The Class of 2023
Grazia Russo is an Elementary Education Major at Rochester University. Leadership is very important to Grazia as she is the Rochester University Women's WHAC Representative, Vice President of Omicron Omega Zeta, and Center for Student Life Student Worker at Rochester. Being able to create a welcoming environment where everyone feels included has always been her mission and she cannot wait to see what the future holds for her with the Red Cross Leadership Program.
Harry Cracknell is a sophomore student at the University of Science and Arts, Oklahoma (USAO). He comes from Brighton, England, and is currently majoring in Communications and Business Administration. Harry enjoys a gregarious outlook on life and has proven himself, in a very short period of time, to be a man of honor, dedication, enthusiasm, and passion. When he undertakes a task he will always see it through to completion with his ability of persuasion and professionalism.
Ben Albers is a student at Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Currently, He is a biology major that is interested in going into medical school or a physician assistant school after graduation. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio and loves watching the Bengals play on Sundays. He also enjoys walking downtown and across the bridges of the city. Along with being a student, Ben is part of the men’s volleyball team at his University. Go, Saints!
Megan McLaughlin is from Brookline NH, and she has lived in the Granite State all her life. As a sophomore at Saint Anselm College, she is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in both English and Secondary Education. She someday hopes to work as a middle school English teacher, though volunteering is something she always hopes to maintain as a pillar of her life. She was fortunate enough to participate in several service-based activities in high school, such as the Red Cross Club, National Honors Society and HB the Change. In College, she engages in similar activities as a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Service Committee. Some of her favorite hobbies include going on hikes with her family, baking, and lots of reading! She feels beyond lucky to have been able to pursue this leadership opportunity with the Red Cross and hopes to continue honing her abilities of helping others in the road ahead.
Gracelyn Eaves is a first-generation college student that has been heavily involved in volunteerism since a young age. She is 20 years old and a sophomore with a 4.0 GPA at Bethel University where she is majoring in Pre-Professional Biology and minoring in Business Management and Spanish in hopes to one day become a traveling cardiac surgeon. After her time as a surgeon, she plans to build, own, and operate her own hospital, Saving Grace Hospital. She has held multiple leadership positions as president, vice president, and secretary of various student organizations throughout high school and into college. She aspires to be a role model to the younger generation daily. Kindness and love are things she promotes with her non-profit organization that she created when she was only 15 years old. This nonprofit organization, Giving Grace, promotes self-love and encouragement in all individuals. She has plans for a podcast for her nonprofit coming very soon. She is so excited to be joining the American Red Cross and learning more about this organization while promoting it to her university.
Neeley Greene is a 2021 graduate of Cherokee High School in Rogersville, Tennessee. She is currently a sophomore at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky where she majors in Communication Studies with minors in English and Leadership Studies. Neeley is a very active student at Alice Lloyd. For her work-study, Neeley works 10 hours a week in the admissions office giving tours, inputting applications, and transcripts, making phone calls, and other miscellaneous tasks. Neeley is also a member and officer of Alice Lloyd College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter. She is also a very active member in campus ministry. Apart from her roles on campus, Neeley also has a job off campus as well. She works as part-time intern at WYMT-TV in Hazard, KY. Through this internship, Neeley has learned how to produce, report, edit, and write. Neeley also produces the 11 pm newscast most weeknights at the station. This internship is a wonderful opportunity for Neeley as she is pursuing a career reporting for television news. Neeley has a passion for servant leadership as she hopes to inspire others what it means to serve. Neeley is thankful to be selected for this program and is excited to further her passion of serving others.
Gabriel Maurer is a sophomore at Campbellsville University, from Owenton, Kentucky. He is a Biology major, while also minoring in Chemistry with the goal of attending Medical school after graduation. In addition to his studies, and being named to the Dean's list each of his academic semesters he is part of the football team. He also is in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a football Bible study club, and regularly leads study sessions for many athletes at Campbellsville. In his spare time he likes to go to the gym, read Non-fiction, run, kayak, or spend time with friends. In the summer he hold down a full time job at the Ark Encounter and shadows at local hospitals. After Medical school he hopes to help others to lead a healthy and happy life achieving their goals.
Bailey is currently a sophomore at the University of Tennessee Southern, located in Pulaski, TN. She is majoring in HPPE: Exercise Science with a minor in Biology. After graduation Bailey hopes to go to PA school and become a Physician’s Assistant. Bailey is very involved in her school. She a part of the UT Southern softball team and she serves as her school SGA‘s sophomore class senator. Although Bailey goes to school in Tennessee, her hometown is Harvest, AL.
Shaloom Delgado Forero is a highly motivated and responsible marketing student at Brenau University. She has been an engaged leader since she was young and is ready to work with others and keep learning about different cultures. Shaloom is from Bucaramanga, Colombia, and is really proud to be part of the American Red Cross volunteer program. As a marketing student and student leader athlete, she aspires to help others, inspire the upcoming generations, and make volunteering an experience everyone would like to be part of. In addition, some of her incredible achievements are her excellent 4.0 GPA and dedication to her tennis team and community, which have developed her as a responsible and influential team worker and empathic person.
Caitlin Wahe is a college student who is pursuing a double major in Intercultural Studies and Nursing along with a minor in Biblical Counseling. After graduation, she hopes to travel internationally working in clinics to improve global health education and access to life saving treatments. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and leading worship at her school chapel services. Caitlin is excited for the opportunity to serve her community by promoting blood donations that will ensure access to blood products for patients who need them.
Alainna Toombs is a sophomore Biology major at The Fisk University and is from Atlanta, Georgia. Alainna is a young aspiring physician, with an interest in public health and advocating for low-income communities that have limited access to great healthcare options. She wants to be the change that she would like to see in the world, and is excited to extend her helping hands through the Red Cross!
Payton Reinbott is from Poplar Bluff, Missouri and is a sophomore at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri. Payton is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy from UHSP to become a pharmacist; she plans to also work toward a master's in business administration to open her own independent pharmacy after she graduates. Payton plays on the softball team at UHSP where she is a utility player.
Abigail Vallance is a current sophomore at Aquinas College studying Sociology, Psychology, and Communications. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree, she is interested in pursuing a Doctorate of Psychology or Criminology degree. Abigail has been an active member in sports, clubs, and student organizations her entire life. In her little free time, she enjoys painting and cooking and when she was younger, her dream job was to become a famous chef like Robert Irvine, she even got to meet him! Abigail’s biggest life goal is to live every day to the fullest and simply be happy.
Catherine Corlett excels in both the athletic and academic world at the collegiate level. Being involved in high level of both areas allowed her to develop skills of leadership and communication. Having resided in Virginia, Arizona and Oregon, Catherine has experienced the benefits of the Red Cross Organization and hopes to make a difference in any small way that she can. She is excited to bring new methods and ideas back to her hometown to develop the Red Cross Mission.
Lauryn Bernt is from Boelus, Nebraska and is a sophomore nursing student at Mount Marty University in Yankton, SD. Lauryn loves being involved, making people smile, and creating an impact on the community. On campus, she is involved in theatre, choir, the Student Nurses Association, and currently serves as an executive board member on both the Student Government Association and Performing Arts Club. Lauryn also enjoys living out Mount Marty’s mission as a Mission Scholar and having a part in building the faith community on campus! Academically, she enjoys networking, planning, and fostering skills that will benefit her as a future nurse. Outside of school, her favorite things to do include hiking the bluffs along the Missouri river, and tapping into her creative side with writing and sketching. As a servant leader, she is always looking for ways to provide service and love to her neighbor!