Meet the Jenks Class

Class of 2018 Student Directors

Cody Baker

Cody Baker, Carroll School of Management ‘18

Cody is from Medway, Massachusetts, and is concentrating in Accounting. 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's favorite aspect of BC is his involvement in the Jenks program and anticipates pursuing a career in public accounting following graduation from BC.

Ashton Gillespie

Ashton Gillespie, Carroll School of Management ‘18

Ashton is from Dallas, Texas. She is a Carroll School student concentrating in Management and Leadership. As a former small business owner, Ashton is passionate about empowering women to take up leadership roles and conveys this fervor in her role as a Women in Business mentor. Outside of Boston College, she serves on the board of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Assembly and as a member of the Dallas Cotillion Club. In her spare time, she enjoys adventuring around Boston, attending the symphony and ballet, and creating new memories with her friends. After graduation, she plans on entering the Advisory or Consulting field at a firm in Dallas. 

Class of 2018

Adrien Apollon

Adrien Apollon, Carroll School of Management ‘18

Originally from Miami, Florida, Adrien is majoring in Marketing and Operations Management with a minor in Philosophy. He has always had a passion for making a positive change to in his community and throughout the world. In high school he traveled to Ile-A-Vache, Haiti, with a service group to bring school supplies and food to children. He also traveled throughout southern parts of China for 5 weeks with another service group to learn about Chinese agriculture as well as teach secondary school students English. At Boston College, he has been a member in Big Brother, Black Student Forum, and United Front. He plans to continue his passion for community service throughout his career by seeking companies that place social values and responsibilities as a priority.

Maxwell Bechtold

Maxwell Bechtold, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘18

Max is from Madison, Connecticut and is in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is pursuing a major in History and minor in Managing for Social Impact and the Public Good. In September of 2015, Max founded the acapella group the “Common Tones of Boston College” with the goal of social involvement in mind. Today the group performs both on and off campus for various non-profit causes and concerts of their own. Additionally, he is a member of the University Chorale of Boston College and the Student Admissions Program where he works as a tour guide and information session panelist for perspective students. Max enjoys traveling and learning new languages which he was able to do during his semester abroad in Montpellier, France and plans to do again in the future. Max also enjoys playing piano, dogs, and thinking about, but never actually going, running. After graduation, Max hopes to pursue law school and finally getting the motivation to run.

Nicole Bernhard

Nicole Bernhard, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘20

Nicole is originally from San Pedro Sula, Honduras and is now living in Brownsville, Texas. She is a proud graduate of Culver Academies and hopes to major in International Studies. In addition to Jenks Leadership Program, she is the Freshman Representative for the Boston College International Club and an active member of OLAA, the hispanic student association. During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching soccer, and participating in intramural sports. She spends her summers visiting family in Germany and pursuing her passion of traveling the world. Nicole is very eager to further develop her leadership skills and integrate them with service through the JLP.

Nick Bonfiglio

Nick Bonfiglio, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘20

Nick is from Westwood, Massachusetts and is currently double majoring in economics and communication. He is passionate about social justice issues and charity work and has been involved with the Dance Marathon and Relay for Life on campus. Nick is particularly interested in politics and global affairs and hopes to be involved in the media after graduating Boston College. Nick is an avid runner and in his spare time enjoys listening to music and rooting for the Patriots. He is excited to be a part of Jenks.

Aidan Brannigan

Aidan Brannigan, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘18

Aidan is an economics major from Darien, Connecticut. He enjoys exercising, traveling, playing intramural sports with friends, reading, and vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. He spent a semester in Paris studying International Business Management and expanding his knowledge of French language and culture. On campus he is a member of the Appalachia Service volunteers group and works as an Eagle Caller in the Cadigan Alumni Center. During his sophomore year he was involved with the Pulse Service Learning program, which sparked his interest in ethical leadership and community building in the greater Boston area. He is excited to be involved with the Jenks Leadership Program and apply his skills and experiences to embody the Ignatian spirit of men and women for others.

Jeesoo Chung

Jeesoo Chung, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘20

Jeesoo is originally from Riverside, Connecticut and is a part of the Honors Program in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. She is currently undeclared but plans to study something in the STEM field. Aside from the Jenks Leadership Program, she participates in Boston College's Science Club for Girls, in which every Saturday she volunteers as a mentor to K-1st grade girls. She strives to foster interest, confidence, and excitement towards STEM in these girls of underrepresented communities. Jeesoo is also a part of the Society for Physics Students, CHAARG, and Asian Caucus (KSA, CSA, VSA). Jeesoo enjoys reading, traveling, and dancing, which she hopes to pursue next year by trying out for a dance team on campus. She looks forward to taking advantage of the opportunity JLP provides to explore and build upon her capabilities in being the strong, innovative, influential person she seeks to become.

