Westover Student Leaders

Westover Honors Banquet
The Westover executive committee relaxes at the spring banquet. L to R: Hannah Cooke, Sarah Myers, Rachel Thomson, Dylan Elliott, Spencer Murray, Sarah Meloy, Ben Gerke, Elizabeth O’Hara, and Jared Bloomquist.

Each year the Westover Honors students elect a Student Executive Board. The board plans student-led events and gives the Westover students a more effective voice in the program by acting as a liaison between the directors and the fellows.

Society of Westover Fellows Executive Board 2014

Elizabeth O’Hara, President

Elizabeth O’Hara, from Alexandria, Virginia, is currently a junior. She is a double major in International Relations and Economics with a minor in Political Science. Elizabeth is a member of the honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Iota Rho, Delta Mu Delta, and Omicron Delta Kappa. Additionally, Elizabeth works as a tutor in the Wilmer Writing Center, is a member of the Model European Union simulation team, completed a study abroad to Europe this past summer, and serves as a Bonner Leader. Through the Bonner Leaders program, Elizabeth currently volunteers with Puppets Alamode and Daily Bread. This upcoming summer she hopes to intern with the United States Agency for International Development.

Ben Gerke, Vice President, External Affairs

Ben Gerke ‘16 is a psychology major with a minor in Spanish and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honors Society. Ben serves as the Secretary for the Virginia Theta chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and is the recipient of the award for the highest GPA among all of the college’s new fraternity members in spring 2013. Ben works as an introductory psychology laboratory assistant, and he plays on the club ice hockey team. He also plays the drum set in LC’s jazz band, advanced jazz combo, and pep band. Ben plans to pursue both his MA and PhD in psychology.

Rachel Thomson, Vice President, Internal Affairs

Rachel Thomson is a junior from Nacogdoches, Texas. She is a Sociology major with minors in Psychology and Spanish. Previously, she has served as the Secretary for the Society of Westover Fellows. Rachel has enjoyed working as an FYE Resident Assistant for the past two years, and has served as a member of the Student Judicial Board for one year.

Dylan Elliott, Treasurer

Dylan Elliott is a sophomore Psychology and Human Resource Management double major from Rustburg, Virginia. Aside from being the current treasurer of the Executive Board for the society of Westover Fellows, Dylan is also involved in several other organizations on campus. Dylan is the active treasurer of the Management Consulting Group, a member of the honors society Phi Eta Sigma, a PASS Leader, and a lab assistant for the psychology department.

Sarah Myers, Academic Programs Chair

Sarah Myers is a junior Communication Studies major with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in French. She currently serves as the Treasurer, Secretary, and P.R. Chair of the Student Activities Board. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the Freshman Honor Society, and was recently invited to be a member of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. This past summer, Sarah studied abroad at the Université Laval in Quebec.

Sarah Meloy, Secretary

Sarah Meloy is a sophomore from Woodbine, New Jersey. She is majoring in English with an emphasis on writing, as well as minoring in Spanish and Political Science. She plans to become a lawyer. Sarah joined the Society of Westover Fellows in the spring of her freshman year. She is the Secretary for the Society of Westover Fellows Executive Board. She is also a member of the English Ambassadors and a member of the freshman honor society Phi Eta Sigma.

Spencer Murray, Cultural Events Chair

Spencer Murray is a sophomore history major from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is also minoring in Spanish and Political Science. He is a Connection Leader on campus. Spencer is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the freshman honor society. He also serves as a sophomore class representative.

Hannah Cooke, Service Chair

Hannah is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in International Relations. After a study abroad trip this upcoming summer, she hopes be adding another minor in French. She is a member of the Women’s Cross Country and Track team, and is also involved in Catholic Campus Ministry as a lector. She also holds the Assistant Student Supervisor Position in the Lynchburg Mail-Room and also leads this year’s French Club as an Officer.

Jared Bloomquist, Publications Chair

Jared Bloomquist is a junior English major. He has been very involved with track and is the acting Vice President of Programming for his fraternity, the Sigma Phi Epsilon Virginia Omicron Chapter.