In 2012, Jessica graduated from Ward Melville Senior High School, excited to pursue a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. She enrolled at Temple University that fall, inspired by the school’s diverse energy and strong academics. Jessica is an innovative leader among her peers, never afraid of a challenge and always willing to help or bring new ideas to the table. She has demonstrated this by being elected to serve on the executive board of her student professional organization and Hillel. Currently, she serves as the Marketing Chair of Montague-Ridall & Associates, a stimulating position that challenges her daily. In May of 2016, Jessica intends to graduate from Temple with a better knowledge of the person she will be. She is excited to see what this dynamic industry has in-store.
Melynda is currently a senior at Temple University in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. Melynda knew early in her senior year that Temple was the college for her because of its Sport and Recreation Management program. Melynda quickly became immersed in every opportunity that Temple presented her. Melynda is currently ranked first in her major due to her hard work and dedication to her studies. Post-graduation, she hopes to attain a job at a local college/university working in events and operations. Outside of her academic duties, Melynda is the President of HootaThon 2015. HootaThon is Temple University’s Dance Marathon that raises funds and awareness year-round for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This organization has taught Melynda valuable leadership qualities such as time management, organizational skills, and better problem-solving skills. HootaThon has helped Melynda grow as a leader but also as a person as she works every day For The Kids at CHOP.
Breanna Simpson is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management with a concentration in Hospitality Operations. Breanna has held multiple leadership positions including being a Resident Assistant, the Membership Chair of American Hotel and Lodging Association, and the President of Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society. Additionally, Breanna made sure to get industry exposure on top of her school work. Her first job in a hotel was at Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Northeast where she worked as a Front Desk Agent. After that, Breanna completed her junior internship at Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport as an Operations Intern working in the Food and Beverage and Housekeeping departments. After the completion of her internship Breanna stayed within the Starwood brand and started working as a Front Desk Agent at Le Meridien Philadelphia. Moving forward, Breanna would like to explore the different departments in a hotel to get a more holistic view of hotel operations. Ideally, Breanna would like to pursue an internship in human resources or revenue management.
Allison Macolino is a senior at Temple University pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management with a concentration in Hospitality Operations. Allison utilizes charismatic leadership to empower and inspire her peers to perform at their utmost potential every day.
Allison has spent her time as an undergraduate gaining leadership, organizational, and professional experience through various internships with corporations such as Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Marriott International, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Specifically, within Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Allison serves as the Vice Chair of the Student Professional Organization Council, is the Emeritus of the American Hotel and Lodging Association Student Chapter, and is a Student Ambassador for The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management’s Center for Student Professional Development. She would like to apply her goal-oriented personality and perseverance to complete her academic career and begin to pursue her professional career goals in hospitality operations as a management trainee.
Jack is a senior pursuing a degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University. During his time at Temple University Jack has had many memorable learning experiences. As a sophomore, Jack spent a summer studying abroad in Rome, Italy. His trip was spent learning about the different cultures that exist overseas, and it turned out to be a real eye-opening experience.
While his trip overseas was incredible, he has also enjoyed many important experiences here at home. Over the past two years, Jack has spent time interning with the Philadelphia Soul in their Game Operations department, the Camden Riversharks in their Team Operations department, and the Philadelphia Flyers in their Game Presentation department. These experiences have allowed Jack the chance to see how several different professional organizations operate on a day-to-day basis and have taught him a lot about how to be a successful professional himself.