In order to plan an event of this magnitude, The Big Event at Virginia Tech needs nearly 200 dedicated individuals working year round. From the Exec to the Committee to Staff members, all positions are extremely important to the overall success of The Big Event.

 

Your 2020 Exec Team

Sam

Name: Sam Johnson
Position: Co-Director
Grade: Junior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: T 2 - 3PM
Meet one of the Co-Directors of The Big Event for 2019, Sam Johnson. Sam is currently a junior majoring in public relations. She is from Winchester, Virginia. An interesting fact about Sam is that she has been scuba diving with sharks.
Julia

Name: Julia Farrell
Position: Co-Director
Grade: Junior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: T 12 - 1PM
Meet one of the Co-Directors of The Big Event for 2019, Julia Farrell. Julia is currently a junior majoring in electrical engineering, and she is from Mechanicsville, Virginia. An interesting fact about Julia is that she is the youngest person on the exec team this year. Also, she used to live on Olde Towne Road.
Heather

Name: Heather Trobridge
Position: Communications Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: communications@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Communications Executives, Heather Trobridge. Heather is currently a junior majoring in multimedia journalism with a professional and technical writing minor from Haymarket, Virginia. When Heather is not working with The Big Event, she is creating spreads and layouts for the Collegiate Times Student Newspaper as the Design Editor and writing part-time with the Lifestyles section.
Justin

Name: Justin Larkin
Position: Communications Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: communications@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: F 9 - 10AM
Meet one of our Communications Executives, Justin Larkin. Justin is currently a senior majoring in building construction and he is from Roanoke, Virginia. An interesting fact about Justin is that though he is a Senior, he left the Architecture School the pursue his passion in building construction in early 2019 and will be with us for 2 more years!
Kyra

Name: Kyra Laushell
Position: Fundraising Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: fundraising@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Fundraising Executives, Kyra Laushell. Kyra is currently a senior double majoring in accounting and finance and she is from Yardley, Pennsylvania. An interesting fact about Kyra is that she went to the best prom in America!
Alex

Name: Alex Scharr
Position: Fundraising Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: fundraising@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Fundraising Executives, Alex Scharr. Alex is currently a junior majoring in business information technology with a concentration in operations and supply chain management and he is from Richmond, Virginia. An interesting fact about Alex is that he is an only child!
Chris

Name: Chris Brassel
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Chris Brassel. Chris is currently a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering and he is from Charlotte, North Carolina. An interesting fact about Chris is that he has road-tripped to California and back twice!
Kate

Name: Kate Carnivale
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: R 11AM - 12PM
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Kate Carnivale. Kate is currently a senior majoring in clinical neuroscience with hopes of going to dental school. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An interesting fact about Kate is that she was once in a TV commercial and was also charged by a bison in Yellowstone National Park.
Robby

Name: Robby Stanziano
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: R 2 - 3PM
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Robert Stanziano. Robert is currently a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering and he is from Warrenton, Virginia. An interesting fact about Robby is that when he was a baby, his mom called him "my little chunkalope" (AKA a chunky antelope).
Alexis

Name: Alexis Ballvé
Position: Projects Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: projects@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Projects Executives, Alexis Ballvé. Alexis is currently a junior who is double majoring in international studies and spanish and from Leesburg, Virginia. An interesting fact about Alexis is that she has hiked Mount Vesuvius.
Elizabeth

Name: Elizabeth Quill
Position: Projects Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: projects@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: W 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Meet one of our Projects Executives, Elizabeth Quill. Elizabeth is currently a senior majoring in public and urban affairs and she is from Alexandria, Virginia. An interesting fact about Elizabeth is that she once sang backup for Anna Kendrick and Janelle Monae.
Trilby

Name: Trilby Brown
Position: Student Outreach Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our STUDS (Student Outreach) Executives, Trilby Brown. Trilby is currently a junior majoring in marketing and hospitality tourism management and she is from Winchester, Virginia. An interesting fact about Trilby is that she has been to 5 of 7 continents and recently visited 7 national/state parks in a week and stayed in a Tepee.
JustinP

Name: Justin Petrie
Position: Student Outreach Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: M 12 - 1 PM
Meet one of our STUDS (Student Outreach) Executives, Justin Petrie. Justin is currently a junior majoring in agricultural sciences and he is from Stephens City, Virginia. An interesting fact about Justin is that he recently went on a two week backpacking trip in New Mexico.
Reese

Name: Reese Pounders
Position: Technology Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Technology Executives, Reese Pounders. Reese is currently a senior majoring in computer science with a minor in Math and he is from Richmond, Virginia. An interesting fact about Reese is that his home in Blacksburg doesn't have central heating, his house is heated using a wood-burning stove in the winter!
Byrge

Name: Luke Byrge
Position: Technology Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: W 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Meet one of our Technology Executives, Luke Byrge. Luke is currently a junior majoring in computer science and he is from Nashville Tennessee. Luke can probably beat you at Smash Bros Ult. If you want to try, come out to smash club on Tuesday's starting at 7:30 in NCB 320.
Fran

Name: Francesca Lionetti
Position: Internal Relations Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: F 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Meet one of our Internal Relations Executives, Francesca Lionetti. Francesca is currently a senior majoring in psychology and she is from New Jersey. An interesting fact about Francesca is that she is a gymnastics coach!
Ashley

Name: Ashley Yanego
Position: Internal Relations Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: M 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Meet one of our Internal Relations Executives, Ashley Yanego. Ashley is currently a senior majoring in agricultural, leadership, and community education and she is from Strasburg, VA. An interesting fact about Ashley is that her dream job is to be a farmer!
Genevieve

Name: Genevieve Munch
Position: Visual Communications Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: visual@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Visual Communications Executives, Genevieve Munch. Genevieve is currently a senior majoring in creative technologies with a minor in art history and she is from Clifton, Virginia. An interesting fact about Genevieve is that she really loves strawberries and her dog!
Christina

Name: Christina High
Position: Visual Communications Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: visual@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00 PM
Meet one of our Visual Communications Executives, Christina High. Christina is currently a junior majoring in architecture and she is from Haymarket, Virginia. An interesting fact about Christina is that she loves running and in September she will have ran her second half marathon.
Leia

Name: Leia
Position: Canine Correspondent
Meet Leia, our Canine Correspondent! Leia is a 2 year-old yellow lab golden retriever mix. Her human is one of our Programming Executives, Chris. A fun fact about Leia is that she was born on May the 4th, and is thereby named after Princess Leia!