Kendra is a senior Public Health major from Leawood, Kansas. She is in the studio because she has a passion for community-centered work and wants to learn more about Design Thinking. The visual and creative side of this studio both scares and excites Kendra. She looks forward to applying her community-work experience while also breaking out of her comfort zone and challenging her own limits in the B•HIVE. Kendra, although not musically inclined, gives a killer karaoke performance of 500 Miles and is currently teaching herself the ukulele.
Monique Swirsky is a junior Environmental Studies major at Elon University with a focus in sustainable food production. She was drawn to the design thinking studio because of it’s creative and community based approach to education and the opportunity to work closely with the Burlington Wellness and Food collaboratives. She is from McLean, Virginia and loves green tea, fostering animals, and listening to the Arctic Monkeys.
Stephanie is a junior Communication Design major at Elon University. She’s from Seattle, Washington and loves the gray skies, rain, and abundance of fresh coffee. She joined the Design Thinking and Social Innovation Studio to challenge the way that she uses design in her life and apply it to the greater community in Alamance County. She wants to diversify her skills and understand how focusing on the B•HIVE values can shape her personal growth. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys cooking with different kinds of potatoes, watching old reruns of Project Runway, and doodling.
Chloe is a senior from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. She is pursuing majors in Public Health and Environmental Studies, both with social focuses. At Elon, Chloe works as the Eco Reps Student Coordinator and Sustainability Intern for the Office of Sustainability, as well as a Student Farm Worker at the Loy Farm. She is looking to make a difference in the world, specifically within the food justice sector. As a member of this Design Thinking cohort, she is excited to develop her creative potential and move beyond the typical classroom setting to apply her public health and environmental studies knowledge to problems facing her community. Outside of the B•HIVE, Chloe can be found double-digging at the farm, watching new movies with her friends or searching for the perfect sweet potato fry.
Gabriela Citrone is a senior at Elon University studying Sport and Event Management. She truly lives up to her nickname, Gabby, and is a talkative, outgoing person. She has a passion for philanthropy as seen through her experiences with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Elon’s Women at Elon: Moving Philanthropy Forward event. As part of the design thinking cohort, she is most excited to learn from her peers and discover her creativity. Gabby’s dream job would be working in her favorite city as the event coordinator for the Pittsburgh Foundation. Growing up on the beach of Fairfield, CT, Gabby found a love for the ocean where she learned to waterski and wakeboard.
Alyx comes to the B•HIVE with a unique perspective and academic focus. With a major in Arts Administration, and minors in Human Service Studies, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Writing Studies, she hopes to utilize this strong liberal arts background to pursue employment in the non-profit sector after graduation. Alyx currently works as an Apartment Manager in Elon Residence Life, and as an office assistant for the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning. As a participant in this immersive program, Alyx is most excited to dive into social innovation and learn about the collaborative processes that will help the team to succeed. Full of wanderlust, Alyx enjoys a good adventure, and is always searching for the next opportunity to travel the world.
Tyson is a senior strategic communications major with minors in entrepreneurship and leadership studies from DC. His passion for collaborating with others and telling stories drew him to the B•HIVE. He has a passion for working with others and being creative any chance he has. He is a member of the Elon University Drumline and is constantly tapping his hands. In his free time he works with non-profits in the area and loves to go on hikes.
Kelly enters this program with a major in Public Health and minors in Leadership Studies and Creative Writing. With a diverse mixture of interests and passions, she not only craved a space which would further hone her strengths, but would also introduce her to creative and challenging ideas different from her own. However, she never expected to meet a group of people so talented, driven, and dynamic; the thirteen other students have inspired her to become more curious and thoughtful, empathetic and innovative, daring and confident. Outside of the classroom, Kelly can be found Facetiming her dog while eating Nutella by the spoonfuls.
Will is a junior studying Communication Design Locust Valley, New York. He was interested in the studio because it is an opportunity for him to learn what it means to be a designer and hopefully apply what he learns into his future career. The studio will also give Will the chance to explore his creative side, something he is not accustom to but is excited to try something new and step outside of his comfort zone. Will is looking forward to working with some of the other like-minded students from the Elon community to help bring social change to the Alamance County. Will’s perfect day consist of him sleeping in until he feels like getting up, playing a round of golf with a couple of his friends, taking his yellow lab Molly out for a walk and binge watching a couple of episodes of Scrubs or Parks and Rec in his sweatpants while having a slice of some of his homemade pizza.
Maddie is a senior from DC who wanted to shake things up for her last semester. The design thinking component combined with the partnership with the Alamance community drew her to the B•HIVE. She hopes to use her dual majors of computer science and communication design to become a more human-centered developer and designer. You will likely find her researching new web development trends or designing wireframes on her beloved Sketch application. Outside of her nerd life, you will find Maddie at a boxing studio throwing crosses left and right or at a hot yoga studio profusely sweating though chaturangas while finding her zen.
Zaria Zinn is a Junior at Elon University from Alameda, California. She’s an Anthropology major with minors in Multimedia Authoring, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Writing Studies. She would describe herself as strong, innovative, and optimistic. Zaria spent the fall of 2016 studying abroad in New Zealand. While abroad, she was looking for something different and exciting to do when she returned to Elon. The B-Hive seemed like a perfect fit! Zaria’s favorite food is apple crumble (gluten free) and someday she hopes to travel to Thailand.
Madison a junior Anthropology major with a Professional Writing minor. Her home is along the Hudson River in beautiful upstate New York. At Elon she works in the Office of Admissions and with Elon’s Art Collection, and is involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Catholic Campus Ministry. She joined the Design Thinking and Social Innovation Studio because she was intrigued by the creative and challenging environment of the program and the opportunity to create something impactful. She can often be found in the kitchen testing new recipes, or out looking for new hiking spots.
Emily is a senior studying Public Health at Elon University. She is particularly interested in community-based interventions which is what drew her to The B•HIVE. She is a believer in the power of human connection and storytelling, and is thrilled by the empathetic strategies in design thinking. Her next step is with the Colorado Service Corps where she’ll be working with a non-profit that works towards environmental literacy and food sustainability. She hopes that this semester will give her the tools to collaborate and problem solve more efficiently as she goes forth into “the real world”. Whatever that means. Outside of the B•HIVE, Emily is a writer, a burrito-lover, and an outdoor enthusiast.
Ansley Hamilton is a junior from a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. She is majoring in media analytics and minoring in information sciences and entrepreneurship. Ansley is interested in using data analytics to understand the community. At Elon, Ansley works for the Center for Leadership, and is a data analytics intern at the Center for Organizational Analytics. Ansley is also the resident cake expert. She enjoys baking in her free time, works at a bakery in her hometown, and can often be found visiting Maxie B’s.