The Smile Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading Happiness through acts of kindness. Our flagship program finds its home in the SPARK Clubs. SPARK stands for “Strengthening Positivity and Reinforcing Kindness” and these groups are formed by inspiring young people who want to make their schools and communities kinder and friendlier places to be.
Today, I want to introduce the 2020-2021 school year leadership team of one of the oldest SPARK clubs, Slippery Rock University (SRU). This is the fifth year for SRU SPARK and I am so inspired by their kindness already!
President: Taylor Mazzaferro
Taylor Mazzaferro is a junior early childhood special education major. She loves spending time with family and friends, being outside, coaching volleyball, her dogs, and going on adventures.
Vice President: Natalie Vecchio
Natalie Vecchio is a senior psychology-neuroscience major with a concentration in physician assistant and a minor in leadership. She has been a member of SPARK since she was a freshman! The main qualities that define Natalie are that she is almost always happy, loving, and adventurous. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her friends and family.
Public Relations Chair: Calista Dosch
Calista Dosch is a sophomore early childhood and special education major. She says, “kindness is something that I believe makes the world go round. I love traveling and faith is a huge part of my life. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. As cliche as it sounds, I love all the wonderful people in my life. I adore lightning bugs and sweet tea. I just really try to appreciate all that life has to offer. So excited to be on the e-board with all these amazing ladies. So excited to see what we can bring to campus!”
Secretary: Hannah Trithart
Hannah Trithart is a sophomore early childhood/special education major. Hannah finds joy in game nights with her family, Mario Kart with her roomies, singing on stage, and being at the beach with her best friend.
Treasurer: Alli Dingman
Alli Dingman is a junior early childhood education and special education major and art education minor. One of Alli’s favorite quotes is from Dolly Parton: “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” She knows that sharing smiles helps brighten the days and spreads Happiness and kindness everywhere. She is excited to help radiate kindness on campus.