Executive Board

Meet our 2016-17 executive board.

CEO

MeganHowdy y'all! My name is Megan Goldbranson. I am the Chief Executive Office for the 2016-2017 POD season. This will be my third year in POD. I am a junior Middle Childhood Education major from Darien, Illinois. I am a part of the mighty and amazing trombone section. I have been involved with marching band and playing the trombone for 11 years. Aside from POD, I am the secretary of Social Justice Club, a proud brother and the historian of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity on campus, and involved in the Flyer Pep Band. As your CEO, I hope to give our new and returning members the best experience possible and keep improving the program. Also, I hope to bring everyone together outside of POD with some really fun, memorable, and exciting events. I can't wait to see everyone in August! Feel free to friend me on Facebook (Megan Elysse) or email me with any questions or concerns. GO FLYERS!!  

Email: goldbransonm1@udayton.edu

CEO Apprentice

AshleyHey POD people! My name is Ashley Mercs and I will be serving as your CEO Apprentice for the 2016-2017 marching band season. I am a sophomore in the Business school and double majoring in Entrepreneurship and Operations. I am from the town of Kettering just fifteen minutes up the road. I am also in the great ole’ trumpet section in POD and will be one of the section leaders this season! One thing you should know is that the funk march is my favorite part of POD. Outside of POD, I am in the Flyer Pep band, the club Women in Business, and a proud sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, a sorority here on campus. As your CEO Apprentice, I hope to work with Megan and help better the experience for both the new members and the returning members. I can’t wait to see you all at band camp. Go Flyers! Feel free to add me on Facebook or email me if you have any questions at all!

Email: mercsa1@udayton.edu

Treasurer

AmandaHello there! My name is Amanda Buechele but everyone calls me Mandy. And just in case you were wondering, my last name is pronounced Beak-lee. I am your Treasurer for this year and my main job is to collect everyone’s dues and keep track of everything budget related. This is my second year being Treasure! I am a Junior Accounting major from Beavercreek, OH. I have been playing flute since the fifth grade and this will be my 8th year marching and my fourth year with the Pride of Dayton. Outside of POD, I am part of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. I’m so excited for this season! If you have any questions feel free to contact me. :)

Email: abuechele2@udayton.edu

Secretary

DylanHey everybody! My name is Dylan Long and I’m the POD Secretary. I’m a senior biology major and chemistry minor with a focus in veterinary medicine. I’m from Piqua, OH, which is less than an hour away from Dayton. Joining POD was the greatest decision I’ve ever made. Besides being a part of POD, I’m also in the Flyer Pep Band, Chi Rho, and I’m the President of To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) UChapter. I can’t wait to see my fellow POD members and meet all the new rookies! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, email me or find me on Facebook.

Email: dlong1@udayton.edu

Librarian

ConnorHi Everyone! My name is Connor Reidy and I will be the POD librarian this season. I am a sophomore music education major from Chicago, IL. I am also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha, the men’s music fraternity on campus. I have been playing the clarinet for 11 years. Along with POD, I am a member of the symphonic wind ensemble and clarinet ensemble. I am very excited to meet all of the new members and have a fantastic season. Feel free to add me on Facebook or send me an email with any questions or concerns.

Email: reidyc2@udayton.edu

Historian

AbbyHi everyone! My name is Abby Jansen and I’ll be serving as your historian for this upcoming season! I’m from Pickerington, OH, which is a large suburb of Columbus. I am a sophomore music therapy major. I play the trumpet, piano, guitar, and I sing. Outside of POD, I am in the Dayton Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Trumpet Ensemble. I am also a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, the women’s music fraternity. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or contact me on facebook!

Email: jansena3@udayton.edu

Service Chair

KevinHey POD! My name's Kevin Eberle and I'm the Service Chair on the Pride of Dayton Exec Board. I'm a senior mechanical engineering major with a concentration in aerospace engineering. I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio which inherently means I'm a huge Ohio State football fan! In addition to POD I also play in the Flyer Pep Band and am a leader for a collegiate ministry called the Navigators here at UD. I can't wait to meet everyone and get the season started! If you have any questions or need anything please feel free to add me on Facebook or send me an email! Go Flyers!!!

