Exec
 

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 2019 Exec Team

Katie

Name: Katie Rappold
Position: Co-Director
Grade: Senior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: TR 3-4 PM
Meet one of the Co-Directors of The Big Event for 2019, Katie Rappold. Katie is currently a Senior majoring in Public Relations, with a double minor in Business Leadership and Public and Urban Affairs. She is from Mechanicsville, Virginia. An interesting fact about Katie is that she has met the queen of England. Around campus she is also involved in Hokie Ambassadors, Student Life Council, and works at Career and Professional Development!
Kelly

Name: Kelly McConnell
Position: Co-Director
Grade: 5th Year Senior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: T 2-3PM
Meet one of the Co-Directors of The Big Event for 2019, Kelly McConnell. Kelly is currently a 5th year Senior majoring in Architecture and she is from Lynchburg, Virginia. An interesting fact about Kelly is that she has been hit by a car twice. When she's not doing the Big Event or in the architecture studio you can find her lifeguarding on campus or hanging around the gym.
Steven

Name: Steven Black
Position: Assistant Director
Grade: Second Year Grad Student

Email: director@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: M 1:30-3 PM
Meet the Assistant Director of The Big Event for 2019, Steven Black. Steven is currently a 2nd year Grad Student pursuing a Master of Public Health and he is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. An interesting fact about Steven is that he has hiked over 250 miles and hopes to do more! His goal is to do the Virginia Triple Crown sometime soon.
Hayden

Name: Hayden Hovis
Position: Communications Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: communications@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Communications Executives, Hayden Hovis. Hayden is currently a Senior majoring in Packaging Systems and Design and he is from Roanoke, Virginia. An interesting fact about Hayden is that in the 4th grade, he guessed the correct amount of Swedish Fish in a container and won them all. Unrelated, his favorite candy is Swedish Fish.
Heather

Name: Heather Trobridge
Position: Communications Executive
Grade: Sophomore

Email: communications@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: R 2-3 PM
Meet one of our Communications Executives, Heather Trobridge. Heather is currently a Sophomore majoring in Multimedia Journalism and she is from Haymarket, Virginia. Around campus, Heather also writes for the Collegiate Times and reports with Virginia Tech Television!
Kyra

Name: Kyra Laushell
Position: Fundraising Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: fundraising@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Fundraising Executives, Kyra Laushell. Kyra is currently a Junior 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!
Julia

Name: Julia Farrell
Position: Fundraising Executive
Grade: Sophomore

Email: fundraising@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Fundraising Executives, Julia Farrell. Julia is currently a Sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering and she is from Mechanicsville, Virginia. An interesting fact about Julia is that she is absolutely obsessed with Toy Story and is a big Disney/PIXAR nerd in general. She wants to be an imagineer when she grows up!
Meleah

Name: Meleah Overholt
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Meleah Overholt. Meleah is currently a Senior majoring in HNFE and she is from Christiansburg, Virginia. An interesting fact about Meleah is that she was once interviewed as Hermione Granger for a News Story!! She also loves to run and go to the beach or any body of water; especially Cape Cod! At Virginia Tech she is also involved with Cru!
Mason

Name: Mason Alexander
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Mason Alexander. Mason is currently a Senior double majoring in Business Information Technology and Finance and he is from Chesapeake, Virginia. An interesting fact about Mason is that he has gone scuba diving with sharks!
Chris

Name: Chris Brassel
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Chris Brassel. Chris is currently a Junior 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!
Ben

Name: Ben Robson
Position: Projects Executive
Grade: Fifth Year Senior

Email: projects@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: W 11 AM-2 PM
Meet one of our Projects Executives, Ben Robson. Ben is currently a 5th Year Senior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering and he is from Gainesville, Virginia. An interesting fact about Ben is that he met Daniel Radcliffe in NYC in 2008 after lining up outside the theatre where his broadway show was.
Jess

Name: Jessica Puodziunas
Position: Projects Executive
Grade: Sophomore

Email: projects@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Projects Executives, Jessica Puodziunas. Jess is currently a Sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering and she is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An interesting fact about Jess is that you can feel her heartbeat in her stomach!
Anne Marie

Name: Anne Marie Tedesco
Position: Student Outreach Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: M 12:30-1:30 PM
Meet one of our STUDS (Student Outreach) Executives, Anne Marie Tedesco. Anne Marie is currently a Senior majoring in Biology and she is from Bridgeton, New Jersey. An interesting fact about Anne Marie is that Gilmore Girls is her definite favorite show, and she can confidently say she has seen every episode a minimum of 5 times.
Matt

Name: Matt Salvador
Position: Student Outreach Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: T 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Meet one of our STUDS (Student Outreach) Executives, Matt Salvador. Matt is currently a Senior majoring in HNFE and he is from Falls Church, Virginia. An interesting fact about Matt is that he is also the Student General Manager at Deet's Place on campus.
Moira

Name: Moira Pelton
Position: Technology Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Technology Executives, Moira Pelton. Moira is currently a Senior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Business and she is from Raleigh, North Carolina. An interesting fact about Moira is that she was born in Germany!
Andrew

Name: Andrew Luo
Position: Technology Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: technology@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Technology Executives, Andrew Luo. Andrew is currently a Junior double majoring in BIT and Management and he is from Vienna, Virginia. An interesting fact about Andrew is that he is a DC Sports fan (Wizards, Redskins, Capitals, etc).
Sam

Name: Sam Kelly
Position: Internal Relations Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: internalrelations@vtbigevent.org

Office Hours: W 12-1 PM
Meet our Internal Relations Executive, Sam Kelly. Sam is currently a Junior majoring in Math Education and she is from Winchester, Virginia. An interesting fact about Sam is that she has a dance party with her roommates every night. If you don't, you're not living!
Genevieve

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

Email: visual@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Visual Communications Executives, Genevieve Munch. Genevieve is currently a Junior majoring in Creative Technologies and she is from Clifton, Virginia. An interesting fact about Genevieve is that she really loves her dog!
Christina

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

Email: visual@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Visual Communications Executives, Christina High. Christina is currently a Sophomore 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 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!