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2019-20 Piedmont Fellows: The Third Cohort

Amanda Martin

Multnomah University:
Biology; Minor in Bible and Theology

Amanda joins the Piedmont Fellows with extensive leadership and work experience. She has a passion to help teams thrive, to help individuals experience personal development, and to learn new and exciting ways to lead with humility and grace. While at Multnomah, she held leadership positions as a Commuter Assistant, Head Commuter Assistant, and Student Body President. Amanda also created and facilitated the ‘5 Bridges’ committee – advocating for students’ needs on campus with an emphasis on student athletes. Outside her campus involvement, Amanda worked in the Cecile Molden Thanksgiving House, providing assistance as a caregiver, trainer, and consultant for the faith-based Adult Foster Home facility. Amanda graduated with honors in Biology and is looking forward to growing professionally in the business-world in the context of a team setting. She enjoys learning and reading in biblical Hebrew and has vocational interests of Healthcare and Hospital Administration as well as Human Resources. 

Ellie Andrews

Liberty University:
Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication / Behavioral Sciences

Ellie gathers people with a warm and vibrant personality and exemplifies servant leadership. As a student, Ellie was heavily involved with Campus Outreach at Liberty. With Campus Outreach, Ellie attended multiple student conferences along with two Summer Beach Projects. Each year, she held leadership positions on the project, which entailed working 40-hours per week, participating in leadership trainings, planning and setting up events on the Servant Team, and leading a Bible study. Ellie has vocational experience and training in customer service, strategic social media deployment, vender communications, and clerical work, always striving to motivate those around her with a positive attitude. Her hobbies traveling to national parks and preserved areas in America, and serving as an encouragement to those on the mission field. As a Fellow, Ellie desires to establish herself in the Public Relations field with the long-term goal of supporting missions work both financially and with her vocational skillset.

Hana Truong

Messiah College:

Hana thrived as a contributing member of the college community with the help of great teams and advisors. At Messiah, Hana worked for the Office of Annual Giving as the Development Ambassador, was the Global Ambassador for Messiah’s International Admission’s Office, served as the PR Officer of Asian Student Association, was a member of The Collaboratory of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research – facilitating Minimal Viable Meetings between engineering professionals and engineering majors, and developed curriculum to help business owners in Africa with the Business Initiative Team. Hana’s primary role was serving as the Marketing Club President during her senior year, organizing workshops and events on campus. Hana recognizes the value marketing brings to people’s lives and has a passion for practicing her calling with integrity and looks forward to gaining valuable experience with a marketing firm. Her career aspiration is to establish her own consulting service abroad, utilizing her marketing passion. 

Rachel Kurak

Grove City College:
Communications Studies

Rachel immersed herself in extracurricular activities at Grove City, participating in two traveling choirs, the Sign Language Club, and as the treasurer for the Spanish Club and Mortar Board, a national honorary society. As Secretary and Treasurer for DRIVE (Drama Reaching Inner-cities through Visual Evangelism), she combined attention to detail and event planning skills with her interest in faith, service, and the arts. Her communications experience includes positions as a Centered Market Intern for The Centers for Families and Children in Cleveland, OH, a Publication Project Manager for Downtown Ministries in Greenville, PA, and the Volunteer Recruitment Intern at The City Mission in Cleveland, OH. In these various positions Rachel has edited publications, designed and distributed marketing materials, assisted in research and information management, and help bring projects to completion. As a Fellow, Rachel desires to sharpen her communications skills in the context of an organization driven by strong relational values.

Mitchell Bonner

Grove City College:
Marketing; Minor in Mathematics

Mitchell’s focus and drive combine to benefit those he works for, those he leads, and those coming after him. As a student at Grove City, Mitchell was President of the Koinonia Gospel Team, a member of the Apologetic’s Club, and helped lead the American Marketing Association Chapter. His five years of combined experience in the National Speech and Debate Association and parliamentary debate in college enable Mitchell to communicate and present in the most effective ways. His experience and efforts led the administration to allocate funding at Grove City to begin renovation for the college chapel prayer room whenever he addressed the need in the ‘GCC Shark Tank Competition’ and his paper on the history of tank warfare earned him an invitation to participate at The Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary Conference at Washington & Jefferson. Mitchell’s professional goals are to learn the many aspects of operating a business in hopes of founding his own marketing agency built on Christian principles that aim to serve Christian ministries.

Sam Burgess

University of Tennessee:
Business Analytics with Supply Chain Management / History

Sam blends professionalism with a compassionate heart for service. An early example of this is Sam’s Eagle Scout project, where he renovated a nature trail for his community at a local elementary school. As a member of Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Tennessee, Sam co-led the community outreach team for the ministry, where he organized weekly donation center service opportunities in Knoxville. Sam’s technical skills include Statistical Modeling with Microsoft Excel, JMP Statistics Software, and R-Studio. Sam belongs to the Business Analytics Society and has basic proficiency in Spanish. He has work experience as a Strategic Treasurer where he analyzed data of online webinars and organized data in pivot tables. In addition to his analytic focus, he has interests in Geography, Transactional Law, and Genealogy and would love to use his skills to support historical preservation. As a Fellow, Sam looks forward to further developing his data analytic skills and learning various aspects of management. 

Tripp Dulaney

Elon University:
Statistics: Social Science Concentration;
Minors in Spanish / Coaching

Tripp’s administrative strengths enable him to lead with excellence and balance multiple responsibilities with precision. At Elon, Tripp worked as a Residential Assistant for three years, served as the President for Campus Outreach, and worked as a Residential Office Worker for the University. Tripp led a weekly Bible study during the school year and also served as a Room Leader on Campus Outreach’s Summer Beach Project, where he developed eight different Bible Study curriculum to help younger students grow in areas of specific character development. Tripp’s technically trained statistical skills include R, SAS, SQL, SPSS, Microsoft Excel, and Stata. He is also conversational in Spanish. He has work experience with Echelon Insights, a polling and data science company, where his responsibilities included organizing all 3,007 American Counties in Excel, researching public opinions for AC Milan over multiple social media outlets, and analyzing 300 relevant topics over Twitter using Sysomos. He is an avid soccer fan and would enjoy employing his statistical skillset in a professional sport setting one day. 

2018-19 Piedmont Fellows: The Second Cohort

Haley Green

Guilford College:
Health and Exercise Sport Science 

Amanda Nielsen

Covenant College:
Interdisciplinary Studies: Music, Theatre, Business 

Bianca Rumbaugh

Christopher Newport University:
Political Science and American Studies

Adedoyin (Tim) Adesanya

UNC Greensboro:
Communication Studies

Mark Emerick

Christopher Newport University:


2017-18 Piedmont Fellows: The Inaugural Cohort

Sam Collins

Appalachain State University:

Sarah Mims

Christopher Newport University:

Nick Purdy

UNC Greenbsoro:
Parks and Recreation

Joshua Simmons

Virginia Wesleyan:
Math and German

Leena Neal

Virginia Tech:

Dustin Deal

Catawba College:
Sport Management

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