Waldron College Student Ambassadors

Rebekah (Bekah) Lucas
Rebekah (Bekah) Lucas

Rebekah (Bekah) Lucas, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

I am a first year graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) program. I graduated from Radford University in the Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in COSD with a minor in American Sign Language. I am the current acting vice president of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association for the 2016-2017 school year. I am also a registered Emergency Medical Technician on the Basic level (EMT-B). A fun fact about me is my favorite place in the world is Dollywood!

Arianne Thompson
Arianne Thompson

Arianne Thompson, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

I am a senior at Radford University and am double majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Dance. I am a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and volunteer with Girls Incorporated.  In 2015, I served as a graduate assistant in the Radford University Speech-Language Hearing Center’s Preschool Language Lab.  This past summer, I performed at the American College Dance Festival’s National Gala at the Kennedy Center and have been asked to perform again this coming spring.

Hannah Brooks
Hannah Brooks

Hannah Brooks, Department of Occupational Therapy

I am a first year graduate student in the Master of Occupational Therapy program and a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association. I am currently most interested in working with different professionals in a team-based environment.

Taylor Morgan
Taylor Morgan

Taylor Morgan, Department of Occupational Therapy

I am a second year graduate student in the Master of Occupational Therapy program here at Radford. I received my bachelor's degree in sociology at Old Dominion University in 2012. After graduating, I worked as a behavioral counselor at a psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. I came to Radford to pursue my master's degree and love the OT program. I currently hold the position of fundraising co-chair for the Student Occupational Therapy Association on campus. Outside of school, I have interests in hiking, photography, and exercise. I am a native of Seattle but have lived in Virginia for most of my life. I am honored to serve as an ambassador for Waldron College and look forward to serving my department and representing Occupational Therapy!

Erin Shelton-Despain
Erin Shelton-Despain

Erin Shelton-Despain, Department of Physical Therapy

I was born in Bassett, Virginia. I attended Virginia Tech and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in 2014. I am currently in my first year in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I love being involved in the community and volunteering. I work as a water aerobics instructor at the YMCA in Roanoke. I also volunteer at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a youth leader. I enjoy participating in sports and outdoor activities.

Julia Drapac
Julia Drapac

Julia Drapac, Department of Physical Therapy

My name is Julia Drapac. I am a second year Doctor of Physical Therapy Student in Radford's DPT program in Roanoke, VA. I completed my undergraduate degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where I majored in Kinesiology, Exercise Science with a concentration in Pre- PT. I am a current member of the RUSPTA and VPTA. Interesting facts about me are that I am one of 7 kids, I am a twin, and I grew up in Minnesota....though I will still never be used to the snow!

Megan Frederick
Megan Frederick

Megan Frederick, School of Nursing

I am a junior/Level 1 student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. I have been on the Dean’s List for the past four consecutive semesters and am the recipient of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Nursing Scholarship. I am a member of the Radford Women’s Golf Team and am originally from Chicago, Illinois.

Nitya Sharma
Nitya Sharma

Nitya Sharma

I am a senior at Radford University. I am currently enrolled in the Nursing Program as a Level III nursing student. I am the Vice President of the Student Nurses Organization on the Radford Campus. This past summer I worked in the operating room at CRMH for an amazing six weeks. The experience has inspired me to work in a Cardiac ICU after graduation before returning to school for my nurse anesthetist license. I am passionate about my chosen career and hope to provide exceptional patient care throughout my lifetime.

Daniel Brooks
Daniel Brooks

Daniel Brooks, School of Social Work

I am currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program here at RU. I am a 2008 graduate of Hampton University. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While completing my undergraduate studies, I was a four year collegiate athlete in football and maintained a GPA of 3.0. After completion of my undergraduate program, I began working in the field of counseling. I have an extensive history of working with individuals across the mental health spectrum. I also co-founded a motivational, inspirational, and spiritual non-profit, Dream Chasers Academy. In this role, I conduct motivational seminars and facilitate programs for children and adolescents. My wife and I married in July of 2015. I aspire to impact the world through social work by creating and implementing programs that serve at-risk youth and adolescents.

Hannah Mowery
Hannah Mowery

Hannah Mowery, School of Social Work

I am a senior and am studying Social Work with a minor in Health and Aging. This is my second year as a Student Ambassador for Waldron College and I am a recipient of a scholarship from Commonwealth Care of Roanoke.