2019-2020 Initiate Class

Alexandra McCashland

Alexandra McCashland is the daughter of Timothy and Beth McCashland from Omaha, Nebraska. Her major is Nutrition Science; Pre-PA with a minor in Gerontology. Alexandra is a member of Delta Gamma sorority where she is the Vice President of Foundation. She also participates in various extracurriculars such as Dance Marathon and, Pre-PA club. Alexandra volunteers at Bryan Hospital in the Mother/Baby department as well as Sumner Place nursing home. This summer Alexandra will work as a CNA at Southlake Village Rehabilitation while applying to PA school. In her free time, she loves to work out and, hang out with friends and family.


Alison Gillespie

Alison Gillespie is the daughter of Kyle and Tisha Gillespie from Peculiar, Missouri. Her major is Vocal Performance and she is frequently seen in UNL Opera productions. She particularly enjoys touring with UNL's opera outreach program and performing for audiences in rural Nebraska. This summer, Alison is singing in Eureka Springs, Arkansas as a part of the Studio Artist program at Opera in the Ozarks. Alison is part of Chi Omega's executive team, serving as the house manager and also a member of the Nebraska Human Resources Institute. Through NHRI, Alison mentors a high school freshman and will spend the 2019-2020 school year as Lux Project's staff advisor. In addition to music, Alison is passionate about her faith, German, running and mountain climbing; she aims to conquer Long's Peak during summer 2019! After graduation, Alison will pursue a graduate degree in Vocal Performance. She hopes to someday live in Germany, sing opera and continue enjoy the great outdoors.


Allison Inman

Allison Inman is the daughter of Jill and Gary Inman of West Fargo, North Dakota. She is majoring in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics and Business. Allison has served as an officer in Computing for All, an organization on campus dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM. She is also a student in the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management where she serves as Vice President of the Kauffman Resident’s Association, a Raikes Peer Mentor, a Raikes Student Ambassador, and is a teaching assistant for the introductory computer science courses. During her sophomore year, Allison worked with two other UNL students to build Rosie, a Google Chrome extension that aims to help women in the workplace use more confident language. Rosie took first place in two hackathons, winning Allison a trip to Houston, TX to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (the largest conference for women in tech in the world). Throughout college, she has had internships with Spreetail in Lincoln, N, and Microsoft in Redmond, WA. After graduation, Allison plans to become a software engineer.


Ann Pogrebitskiy

Ann Pogrebitskiy is the daughter of Catherine and Boris Pogrebitskiy from Denver, Colorado. Her major is Actuarial Science and Finance with minors in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. Ann is the co-founder and President of Gamma Iota Sigma, a national Risk Management, Actuarial Science, and Insurance business fraternity. Ann has served as the Vice President of Finance of Alpha Omicron Pi for two terms. She is also involved in the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management as a peer mentor and ambassador and is a member of the Actuarial Science club. Ann will graduate in May 2020 and has accepted a position as an Actuarial Analyst at Wakely Consulting firm in Denver.


Anthony McIntosh

Anthony McIntosh is the son of David and Lisa, and is from Bellevue, Nebraska. He is majoring in Music Performance with a focus in Percussion, and Software Engineering. He also has achieved a minor in Mathematics. He is an avid member of the UNL Percussion Studio, performing with the Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Steel Band, and UNL Drumline. He was selected as an Undergraduate Concerto Competition winner in his Sophomore year and subsequently performed with the UNL Symphony Orchestra as a featured marimba soloist. He has performed on the National level with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, winning the coveted Fred Sanford High Percussion Award. He is also top of his class within the school of Engineering as a Software Engineering major and has worked for the Social Network Research Group on campus, developing an Android application to aid in sociological research and surveying. Anthony hopes to continue his passion for both music and software engineering and show the importance of both disciplines. He hopes to attend graduate school for percussion performance immediately following his stay in Lincoln.


