Meet the SPC

Meet some of the members of this year’s Student Philanthropy Council. Interested in helping us promote philanthropy at SU? E-mail us at

Ryan Bolton ’18

A Posse Scholar from Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan knew Syracuse would be a great fit because of its academic prestige, diversity, school spirit, and outstanding alumni engagement. Despite it being nearly 1,000 miles away from home—the furthest anyone in his family had gone to attend college—he was confident Syracuse was a school that could provide opportunities like no other.

Growing up in the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the home church of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ryan was always told by his mother, “To whom much is given, much is required.” This is a philosophy he strives to live by every day. He truly believes that his purpose in life is to help others and give back in any way he possibly can, and he intends to leave a legacy that will last for years to come.

Ryan is currently studying computer engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and has been actively involved in the Syracuse community as an Excelerator Ambassador for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and as a member of The National Society of Black Engineers, Project G.R.I.N.D. Mentorship, Black Legacy A Capella group, the DEAL Mentorship Program, and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Jessica Boyer '17Jessica Boyer ’17

The moment Jessie Boyer stepped foot on SU’s campus, she knew it was the place for her. It had a traditional “big school” feel, intertwined with connections and interpersonal relationships that would last a lifetime. With so many opportunities offered at Syracuse, Jessie has been anything but uninvolved.

She is an active member in the Greek community, as a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi, and has taken on many leadership roles. Jessie was the community service programmer for her chapter and currently serves as a member of the Greek Leadership Association on campus. She also is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the academic honor society for business students.

Becoming involved with the Student Philanthropy Council has opened so many doors for Jessie and has given her many opportunities to become successful after her time at SU. She is a marketing major in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, as well as a psychology minor, and is from Montville, New Jersey.

Alyssa Corona '19Alyssa Corona ’19

When considering schools during her senior year of high school, Alyssa Corona dreamed of spending her next four years at a university where she would be outside of her comfort zone, a place where she would have resources to help her accomplish any goal she set her mind to. The second she set foot on campus on a cold April day, the California native knew she had found her new home. There was no other option but to work toward the goal of attending Syracuse University and, after accomplishing it, she has never looked back.

Being the first in her family to leave home for college, Alyssa wanted to set a great example for her three younger siblings. She wanted to get involved in worthwhile causes that make an impact on those around her. This is what fueled her desire to give back to the community she already loved so much, and what drove her to immerse herself in her first-year experience and get involved in organizations she could be passionate about.

Alyssa, who is originally from Los Angeles, California, has formed a passion and pride for Syracuse University. She is a resident advisor and a member of the Student Association and the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and serves on the membership board of the OrangeSeeds First-Year Leadership Empowerment Program. She is pursuing a double major in communication and rhetorical studies and policy studies.

Malcolm-Ali Davis ’18

Growing up as the youngest child in a family where both of his parents and his three older siblings were Syracuse University alumni, Malcolm-Ali knew that he too was destined to become an Orange man.

Malcolm-Ali Davis is a sophomore in the School of Information Studies, majoring in information management and technology, and is from Galloway, New Jersey. In addition to being a member of the Student Philanthropy Council, he is a member of the University Conduct Board and the Student Affairs Advisory Board, a peer advisor for the School of Information Studies, and the president/founder of “Conversations,” a newly created student organization.

A recipient of the Syracuse University Dean’s Scholarship and the Lois and Martin J. Whitman Undergraduate Scholarship (through Our Time Has Come), Malcolm-Ali recognizes the importance of alumni giving, no matter how large or small the contribution. It is because of this that Malcolm-Ali joined the Student Philanthropy Council, to thank the generous alumni that give back and to encourage his fellow students to do the same in any way possible.

Serena Deseta '18Serena Deseta ’18

When Serena DeSeta finishes giving campus tours, she explains to prospective students that the reason she came to Syracuse was because she felt that there “wasn’t anything she couldn’t do here.” Syracuse has yet to let her down.

