UNL Junior Board
Briana Hammerstorm is a junior studying Advertising and Public Relations from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She's currently a PR intern at Lincoln Electric and is involved on campus through her sorority and other organizations. Her career goal is to work on the ALSAC fundraising team at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and is thrilled to be helping raise cancer research funds for children through Sammy's Superheroes.
Holly is a senior studying Advertising/ Public Relations and Spanish at UNL. She spent the past summer (2017) interning at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide, an ad agency in Northbrook, Illinois. She spends her free time reading, writing, hanging out with friends and cuddling with her amazing dog named Casper. Having 5 nephews is Holly's biggest motivation for being involved with Sammy's Superheroes Foundation. She can't wait to use her passions for strategic communications and children to help fund lifesaving research for kids.
Taylor Lofdahl is currently a Junior from Omaha, NE, studying Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication with a minor in Spanish. In her free time, Taylor loves to rock climb, kick box, travel, and spend time with her friends. One of her greatest passions is serving others, as she has begun to pursue this by serving in various roles in organizations on campus, such as the Nebraska Human Resource Institute, the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, New Student Enrollment, and Alpha Omicron Pi. Taylor is excited to join the Junior Board for Sammy’s Superheroes because it will be an extension of her passions; however, it has also become an important part of her family. Taylor’s aunt, Erica McMahon, is a long-time supporter of Sammy’s, and she has inspired her to join the fight against childhood cancer.
Reese Hogue is a junior at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln majoring in Secondary Education in the Social Science department with a minor in history, as well as an endorsement in Coaching and English Language Learning. Originally from a small town in Nebraska- Falls City- Reese is grateful that he has joined the Sammy’s Superheroes Junior Board. In his spare time, Reese enjoys playing sports, reading any historically based book and watching Netflix - but most of all he loves being outside, especially out in the country.
Being able to work with kids of all ages and raising awareness about all types of childhood cancer is the main reason as to why Reese enjoys serving on the Jr. Board of Directors.
Matt Ballweg is from Columbus, Nebraska and is currently attending the University of Nebraska - Lincoln studying Chemistry and Microbiology with minors in Mathematics and Biochemistry. Here at Lincoln, Matt is involved as a Teaching Assistant in the Chemistry Department, a mentor and co-chair in NHRI, and works as a research assistant in the chemistry lab on campus. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, hiking and camping, and traveling. Matt’s ultimate aspirations are to attend Medical School and become a practicing Medical Doctor and someday join Doctors Without Borders to aid in delivering medical attention to those most in need.
Alayna Wilson is from Columbus, NE, and is currently attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a major in Speech-Language Pathology. In her free time, she loves to dance, shop, and volunteer. This past year (2017), she started to compete in pageants and made it to the Miss Nebraska pageant in June 2017. There, she used Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation as her platform. Spreading awareness across the state of Nebraska through the Miss Nebraska Organization and volunteering at events made Alayna realize how much she loves supporting Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation's mission. "I am humbled to say that I am on the Junior Board and I cannot wait to put my talents to good use while fighting against pediatric cancer," Alayna said.
Jake Jasper is from Columbus, Nebraska, and is currently studying Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management with a minor in Business administration at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. After graduation Jake plans on working for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Florida where he hopes to learn more about Eco Tourism and the conservation of ocean ecosystems. In his free time, Jake enjoys boating, canoeing, fishing, reading, and traveling, but most of all spending time with his friends and family. Working with kids and trying to make a difference in their lives is what Jake hopes to get most out of being apart of Sammy's Superheroes Foundation's Junior Board of Directors.
Molly is a Junior studying Child Youth & Family Studies, with minors in Psychology and Sociology and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is involved on campus through her sorority and Child Life Club. This past summer she had the opportunity to work at two local hospitals. Her career goal is to become a Child Life Specialist at Children's Minneapolis Hospital, in the NICU. Molly is ecstatic to be using her passion and love for kids by serving on Sammy's Superheroes Foundation's Jr. Board of Directors to help fight cancer.
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