In today’s polarized political climate, we desperately need a new generation of high-capacity, spiritually-grounded leaders who bring a thoughtful Christian witness to society, leading with integrity of heart and skillful hands. If Christians are to be a part of the conversations that will shape the future of our country and the world, emerging leaders-in-training need to be in the rooms where those conversations happen. The Presidential Fellows program provides this kind of character development through intense mentoring of students in a context of faith formation and leadership development.
Modeled on the highly competitive, highly effective White House Fellowship, the Presidential Fellows Program affords Taylor students the chance to work directly with a senior leader on campus, who mentors the student through a yearlong fellowship. The Program aims to catalyze the leadership potential of a select group of students, equipping them to assume positions of major responsibility within ten to fifteen years of graduation. Through work assignments and special mentoring opportunities, Fellows learn firsthand the process of leading a major institution with unique exposure to senior leaders, substantive work assignments, and horizon-broadening educational opportunities.
Presidential Fellows work approximately ten hours per week in the office of their assigned leader, advancing the university’s mission by assisting with an array of responsibilities. In addition to this substantive work placement, Presidential Fellows receive educational development in growing as leaders through a series of seminars and workshops led by President Lindsay.
Current Presidential Fellows
Alli Beck ’24
Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing
Hometown: Lebanon, TN Major: Graphic Design Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alli is originally from Wheaton, IL; however, she and her family have called the Nashville area home since 2022. Following graduation, she plans to find her dream job combining graphic design and business marketing. At Taylor, she has spent the past 2.5 years overseeing the development of Decision Point, a ministry focused on evangelism at public middle and high schools. She was also a designer for the yearbook and served as the Discipleship Assistant on Second West Olson. Alli is passionate about discipling students and coming alongside them as they learn how to witness in their own communities, fueled by the mentorship that she received in high school from the same program. In her free time, she loves to cook, go camping, or explore the nearest city.
Jada Bonnett ’24
Office of the Vice President for Finance and CFO
Hometown: Worthington, MN Major: Computer Science—Systems Email: email@example.com
Jada grew up in a small town on the prairie of southwestern Minnesota. She is the second oldest of five and loves her time at home spent with her family and the snow. Jada is studying Computer Science—Systems which has combined her great love for numbers, logic, and the arts. In the future, she hopes to work in software engineering to create new technology products. Outside of classes, Jada enjoys being heavily involved in leadership on campus including being a Personnel Assistant for her wing, Second Center Olson, as well as participating on the Honors Guild Cabinet. In her free time, Jada enjoys spending hours over a puzzle, rock climbing, or going for a run in the sun.
Hallie Brenner ’24
Office of the Vice President for Strategy and Chief of Staff
Hometown: West Lafayette, IN Major: Double Major in Christian Ministries and Biblical Literature Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hallie is originally from West Lafayette, making her a Purdue Boilermakers fan, but she is now a Taylor Trojan at heart. At Taylor, Hallie is a leader on the track & field team as she throws javelin, hammer, discus, and weight. Hallie is involved in many areas across campus. She was a Personnel Assistant on Second East Olson, led a vast array of small groups and prayer groups, spent many hours in the library, and crafted lattes at The Jumping Bean. Hallie felt her call to ministry at a conference in Holland, MI, early in high school and has pursued Jesus’ Great Commission ever since. In her classes at TU, she has gained a greater appreciation for the study of Scripture, teaching lessons, and learning how to train and equip leaders. After graduating from Taylor, Hallie plans to find her way to a nondenominational church where she can minister in the areas of small groups, multigenerational mentorship, discipleship, and connections. In her free time, Hallie loves to read, visit local coffee shops, and spend time with her dog, Harmon.
Zane Callison ’24
Office of the President
Hometown: Upland, IN Major: Double Major in Philosophy, Political Science, & Economics (PPE) and Politics & Law Email: email@example.com
Zane is a rising senior studying Philosophy, Political Science, & Economics, as well as Politics & Law. An Upland native, Zane has long been involved in the Taylor community. Zane has served as the founder and student manager of the Redeem Project, a student practicum program dedicated to providing free criminal record expungement services to the local community. Zane is also a student-athlete, running on both Taylor’s cross country and track & field teams. In his free time, Zane enjoys hiking, reading The Atlantic, and spending time with his family’s three Bernese Mountain Dogs. After graduating from Taylor, Zane plans to work in the consulting or public policy sectors and later attend law school, where he hopes to specialize in administrative law.
Hannah Caruana ’24
Office of the Vice President for Student Development and Intercollegiate Athletics
Hometown: Zionsville, IN Major: Film and Media Production Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah calls central Indiana home after her family moved from southern California to the Midwest. As the oldest of five homeschooled children, Hannah discovered her passion for discipleship through exploring visual storytelling, music, and athletics. She attributes much of her spiritual formation to the loving support of family and the rigor of competition in volleyball and track & field in high school, and she enjoyed continuing her track career with the Trojans for two seasons. Through her film studies, Hannah has developed a love for documentary filmmaking by telling stories that invoke wonder, inspire hope, and empower truth. She has collaborated on successful projects such as Kojak: A Fuller Life, which has been honored with multiple festival accolades from across the country, and she hopes to continue using film and media as an avenue to advance the kingdom of God. At Taylor, she has served as a Discipleship Assistant on Third West Olson where she will be living for her fourth year. Hannah’s involvement in her local church also allows her to exercise her passion for fellowship in the Word of God through worship, prayer, and everyday stewardship. On any given day, you can find Hannah playing the piano, encouraging her friends to join CrossFit, or starting a pickup volleyball game.
