Student Advisory Board

Allison Baier : National Student Vice President

Allison Baier

National Student Vice President


| studentvp@odk.org

Biography

Allison Baier is a 2012 initiate of the St. Lawrence University Circle. She was her circle’s president during her senior year and, in 2014, was awarded the General Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year Award. She served on the National Student Advisory Board from 2014-16, and at the 2016 convention, Ally was elected National Student Vice President.

 

Ally earned her Bachelor of Science degree in music and psychology from St. Lawrence University in 2014. As an undergraduate, she served as a research and teaching assistant in the environmental psychology lab and conducted a senior thesis investigating classroom environments’ influence on divergent and convergent creative thinking. She also served as a mentor through the SLU Buddies program for at-risk and under-privileged middle school children and, during the summer after her sophomore year, completed a research fellowship studying the effect of music therapy on orphaned Ghanaian children. In addition to her research interests, Ally was also heavily involved with numerous organizations on campus including serving as the assistant concertmaster of the university orchestra for four years.

 

She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University, focusing on studying cognitive behavioral treatments (CBTs) for anxiety and mood disorders, in particular post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her interest is in understanding the mechanisms of change across CBTs in order to identify and study moderators of treatment efficacy and predictors of treatment outcome. After receiving her doctorate, she intends to pursue a career in clinical research and practice.

 

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Ally worked at Massachusetts General Hospital with Home Base, a program dedicated to providing clinical care, education and research to help heal the Invisible Wounds of War including PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and depression. There, she managed multiple research studies investigating the efficacy of professional education programs for community providers, aimed at training in evidence-based PTSD treatment and increasing awareness and understanding of the psychological challenges facing service members and their families.

 

Ally has presented or published more than 15 abstracts and peer-reviewed articles and, she is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
Jacob Boult : Member, Student Advisory Board

Jacob Boult

Member, Student Advisory Board


| jboult@nevada.unr.edu

Biography

Jacob Boult attends the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in communication studies with a minor in political science. He intends to pursue a career in leadership development. His personal leadership philosophy is to make everything around him beautiful. After finding out about ODK from an article, he led the effort of establishing a circle founded at his university.  Jacob currently serves as circle president. He is now serving on the Student Advisory Board for the 2016-18 term.

 

Jacob works professionally in a number of student services capacities on his university campus. He works in the Center for Student Engagement (CSE) as the special projects coordinator. In his role, he creates strategic plans to partner with various youth group organizations around the state, plans events based on civic engagement, and runs their leadership social media campaign, iLeadNevada. He also works in the Nevada Career Studio as a career mentor where he assists any student with exploring and preparing for their careers and professional pursuits.

 

One of Jacob’s most beloved involvements is with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation (HOBY) Nevada Chapter. He was an ambassador of the program in 2012 and currently sits on his state committee. This past year, he served as alumni coordinator.  In this role, he recruited and trained staff for the summer conference and is working on retention of their programs for the next year through social media engagement and alumni activities. Jacob is a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and serves on the Interfraternity Council Executive Board as special events coordinator where he serves 15+ fraternities with events to unite and develop their community. In 2015-16, Jacob served as a senator for the UNR College of Liberal Arts and as an orientation guide.

 

Jacob enjoys volunteering with various student leadership organizations such as the Nevada Association of Student Councils and Washington Association of Student Leaders. For the past four years, he has been involved with the Western Leaders Summit in Washington starting as a delegate, then becoming a junior counselor, and, most recently, head counselor. Through these same organizations, he often gives workshops and speeches at regional and state conferences on various leadership topics.

 

Jacob is always looking for new ways to serve his community and loves challenges and trying new things. He would love to get to know as many ODK members as possible throughout his term, build real relationships, and establish ongoing dialogue about the organization and leadership in general.
Palavi Vaidya : Member, Student Advisory Board

Palavi Vaidya

Member, Student Advisory Board


| vpalavi@gmail.com

Biography

Palavi Vaidya is a 2013 initiate of the Georgia Institute of Technology Alpha Eta Circle. She was her circle’s president during her senior year. In June 2016, she was awarded the Gen, Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year Award. This is her first year on the National Student Advisory board for the 2016-2018 term, and she will also be serving on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Palavi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech in 2016. She now is attending University of Toledo College of Medicine as a first year medical student. She is involved with the American Medical Association and volunteers for the local free clinic. She also finds time to scribe in the emergency department at the medical center. She has also volunteered her time at a child psychiatric ward to learn more about child advocacy. In her free time, she tries to read to Kindergarten students in the local area as well as provide tours to prospective medical students on their interview days.

With her biomedical engineering degree, Palavi worked at Amway Global for their research and development department. She was with their advanced technology group exploring noninvasive measurement options for vascular health. She has also worked as a teacher’s assistant for some of her biomedical engineering classes at Georgia Tech. And one of her favorite jobs while at Georgia Tech was working in the housing department as a resident advisor. In this role, she planned community development activities and build trust with each of her residents.