Serena is a student who truly bleeds Orange, and believes the greatest part of the University is the students (past and present) who mold the campus into the place she loves. Former Student Philanthropy Council chairman Ivan Robles ’15 served as a spark that ignited her passion for philanthropy by dedicating his time to the university. Meeting students and alumni such as Ivan has motivated her to find her own ways to give back to SU.

Serena is a presenter for the Enactus social entrepreneurship club, gives campus tours as a member of the University 100, and serves on the membership board of the OrangeSeeds First-Year Leadership Empowerment Program. She also enjoys being a peer mentor for the Whitman School of Management and a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Serena is pursuing a dual major—advertising and entrepreneurship.

Julia EklundJulia Eklund ’17

Since her first year at Syracuse, Julia has been inspired by the spirit of philanthropy seen in her classmates, faculty and staff, and alumni. To her, philanthropy comes in many different forms, each as impactful as the other. Her goal is to provide others with the ability to give back to this wonderful University, in hopes of helping students have the spectacular experience they deserve at Syracuse.

Syracuse truly enables its students to accomplish things never originally thought possible. For this reason and many others, Julia is forever grateful to the University and all of the hardworking individuals that make it possible for her to thrive here.

Julia spends her time giving back to SU through her efforts as a resident advisor. Also, she works to help grow future leaders on campus as co-director of the OrangeSeeds Leadership Empowerment Program. Finally, she serves as co-chair of Corps Council, the leadership body of Literacy Corps, a reciprocal learning experience that employs tutors to work in the Syracuse City School District. She is a senior majoring in policy studies and is from Alexandria, Virginia.

Jake Engler '17Jake Engler ’17

As a sophomore, Jake wasn’t one hundred percent sure what the Student Philanthropy Council did. After attending a few events sponsored by the organization, he found that it was an incredible group of students that focuses on maintaining a strong relationship between current students and alumni. He became interested in joining the group once he saw how these students make a positive impact on the Syracuse community and the people that inhabit it.

Jake is also a member of the Syracuse University Athletic Communications office, as well the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, where he previously served as both the community service and philanthropy chairman. Jake is from Boca Raton, Florida, and is a senior majoring in information management and technology.

Nicholas Gold '19Nick Gold ’19

Nick has grown up a lifelong Syracuse fan. His grandmother attended Syracuse in the ’60s, and his grandfather was an assistant coach on the football team. Nick’s parents met in Sadler Hall and, after graduating, got married in Hendricks Chapel. With his entire family still living in the area, he really does bleed Orange.

However, Syracuse was not Nick’s number one choice. He wanted to do his own thing, create his own legacy, and leave his own mark. He only applied to Syracuse because it was what was expected. Choosing Syracuse has been the biggest blessing in disguise, because he has learned and grown so much and remains grateful to be a part of this institution.

Nick is a sport management major at Falk College and minors in finance. He currently serves on the executive board for OrangeSeeds, a tremendous organization that works with first-year students to build leadership skills and instill community awareness. He also works as a lifeguard for REC Services and is a tour guide for University 100. He is excited to be a part of the Student Philanthropy Council and give back to the University that has already done so much for him.

Abigail Hamilton ’19

Originally from  Washington, D.C., Abigail Hamilton came to Syracuse to pursue a path in social entrepreneurship at Syracuse’s Whitman School. A Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Scholar, Abigail is pursuing a double major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and political science.

Abigail has found her home on campus through Syracuse’s experiential learning programs, such as the Couri Hatchery. Abigail is the director of a cancer support nonprofit, Camp Kesem at Syracuse University, as well as founder of Spolitic, a political engagement platform.

Maria Ingaglio '17Maria Ingaglio ’17

Fate led Maria Ingaglio to Syracuse University. Her #44 softball number, affinity for the color orange, and early obsession with communications made it clear she was destined to attend the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.

The spirit of giving has remained Maria’s top priority throughout her life. Through community service, facilitating grant allocation, and community development programs, Maria has been giving back for as long as she can remember. When entering college, Maria immediately became involved with the OrangeSeeds First-Year Leadership Empowerment Program and currently serves as the co-director.

