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Meet our Summer 2016 Interns!

 

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Employers are seeking the most polished college graduates with real hands-on experience to fill their positions. This is exactly what a Georgia State Games intern provides. Making coffee and filing papers, not here. Unlike other internships, the interns at the Georgia Games are the heart and soul of the entire organization. Our interns run the entire operation from A to Z. They are responsible for all planning and marketing aspects for every event throughout the summer and are on site at nearly every sport venue to ensure things run smoothly. Every organizational function from soliciting sponsorships to filling up water coolers falls into the hands of our interns. Internship positions include event operations, sponsorships, promotions, marketing, public relations, web design, volunteer management and logistics.

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Alyssa Boman

Photography / Event Coordinator of (Swimming- Open water, and Youth Meet), and Track & Field-O/M

Originally from Montvale, New Jersey, is 20 years old and just finished her sophomore year at the University of Dayton. Alyssa studies Exercise Science at UD and plans to pursue a career in either sports medicine or physical therapy after graduation. She has two older brothers and a cat.

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Hayden Cliche

Event Coordinator for Bowling and Disc Golf

Originally from Murfreesbore, Tennessee, is 21 years old and just finished his junior year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Hayden is studying Sports and Business Administration. He is involved with the UTC athletics department, serving as the men’s basketball team manager and film assistant for the football team. Upon graduation in May of 2017, Hayden plans to pursue a career in the professional sports marketing industry or become a school athletic director. Some of his hobbies include photography and traveling to different sports venues. Hayden has one brother and a dog named Casey.

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Chad Dumke

Web & Graphics Coordinator

Originally from Tampa Bay, Florida, is 22 years old and just finished his senior year at Saint Leo University. He will receive his degree in Sport Business upon completion of this internship. Chad was involved with the Phi Beta Lambda/FBLA and the Sport Business Association at Saint Leo. After he completes this internship he wishes to pursue a career either working in the web coordinating or marketing department for a professional sports franchise. Chad’s hobbies include lifting weights, golf and playing video games. He has three sisters and one brother.

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Zach Elrod

Event Coordinator of (Cycling-Criterium, Road Race, & Time Trial), and Volleyball-Outdoor 

Originally from Stockbridge, Georgia, is 22 years old and just finished his senior year at Kennesaw State University. He will receive his degree in Sport Management upon completion of this internship. Zach plans to pursue a career in operations after this internship. His hobbies include Frisbee, basketball and running. He also has one brother.

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Kamren Gilliam

Event Coordinator of Boxing

Originally from Cumberland, Virginia, is 21 years old and just finished her senior year at Old Dominion University. She studied Sport Management and Marketing at ODU and will receive her degree upon completion of this internship. Kamren served as president of the Sport Management Association at ODU and played club softball. After receiving her degree she plans on attending grad school and pursuing a future career in sport event management. Her hobbies include volunteering and coaching.

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Tristan Koen

Issue Point/ Event Coordinator of Archery

Originally from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, is 22 years old and has completed his senior year at Minnesota State University this summer. Tristan is pursuing a degree in Sport Management with a minor in Athletic Coaching and is a member of the Sport Management Association at MSU. Upon graduation, he hopes to gain a full-time position with a hockey organization and aspires to someday be the head coach of a Division 1 college hockey team.

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Wesley Long

Event Coordinator of Pickleball, Equestrian, (Shooting-Sport Clays and Trap & Skeet)

Originally from Newport News, Virginia, is 21 years old and just finished his senior year at Old Dominion University. He studied Sport Management and Marketing at ODU and will receive his degree upon completion of this internship. Wes plans to attend grad school in the fall and hopes to pursue a career as an athletic director in the future. His hobbies including running, watching the Philadelphia Eagles and playing video games. He has one sister and a dog named Dymond.

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Cullen Maksimowski

Public Relations Coordinator

Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is 22 years old and a senior at Central Michigan University. He will graduate in December 2016 with a degree in Integrative Public Relations and Sport Management. Cullen is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Sport Management Association and works as communications assistant for the CMU athletics department. Upon receiving his degree, Cullen wishes to obtain a position in the PR department for a professional sports franchise. His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, traveling and working out. He has three sisters, one brother and two dogs named Lenny and Stevie.

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Billy Malewich 

Event Coordinator of Diving, and Rugby

Originally from New York City, is 22 years old and just finished his senior year at York College of Pennsylvania. He studied Sport Management and Marketing at YCP and will receive his degree upon completion of this internship. Billy served as the vice president of the Sport Management Student Association at YCP. He has one sister.

