Nadia, age 23, grew up in Berkeley, CA, and just moved to Cambridge, MA to start a new job as a Consulting Analyst at Accenture, upon graduating from Pomona College in May of 2017. She grew up playing competitive soccer, and found Positive Tracks in college while leading a fundraiser for the Soccer Without Borders nonprofit organization. Since then, she has participated in a few fundraisers with Positive Tracks’ support and is excited to now be joining the Youth Ambassador Board. She is amazed and inspired by how much good can come from taking just a little time from daily life to fundraise and inspire friends and family to get involved. She is passionate about working in healthcare and education, and creating more affordable, effective, and efficient social systems in the US. In her free time, she loves to run, hike, cook, bake, go to the beach, read fiction books, spend time with friends and family, and explore cities and neighborhoods she’s never been to before.
Nadia In 140 Characters Or Less: A Strong And Driven, Curious and Intellectual, Competitive and Passionate, Friendly and Cheerful Young Woman, Striving For A Work-Life Balance!
Cam, age 22, is from Stowe, VT and is a senior at Norwich University where he is pursuing his interest in the human body and service to others by studying Nursing in the Air Force ROTC program. He attended Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH where he was the All School President his senior year. Cam has a love for traveling that was sparked from being born in Japan. He credits his family for his love of service and helping others. Cam loves to play any sport (especially hockey) and enjoys the outdoors. Cam’s experience with philanthropy includes running a Grassroot Soccer 3v3 tournament at KUA in 2014, captaining the Positive Thwackers Team at Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament in 2015, 2016, & 2017, and running his own event, Fight for Life in Honor of Kacy Muzzey Pavlik, where he raised money and awareness to combat suicide in his local community!
Cam In 140 Characters Or Less: Be The Man In The Arena; Live In The Moment; If It Ain’t Fun, It Ain’t Worth Doing; No Pain No Gain; It’s Amazing What Happens When You Say YES!
Ella, age 13, is from Auburn, ME and is an 9th grader at Edward Little High School. She loves to play soccer, ski, and run track, but also loves to be involved with her community. Ella has been participating in the Dempsey Challenge to raise money for the Dempsey Center since she was 9—first by making and selling friendship bracelets with the local high school group PT RED EDDIES, which she is still apart of today. The next year she co-founded D4D-Delicious for Dempsey with her friend Molly. They have been baking cupcakes and running the Dempsey Challenge ever since!
Ella In 140 Characters Or Less: Dream big, Elephants, Be You, Soccer, Skiing, Learn Something New Everyday, Community, Friends, Family, Be Happy.
Corneilia, age 14, is a rising 9th grader at Cushing Academy. She works hard to accomplish her goals in life. She is very observant and loves to help make the world a better place. She is involved in many community programs that give back, such as City Life/Vida Urbana, an organization that fights for racial, social, and economic justice. She has been very fortunate enough to travel to places like New Jersey, where she participated in a leadership program called Julie Foudy Sports and Leadership Academy. Corneilia is very passionate about the performing arts, like singing, dancing, and even playing instruments. She is a very good student on and off the field and enjoys confronting challenges head on. Corneilia says, “Personally, I believe that if everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot.”
Cornelia In 140 Characters Or Less: Compassionate; Empathetic; Outspoken; Determined; Motivating Others; Loves To Help Anyone She Can No Matter The Weather; Never Stop The Hustle; One Smile Can Make A Difference.
Kate, age 21, is a mountain-lover from Los Altos, CA. She attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she is an active participant in the Outing Club, and studies Economics and Education. Kate loves hiking, backpacking, running and anything involving chocolate. Her favorite thing to do after class is throw on her tennis shoes and go for a trail run. Kate is passionate about sharing the magic of the outdoors, including Big City Mountaineers and the Tucker Foundation’s Outdoor Leadership Experience program at Dartmouth. Kate hopes to one day hike the Pacific Coast Trail and be a guide for an adventure company.
