to connect with other young alumni in the Buckeye community and participate in sessions that will challenge me and help me cultivate new ideas of what it means to be a young professional.”

Katie Hill

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2016

Make A Wish

“I believe this community will be a spark for new ideas. Life after graduation offers great diversity: in work experience, professional development, and personal goals. By sharing in our differences, I hope to further develop myself as a leader, community member, and of course, Buckeye.”

Sara Laughlin

BS, College of Public Health, Class of 2016/MA current, Public Health

Graduate Student

“By joining this organization, I hope to meet other young, driven individuals who share the same compassion for our school and have a similar desire to give back to the university that helped shape us into the individuals we are today.”

Leigh Mascolino

BA, College of Education and Human Ecology, Class of 2011

The Ohio State University

“I would value the insights and feedback from an Alumni mentor, and I hope to improve my ability to work effectively on a team, lead others, and handle difficulties that arise. I also want to hone my strategic thinking skills and my own personal brand, and this program seems like a fantastic way to get started on my growth experience and meet like-minded individuals!”

Lauren Nash

BS, College of Engineering, Class of 2012/MBA current, Fisher College of Business

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

“Participating in the 2016 Young Alumni Academy would not only complement the learning experiences that I have had so far, but would act as an extension to learn from business leaders and peers beyond the walls of Ohio State.”

Sarah Peterson

BS, College of Food, Agricultural, And Environmental Sciences, Class of 2015

Ohio House of Representatives

“Another part of the Academy that I am excited about is growing with a community of young alumni, and learning from the trials and experiences of more seasoned alumni to help me become the absolute best version of myself that I can be.”

Melissa Rotblatt

BS, College of Social Work, Class of 2013/MS, Social Work, Class of 2014

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

“The multi-faceted structure of the Young Alumni Academy program is unique, and I feel it would be a perfect match with my learning style.”

Scott Semroc

BS, College of Food, Agricultural, And Environmental Sciences, Class of 2015

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

“I think that the academy would be an exceptional avenue in which I can not only gain great experience and knowledge from my peers, but I can also contribute to the universities goals and continue to help others.”

Sam Stephenson

BS, College of Education and Human Ecology, Class of 2010

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

“In hearing about the Young Alumni Association, I quickly became excited about the program. It offers valuable experiences and helps build strong relationships that any Buckeye would look forward to.”

Nguyen Tram

BS, Engineering, Class of 2016/PhD Current, Engineering

Doctoral Student

“As an incoming graduate student of The Ohio State University, I hope to build a strong network of contacts that will be an invaluable asset to my graduate career. I also hope to acquire skills that will help me be successful in my upcoming professional and personal endeavors. Through the workshops, I would like to improve my personal branding capability, hone my time management ability, and develop stress relief skills. More importantly, I would like to hear from other young alumni who are working full time to learn how they are managing the work-life balance.”

Lauren Zacks

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2013/MA current, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

The Ohio State University

“The idea of staying connected with young professionals in Columbus who are doing great things across disciplines is already worth exploring, but a program specifically tailored to those who can trace their success to Ohio State is the biggest draw for me.”

Amy Jo Baughman

BS, College of Food, Agricultural, And Environmental Sciences, Class of 2014/MS, College of Food, Agricultural, And Environmental Sciences, Class of 2016

The Ohio State University

“I am so thankful for all the professors, advisors, mentors, and staff members who helped make my OSU experience a life-changing adventure and I am dedicated to paying it forward for future students.”

Whittney Bowers

BS, College of Food, Agricultural, And Environmental Sciences, Class of 2010

Ohio Farm Bureau

“I believe education is a never ending process and it’s our responsibility to find ways to continuously educate ourselves and others. Programs like the Young Alumni Academy provide the perfect opportunity for recent graduates to continue learning from their peers, and then in turn provide the same mentorship opportunities for others.”

Porsche Chisley

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2011

Renaissance Academy

“At this point in my career, I want to learn how to be transformational, how to change lives. I want to learn how to create and execute visions and plans for entire communities and not just corporations. I believe that the Young Alumni Academy can assist me with accomplishing that goal.”

Katy Goetz

BS, College of Education and Human Ecology, Class of 2015/MS current, College of Education and Human Ecology

The Ohio State University

“As soon as I saw the email for Young Alumni Academy, I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of. It combines my love for Ohio State and my passion for professional development, topped off with meeting amazing people.”

Kelsey Jarrett

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2012

The Ohio State University

“The opportunity to further my personal and professional development with my fellow Buckeyes, who I know are enacting similar values in a diverse number of ways, is a holistic experience that I would be honored to participate in.”

Courtney Lessick

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2009

Dedicated Technologies, Inc.

“A mentor would help me to keep focus on my personal and professional goals by adding outside perspective and connections.”

Brina Maydock

BSBA, Fisher College of Business, Class of 2013

Limited Brands

“I plan to take knowledge and experience from this program to effectively mentor, build more relationships in the community (locally and globally) and promote the university to future Buckeyes and others.”

Siddharth Nema

BS, College of Engineering, Class of 2013

The Ohio State University

“As a part of the program, I believe it would be a great opportunity for me to interact and network with other professionals, who come from different backgrounds but share similar motivation. I consider the program a great opportunity to learn from the experiences and stories of other professionals and I also believe the exposure through the program would be invaluable.”

Kate Ricchetti

BA, Fisher College of Business, Class of 2015

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“Being a part of the Young Alumni Academy will help me take the next steps by providing the opportunity to further develop my leadership skills and personal brand, and providing invaluable mentoring. As I begin the early years of my career, I believe these opportunities are key to my future success and growth.”

