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Photographer

Anna Layden

Assistant Photographer

Anna Rose Layden is a third-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, concentrating in Photojournalism, with a minor in Political Science from Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta, New York. She is an active member of the National Press Photographers Association, as well as the Asian-American Journalists Association of New York. Her work reflects a fascination with the extraordinary moments in everyday life, as well as coverage of current news events. She is constantly seeking out ways to further her understanding of the cultures around her, meet new people, and find the nearest Chick-Fil-A.

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Counselor

Pat Money

Student Support

Patrick Money is the Associate Director of Admissions for George Mason University. After starting as a student employee at the Admissions office, he has spent the last decade as a member of the Mason Admissions family helping students and families find the right college destination.

Patrick has lived in Northern Virginia his entire life and attended high school at Lake Braddock Secondary. He had an amazing experience as an undergrad while earning his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology here at Mason. This area is an incredible place for young people to explore options both professionally and socially – an opportunity he took in full, which ultimately led to a college career he thoroughly enjoyed and would not trade for anything.

One of his favorite memories was when he made his initial decision to come to Mason back in 2006 after he saw the Men’s basketball team reach the final four live at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.! (He still talks about it like it happened yesterday!!)

Patrick has a passion for higher education and even more so for George Mason University, and he hopes to share it with all those who are interested.

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Stephen Taglieri

STEPHEN TAGLIERI

Junior Faculty Advisor

Stephen Taglieri was a delegate at the WYSE 2017 Conference and has since pursued an education at George Mason University.  Going into his Sophomore year, Stephen is majoring in Biology with a Concentration in Conservation and Ecological Biology as a well as minoring in Journalism.  On top of this, he also co-hosts a podcast about theoretical science, has written a book, and is a student ambassador to Japan, France, and England.  He hopes to, later on, work with animals and help with species’ conservation.

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Charlotte Joannidis

CHARLOTTE JOANNIDIS

Junior Faculty Advisor

Charlotte Joannidis is a rising sophomore at George Mason University. She is from northern New Jersey. She is majoring in Environmental Science and is very interested in wastewater and water pollution. At GMU, she is in the Honors College and is a Mason Ambassador. Charlotte attended WYSE as a delegate in 2017 and is very excited to be a Junior Faculty Advisor for the first time this year!

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Advance Team Staff

Allison Wells

ALLISON WELLS

Director of Logistics, Washington Scholars Program

Allison Wells is the Assistant Director of Events for the Office of Admissions at George Mason University, and the Director of Logistics for the Washington Scholars Program. Allison joined the team in May of 2019 and has spent the last two summers supporting and leading the Washington Scholars Programs. She is a lover of all things logistics, and the summers quickly became her favorite time of year. She earned her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Grand Valley State University in 2019. In her free time, Allison looks forward to spending time outdoors, being with friends, and traveling.

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Advance Team Staff

Kalea Perez

Advance Team Member

Kalea Perez is a rising sophomore at the College of Charleston from Chantilly, VA. She is studying Communication with a minor in studio art and is involved in many activities throughout campus, including the outdoors club, fashion organization, and is a sister in Chi Omega. Kalea first attended the conference in 2017, and later worked on the Youth Advisory Board the following year. She is so excited to meet, work with, and serve all of the new youth correspondents and know you all will have the time of your lives here!

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Advance Team Staff

Riley Noyes

Advance Team Member

Riley Noyes is finishing her time at Northern Virginia Community College, and plans to seek a Management degree upon graduation this year. She will be graduating with a General Studies A.S. with a concentration is Business Information Technology Career Studies. Outside of her education, Riley has an affinity for the event industry. She is an assistant at Anne Kelley Events and the Operations Manager of Repeatable DJ and Photo Booth Services. Through both of these positions she works with the planning and the service aspect of events. Riley enjoys watching movies, playing sports with friends, and exploring new parts of D.C.

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Junior Faculty Advisor Staff

Tessa Bennett

TESS BENNETT

Junior Faculty Advisor

Tess is a rising sophomore at George Mason University who is currently majoring in Environment and Sustainability Studies with a minor in Visual Art. As a freshman Tess was involved with the Sustainability LLC on campus where she spent a lot of time volunteering with the Office of Sustainability working in the Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden and the President’s Park Hydroponic Greenhouse. Off campus, Tess found her happy place at Merrifield Garden Center where she helps the community learn about everything from flowers to vegetables. When she’s not working on sustainability related projects you can find Tess lounging in a coffee shop reading the latest New York Times best seller.
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Junior Faculty Advisor

Megan Wilson

MEGAN WILSON

Junior Faculty Advisor

Megan is a sophomore at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry majoring in Environmental Biology. Her goal is to attend graduate school and work with the giant sequoia trees in California. Megan attended WYSE in 2017 and it really helped her decide that she wanted to help preserve our environment. During her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, running, and drinking coffee. Megan is really looking forward to meeting the delegates, and she cant wait for WYSE 2019!

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Advance Team Staff

Jada McClure

Advance Team Member

Jada McClure is a junior at George Mason University from Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina. She is a Communication major with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism. After attending the 2014 Washington Journalism and Media Conference, she worked as an intern in the Office of Admissions at GMU, assisting the Washington Scholars Program with logistics and social media. She is currently Social Media Manager for Northern Virginia Area Health Educations Center (NVAHEC) at Mason. Jada is a sister of the Zeta Tau Alpha (Theta Chi) chapter where she served as Junior Panhellenic Delegate and is also a member of Optimist International in North Carolina. She is very excited to be returning as an Advance Team Member!