National Campus Leadership Team

 Mel  Rogers, Tristen Caudle, Nathan Farnor, Mike Jean, Megha MAthur, Eva Rodriquez, Derek Mccurdy, caroline biondo  (Not pictured: Matt Burgess & ALyssa Columbus)

Mel  Rogers, Tristen Caudle, Nathan Farnor, Mike Jean, Megha MAthur, Eva Rodriquez, Derek Mccurdy, caroline biondo

(Not pictured: Matt Burgess & ALyssa Columbus)

What is the National Campus Leadership Team?

The National Campus Leadership Team (NCLT) is a team of 9 student volunteers and a National Relay For Life Business Unit staff partner who work to provide nationwide strategy and direction to the collegiate and high school Relay For Life programs and Colleges Against Cancer. The team provides support, develops resources for students and staff, and facilitates the creation of a national network of students, faculty, and staff who are committed to the fight against cancer.

Meet the Team

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Tristen Caudle

Team Chair - trcr4d@mail.umkc.edu

Tristen is a graduate student studying Economics at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Tristen loves hanging out with his dogs and is currently watching Madam Secretary on Netflix. His favorite part of Relay For Life is the accounting room (boring, right?). He sees counting the money as a mini-celebration of the success for that year and the power a campus can have on the fight against cancer. 

Tristen's position as chair is to work with each member of the team to accomplish our team goal of raising more money for the American Cancer Society by providing strategy and support to ACS Campus fundraising events.

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Mike Jean

Team Co-Chair - mikejeanacs@gmail.com

Mike is a student at Binghamton University studying Political Science and Education. He spends his summers as a camp counselor, watching The Office, and eating Long Island style pizza. Mike is a sad but loyal fan to the Mets and Jets. Mike's favorite Relay For Life memory was his senior year at Calhoun High School, the event he founded. The closing ceremony was in the freezing cold but it made it all worth it looking out at hundreds of participants and reflecting on what they just accomplished in the fight. 

Mike's role on the NCLT is focused on leading the team in direction and purpose as they work together to create strategy for the American Cancer Society's campus market. Mike also works with individual team members to achieve team and personal goals.

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Megha Mathur

Volunteer Support and Development - meghamathur5995@gmail.com

Megha is a graduate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with degrees in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Spanish. Megha has a mild love affair with pasta in any shape or form and enjoys watching Dancing with the Stars. Megha's most cherished Relay memory is her first Relay, when her friend's mom had just passed away while they were freshmen in high school. Their friend group joined together to make a team, and that night their families came out in full force and support of them and their efforts to remember their friend's mother. 

Megha is responsible for ensuring that volunteers at all levels have the tools, resources, and trainings they need to do their job successfully.

Derek McCurdy

Social Media & Communications - derek@mccurdyfamily.net

Derek is an undergraduate student studying Marketing and Operations Management at The Ohio State University. Derek enjoys playing recreational sports of any kind, drone photography, and traveling the world. Derek's favorite part of Relay is the logistics of the event. He enjoys the spur of the moment decisions and thinking on his toes. 

Derek is responsible for posting, liking, and interacting with all our social media pages (@CampusRelay). He works with each team member to accomplish their goals and assists with publications and presentation. 

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Alyssa Columbus

Website and Mission - acolumbusonl@gmail.com

Alyssa is a student at the University of California - Irvine studying Applied and Computational Mathematics. She enjoys the show Twilight Zone and is a huge Star Wars fan. Alyssa is also a Datanaut with NASA! Her favorite memory is when two of her research mentors talked about their research at the opening ceremony of UC Irvine's event and then walked the opening lap together. 

Alyssa's role on the team is to communicate information to volunteers about the work and mission of the American Cancer Society. Alyssa manages and creates content for our website. 

Nathan Farnor

Advocacy - farnor@etsu.edu

Nathan studies Political Science and Communications at East Tennessee State University. Nathan is a busy man and currently running for office in Tennessee. In his free time, he enjoys watching How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal. 

Nathan works to support collegiate and high school advocacy efforts by researching, developing, and distributing resources for campus communities. Partnering with both the National Campus Leadership Team and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the advocacy chair works to ensure that advocacy and mission efforts are visible and active in all fundraising and Relay For Life projects.

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Eva Rodriquez

Innovations  - evalauren0902@gmail.com

Eva is an undergraduate student studying Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia. Eva is a foodie at heart, and her two favorites are Shrimp Scampi and Pad Thai. Naturally, her favorite part of Relay For Life is eating all the food that different campsites have. Eva also has a huge obsession with giraffes and has hugged a tiger. 

Eva's role as the Innovations Chair is to help Relay feel new everyday. She also aims to supply campuses with the tools they need to fundraise for the American Cancer Society through other ways if the traditional Relay For Life doesn't seem to fit their campus anymore.

Matthew Burgess

Youth - mnburge@umich.edu

Matt is entering his first year at the University of Michigan intending to study International Business and Finance. Matt is excited to bring his knowledge from Blue Valley to MRelay.  He loves to indulge in sushi and Netflix binges of House of Cards. 

Matt serves as the connection between youth and community events through various projects and programs. He also aids in the development of current youth Relay For Life events in fundraising, mission, and structure. 

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Caroline Biondo

Relay For Life Development  - cgb9wz@virginia.edu

Caroline currently studies Foreign Affairs and Spanish at the University of Virginia. Caroline is an avid sports fan and loves to support her Wahoos at all sporting events. She is unique in her own ways and loves snacks. Caroline's favorite part of Relay is staying up all night long with her friends. 

Caroline works with Relay For Life campuses to grow their fundraising. She spreads best practices that are adaptable to all shapes and sizes of Relay events across the country.