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Meet the Facilitators!

Abigail Henning - Internal President

Hi! My name is Abigail Henning, and I am Internal President for Leadership Advantage. I am currently a senior studying mechanical engineering. I am from Novi, Michigan and attended Northville High School. Some random information about me: I played for the Northville tennis team, I was a proud marching band member, I am in the engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho, and I am absolutely obsessed with Selena Gomez. I was a participant of Leadership Advantage in 2013 and a facilitator the past two years. I not only had an amazing time both years but met some of my closest friends during this program. I think Leadership Advantage is extremely beneficial for incoming engineering students as it helps freshmen get acclimated to campus, the Engineering building and the many resources available to engineering majors. I am excited for our 2016 Leadership Advantage program and cannot wait to see you all in August!


Alec Wilhoite - External President

Hello, my name is Alec Wilhoite and I'm currently the External President of Leadership Advantage. I'm a Senior studying Applied Engineering Sciences with a Minor in Computer Science. This will be my 3rd year being involved with the program: first a participant, then as facilitator and Treasurer, and now as External President. Coming into MSU, being involved in Leadership Advantage really broke me out of my shell and gave me lots of opportunities. I've gotten career advice, resume help, I've joined multiple student organizations, gained leadership experience, and have met lots of great people I'm glad to call my friends. On a professional level I've also been able to network, which has allowed me to get internships at GE Aviation and Apple over the past 3 summers. I'm really looking forward to helping shape and lead this program as we continue to grow. Looking forward to seeing you there! Go Green!


Alex Fischer - Secretary

Hi! My name is Alex Fischer and I am a Junior studying Civil Engineering as well as Environmental Biology/Plant Biology. I was a Leadership Advantage participant in 2014, facilitator in 2015, and I am currently the Secretary for Leadership Advantage. Leadership Advantage has given me my best friends, and I love meeting new students through LA each fall. This past summer I spent my time taking classes at the Kellogg Biological Station in Kalamazoo. Outside of class, I am the President of Michigan State's engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Rho. In my free time, I enjoy being outside, playing with my dog, and horseback riding when I get the chance. I look forward to meeting you and helping you make the transition to Michigan State!


Duncan MacLeod - Recruitment Chair

My name is Duncan MacLeod and this is my second year as a facilitator for the Leadership Advantage program after I took part in the program my freshman year. I am a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering hailing from the Isle of Man in the UK with a passion for motorsports and designing future World Rally cars and am an avid rugby player, car mechanic, musician, weightlifter and also a prospective Marine Infantry Reservist, so if there is anything you want to know about MSU extra-curricular activities then I'm your guy! Leadership Advantage is a fantastic way to get to know new people and get to know MSU and its engineering program and I can guarantee that you will make some of your fondest memories during your Leadership Advantage experience. As the recruitment chair for Leadership Advantage I shall be the advocate for telling you all about the program and how valuable this opportunity is for all incoming engineers, so expect plenty of emails from me! Can't wait to meet each and every one of you this coming year, so go green, go white and if you're interested in Greek life, go Beta Theta Pi!


Filip Milojevic - Treasurer

My name is Filip Milojevic and I am the Treasurer for the 2016 Leadership Advantage program. I am a Junior studying Chemical Engineering. When I'm not at school, I live in Bloomfield Hills. MI, but I'm originally from Canada and my family is straight out of Serbia. Some of my hobbies include traveling, world news, snowboarding and playing video games. I was a participant in Leadership Advantage and this will be my second year as a facilitator. I am also involved in Triangle Fraternity for Engineers, Architects and Scientists. I'm so excited to meet you all and I promise this program will be both educational and entertaining!


Jason Sammut - Webmaster

My name is Jason Sammut and I am currently the Webmaster for Leadership Advantage. I am a junior who participated in the program as a freshman, and was a facilitator last year. Leadership Advantage was a great chance for me to transition into Spartan Engineering, and is an overall excellent experience for all those involved. My hometown is Romeo, Michigan, and I am studying Mechanical Engineering with plans to pursue graduate studies in Aerospace Engineering. During the school year I assist in research at the NSCL (Cyclotron) and T.A. for my professor's physics classes. I could talk about and play sports all day, every day, and enjoy using CAD software for small projects. Thanks to my brother, an athletic trainer alumnus from MSU, I have been bleeding green well before I stepped foot on campus, and you will find me at every Spartan Football and Basketball game. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and see you soon!


Kayla Akey

Hey! My name is Kayla Akey and I am a Junior studying Computer Engineering. This is my first Leadership Advantage and I am super excited to meet all of you and spend this week with the other amazing facilitators before classes start back up. I am a part of MSU's engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Rho, Society of Women Engineers, and Women in Computing. This past summer I had an internship/took classes at MSU. In my free time I love to go for walks, watch movies, take pictures, and color. I'm super pumped to get to know all of you and help you transition to Michigan State!


