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 2018 Exec Team

Eric

Name: Eric Rothenberger
Position: Co-Director
Grade: Senior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of the Co-Directors of The Big Event for 2018, Eric Rothenberger. Eric is currently a Senior pursuing a Double Major in Building Construction and Real Estate and is from Lansdale Pennsylvania. An interesting fact about Eric is that he has never broken a bone. You can also find Eric around campus at NLCF events and playing intramural sports with his bible study.
Monica

Name: Monica Ricci
Position: Co-Director
Grade: Senior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org
Meet our Co-Director, Monica Ricci! Monica is currently a senior majoring in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise with a minor in Leadership and Social Change from Purcellville, VA. Something unique about Monica is that she has been to all fifty states! She also works for Carilion Clinic, has two adorable pups, and will be heading to PA school in the coming year!
Kelly

Name: Kelly McConnell
Position: Assistant Director
Grade: Junior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org
Meet our Assistant Director, Kelly McConnell! Kelly is currently a senior majoring in architecture from Lynchburg, Va. In her - little - free time Kelly also teaches gymnastics and lifeguards on campus. Kelly loves the outdoors, especially anywhere near water, and spent her entire summer living in a tent in West Virginia!
Diana

Name: Diana Doan
Position: Co-Director of Communications
Grade: Senior

Email: communications@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Communications, Diana Doan! Diana is currently a senior majoring in civil engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering from Fairfax, VA. Something unique about Diana is that she doesn't have a gall bladder! She's also involved around campus with Alpha Chi Omega and loves boxing.
Gwen

Name: Gwen Leonard
Position: Co-Director of Communications
Grade: Senior

Email: communications@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Communications, Gwen Leonard! Gwen is currently a senior majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with minors in Sustainable Natural Environments and Real Estate. She hails from Clarke County, VA. Gwen also serves as the Student Administrative Manager of Turner Place Dining Hall and as much as possible, spends her spare time outdoors in the sunshine!
Rachel

Name: Rachel Myers
Position: Co-Director of Fundraising
Grade: Senior

Email: fundraising@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Fundraising, Rachel Myers! Rachel is currently a senior majoring in Marketing from Great Falls, VA. Something unique about Rachel is that she was named after Rachel Green from "Friends"! She's also involved around campus with Cru and loves Jesus.
Andrew

Name: Andrew Luo
Position: Co-Director of Fundraising
Grade: Sophomore

Email: fundraising@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Fundraising, Andrew Luo! Andrew is a sophomore majoring in BIT with a minor in Computer Science from McLean, VA. He is currently an RA in Pritchard Hall and loves to meet new people. In his free time, Andrew follows both the NFL and NBA and his favorite teams are the Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards.
Noah

Name: Noah Gendron
Position: Co-Director of Logistics
Grade: Senior

Email: logistics@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our co-directors for logistics, Noah Gendron. Noah is a senior majoring in HNFE from Bull Island, VA. Noah's favorite pylon is Sacrifice. Noah is a returning member on the Exec team so he's super excited to be back!
Mason

Name: Mason Alexander
Position: Co-Director of Logistics
Grade: Junior

Email: logistics@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Logistics, Mason Alexander! Mason is currently a junior majoring in Business Information Technology and Finance and is from Chesapeake, VA. Mason loves to go to the beach and the lake and enjoys surfing and wake boarding
Ryan

Name: Ryan Couse
Position: Co-Director of Programming
Grade: Senior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Programming, Ryan Couse! Ryan is currently a senior majoring in Industrial and Systems engineering with a minor in Political Science from Pittsburgh, PA. While he isn't doing The Big Event, he is working with his fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa and playing roller hockey on the side.
Katie

Name: Katie Rappold
Position: Co-Director of Programming
Grade: Junior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Programming, Katie Rappold! Katie is a junior from Mechanicsville, VA, majoring in Public Relations with a double minor in Business Leadership and Public and Urban Affairs. A fun fact about Katie is that she did indeed forget how to ride a bike- it is possible! When she’s not doing The Big Event, you can catch her critiquing resumes at the Smith Career Center, or walking backwards giving tours with Hokie Ambassadors!
Jazmine

Name: Jazmine Aguilar
Position: Programming Mentor
Grade: Junior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet our Mentor of Programming, Jazmine Aguilar! Jazmine is currently a senior majoring in Human Development with a minor in Medicine and Society from Virginia Beach, VA. A fun fact about Jazmine is that she knows how to make balloon animals! She's also involved in Gamma Phi Beta and absolutely loves her orange cat, Rajah (like the tiger from Aladdin).
Tracy

Name: Tracy Duong
Position: Co-Director of Project Evaluations
Grade: Senior

Email: projectevaluations@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Project Evaluations, Tracy Duong! Tracy is currently a senior majoring in consumer studies with a double minor in business and applied business computing. She is from Falls Church, VA. She is also involved in Greek life with Pi Beta Phi. Her go-to fun fact is that she has been to Australia twice. She loves to go bowling and playing board games.
Ben