Email: eberlek1@udayton.edu

Equipment Managers

AdamHello, new and returning members of the Pride of Dayton! My name is Adam White, and I will be serving as one of your Equipment Managers this upcoming season. I am a sophomore from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and I will be majoring in marketing next year. I have been playing percussion since I was in fifth grade, which is why I love being a part of POD’s drumline! Outside of POD, I participate in the Flyer Pep Band, Winter Drumline, Percussion Ensemble, and UD Navigators. This year, I promise to provide for all of your equipment needs in hopes that the Pride of Dayton performs to the best of its ability. If anyone has questions about equipment needs, please feel more than free to find me on Facebook or to send me an email. I am excited for this upcoming season, and cannot wait to see you all at band camp!

Email: whitea21@udayton.edu

JacobHey kiddos! I’m Jacob Watson and I will be one of your equipment managers for this year of POD. I am a sophomore studying Communication concentrating in Electronic Media here at UD. I am from Tipp City, Ohio (it’s about 20 minutes north of UD). In addition to being part of the trumpet section in POD, I have also been a part of the Flyer Pep Band, University Jazz Band, University Concert Band, and Ebony Heritage Singers. If you have any questions about equipment, POD, UD, or anything else, feel free to find me on Facebook, send me an email, or talk to me in person. I look forward to a great season with all of you!

Email: watsonj8@udayton.edu

Uniform Chair

JenniferJenny Meier is from Dayton, Ohio. She will be your Uniform Chair not only for this season but the following seasons as well as one of the clarinet section leaders for the 2016-2017 season. This will be her third year in POD and she couldn’t be more excited to work with such amazing students! Jenny is a music therapy major and is a clarinet player as mentioned before. In addition to POD, Jenny also is a voice major and sings in the Choral Union group, attends service events with the Music Therapy Club and is an active member in Sigma Alpha Iota; a women's music fraternity. Jenny hopes to bring passion into POD, not only through marching and character but how the new uniforms will bring in a new passion to the Pride of Dayton! Feel free to contact Jenny through email or text/call her cell phone (937) 272-2216 and make sure to include your name! As much as Jenny is excited to be a part of POD for her third consecutive year she is also so excited to meet all of the new members! Welcome to POD! 

Email: meierj2@udayton.edu

Uniform Apprentice

AnnaHi POD! My name is Anna Kathman and I'm a junior Exercise Science major from Fairfield, Ohio. And I will be one of your EMTs this year! This will be my second season as EMT and I am First Aid and CPR/AED trained. I'm looking forward to a fun and healthy season and I cannot wait to meet all of you! Don't forget to stay hydrated! Please, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

Email: athmana1@udayton.edu

Recruitment Chair

KaylaHello POD! My name is Kayla Pariser and I will be serving as the Recruitment Chair for the Pride of Dayton Marching Band this year. I will be a junior mechanical engineering major in the fall with a human movement biomechanics minor. I am from Crestwood, KY (a small town 30 minutes from Louisville). Besides being a member of the POD flute section I am involved in the Engineering Honors Society Tau Beta Pi, Navigators, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the president of the Biomedical Engineering Society. As recruitment chair I hope to have a positive impact on everyone and encourage new members to join as well. If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email or find me on Facebook! I am looking forward to seeing all of you at band camp and to a great season! 

Email: pariserk1@udayton.edu

Social Chairs

KateHi POD! My name is Kate Rathgeber. I am a social chair for the Pride of Dayton this year! I am from Carol Stream, a small suburb of Chicago, and I will be returning to UD as a sophomore music therapy major. In addition to POD, I am involved with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Winter Drumline. I am very excited for this season and I cannot wait to meet everyone! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Emailrathgeberk1@udayton.edu

SemaHi POD! My name is Sema Kazemi and I will be your auxiliary captain and auxiliary representative, as well as your social chair this year. This is my fourth year in POD and I can't wait for a great season! I'm a senior chemical engineering major from Hilliard, Ohio and a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota. I spent this past winter guard season with Phoenix Independent Open and I'm currently on tour having so much fun with The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. I have also marched with O2 World Class Winter Guard, O3, and Hilliard Darby High School. I love cats and in my free time I love going on adventures. Any questions or anything needed and I'd be happy to help!

