Meet the Jenks Class
Class of 2017 Co-Directors
Kathleen Larkin, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘17
Originally from Newtown SQ, Pennsylvania, Kathleen is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Political Science and plans to minor in Economics. She is passionate about politics and is involved extensively with EagleMUNC, an organization that hosts a Model UN conference for high school students all around the country and run entirely by Boston College Students. Kathleen is also involved with BC Ignition and CURA. Aside from these activities, she is passionate about both dance and sailing. The past few summers she has worked as a sailing instructor at the Ocean City Yacht Club and continues to race her laser whenever she can. She was on the Pom Squad her freshman year, but is now pursuing her favorite dance styles of ballet and jazz/modern. Kathleen hops to pursue a career with in the government and would love to live in Washington D.C.
Ryan Marti, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘17
Ryan is from Long Island, New York, and a proud graduate of Smithtown High School East. While there, he captained the varsity baseball team while also playing football and wrestling. Now, a Double Major in Economics and English in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, he continues to embrace his athletic spirit while working on campus a certified personal trainer and small group instructor, and further helps direct Boston College Recreation as a fitness representative of the Student Staff Advisory Board. Ryan is still undecided about his career path following graduation in 2017, but is highly interested in marketing and advertising.
Carson Truesdell, Carroll School of Management '17
Carson is from Grand Blanc, MI. He is a Carroll School student concentrating in Accounting and Finance. In addition to Jenks, Carson is a member of Compass Fellowship (a social entrepreneurship club), writes for the Gavel, a member of s'Upper T Club, and is Vice President of Share Your Sport (a club aimed at fostering a closer relationship students and student athletes). Carson is passionate about running, and started a running club at Boston College, WeRunBC. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing sports, exploring the city, and laughing with friends. Carson is grateful of his supportive family and friends. Boston College has been a great experience for him so far, and he plans to seize the opportunities available.
CLASS OF 2017
Margaret Andersen, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19
Margaret is from Lake Bluff, IL, and she is pursuing a major in Economics with a minor in International Studies, specifically the Ethics and International Social Justice concentration. On campus, Margaret is a part of Best Buddies where she adores building a strong friendship with her buddy, as well as friendships with all those in the community with intellectual developmental disabilities. She is also a member of the Student Admission Program where she communicates with and assists perspective students and families interested in Boston College. Margaret enjoys spending time with family and friends, and she is passionate about the Spanish language. She aspires to become fluent and she hopes to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador. Although Margaret is currently undecided about her career path, she is eager to explore various possibilities and to continue to learn about herself through incredible opportunities such as the Jenks Leadership Program.
Cody Baker, Carroll School of Management ‘18
Cody is from Medway, MA, and is double-concentrating in Accounting and Finance. He has lived throughout the Northeast and Midwest growing up, but has remained an avid Boston sports fan. He spends his summers on Cape Cod, and enjoys waterskiing and boating with family and friends. Cody is excited to be a part of the Jenks program and anticipates pursuing a career in financial services following graduation from BC.
Erin Cain, Lynch School of Education ‘17
Erin is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently studying Elementary Education and Applied Psychology, and plans to be an elementary school teacher. On campus, she is involved in the Arrupe International Immersion Program, 4Boston, and is an employee of the Chocolate Bar. In her spare time, she loves running, listening to country music, taking long walks with her friends, and watching Downton Abbey. Erin was interested in the Jenks Leadership Program because of its commitment to not only developing effective leaders, but integrating service as an essential component of leadership. She is excited to begin work on the service project.
Philip Collins, Carroll School of Management ‘19
Philip is in the Carroll School of Management planning on a double concentration in Finance and Marketing with a minor in Philosophy. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he spent his high school years playing football and basketball, and rowing on the crew team. Philip is passionate about helping those with special needs, and volunteered at a camp for disabled teens during summers. At BC, he is involved in the Student Business Consortium, and is excited to be a part of the Jenks Leadership Program.
