Name: Jessica Smith
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Favorite AEPhi Memory: My favorite AEPhi memory was definitely Big/Little reveal. There is no feeling quite like hugging your big and little for the first time after a week of fun surprises. Having such an amazing Pham has truly made my AEPhi experience so meaningful - I have found my people, and I feel so lucky to have them in my life.
Quote: "“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!” -Audrey Hepburn
Name: Brooke Levitt
Position: Vice President of Operations
Favorite AEPhi Memory: One of my favorite memories in AEPhi has been living in the phouse. I have been able to form stronger bonds and memories with my friends and make new ones with other girls in my pledge class. Whether it's the late nights on the patio or bothering each other so we get no work done for hours, these are the times I will cherish forever. These people will be with me for the rest of my life.
Quote: "You can't just sit there and wait for life to come to you. You have to go get it!" -Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries
Name: Jamie Benghiat
Position: Vice President of Finance
Favorite AEPhi Memory: My favorite aephi memory was definitely big little. I have the best big and best little I could ever ask for and this memory from both years is one I’ll always hold dear. I love having my pham here that feel like home and I know are always there for me.
Quote: “No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile.”
Name: Samantha Haydu
Position: Vice President of Programming
Majors: Public Health
Favorite AEPhi memory: My favorite AEPhi memory is Big Little Reveal. My Pham are my best friends and I was so excited to finally get to join my Pham and have such an amazing group of people supporting me. We all took photos together and after reveal, we went out for sushi and got to spend the entire afternoon laughing together. This year, reveal was just as meaningful getting to welcome my own little into the Pham and expanding our lineage.
Quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it." -Walt Disney
Name: Macey Melinek
Position: Vice President of Social Standards
Major: Health Science
Favorite AEPhi Memory: It is so hard to decide what my favorite Aephi memory! The big/little process from both the little’s and big’s side was magical! I loved how I got to meet such amazing people, but when it came down to finding my big or little, there was no doubt in my mind that I found my person. The bond you create with your pham is incredible and there are no words to describe the love I have for them.
Quote: “Speak your mind even though your voice shakes.”
Name: Julianna Dresner
Position: Vice President of Philanthropy
Favorite AEPhi Memory: AEPhi has given me the most genuine friendships that I have ever known. Going to the Chainsmokers Concert in Tampa is by far my favorite AEPhi memory. Singing, dancing, and talking non-stop during the long bus ride with all of my best friends made for a truly unforgettable night.
Quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that" -Martin Luther King Jr.
Name: Allison Helfrich
Position: Vice President of Sisterhood
Majors: Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Favorite AEPhi Memory: My favorite AEPhi memory was running home on bid day to the place where I found my best friends and made the best memories. Meeting my people and finding my Pham gave me a family while I was away from home. I am so thankful that AEPhi gave me a place where I can be completely myself all the time.
Quote: “Find the best in everybody... you might have to wait a long time, sometimes years, but people will show you their good side. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes.”
Name: Lauren Cohen
Position: Vice President of Recruitment
Major: Business Administration
Favorite AEPhi Memory: My favorite AEPhi memory has been living in the phouse. I could not imagine being anywhere else than beside my best friends every day. From movie nights to study sessions, there is never a time where I would want to be anywhere else.
Quote: “And if eating cake is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”
-Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls
Name: Allison Cohen
Position: Vice President of Panhellenic Affairs
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Favorite AEPhi Memory: My favorite AEPhi memory was our tie-dye sisterhood event. I remember coming to the house expecting to make one shirt and leave, but I ended up staying for hours laughing and making a mess with my friends. One of the things I love most about AEPhi is that I can unapologetically be myself and make the most out of the time I spend with my sisters.
Quote: “Don't let go too soon, but don't hold on too long.”
-Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
Name: Samantha Ross
Position: Vice President of Social Relations
Favorite AEPhi Memory: My favorite memories are from dinners at the AEPhi house. My friends and I would sit at the longest table because there were so many of us and we didn’t want to be separated. We all did our own thing during the day, but dinner was always the time to catch up. We ate family style dinners which accurately represented what we were to each other- a group of people so comfortable together it felt like family.
Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Name: Jillian Melinek
Position: Vice President of New Member Education (Phi Mom)
Favorite AEPhi Memory: My favorite AEPhi memory has to be Big Little reveal! As a New Member, getting my big and being welcomed into my Pham was what truly made me believe I belonged in this sorority. Once I became the Big, I was beyond excited to get my little and welcome her into my crazy, very extraordinary, incredible, and extremely loving Pham. I cannot thank my Pham enough for being there for me for anything and everything, and I cannot put to words how much I appreciate & love them.
Quote: “I just hope both teams have fun.” -Michael Scott