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Kaitlyn Martin

Fundraising and Sponsorship Development Coordinator 

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is 21 years old and just finished her junior year at Robert Morris University. She is a Sport Management and Marketing major with a minor in Finance. Kaitlyn is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served as the vice president of membership for the RMU Panhellenic Council. Upon graduation in the spring of 2017, she plans on attending graduate school. Her hobbies include watching Netflix, hockey, and baseball.

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Ellen Rick

Executive Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Originally from Alpharetta, Georgia, is 22 years old and just finished her senior year at Georgia Southern University. She studied Sport Management, Business and Marketing at GSU and will receive her degree upon completion of this internship. Ellen was a member of the Omega Phi Alpha sorority at GSU. Her hobbies include painting, reading, volleyball and volunteering in the community. She has one sister and a dog named Lucy.

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Hayley Vermillion

Event Coordinator of Track & Field-Youth, and Weightlifting-Olympic

Originally from Kinston, North Carolina, is 22 years old and just graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Exercise & Sport Science concentrated in Sport Business at UNC.  After completing this internship, she hopes to pursue a career in event management.  Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, working out, and playing with her 2-year-old Boxer, Jersey.

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Brandon Webb

Event Coordinator of Judo, Swimming – O/M Meet, and Weightlifting-Power

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is 21 years old and just finished his junior year at Manchester University. Brandon studies Sport Management and Business and is a member of the football team at MU. Upon graduation, he wishes to pursue a career in event operations or marketing. His hobbies include working out and being with his friends. He has one brother, one sister and three dogs.

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Gregg Wentz

Event Coordinator of Lacrosse – Boys Youth

Originally from Marietta, Georgia, is 19 years old and just finished his freshman year at the University of South Carolina. He studies Sport & Event Management USC. Gregg’s hobbies include golfing, fishing and going to the lake. He is the youngest of four siblings and has a dog named Carrie.

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Alex Zhang

Event Coordinator of Badminton, and Table Tennis

Originally from China, Alex is 21 years old and just finished his junior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will graduate in May of 2017 with a degree in Sports Administration and is a member of the Carolina Sports Business Club and International Basketball Club at UNC. Upon graduation wants to work event management in the sports industry. His hobbies include watching movies and playing basketball.

 

Previous Interns

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Andrew Hermann

Event Coordinator for Wrestling, Swimming-Open Water, Boxing, Rugby, Swimming- O/M/Youth, Diving, Weightlifting, Water Polo

My name is Andrew Hermann and I am from Bloomington, Minnesota. I attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and I will graduate in May majoring in sport management with a minor in recreation management. I played football at La Crosse while volunteering at local sporting events and coaching high school football and wrestling. After I complete this internship I will either go to graduate school or find a job in the sports field. My favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and also the University of Minnesota wrestling and football teams.

Fun fact: When I was a kid I broke my femur playing baseball.

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Lauren Owensby

Website Developer & Coordinator, Graphics, Public Relations

Hi there! I’m Lauren Owensby, a junior at DePauw University. I’m studying Web Media and Ethics. I enjoy reading and writing in my free time, and I also mentor middle school students and bake cookies. I am fascinated by codes and ciphers and am a storyteller at heart.

 

Fun fact: My record amount of pages read in one day (with sleep!) is 657.

 


Travis Brown

Event Coordinator for Lacrosse, Fitness Challenge, Pickelball, Archery, Judo, Tennis, Table Tennis, Racquetball, and Swimming-Wilder Meet

My name is Travis Brown and I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. I am currently a senior in reach of graduating with my bachelors in sport management from the University of West Georgia. I have always been interested in the sport industry especially after playing basketball and football in my past years. After graduating, I have goals of one day becoming a general manager for a sport organization. This 2015 spring semester I will be focusing on my internship for the Georgia Games. I have had experience in setting up events from my past job at a recreation center.

Fun fact: I produce and write music for an upcoming artist.


Tyehimba Moore

Event Coordinator for Shooting, Disc Golf, Badminton, Trail Race, Mountain Biking, BMX, Bowling, Paralympic, Equestrian, Volleyball, and Triathlon

I am Tye Moore, I was born in Baltimore, Maryland but the majority of my life has been spent in Atlanta Georgia. I am currently attending the University of West Georgia pursuing a degree in Sport Management and a minor in marketing. I will graduate after completing this internship. Upon graduation I intend to go back to school to get my MBA. I would like to work in college athletics and eventually work with a professional sports team.