Kate In 140 Characters Or Less: Wilderness Woman; Have Courage; Work Hard; Be Kind; Brothers = Best Friends; Nature Is The Best Medicine
Ali, age 22, is a Hudson Valley native of Rhinebeck, NY. Raised in a one-traffic light town, her heart has since been scattered to lands beyond thanks to her time as an undergraduate student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA where she is currently finishing her last semester for a dual degree in Human Services and International Affairs, including a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. Civic engagement, community building, cross cultural collaboration, and strategic philanthropy have all been integral to her experiences as a learner and worker. Ali is a strong believer in the power of movement – whether through exercise, volunteering, adventuring, art, building or exchanging ideas. She says, “When you get things moving, that’s when the magic happens.” While Ali has been energized by her extensive travels, her relationships with Hudson Valley and Boston-based nonprofits have fueled her involvement in the social sector since her pre-teen years. Ali serves on the Board of Directors for Ascienzo Family Foundation and has worked on behalf of multiple foundations, grant making initiatives, and education-focused nonprofits. The mantra “Dream Big, Do Bigger” drives Ali to build the goodness in the friendships, families and communities she is grateful to be a part of.
Dana, age 22, is a student-athlete at Dartmouth College. Dana was born in Singapore, but raised in Bernardsville, New Jersey. At Dartmouth, Dana is pursuing a major in Psychology and a Human Centered Design minor. Dana is a member of the Dartmouth Cross Country and Track teams. She is a long distance runner, All American, and overall super competitive person. Dana found Positive Tracks through her internship at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Relations office. Her philanthetic past began with fundraising and running the Falmouth Road race for Children’s Hospital Boston. Dana is interested in marketing, advertising, and corporate social responsibility. She lives by the mantra dance like no one is watching… but if they are watching have them join!
Dana In 140 Characters Or Less: Believer In The Power of Positive Energy; Runner, Racer & Teammate; Sister; Loves to Meet New People; Smiles & Can’t Stop Moving Attitude
Bailey, age 22, is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. She had the opportunity to swim for the FAU Swim & Dive team and earned a Captain spot her senior year. Bailey did several outreach programs to the young community through athletics and was extremely humbled this past June when she had the opportunity to cycle for Great Cycle Challenge raising awareness and funds for Childhood Cancer. She’s looking to create something to kick cancers butt and fight alongside those battling. She’ll be attending Grad School in the Fall at FAU as a Graduate Assistant in the department. She still loves exercising and when she’s not spending time studying or swimming, she’s hanging out with some pretty awesome kids.
Bailey In 140 Characters Or Less: Live Bold & Love Loud. Wanting To Live In The Most Simple Way That Leaves An Impact And Happiness To Others.
Michael, age 17, is a Junior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. He is a three sport varsity athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball throughout the school year. Michael is a leader on and off field. As an athlete, he is a captain of all three varsity teams, and in the community, Michael co-chaired a 3v3 basketball tournament named Hoops for Houston, where he raised money for a school in Houston, Texas that was directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. He plans to continue the basketball tournament next year, likely donating to a new cause. Michael is always looking to grow as a person and leader and hopes to leave a lasting impact on those he encounters along the way.
Michael In 140 Characters Or Less: Sports Fanatic, Passionate, Competitive, Studious, Hardworking, Brother, Friend.
Cam, age 19, the 4th oldest in a family of 8, is from Lyme, NH and attends the University of New Hampshire. He enjoys lacrosse, cycling, summertime golf, hanging out with friends and giving back. After attending college, he hopes to pursue a career in the medical or political field. Cam is a leukemia survivor and has been cancer free for three years now. In 2009, Cam’s local community rallied around him and his battle with cancer to create Cam’s Course, a one mile fun run at the CHaD HERO. Cam has been a frequent participant and fundraiser at both the CHaD HERO and the Dempsey Challenge.
Cam in 140 Characters Or Less: Athletic; Selfless; Fun; Courageous; Beagles Best Friend; Creative; Outgoing
Braxton, age 18, lives in Hanover, NH and is a student at Wake Forest University. In high school, Braxton played hockey and baseball, was a peer leader, member of his grade’s class committee, and helped run the environmental club. During the summer, Braxton is a counselor at Camp Dudley in Westport, NY. Camp Dudley is one of his favorite places on earth and after his fifth summer at the camp, he knew he wanted to give back to that organization. Braxton organized a kickball tournament to raise money for the William J. Schmidt scholarship fund at Camp Dudley. Braxton hopes to contribute more to community projects and to help influence the next generation.