Name: Ben Robson
Position: Co-Director of Project Evaluations
Grade: Senior

Email: projectevaluations@vtbigevent.org
Meet Ben Robson, one of our Co-Directors of Project Evaluations! Coming from Gainesville, VA, Ben is majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering and will be graduating in 2019 after a fifth year. Aside from The Big Event, Ben also sits on the Career and Professional Development Student Advisory Board. A fun fact about Ben is that he used to build large competition robots in High School. He's also a huge fan of rock music and enjoys going to concerts when they come around.
Lauren

Name: Lauren Dalfonzo
Position: Co-Director of Projects
Grade: Junior

Email: projects@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Projects, Lauren Dalfonzo. Lauren is from Fredericksburg, VA and is currently a senior majoring in National Security and Foreign Affairs and minoring in French. Some fun facts about Lauren are that she recently studied abroad in Paris over the summer and she is also a Young Life leader at a local high school in the New River Valley.
Meelah

Name: Meleah Overholt
Position: Co-Director of Projects
Grade: Junior

Email: projects@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Projects, Meleah Overholt! Meleah is a junior majoring in Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise with a minor in Leadership and Social Change from Christiansburg, VA. Meleah is also apart of Cru, the Pre-Dental, Club, and loves to run. Something unique about Meleah is that she shaved her roommates head after her roommate raised $1000 for Cancer research.
Aaron

Name: Aaron Graham
Position: Co-Director of Student Outreach
Grade: Senior

Email: studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org
This is one of the dynamic AG duo that we call our Co-Directors of Student Outreach! Aaron is from a small town in Southwest Virginia named Wytheville. He is currently a Senior in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program. For the summer he worked for Twiddy & Company in Duck, North Carolina. Aaron is a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa as well as a member of the Club Management Association of America.
Amanda

Name: Amanda Gladstone
Position: Co-Director of Student Outreach
Grade: Senior

Email: studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Student Outreach, Amanda Gladstone! She is a senior marketing management major with a minor in leadership and social change from Chesapeake, VA. A fun fact about Amanda is that she is a third generation Hokie! Outside of The Big Event, you can find Amanda walking backwards around campus as a Hokie Ambassador in addition to being involved in Pi Beta Phi and Virginia Tech's chapter of the American Marketing Association.
natalie

Name: Natalie Beden
Position: Co-Director of Technology
Grade: Senior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Technology, Natalie Beden! Natalie is currently a senior majoring in Business Information Technology from Vienna, VA. Something unique about Natalie is that she traveled to 27 cities last semester when she was abroad in Europe! She's also involved around campus with Pi Beta Phi and loves running.
Moira

Name: Moira Pelton
Position: Co-Director of Technology
Grade: Junior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Technology, Moira Pelton! Moira is currently a junior in Computer Science minoring in Business from Raleigh, North Carolina. A fun fact about Moira is that she has a twin brother!
Michael

Name: Michael DiFrancisco
Position: Technology Mentor
Grade: Junior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org
Meet the technology mentor, Michael DiFrancisco! Michael is currently a junior studying computer science with a minor in cyber security, and is from Vienna, VA. A fun fact about him is that he has 5 dogs and 15 chickens at his house in the suburbs. Michael is involved around campus with Pi Kappa Alpha and enjoys playing intramural soccer and football in his free time.
Spencer

Name: Spencer Morris
Position: Co-Director of Committee Relations
Grade: Senior

Email: committeerelations@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Co-Directors of Committee Relations, Spencer Morris. Spencer is a senior studying Political Science and Public Relations. Throughout her time at Virginia Tech she has joined many organizations but she is extremely proud and excited to be on this years Big Event exec team. The Big Event is a wonderful way the Virginia Tech student body says thank you to the surrounding community and she is stoked to see it all come together this year! Her hair is as fiery as her personality!!!
Steven

Name: Steven Black
Position: Co-Director of Committee Relations
Grade: Senior

Email: committeerelations@vtbigevent.org
​One of our Co-Directors of Committee Relations, Steven Black, is a First Year Master of Public Health Candidate from Virginia Beach, VA. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences here at Virginia Tech graduating in the Spring of 2017. Steven is involved with the Public Health Association and the Graduate Student Assembly here on campus and works as the Administrative Student Manager at Deet's Place. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in Public Health and Environmental Policy​ to make a difference in our country.
Genevieve

Name: Genevieve Munch
Position: Director of Visual Communications
Grade: Sophomore

Email: visual@vtbigevent.org
Meet our Co-Director of Visual Communications, Genevieve Munch! Genevieve is a sophomore pursuing a BFA in Creative Technologies and a minor in Art History. She is from Clifton, VA and loves strawberries and her puppy. She is also involved in the art fraternity Kappa Pi and enjoys hiking and swimming.
Stephen

Name: Stephen Edelmann
Position: Visual Communications Mentor
Grade: Grad Student

Email: visual@vtbigevent.org
Meet our Visual Communications Mentor, Stephen Edelmann! Stephen is a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering and a graduate assistant for the Virginia Tech Football Team. A cool thing about Stephen is that he can do the splits!