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Think Big Team


Aaron Witt
Bowling Green State University
Abigail Elsey
Kindergarten Teacher
Andrew String
University of Maryland
Ashlee Balcerzak
Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc./The Ohio State University
Leanne Joyce
Furman University
Shannen Recio
UC Davis
Sonja Hegel
The George Washington University
Jaden Harvey
The George Washington University
Jason Garwood
Carnegie Mellon University
Abby Haley
Well Said Media, Our Climate Voices
Chiara Savage Schwartz
Marin Academy
Jordan Grabelle
Moorestown Friends School
Safia Khattak
Middlesex County College
Mandeep Ladhar
UC Berkeley
Cat Martinez
Sky Mountain Charter School
Kyzelle Espinosa
Stratford High School
Mallorie Rice
Lexington High School
Monica Lindsey
Wren High School
Noreen Singh
California State University, Stanislaus
Sophie Finnell
Clemson University
Aaron Witt
Bowling Green State University

Aaron Witt is a first-year graduate student at Bowling Green State University where he is studying Speech Language Pathology. He started a 501(c)(3) non-profit called Dogs For Difference, where the organization takes dogs into schools, nursing homes, and other organizations as a form of therapy for the individuals. He was actively engaged in Students In Action in high school and was president his senior year. Aaron has a passion for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities and dogs.

Abigail Elsey
Kindergarten Teacher

Abigail Elsey is a kindergarten teacher in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She was the president of her Students in Action team in high school and served as the Intern Conference Coordinator for the Students in Action conferences in the Midlands. Abigail is the founder and president of Ripples of Change at USC which serves to inspire a passion for service in elementary-aged children. Abigail is a charter member of the Think Big Team and has attended several National Ceremonies in D.C.

Andrew String
University of Maryland

Andrew String is a senior studying government and politics & economics at the University of Maryland. His hometown is Sewell, New Jersey where he founded and led his high school SIA team to nationals 2 years in a row. Currently at school, Andrew is most significantly involved as the President for the Student Alumni Leadership Council where he uses his skills to hone in on alumni efforts with Multiplying Good's youth. Andrew 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, specifically the LGBTQ community.

Ashlee Balcerzak
Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc./The Ohio State University

Ashlee grew up in Maumee, OH and around Lake Erie, where her passion for service began. Ashlee has 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 collectively helped to raise over $40,000 and gather over 8,000 items for others internationally and domestically. Ashlee has a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Master’s in Ecological Engineering from The Ohio State University. Her service interests include environmental and water quality initiatives. She currently works at Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc. as a Stream Designer/Water Engineer. Her motto is “service above self”.

Leanne Joyce
Furman University

Leanne is a German Studies major on the Pre-Medical track at Furman University. She has been involved with Multiplying Good for six 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 $155,000 and partners with two hospitals in every state. Positive Impact for Kids has donated more than 140 iPads and over 3,000 gift cards, impacting more than 500,000 pediatric patients.

Shannen Recio
UC Davis

Shannen Recio is a current junior at UC Davis pursuing a degree in Global Diseases Biology, where she is focusing on researching ancient diet and diseases. She has been part of Multiplying Good for almost eight years now and was president of the Students In Action team at her school for two years. Her passion for service extends beyond Multiplying Good. 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 a refugee family in need through care packages. Continuing with her passion for refugees, she served as a Congressional Action Team member for UNICEF and a youth speaker and advocate for genUN.

Sonja Hegel
The George Washington University

Sonja is a student at The George Washington University studying International Affairs and Development. She became affiliated with Multiplying Good as a sophomore when she joined her high school’s Students In Action team and led her team to compete at National Ceremony three years in a row. Recently, she helped launch the MG Youth Alumni Network and is committed to sustaining a lively community of youth alumni. Along with advocating for women’s empowerment and LGBTQIA+ rights, Sonja is passionate about social justice, global citizenship, and performing service that creates long-lasting change.

Jaden Harvey
The George Washington University

Jaden is a junior at The George Washington University studying political science and english. He has been a member of Brownsville Students in Action, a national award-winning team from Western Pennsylvania. Since then, he has joined the Think Big Team, and is excited to continue serving as a youth advisor to Multiplying Good!

Jason Garwood
Carnegie Mellon University

Jason is a student at Carnegie Mellon University working towards a Bachelor of Architecture with an interest in human-computer interaction. Jason began Multiplying Good as a member of Students in Action as a high school sophomore and has continued organizing service projects into college. At Carnegie Mellon, Jason is a member of groups centered on diversity and inclusion such as Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), and the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) as well as service-centered groups such as Emerging Leaders and Freedom by Design. Today, Jason is involved in growing the Youth Alumni Network through the Think Big Team.

Abby Haley
Well Said Media, Our Climate Voices

Abby is a recent graduate of Ithaca College’s Documentary Studies and Production program, with minors in International Politics and Art History. She created digital media for her high school’s Students In Action program for three consecutive years, and was invited to attend the national ceremony in Washington DC as a senior. This experience led her to pursue service-oriented work in higher education and beyond. Abby is passionate about sustainability and accessibility, and uses storytelling as a tool for building community and advocating for change.