Braxton in 140 Characters Or Less: Listening First; Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone; Summer Camp; Skinny Dipping, Birthday Bonfires; Puck Love; Friendship; More Cowbell
Co-Chair, Age 20
Mason is a sophomore at Haverford College, where she plays on the varsity field hockey team and is an intended Political Science major and Economics minor. She hails from Hanover, New Hampshire, where she has been heavily influenced by the prevalence of people seeking to do good in their local community. She has been lucky enough to experience life in Peru and western Africa: two places that inspired her to combine the power of photography and words to create her own fundraiser for a girl’s school in Peru. Mason seeks to combine creative communicative mediums with people’s innate passion to give in order to raise money for projects that really matter. Her favorite food is pickles, although she’s aware of how strange that is.
Mason In 140 Characters Or Less: Teammate; Cupcake Connoisseur; Never Leave The Office Before Your Boss; Strength To Lead, Faith To Follow
Co-Chair, Age 20
Jasper lives in Lyme, NH, and attends Hanover High School, in Hanover, NH. Jasper has been involved with Positive Tracks for eight years and has organized fundraisers for CHaD, The Dempsey Center, Travis Roy Foundation, Mote Marine, Big City Mountaineers and The Turtle Ridge Foundation. His efforts include throwing a Frisbee Golf Tournament on a self-developed course, to skiing from dawn ‘till dusk monetizing ski runs. Jasper plays tennis, soccer, and golf, and enjoys traveling to new ski mountains around Vermont, New Hampshire and Utah. In school, he loves learning new math and science, and sits on the Hanover High School Student Council and on his Class Committee. He enjoys hiking, biking, and riding many types of boards behind ski boats.
Jasper In 140 Characters Or Less: Give Back; Hungry 4 Knowledge from Books + Learning from People; Lift While You Climb; Ask “What If?”; See The World 4 Perspective, Cultures 4 Wisdom
Mahler, age 19, lives in Norwich, VT and attends St. Lawrence University. She loves hiking, snowboarding, backpacking, rock climbing and snowshoeing with her dog, Elvis. She is one of the leaders of the Hanover Outing Club and enjoys leading students through the White Mountains on weekends. Recently, Mahler went to Nicaragua with a school group to build two houses with Bridges to Community. She discovered a passion for a sense of community and faith in the village of Masaya where she stayed. She believes that the people there helped her and taught her much more than she helped and taught them. She hopes to go again.
Mahler In 140 characters Or Less: Outdoor Enthusiast; Expert Dog Petter; Farmer’s Market Go-er; Baked Goods Maker; Lover Of An Organized Mess; Learning From Everything
Charlie, age 18, is from Jericho, VT and is a senior at Kimball Union Academy. Charlie enjoys anything in the outdoors, especially when he is surrounded by his friends. His passions are lacrosse, skiing, scuba diving and exploring places far and wide. Charlie teaches young athletes tennis in the old North End of Burlington, with a non-profit organization, Kids On The Ball. Charlie’s introduction to Positive Tracks was when he played on the Positive Thwackers Team at the Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament. After that, he was hooked! Since then, Charlie has run in the CHaD HERO race and for Positive Tracks at the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon.
Charlie In 140 Characters Or Less: You’re A Part Of A Whole; Humorous; Present; Connector; Grateful; Music Lover; Just Keep Swimming; Sharing Is Caring; “Play The Next Ball”
Rakiya, age 22, is a graduate of Bates College in Maine. She’s from Jijiga, Ethiopia, but has lived in Auburn, ME for the past 13 years. Rakiya attended Edward Little High School and was a member of Edward Little High’s Positive Tracks Club. She was also a member of Team Red Eddies at the Dempsey Challenge. She hopes to double major in Biology and African American studies. Rakiya enjoys playing club rugby and field hockey at Bates. Her hobbies include creating events and safe spaces to have conversations about current issues – and hopefully figure out solutions to them. She hopes to inspire others in whatever she does; and one day, she wants to create an organization or community center that is oriented to support her community.
Rakiya In 140 Characters Or Less: I Have Great Respect For Those Who Are Selfless; I Truly Believe That Helping and Caring For One Another Is the Truest Form of Love
Saba, age 22, is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College from Toronto, ON. She spend her last three years at Dartmouth on the Women’s Rugby team where she played as a wing and a fullback but she spent the majority of her time before that swimming and enjoys working as a lifeguard. She was introduced to Positive Tracks in college and was involved in planning Cully’s Run and The Memorial Challenge for two years. She will be moving to NYC post college.
Saba in 140 characters or less: Never-Giver-Upper, “The Philosopher”, Others First, Lead From The Back.
