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The UNI Dance Marathon 2022 Assistant Directors are proud to serve the Miracle Network Dance Marathon movement, so
please feel free to contact the Assistant Directors with any questions!

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Kate Rogers

Assistant Director of Media 

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Kate is a sophomore at UNI studying Business and Marketing. This will be Kate's second year in UNI Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "Since last year we didn’t have an in person Dance Marathon that is what I'm looking forward to. Being able to have the event hopefully go back to where everyone can be in person!"

DM Why: "I fight for the kiddos so that they can follow their dreams."

Fun Fact: Kate has never had mac and cheese. 

Mallory Schmitz

Assistant Director of Marketing

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Mallory is a sophomore at UNI studying English with a minor in both Spanish and Professional Writing. This will be Mallory's second year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "My favorite DM memory was being a part of the Event Planning Committee last year and getting to prep for events while also making some great friends!"

DM Why: "I fight for the kiddos because no family should feel like they’re on their own, no matter what situation they find themselves in."

Fun Fact: Mallory taught herself how to play guitar!

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Lydia Kernen

Assistant Director of Design

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Lydia is a sophomore at UNI studying Public Relations with a Special Events emphasis and a minor in Marketing. This will be Lydia's first year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "Looking forward to meeting the kiddos and having the events where we can create connections with the kiddos and their families."

DM Why: "It's an incredible cause and we get to do our best to help kids be kids when they're living with a disease."

Fun Fact: Lydia is a twin!

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Caitlyn Tibodeau

Assistant Director of Outreach

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Caitlyn ​is a junior at UNI studying Elementary Education and minors in TESOL and Literacy. This will be Caitlyn's third year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "I loved meeting miracle kids and their families at the big event my freshman year! They all inspired me so much and made the day SO fun! I had the opportunity to play games with the kids, hear their stories, and even complete fundraising challenges together. I look forward to forming even more connections this DM season!"

DM Why: "Every child deserves to live a healthy and happy life. Improving the future of children's health is very important to me. I plan on teaching elementary students after I graduate from UNI. Each one of my future students deserves to focus on simply being a kid, rather than battling health issues. When I joined UNI Dance Marathon, I wanted to be involved in something bigger than myself. Since then, the organization has gotten closer to my heart and means so much to me!"

Fun Fact: Caitlyn has been to the top of the Eiffel Tower!

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Emma Durian

Assistant Director of Mini Marathons

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Emma ​is a junior at UNI with an undecided major. This will be her third year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "My first power hour at the big event!"

DM Why: "I dance for all of our amazing miracle kiddos. Their strength and resilience inspires me everyday."

Fun Fact: Emma is afraid of the squirrels on UNI's campus.

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Courtney Jarrett

Assistant Director of Morale

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Courtney is a junior at UNI studying Interior Design with an Entrepreneurship minor. This will be Courtney's second year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "Big Event 2021 power hour with my fellow captains."

DM Why: "I fight for the kiddos because I want to make a difference in kiddos lives that don’t get the same opportunities as others. I have been fortunate enough to experience so many amazing things. I want kiddos to be able to experience the same things I got to and I want to be the reason they get that chance. I can’t take away the pain they feel, but I can do everything I can to try and support them and make a difference in their lives."

Fun Fact: Courtney played volleyball in the 2019 NJCAA Volleyball Championships!

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Haley Dash

Assistant Director of Finance

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Haley ​is a junior at UNI studying Accounting. This will be Haley's first year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "Donating my hair alongside my sister Hannah. This is my first year in DM so I’m looking forward to meeting new friends within the organization, and meeting and helping new kiddos and their families! I’m also looking forward to the big event!!!"

DM Why: "I chose to be involved in Dance Marathon for the same reason that I donate blood, simply because I can when others can’t or won’t. I am choosing to help raise funds for these miracle kiddos and their families because it means they will have a chance at a happier life and I love seeing kids be happy."

Fun Fact: Haley has a birthmark on her wrist that looks like a paw print!

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Nicole Hassenstab

Assistant Director of Campus Relations

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Nicole is a senior at UNI studying Strategic Public Relations and minors in both Political Science and International Affairs. This will be Nicole's fourth year in Dance Marathon. 

 

Favorite DM Memory: "My favorite DM memory was planning a virtual yoga event with my AD while I was the Director of Marketing where we got to safely do a yoga class and hang out with some miracle kiddos!"

