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Apr 03 2014

CFL T-Shirt Contest

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The CFL is in the process of designing new t-shirts for each tier, and we need your help! Fill out this form with your favorite leadership quote. If your quote is chosen, you’ll win a t-shirt! It’s as simple as that!

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at

Feb 24 2014

Monday Meeting: 2014 CFL Team (Part II)

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“Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.” – Unknown
Thanks to @mandapleezz for this week’s quote!

Last but not least, here is our final Monday Meeting post introducing the new CFL team. Thanks for checking in each Monday, and stay tuned for more updates from the CFL!

Alex Hunter

Name: Alex Hunter, Org Development Director
Year: First year
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Favorite Candy: Anything chocolate
How I’m a Leader I lead by maximizing the strengths of others and using those individual skills to become successful as a team.


Name: Daniel Murphy, Org Development Director
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Favorite Leader: Nelson Mandela
How I’m a Leader 
I lead by encouraging and motivating others around me through taking initiative and never being afraid to fail.

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Name: Britt Chertock, Print Marketing Director
Year: First year
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Favorite Candy: Swedish Fish
How I’m a Leader Every day I wake up and remember that my actions can truly make a difference. I try and perform service and acts of kindness in the hopes that it will make someone’s day a little bit better. When I am able to inspire one person, and they continue to inspire others…then I know I a leader.


Name: Madeline Monaco, Social Media Marketing Director
Year: Junior
Hometown: New York, NY
Favorite Candy: Buncha Crunch
How I’m a Leader I am a leader by learning from my experiences and guiding others to make good choices and positive impacts.


Name: Sean Barry, Special Events Director
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Newtown, PA
Favorite Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
How I’m a Leader I believe that I am a leader by working on becoming a better one each and every day. I try my best to use my strengths so that I can focus my attention on things that I love to do and on things that I am good at. My goal is to encourage people to be happy with their work and the finish product after working with them.

Feb 24 2014

Monday Meeting: 2014 CFL Team (Part I)

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“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren G. Bennis
Thanks to @shelbyallen25 for this week’s quote!

You’ve met our wonderful LEAD program directors and coordinators, but the CFL has other opportunities outside of the LEAD program. Here are the people who help make those things happen!


Name: Ashley Fowler, ICLP Phase IV Director
Year: Senior
Hometown: Mount Pleasant, NC
Favorite Candy: Twix
How are you a leader? I like to embody leadership by enabling others to act. I feel that I am at my strongest when I am able to empower others and help them recognize the potential that they have as individuals.


Name: Christine Fortner, Fellows Director
Year: Junior
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Favorite Cereal: Cheerios!
How are you a leader? I serve as a mentor to the young Leadership Fellows and help them find their place and potential at Elon.

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Name: Kerry Kurkjian, AYLA Student Coordinator
Year: Junior
Hometown: Mason, Ohio
Favorite Candy: Kit-Kats all the way!
How are you a leader? I don’t consider myself a leader based on any of the leadership positions I hold. I consider myself a leader when I see the positive impact I can have on others, especially regarding my younger sisters. When I can be a role model and mentor to my three younger sisters, I feel like the leader that I strive to be.
Name: Leena Dahal, Intersect Conference Coordinator
Year: I’m a first year student at Elon
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Favorite Leader: Winnie the Pooh
How are you a leader? I am motivated by stories; when I am passionate about a person, cause or an idea, I am immediately determined to make a change. I like to collect lessons from the past and apply them to my current commitments. I believe you can learn something new from every situation and so I do my best to make the most out of every opportunity. I value team work, dependability and dedication. I am excited to be on the CFL team as the Intersect Conference Coordinator!

Feb 17 2014

Monday Meeting: 2014 LEAD Program Directors and Coordinators

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“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” -Bill Bradley
Thanks to @alysonrleonard for this quote!

We have a great group of LEAD Program directors and coordinators who are so excited to help Elon students realize their full leadership potentials!


Name: Emily Peterson
Year: First year
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Favorite Cereal: Vanilla Almond Special K
How I’m a Leader: I lead by maximizing the strengths of the individuals I interact with so that together we can achieve success and accomplish our goals.


Name: Kelly August
Year: First year
Hometown: Kensington, MD
Favorite Candy: Twix
How I’m a Leader: I lead more by example than with my words. I try to take initiative more with my actions.


Name: Tim Sanford
Year: Junior
Hometown: Barrington, RI
Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids
How I’m a Leader: I lead by helping others to be successful.


Name: Ben Bridges, Community Director for LEAD Program
Year: First year
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Favorite Cereal: Golden Grahams
How I’m a Leader: I lead by being adaptable. I try to keep options open and welcome new ideas in case the original  plan doesn’t quite work out. That way, things can continue to run smoothly!


Name: Sara Elgart, Workshops Coordinator
Year: First year
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids
How Are You a Leader? With all of my past experiences in leadership positions, I have learned how to work effectively with others, something I believe is the most important part of being a leader. As workshop coordinator for the LEAD Program, I communicate with many faculty members on campus as well as students, which allows me to share my passion for leadership with others. The opportunity to serve as a LEAD Program Director is one that I think will truly allow me to develop my leadership skills every day.

Feb 13 2014

Presidents Spring Meeting, February 2014

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Every semester, the CFL hosts the Presidents Meeting, a dinner for leaders of student organizations. The spring 2014 meeting took place this past week, luckily before all of the snow! Our Org Development Directors Dan Murphy and Alex Hunter provided information about resources for the leaders and led a panel discussion.

Student leaders at Elon include presidents of academic, social, religious, service and Greek organizations.