Chiara Savage Schwartz
Marin Academy

Chiara is a high school junior and a student ambassador for Wonderbag, where she works to bring non-electric slow cookers to low-income communities around the world, helping provide women and girls the time to determine their educational and financial futures. After receiving a Jefferson Award for her work, Chiara participated in the 2020 ACLU National Advocacy Institute and increased her focus on civil liberties, organizing and advocacy. This year she is looking forward to planning Marin Academy’s Conference on Democracy where she will design sessions and facilitate conversations about the sustainability of democratic governance in the 21st century. She is inspired by Multiplying Good’s ability to raise a diverse selection of voices and perspectives as they recognize excellence in service and leadership

Jordan Grabelle
Moorestown Friends School

Jordan is a junior at Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey. At age 10, Jordan Grabelle founded Love Letters for Literacy, an innovative nonprofit which promotes childhood literacy in at-risk communities. Over the past six years, Jordan has recruited volunteers of all ages and abilities to create simple literacy packets which help explain to families the importance of teaching young children their letters at home. Each packet includes 26 flashcards from A-Z, a note encouraging learning to read, and instructions explaining engaging games to play with the flashcards. As of December of 2020, over 14,000 volunteers have joined the cause, benefitting more than 28,500 children across all 50 states and 25 countries. Jordan hopes to provide all children with the tools needed to learn to read.

Safia Khattak
Middlesex County College

Safia Khattak is a freshman at Middlesex County College and a member of Multiplying Good's Think Big Team. She attended high school in New Jersey, where was a member of Students In Action for many years.

Mandeep Ladhar
UC Berkeley

My name is Mandeep Ladhar and I am a junior studying Public Health at UC Berkeley. I started my journey with Multiplying Good back in 2014. I joined SIA as a freshman in high school and it is because of SIA’s leadership conferences that I learned the true meaning of leadership. On-campus, I am also the Vice-President of Power of a Princess at UC Berkeley. Power of a Princess is a student-run organization that utilizes UC Berkeley volunteers to transform into Disney characters to visit hospitals, children’s organizations, low-income schools, and many other groups free of charge. Further, I serve as the Campus Leader of UC Berkeley for the University of California Advocacy Network which aims to use student voice to influence budget decisions, state policies that directly affect the UC.

Cat Martinez
Sky Mountain Charter School

Cat Martinez is a senior at Sky Mountain Charter School and plans to study History in college. She became involved with Multiplying Good through Students in Action, where she served as President of her SIA team. She and her team were recognized both regionally and nationally for their work with foster youth. She is passionate about civics and engaging younger individuals in civic work through mentorship and the cultivation of their leadership potential. In every service opportunity she partakes in, she makes it a point to draw attention to the topic of mental health and implores others to look for ways they can be a part of a bigger solution. She is a strong believer in the importance of dialogue and conversation to overcome issues and create solutions to those things that divide us as a society. As a member of the Think Big Team, she hopes to continue her work in advocacy and have the opportunity to create change at every possible level. In her spare time, Cat enjoys writing, playing guitar, and spending time with her friends and family.

Kyzelle Espinosa
Stratford High School

Kyzelle is a senior at Stratford High School. She became involved with Multiplying Good since joining her high school’s Students In Action team as a freshman. She serves as the president of the Students In Action team at her school for the 3rd year now. Kyzelle strives to engage her community, especially her peers, in service through a great range of substantiate causes. With this mission, she helps build big, positive impacts, such as combating hunger and poverty, engaging students to others through acts of kindness, and encouraging people to promote a passion for service within the local community and beyond South Carolina.

Mallorie Rice
Lexington High School

Mallorie a high school senior at Lexington High School in South Carolina. Her service passion is Public Health Education and providing donations/services for areas in need of proper healthcare. Her goal is to become a PA with a specialty in infectious diseases and to implement service into her career every day.

Monica Lindsey
Wren High School

Monica is currently a senior at Wren High School and she will be attending Duke University in the fall of 2021 where she plans to study neuroscience and global health. She joined Wren High’s Students in Action team during her sophomore year, and she and her teammates have been focusing on raising awareness for mental health since then. She is currently co-leading the construction of a mental health garden at her school where students and staff can go to decompress during hectic school days. As a member of the Think Big Team, Monica serves on the Program and Development committee and focuses on SIA involvement and diversity.

Noreen Singh
California State University, Stanislaus

Noreen Singh is a current junior at California State University, Stanislaus studying psychology, where she is focusing on child development. She has been a part of Multiplying Good for over 6 years and has served many positions in her Students in Action team at El Camino High School. She has hosted and led over 30 service events and conferences. She is also a part of Multiplying Good’s High School Heroes Alumni Team. Her love and passion for service and volunteerism is illuminated in all aspects of her life. She is very passionate about education, mental health, diversity, and advocating equality for minority groups. She strives to empower and inspire others to make a change in their community and accomplish their goals and dreams no matter what may come.

Sophie Finnell
Clemson University

Sophie is a junior at Clemson University studying Psychology with a minor in Women's Leadership. She was a founding member of the Greenville Technical Charter High School's Students in Action team in 2015 which went on to win the National Jefferson Award in 2016. While at Clemson, Sophie has worked with a team of student Senators to establish the first LGBTQIA+ Living-Learning Residential Community in the state of South Carolina. In addition to advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, Sophie is also passionate about women's empowerment, mental health, self love and acceptance, and the power of empathy in the fight for social justice.