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Think Big Team


Aaron Witt
University of Toledo
Abigail Elsey
University of South Carolina
Andrew String
University of Maryland
Ashlee Balcerzak
Ohio State University
Coby Owens
University of Delaware
Jessie Sommers
Purdue Global University
Leanne Joyce
Furman University
Shannen Recio
El Camino High School
Sonja Hegel
The George Washington University
Aaron Witt
University of Toledo

Aaron Witt is a freshman biology student at the University of Toledo with a concentration in Pre-Vet. He founded a local organization called Pups For Purpose, where members visit special education classrooms with dogs as a form of therapy. He was actively engaged in Students In Action in high school, and was President his senior year. Aaron has a passion for dogs, members of the military, and individuals with special needs.

Abigail Elsey
University of South Carolina

Abigail Elsey is an Early Childhood Education major with a minor in Psychology at the University of South Carolina. She was the president of her Students in Action team in high school and served as the Intern Conference Coordinator for the multiple Students in Action conferences in the Midlands. Abigail is the founder and president of the Multiplying Good Collegiate Society at USC which serves to inspire a passion for service in elementary aged children and celebrate those doing great service on campus. She believes that kindness can change the world and by inspiring and empowering the youth of today, we will be bettering the world of tomorrow.

Andrew String
University of Maryland

Andrew String is a sophomore who is studying government and politics at the University of Maryland. His hometown is Sewell, New Jersey. Currently, Andrew is most significantly involved as the Director of Alumni Relations and Tradition for the Student Government Association, as a Resident Assistant in Wicomico Hall, on the Honor Council of the University Student Judiciary, and as the Vice President of Campus Programming for the Student Alumni Leadership Council. Andrew’s strives to give his service meaning, his mission as a public servant is to give every minority a voice, and use his privilege to create equal opportunities for underrepresented and underserved populations.

Ashlee Balcerzak
Ohio State University

Ashlee is actively involved with many service projects and initiatives and supports an action-oriented volunteer culture within her community. She received the President’s Award for Volunteer Service, is a two time Jefferson Youth Award recipient and a regional recipient for the National Spirit of Community Award. She has helped to raise over $40,000 and collected over 8,000 items for others internationally and domestically this year. Ashlee attends The Ohio State University studying Biology-Pre Med and Spanish and believes in the motto “service above self.” Together, we can make a difference and change the world.

Coby Owens
University of Delaware

Coby is a hard-working and dedicated youth, whose goals are to help those in need who currently attends the University of Delaware. He works continuously to help his community, whether it is the elderly or the poor. Since 2009 he has been involved with Multiplying Good, helping his team at Salesianum School win both the SIA national award and ambassador level award.

Jessie Sommers
Purdue Global University

Jess is a sophomore at Purdue Global University. She has been actively engaged in her community for as long as she can remember by participating in her high school’s Student in Action group, volunteering at various places within her community, and even running her own service project. She began Mary’s Movement when her young cousin with special needs, Mary, died suddenly. After her death, she raised money and awareness through events focused on unifying special needs children with their peers and remains passionate about eliminating bullying and contributing to her community.

Leanne Joyce
Furman University

Leanne is studying Psychology on the Pre-Medical track at Furman University. She has been involved with Multiplying Good for four years as a Globechanger and Think Big Team member. Leanne founded Positive Impact for Kids a 501(c)(3) non-profit at age 12. Her organization provides hospitals with requested items from their wish lists. To date, she has raised over $140,000 and partners with two hospitals in every state. Positive Impact for Kids has donated more than 130 iPads and over 2,000 gift cards, impacting more than 500,000 pediatric patients.

Shannen Recio
El Camino High School

Shannen Recio is a current freshman at UC Davis pursuing a degree in Global Diseases Biology. She has been part of Multiplying Good for almost five years now and was president of the Students In Action team at her school for two years. She started her own nonprofit organization when she was a sophomore in high school called 'New Beginnings' aiming to provide hope, love, and a new beginning to refugee families. Continuing with her passion for refugees, she served as a Congressional Action Team member for UNICEF and a youth speaker and advocate for genUN. This year, she is focusing on research with T-cell lymphomas and being more active as a Think Big Team member for Multiplying Good!

Sonja Hegel
The George Washington University

Sonja is a student at The George Washington University studying International Affairs and Global Public Health. She joined Students In Action as a sophomore and was president of the SIA team at her high school. In addition to the Think Big Team, she is also a member of the SIA Curriculum Advisory Board. Sonja is passionate about women’s health and gender equality and focuses her studies and community service on women’s empowerment and public health. Working with this organization has allowed her to engage her community in service, effectively spread her message, and maximize the impact of her work.