Alicia, age 21, lives in Minneapolis, MN and recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance, and Finance, Investment and Banking. She will be starting her career as an Actuarial Analyst this summer. At UW-Madison, she lead the campus chapter of She’s the First, a non-profit organization that supports girls’ education in low-income countries. She has raised funds with Positive Tracks for She’s the First by organizing spinning and yoga classes and running races, and will complete her first marathon this fall!
Alicia in 140 Characters Or Less: Long-Distance Runner; Determined; Volunteer; Giving Back; Avid Cookie Baker; Foodie; Bookworm; Trailblazer
Syd, age 18, is from Wellesley, MA and currently attends Wellesley High School. She has played many sports including soccer and basketball, but is now focusing her time and energy on competitive rowing. She hopes to be able to pursue this in college too. Someday, Syd hopes to have a career where she can combine traveling and making a difference. She certainly knows how to make a difference already. In 2015, Syd was the top Positive Tracks fundraiser at the Dempsey Challenge. Check out that story here.
Syd in 140 Characters Or Less: Never Stop Exploring; Adrenaline Addict; Work Hard, Play Hard; Live A Great Story; Keep Calm And Row On; Give Back
Alexa, age 17, attends at North Andover High School in North Andover, MA. She is a competitive cheerleader who comes from a hockey playing family. She is very passionate about raising money for various charities, especially MitoAction and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Along with Positive Tracks, Alexa helps to organize an annual middle school street hockey tournament called the Matthew Harty Mito Classic to raise money and awareness for MitoAction and Mitochondrial disease in memory of a family friend. In 2015, Alexa also started her own organization, Packages For Kid Fighters, which sends packages out to kids in hospitals fighting cancer and other illnesses. Alexa was recognized internationally for her work with Packages For Kid Fighters as a winner of the 2017 Newtown Kindness Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award, presented in memory of six year old Charlotte Bacon who passed away in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Alexa in 140 Characters Or Less: Volunteer, “It’s A Beautiful Day To Save Lives”, Taylor Swift, #TGIT, Choose Joy, Monogram Everything, 5’ 11”, “Life’s Short, Talk Fast”
Tarrus Richardson Jr., age 17, lives in Potomac, Maryland and attends Winston Churchill High School where he plays on the varsity Basketball and Lacrosse teams. Tarrus is extremely interested in both philanthropy as well as entrepreneurship and hopes to pursue these passions in college. His first connection with Positive Tracks was while facilitating a 3v3 basketball tournament in an effort to raise money for public schools in Houston after Hurricane Harvey left it’s communities destroyed.
Tj in 140 Characters Or Less: Athletic, Caring, Driven, Adventurous, Competitive, Give Back, Be Active
Sam, age 19, is from Norwich, VT, attends Tufts University. In high school, he was a member of the soccer and ski jumping teams for all four years and enjoys everything outdoors. He has been on numerous service trips throughout his high school career, latching on to the many do-good trips the Upper Valley Community has to offer. He was connected to Positive Tracks through one of these trips, putting on a 5v5 soccer tournament in an effort to raise money and awareness for a scholarship fund in Nicaragua. Sam will attend Tufts University next year where he hopes to keep spreading the word about Positive Tracks and the power of the next generation.
Sam In 140 Characters Or Less: “All We Have To Decide Is What To Do With The Time That Is Given Us” – Gandalf. Smile, Get Outdoors, Be Awesome.
Molly, age 15, is an ninth grade student at Edward Little High School in Maine where she lives with her parents and brother. She enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and skiing. Someday, she hopes to be a surgeon in the U.S. Army. Molly has been working with Positive Tracks since 2014. Molly teamed up with her friend Ella Boucher to run in the Dempsey Challenge and support the Dempsey Center. They offer free cancer services and since they both had personal experiences with someone affected by cancer, this was a perfect fit. The girls put their love of sweets and baking to good use. They sold cupcakes and gave 100% of the proceeds to the Dempsey Center. During the summer and fall of 2014, the Cupcake Girls, the name given to them by their supporters, raised over $4,000 for the Dempsey Center and the Cupcake Girls have no plans to stop baking or participating in the Dempsey Challenge anytime soon. As Molly can often be heard saying, “a cupcake a day keeps the frowns away!”
Molly In 140 Characters Or Less: Happy, Supportive, Friend, Sister, Daughter, Give back, Skiing, Soccer, Starbucks, Middle School, Hilarious, Baker, Good Vibes, Determined.