Executive Board Biographies

President: Ben Woodward

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Ben is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in psychology on a Pre-Physician Assistant track. He pledged Spring 2015 and his favorite service is American Red Cross, because Sharon, the coordinator, is amazing and the service is so meaningful while keeping you on your toes, literally! He is a proud member of Orange Family, and loves a good game of dodgeball. He has previously served on E-board as the Fellowship Vice President during the Fall semester of 2016.

Fun fact: Though he doesn’t consider it fun, Ben has an irrational anxiety around windmills (all for clean, green, renewable energy though!)

Why Ben Loves APO: “I love APO because it brings us all together to achieve such a positive and powerful goal of engaging with and improving the community. Also, because APO itself has such awesome people, who I feel lucky to call my friends.”

Membership Vice President: Rebecca Moot

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Rebecca is a junior who pledged APO in the spring semester of 2015. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health. Her favorite service is Casserly House, a program that helps new immigrants by providing free ESOL classes for adults, after-school tutoring for students, and a welcoming community. This is Rebecca’s second semester as Membership Vice President. She is in the Emerald family and her favorite fellowship is anything that has to do with food!

Fun fact: Rebecca is a certified elephant handler in Thailand!

Why Rebecca loves APO: “Because it gives me the opportunity to participate in so many services and meet so many wonderful people that have the same passion for service as I do.”

Membership Vice President: Michael Saadeh

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Michael is a junior majoring in Human Physiology who pledged APO in the fall semester of 2015. His favorite service is the Boston Living Center because instead of just serving food, they let you prepare it as well and it really lets you be more hands on with the process. They were also so so thankful and the energy there was great. He is in the Black family and his favorite fellowship is Nacho Average Fellowship (WITH FOOTBALL)!

Fun Fact: His name translates to Humble Happiness in Arabic.

Why Michael loves APO: “I love APO because I love doing community service and giving back to my favorite city as well as spending time with my bros!”

Service Vice President: Amanda Navarro

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Amanda is a junior who pledged APO in the fall semester of 2015. She is majoring in Political Science and Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her favorite service is Christopher’s Haven, a community of temporary apartments for families of children being treated for cancer in Boston hospitals. This is Amanda’s second semester as Service Vice President. She is in the Teal family and her favorite fellowships are anything competitive.

Fun fact: Amanda is very dedicated and will go to great lengths to find and eat plantains.

Why Amanda loves APO: “I love APO because I have found my family here at BU and I love giving back to the community.”

Service Vice President: Corliss Kanazawa

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Corliss is a junior who pledged APO in the spring semester of 2015. She is majoring in Health Science with a minor in Human Physiology. Her favorite service is Boo at the Zoo because despite the cold weather that always comes by, the children look so happy when they want candy. She is in the Teal family and her favorite fellowships are the photoshoots.

Fun fact: She has slept through one of the BU fire alarms.

Why Corliss loves APO: “It’s inspiring to be surrounded by people who love to serve others.”

Fellowship Vice President: Tina Wang

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Tina is a junior majoring in Physical Therapy who pledged APO in the spring semester of 2015. Her favorite service is American Red Cross and loves it so much that according to her, she can “write an essay on it.”

  • Sharon (she brightens up your morning and makes it all worth getting up at 6:30 in the morning)
  • Being able to see how our service affects the community
  • All the awesome people you get to bond with/ meet while packing all the goodies

She is in the Black family and her favorite fellowships are any and all where board games are played!

Fun fact: She has snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef

Why Tina loves APO: “It gives me the opportunity to do community service and also have a chance to meet amazing people that otherwise I wouldn’t have met. It has been an amazing journey to watch our chapter grow through the years and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future.”

Fellowship Vice President: Zach Schmidt

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Zach is a junior who pledged APO in the spring semester of 2015. He is majoring in Economics with a minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy. His favorite service is the Greater Boston Food Bank because it keeps you active and it’s a lot of fun to chase after all the food running down the conveyor belt! He is in the Emerald family and has previously served as the Sargeant-at-Arms. His favorite fellowship is anything with Hot Cheetos.

Fun fact: He has been skiing in the Alps!

Why Zach loves APO: “I’ve met so many of my friends through this organization and it’s great that we can get together and hang out while doing community service!”

Pledgemaster: Pamela Yurrita

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Pamela is a senior who pledged APO in the fall semester of 2014. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Deaf Studies. Her favorite service is Casserly House because everyone is very welcoming and you can see the difference you are making and how much it means to all of them! She is in the Teal family and her favorite fellowship is dodgeball.