Fun Fact: I really enjoy going fishing.

Shanna Hertz

Event Coordinator for Taekwondo, Youth and O/M Track & Field, Cycling (Road Race, Criterium, Time Trial) and Run for Life

My name is Shanna Hertz and I am from Lindenhurst, Illinois. I am a senior at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and will graduate in May upon completion of this internship! I am pursing a degree in commercial and community recreation with a focus on sports. My dream job is working as a sports recreation specialist in a Federal Prison. My favorite sports teams are the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls.

Fun Fact: I won a punt, pass & kick contest making a 48 yard field goal

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Ashley Paulus

Event coordinator for Diving, Track & Field- Open/Masters, and the Trail Race

My name is Ashley Paulus and I am from Lincoln, Illinois.I just finished my junior year at the University of Illinois. I am pursuing a degree in senior recreation sport and tourism with a minor in leadership studies. While I am at school I train service dogs and play intramurals. When I graduate I plan to work for a college athletics department. As an Illinois native, I enjoy watching the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears.

Fun Fact: I live on a farm

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Brian Kelly

Event coordinator for Air Riffle and Disc Golf

My name is Brian Kelly and I am from Toronto, Ontario.I attend Laurentian University and will graduate in October once I complete this internship.I will be receiving a B.S. of Commerce in Sports Administration.At school I am involved in intramural hockey, volleyball and soccer.Once I graduate I would like to work in programming for a hockey team. I really enjoy watching the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Raptors.

Fun Fact: I am a twin

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Cameron Baker

Event coordinator for Boxing, Rugby and Disabled Sports

My name is Cam Baker and I am from Toronto, Ontario. I recently completed my junior year at Laurentian University pursuing my B.S. of commerce in sports administration. In my spare time I coach basketball for a club team and play basketball for a men’s league.After graduating, I would like to work with a NCAA D1 basketball program.I am a huge fan of the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Raptors.

Fun Fact: I am a bouncer at a club

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Chelsey Booth

Event coordinator for Judo, Badminton and Power Lifting

My name is Chelsey Booth and I am from Rocky Mount, Virginia.I attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. I graduated in the spring of 2014 but will complete my requirements after this internship. I was the pitcher for our softball team and was a part of our 2014 conference victory. I also worked in the athletic department in which I helped with sporting events.After I complete this internship I want to work in a collegiate athletic department and eventually coach softball.In my spare time I enjoy watching the Atlanta Falcons, Virginia Tech and the Atlanta braves.

Fun Fact: I am left handed

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Grant Brown

Event coordinator for Mountain Biking and Swimming

My name is Grant Brown and I am from Alpharetta, Georgia.I attended Georgia Southern University and recently graduated in the spring.I graduated with a degree in sport management with a minor in business. At school I was a part of the intramural softball and flag football teams and enjoyed going to the gym. After I complete this internship I hope to find a job in the sports field. I am a true Georgia fan including the Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Southern, Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves.

Fun Fact: I like to hunt and fish

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Jessie Lantz

Event coordinator for the Georgia Games Run for Life and Outdoor Volleyball

My name is Jessie Lantz and I am from Rockford, Illinois. I graduated from Western Illinois University in the spring of 2014 with a double major in recreation park and tourism administration and communication. While I was in school I played club volleyball, was a member of the student recreation society and worked for the athletics department in development. I will return to WIU in the fall to pursue my masters in Sports Management. After graduate school I hope to eventually become an event coordinator.

Fun fact: Played junior tackle football in the 6th grade

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Joey Morstein

Event coordinator for Lacrosse- Boys and Girls

My name is Joey Morstein and I am from Silver Spring, Maryland.I am a rising senior at Indiana University working towards a degree in recreational sports management.I am the president of the men’s club lacrosse team and hope to work in campus recreation at a collegiate level after I graduate. My favorite sports teams include the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards.

Fun fact: I recently became an uncle of 2 twin boys- Noah and Ethan

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John Riley

Web Site Designer & Computer Technician

My name is John Riley and I am originally from Cordele, Georgia. I am a rising senior at Georgia Southern University, majoring in business management with a minor in marketing.I am a member of Georgia Sothern soccer team as a left back. After graduating I plan to own my own business. When I was a kid I taught myself everything thing about a computer. I became proficient in web design and never had to take a class which led me to this internship. My favorite sports teams include Real Madrid, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves and Alabama…ROLL TIDE!