During her time at Syracuse, Maria has served on executive boards for Jerk Magazine and PRSSA, in addition to OrangeSeeds. As a Newhouse major, Maria also dedicates time to Hill Communications, works at the Career Development center, and does social media and graphic design contract work. Maria is a public relations major with minors in marketing and LGBT studies, and is from Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania.

Jennie MayJennie May ’17

As a Floridian, Jennie May finds that the most commonly asked question during her campus tours is “Why would you come up north?” Her main objective in going to Syracuse was to meet new people and get involved in new things. She has taken advantage of her time on campus by becoming involved in various organizations that continue her childhood love of swimming and finding community service and philanthropic opportunities in the surrounding neighborhoods.

For Jennie, 2015 was a year of travel. Instead of a typical summer internship, she decided to pursue her love of traveling and backpack through Europe for two months. She also studied abroad in Madrid the fall of 2015. Her favorite abroad experiences center around people she met when wearing SU gear, whether on the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, or in the Oslo, Norway, airport.

Jennie May is from Jacksonville, Florida, and is a junior dual major in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, studying supply chain management, marketing, and public relations. She is a member of University 100, Enactus, Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Sigma Pi, and the Syracuse Club Swim Team.

Kennedy Patlan ’18

Starting in middle school, Kennedy had always heard the name “Syracuse University,” as her interest in communications grew every year. Determined to move out of her hometown of Miami, she had her wish answered when the POSSE Scholarship Program granted her the opportunity of a lifetime by allowing her to attend Syracuse University.

Once she stepped onto campus, Kennedy knew that Syracuse was officially home. Ever since, the University has offered her nothing but support and opportunities as she works toward her goal in creating communications strategies that will motivate global audiences to “do good and do better.”

Kennedy has held various leadership roles in PRSSA and the TNH Advertising Agency. She is also a second-year resident advisor and an active member of the Student Affairs Advisory Board. As a member of the class of 2018, Kennedy is a triple major studying advertising, citizenship and civic engagement, and women’s and gender studies.

Jack Sale ’18

While juggling options for his future, Jack Sale found that Syracuse University stood out, because of what it had to offer its students. More than the engaging academics and balanced college lifestyle, Jack truly fell in love with Syracuse because of its familial community, unity as a campus, and drive to make a positive, lasting impact in the world.

Jack wholly believes in the drive present at Syracuse and strives to integrate compassion and an awareness for others into his life every day. He understands that there is a plethora of ways to give back to Syracuse and the surrounding community that have offered him so many opportunities. Other students and their success as people and professionals have motivated him to give back as much as he can.

Jack is pursuing a dual major in television, radio, and film and international relations, with a minor in religion. He is a member of Delta Kappa Alpha fraternity, RHA, and the Kumquat satirical newsgroup, and plays for SU’s Men’s Rugby Club. He is from Arvada, Colorado.

Ji SeoJi Seo ’17

When Ji arrived at SU, she wanted nothing more than to be like her tour guide, who said “I never want to leave this school because of what it means to me.” After two years of being active on campus, Ji has achieved that and more.

She has never run out of new activities to try here at SU. Ji stays involved and encourages others to give back so that future generations will have the chance to take from the University as much, if not more, than she has.

Ji is a news editor for ALINE Magazine. She is passionate about refugee and immigrant crises, so she serves an executive affairs assistant for an organization called Liberty in North Korea and volunteers with InterFaith Works off-campus. She is a double major in broadcast and digital journalism and policy studies, and is from Chino Hills, California.

Matthew Stedman '18Matthew Stedman ’18

From Cazenovia, New York, Matthew grew up watching and cheering for SU athletics. He never imagined that he would one day attend Syracuse University. His mother, a Syracuse alumna, encouraged him to visit. Once he learned more about what SU has to offer, he knew he had found his perfect school.

As soon as Matthew moved to campus, he was very eager to get involved. He is a resident advisor in Watson Hall, a morning show host at Z89 radio, and a Phanstiel Scholar.

Since helping those in need has always been important to Matthew, he is very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Student Philanthropy Council.