Fun fact: She knows 5 languages!

Why Pamela loves APO: “I found my closest friends in APO, and have gotten that college experience you hear about in the movies where people meet life long friends. On top of that I get to do service and give back to the city I was born and raised in!”

Pledgemaster: Katie Fieldhouse

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Katie is a senior who pledged APO in the fall semester of 2014. She is majoring in Hospitality Administration with a minor in Mass Communication, concentrating in Advertising. Her favorite service is Prison Books because you get to learn a little bit about someone through their book preferences and you have a responsibility to pick out the books someone gets to enjoy. She is in the Black family and her favorite fellowship is chapter-wide dodgeball!

Fun fact: Katie got a burn from baking in the shape of a smiley face.

Why Katie loves APO: “I love that you are surrounded by a bunch of people who are so kind and genuinely want to give back to the community. Not only are you able to do service but APO creates a sense of family.”

Treasurer: Hans Ramchandani

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Hansika is a junior who pledged APO in the spring semester of 2015. She is majoring in History and International Relations. Her favorite service is Cradles to Crayons because not only is it a great organization, but it also allows her to bond with other brothers while giving back to the community. She is in the Emerald family and her favorite fellowship is Cards Against Humanity.

Fun fact: She speaks 4 languages!

Why Hansika loves APO: “It has given me amazing opportunities to give back to my community and meet passionate, amazing, and inspiring people!”

Secretary: Julia Hacker

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Julia is a junior who pledged APO in the fall semester of 2016. She is in the Human Physiology BS/MS program, and her favorite service is Boo at the Zoo for many reasons: Dressing up in spooky outfits for a Haunted Maze; Making Halloween themed arts & crafts with adorable children; Handing out/Eating Halloween candy, completing a lot of service hours; and eating free pizza & soda for lunch? No brainer: Best. Service. Ever. As a member of the Emerald family, her favorite fellowships are Zumba and Coolidge Corner Chilling.

Fun fact: She learned violin and piano before learning to walk!

Why Julia loves APO: “I love how APO Bros are open, fun, and passionate about community service. I pledged because I felt that our cardinal principles—Leadership, Friendship, and Service—exemplified things that I wanted more of during my time at BU. I love that since pledging, I have been able to develop my leadership skills, meet an insane amount of genuinely wonderful people, and get out into the Greater Boston Area to do fun and invaluable services.”

Webmaster/Historian: Mindy Hicks

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Mindy is a senior who pledged APO in the spring semester of 2015. She is majoring in Biological Anthropology and minoring in Archaeology. Her favorite services are the 50/50 raffles at Boston sporting events because all of the fans are so pumped and there’s a team competition to raise the most money. She is in the Black family and her favorite fellowships are when people host potlucks so she can enjoy the widest variety of food with the least amount of effort.

Fun fact: Mindy spent her 21st Birthday with a bunch of rad fur seals surfing in New Zealand!

Why Mindy loves APO: “APO is amazing because it exposes us to so many incredible organizations that many of the Brothers never would have been connected with otherwise. My experience with the Brothers in this fraternity and with the services I’ve attended will stay with me forever.”

Sargeant-At-Arms: Amanda Barone

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Amanda is a senior who pledged APO in the fall semester of 2015. She is majoring in Business Law in the Questrom School of Business and English in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her favorite service is Prison Books because she is a huge reader and loves the challenge of finding the perfect book for someone! She is in the Black family and her favorite fellowship is Katie & Amanda’s Calligraphy Workshop! Pretty lettering is a hobby of hers, and she loved teaching her Brothers. This is Amanda’s second semester as Sargeant-at-Arms.

Fun fact: Amanda loves going to concerts and has seen over 75 artists live!

Why Amanda loves APO: “APO definitely proves that good people bring out the good in other people. I love helping the community while getting to know both the city of Boston and my amazing Brothers!”

Public Relations Chair: Sam Pinsky

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Sam is a junior who pledged APO in the spring semester of 2015. She is double majoring in Advertising and European Studies and minoring in French. Her favorite service is Common Care because we get to do everything from cooking the meal all the way to serving it. She is in the Orange family and her favorite fellowship is Adventure: Salem!

Fun fact: Sam accidentally once bribed two Hungarians.

Why Sam loves APO: “APO gives me the opportunity to help others while making friends!”

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