Fall 2014 Chancellor's Capstone Leadership Students Student Biographies Mac-Jane Chukwu is from the famous city of Lagos, Nigeria. She loves to learn and has been teased for not taking time to have fun; but that is not true and she is indeed a bundle of talents. She is the author of Open Secret and is currently working on another book. Having obtained her bachelor’s degree in International Relations, she is now pursuing her master’s in this field with a dream of specializing in National Security Affairs; she hopes to become the first youngest female president of Nigeria. With her background in media production, Mac-Jane is equally interested in building people, hence her involvement in projects that encourage positive change. She is the Executive Vice President of the International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO), currently the Graduate Administrative Assistant with the career services at Troy University, and founder of Tower of Hope Teaclub, a foundation to help troubled street girls. Like Joseph in the Bible, Mac-Jane wears a coat of many colors! Douglas Dyer is from the small town of Frostproof, which is surrounded by orange groves and lakes in central Florida. Growing up there instilled a love for bass fishing, which occupies most of his free time. A senior decathlete for the Troy University track and field team, Doug now lives in the dorms at Troy University. He is a Bio-medical Science major who is also pursuing a Leadership Development minor during his four years of undergraduate studies. Doug plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in May, 2015, and further his education in medical school starting August, 2015. He has aspirations of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. This will allow him a platform to spread the love and word of God to people at home and abroad. Jonathan Ginyard is a senior at Troy University with a major in sport and fitness management and a minor in leadership development. Troy is actually his hometown. Since high school, Jonathan has been big on community service, participating in and helping various organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Key Club just to name a few. Jonathan also began taking classes at Troy University his junior year of high school through a dual enrollment program called Global Studies. He enjoyed that experience, which is why he chose to continue attending Troy University after graduation. Jonathan plans to graduate in the fall of 2015 and to pursue a career in sports management or, if that doesn't work out, a career in coaching football on the junior high/high school level because he has a passion for helping kids and the game of football. Pierce Godwin grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. At a young age, Pierce realized his passion for public speaking and debate. While attending Saint James High School in Montgomery, he was very involved with speech and debate and other government programs. After graduating in 2012, Pierce enrolled in Troy University as a Multimedia Journalism major. While at TROY, he was involved as the 2012-2013 Freshman Forum President, a 2013 Troy University IMPACT Leader, 2012-2013 Student Governmental Affair Council Member, and a member of a Greek organization. Pierce hopes to graduate from TROY by May 2015, and pursue law school at Tulane University. Quentin Helms was born in the small farm-town of Slocomb, Alabama. He was raised on a working cattle and row-crop farm and still lives there when he isn't at TROY. Quentin was raised in a very musical family and is currently on scholarship at TROY to sing bass in multiple choirs and ensembles on campus. He is very involved with music both at school and at the church he attends. Quentin is a Criminal Justice major with a Homeland Security focus and Leadership Development minor. After graduating in fall of 2015, Quentin hopes to obtain a job with a local sheriff’s department and gain experience before he proceeds to the federal level of law enforcement. Jamila Holmes grew up in a town named Marianna, Florida, about thirty minutes south of Dothan, Al. This is where her parents instilled in her the value of being a hard worker and standing on your own two feet. After attending Marianna High School, where she participated in a number of organizations, she then turned her attention to the United States Army as a member of the Alabama National Guard. After completing this major goal in her life she then decided to attend Troy University to obtain a major in Human Service and a minor in Leadership Development. She is set to graduate in spring 2015. Upon graduation she plans to use her training at an extension program in Florida in the area of human resources personnel. Sam Johnson is from the small town of Social Circle, Georgia, which is a suburb of Atlanta. Since graduating from Eastside High School in Covington, Georgia, where he ran track and field, cross country, played baseball, and swam, he has continued his track and field career at Troy University, where he is a senior decathlete and pole vaulter. At TROY, he is a Communication Studies major with a minor in Leadership Development. He plans to