Student leaders include presidents of academic, social, religious, service and Greek organizations, to name a few.

“The Presidents Spring Meeting was a huge success this year,” said Alex. “The student leaders of our school were supplied with various resources we hope they take back to their organizations. The question panel also provided an excellent source of information regarding funding and transition pointers. All in all, the dinner went very well, and we can’t wait until next year!”

The CFL would like to thank the impressive number of students who attended the dinner and the members of our panel who gave great advice!

The CFL was very impressed by the number of students who were able to attend the Presidents Dinner.

Jan 13 2014

Monday Meeting: 2014 CFL Senior Directors

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“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey

Welcome back, and happy 2014!

Oprah is an undeniable global media leader whose words above the new team of CFL leaders can follow into the new year.  The team – a mix of familiar and new faces – is ready to bring its experience and expertise into the new year. Today, you’ll be introduced to our new senior directors. We will introduce new members of the team every Monday, so be sure to check back in! Happy New Year, and have a great Winter Term!

Tess Duncan

Name: Tess Duncan

Year: Class of 2014

Hometown: Kansas City, KS

Favorite Candy: My favorite candy is Junior Mints!

How are you a leader? I am the senior director of the CFL team. In that role, I try to model the way for the members of the team. I oversee, facilitate and encourage the individual talents of our team members to work together and lead us to group excellence. It’s an incredible position full of opportunity and one that makes me a stronger leader every day.

Michael Spencer

Name: Michael Spencer

Year: Junior

Hometown: Orlean, Virginia

Favorite Leader: Queen Elizabeth I and Fredrick Douglass

How are you a leader? Through all of my Elon experiences, especially with the Center for Leadership and Gospel Choir, I have been able to meet so many amazing people. I love sitting down with a cup of coffee and listening to people’s life stories; everyone has an interesting and beautifully unique story. I think that it is my personable and empathic approach that has allowed me to become a leader!

Oct 23 2013

Meet the CFL Team: Part 3

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KateKate Sims

Position: Special Events Director

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Leawood, KS

Favorite Leadership Quote: ”As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If we remember that it is not just ourselves but everyone who has the capacity to undergo suffering, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome troubles. Indeed, with this attitude, each new obstacle can be seen as yet another valuable opportunity to improve our mind!” – The 14th Dali Lama

Favorite Ice cream Flavor: Extreme Moose Tracks


Hannah Orth

Position: Organization Development Director

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Granville, Ohio

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Do anything, but let it produce joy.”  -Walt Whitman

Favorite Color:  Yellow. Who doesn’t smile when the sun is shining or when they see a bright yellow smiley face?


Laura Orr

Position: Organization Development Director

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Topsail Beach, NC

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Perfection is unattainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” ~ Vince Lombardi

Favorite Word: Succulent

Fun Fact: I’ve ridden horses for over 5, 460 hours since the age of 5.


prof pic2Megan Mungall

Position: Marketing Director

Year: Junior

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who… have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Fun Fact: I’m the mastermind behind this blog… Also I’m studying abroad in London next semester!


Oct 22 2013

Meet the CFL Team!

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Ashley Fowler

Position: Phase IV Director for ICLP

Year: Senior

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, NC

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Robert F. Kennedy

Fun Fact: I was in three different countries on three different continents within a one week period this summer (Malawi, USA, and Croatia).



Greg Zitelli

Position: Leadership Fellows Community Director

Year: Senior

Hometown: Madison, NJ

Favorite Leadership Quote: “A life is only important as the impact it has on other lives.” -Jackie Robinson

Favorite Song: Hills and Valleys by the Rocket Summer



Jess Buller

Position: Interesect Conference Coordinator

Year:  Sophomore

Hometown: Madison, CT

Favorite Leadership Quote: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Nutella Chip





Oct 21 2013

Meet the LEAD Team Directors!

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MichaelMichael Spencer

Position: LEAD Program Director

Year: Junior

Hometown: Orlean, VA (Northern Virginia)

Favorite Leadership Quote: “A Leader is a dealer in hope” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Favorite Song: “Countdown” by Beyoncé





Jenna Nelson

Position: LEAD Program Director-Workshop Coordinator

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania!!!

Favorite Leadership Quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”- John Quincy Adams

Fun Fact: I’m obsessed with scuba diving and photography.

Favorite Band: OAR


AnnaAnna Mokas

Position: LEAD Student Program Director- Recruitment and Communication

Year: Junior

Hometown: Manchester, NH

Favorite Leadership Quote: “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees.” -Amelia Earhart

Favorite Place: The beach in Maine



Marisa Pareti

Position: Lead Program Director

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Milltown, NJ

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Live in such a way, that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.”

Fun Fact: I was a kangaroo in my first dance recital

Favorite Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off



TimTim Sanford

Position: LEAD Team Director

Year: Junior

Hometown: Barrington, RI

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far” –Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite Movie: Zoolander






Oct 17 2013

Meet the Senior Directors!

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Christine Fortner

Position: Senior Director

Year: Junior

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Favorite Leadership Quote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Fun Fact: I lived in Singapore for two years!


MatMat Goldberg

Position: Assistant Senior Director

Year: Senior

Hometown: Millstone Twp, NJ

Favorite Leadership Quote: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Favorite dessert: Warm chocolate volcano cake with vanilla ice cream! YUM! Close second is a warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream :) Ice cream is essential is almost all desserts.



CaraCara McClain

Position: Assistant Senior Director

Year: Senior

Hometown: Durham, NC

Favorite Leadership Quote: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.” -Anne Frank

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia

Favorite Vegetable: bell peppers