Meet the Board of Directors


The Board of Directors for New Student and Family Programs is a top-level leadership role integral to the planning, coordination, and execution of the programs and activities associated with major new student and family programs at Northwestern University. The Board is comprised of ten members who work closely with the New Student and Family Programs professional staff.  Duties and responsibilities of Board members will serve to create a welcoming community for new students, an ease of transition to the University, programs from family members, and an umatched leadership experience for 200 Peer Advisers. Board members have served at least one year as a Peer Adviser for Wildcat Welcome.

Meet the 2014 Board of Directors

Mo Appalaraju

Monisha Appalaraju is thrilled to serve on the Board of Directors this year as the Director of Staff Training and Dynamics. After an incrdible experience as a Peer Adviser in 2011 and 2012, she could not be more excited to return as a board member!  Monisha is studying Computer Science in the McCormick School of Engineering.  On campus she is primarily involved with Northwestern University Dance Marathon as well as IGNITE, the First Year Experience.  Originally from San Jose, California, she loves photography, football and obviously cheering on our beloved 'Cats!

Theo Cunningham

Theo Cunningham is so excited to welcome not only the class of 2018, but also NU's newest transfer students as the Director of the Transfer Student Experience! She is a junior transfer student from Chicago, Illinois, currently double majoring in Psychology and African Studies. Aside from daydreaming about Wildcat Welcome 2014, Theo is involved in NU Listens, Mixed Race Student Coalition, her sorority, and lifeguarding at the Norris Aquatic Center. In her free time she likes knitting purple and white scarves, trying to emulate Beyoncé's music videos, and patiently awaiting Derrick Rose's (re)return. 

Andy Donaldson

Andy Donaldson is overjoyed to have the opportunity to give back to his campus community through such an incredible leadership position.  His love for Wildcat Welcome has only grown after spending 2012 and 2013 as a Peer Adviser and he is excited to use his passion for people in his role as Director of Marketing and Recruitment.  Andy is from Stillwater, Minnesota, and is a junior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.  He is a premedical student majoring in biology and french with a minor in chemistry.  In his free time, Andy loves to dance, spend time with friends, explore Chicago, or just take a rest in his hammock.

Sean Earley

Sean Earley could not be happier to be serving as the Director of the School of Communication after serving as a Peer Adviser for the past two years. He is a junior from the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio double majoring in Radio/Film/Television and Economics. On campus, Sean is active in his fraternity, A&O Productions, Associated Student Government, Dance Marathon, and works on various student film sets. He is also Kristen Wiig's ultimate superfan. He absolutely cannot wait to help all the new students find a home here at Northwestern!

Jon Feldman

Jon Feldman is honored to be a member of the 2014 Board of Directors, serving as the Director for the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, with a secondary focus in Logistics. Jon was a 2012 and 2013 Peer Adviser, and loved every minute of working with new students and McCormick staff. He is majoring in Environmental Engineering, with a minor in Chinese Language & Culture, and plans to complete a certificate in Architectural Design & Engineering, and formerly ran a successful student-operated business on campus. Originally from Potomac, Maryland, Jon's other hobbies include watching movies and football, attempting to cook for himself, and looking up at the stars while sitting on the Lakefill.

Andrew Green

Andrew Green is honored to serve as the Director for the School of Education and Social Policy on the Board of Directors. Serving as a 2012 Peer Adviser enforced his love for Northwestern University, and he is excited to portray his purple pride during Wildcat Welcome. Andrew is double majoring in Learning & Organizational Change and Economics. Outside of Wildcat Welcome, he is involved with Associated Student Government, his fraternity, and a research lab. Born and raised in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Andrew loves seeing plays, exploring Chicago, and of course cheering on the Wildcats!

Clara Hofeldt

Clara Hofeldt is so excited to be participating in Wildcat Welcome for her third year. She has been a Peer Adviser for the past two years, and is now serving on the 2014 Board of Directors as the Director for Bienen School of Music and Special Events. Clara is a junior at Northwestern majoring in violin performance and pre-medicine. She is actively involved in her sorority, the New Life Volunteering Society, the Student Admissions Council, and was on the Northwestern University Figure Skating and Synchronized Skating Team for the past two years. Clara is from Dayton, Ohio, and in her free time enjoys baking, freaking out about seeing dogs on campus, nature hikes and exploring downtown Chicago. 

Molly Shaheen Molly Shaheen could not be more honored to serve on the 2014 Board of Directors after being a Peer Adviser the past two years. As the Director for the Medill School of Journalism and leading communications, she is a journalism and political science double major pursuing the Integrated Marketing Communications certificate. A native of the great state of Colorado, this western girl traded the Rocky Mountains for Lake Michigan, deep-dish pizza and having the world’s friendliest city just a bus ride away. Other than her work with Wildcat Welcome, Molly is active in her sorority, Form & Function Marketing and any-and-all things related to macaroni and cheese. Go ‘Cats!
Ben Terdich

Ben Terdich is so excited to serve on the Board of Directors this year as the Director of First Year Initiatives. Ben served as a Peer Adviser in 2013, and he can't wait to be involved once again with Wildcat Welcome and the Northwestern first year experience. Ben is a Junior in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in the Integrated Science Program, Biology and Materials Science. On campus, Ben is active in nanotech research, his fraternity, and he is a fellow with a local Chicago company called GiveForward. When he is not cheering the Wildcats to victory, Ben likes to sing, play soccer, guitar and piano. Go 'Cats!!!

Maddie Thurman

Maddie Thurman is thrilled to be serving on the Board of Directors as the Director for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences after being a Peer Adviser in 2012 and 2013. She is a junior studying English Literature and Psychology, pursuing the Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate. When she is not immersed in all things Wildcat Welcome, Maddie continues to express her love for NU through giving tours. Hailing from San Diego, CA, Maddie loves hiking, going to the beach, discovering outdoor cafes, and still continues to marvel at the first Chicago snow each year. She speaks almost exclusively in movie quotes, is a recent intramural flag football champion (and has a t-shirt to prove it), and cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2018 and Transfers to her favorite place in the world. 

Meet the Past Members of the Board of Directors

Board Responsibilities, Duties and Expectations

  • Each Board member holds a Director position for a specific entity of the NSFP office and works with other Board members to successfully execute all new student and family member-related events. The positions include each of the six undergraduate academic schools, Staff Training & Dynamics, Special Projects, Marketing & Recruitment, and First-Year Initiatives.
  • Assist with implementation of Winter Welcome and Wildcat Welcome
  • Assist with general Family Weekend duties, as assigned.
  • Attend weekly Board meetings during winter and spring quarters and all staff trainings.
  • Recruitment of  Peer Advisers.
  • Supervise a group of Peer Advisers, acting as a resource and mentor.
  • Lead a section of the Peer Adviser Leadership and Training course during the spring quarter.
  • Create recruitment materials for Wildcat Welcome leadership roles and events.
  • Remain in close communication with NSFP Professional Staff and other Board members over the summer to assist with administrative tasks.
  • Return to Northwestern one week prior to Wildcat Welcome to prepare for Fall Training.
  • Coordinate solutions to problems, issues, or emergencies during Wildcat Welcome.