Email: kazemis1@udayton.edu

EMTs

AnnaHi POD! My name is Anna Kathman and I'm a junior Exercise Science major from Fairfield, Ohio. And I will be one of your EMTs this year! This will be my second season as EMT and I am First Aid and CPR/AED trained. I'm looking forward to a fun and healthy season and I cannot wait to meet all of you! Don't forget to stay hydrated! Please, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

Email: kathmana1@udayton.edu

MaxHi guys! My name is Max Spoltman I am a senior Criminal Justice major from Dayton, Ohio and I am one of the EMTs for the year. I play the trumpet and also participate in the Army ROTC program as a squad leader and also serve as vice president of the Phi Omega chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity on campus. I hope to reduce the number of people who have to sit out at practice. When in doubt, take a knee and hydrate! Any questions can be directed to my school email.

Email: spoltmanm1@udayton.edu

Photographer

AllyssaHey everyone! I'm Allyssa Suter and I will be your photographer for the 2016 POD season! I am senior from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I am studying media production with a minor in photography. I'm involved in a couple organizations outside of POD including, Alpha Phi Omega, Flyer Pep Band, Pax Cristi, To Write Love on Her Arms, and Flyer TV. However, my favorite things include, Kanye, peanut butter, napping, and consistently attempting and failing at the running man. I hope to make this season fun and exciting for all members new and old! Cannot wait to meet all of the first years you all are going to love POD. if you have any questions about my position or POD in general do not hesitate to reach out, I don't bite! Here's a photo of me photo fiercely photo bombing my parents trying to take a picture with the Eiffel Tower. 

Email: sutera1@udayton.edu

Videographer

EmilyHello Fellow Flyers! My name is Emily Gobreski and I will be the videographer this year.  I beyond thrilled to be a part of POD for the third year.  I hope to not only be your videographer, but your own personal POD cheerleader as well!  I am Civil Engineering major from Center Valley, Pennsylvania.  My other activities on campus include Phi Sigma Rho, Distance 4 Dreams, and the International Buddy Program. I am so excited to watch you all take the field this year!  I can't wait to capture all of your hard work and wonderful performances.  If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask!

Email: gobreskie1@udayton.edu

Auxiliary Representative

SemaHi POD! My name is Sema Kazemi and I will be your auxiliary captain and auxiliary representative this year. This is my fourth year in POD and I can't wait for a great season! I'm a senior chemical engineering major from Hilliard, Ohio and a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota. I spent this past winter guard season with Phoenix Independent Open and I'm currently on tour having so much fun with The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. I have also marched with O2 World Class Winter Guard, O3, and Hilliard Darby High School. I love cats and in my free time I love going on adventures. Any questions or anything needed and I'd be happy to help!

Email: kazemis1@udayton.edu

Percussionist Representative

KateHi POD! My name is Kate Rathgeber. I am the Percussion representative for the Pride of Dayton this year! I am from Carol Stream, a small suburb of Chicago, and I will be returning to UD as a sophomore music therapy major. In addition to POD, I am involved with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Winter Drumline. I am very excited for this season and I cannot wait to meet everyone! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Email: rathgeberk1@udayton.edu

Field Assistant

AnnaHi I am Anna Ames. I am from Bloomfield Michigan, about 4 hours north of Dayton. I am a 5th year mechanical engineering major, and this will be my 5th year in POD. The past four years I have been part of POD and marched with the Clarinet section. This year I will be the Field Assistant in POD and will help with any and all tasks. I am also the Fundraising chair for the Society of Women Engineers. In addition, I will working for the Engineering Department in organizing volunteers to take, learn and complete engineering projects to local middle school classes. I have also been a member of the Flyer Pep Band for four years. I hope to help everyone have an exciting and fabulous year in POD.

Email: amesa1@udayton.edu

Publicity Chair

MaggieHey!  My name is Maggie Moran and I will be your Publicity Chair. I am from Cleveland area, specifically Fairview Park and this will be my third year in POD, meaning I am a Junior!  I am majoring in Psychology/Biology/Pre-med with a minor in Criminal Justice. I go to Wright State, but I am involved in Flyer Pep Band, Concert Band, as well as TWLOHA at Wright State and a few bands there! I hope to bring friendship and guidance to those who need it in not only on the exec board, as well as all of POD.

Email: moran.37@wright.edu

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