bGAB Leadership Team

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BG Alternative Breaks is not a registered student organization, but rather is supported by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE). Therefore, bGAB will have close ties with the staff and director of CCCE, which may include having weekly meetings with the director to discuss how bGAB is accomplishing the goals of the CCCE within their programming. Each trip will be required to have a Faculty Learning Partner that will assist with the education portion of the trips, and it is the job of the executive board to make sure this partnership is fulfilled for each trip. Reporting and communication with the CCCE will be important for funding purposes and to uphold the mission, goals, and values of the CCCE.

The executive board meets once a week to stay on top of trip progress, talk about outreach and fundraising plans, and to solidify upcoming events and opportunities for growth as a group. The executive board acts as a core support team for Site Leaders by providing them with resources and guidance to plan and implement trips.


Amy Holthaus is a senior majoring in Applied Health Science on a pre-physical therapy track. She is a member of the Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy and is on the 2017 Orientation Team. Amy has been involved in bGAB since her first semester at BGSU and has served as a Site Leader for 2 different trips. Additionally, she has served on the Executive Board for bGAB as the Community Relations Chair and the Outreach Chair. Amy's favorite bGAB memory was interacting with community members at Cass Community Social services in Detroit, MI. She has loved her experience in the program because bGAB has challenged her to think critically about social issues and has inspired her to make community  and service a priority in her life.

 

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Amy Holthaus

Position: bGAB Co-Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-9865
Email: bgab@bgsu.edu
Address: University Hall 100

Maya Leachman is a senior studying Social Work and Psychology. She has been involved with bGAB since her first semester when she went on a fall break trip to Detroit for Community Development. She has been a site leader with bGAB for two spring break trips and one weekend break trip as well as a participant for two other trips. Last year, Maya served as the Site Leader Coordinator on the Executive Board. She has a passion for community service and bGAB is one of the main reasons she changed her major to Social Work. Maya has had many great experiences with bGAB but her favorite memory was on the break trip focused on Sustainability and Natural Resources. This trip taught her the importance of living intentionally and with a community-oriented mindset.

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Maya Leachman

Position: bGAB Co-Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-9865
Email: bgab@bgsu.edu
Address: University Hall 100

Rachel Boote is a fourth year studying Communication originally from Chelsea, Michigan. She works as a student assistant within the Office of the Dean of Students and is a member of the Get Involved Team through the Office of Campus Activities. Along with bGAB, Rachel is involved with the women's health and wellness organization CHAARG, and also served as a 2017 Orientation Leader. Bowling Green Alternative breaks has given Rachel opportunities to learn, serve and reflect with communities she may not have reached on her own. Her favorite memory with bGAB is helping the National Park Service complete a 10 year project and seeing the impact that had on the community partner and participants. She is inspired by the passionate people and communities she has worked with to play an active role in social change.

 

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Rachel Boote

Position: Internal Affairs and Community Relations Co-Chair
Phone: 419-372-9865
Email: bgab@bgsu.edu
Address: University Hall 100

Chloe Greenawalt is a senior majoring in Political Science. She is the Site Leader Coordinator for BGab and also the Treasurer for Law Society on campus. Her passion for community service and leadership began at a young age. At 18, she joined a national service program called AmeriCorps, and ever since has continued to serve the community in which she lives. Her feelings toward community service are very simple: It is the right thing to do. 

She loves BGab because it brings together like minded individuals who are passionate about community involvement and civic responsibility. Her favorite memory is currently taking place! The opportunity to serve on BGab executive board and form friendships with great people.  She wants first time BGabers to open up, get their hands dirty, and commit to a cause much bigger than themselves. They will then fully experience a BG Alternative Break.

 

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Chloe Greenawalt

Position: Site-Leader Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-9865
Email: bgab@bgsu.edu
Address: University Hall 100

Mark Rochester is a senior studying communication at BGSU.  On campus he is involved in BGAB as the community relations chair, as well as a scholar in the President's Leadership Academy 2014 cohort.  He is passionate about BGAB because he knows that this is a way for him to get out and impact many surrounding communities.  He feels that getting out and doing any kind of service, big or small, will make huge impacts on that community.  His favorite memory with BGAB is going on his first trip back in the spring of 2015 to Murphy, NC.  He was able to make so many relationships on that trip and loved to experience service that is focused on the outdoors.  He really liked the square dancing night that they attended at a local dance hall on evening.  It was a way to consume the culture and really get a feel for this trip.  BGAB is a great opportunity to expand your horizons and get out to try something new while impact many different lives.

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Mark Rochester

Position: Internal Affairs and Community Relations Co-Chair
Phone: 419-372-9865
Email: bgab@bgsu.edu
Address: University Hall 100

Site Leaders

Site-Leaders are the core of bGAB; without the site leaders, trips would not be as meaningful, purposeful, or organized! Site leaders are at the front lines making sure the trip experience is the best for everyone involved. They provide thoughtful insight on trip plans and implementation and are an extension of the work of the executive board.

Each trip has two site leaders, therefore site leaders work as a team of two to plan trips, contact community partners, find housing, facilitate pre-trips meetings, create trip itineraries, be the leaders of the trips, and ensure reorientation meetings happen after trips have concluded.  All site leaders are trained to carry out all necessary tasks, and the trips advisor and executive board provides support and guidance throughout the whole process.