Austin Hillman

Austin is the son of Leisa and the late Tim Hillman from Omaha, Nebraska. He is a member of the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, with a major in Finance and minors in Computer Science and Economics. He is a founding member of the UNL Eagle Scout Association, where he strives to reconnect Eagle Scouts with local troops and community service opportunities. He is a 3-time chairman in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, serving as the social, special events and brotherhood chairs, as well as serving on the executive committee as the Sergeant at Arms. Following graduation, Austin will be working at Mutual of Omaha as a member of their Financial Development Program. Outside of classes and involvements, Austin enjoys woodworking and working on his car.


Cody Feist

Cody Feist is the son of Dave and Julie Feist from Yutan, Nebraska. His major is Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) with an emphasis in Biomedical Engineering. Cody is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, which has provided him with the opportunities such as participating in a service trip to Ecuador and running the science club at the Malone Center's after school program for predominantly Title I children. Additionally, Cody serves as an ambassador for the Biological Systems Engineering program where he provides insight to current and prospective students interested in the BSE department. Outside of this, Cody has participated in undergraduate research through UCARE working with ultrasound as a therapeutic method to regress atherosclerosis. Cody's future goal is to attend medical school at UNMC and has enjoyed countless shadowing and clinical volunteering hours throughout his undergraduate career. In his free time, Cody enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, hanging out with friends and family, and watching football.


Elizabeth Foley

Elizabeth Foley, daughter of Mike and Susan Foley, is an Elementary Education major with an International Studies minor from Lincoln, Nebraska. Liz serves as the Alumni Relations chair for the 2019-2020 ODK circle class. She is also heavily involved in the Nebraska Human Resources Institute where she serves as a project co-chair and devotes time to her leadership-mentoring relationship each week. Throughout her time in college she has also been apart of the Newman Center Student Board where she served as the Vice President of Communications. Liz is also a member of Chi Omega sorority which has surrounded her with incredible women who inspire her and push her for continued growth. She loves to travel and enjoys anything outside, from running to hammocking to rock climbing. After graduation she is thinking about doing a year of mission work or teaching abroad for underprivileged students and is excited to get in the classroom and help her student's see the beauty in learning!


Jeannie Lozowski

Jeannie Lozowski is the daughter of Kathy and Billy Lozowski of Port St. Lucie, Florida. She is majoring in Biochemistry with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Jeannie served as a student-athlete on the women's tennis team at UNL for 3 years while achieving accolades such as Big-Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018, 2019), Nebraska Scholar Athlete Award (2017, 2018, 2019), Academic All Big-Ten (2018, 2019), and the Herman Award (2018, 2019). Aside from her contributions on court, Jeannie is also an ambassador for the Department of Biochemistry and a member of the University Health Center Student Advisory Board. During the summer of her junior year, Jeannie was selected as one of only four recipients for the Nebraska Center for Energy Science Research Internship. Her research consisted of using organic synthesis to create an odd carbon di-carboxylic acid compound that could be used in the biosynthesis of nylons to promote environmental sustainability. She currently volunteers her time through the Husker Senior Citizen mentoring program which pairs student-athletes with a matched elder in a local retirement home; she is also a volunteer for Love Serving Autism which promotes tennis and physical activity for children with autism. In her free time, Jeannie enjoys going to concerts, collecting vintage records, and listening to the Beatles. After graduation, Jeannie plans to attend medical school.


Julia Messineo

Julia Messineo is the daughter of Claudia and Anthony Messineo from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is studying Human Resources Management with a minor in Leadership and Communication. Julia currently serves as President of Delta Gamma. She volunteers with Launch Leadership and has a passion for helping young leaders develop into who they strive to be. Julia is an intern on the Nelnet Corporate and Campus Recruiting teams, where she plans internal and external events and assists in the recruiting process. In her free time, Julia enjoys every minute she can with friends and family. After her graduation in May 2020, Julia hopes to find a job in Human Resources at a company in the midwest.


