Meet the 2016-17 Trailblazers

Lauren Carroll—Trailblazer of the Year

Food and consumer package goods marketing

Integrated supply management

Carroll is active as chief operating officer for the WMU student chapter of APICS, as a social media director for the Food Marketing Association and as a Bronco Force Solutions team lead at Sigma Machine. She has also interned as a category analyst with SC Johnson and is interning at Abbott Nutrition this summer in their retail sales division. Carroll has participated in the Meijer Hack-A-Thon and has been an extern at All-Phase Electric Supply and Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center.

Joshua Angles

Human resource management

Angles has engaged in the human resource field by interning with Ally Financial and working as a human resource assistant for Zoetis Inc. He stays involved on campus as a Zhang Career Center peer educator, a first-year seminar co-instructor and intern, and a success seminar facilitator for the Center for Academic Success Programs. He is involved in the campus community through the Student Leadership Advisory Board, Society for Excellence in Human Resources, Omicron Sigma Lambda, the Dean’s Leadership Scholar Program and as a Business Externship Program peer mentor. Angles currently serves on the Haworth College of Business Dean’s Search Committee member

Brandon Chidester

Sales and business marketing

Active within campus and the community, Chidester serves on the executive board of the Sales and Business Marketing Association, assisting the director of new business. He is also active in his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, where he has served as professional development and fundraising chairman. Through his fraternity, Chidester has volunteered at the Kalamazoo Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, Volunteer Kalamazoo and with various events on campus. He participated in an externship with Coyote Logistics and the Hershey Company and recently accepted an internship with Thomson Reuters.

Chloe Childs

Marketing
Global and international studies

Childs, a Lee Honors College student, is a member of the Global Business Student Association and Alpha Lambda Delta and was previously involved in the American Marketing Association and AdClub. She served on the marketing and communications committee for the Designed to Lead conference and participated as social media chair in the Leadership and Involvement Conference as a part of Alternative Bronco Breaks. She was a Bronco Blogger Abroad while studying abroad in Paris, France, and later became a study abroad ambassador. Childs is currently a marketing and advertising intern for Cluventure.

Katelin Cornelius

Sales and business marketing

Cornelius was a marketing intern with Stryker Instruments and recently accepted a full-time marketing associate position for Stryker IVS. She stays involved on campus as director of finance for the Sales and Business Marketing Association and as a mentor for the Bronco Buddies program. Cornelius has volunteered at WMU’s Career Fair, the Sales Career Fair and the Michigan Blind Athletic Association.

Jacob Crowell

Food and consumer package goods marketing

Crowell is a recipient of the Dorothy J. and Clinton J. Christoff scholarship and the Grocer Manufacturers Representatives scholarship. He is currently a retail sales service intern for Nabisco at Mondelēz International and has other experiences in his field, including a retail merchandising internship with Meijer, a brand protection internship at the Kellogg Company and a music internship at Centerpoint Church. Crowell was formerly the vice president of social events for WMU’s Food Marketing Association and studied abroad in Thailand in 2016.

Meridith Frein

Human resource management

As an active member of the campus community, Frein is a member of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources, the Sales and Business Marketing Association, the Kalamazoo Human Resource Management Association and the Society of Human Resource Management. She has worked as a human resource intern at Summit Polymers, a human resources coordinator at Streamline Healthcare Solutions and a board and committee member for Parent to Parent Southwest Michigan.

Taylor Graham

Advertising and promotion

Through participation in the business externship program, Graham has worked with business professionals at Doner and Haworth Inc. She is currently a wedding planning intern at WMU’s Fetzer Center. She has also held an internship position with PepsiCo, where she worked in WMU’s vending, dining and athletic departments. Graham is a member of AdClub, an American Advertising Federation affiliate, and is the social media and university outreach chairman for the Global Business Student Association. She will be studying abroad in the Dominican Republic in May.

Hallie Green

Electronic business marketing

Green, a Lee Honors College student, is a Haworth College of Business Dean’s Gold Star and participatory Medallion Scholarship recipient. She is involved in the Intercultural Business Student Association, Alpha Lambda Delta and the Bronco Buddies Mentoring Program. Green was the co-chair of the marketing committee for Designed to Lead and a member of the Haworth College of Business Dean’s Leadership Scholar board. She has worked as a finance associate intern for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, a marketing associate intern for Stryker Corporation and a marketing communications co-op for Eaton Corporation.

Jeremy Juday

Sales and business marketing

As a leader on campus, Juday serves as the public relations chair for the Student Leadership Advisory Board, a WMU sales team coach, an active member of the Sales and Business Marketing Association and a co-instructor for a Business 1000 course. After graduation, he will be working for Thomson Reuters’ tax and accounting sales division.

Katelyn Krulek

Advertising and promotion

Krulek is a recipient of the Advertising and Promotion Advisory Board Scholarship and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. She stays involved on campus as the special events coordinator for AdClub, the marketing director for the Intercultural Business Student Organization and founder and director of communications for Active Minds of WMU. Krulek has held internships with digital advertising and media agencies and has engaged with the professional community by attending the Leadership and Involvement and AdCon career conferences. She has studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and plans to study in the Netherlands in fall 2017.

Tracy Kuhle

Marketing
Spanish

An active member of campus, Kuhle is a WMU Presidential Scholar and Lee Honors College student. As captain of the WMU women’s tennis team, she has been recognized as a two-time MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete. She is an active member of the American Marketing Association and Alpha Lambda Delta. Kuhle has gained professional experience with the Business Externship Program through Quicken Loans and Stryker and interned with Miller-Davis Company. She plans to study abroad in Burgos, Spain, in the fall 2017 semester.

