2016 Student Bios

McKenna Barkus

McKenna Barkus

Montana State University Northern | Lewis & Clark Blood Services Region

McKenna is a cross country runner at Montana State University Northern. Her major is Nursing with a minor in Health Promotions. Outside of school, she enjoys skiing, camping, and spending time with friends and family.


Bailei Brown

Bailei Brown

John Brown University | Greater Ozarks Blood Services Region

Bailei grew up in Siloam Springs, Arkansas where her love of volleyball grew into a passion that led her to playing volleyball at the collegiate level. She is majoring in Nursing and plans to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.


Mackenzie Burnworth

Mackenzie Burnworth

University of St. Francis | Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region

Mackenzie attends the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Risk Management and Insurance. She is a member of the soccer team and is also involved with student government and the school newspaper.


samantha carr

Samantha Carr

St. Ambrose University | Heart of America Blood Services Region

In addition to attending St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, Samantha is also a tennis player. She was born and raised in Illinois, and enjoys running as well as reading a good book in her spare time. Samantha is majoring in Exercise Science.


Breanda Feasby

Brenda Feasby

University of Northwestern Ohio | Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region

Brenda attends the University of Northwestern Ohio and is majoring in Sports Marketing and Management. She is a member of the women’s softball team and is also serves as the school mascot. Brenda plans on pursuing a career in advertising or public relations for sports teams.


Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

College of Coastal Georgia | Southern Blood Services Region

Jennifer hails from Neenah, Wisconsin and attends the College of Coastal Georgia. She decided to play volleyball down south to enjoy warmer weather. Jennifer is pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Business.


nathan lane

Nathan Lane

Grace College | Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region

Nathan attends Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he runs Cross Country and Track. He grew up as overseas in Cameroon, where his family served as missionaries. Nathan is majoring in Mechanical Engineering Management with a minor in Applied Physics.


Hannah Moody

Hannah Moody

Hastings College | Midwest Blood Services Region

Hannah is a volleyball player at Hastings College in Nebraska. She is very active on campus and enjoys playing the saxophone and reading in her spare time. Hannah is pursuing a career in Psychology with a minor in Communications & Women's and Gender Studies.


Pablo Ripodas

Pablo Ripodas

Lawrence Technological University | Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region

Pablo is from Navarra, Spain and attends Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. He is studying Mechanical Engineering and also plays on the soccer team. He is actively involved on campus including student government, Spanish speaking association and helping students transition from high school to college.


Brooke Runyon

Brooke Runyon

Indiana University-Kokomo | Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region

Brooke is studying Secondary Social Studies Education at Indiana University-Kokomo. She is a member of her college’s cross country team. Brooke serves on the student athlete advisory council, works as a peer advisor and enjoys making pottery in her spare time.


Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor

Columbia College | South Carolina Blood Services Region

Helen is from Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina where she runs for the cross country/track and field teams. She is a communication studies major with a double minor in applied computing and nonprofit leadership. When Helen is not running around campus, she can be seen tutoring, giving campus tours or serving in her community.


Lauren Van Horn

Lauren Van Horn

Biola University | Southern California Blood Services Region

Lauren grew up near Chicago and now attends Biola University in Southern California. She is a part of the golf team and majors in Accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in the community and traveling back home to spend time with her family.


reise wyatt

Reise Wyatt

Olivet Nazarene University | Heart of America Blood Services Region

Reise attends Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. She is working towards a major in Child Development and a minor in Psychology, and she hopes to pursue a career helping children and their families cope with the challenges of hospitaliza