Tyler Donlan, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19
Tyler is from Guilford, Connecticut and is a student in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences. He plans to major in Economics and hopes to pursue a career in the sports industry. Outside of school, he enjoys golfing, hiking, traveling, and rooting for the Red Sox. On campus, Tyler is a part of the Sports Business Society and took part in the First Year Service Program. He is looking forward to making an impact as part of the Jenks program.
Connor Feick, Carroll School of Management ‘19
Connor is from Severna Park, MD concentrating in Marketing and Information Systems and also hoping to major in the Politics track of the International Studies program. Connor is involved in EagleMUNC, a group that plans a high school Model UN conference, and 4Boston, a volunteer group. He enjoys reading and hiking and hopes to one day start his own company.
Ashton Gillespie, Carroll School of Management ‘18
Ashton is from Dallas, Texas and is currently pursuing concentrations in Management and Leadership and Business Analytics. In 2010 she founded her own business SKGirl Active-wear, which she managed until the fall of 2015. She lived in Tokyo, Japan for four years; has spent time studying abroad in France, Canada, and Morocco; and will attend the London School of Economics during the summer of 2016. Aside from her involvement in Jenks, she volunteers as an usher at the Museum of Fine Arts, assists the kindergarten classes at Mt. Alvernia Academy, and serves as a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Assembly. During her spare time, she enjoys exploring Boston, baking sweet treats, and planning her next adventure.
Amanda Helfrich, Carroll School of Management '18
Amanda is a born and raised Jersey girl, growing up in Chatham, NJ. She is in the Carroll School of Management with concentrations in Finance, and Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good, and is also pursuing a minor in Environmental Studies. On Campus Amanda works in the Dean's office in the Carroll School, and also has an active role in the Boston College Chief Executives Club where she facilitates event planning of major forums for Boston area CEO's with notable keynote speakers such as Jeffery Immelt of GE, Robert A. Iger of Disney, and Kevin Plank of Under Armour. Amanda is extremely excited to be a part of the Jenks team.
Patrick Hunter, Carroll School of Management ‘19
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Patrick is in the Carroll School of Management Honors Program, where he plans to double-concentrate in accounting and finance, and also pursue a minor in history. In addition to the Jenks Leadership Program, Patrick is also involved at Boston College as the manager of the varsity swim team. Outside of Boston College, Patrick is very involved with USA Swimming, the governing body of competitive swimming in the United States, as an athlete representative on the USA Swimming National Officials Committee, and as an official himself, regularly officiating at both local and national level meets. Patrick is very excited to further develop his leadership experience and give back to the Boston College community through the Jenks Leadership Program.
Andrew Kim, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘17
Andrew is from Montville, NJ and is a Biology major with a Medical Humanities minor. Outside of the Jenks Leadership Program, he is involved with 4Boston, BC charity:water, The Heights Boys and Girls Club, and Appa. He enjoys golfing, tennis, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. In summer 2015 he studied abroad in Venice and conducted research with the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at the NY Rangers facility. After college, Andrew plans to attend medical school to pursue a career in sports medicine.
Jackie Kremer, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19
Jackie is from Westwood, MA, and is majoring in Economics and Communication. In addition to the Jenks Leadership Program, she is involved with Big Sister and the Women’s Center. Jackie is also a writer for Her Campus BC. In her free time, Jackie likes to work on her fashion blog, and hopes to someday be involved in the business side of the fashion industry. She is a Merchandiser for a jewelry company, and plans to work for Boardwalk Properties as a real estate salesperson this summer. She is excited to be part of Jenks and to collaborate with her team on the service project.
Megan Li, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19
Megan is from Grafton, MA, and is pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities. She is on the Synchronized Figure Skating Club Team and competes on the East Coast. She also trains and coaches in the Boston area. Additionally, Megan enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves to travel. She is very excited to take in all that Jenks Leadership Program has to offer, and combining leadership with service.
Dan Martin, Carroll School of Management ‘19
Dan is from Newtown, PA and a proud graduate of Holy Ghost Prep. He is currently planning to concentrate in Accounting and Information Systems in the Carroll School with a minor in History. At BC, he is a Resident Assistant on the Newton campus, a member of Stylus, and an avid intramural sports participant. In his free time, Dan really enjoys cheering on Manchester United, hanging out with friends, and exploring Boston. After graduation, he hopes to work at a Big Four firm in Philadelphia or Boston. In the meantime, he is very excited to be a part of the Jenks Leadership Program in learning to lead for the sake of serving others.
