2018-2019 Mentor Bios

Rachel PowellRachel Powell

Hey y'all! My name is Rachel Powell and I am from Houston, Texas! My major is Hospitality Business and I am getting a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. You can often find me around Bailey making a lit meme, laughing with my pals or furiously studying in the fishbowl. If I'm not in Bailey, I am most likely at one of the many meetings I attend for all of the organizations I am a part of! I am in the Honors College, a study abroad ambassador (I have studied abroad in New Zealand and am going to Antarctica this winter break), Bailey Hall Government and several Hospitality Business organizations. I have mastered the art of balancing a healthy social with school involvement and plenty of sleep and can't wait to share all of my study tips with y'all! I can't wait to meet everyone and to welcome you into RISE! Oh, and I worked at the Houston Zoo for 5 years and spent time training giraffes!


Maddy NoomMaddy Noom

Hi everyone! My name is Maddy and I’m a sophomore here at Michigan State. Although I’ve changed my major a few times, I am now in the College of Education with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Coaching. After graduation, I hope to go to physician assistant school, either at Grand Valley State University, Duke University, or Nova Southern University in Florida. This past year in RISE, I was involved in the Health and Wellness Team, which put on events such as coloring nights and yoga nights in Bailey Hall. Outside of RISE, I am a part of the Honors College and the Honors College Service Club, which does volunteering across campus. Last summer, I did a Freshman Seminar Abroad and studied environmental sustainability across the world in New Zealand and am hoping to do another study abroad to Australia. Outside of school, I enjoy sports and am an outfielder on the MSU Club Softball Team. I also go to a lot of the basketball, football, baseball, and hockey games. I can’t wait to get to know you guys, and if you think we have something in common, I would love to be your mentor! 


Ally BrownAlly Brown

Hello, my name is Ally and this year I will be a sophomore in RISE! I am studying Environmental Biology-Zoology in the College of Natural Science (I am also in the Honors College) and I hope to eventually work in the field of restoration ecology. In RISE I volunteer in the Bailey Greenhouse and with the Victory Garden project. I currently work in the Holekamp lab on campus studying hyena aggression and over the years I have had lots of interesting experiences volunteering at an animal sanctuary for dogs, a zoo, a conservation-based nonprofit, Michigan Audubon, and the MSU Museum. I am a passionate but reasonable vegan and would love to help anyone with dietary restrictions figure out how to navigate the cafeteria. If you like talking about random facts I am sure we will get along great and I can’t wait to meet all of you next school year!


Holly PummellHolly Pummell

Hello, my name is Holly Pummell and I will be a sophomore this fall. I am in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with a double major in Environmental Economics and Management and Food Industry Management and a minor in Leadership and Integrated Learning. This last school year I was an intern for Land Grant Goods in product development/customer outreach. Outside of RISE I am a member of Food Marketing Association, Bailey Scholars, and Agriculture Futures of American. This fall I will be the new president for Sustainable Business Association. All of these clubs come from my love for the environment and living a very conscious life. I enjoy just about any outdoor activity, college basketball, and being active.


Annie DuboisAnnie Dubois

Hey! I’m Annie Dubois. I came into MSU as a Journalism major and switched to Professional Writing, so you can probably guess I really love to write. I’m apart of RISE’s blog team, where we meet every Sunday to review each other’s work and post weekly on our blog. I enjoy writing articles, fiction stories, poetry, and pretty much anything else. I also really like hammocking, kayaking, cuddling with cats, watching my plants grow, and reading. I’m so excited to meet all of you!


Will FaughtWill Faught

Hey guys! I’m Will, I’ll be a sophomore this upcoming school year. I am a packaging major in the college of agriculture and natural resources. I come from a beautiful little town called Traverse City up in the pinky of Michigan. I’m involved in a student organization called Spartan Sierra Club, which is a group that focuses highly on environmental activism and stewardship. My personal interests include playing guitar, ukulele and a variety of other instruments, along with hiking and other outdoorsy activities. I’m super excited to get to know you guys for the lovely individuals you are!


Kelsey JohnsonKelsey Johnson

Hi, my name is Kelsey Johnson and I am going to be a sophomore this fall! I am majoring in Statistics in the College of Natural Science, and minoring in French and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. In RISE I participated in Land Grant Goods during fall semester, and have been helping out with the mushroom team this spring. Outside of RISE, I am a coxswain for the women's rowing team. Some of my hobbies include hammocking, photography, and watching indie movies. I also have a passion for coffee and have over fifty different kinds of loose leaf tea that I'd love to share! I look forward to getting to know you all this fall!


Zack HaysZack Hays

Hi, my name is Zack Hays and I’m from Lake City, MI. I am majoring in Packaging with a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. I hope to one day work for a sustainability focused packaging company. I am currently in COPPAC (Coalition Of Packaging Professionals and Academic Connections), Spartan Success Scholars, Brody Catholics, and currently the V.P. of Product Development for Land Grant Goods. I enjoy being outdoors and exploring with my friends. I love to watch basketball and football (in the student section for both), and I love video games! I’m very outgoing and easy to talk to! Stop by and say hi if you see me :)


Nick TrolzNick Trolz

Hello future RISE peeps! My name is Nick Trolz and I’ll be one of the RISE Mentors for the upcoming year! I’m currently double majoring in Hospitality Business and Sustainable Parks Recreation and Tourism, so I’m in the Eli Broad College of Business and also the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. One of the things I am truly passionate about it tourism and how to make it sustainable. Therefore, I love to travel and go on adventures! I am also in a fraternity and work at Starbucks on campus. RISE has helped me step outside my comfort zone to get more involved with things in Bailey Hall and around campus and I can’t wait to help all of you do the same in the upcoming year! 


Tommy BarfussTommy Barfuss

Hey everybody! My name is Tommy Barfuss and I’ll be a sophomore In RISE at Michigan State this year. I’m majoring in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. I’ve been involved in the Bailey Greenhouse, Model United Nations and the MSU Student Organic Farm. In my free time I like to hike, draw and paint, watch college football and spend time with all my pals in Bailey Hall. RISE has been such a great part of my college experience and I’m excited for everyone to experience it! If you have any questions feel free to ask me. I’ll see you all in the fall!


Racheal Chris NassimbwaRacheal Chris Nassimbwa

My name is Racheal Chris Nassimbwa, a rising Sophomore. I am in the College of Natural Sciences, pursuing my Bachelor’s in Biomedical Laboratory Science, with a minor in Global Public Health and Epidemiology. I also work in two laboratories, Microbiology and Food and Health Engineering. I am passionate about Health! My current involvement on campus includes; Editor for the RISE Sustainable Stories Blog, Member of the African Student’s Leadership Association-MSU Chapter, and Member of the Honors College First Year Council. Besides school, I enjoy making friends, swimming, biking, watching movies, singing and dancing.


Nina IversonNina Iverson

Hey guys! My name’s Nina, and I’m a current sophomore at MSU. I’m majoring in Apparel and Textile Design with a minor in Graphic Design within the College of Arts and Letters. Other than being a mentor, I’m involved in the Co-Curricular club Crafternoons and I work at the Wharton Center (theater nerd, I know). In my free time, something surprisingly limited for an art student, I enjoy watching crime shows on Netflix, eating abundant amounts of food, spending way too much money on things I don’t need, and traveling. Even if you don’t choose me as your mentor, I’m always here for advice or anything else!