Scott Lemons

Master of business administration

Lemons works as a global supply chain manager at Humphrey Products. He is a senior-level leader and decision maker and is accountable for corporate-wide supply chain strategy. Lemons has held positions as a board member and vice president of marketing for the APICS Southwest Michigan Chapter and is certified in production and inventory management by APICS. He is also authorized by APICS to teach principles of supply chain, lean enterprise and global sourcing.

Emmanuel Machena

Economics in business
Finance

An active member of campus, Machena has represented WMU at the annual Collegiate Model United Nations competitions, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and Risk Management Association – Credit Analysis competition. He is the recipient of the nationwide Risk Management Association Scholarship, the Greenleaf Trust Scholarship and the Norman Clark Business Memorial Scholarship. Machena is a Lee Honors College student and is a member of the Risk Management Association, the Financial Services Club and WMU’s Model UN.

Kraig McAllister

Advertising and promotion

McAllister is a Lee Honors College student and an active member of AdClub and the Business Communication Club. He has previously worked as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Karen Lancendorfer, associate professor of marketing and director of the advertising and promotion program, and as an intern with Universal McCann. Currently, McAllister is a leader in his capstone advertising course as account manager.

Samantha McGrath

Marketing
Food and consumer package goods marketing

McGrath, a Lee Honors College student and Dean’s Leadership Scholar, is active on campus as a Business Externship Program peer mentor, a member of the Campus Activities Board and the Food Marketing Association, and as a part of WMU’s track and field team. She also participates in the Student Leadership Advisory Board, is an Alpha Lambda Delta member and is a co-captain for Relay for Life. Recently, McGrath interned at AlixPartners and completed an externship at E & J Gallo.

Marissa Mohney

Marketing

Mohney is a member of the Lee Honors College and is an active member of the American Marketing Association, Alpha Lambda Delta and the Foundation Scholar Program. She is also involved in the community through programs including the Resilience Project, Building Blocks for Kalamazoo, Coats for Kids and Vine Campus Outreach.

Edward Mulford

Integrated supply management

An active member of the campus community, Mulford is the president-elect for APICS, the past professionalism chair of Phi Gamma Delta, a member of the Order of Omega honors society, and has been a Fall Welcome Ambassador since his freshman year. He has experience as a Bronco Force team lead intern for Eaton, has attended multiple General Motors Supply Chain Case Competitions, studied abroad in Germany and will be a supply chain intern with Meijer.

Kylee Myer

Sales and business marketing

Myer is a member of the Sales and Business Marketing Association, a student ambassador for WMU and the Haworth College of Business, and served as the career and personal development chair of Chi Omega sorority. She is active on campus as a part of the Dean’s Leadership Scholar Program, has participated in numerous sales competitions and recently accepted an internship with Hormel Foods Corporation.

Lauren Nowakowski

Management
Sales and business marketing

A leader on campus, Nowakowski serves as president of the Management Student Organization, participates in the Student Leadership Advisory Board and is a committee member of the Sales and Business Marketing Association. Previously, she was a customer service management intern for Thomson Reuters and worked as a student ambassador for WMU admissions. Nowakowski currently works in the Zhang Career Center and recently placed third as a part of a team at the University of Toledo Invitational Sales Competition. She will be interning with Thomson Reuters as a sales core intern.

Juliet Sanford

Advertising and promotion
Management

A four-year Dean’s Leadership Scholar, Sanford is active on campus as the president of the Student Leadership Advisory Board, the events coordinator for the Campus Activities Board and was previously treasurer for the Management Student Organization. She was also the outreach coordinator for Bronco Bash and Homecoming and was recognized as a part of the 2016 Homecoming court. Sanford has worked as a game operations and marketing intern for the Kalamazoo Wings and Wings Event Center and as an event coordination intern for Palace Sports and Entertainment.

Erin Sionkowski

Electronic business marketing

Sionkowski has held various leadership positions with organizations, including the Global Business Students Organization, Student Leadership Advisory Board, Western Student Association and the eBusiness Marketing Advisory Board. She is active on campus as a Dean’s Leadership Scholar, WMU Fall Welcome Ambassador, member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Designed to Lead conference coordinator and a Business 1000 course co-instructor. In summer 2016, she completed an IT internship with the Kellogg Company.

Emma Stuba

Integrated supply management

A Lee Honors College student, Stuba is the vice president of event management for the Student Leadership Advisory Board and the president of the Global Business Students Association. She is also an active member of the Swim and Dive Club, Alpha Lambda Delta and APICS. Stuba also works as a student ambassador at the college of business, a co-instructor for a Business 1000 course and an integrated supply management peer mentor. She has been recognized as the integrated supply management presidential scholar and has accepted a full-time position post-graduation with Marathon Petroleum, where she was previously an intern.

Kenady Sykora

Sales and business marketing

Sykora is an active member of the Sales and Business Marketing Association, Beta Gamma Sigma honors society and served on the executive board of the Intercultural Business Student Association. She worked as a teller for Post Community Credit Union and was recently promoted to marketing specialist. Sykora was named a top 5 all star performer for sales management and top 7 out of 72 students for speed selling in advanced selling skills in her courses. Outside of WMU, she dedicates herself to leadership and volunteer work in the Kalamazoo community.