Aiden Clarke

Aiden Clarke, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19

Aiden is originally from the small town of Bethel, Maine. Studying international studies at BC, he explores the intersections of ethics and global business. To supplement his IS major, Aiden explored the city of Jerusalem this past summer after being awarded an Advanced Study Grant. Outside of class, you may catch Aiden giving tours to perspective families in the Student Admissions program. He serves at Pierce Elementary School in Brookline, MA with New England’s largest service organization, 4Boston. Aiden is also a student representative on the University Core Renewal Committee, implementing the future of the liberal arts at BC. He spent the last year learning in greater detail about the structural inequalities and social realities of rural America through the Appalachian Volunteers Program, which culminated in a service-immersion trip to Wheeling, West Virginia. Aiden enjoys hiking, cycling and running in any free moment he finds.

Caitlin Ferris

Caitlin Ferris, Carroll School of Management '19

Caitlin is a junior studying finance & business analytics with a philosophy minor in the Carroll School of Management. She participates in the Common Tones, an a cappella group on campus that prioritizes performing for charitable causes in the greater Boston area, and serves as Freshman Admissions Committee co-chair and volunteer for the CSOM Honors Program. She is a work-study for the BC Chief Executives Club and has worked as a research assistant for the Management and Organization Department. She is passionate about theatre, music, and making social justice a more accessible topic in everyday conversation. She is grateful to all of the incredible people and programs that have made her experience at BC possible.

Caitlin Griffith

Caitlan Griffith, Carroll School of Management ‘18

Caitlan is from Flemington, New Jersey and is concentrating in marketing. On campus, Caitlan is involved in Women in Business and is a coxswain on the Men's Crew Team. In the summer of 2017, she will be working as an intern at fashion houses Rebecca Taylor and Tom Ford, in New York City. She loves spending her spare time reading, traveling, and being with friends. Caitlan is extremely grateful to be a member of Jenks and looks forward to working with her classmates to make an impact on her community.

Blake Hanson

Blake Hanson, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘20

Blake is from the small suburb of El Dorado Hills, California. He is planning on majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Global Ethics. He plans on pursuing a career with an international non-profit following graduation. On campus, Blake is involved with the Undergraduate Government of Boston College and the LGBTQ Leadership Council. Back in California, he served as a board member for California YMCA's Youth and Government and Model United Nations. In his free time, he enjoys paragliding, skiing, and adventuring in the outdoors. He hopes his time in Jenks will propel him into a successful life of serving others.

Natalie Hession

Natalie Hession, Lynch School of Education ‘19

Natalie is a born and raised proud Boston native. For as long as she can remember she has wanted to be a teacher and is now double majoring in elementary education and applied psychology and human development. She has a passion for working with children and serving as a mentor, role model and friend to her students. As the youngest of three children she has been able to admire the leadership and passion for service through her siblings, particularly her sister Ellie Hession '12 who is also a graduate of the Jenks Program. On campus, Natalie actively participates in the Student Admissions Program, Best Buddies, Project Sunshine and Women in Business. In her free time, you can find Natalie running the reservoir or in the spinning studio. She is extremely excited to be a member of the Jenks Program to further her own development as well as positively impact her community.

Xavier Husser

Xavier Husser, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘18

Xavier is from New York, New York, and is majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Film Studies. In addition to Jenks, he is involved with the Undergraduate Government of Boston College, is a resident assistant, and works for both BC Athletics and Under Armour. In his free time, Xavier enjoys editing videos and is pursuing a career in entertainment either within television or film. This summer, Xavier interned at Discovery Communications.

Simar Junega

Simar Junega, Carroll School of Management ‘19

Simar is from New Delhi, India. She founded a NGO, Gifting a Smile, in high school to help contribute towards the treatment of the underprivileged suffering from cleft lip and palate deformities. On campus, she is involved in the intramural volleyball team and also spends her time working as a Student Ambassador at the McMullen Museum of Art. She is currently majoring in Finance and hopes to pursue a co-concentration in entrepreneurship so that she can start her own venture in the future.

James Kim

James Kim, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences '18

James is from Changwon, South Korea majoring in Economics. He took a leave for three years before rejoining the Jenks Leadership Program to serve in the military. During his free time, James enjoys playing basketball, swimming, and spending quality time with his friends and family. He is excited to be part of the Jenks Leadership Program and eagerly awaits the experiences it will bring.