Palavi loves to dance and has learned classical Indian as well as Bollywood Fusion dance for 14 years. She also really enjoys traveling and going on mission trips. Her last trip was to Guatemala to volunteer on a coffee farmland.  With close relation with her mentor who always stressed significance over success, Palavi has followed her passion for people. She volunteered for National Parkinson’s Foundation especially putting on Moving Day (a 5K walk) raising over $140,000 and organizing this event for over 700 attendees and volunteers.

Through her senior design class, Palavi has also been able to design and engineered a seating solution for children with Cerebral Palsy in low resource settings. Palavi enjoys giving back to the community, which is a main reason why she wants to pursue a career in medicine constantly learning how she can help make the community better.

Catherine Bruns : Member, Student Advisory Board

Catherine Bruns

Member, Student Advisory Board


| brunscj@jmu.edu

Biography

Catherine Bruns is a 2015 initiate of the Concordia College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. She represented Concordia at the 2016 ODK National Biennial Convention as an official circle delegate and currently serves as a member of the Student Advisory Board.

Catherine is a graduate student at James Madison University pursuing a Master of Arts in communication and advocacy. In addition, she is a graduate teaching assistant for the JMU School of Communication Studies and serves as a graduate assistant forensics coach for the JMU Speech Team. Catherine has had the opportunity to represent JMU at a variety of regional and national academic conferences. Her most recent scholarly publication can be found in the journal Carolinas Communication Annual. She hopes to begin a doctoral program in fall 2017.

Prior to graduate school, Catherine attended Concordia College, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in communication studies-theatre arts, political science, and Chinese. At Concordia, Catherine served as captain of the nationally-ranked Concordia Speech Team, for which she was awarded the Gloria Long Leadership Through Service Award. Her undergraduate research on China’s performance and interpretation of “Romeo and Juliet” was institutionally recognized with the Bruce Gronbeck Research Award as well as nationally recognized by the Kennedy Center. Her past practical work includes internships at Hennepin Theatre Trust and the Children’s Theatre Company as well as a campus fellowship for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

In addition to ODK, Catherine is also a member of Pi Kappa Delta and Pi Sigma Alpha.

Bryce Gordon : Member, Student Advisory Board

Bryce Gordon

Member, Student Advisory Board


| bryce.gordon@eagles.cui.edu

Biography

Bryce Gordon is a 2015 initiate of the Concordia University Irvine Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. He is an active member of the CUI Circle, attended the 2016 Biennial Convention and Leadership Conference, and was appointed to the Student Advisory Board in 2016.

At Concordia University Irvine, Bryce is currently employed in the Undergraduate Admissions Department as an Eagles Ambassador. His main focus is to be tour guide on campus, introducing prospective students to CUI facilities and explaining the vast array of educational opportunities that would are available to enrolled students. Another part of his position entails working at the Welcome Center’s front desk. In this role, Bryce welcomes all kinds of visitors to the university and assists them with scheduling for tours and admissions counselor meetings, answering general questions about the university, or assisting in finding any staff or faculty member in any department on campus.

At other times of the year, Bryce is a seasonal employee of Underhill International Corporation (UIC). UIC is an irrigation company manufacturing, selling, and distributing state of the art irrigation equipment and supplies all over the world. His responsibilities include building our custom industrial hoses, palletizing inventory, and shipping out orders to end-users and distributors.

Outside of Omicron Delta Kappa, Bryce am involved in helping out with the yearly Kaiser Permanente 5k and Fun Run in Irvine, Calif. He volunteer with the CUI Men’s Volleyball team by helping with registration, sign-in, posting of results, and awarding of medals. As an athletic training major, Bryce also volunteers with athlete fall and spring physicals in order to help expedite the process and get athletes in and cleared to compete as soon as possible.

While living in Shanghai, China, Bryce volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building homes in rural villages in Yunnan Province. He also taught English as a Second Language to students at the local elementary schools near the villages. He also served as the Vice President of the Concordia International School Shanghai Athletic Council.

Michael Hammer : Member, Student  Advisory Board

Michael Hammer

Member, Student Advisory Board


| mjhammertime@gmail.com

Biography

Michael Hammer was first inducted into the Saint Mary’s College of Maryland’s O∆K circle in the 2015 fall semester. At the end of his junior year, we was elected to be vice president of the circle. After his election, Michael attended the O∆K national convention as his circle delegate. Now a senior in college, he is a member of the Student Advisory Board.

At Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, Michael is majoring in biology and working on his senior project in organic synthesis. While attending school, Michael also works part-time at Medstar Saint Mary’s Hospital in the emergency department as a scribe. In addition, he is currently an anatomy and physiology teaching assistant. Over the summer in 2016, Michael worked in a chemical synthesis lab with a Saint Mary’s professor as a student researcher attempting to synthesize a novel carbene molecule.

In addition to participating in O∆K sponsored volunteer events, Michael is a new student orientation leader at SMCM and has also been a volunteer EMT at a local rescue squad for the past two years. Michael also served as the class secretary for the SMCM Class of 2017 during the 2013-14 academic year.

