UNL College Board

  • Briana Hammerstorm
    Briana Hammerstorm

    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 Schumacher
    Holly Schumacher

    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
    Taylor Lofdahl

    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
    Reese Hogue

    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
    Matt Ballweg

    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.

  • Jacob Jasper
    Jacob Jasper

    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 Lewis
    Molly Lewis

    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.

  • Morgan Kuklis
    Morgan Kuklis

    Morgan Kuklis is a senior studying exercise science from Lincoln, Nebraska. She has worked at Academic Advantage Daycare for about three years which has made her love for children grow. During the Summers, she works at Eastern Nebraska 4-H Camp Center. She has also been a counselor for Camp CoHoLo- a camp for children who have or currently are battling cancer, and Camp Floyd Rogers. She loves working with children, 'They are truly amazing," she says. She is excited to be apart of such a great cause and helping to raise funds for childhood cancer research through Sammy's Superheroes Foundation.

  • Alayna Wilson
    Alayna Wilson

    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.

  • McKenna Bradley
    McKenna Bradley

    McKenna is majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Humanities in Medicine on the pre-medical track at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her future career plans include working at the Children's Hospital as a pediatric hematologist. She's a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and is from Castle Rock, Colorado! "I look forward to being a a part of this organization not only because it is a great cause, but also due to the fact that the organization's founding involved high schoolers simply seeing a need and actually doing something."

  • Jordan Schaefer
    Jordan Schaefer

    Jordan Schaefer is a pre-nursing student from Omaha, Nebraska. She hopes to eventually attend the UNMC college of nursing with a career goal to become a pediatric oncology nurse and work in the Omaha area. Jordan spends her free time traveling, hanging out with friends, running and watching Netflix. She's always wanted to help kids with cancer and their families, so getting involved with Sammy’s Superheroes is the perfect way to help others and spread the word, for Jordan.

  • Fran Pargett
    Fran Pargett

    Fran Pargett is a sophomore from Nebraska City, Nebraska. She studies at University of Nebraska - Lincoln, majoring in Advertising and Public Relations, with minors in Communication Studies and English. Throughout her involvement with her sorority, she has been able to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, sparking a passion to help children with pediatric cancer on a local level. When Fran isn't working at the YMCA or attending Advertising Club meetings, she's spending time with her niece and nephews, having coffee dates with her mom, or laughing endlessly with her friends. Fran is overjoyed to have the opportunity to spread awareness of Sammy's Superheroes and to help fund research that would assist all children affected by cancer.

  • Abbi Wendt
    Abbi Wendt

    Abbi Wendt is from Omaha, NE, and attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an Elementary Education major. She loves spending her free time with family and friends and working with kids. She has spent her past summers on various mission trips as she loves helping people. Abbi is excited to be a part of Sammy’s Superheroes as she grew up in Columbus when Sammy was diagnosed. She is excited to be a part of fighting childhood cancer.

  • Eastyn Klink
    Eastyn Klink

    Eastyn loves how dedicated the people involved with Sammy’s Superheroes are, and she wants to help make a difference in this world. "I believe it is important to do whatever we can to help the children and their families that are dealing with childhood cancer. This is going to be a never ending tragedy unless the world raises enough awareness to find a cure. I would do anything in the world to take a child’s place, so he or she would not have to battle cancer. Since I cannot physically take a child’s place, I think the best thing I can do is share his or her story, support the child and their family, and help spread awareness to the world."
    Eastyn has a special place in her heart for children, and she wants to help raise awareness for childhood cancer, so that one day, researchers will find a cure and end these kids’ battles.

    Eastyn is a psychology/pre-occupational therapy major and has always been an active volunteer in her community.

  • Amanda Malashock
    Amanda Malashock

    Amanda Malashock is majoring in pre-health at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. Amanda became interested in Sammy's Superheroes after her experience growing up with her close friend who battled childhood cancer. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Amanda is excited to be a part of the Junior Board of Directors and looks forward to spending time with the kids that are helped by this organization and raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer.

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