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Ryan Leone, President (C'19,W'19)

Ryan is a Sophomore in the Vagelos Life Sciences and Management (LSM) Program from Long Island, New York, working towards a B.A. in the Biological Basis of Behavior from the College and a B.S. in Economics with a Concentration of Healthcare Management from Wharton. Ryan has been involved in Kite and Key since his freshman fall semester, serving as a tour guide, day host, shift captain, Day Hosting Coordinator, graduation lead-volunteer, and creator of the Chat and Chew program as he transformed into the Chat and Chew Coordinator. Ryan is passionate about sharing his love for Penn with prospective students, so he is honored, humbled, and excited to serve as President of Kite and Key for this upcoming year. Outside of Kite and Key, he is a running back on the Varsity Sprint Football team, a volunteer at the VA Medical Center, a writer and editor for the Synapse Healthcare Journal, a research assistant for a Traumatic Brain Injury lab, and a member of the Alpha Iota Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternities. In his (rare) free time, Ryan likes to read poetry, go to pop-punk concerts, and convince people that Long Island bagels are superior to bagels everywhere else in the country. 

Contact Ryan at rleone@sas.upenn.edu.


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Rachel Stern, VP Internal Affairs (NU'18)

Rachel is a junior in the School of Nursing from Melville, NY. She has been involved in Kite and Key since her freshman fall as a tour guide, served as Yield Coordinator in the 2015-2016 school year and is very excited to served in her new role as VP Internal on the executive board. She is eager to bring the society closer and further improve the visitor experience! In addition to Kite and Key, Rachel is a student worker in the Admissions Office, a member of the Nursing Student Alumni Committee, Penn Dance Marathon and the Sigma Delta Tau sorority and has assisted with research efforts at CHOP. Rachel also enjoys traveling to new places, exploring Philly, running through Penn Park, and binge watching Scandal and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. 

Contact Rachel at sternra@nursing.upenn.edu.


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J.D. Papanikolas, VP Finances (C'19)

J.D. is a sophomore from Pasadena, CA studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has been an active member of Kite and Key since the first semester of his freshman year, and served on the executive board as Training Coordinator in 2016. He is excited to continue his service to the society in his new role of VP Finances. In addition to Kite and Key, J.D. is an admissions assistant in the Undergraduate Admissions office, Vice President of Sigma Nu fraternity, and a member of the Politics, Policy, and Social Change residential program and the Penn Government and Politics Association. J.D. spends his free time playing intramural basketball, swimming, and watching 30 for 30 documentaries. J.D. is also an avid fan of Los Angeles sports teams, especially the Dodgers and Lakers, and spends his weekends searching for the best cheesesteak in Philadelphia.

Contact J.D. at jpapa@sas.upenn.edu.


Sabrina Sidhu, VP Communications (W'19)

Sabrina is a sophomore in Wharton from San Jose, California. She joined Kite and Key the fall of her freshman year because she absolutely loves Penn and wanted to share that love by impacting prospective students' decision to come here. Apart from Kite and Key, Sabrina is a Wharton Ambassador, is involved with the Penn Fashion Collective, runs marketing for Penn's PCI Venture Club, and is part of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In her free time, however, you will probably find Sabrina trying the newest brunch spot, laughing at her own jokes, buying clothes that she doesn't need, or spending time outdoors when the weather's nice.

Contact Sabrina at sidhu@wharton.upenn.edu.


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Julia DiSalvio, Chat & Chew Coordinator (SEAS'19)

Julia is a sophomore from Chatham, New Jersey studying Systems Science and Engineering and Economics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She has really enjoyed hosting prospective students in the Chat and Chew program since her freshmen year and is really excited to be serving as Chat and Chew Coordinator. On campus, she is a member of the professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau, serves on the Admissions Dean Advisory Board and is an orientation peer advisor (OPA!) for engineering students. In her free time, Julia enjoys running along the Schuykill river trail, working her way through the IMDB top 250, and finding new restaurants around Philadelphia.

Contact Julia at disalvio@seas.upenn.edu.


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Talya Kramer, Tour Guiding Coordinator (C'18)

Talya is a junior from Concord, Massachusetts studying Biological Basis of Behavior (BBB). She joined Kite and Key her freshman year and is excited to be Tour Guide Coordinator this year. She is especially passionate about tour guide jokes and is constantly on the hunt for new ones. On campus, she’s President of the Club Lacrosse team, a Peer Research Advisor, and works in a lab in the Smilow Center for Translational Research. Talya likes to spend her free time running on the Schuykill trail or baking treats for her roommates. A fun fact about Talya is that she interned abroad in Germany this past summer without knowing how to speak any German.

Contact Talya at talyak@sas.upenn.edu.


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Andrea Ning, Training Coordinator (SEAS'19,W'19)

Andrea is a sophomore from Bedford, MA studying Strategic Management, Business Analytics, and Computer Science. Since impulsively joining Kite and Key at the beginning of freshman year, she has seen the society grow tremendously and is excited to further improve the organization through leading tour guide training. Her favorite part of Kite and Key is meeting and learning from prospective students, fellow tour guides, and admissions officers. In addition to Kite and Key and working in the Admissions Office, Andrea serves on the executive board of Women in Computer Science, plans conferences in Wharton Women, designs websites in MUSE, and is a founding member of Penn Brunch Club. Outside of these activities, you can find her crying at weddings and animated movies, desperately hoping someone will like the gifs she sends in group messages, or playing the piano, guitar, or ocarina very mediocrely.

Contact Andrea at ninga@wharton.upenn.edu.


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Arica Shepherd, Equity & Access Coordinator (C'19)

Arica is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences from Silver Spring, MD right outside of Washington, DC. She is studying Chemistry and plans to minor in Biological Basis of Behavior and Mathematics. Arica became a tour guide and Chat and Chew host with Kite and Key spring of her freshman year and is very excited to become more involved as a board member. She’s eager to work with admissions and the rest of the board to find new ways to promote equity and access in the Penn admissions process! Other than being a part of Kite and Key, she is also a member of the National Society of Black Engineers on campus. Outside of school, Arica loves baking, ice skating, exploring Philly and all of its food, drinking smoothies in any weather (honestly they taste better when it’s cold out) and watching football and tennis (Go Seahawks!).

Contact Arica at arica@sas.upenn.edu.


George Cary, Outreach Coordinator (W'19)

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George is a sophomore in the Wharton School from Baltimore, Maryland. He joined Kite and Key during his freshman year and recently served as a shift captain. He is excited to assume the role of outreach coordinator, where he will meet with the undergraduate admissions yield team and manage multiple Quaker Days events and student outreach initiatives. He enjoys Kite and Key because it gives him the opportunity to talk about what he loves about Penn. On campus, George is a reporter and data analyst for the Daily Pennsylvanian, a tutor for the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, deputy vice president of the Undergraduate Statistics Society, a volunteer for Penn Helping Incoming New Students, a peer advisor and a member of the Penn Club Swim Team. In his free time, you can find George watching Survivor or One Tree Hill, exploring Philadelphia, and eating frozen yogurt with friends.