Who is your Alternative Breaks staff?
Haeli Maas is a Senior studying Strategic Communication with a minor in Political Science. Haeli has participated in Alternative Breaks for two years, as a participant and then as a coordinator last year. Haeli spent a semester studying in the Czech Republic and then traveled around Europe. She hopes to move on to earn her law degree after graduation.
Weekend Break CoordinaTORs
Megah is a Sophomore from Lawrence, Kansas, and is a pre-med student majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Spanish. Megah hopes to strengthen her service, empathy, and awareness of diverse issues through her involvement in Alternative Breaks. She is excited to return to the AB core team because she believes it’s a critical outlet to help students find their voice and vision, and it is fun!
Ria is a Senior majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology with a minor in Sociology. She’s a pre-med student and looks forward to pursue medical school in the coming years ahead. She is from Chandigarh, India. Ria has been on two Alternative Breaks so far and has incredibly loved the experience. She got involved with Alternative Breaks as she firmly believes in ethical service learning and wants to promote volunteering opportunities for all.
Taelyr Blehm is a Junior from Russell, KS majoring in Global International Studies and Communication Studies with a Spanish Minor. She loves Alternative Breaks because her position allows her to raise awareness about social issues and cultivate meaningful discussions. Her future plans are to work in Foreign Policy with Central and South America or to start a globally-focused non-profit.
Public relations coordinators
Austin Childs is majoring in History and Global & International Studies. Along with a minor in Spanish. He’s from the town of Hutchinson, Kansas. He got involved with Alternative Breaks because of his passion for the mission of Inside/Out, one of the sites that Alternative Breaks serves at. He fell in love with the mission of Alternative Breaks and decided to become more involved in the upcoming year. After finishing his undergraduate studies Austin plans to attend law school to study international trade and business law.
Core Development & Turnover Coordinator
Jackson is a Junior this year studying biology. He's participated in three Alternative Breaks in the past, including Cumberland Island National Seashore, Mission: Wolf, and SBP in Rockaway Beach, NY. He chose to become part of the Alt Breaks team because he has passions for service, experiencing new things, and forming relationships with people. In addition to AB, he is involved with research in the KU Neuromechanics Laboratory, the Honors Program, and serving as a Residential Assistant for KU Student Housing. Following graduation he is planning on taking his biology major into the education field!
Namoos is behavioural neuroscience major as well as an international student from Islamabad, Pakistan. She considers AB as a huge part of her personal growth and community service skill building block as it has given her extremely valuable insights and experiences that she truly cherishes. AB is a humbling organisation that truly shapes one for the better. You get to learn more about yourself and others in your community through meaningful service.
Charlie is a Senior from Prairie Village, Kansas studying Biochemistry and Economics. He has been involved with Alternative Breaks since freshman year and loves working with such a talented group of students who all share a passion for service. He has been on previous breaks to HeadStart in Billings, Montana and Kerrville State Hospital in Kerrville, Texas, as well as several Weekend Breaks. He hopes to attend medical school after he graduates.
Winter Break Coordinators
Abby is a junior from Kansas City, KS studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. Abby is involved with Alternative Breaks to help connect students to service opportunities in their community and around the country, and to help educate the KU community about ethical service.
Susie is a sophomore from Shawnee, Kansas, and is majoring in Speech-Language-Hearing. With a passion for helping others and learning from diverse experiences, she is excited to further her experiences through Alternative Breaks. Her future plans include attending graduate school where she will eventually choose between practicing as a speech language pathologist or audiologist.
SPRING BREAK COORDINATORS
Naomi Mendoza is a junior from Olathe, Kansas, studying Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. Naomi got involved with Core to give back after she had an incredible experience on her alternative spring break. Her future plans include attending graduate school and eventually working as a counselor.fundraising coordinator
Grace Brunner is a junior from Overland Park, Kansas studying English and political science. After participating in two week-long alternative breaks, Grace decided to further her involvement with Alternative Breaks and join core as a spring break coordinator. She is passionate about ethical service and loves working with a group of like-minded and equally passionate individuals. Grace is still finalizing her life plans post-KU, but she is interested in working in public policy or the non-profit sector.
fall & SUMMER break COORDINATORS
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Michael Miller is a senior studying Biology. He is currently a Coordinator for Fall Breaks and has previously been on Alternative Winter Breaks to the Saint Bernard Project in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mission: Wolf in Westcliffe, Colorado. While he dreams of becoming a physician and opening his own free clinic one day, Michael’s ultimate dream is building a small hut in the middle of the Rocky Mountains where he can befriend all the cats in the land and use them as an army to dismantle the oppressive forces of capitalism that bar people from proper access to health care.
Daya is a Junior studying Organizational Communication with a minor in Russian. She’s from Overland Park, Kansas. Daya got involved in AB because she enjoyed the trip she took to inside out and decided that she wanted to get involved more with the program. Her future hopes include owning multiple dogs and having a career in Sales.
Alexander is a sophomore majoring in accounting. He is from Kansas City, Kansas. He got involved in the AB Core to apply his major in a way that allowed him to further his education while helping others. Alexander's plans for the future are to get his CPA, then continue his education by getting a law degree and becoming a lawyer.
graphic design coordinator
Madeleine is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry and minoring in math and philosophy. She plans to pursue an MD Ph.D and wants to promote ethical volunteerism along the way. Rock Chalk!
Social Media coordinator
Ann is a religious studies major and human sexuality minor, originally from Lawrence. She got involved with AB to show people how fun volunteering can be. After graduation, Ann plans to go wherever the wind blows her, whether that is to grad school or to a career in music festival production.
Isaac Leff is from Liberty, Missouri and is studying biochemistry at KU. He one day hopes to get accepted into medical school and become an oncologist. Isaac joined KU alternative breaks because he was strongly impacted by the work he did in Houston while on an alternative break, and he wants to ensure that other students don't miss out on such a wonderful opportunity.