Brittany Schuch

BS, College of Food, Agricultural, And Environmental Sciences, Class of 2009/MPH, Public Health, Class of 2015

Ohio EPA

“I am particularly interested in joining the YAA since it seems to focus on a holistic approach to career and life.”

Ashley Shears

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2014

Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services

“Being able to be a part of this academy with guidance, support, encouragement, and experience I know I can truly develop further in my growth personally and professionally. Also, this program will strengthen my connection to other young leaders and professionals in my community.”

Lauren Stets

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2013

The Ohio State University

“Being a part of the Young Alumni Academy would further enhance my experience as a part the Buckeye community. There is no other group of young professionals I would rather come together with than my fellow alumni with the opportunity to learn from one another and experience professional growth.”

Justin Weimer

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2011

The Ohio State University

“I think this opportunity specifically will provide a great networking opportunity, and place me into a position where I can lean on the experience of a mentor to bounce ideas off as I progress in my career. I also think this opportunity to learn from peers of mine that are in different parts of their careers will prove to be valuable, especially if they’re in the public or private sector.”

Sierra Zwilling

BA, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2011/MA current, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

The Ohio State University

“As a young professional, I regularly seek out opportunities such as this to learn from others and enhance my management and leadership skills and was excited to hear of the holistic experience participants in this program receive.”

Jenna Boris

BS, College of Education and Human Ecology, Class of 2014

The Ohio State University

“I am passionate about volunteering, leadership, and my career with Ohio State. The Young Alumni Academy's structure is exactly what I am looking for in an organization - holistic and progressive.”

Jocelyn Browning

BA, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Class of 2014

Metro Early College High School

“Through this program I am excited to reconnect with young alumni who share similar collegiate experiences. I am also motivated to begin diving deeper into ways that I can enhance my personal and professional growth. However, I think I am drawn most to the aspect of gaining a mentor within the Ohio State community.”

Melissa Elston

BS, College of Education and Human Ecology, Class of 2010

Vineyard Vines

“Not only to continue education on my personal strengths but there is so much to learn and give by joining forces with your community. And there truly isn’t any other community that is well educated and kind hearted than the alumni of The Ohio State University.”

Ryan Hatfield

MBA, Fisher College of Business, Class of 2012

Fifth Third Bank

“I see the opportunity to join the 2016 cohort as an opportunity to bring back the lessons I’ve learned over the four years since graduating from the Fisher College of Business to share with other young alumni, learn from the experiences they’ve had since their own graduation, and make new friendships and connections that will continue on after the program ends – friendships and connections that we’ll learn from each other and rely on each other for years to come.”

Nathaniel Kaelin

MS, College of Engineering, Class of 2011

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

“Young Alumni Academy will allow me to engage both with advanced professionals and peers my age and I hope this engagement will continue to reinforce my decision and give me new perspectives on my long-term career strategy.”

Gina Manacci

BS, College of Engineering, Class of 2013

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“Above all else, I believe that the Young Alumni Academy will push me to ask the tough questions about my own personal and professional development. Even though we are no longer students in the traditional sense, we should still be putting ourselves in situations to grow every single day.”

Tim Nash

BS, College of Engineering, Class of 2015

InXite Health Systems Inc.

“I believe I could benefit greatly from my peers’ experiences and the experiences of a mentor. I am a lifelong learner and have always been committed to being the best that I can be. In my professional life, that means being not only the best developer I can be, but also a leader and mentor that can be looked upon for guidance and support. I have learned a lot about myself over the past few years and I look forward to learning more about how I can change and grow to be an outstanding professional and alumnus of The Ohio State University.”

Molly Peirano

BS, Fisher College of Business, Class of 2012

The Ohio State University

“It is my hope that the Young Alumni Academy can be an opportunity for me to slow down and reflect. The academy’s focus on work-life balance and leadership can help me be more intentional in my job, as I hope to stay in compliance for much of my career.”

Jenny Rindler

BSBA, Fisher College of Business, Class of 2012/MBA current, Fisher College of Business

The Ohio State University

“Having direct mentorship opportunities through the Young Alumni Academy will be an invaluable resource as I progress through my career and look at my future career path after I graduate from the Working Professional MBA program at OSU.”

Lindsay Seitz

BS, College of Education and Human Ecology, Class of 2012

The Ohio State University

“It can be difficult to meet others in different professions, but I believe it is important because they can offer different perspectives and opportunities for collaboration. I appreciate that this program offers these opportunities, while also being a great way to stay involved with the Ohio State community.”

Paige Stacy

BSBA, Fisher College of Business, Class of 2012

GBQ Partners, LLC

“There’s nothing more that I want than to be among a like-minded group of fellow Ohio State lovers as we grow and develop together.”

Kristyn Sturms

BS, College of Pharmacy, Class of 2012/MHA, Public Health, Class of 2015

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

“The fast-paced healthcare world of today relies on strong leadership and relationship building across organizations, and I think that the YAA mentorship program in particular will be a critical piece of my learning experience. I hope to use the mentorship program as an opportunity to bounce ideas off of a fellow professional as well as generate new and creative ideas that will help me to stay engaged and excited about the work that I do every day throughout my career.”

Jordan Whisler

BS, College of Engineering, Class of 2013/MS, Engineering, Class of 2016

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

“Participating in the Young Alumni Academy represents an opportunity to consciously surround myself with other individuals who are committed to personal and professional growth. An opportunity to actively engage in a community of individuals who share the common goal of not just becoming better individuals and leaders, but also positioning themselves to help others do the same.”