We proudly present our 2014-2015 Jagathon Presidential Board
Nikki Blair – Chairwoman
Hello! My name is Nikki Blair and I am the Chairwoman for Jagathon 2015! I am a student in the IU School of Nursing and will graduate in May 2016. In total, I have been involved with Dance Marathon for four years. My senior year of high school, a fellow Student Council member and I started Dance Marathon at our high school. It was such an incredible experience that I knew I had to get involved with Jagathon at IUPUI. I have been involved with Jagathon for three years now, and I can honestly say, it has been the most rewarding three years of my life. Most people do not realize how much planning actually takes place for Jagathon, and when I got involved, I saw this first-hand. The reason I dance is to show my unconditional support for children living with illnesses that they should not have to experience. These children face more challenges in their young lives than many of us will ever face. The strength and hope they have as a result of their battles is contagious. I cannot imagine standing 12 hours for another cause.
Fun Fact: The first time I traveled by airplane was for DMLC (Dance Marathon Leadership Conference) in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was also the first time I had been west of Chicago! This is just a glimpse at the passion I have for the children at Riley Hospital for Children!!
Shelbi Grow – Alumni Relations
Hi! I am a senior at IUPUI for the 2013-2014 academic year. I am currently serving as the Alumni Relations chair for the 2014-2015 Jagathon committee. I am a biology, pre-optometry and communication studies double major and am minoring in chemistry and dance. I will be graduating in May of 2015 with plans to attend optometry school. I have been involved with Jagathon for four years, serving as the Morale Chair for one year, Chairwoman of Jagathon for two years, and currently as the Alumni Relations Chair. This will be the first year for Jagathon to have an alumni relations component and I am excited to build this aspect for the program. I dance because I believe no child should fight alone!
Fun fact: I once chased chickens in a Dixie Stampede competition!
Kelsey Blood – VP of Finance
Hi! My name is Kelsey Blood and I am the VP of Finance this year for Jagathon! I am working toward a Bachelor of Science in Health Service Management and will be graduating in May of 2015 with plans to work in the nonprofit sector. This will be my fourth Jagathon as a part of the planning committee. I have transitioned from a general committee member, to Marketing Director, to VP of External Relations, and now VP of Finance. I first became involved with Jagathon my freshman year and completely fell in love with the cause. There is no greater feeling than seeing that final total and watching all of your goals and dreams for the event come true. I dance to change the lives of those precious Riley kids and strive to spread my passion for DM with as many people as I can through the work I do for Jagathon!
Stephanie Reichart – VP of Communications
Hello! My name is Stephanie Reichart and I am a sophomore here at IUPUI studying radiation therapy and I plan to graduate in May of 2017. I am the VP of Communications for the upcoming 2015 Jagathon. This is a new position that was formed just this year. I’m really excited to see where I am able to take this position! This will be my second year on the committee for Jagathon. Last year I served as the Director of Volunteers without having ever attended a Dance Marathon before. I dance for the kids at Riley because I’ve personally witnessed family members of mine spend lots of time at Riley and I know the struggles the Riley families go through. I don’t think that any Riley child or family should have to go through it alone. I just want to make a difference in the lives of as many children at Riley as possible.
Fun Fact: I agreed to be Director of Volunteers before even knowing what Jagathon was and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
Alex Lumpford – VP of Internal Relations
Hi! My name is Alex Lumpford and I am a sophomore at IUPUI. I am currently studying radiation therapy. My freshman year of college I joined the committee as the Director of Catering, never having experienced a Dance Marathon before. After attending my first Jagathon, I knew this was something that I wanted to continue with so that I could be a part of something bigger. The kids make it all worthwhile, and knowing that Dance Marathon impacts the lives of so many children. This year I have taken on the role of VP of Internal Relations and I hope to continue the success of Jagathon, dancing … FTK!!
Katie Kruszynski – VP of Family Relations
My name is Katie Kruszynski and I’m majoring in exercise science, concentrating in pre-physical therapy. I’ve been involved with Jagathon since I was a freshmen at IUPUI, so this coming Dance Marathon will be my third. I have taken on the VP of Family Relations position this year and I’m so excited to connect with the Riley families to keep them informed and involved in our Dance Marathon! They are the reason we dance!