graduate from TROY in the summer of 2015 and enroll in Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina in the fall to become a church-planter and pastor. He plans to gain pastoral experience at an established church before planting a church in the Long Island area of New York. Alyssa Lester is a senior at Troy University with a major in political science and leadership development as a minor. She is from Robertsdale, Alabama, a city located near the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. Although she is an only child, Alyssa thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family, especially her cousin who currently lives in Florida with Alyssa’s goddaughter. Alyssa will graduate in May 2015 and is excited to continue on to graduate school. She plans on obtaining a Master’s degree in Criminology. During her time at TROY, Alyssa has worked summers at her home town’s local police department. Alyssa is also the current secretary for Troy’s Political Science Club. Despite her busy schedule, Alyssa always tries to make time for her family and friends. Jonathan Messer is from Kinsey, Alabama. He spent the majority of his childhood outdoors and developed a love of nature. In 2008 he began his study of medicine as a Wilderness First Responder. He completed his Emergency Medical Technician certification at the age of 18. He then began working with youth with Mission Wilderness Associates as an assistant instructor out of Salem, Oregon. Jonathan came to Troy University to pursue a degree in Biomedical Science. He is an Honors Student and was the Troy University Honors Alliance president. Jonathan spent this summer as a white water rafting and climbing guide for Lake Geneva Youth Camp in Wisconsin. Jonathan has simultaneously been pursuing a minor in Military Science with ROTC where he held the rank of Cadet Major and was the Battalion Executive Officer for Troy University and Auburn University at Montgomery. He will commission in December as a 2nd LT in the United States Army. Jessica Maney is from the small town of Shalimar, Florida, near Destin. She was fortunate to be raised by parents who ensured that she was instilled with Christian ideals whilst getting a good education at a private Christian school in Niceville, FL. In high school, Jessica participated in many extracurricular activities including being Drum Major for four years. Jessica plans to graduate in December with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences and minors in Honors Studies and Leadership Development. Following graduation, Jessica plans to attend medical school either at the University of Alabama at Birmingham or she may pursue career in the military and attend the Uniformed Services University. Jessica has a passion for pediatric oncology and hopes to one day help children with cancer. Olivia McCool is a twenty-year-old student from the Druid City, more formally known as Tuscaloosa, AL. Upon graduation from Tuscaloosa County High School at the ripe age of sixteen, she packed up and moved to Troy. Pursuing a BSBA in Accounting along with a minor in dance as well as participating in the Honors Program, she devotes the majority of her free time to her academics. As an active member in her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and several other campus organizations, she has grown to love Troy University and everything it has to offer. She plans to stay in Troy to pursue a Masters of Accountancy and then sit for the CPA exam. She aspires to move to a large metropolitan city where she can be an auditor for a corporate firm and travel all across the country. Hannah McLean was born and raised in Trussville, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. Hannah graduated from Hewitt Trussville High School and received two cash scholarships to attend the college of her choice. Hannah grew up doing pageants and most recently represented Troy in the 2014 Miss Alabama USA pageant in Montgomery. She is currently a junior at Troy University where she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, and a Leadership Development minor. After graduating from TROY in 2016, Hannah hopes to attend grad school at UCLA or the University of Miami and obtain a Master's in Sports Management. She is currently employed by the Birmingham Barons. Darren Parks is from the small country town of Odenville, north of Troy in the Birmingham, Alabama area. He has attended different Churches in the region where he enjoyed choir, drama, and other small groups. At a young age he noticed the values of service for community, and since then has strived to make small steps in order to help others. During high school, Darren played Football for the Saint Clair County Fighting Saints, and in College he studies Chemistry. Just recently he has become involved in the Chemistry Club where he hopes to increase campus awareness and provide useful resources for students studying science courses. Darren hopes to attend Graduate School for Chemistry, where he may have the opportunity to explore different fields. He hopes to study a topic with plenty of opportunity for industrial use. Daniel Patrick is originally from