Kayla Ney

Kayla Ney is the daughter of Robin and Kirk Ney from Omaha, Nebraska. Her major is Biological Systems Engineering with a focus in Biomedical Engineering, and her minor is Spanish. Kayla is the President of Honors Ambassadors and enjoys sharing her Honors Program story with prospective students. She is a member of the inaugural class of Husker Well-Being coaches, an organization that seeks to help students empower themselves. Kayla serves on the executive team of Phi Mu as Secretary, and is a cofounder of Greeks Go Green. This summer, Kayla worked in the Tissue Engineering lab at UNMC. In her free time, she likes to play intramural soccer, craft, and watch movies in the Kawasaki Reading Room in the Gaughan Multicultural Center. In the future, Kayla would like to continue research and be involved with scientific outreach programs to foster children’s interest in STEM.


Kaylee Land

Kaylee Land is the daughter of Amy and Jim Land from Omaha, Nebraska. She is studying Broadcast Journalism and Advertising and Public Relations. She has minors in Communication Studies and Political Science. Kaylee is an active member in Chi Omega, having served as Secretary and Assistant Recruitment Chair. Kaylee is a mentor in NHRI Leadership Mentoring, an organization that empowers young leaders across Lincoln to invest in themselves and others. She also enjoyed numerous internships throughout college including working for The Hope Venture, Pine Cove Camps and University Housing. She is involved with campus ministries and loves investing in and supporting other students. During her free time, Kaylee enjoys walks at Holmes lake, getting ice cream with friends and painting. Upon graduation, Kaylee hopes to work in public relations for a local organization.


Kelly Petersen

Kelly Petersen is the daughter of Carey and Linda Petersen from Elkhorn, Nebraska. Her major is Computer Science with minors in Business, Leadership & Communications, and Mathematics. Kelly is in the Honors Program and is a Product Manager on the Microsoft Team for Raikes Design Studio. Kelly has been the VP of Operations for Kappa Delta, and is currently the Leadership chair. She has also been a teaching assistant for the Computer Science Department for the last three years. Kelly is passionate about helping others discover their own leadership abilities and serving others. Kelly helped to co-start Girls Who Code in Lincoln, a club to help young girls at Campbell Elementary School learn programming concepts! This summer Kelly worked as an Information Services Intern at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. In her free time, Kelly loves spending time with her younger sister, attending weekly board game nights, and spending time with her friends. In the future, Kelly hopes to find new ways to help inspire young girls to be confident in themselves, especially in STEM.


Kelsey Linzell

Kelsey Linzell is the daughter of Dan and Cindy Linzell from Lincoln, NE. She is majoring in Spanish and Global Studies, with a minor in the Public Policy Analysis Certificate. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school to receive a Master of Public Health and a law degree to work with healthcare policy. Kelsey is an executive team member for MEDLIFE (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere), a member of the Honors Program Student Advisory Board (HPSAB), a leadership mentor for NHRI Leadership Mentoring, and leads a group of new members through the new member education process for Chi Omega Fraternity. She volunteers throughout the year with Launch Leadership and currently serves at the Year-Round Services Curriculum Coordinator. This past summer, Kelsey had an internship through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program, where she worked alongside professionals on current healthcare issues. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with friends, reading, and trying new restaurants around Lincoln.


Kenneth Erickson

Kenneth (Kenny) Erickson is the son of Brian and Sandra Erickson from Omaha, Nebraska. He is an Actuarial Science and Finance major with minors in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics. Kenny is a member of the Nebraska Business Honors Academy, where he has served on the Social Committee and acted as a mentor for an incoming freshman each of the past two years. For the 2019-2020 school year, Kenny will continue serving as the Vice President and Secretary for UNL Phi Beta Lambda, while stepping into his new role as State Vice President of Finance for the Nebraska Chapter. He is also a member of the Actuarial Science Club, a volunteer at the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, and a six-time Intramural Sports Champion. In the summer of 2018, Kenny was the first student in UNL’s history to study abroad at the University of Toronto, a program he created from scratch. This summer he worked as an actuarial intern for Lincoln Financial Group and plans on entering the insurance industry after college, but hopes to end up working for Disney. With his future, stable income, Kenny plans to revitalize the Career Committed Student Scholarship, a scholarship he founded his senior of high school for students who have gained in-field experience in their desired career field. This experience will aide Kenny in his role as Selections Chair for Omicron Delta Kappa in the upcoming school year.