In the past, he has raised approximately $5,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Michael has biked across the country from Baltimore, Md. to Seattle, Wash. to raise awareness and to continue fundraising money for the organization. In the process, Michael’s team raised approximately $200,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Ashlynn Rickord : Member, Student Advisory Board

Ashlynn Rickord

Member, Student Advisory Board


| arickord@carthage.edu

Biography

Ashlynn Rickord is a 2013 initiate of the Carthage College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. She currently serves on the Student Advisory Board for the organization.

At present, Ashlynn is a Master of Theological Studies candidate at Harvard Divinity School concentrating in the area of religion and science. She specifically studies the connection between religion and the institutionalization of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled throughout United States history. Ashlynn is currently the records management intern at the National Park Service in Boston.

Ashlynn earned her bachelor’s degree in history and religion from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc. and has career aspirations in the field of public history. She has previously worked in the National Hellenic Museum, Staubitz Archives, and Kenosha Public Museum. Most recently, she has also worked with the Waltham Historical Commission in Waltham, Mass. completing historic research on the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center, the first institution in the Western Hemisphere for the treatment of the developmentally disabled.

Ashlynn also volunteers outside of Omicron Delta Kappa as a member of the Boston Preservation Alliance Young Advisors Board, a Membership Programming Specialist for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, an advisor to the chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta at University of Massachusetts-Boston, and is the Treasurer of the Harvard Divinity School Student Association.

Professionally, Ashlynn is a member of Alpha Chi, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Lambda Delta, the Boston Preservation Alliance, National Residence Hall Honorary, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Phi Alpha Theta, and Theta Alpha Kappa.

Andrew Brown : Student Member-at-Large, SAB Member, and NAC Member

Andrew Brown

Student Member-at-Large, SAB Member, and NAC Member


| brow1239@purdue.edu

Biography

Andrew Brown is a 2012 initiate of the Grand Valley State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. During his time there, he was able to serve as circle [resident for two years after taking a fifth-year before graduating. Andrew previously served ODK as a member of the first Student Advisory Board and a member of the national Membership Committee. Currently, he is a Student Member-at-Large on the Society Board of Directors, a member of the National Advisory Council, and a member of the Student Advisory Board.

Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University in 2014 with a double major in psychology and philosophy. As an undergraduate, he worked as a peer educator, leading outreach programs and conducting surveys to raise awareness of mental health issues on campus and promote the University Counseling Center. He also worked as a lead writing consultant in the Writing Center, collaborating with students to improve their skills as writers, while also mentoring other consultants and leading professional development workshops. He also completed a one-year internship as a leadership and service intern, where he worked with Office of Student Life staff to plan, provide, and improve leadership and community service programs. Additionally, Andrew presented more than 15 conference sessions, professional development workshops, and outreach programs at local, state, regional, and national conferences.

Currently, Andrew is a full-time graduate student in the counseling psychology doctoral program at Purdue University. As a recipient of the Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship, he works as a teaching and research assistant, teaching two different classes and collaborating on several research projects related to grief and loss. His personal research focuses on understanding the college student experience of romantic breakup, and how guided writing interventions can be used to reduce the risk of negative outcomes like increased risk of depression or decreased academic performance. Additionally, Andrew is a member of the Counseling and Development Graduate Student Organization, is the vice president of the Graduate Organization for Educational Studies, and is the Purdue representative on the Student Committee of the Indiana Psychological Association. In the spring of 2016, he worked with Foundation Board of Trustees member Terry Kungel to re-charter the Century Circle at Purdue. He serves the Century Circle in an advisory role, giving guidance to the students of the Executive Board as well as the faculty advisor and circle coordinator. Before graduating from his program, Andrew hopes to choose between a potential career in academia as a professor, working as a licensed counselor, or becoming involved in using psychological research to influence and lobby public policy.

Tambria Schroeder : Student Member-at-Large, SAB Member, and NAC Member

Tambria Schroeder

Student Member-at-Large, SAB Member, and NAC Member


| tschr2@u.brockport.edu

Biography

Tambria Schroeder is a 2015 initiate of The College at Brockport (SUNY) Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. She previously served as the circle’s public relations coordinator and is now serving as its president. Additionally, she is currently serving as a member of both the National Advisory Council, ODK Society Board of Directors, and Student Advisory Board.

Tambria is currently in her last year of undergraduate studies at The College at Brockport. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in political science and Bachelor of Arts in international studies and women and gender studies. In addition, she works as a community ambassador for the college’s Office of Community Development.
Prior to returning for her senior year, Tambria was living in Washington, D.C. while completing an internship at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She has also worked as a tutor at Brockport’s Student Learning Center and as a cashier at Price Chopper Supermarkets.

Tambria currently serves as the senior co-coordinator for the Honors College Peer Mentor Program and president of the Honors Club. She volunteers her time with various community service initiatives and as a student representative on the College Senate. She is also a member of Brockport’s Rotaract Club and on the Excellence Subcommittee of Brockport’s 2016-2017 Strategic Planning Committee.

Previously, Tambria served as a student ambassador for Brockport’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and a member of her hometown’s Youth Philanthropy Council. She has also been a member of both Circle K and Habitat for Humanity.