Ryan McMahon, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘17
Ryan is from Westport, Connecticut, and is majoring in History with a minor in mathematics. Ryan works at WZBC Sports Radio and also at the Flynn Recreation Plex as a Fitness Attendant. He served as vineyard vines on Campus Whale Representative during the 2015-2016 school year.
Maria Meyer, Connell School of Nursing ‘19
Maria is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native. In addition to the Jenks Program, she is involved in the 4Boston program and is the Vice President of EcoPledge, a campus sustainability group. Maria loves spending time with her mentees, 3-5 grade girls in the Boston area, through the Strong Women, Strong Girls Mentorship Program. In her free time, Maria loves hiking, spending time with new friends, and exploring Boston. She hopes to pursue post-graduation volunteer work and explore the realm of public health.
Taylor Mooney, Lynch School of Education ‘17
Taylor is from Tucson, AZ, majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development with a minor in International Studies. She spent her 2015 fall semester studying in Parma, Italy and is excited to be back at BC. On campus, she is involved in SAP and last year went to Kingston, Jamaica over spring break with the Jamaica Mustard Seed Program. Aside from school, she enjoys traveling and running. While she is unsure of post-grad plans, she knows that she would love to work with children and do something that helps others. She is excited to be part of the Jenks Leadership Program and looks forward to the opportunities that it will bring.
Brian Murphy, Carroll School of Management ‘17
Brian is from Lake Forest, Illinois. He is in the Carroll School of Management, concentrating in Finance and Operations. In addition to being in the Jenks Leadership Program, he also hosts a weekly radio show on WZBC, serves as an ambassador for the New England Venture Capital Association, and is involved in the Investment Club. As an avid Chicago sports fan, Brian has a significant emotional investment in the Chicago Cubs. In his free time Brian enjoys watching movies, relaxing with friends, and playing basketball at the Plex.
Soojin Park, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19
Soojin is from Springfield, Missouri and is in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program. She is pursuing a major in Sociology on the pre-medical track and a minor in Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture. Other than the Jenks Leadership Program, on campus she is involved in Mock Trial, is the Communications chair for the Freshman Class Council, and is involved in the Appalachia Volunteers. In her free time, she is a food connoisseur. She looks forward to learning about and engaging more in service.
James Powlesland, Carroll School of Management ‘17
James is from Providence, Rhode Island but as the son of a Greek mother he had the opportunity to grow up in the beautiful city of Athens, Greece. He is pursuing a double concentration in Finance and Marketing in the Carroll School of Management, as well as a double minor in Biology and German in the Morrissey School of Arts & Sciences. When he is not busy studying, James is actively involved in the Hellenic Society of Boston College and Boston College Model United Nation. With a keen interest in politics and leadership, he seeks to dissect the roots of Greece’s current predicament and hopes to acquire the skillset necessary to ensure a similar situation doesn’t reoccur. While he is not entirely set on his career path as of yet, he is currently looking into Finance related opportunities and ultimately aims for a joint JD/MBA program. He is very excited to be part of the Jenks Leadership program and is eager to further build upon his current leadership skills and combine them with service.
Elizabeth Wollan, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19
Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth is a hopeful Political Science and International Studies double major with a concentration in Ethics and International Social Justice and a minor in Hispanic Studies. On campus, Elizabeth is an active musician; she is a member of the University Chorale of Boston College and the acapella group, the Common Tones of Boston College. She also is involved the Student Admissions Program as an Office Management Captain and Greeter, the DUO Program through the Women’s Center, the LeaderShape program, and works at the Woods College of Advancing Studies. Outside of her involvements on campus, Elizabeth loves to arrange music, swim, and spend time with her friends and family. She is grateful for her first semester in the Jenks Leadership Program working with amazing speakers and peers and looks forward to the coming year with the creation and execution of the community service project.