UNL College Board
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Audrey Wagoner is a freshman Political Science major with minors in Global Studies and French on a Pre-Law track. She grew up in a military family and has lived in eight states and Japan. She learned about the horrors and unmet needs of cancer patients firsthand after being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in May 2015. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and attended Marian High School in Omaha.
"I’m so excited to be a part of this organization to raise awareness for such an important issue and make a difference in the lives of children like myself."
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