DM Why: "My why is that so many kiddos don't get to experience the simple joys of everyday life that we often take for granted because they are in the hospital or are too sick to leave their homes. I want to help spread awareness and fundraise for cures so that everyone gets the chance to experience life's little joys."

Fun Fact: Nicole has been to the top of a volcano and snorkeled in a volcanic crater in Hawaii!

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Rachel Studer 

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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Rachel is a junior at UNI studying Elementary Education with a minor in both Math and Tesol. This will be Rachel's third year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "My favorite dance marathon memory was being part of the family relations committee my freshman year. We were able to help create the family room and hang out there. I liked being able to connect with families and really get to know our miracle kiddos."

DM Why: "I fight for the kiddos because my parents lost their first child to SIDS (sleeping infant death syndrome). Although this is not a childhood illness or injury our organization deals with, there is limited research towards SIDS like many of the illnesses our miracle kiddos endure. Additionally, my parents still grieve and I understand how they felt to have lost their child and I do not want other parents or families to feel that pain."

Fun Fact: Rachel is on the swim team for UNI!

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Paige Nimrick

Assistant Director of Event Planning

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Paige ​is a junior at UNI studying Elementary Education with Math and Special Education minors. This will be Paige's third year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "Meeting all the families at my first big event and hearing their stories."

DM Why: "My why begins with my younger cousin. She was born at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s hospital. I was able to see first hand how dance marathon helps kiddos and families. I want to be the support for families who need it the most. I saw how much a friendly face can help. I am in Dance Marathon because I want to be that friendly face for someone."

Fun Fact: Paige loves to knit!

Allie Hittner

Assistant Director of Corporate Partnership

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Allie ​is a junior at UNI studying Psychology with a minor in both Mental Health and Family Services. This will be Allie's third year in Dance Marathon. 

Favorite DM Memory: "My favorite memory of DM so far was the Big Event both my freshman and sophomore year but I also enjoyed being a morale captain my sophomore year. I had a team of 29 people so I had a blast that I was able to lead and help my team fight for the kids."

DM Why: "As I have grown up I have come to realize that I have a passion to help others and I love to help kids. Before I came to college it was a dream of mine to help others in any way that I could. When I first heard of Dance Marathon my senior year of high school I knew I wanted to join when I came to college because kids deserve to be kids. Dance Marathon has been such a big part of my college experience and I have learned so much through this organization. I can't wait to see what's in store for this next year of DM!"

Fun Fact: Allie played sports left-handed but she writes right-handed!

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Grace Fleming

Assistant Director of Internal Logistics (Operations)

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Grace is a sophomore at UNI studying Secondary Math Education. This will be Grace's second year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "My favorite memory was being apart of the Big Reveal last year!"

DM Why: "My DM why is because I think it's so important to give our miracle kiddos even just a day where they can just be kids and not have to worry about being poked and tested in the hospital.  And so that one day those kiddos can dance FTK right alongside us!"

Fun Fact: Grace is a camp counselor during the Summer!

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Autry Fasnacht

Assistant Director of Internal Logistics (Entertainment)

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Autry is a junior at UNI studying Communications and Public Relations at UNI. This will be Autry's third year in UNI Dance Marathon.  

Favorite DM Memory: "Seeing the big reveal for both of the big events I have

been to. Being for the kids all year long."

DM Why: "One of my main reasons I am in DM is because I lost my birth mother to cancer when I was three. So I fight for her, and all of the kiddos I know."

Fun Fact: Autry has met Bella Thorne from Disney's, "Shake it Up" tv show. 

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Marley Millar

Assistant Director of Family Relations

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Marley is a junior at UNI studying Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Bio and a minor in Anthropology. This will be Marley's third year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "I am looking forward to connecting with our miracle families and making this one of most magical big events ever!"

DM Why: "I fight for the kids because no one deserves to lose a family member. I fight because everyone deserves to have a life full of magical memories."

Fun Fact: Marley is an auntie to three amazing kiddos!

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Madi Vanness

Assistant Director of Family Relations

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Madi ​is a senior at UNI studying Family Relations with a minor in Mental Health. This will be her fourth year in Dance Marathon.

Favorite DM Memory: "Becoming close with our miracle families and bonding during all the amazing family events throughout the year!"

DM Why: "Every single kid deserves to live their life to the fullest and I truly believe we are the generation to end childhood illnesses and life threatening injuries. These kiddos fight so hard and it’s an honor to advocate for them!" 

Fun Fact: Madi did study abroad in Florence, Italy!