Who is your AB staff?


Amanda Schwegler



Assistant Director
Center for Service Learning


john augusto


Center for Service Learning




Kaleigh Thomas


Mattie Bieberly



Weekend Break Co-Coordinaors


Michael Miller


Ria Singh




 Ria Singh is a sophomore majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology on the Pre-Med track. She is a Co-Coordinator for the Weekend Alternative Breaks this year, and has been on an Alternative Break to Milwaukee. Besides Alternative Breaks, Ria is involved with the Pre-Med Society, KU Honors Program and KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions. After college, Ria plans on attending a Medical School and earning her Doctorate in the field of Cancer Radiology.

Public relations coordinators


Garrett schuman



Garret is a senior double majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a Chinese concentration and Supply Chain Management. His passion for service began when he joined a Service Sorority on campus and continued with his involvement in Alternative Breaks. His many interests include manga, linguistics, gardening and poetry. He is also a bubble tea fanatic.

Ananda bhatia



  Ananda Bhatia is a junior studying political science. She is currently a PR Coordinator for Alternative Breaks and was previously a site leader for an education-focused Winter Break in Richmond, Virginia. Ananda spent the last eight months interning at a good-government nonprofit, the Partnership for Public Service, and on various political campaigns in Washington D.C. She is involved on campus through the Dole Institute of Politics, Young Dems, and the Honors program. After college, Ananda hopes to avoid confronting the reality part of real life by focusing on "changing the world" and "helping people" through political or nonprofit work.   

Social media Coordinator

Tyan Fairbank



Tyan Fairbank is a senior majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She is a Social Media Coordinator this year for Alternative Breaks and has been on three Alternative Breaks to Fort Worth, Atlanta and Phoenix. Besides Alternative Breaks, Tyan is a Senior Social Media Assistant for the University of Kansas. After her time at KU, Tyan plans to attend medical school after taking a gap year. One day she hopes to be a general surgeon.

Core Development & Turnover Coordinator

Kiara Clark



Kiara Clark is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the Core Development Coordinator for Alternative Breaks and has been on one Summer Alternative Break to Clarkston, GA. After her time at KU she plans to attend a Masters and Ph.D program for clinical Psychology and go on to become a mental health counselor and researcher. 


Winter Break Coordinators


Leslie Zukrow



 Leslie Zukrow is a junior double majoring in Global/International Studies and European Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies.  She is a Winter Coordinator for Alternative Breaks and has been on two Breaks to Westcliffe, CO and Atlanta, GA.  A lover of travel, Leslie spends her time outside of Alternative Breaks exploring new states and countries and the great foods they have to offer.  After graduation, She hopes to find a career that makes her happy while making a difference in the global community as well.

Callie Hamai


research coordinators


McKenzie Sigle


 McKenzie Sigle is a senior majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Linguistics. McKenzie is currently a Research Co-Coordinator after being a Fall and Summer Co-Coordinator last year. She has been on an Alternative Spring Break to Ark Crisis Center as well as several weekend breaks. In addition to Alternative Breaks, McKenzie is involved on campus as a student ambassador, an active student of KU Hillel and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. McKenzie loves traveling and collects children's picture books from around the world. 

emmaline lorenzo


 Emmaline Lorenzo is a senior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Mathematics and Philosophy. She is a research co-coordinator for AB and has been on three Alternative Breaks to Mission:Wolf in Colorado, The Rise School in Texas, and the Women's Intercultural Center in New Mexico. Emmaline is also involved on campus as president of Chemistry Club, a Research Ambassador, and an Undergraduate Research Assistant. She plans to earn a PhD in Physical Chemistry and become a research professor.



Megan Holder


 Megan Holder is a sophomore double majoring in French and Spanish. She has attended one Alternative Break in Washington, D.C. Outside of Alternative Breaks, Megan is active in the scholarship hall community and is the Beautification Chair for her hall. After graduation, Megan aims to earn her Masters degrees in Spanish History and French Culture/ She wants to work in the non-profit sector, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Leigh Woods




fundraising coordinators


Jared Loiben


Jared Loiben is a sophomore majoring in Accounting, Finance, and Marketing. Jared has not yet been on an Alternative Break but is looking forward to going on one soon. Jared is also on the executive boards of the ACLU of KU, Entrepreneurship Club and Delta Sigma Pi, and is a member of many other organizations on campus. Jared plans on sitting for the CPA exam and wants to be an investment banker after attending law school. 

ashwini kamat


Ashwini Kamat is a senior majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. Ashwini was a Fundraising Co-Coordinator last year and will be a Fundraising Co-Coordinator this year as well. She participated in a Spring Alternative Break to Lafayette, LA. Apart from Alternative Breaks, Ashwini is also involved in Nu Rho Psi, a neuroscience organization on campus.  


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John Rosher


Lauren Dierks



 Lauren Diercks is a Sophomore majoring in Marketing and taking the Pre-Med track. She a Co-Director this year for Alternative Breaks and has been on one Alt Break to Milwaukee. Besides Alternative Breaks, Lauren is involved in Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Med fraternity, and many other campus clubs. After her time at KU, Lauren plans to attend Medical School, and one day she hopes to be a doctor.

finance Coordinator


Andrew Avila



accounting COORDINATOr


Julie Kim




graphic design coordinator


Christina Nieters