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 2022 Exec Team



Name: Emily Smith
Position: Co-Director
Grade: Senior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of the Co-Directors of The Big Event for 2022, Emily Smith. She is currently a senior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering and she is from Charlottesville, VA. An interesting fact about Emily is that she likes to sew!


Name: Nicky Hatch
Position: Co-Director
Grade: Senior

Email: director@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of the Co-Directors of The Big Event for 2022, Nicky. He is currently a senior majoring in Economics and Political Science and he is from Vienna, VA. An interesting fact about Nicky is that he has achieved "frequent-flyer" status at Roots.


Name: Ben Grott
Position: Communications Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: communications@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Communications Executives, Ben Grott. He is currently a junior majoring in Business Information Technology and he is from Richmond, VA. An interesting fact about Ben is that he was admin of a meme page in high school.


Name: Emery Poulsen
Position: Communications Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: communications@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Communications Executives, Emery Poulsen. She is currently a junior majoring in Environmental Informatics and she is from Lorton, VA. An interesting fact about Emery is that she has the women's pole vault record for the Virginia Tech Running Club!


Name: Smith Drupa
Position: DBI Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: dbi@vtbigevent.org
Meet our DBI Executive, Smith Drupa. Smith is currently a junior majoring in Computational Modeling and Data Analytics and is from Leesburg, VA. An interesting fact about Smith is that they've ran a half marathon and know the first 3 digits of Pi!


Name: Sadie Williams
Position: Fundraising Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: fundraising@vtbigevent.org
Meet our Fundraising Executive, Sadie Williams. She is currently a junior majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and is from Richmond, VA. An interesting fact about Sadie is that she was on the cover of a magazine in 2nd grade!


Name: Isaiah Varella
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Isaiah Varella. He is currently a senior majoring in Clinical Neuroscience and he is from Virginia Beach, VA. An interesting fact about Isaiah is that he knows how to juggle kind of!


Name: Jenna Brummond
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Jenna Brummond. She is currently a senior majoring in Environmental Policy & Planning and Geography and she is from Chantilly, VA. An interesting fact about Jenna is that she has been to 13 national national parks and hopes to visit all of them!


Name: Caroline Flood
Position: Programming Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: programming@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Programming Executives, Caroline Flood. She is currently a senior majoring in Animal and Poultry Science with minors in Public Health, Leadership and Social Change
and she is from Vienna, VA. An interesting fact about Caroline is that she has a twin sister that goes to UVA! :0


Name: Jess Puodziunas
Position: Projects Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: projects@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Projects Executives, Jess Puodziunas. She is currently a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering
and she is from Philadelphia, PA. An interesting fact about Jess is that she is very good at putting screen protectors on smartphones!


Name: Sophya Hargenrater
Position: Projects Executive
Grade: Sophomore

Email: projects@vtbigevent.org

Meet one of our Projects Executives, Sophya Hargenrater. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Computer Science
and she is from Ashburn, VA. An interesting fact about Sophya is that she is a black belt in martial arts.


Name: Stephen Travers
Position: Student Outreach Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our STUDS (Student Outreach) Executives, Stephen Travers. He is currently a senior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering and he is from Chapel Hill, NC. An interesting fact about Stephen is that he broke his humerus...but it was not very funny.


Name: Jacob French
Position: Student Outreach Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our STUDS (Student Outreach) Executives, Stephen Travers. He is currently a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering and he is from Aurora, OH. An interesting fact about Jacob is that he recently went bungee jumping and skydiving out west.


Name: Julia LaFortune
Position: Internal Relations Executive
Grade: Senior

Email: internalrelations@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Internal Relations Executives, Julia LaFortune. Julia is currently a senior majoring in Chemistry and she is from Richmond, VA. An interesting fact about Julia is that she has (classic) been stung by a stingray.


Name: Natalie Kasmarek
Position: Internal Relations Executive
Grade: Junior

Email: internalrelations@vtbigevent.org
Meet one of our Internal Relations Executives, Natalie Kasmarek. Natalie is currently a junior majoring in Mathematic and she is from Virginia Beach, VA. An interesting fact about Natalie is that she has a one year old leopard gecko named Wasabi (like the Big Hero 6 character, not the food) that lives with her in Blacksburg.