Kevin Birdsall

Kevin Birdsall is the son of Walter and Pamela Birdsall from Napa, California. He is majoring in Biological Systems Engineering with an emphasis and minor in Biomedical Engineering. He is the senior resident assistant in the Courtyards residence hall and a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. This summer he is taking the MCAT and applying to medical schools in hopes of pursuing a career in the medical field, specifically in the field of Dermatology, Pediatrics, or Obstetrics and Gynecology. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing soccer, watching movies, spending time with family and friends, and listening to music.


Krista Benesch

Krista Benesch in a music education major from Kearney, Nebraska. She is the director of the youth choir at St. Matthew's Church in Lincoln, and enjoys leading children to be creative with music. Krista is also a volunteer with TeamMates Mentoring Program, as well as a member of Chi Omega sorority and an ambassador for the college of fine and performing arts. An active participant in the UNL opera program, Krista is the recipient of the 2016 Friends of Opera scholarship. She has held roles most recently in The Tender Land by Aaron Copland and The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore. In her free time, Krista enjoys bike riding, rock climbing, and cooking. She hopes to pursue a masters degree in vocal performance following graduation.


Madeline Maschka

Madeline Maschka is the daughter of Amy and Jeffrey Maschka from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her major is Biological Sciences with minors in Humanities in Medicine, Mathematics, Sociology, and Psychology. She is involved in the University's Dance Marathon, her sorority (Delta Gamma), Greek Honor's Society - Order of Omega, YoungLife, and the Honor's Peer Mentor Program. In her free time, Madeline likes to travel and learn about different cultures. Some of her favorite experiences were her medical mission trip to Tanzania, Africa and her public health study abroad to Barranquilla, Colombia. After graduation, she plans on working within the medical field and continuing research on how medical providers can overcome cultural barriers that affect health care.


Madison Kalb

Madison (Madi) Kalb is from Wataga, Illinois and is majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry. Her parents are Robert and Andrea Kalb. While at Nebraska, Madi has served as a Resident Assistant in Massengale, a Teaching Assistant in the Food Science Department, and as the treasurer for Sigma Alpha sorority. Madi is also a part of the Outreach Committee for Dance Marathon. Over the summer, Madi worked on her Honors thesis to characterize a protein homolog in bacteria whose human relative is associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. When she's not camped out in the Stacks, Madi enjoys spending her time learning how to cook, going to $5 movie nights at the Grand, and playing intramural sports. In the future, Madi would like to either work in forensic analysis for either of the federal intelligence agencies or pursue her PhD to become a professor in biological science.


Madison Kraus

Madison is the daughter of Andy and Leslie Kraus from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her major is Biological Sciences (Pre-Medicine) with minors in Psychology and Biochemistry. Madison is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and serves on the scholarship committee. She is also involved in ASUN as member of the academic committee. She participates in UCARE research in Dr. Sathish Kumar Natarajan's biochemistry lab. This summer, Madison interned at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus conducting research in immunology. She also volunteers as a Girls on the Run coach and as a tutor at Lincoln Lighthouse. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, reading and being an amateur guitar player. In the future, Madison hopes to be a physician and epidemiologist studying and treating infectious diseases.


Monica Angeletti

Monica Angeletti is the daughter of Peter and Anisa Angeletti from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is majoring in Biological Sciences with minors in Psychology and Mathematics. She currently serves as the Co-Philanthropy Chair for ODK. At UNL, Monica is a Well-Being Ambassador for the University Health Center, a member of Chi Omega, and serves on the Fund Allocation Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board. She is a Regents Scholar and a member of the Honors Program. Monica works as a science tutor for UNL Student Support Services and as a research assistant for Dr. Luwen Zhang at the Nebraska Center for Virology, for which she has been a UCARE Grant recipient. She worked as a pianist at Von Maur in the past, as well. Off campus, Monica volunteers at Clinic with a Heart, the Nebraska AIDS Project, and at Everett Elementary School as a City Impact reading tutor. She participated in a Spanish Language and Public Health study abroad program in Barranquilla, Colombia, during the summer of 2018, and hopes to pursue a career that combines medicine and public health in the future.