Bridget Bator

Hi, my name is Bridget Bator and I am a junior studying chemical engineering! This is my second year as a Leadership Advantage facilitator (I was a participant in the fall of 2014!). Through Leadership Advantage, I was able to meet some of my very best friends here at MSU and make so many memories before I even took a class! I'm originally from Saginaw, Michigan. This summer, I was an intern at General Motors with Powertrain Engineering in Pontiac, Michigan. At MSU, I am an active sister of Phi Sigma Rho engineering sorority, a member of the Women In Engineering (WIE) Leadership Team, and a mentor in the WIE program. During my free time, I enjoy napping (although resisting the urge to completely hibernate), watching movies for hours, and jamming out to 90s' tunes! I cannot wait to meet you all this fall and help you make your first memories at MSU!


Michael Bigalow

Hey, I'm Mike! This will be my fourth year involved in Leadership Advantage. I was a participant in the summer of 2013 and I've been a facilitator in each summer since. I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. I hope to either continue my studies in graduate school after my undergraduate degree or to enter industry working in the energy sector with a focus on renewable energy technologies. For me, Leadership Advantage was an excellent way for me to build a preliminary social network of likeminded freshmen. Many of the participants in Leadership Advantage will have multiple classes together their first year due to similar prerequisites among majors in the College of Engineering. Personally, I still keep in close contact with many of the participants from my group of Leadership Advantage. Leadership Advantage also provides a solid introduction to professional development in a university setting with a resume workshop that details best practices for getting noticed by employers as well as giving an overview of the academic and professional resources available to engineering freshmen. Furthermore, Leadership Advantage completely removes the stress of moving into the dorms, as the program takes place before anyone else moves. I look forward to meeting all of the new participants. The program gets better with each passing year.


Kenzo Bird

Hey, how's it going? My name is Kenzo Bird and I have been a caterer and a facilitator over the last two years. This is my 4th year affiliated with Leadership Advantage. I am a senior studying packaging with a minor in Japanese. In my spare time, I love playing hockey, snowboarding, experimenting with food, and have gotten into video game design/programming. I currently work for MSU as a student architect. Because of Leadership Advantage, I have met some of my best friends and made a few of my best memories. I owe this program for setting me up and getting me adjusted to college life as a freshman. Can't wait to meet you all!


Ben Buscarino

Hello all, my name is Ben Buscarino, and I'm from Saginaw Township, Michigan. I'm a sophomore studying Computer Science. I was a Leadership Advantage participant in the summer of 2015, and this will be my first year as a facilitator. I can definitely say that Leadership Advantage started my freshman year at Michigan State the best way it could have. From getting used to the layout and expansiveness of campus to finding an initial group of friends, the benefits are invaluable. Outside of LA, I'm a member of Triangle Fraternity and work as a computer technician for the Broad Business College. The hobbies that take up my spare time are DJing and video games like Super Smash Bros, Dota 2, and Eve Online. During the summer months I love to longboard, play ultimate Frisbee, disc golf and water ski. I'm excited to meet all of you this coming August!


Lauren Chard

Hey, I'm Lauren Chard. I am a senior in Packaging Science and am going on my third year being a facilitator for this program. Leadership Advantage has been great to be part of as it not only makes transitioning to college easier but starts a lot of great lasting friendships. As for me, I am from White Lake, MI and I love to play tennis, hangout with friends, and watch How I Met Your Mother. I look forward to meeting you all as you start your college career!


Carlie DelaPaz

Hi! My name is Carlie DelaPaz, and I am currently a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. I am from Oxford, Michigan and graduated Oxford High School. I was a participant in Leadership Advantage last year, and it really helped me make friends, be sure that engineering was something I really wanted to do, and introduced me to the engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho (which I am now an active member of). In my free time (if I have any) I love binge watching shows on Netflix, having frequent jam sessions with my friends, playing with dogs and having an enjoyable and fun time. I look forward to meeting everyone and I hope you enjoy LA as much as I did!


Matt Dennis

My name is Matt Dennis and I am going to be a sophomore studying Computer Science this fall. This will be my first year as a facilitator for Leadership Advantage. Last year I had a great time, made some great friends, and learned a lot about Michigan State in the process. My hometown is New Baltimore, MI where I have lived most of my life. The past year I have attended all the home football and hockey games and have joined the Brain Technology Club and Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. In my free time I like to play any sport, listen to hip-hop music, play videogames especially FIFA, and watch soccer and football live and on TV. I am excited to meet all of you come August and hope to put on a program as good as or better than what was provided for me!


