President’s Aides are student leaders who serve as representatives of Wake Forest and the student body and participate in a variety of University events throughout the academic year. In addition, President’s Aides meet regularly with the University President, providing an additional communication link between students and the administration. The group was established in 1989 during the presidency of Thomas K. Hearn, Jr. Dr. Hearn was interested in ways to stay in touch with students: to listen to their concerns, to learn from their perspectives and to give him a sounding board for ideas and initiatives.

Over time, President’s Aides also took on a “student ambassador” role, serving the President and the University as student representatives for a variety of University events. Today, President’s Aides represent students who have demonstrated leadership in academic life, student life and community service. The application process for President’s Aides begins in the spring when rising juniors and seniors can apply for open positions. A committee reviews all applications, conducts interviews and makes the final selection.

For additional information about President’s Aides, please send an email to Marybeth Wallace, Special Assistant to the President.

2021-22 President’s Aides


Photo Name & Description
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Amber Adkins

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Major: Psychology; French Studies

Katie Alexander

Katie Alexander

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Major: Politics; Sociology

Angela Alvarez

Angela Alvarez

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: English

Aida Bathily

Aida Bathily

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Economics

Jessie Birnbaum

Jessie Birnbaum

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA
Major: Psychology

Brooke Blair

Brooke Blair

Class Year: Senior Hometown: Thomasville, NC Major: Politics

JB Blood

JB Blood

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
Major: Business Enterprise & Management; Politics

Landon Bradshaw

Landon Bradshaw

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Major: Biochemistry; Molecular Biology

Davis Brady

Davis Brady

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Major: Biochemistry

Nick Briggs

Nick Briggs

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Whitesboro, NY
Major: Business Enterprise & Management

Jayden Brown

Jayden Brown

Class Year: Junior Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC Major: Sociology

Sophie Brown

Sophie Brown

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Lexington, VA
Major: Sociology

Stevenson Cerisier

Stevenson Cerisier

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Health & Exercise Science
Major: Austell, GA

Lucy Chapman

Lucy Chapman

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Major: Art History; Studio Art

Jackson Cole

Jackson Cole

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Pawleys Island, SC
Major: Psychology; Philosophy

Zac Contreras

Zac Contreras

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Boerne, TX
Major: Politics

Myles Cyrus

Myles Cyrus

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Wilson, NC
Major: Biology; Spanish

Maya Dalton

Maya Dalton

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Fairmont, WV
Major: Politics

Cele Daly

Cele Daly

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Psychology

Lauren DeMarco

Lauren DeMarco

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, SC
Major: English; Studio Art

Nyna DeWitt

Nyna DeWitt

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Major: Engineering

Leilani Fletcher

Leilani Fletcher

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Major: Religion; Women’s & Gender Studies

Mary Caroline Funk

Mary Caroline Funk

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Major: Communications; Politics

Zaiyu

Zaiyu (Emma) Gao

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Major: Communications; Economics

Helen Haile

Helen Haile

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Economics; Politics

Ethan Harrison

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major: Computer Science

Riley Herriman

Riley Herriman

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Westhampton, NJ
Major: Biology

Alexandra Karlinchak

Alexandra Karlinchak

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Erie, PA
Major: Politics

Thomas Laws

Thomas Laws

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Concord, NC
Major: Philosophy

Rebecca Leathers

Rebecca Leathers

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Accounting

Akaya Lewis

Akaya Lewis

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Sociology

Elizabeth MacDonald

Elizabeth MacDonald

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Major: Mathematical Statistics

Tommy Mehaffey

Tommy Mehaffey

Class Year: Junior
Hometown: Burke, VA
Major: Biochemistry; Molecular Biology

Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Psychology

Ali Morton

Ali Morton

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Cedar Point, NC
Major: Biochemistry; Molecular Biology

Kate Pearson

Kate Pearson

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: History

Pheng Pickett

Pheng Picket

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Major: Politics

Rich Pope

Rich Pope

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Biophysics; Economics

Jay Sampat

Jay Sampat

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Major: Finance

Atman Satpathy

Atman Satpathy

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Economics; History

Ashwin Singh

Ashwin Singh

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: West Chester, PA
Major: History; Politics

Edna Ulysse

Edna Ulysse

Class Year: Senior Hometown: Orlando, FL Major: Politics

Caroline Walker

Caroline Walker

Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Major: English; Spanish

Apply to be a President’s Aide


The application for the 2020-2021 class of President’s Aides has closed. Applications for the 2021-2022 class will be made available in December 2020 and remain open until March 2021. We look forward to reviewing your application!