Morgan Holen

Morgan Holen is the daughter of Brad and Jodi Holen from Elkhorn, Nebraska. She is double majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Advertising/Public Relations with a double minor in Communications and Leadership. She is a member of the Chi Omega sorority where she currently serves on the executive team as Recruitment Chair. Morgan spends her time as a mentor in the Nebraska Human Resources Institute where she is on staff. On game days you can find her on the field as the captain of the Husker Scarlets Dance Team. Morgan couples her love of dance with the Children’s Miracle Network to raise money and serve on staff of Dance Marathon. She is also a member of the Jacht Advertising Agency serving as the Social Media Strategist. This summer Morgan spent time in Copenhagen, Denmark where she studied social media analytics of political campaigns and digital privacy. In her free time she likes coffee, podcasts, getting to know people, and anything with lots of color!


Nicholas Bohannon

Nicholas (Nick) Bohannon is the son of Vance and Sandy Bohannon of Tekamah, Nebraska. He is a Nutrition Science major with minors in Psychology, Gerontology, and Biochemistry. Nick is also pursuing certificates of Civic Engagement and Gerontology and is a University Honors Program student. Currently, Nick is President of the College of Education and Human Sciences Student Advisory Board, member of the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board, member of the University Health Center Student Advisory Board, and works as a Teaching Assistant for a general biology lab within the School of Biological Sciences. Nick is also an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Exercise, Sports and Performance Nutrition Lab within UNL’s Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences where he focuses on youth athletic performance. Additionally, he is a Research Assistant for a variety of pediatric anesthesia research projects at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He currently volunteers at CHI Health - St. Elizabeth Hospital in the Emergency Department in Lincoln as well as with Nebraska 4-H in a variety of youth leadership development and STEM programs. In his free time, Nick enjoys streaming shows and movies on Netflix, attending Husker athletic events, and waterfowl hunting. After graduation, Nick plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatric sports medicine or orthopedic surgery.


Rachel Sisley

Rachel Sisley is a psychology major from Omaha, Nebraska. One of Rachel's favorite organization on campus that she is involved with is her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. Rachel serves on the executive team of Alpha Omicron Pi as the Vice President of Academics. For her sorority, she has also served as recording secretary and as standards chair for her pledge class. She has enjoyed all the friends and memories she has made through her sorority and appreciates how they influenced her personal growth and development. Rachel is also a committee lead for Camp Kesem, an organization that aims to support children through and beyond their parents cancer. Kesem is a student-run organization that provides a free week of camp for children so they can relax, forget their worries and most importantly have fun! Rachel is also a mentor for the Pre-Medicine Undergraduate Mentor Program. Rachel volunteers for the Impact Reading Center, an organization that aims to help elementary school aged children improve their reading abilities. Rachel does research for two research labs on campus, Dr. Ashley Votruba's Culture, Cognition, and Law Lab and Dr. Scott Stoltenberg's Behavioral Genetics Lab. Rachel also works as a Patient Care Technician at Nebraska Medicine, mainly helping patients with activities of daily living. Rachel really loves this job because it shows that doing just little things for people can really make their day so much better and she gets to meet so many unique and interesting people. This summer, Rachel will be working on her psychology these investigating court decision-making regarding medical malpractice cases, working at Nebraska Medicine, and studying for the MCAT. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading fiction novels, watching cooking videos, and traveling. After graduation, Rachel plans to eventually attend medical school and hopefully work as an internist!


Sydney Mickells

Sydney Mickells is the daughter of Dan and Tiffany Mickells from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her major is elementary and special education. Sydney serves as the merchandising chair for Omicron Delta Kappa. She is the president of her sorority Chi Omega and previously served as the Director of Sisterhood. Sydney volunteers with the Nebraska Human Resources Institute where she serves as a Staff Advisor and mentors a high schooler in the Lincoln community. She has also been a teaching assistant for the ALEC department. Off campus, Sydney enjoys teaching dance classes weekly in the community to combine two of her passions-dance and teaching. She also volunteers for Launch Leadership year round. After graduation, Sydney hopes to get a job teaching elementary school students.