Fun Fact: “Everyone that knows me thinks I’m funny” …Not a Joke

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Karise Baxter

Event coordinator for Youth Track & Field

My name is Karise Baxter and I am from Norfolk, Virginia. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in exercise science and a M. Ed. in sports leadership.I was a part of VCU’s track & field team running the 400 m hurdles.During my time at VCU I won many coaches and scholastic awards along with the Iron Ram. I was also a member of the NAACP, Future Established Brothers & Sister and was president of club basketball. My favorite sports teams include the LA Lakers and the San Diego Chargers.

Fun Fact: I have been white water rafting on class 4 rapids

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Mary Fraser

Event Coordinator for Equestrian, BMX, Tennis-Juniors & Adults, Archery 900, Shooting- Trap and Skeet, Shooting-Clays and Volunteer Coordinator

My name is Mary Fraser and I am from Jackson, Michigan. I attended Siena Heights University and will graduate in August 2014 with a degree in sport management. I was a member of our varsity volleyball team and was a defensive specialist. I was also involved in the Sport Management Association as the vice president and event coordinator. I hope to work for a non-profit doing fundraising in my future. I am a Red Wings and U of M football fan.

Fun Fact: I showed horses growing up

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Mike Murtha

Event Coordinator for Table Tennis and Bowling

My name is Mike Murtha and I am from Des Moines, Iowa. I attended Wichita State University and will graduate at the end of the summer after completing this internship with Georgia Games. I am majoring in sport management with a minor in communication. I also have an associate art degree from DMACC. At school I spend a lot of time with the bowling program and played on the WSU bowling team. When I graduate I plan to work with sports in the Atlanta area, preferably in baseball. For fun I like to play ultimate Frisbee and watch the Atlanta Braves, Greenbay Packers and the Miami heat.

Fun Fact: Really good at twirling pens with both hands

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Morgan Klein

Event coordinator for Girls Lacrosse

My name is Morgan Klein and I am originally from Augusta, Georgia and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. I just finished my junior year at Chowan University. I am an interdisciplinary studies major with a minor in sports management. At school I am a part of the Student Advisory Committee and play on the varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. After I graduate I would like to attend law school and become a sports law attorney.

Fun Fact: I am a nature nut at heart

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Rachael Gibson

Event coordinator for Swimming- Youth

My name is Rachael Gibson and I grew up in Marietta, Georgia. I am an upcoming senior at the University of Georgia, studying sports management with a minor in communications.I am a member of Women in Sports and Entertainment (WISE) at school. After I graduate I plan to become an event coordinator for a professional sports team.I love cheering for my Georgia Teams including the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs.

Fun Fact: I was born on my older brother’s birthday

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Shona Guerrero

Event coordinator for Cycling-Road Race and Crtierium and the Ultimate Fitness Challenge

My name is Shona Guerrero and I am from Vancouver, Canada. I graduated this spring from Rogers State University with a degree in sports management and a minor in psychology. I was a member of the varsity softball team and played 3rd base. While playing softball, I received 2nd team all conference and a full scholarship. After my time with Georgia Games I hope to event plan for an NHL team. My favorite hockey team is the Vancouver Canucks.

Fun Fact: I am Scottish and Mexican

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Tanysha Campbell

Event coordinator for Weight Lifting, Open Water Swiming and Racquetball.

Tanysha Campbell has been with the Georgia Games since January 2014. In addition to working with Georgia Games, she is completing a M.S. in Sport & Fitness Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration from Troy University. Previously she attended Valdosta State University where she obtained a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. During her undergraduate studies she was active in various organizations such as VSU Exercise Physiology Club where she served as Vice President, Blazer Pride, and numerous community service activities. Along with being involved in many organizations, she was an intern with the VSU Strength and Conditioning department where she assisted in training multiple sports teams. Upon completion of the internship with Georgia Games and her Master of Science degree in August 2014, Tanysha, would like to pursue a career in Parks and Recreation Departments working towards getting the community involved in local sports & fitness programs, and later operate her own Sports Complex.

Fun Fact: I attended high school in Hawaii

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Taylor Riggsbee

Public Relations Director

My name is Taylor Riggsbee and I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am a recent graduate from Appalachian State University. I obtained my degree in public relations with a general business minor. At school I was a member of PRSSA and Delta Zeta. After this summer I hope to pursue a career working at a public relations firm in the Atlanta area. I am a huge Duke and Carolina Panthers fan.

Fun Fact: I danced in the half time show of the 2010 Orange Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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