Ryan Hoekstra

My name is Ryan Hoekstra and I am currently a sophomore studying chemical engineering. I grew up in Clinton Twp, MI, and attended the International Academy of Macomb in high school. Last year I was a participant in Leadership Advantage, and I had an amazing time. I was able to meet many new friends, and open myself up to a lot of new opportunities. I am hoping to be able to provide the same service to all of you. On campus I am a member of AIChE, the MSU Poker Club, and play in many Intramural sports including: volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and soccer. In my free time I like to play video games, sports, and attend MSU sporting events. Go Green!


Justin Huber

Hi! My name is Justin Huber, and I am a facilitator for Leadership Advantage. I am currently a junior studying pre-nursing. I originally had mechanical engineering as my declared major but switched to pre-nursing. I'm from Rochester, Michigan and attended Stoney Creek High School. I was a participant in Leadership Advantage as a freshman and a facilitator last year and enjoyed the program. I've played ice hockey my entire life, enjoy fitness and health, and am a member of Triangle Fraternity.


Ely Hsu

Hey! My name is Ely Hsu and I'm a freshman double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Supply Chain Management. I'm originally from Allendale...not Michigan but New Jersey! As someone who knew absolutely no one coming to MSU, being a participant in Leadership Advantage helped me make connections with people who are now my best friends. Not only that but I was able to develop my professional and interpersonal skills in a way I wouldn't have gotten to if I hadn't done Leadership Advantage. In addition to being a facilitator for Leadership Advantage, I play the saxophone in the MSU Concert Band and am a brother of Triangle Fraternity, the engineering fraternity on campus. I am also involved in research in a manufacturing laboratory focused on creating a predictive model for tool wear. Some of my other hobbies include volleyball, ping pong, and reading. I'm so excited to help you enjoy Leadership Advantage as much as I did!


Holly Iglewski

I'm Holly Iglewski and I am a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. I participated in Leadership Advantage last year, and can't wait to be a facilitator this year. I'm from Brighton, Michigan. In my spare time I like to figure skate, play euchre, and watch movies. My favorite things to do at Michigan State are go to the football games and get ice cream from the Dairy Store. I'm looking forward to meeting you guys this year!


Blaire Izbicki

Hi, my name is Blaire Izbicki. I am from Pepperell Massachusetts and I am currently a sophomore studying computer science and engineering here at MSU. I was a participant in leadership advantage and I think that it is a great experience for incoming engineers. It not only introduces them to their majors and lets them experience what teamwork is all about but it also is a great way for them to meet like minded freshman who are going to be in a lot of similar classes. Being involved in this program gave me the courage to apply for other opportunities on campus as well. I am also involved in the Honors Times Two mentoring program, first year council and Phi Sigma Rho the engineering sorority. I also love going to home football games and being a proud Spartan! Leadership advantage was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I look forward to meeting you all and hope you love it just as much as I did!


Aj Kowal

Hello, my name is AJ Kowal. This is my second year as a facilitator and being apart of the Leadership Advantage program! I am Mechanical Engineering major with a Biomechanical concentration and am hoping to graduate in 2017. I have helped bring the Biomedical Engineering Society back to MSU and am on the E-board for that and participate with the Baja Race Team and Engineers Without Borders activities. I am from Clarkston, MI and I love hockey, lacrosse, snowboarding and most sports. I am excited to help out with all the activities that are planned and hope to bring some fun and energy to the program.


Grant Kunzi

Hi! I am Grant Kunzi, this will be my third year as a facilitator in Leadership Advantage. I believe that L.A. is a tremendous opportunity as an incoming freshman to learn about your major, MSU, and the people that you will be working with in school. It is also a lot of fun! A little about me; I'm from Hudsonville, MI and will be a Senior this fall. I am majoring in Material Science and Engineering and will graduate in spring 2018. I am involved in MSU Club Water Polo, Triangle Fraternity, and AFROTC. In my free time I enjoy working out, eating, and watching TV/movies. I look forward to meeting you all!


Kendal Mallette

Hello my name is Kendal Mallette, this is my third year of participation in Leadership Advantage but my 2 year as a facilitator. I'm studying computer engineering and hope to graduate within the next 5 or 6 years with my masters degree and then pursuing my doctorate later on and would like to work for Google, to develop software and hardware to further advance the technology we use everyday. I'm from Sterling Heights, MI and will be a Junior this fall. My interests include hip-hop, Football (Go Patriots), Basketball (Go Bulls), and competitive gaming. All three of my years of my involvement with LA have been fantastic experiences. My freshmen year I made friends that I still have to this day and the program gave me the feeling that I started off on the right foot heading into being an engineer. I can't wait to meet all of you and share my experiences and help you all create new ones. See you in August!