Susan Kourtis

Susan Kourtis, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘18

Susan is from Needham, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the British International School of Boston. While a student there, she cultivated her interests in languages and international education. Throughout college, she has pursued the study of Spanish, French, and Ancient Greek, and continues to explore how language shapes people's thoughts and affects how they approach problem solving at every level. At Boston College, Susan is a Theology major with a minor in Foundations in Education. Outside of classes, she is involved in the Endeavor Program through the Boston College Career Center, having both participated in and served as a Fellow for the program. She also works off-campus for the CrossRoad Summer Institute, a summer program for Orthodox Christian high school juniors and seniors that is centered on the theological exploration of vocation. After graduation Susan hopes to pursue a career in the field of education. She is thankful for the opportunity to learn from those around her as a member of the Jenks Class of 2018.

Jessica Podgurski

Jessica Podgurski, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19

Jessica is a Political Science major from Canton, Massachusetts and transferred to Boston College after completing her freshman year at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Transfer Admission Program and loves sharing her successful transfer experience with prospective and accepted transfer students. She has also been heavily involved in volunteer tutoring for upwards of five years, most recently through the Boston College Neighborhood Center. Outside of BC, Jessica enjoys spending time with her younger siblings, parents, and friends, as well as exploring her home state. She is looking forward to working at Cradles to Crayons this summer in their department of Corporate Engagement, and is excited to learn more about the function of non-profits and apply it during the upcoming planning and execution of a service project as part of the Jenks Leadership Program.

John Reim

John Reim, Carroll School of Management ‘20

John is from St. Paul, Minnesota. He plans on double concentrating in Finance and Accounting. Outside of Jenks, John is involved in the CSOM Honors Program, the Appalachia Volunteers program, as well as a SAP Eagle for a day tour guide. John is also a teacher for BC Splash, and sacristan at Trinity Chapel for Campus Ministry. He is a passionate soccer and hockey fan, as well as intramural athlete. In his free time, John loves to go fishing, skiing, or do pretty much any outside activity.

Anthony Rein

Anthony Rein, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘20

From the small town of Ellington, Connecticut, Anthony is studying political science. Interested in politics since a young age, he loves the endless debates and conversations it entails. The youngest of four, he is inspired to succeed by his siblings, who are like a second set of parents. In addition to the Jenks Program, he is an editor and writer for the school newspaper, The Heights. Anthony enjoys travelling, hiking National Parks with his older brother, reading, and watching soccer, being an avid Arsenal F.C. fan. He hopes to combine his love of travelling and politics into a career in international relations.

Jasleen Singh

Jasleen Singh, Carroll School of Management ‘20

Jasleen, commonly known as Jazzy, is from New Hartford, New York and is a sophomore in the Carroll School of Management. She is currently double concentrating in Economics and Management & Leadership within CSOM and hopes to study abroad in France. Outside of the classroom, you can find Jazzy either avidly trying out Martha Stewart’s newest recipe or going into Boston with her friends to try a new cuisine, jamming at a concert, or embracing her upstate New York love for playing in the snow. Jasleen’s career aspirations include affecting change within society, and she is excited that Jenks provides her with this opportunity to do exactly that.

James Tallis

James Tallis, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘19

James is from Chicago, Illinois and is currently majoring in Political science and double-minoring in History as well as Management and Leadership. Aside from his involvement in Jenks, James is a member of the Elections Committee and The University Chorale of Boston College. Outside of Boston College, James has worked for five years as Box Office Supervisor at Ravinia Festival, the oldest music festival in North America. James is passionate about politics, and worked as a full-time, staffed intern on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's campaign in 2014. In his spare time, James likes to go to baseball games and spend time with his family. After graduation, James hopes to attend law school and achieve his dream of becoming a lawyer.

Matt Ursin-Smith

Matthew Ursin-Smith, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘20

Matthew is from Los Angeles, California and graduated from Harvard-Westlake in Studio City. He is majoring in Communication, hoping to pursue a minor in Management & Leadership. In addition to the Jenks Leadership Program, Matthew is in the Sports Business Society on campus. During his free time, Matthew likes to play golf, eat sushi, and spend time with friends at the beach. He is ecstatic to be a part of Jenks, as he looks to develop his leadership skills within a context of service for others.

Hyun Yang

Hyun Yang, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences ‘18

Born in South Korea, Hyun is now a resident of the great state of California and calls San Diego his new home. He is majoring in history and international studies with a concentration in political science, and plans to minor in Asian Studies as well. In addition to Jenks, Hyun has been involved in the Excel Curriculum, the International Assistant Program, and the International Club of Boston College (ICBC), where he was co-president. He is also a peer adviser for the International Studies Program at BC. Hyun hopes to pursue a career in the federal government and he is excited to be a part of the Jenks Leadership Program.