Columbus, Georgia. Though he was born with only 3 fingers on one hand, he still has a full-sized heart. He enjoys spending time with children and spent 3 summers working as a camp counselor at a local YMCA Camp in Wetumpka, AL, where he now resides. Since a young age, Daniel is very passionate about communicating and leading, which is exactly what he is working on at Troy University by majoring in Communication and minoring in Leadership Development. He is blessed to have 2 Godly parents who have raised him to love God and serve others. While in high school, he had the opportunity to serve as an intern with a non-profit communication and leadership organization called the Institute for Cultural Communicators, which allowed him to travel much of the United States teaching and learning more about what he loves. Lance Rainey was born in Montgomery and later moved to Millbrook, Alabama. Having two parents with Computer Science degrees and working in the computer field, he inherited the interest for tinkering with computers. Through the course of high school, Lance took two years of trade school for Computer Technology, after which he was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society for completing those years with a 4.0 GPA. After high school, he moved to Troy, Alabama, where he is studying for a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Leadership Development. He currently works for Troy University as an IT Technician where he hopes to acquire a full-time position until his graduation in fall 2015. After getting his degree, Lance would like to get a career in the Computer Security field. Valerie Roney was born in Dothan, Alabama, but has moved around the state several times, living in Alabaster, Mobile, and graduating from high school in Helena, a suburb of Birmingham. Valerie is an Honor’s Student studying Accounting and Leadership Development at Troy University. Since attending TROY, she has been treasurer of the Circle K International service club, a sister of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and a member of three honor societies. Valerie plans on graduating from TROY in the December of 2015. After graduating, she hopes to attend Ohio State University where she will begin working towards a master’s degree in Accounting and her CPA. After earning her CPA, Valerie hopes to work for an accounting firm as an auditor, but her ultimate goal is to one day work for The Walt Disney Company. Will Spivey is a Senior Athletic Training major with a Leadership Development minor from Montgomery Alabama. He served as Freshman Forum President 2011-2012 summer orientation IMPACT leader in 2014. Will is a member of First Baptist Church in Troy, where he leads worship in the college ministry. Will has walked with the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity two times from Troy University to Panama City Beach in efforts to raise money for the Wounded Warrior project. Will has a heart for people and believes in establishing intentional discipleship relationships with younger students in an effort to mentor them spiritually and develop mature followers of Christ in the process. Will plans on attending seminary at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary after the completion of his undergraduate degree. Will plans on one day becoming a pastor of a church and leading a congregation focused on glorifying Christ. Amber Voss was born in Vail, Colorado, and moved to Wetumpka, Alabama, in 2000. Amber has had a passion for learning how our government operates since she became involved with the Alabama YMCA Youth in Government programs in the 8th grade. She continues to give back by being involved with the college staff for the conferences. After graduating from Edgewood Academy in Elmore, she decided to further her education at Troy University where she is studying Political Science and Leadership Development. She has been very involved on TROY’s campus as a leader and follower in several organizations. Amber's involvement includes Greek life, the Student Government Association, Trojan Ambassadors, Relay For Life, YMCA Collegiate Legislature, the Wesley Foundation, and the Political Science Club. Amber plans on graduating in the spring of 2015. Upon graduation, Amber plans on serving others and possibly furthering her education. Sarah Wentworth is from Leeds, a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama. From a young age, Sarah developed a strong sense of perseverance, which has helped her succeed through many difficult challenges. She attended Leeds High School, where she participated in a number of different activities including: Band, Honor Society, LHS Track and Field, and Theatre Club. In her spare time she likes to read, write, draw, and review movies, books, and products. Sarah is currently attending Troy University, where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Marketing with a minor in Leadership Development. After graduating, Sarah plans to join a local company and prepare to open her own business: a cosplay cafe and bookstore. Sarah also plans to venture into other areas of business with help from her older brother and mentor, Derrick Wentworth.