Scott McKeon

Hi my name is Scott McKeon and I am studying materials science and engineering. I am currently a sophomore at Michigan State and I participated in Leadership Advantage my freshman year, and have not regretted it one bit. I have made life long friends from the program along with learning about engineering design and teamwork. Leadership Advantage also got me involved in on campus actives that have broadened my friend circle and strengthen my connections in the engineering department. Engineering is not the only concept you will learn from LA; working in teams, pitching ideas and learning MSU's huge campus include other learning topics of LA. Leadership Advantage is the best way to transition from a summer mindset into a collegiate one.


Sean Powers

Hi! My name is Sean Powers. This is my second year involved with Leadership Advantage, the first as a participant and now as a facilitator. I think Leadership Advantage is not only a great tool to acclimate to life at MSU before the rest of the incoming freshman class moves in, but this program also helps you meet a lot of freshman engineers before class even starts. Some of my best friends came from Leadership Advantage. I am a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering and I am a proud member of Triangle Fraternity. I am from Elyria, Ohio and I am an avid Spartan sports fan! Leadership Advantage had a great impact on my life, and I want to help provide that same experience that I had as a participant.


Haylee Quarles

Hi, I am Haylee Quarles and I'm a sophomore studying computer science. I participated in Leadership Advantage last year, and the program had such a profound impact on my life in just the first week at MSU that I decided to become a facilitator! I'm from Buffalo, NY, but both of my parents went to MSU. I was born to be a Spartan! In my free time I'm a big fan of napping, watching Gossip Girl, or going to one of the many MSU athletic events on campus. (Season tickets for football and basketball both!) I'm also an active member of the engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho. I absolutely can't wait to meet all of you at Leadership Advantage this year!


Olivia Tilli

Hi, my name is Olivia Tilli! I am a junior studying mechanical engineering and I am from Sparta, Michigan. I participated in Leadership Advantage as a participant two years ago, was a facilitator last year, and am very excited to be a facilitator again this year. I met so many great friends and had an amazing experience participating in Leadership Advantage. Here on campus, I am involved in the engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Rho, Women in Engineering, and also Engineers Without Borders. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing volleyball or softball, hanging with friends, and spending time outside. I can't wait to meet all of you!


Rachael Underwood

My name is Rachael Underwood, and I'm a senior studying chemical engineering, with a concentration in environmental engineering. I participated in Leadership Advantage my freshman year, and this is my second year as a facilitator. I love Leadership Advantage because it gave me some of my best friends and introduced me to the girls who would later become my sisters in Phi Sigma Rho, essentially giving a head start to what has become an amazing college career for me. I'm really looking forward to seeing others do the same this summer! Apart from LA I'm involved in the engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho, as well as the Society of Women Engineers. I am also a part of the mentor program through Women in Engineering. Originally I'm from Grand Rapids, Michigan, but I've spent the last two summers interning in North Carolina and Missouri for Unilever and General Mills. This summer I'll be interning for General Mills again in Nashville, Tennessee.


Isabella Wah

Hi, Im Isabella Wah and I am a sophomore studying Biosystems Engineering.I participated in Leadership Advantage as a participant last year and look forward to being a facilitator this year. I have made so many amazing friends and memories in this program and I can't wait to share those experiences with all of you. I am from Jensen Beach Florida and attended Jensen Beach High school. In my free time I like to attend basketball games, watch cheese movies, paddle board and spend time with my friends I am involved with Society of Women in engineering here on campus and am very excited to meet all of you.


Charles Whetstone

Hi, my name is Charles Whetstone, but everyone calls me Chuck. I am originally from Rochester, Michigan. This is my first year participating as a facilitator for the Leadership Advantage program after being a participant and enjoying it so much last year. I was able to make friends with other first year students who I shared many similarities with. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with incoming students and showing them the ropes here at MSU. I am an environmental engineering major. I love to spend as much time as I can outdoors, specifically, I love to photograph it in new and different ways. My favorite thing to do, however, is to spend time with my three dogs at home. I look forward to meeting all of you!


Nick Wojno

Hello my name is Nicholas Wojno. I am currently a senior studying Mechanical Engineering here at Michigan State University. I went to Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills where I was a part of National Honors Society and was captain of the varsity ice hockey team. Here at Michigan State besides my schoolwork, I am involved in Leadership Advantage, a founding father of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, and a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I have never participated in Leadership Advantage, although all the great people in this club attracted me and I am excited to be a part of such a great organization. I look forward to meeting all our participants in August. Go Green!


Lauren Woods

Hi! My name is Lauren Woods and I am a sophomore studying Civil Engineering from Grand Blanc, Michigan. This is my first year as a facilitator in Leadership Advantage and I am so excited to bring new ideas to continue improving this amazing program. I am part of the Catering Committee where I will be planning the food for each meal and promise it will be delicious! I am a proud member of the Engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Rho. In my spare time I love going to football and basketball games, golfing, and doing small artsy things on the side. I'm so ecstatic to meet all of you this August and hope to make your transition to MSU a stress-free and exciting one!