Who is your AB staff?
Weekend Break CoordinaTOR
Mara is a junior majoring in Chemistry with a pre-med track. She went to Forth Worth this past summer on a Habitat for Humanity Summer alternative break. She is also a member of the Pre-Medical society, works as a CMA, and volunteers at LMH. She plans to attend KU Medical School after college. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors!
Public relations coordinator
Chiquita Jackson is a senior at the University of Kansas studying Political Science, African American Studies, and Social Justice on a Pre-law track. Her leadership experience has prepared her to be successful in many areas, especially with public speaking, professional networking, and decision making. After college, she plans to attend law school so she can defend and protect those who are underrepresented in society. She is thrilled to be this year’s public relation coordinator , and she looks forward helping spread the word throughout campus to share the amazing experiences and opportunities that Alternative Break has to offer KU students.
Core Development & Turnover Coordinator
Sara is a senior studying strategic communications with a minor in business. She's been on two Alternative Breaks including: Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth, Texas and Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her free time she enjoys exploring Kansas City, watching movies, and being an on-campus barista. After graduation, Sara wants to work at an advertising agency somewhere on west coast.
Winter Break Coordinators
Haeli Maas is a Junior studying Strategic Communication on a Pre-Law track here at KU. She is the Winter Coordinator this year, and also writes for the University Daily Kansan as an opinion columnist. Haeli wants to use her law degree to work within the government with people from outside the US. Haeli is passionate about traveling and meeting new people. You won't see her at KU next semester because she is studying abroad in the Czech Republic for the spring semester.
Elder Valle-Morales is a senior studying Information Systems at the School of Business here at KU. Elder is the Co-Winter Coordinator this year and is excited to take on this role with KU Alternative Breaks. Elder previously participated in the KU Alternative Summer Breaks with the St. Bernard Project this past summer, and had a blast in helping to rebuild a home that was destroyed after Hurricane Sandy. Outside of KU Alternative Breaks, Elder serves as Vice President for the Student Endowment Board and serves on the board for Smile for a Lifetime, an organization aimed at providing braces to kids in need! After college, Elder plans to pursue a career in IT Consulting, but hopes to look for meaningful ways on how to make an impact on his community.
Charlie Kircher is a Junior studying Biochemistry and Economics. He is a pre-medical student that hopes to attend medical school after graduation. Outside of Alternative Breaks, he enjoys being involved with cancer research, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Jayhawk Health Initiative, and several other activities and student organizations. He also enjoys working on Spanish in his free time and hopes to one day become fully bilingual.
SPRING BREAK COORDINATORS
Jackson is a sophomore this year studying Biology. He's been on two Alternative Breaks in the past, including Cumberland Island National Seashore in Cumberland, GA and St. Bernard Project in NYC. He chose to become part of the Alt Breaks team because he has a passion for service, exploring and experiencing new things, and forming relationships with people. In addition to AB, he is involved with Research in the Neuromechanics Laboratory, Honors Program, and KU Challenge. Following graduation he is planning on taking his biology major into the education field!
Sabria is a sophomore this year studying Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science. After college, Sabria wants to attend graduate school. She one day hopes to be a clinical psychologist specializing in childhood trauma and working with at-risk teenagers. She has not yet been on an Alternative Break but she is excited to experience one this year. She is serving as the Fundraising Coordinator this year and is stoked to be a part of the team. In her free time, Sabria likes to find new music and make playlists for her friends.
fall & SUMMER break COORDINATORS
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Michael Miller is a junior studying Human Biology. He is currently a Co-Coordinator for Fall and Summer Breaks and has previously been on an Alternative Winter Break to the Saint Bernard Project in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 land and use them as an army to dismantle the oppressive forces of capitalism that bar people from proper access to health care.
Ria Singh is a Junior majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology on the Pre-Med track. She is a Co-Coordinator of the Fall and the Summer Alternative Breaks this year. She has been on two Alternative breaks including Old Jewish Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Women Intercultural Center in Anthony, New Mexico. In her free time, she likes to read, travel and explore different world cuisines, with Indian food being her favorite. After college, Ria plans on pursuing Medical School and earning her doctorate in the field of Cancer Radiology.
Sarah Graham is a junior studying marketing and supply chain management. She fell in love with AB after partaking in Mission: Wolf in Colorado where she got to work with wolves and the community. Sarah loves meeting new people, being active, and the outdoors. Following graduation, Sarah would like to move to a big city and travel frequently for her career while still maintaining an aspect of service in her life.
graphic design coordinator
Christina Nieters is a junior majoring in architecture and minoring in business. This is her second year as the Graphic Design Coordinator for Alternative Breaks. Her love of AB started when she had an amazing break in Fort Worth, TX with Habitat for Humanity the summer of 2017. Other than AB, Christina is a Resident Assistant, in the Honors Program, and honestly spends most of her time in studio. After graduation, she is not exactly sure what she'll end up doing, but she hopes to continue her passion of service through whatever career path she chooses.