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Allison Wells

ALLISON WELLS

Director of Logistics, Washington Scholars Program

Allison Wells is the Assistant Director of Events for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University, and the Director of Logistics for the Washington Scholars Program. Allison joined the team in May of 2019 and has spent the last two summers supporting and leading the Washington Scholars Programs. She is a lover of all things logistics, and the summers quickly became her favorite time of year. She earned her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University in 2019. In her free time, Allison looks forward to spending time outdoors, being with friends, and traveling.

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Kalea Perez

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Kalea Perez is a rising sophomore at the College of Charleston from Chantilly, VA. She is studying Communication with a minor in studio art and is involved in many activities throughout campus, including the outdoors club, fashion organization, and is a sister in Chi Omega. Kalea first attended the conference in 2017, and later worked on the Youth Advisory Board the following year. She is so excited to meet, work with, and serve all of the new youth correspondents and know you all will have the time of your lives here!

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Riley Noyes

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Riley Noyes is finishing her time at Northern Virginia Community College, and plans to seek a Management degree upon graduation this year. She will be graduating with a General Studies A.S. with a concentration is Business Information Technology Career Studies. Outside of her education, Riley has an affinity for the event industry. She is an assistant at Anne Kelley Events and the Operations Manager of Repeatable DJ and Photo Booth Services. Through both of these positions she works with the planning and the service aspect of events. Riley enjoys watching movies, playing sports with friends, and exploring new parts of D.C.

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Maddie Stroud

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Maddie is a recent graduate of George Mason University.  She has her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Development and Services, as well as a minor in Communication.  She currently works as a Mental Health Associate at Rivermont School, an alternative school in Northern Virginia, for middle school students with emotional disabilities.  Maddie has been a part of the Washington Scholars Program family for four years now, serving as an intern during the school year, a Junior Faculty Advisory at WYSE, and Travel Coordinator for the Advance Team.  She has previously served as a volunteer leader with Young Life and works in her church’s nursery every week.  Maddie loves working with students of all ages and is extremely excited to meet the correspondents and delegates who will attend the conferences this summer!

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Laura Townsley

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Laura is a senior at Virginia Tech studying Human Development and Psychology. She is on the leadership board for Cru at Virginia Tech, as the Production Manager where she has found her love of event planning and management. Laura is also involved in Chi Delta Alpha, a service sorority, where she has completed over 100 hours of community service. Laura studied abroad in Switzerland and Rwanda last fall, and after graduating hopes to continue to travel the world. She is very grateful for this opportunity to serve on the Advance Team and is looking forward to everything she will experience and learn through this position.

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Madison O’Conner

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Madison will be a graduating senior at George Mason University in the Fall 2017 semester. She will be the first of her family to be completing her bachelor’s degree and hopes to inspire other first generation students to achieve the same. Madison is studying Tourism and Events Management within George Mason University’s School of Recreation Health and Tourism. She has had the unique opportunity to work with the Office of Admissions helping prospective students and working as an events intern. Throughout Madison’s undergraduate career she has been involved in many campus organizations and activities including Greek life, GMU Upcycling club, intramural sports and various dance clubs. She has held leadership roles in the GMU Upcycling club, as a member if her sorority’s executive council and will be a panhellenic recruitment counselor in the Fall 2017 semester. Madison cannot wait to help the students attending the Washington Scholars Program prepare for their future!

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Michael Latimer

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Michael Latimer is a recent graduate of George Mason University and a native of Miami, Florida. A member of the Honors College, he received his Bachelor of Science studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Conservation. A Washington Youth Summit on the Environment alumnus, he always had a passion for environmental conservation and the Washington Scholars Program (WSP). Here at Mason, he has been an intern with the Admissions Office for WSP and the events management team and previously was a Junior Faculty Advisor for the conferences. In the fall of 2016, he attended the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) in Front Royal, VA, exploring the ways that science, management and policy address current conservation issues in and out of the field. While at SMSC, he had the amazing opportunity working with the institute’s small animal population on site and was a resident advisor as well. Other opportunities he has had were being part of the Green Patriots, Mason’s club volleyball team, and worked with the restoration of pine rocklands in Miami Dade County. Michael can’t wait to work at the conference and meet all the amazing people!

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Brianna “Bree” St. Clair

Event Coordinator & Advance Team Member

Brianna (“Bree”) is an Event Coordinator for George Mason’s Office of Admissions and the Overnight Advance Team Member for the Washington Scholars Program (WSP). In her role as Event Coordinator, she works alongside Selina, the Event Manger, to plan and run all recruitment events for George Mason University. As the Overnight Advance Team Member, Brianna will handle matters that may arise after normal conference hours in addition to facilitating the on-campus logistics for the conference. Brianna earned her BA in Theater with a minor in Tourism and Event Management from George Mason University in May 2015 and is currently pursuing an MA in Arts Management. Brianna can’t wait to work her second conference season with her new WSP family!

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Melissa Moore

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Melissa Moore is from Fair Lawn, New Jersey and is a rising senior at George Mason University. She is a Communication major with a concentration in Public Relations in addition to minors in Journalism and Sport Management. On campus, Melissa serves as a staff writer for the news section of GMU’s student newspaper, The Fourth Estate, and plays on the women’s rugby team. At home, she serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Cutting Edge, a biannual Board of Education newsletter for her district. Melissa was named the 2014 New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year as a senior and has won several other awards for her writing. She attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in 2012 where she fell in love with journalism and the university she would soon attend, and returned as a Junior Faculty Advisor in 2015 and 2016. She looks forward to working with the Advance Team this summer and meeting students from each conference!

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Keirsten Robinson

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Keirsten Robinson is a senior in George Mason University’s Honors College. She is studying Communication with a double concentration in Journalism and Public Relations and a double minor in American Government and Political Communication. At Mason, she is a Mason Ambassador, an anchor for Mason Cable News, a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi, the Executive Secretary of Public Relations for Student Government, and the Vice President of Public Relations for Mason Panhellenic, among other activities. 

She is an intern for the Washington Scholars Program along with George Mason’s Office of Admissions. She has previously interned in the Office of Integrated Enrollment Marketing, and the Office of Strategic Communication. She attended WJMC in 2015, was selected as an intern in 2016, served as a JFA in 2017, and is excited to return as a member of the Advance Team after previously serving as a Transportation Coordinator in 2018! In her free time she enjoys live music, hanging out in DC, traveling the world, and spending time with her WSP family.