Seth Culham ’24
Office of the Provost
Hometown: Dayton, OH Major: Exercise Science Email: email@example.com
Seth is a senior Exercise Science major with a minor in Psychology. He is proudly from southwest Ohio, where he lives with his parents and younger brother. He has spent his entire life in Christian education and would not trade his experiences, especially those from Taylor, for the world. While at Taylor, he has helped build Live Well, a local pediatric weight management program designed to help children and their families practice healthy lifestyle habits. He is currently leading the manuscript preparation of program findings for publication. Seth has also worked as a consultant in the Writing Center, as well as a fitness trainer in the Fit Into Health program at Taylor. Upon graduation, Seth plans to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in hopes of specializing in geriatrics or orthopedics. He is also interested in potentially working in higher education and the academic/professional development of therapists. He loves watching and playing sports, connecting with friends and professors, and listening to all types of music.
Clare Dirksen ’24
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Hometown: Portage, MI Major: Marketing/Management with Systems Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare spent her childhood in southwest Michigan. She is the third of four children and is blessed to be surrounded by close relatives in her hometown, Portage, MI. Her family, church, and schooling have been foundational in her developing testimony. Being involved in her father’s roofing business growing up has shaped much of her perspective on work and has also influenced her desire to study business at Taylor. Her father’s joyful work ethic inspires her to live as if working for the Lord. At Taylor, Clare has served as chapel coordinator working with the Campus Pastor to plan chapels and as student coordinator for Open Hands, a personal finance program headed by Taylor alumni. After graduating from Taylor, Clare plans on pursuing a career in the for-profit business field where she seeks to be a witness for Christ by seeking excellence in her work.
Alexis Howell ’24
Office of Intercultural Leadership and Church Relations
Hometown: Brownsburg, IN Major: Sociology Email: email@example.com
Alexis is a native Hoosier from Brownsburg, IN. In the middle of her college sophomore year, she felt the Lord pulling her away from her previous school and directed her to Taylor University. Since transitioning to Taylor, she has joined the Calling and Career Office’s intern team and assisted with events such as the University’s annual Job Fair, Shark Tank, and spring semester orientation. After completing her degree in Sociology, Alexis plans to continue her education at a graduate school and expand her experience in leadership. Her hope is to use her strong background in leadership and sociology to perform outreach in the communities God calls her to help. Alexis is a huge football fan, and in her free time, she loves to read or watch movies with friends.
Hutson Hohlbein ’24
Office of the President
Hometown: Adrian, MI Major: Political Science, Philosophy, & Economics Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hutson, the third son of Darrell and Heather Hohlbein, is studying Political Science, Philosophy, & Economics (PPE) with a minor in Intercultural Studies and Missions. Hutson is a wide receiver on the football team and has served as a member of the team’s Servant-Leadership Council for the past two seasons. Hutson has also served as a Personnel Assistant for two years on First East Wengatz and currently co-chairs Taylor’s American Enterprise Institute Executive Council. Hutson enjoys volunteering at LIFT, an afterschool program and at Grant County Special Olympics basketball events. He worked this past summer as a legislative intern for the 57th District of the Michigan House of Representatives and will complete an internship at Samaritan’s Purse in their international security division in the summer of 2023. Apart from Hutson’s daily routine on campus, he loves spending time with friends and family, playing board games, hiking, listening to podcasts, and watching musicals. After graduation, Hutson plans on entering the non-profit sector to serve the Church globally before pursuing graduate studies in either law or ministry leadership.
Kayleigh Khavari ’24
Office of the Vice President for Intercultural Leadership and Church Relations
Hometown: Arvada, CO Major: Politics & Public Service Email: email@example.com
Kayleigh, a proud Colorado native, has cultural roots in both Iran and America. She has the honor of looking up to four older siblings. Growing up in a culturally-blended home led to many of Kayleigh’s passions today. She has combined her desire to serve those in need of advocacy and restoring broken systems by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Politics & Public Service. After graduating from Taylor, she plans to attend law school, where she will focus her studies on a blend of immigration law and survivor law. At Taylor, she has learned to make a great cup of coffee at The Jumping Bean, served as a Personnel Assistant on Third West Olson, and is a current cabinet member of the Middle Eastern Collegiate Association. Kayleigh is passionate about meeting people where they are, discovering needs, and finding ways to fill them. In her free time, you will find Kayleigh with a coffee in hand, reading, adventuring to new places, and making new playlists.
Ryan Killion ’24
Office of the Provost
Hometown: Crestwood, KY Major: Biology (Pre-Med) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan, the son of Jane and Matt Killion, is the youngest of two boys. During his time at Taylor, Ryan has played varsity soccer, served on the cabinet of Alpha Pi Iota and the Biology Club, and worked in cardiac rehabilitation. He both assisted and shadowed renowned orthopedic surgeon and traumatologist, Dr. Santiago Tamayo, during his semester abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador. This was a foundational moment in establishing his love for healthcare, his heart for the underserved, and his passion for surgery. After graduating from Taylor, Ryan plans to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon. His hope is to open a private practice with a heavy focus on mission work, both domestic and abroad. He is currently certified in Basic Life Support and as a Certified Nursing Assistant. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and competing in sports with his friends.
HoJun Yun ’24
Office of the Vice President for University Advancement
Hometown: West Lafayette, IN Major: Exercise Science Email: email@example.com
Born in Daegu, South Korea, HoJun moved to the United States at the age of 5. His family now lives in West Lafayette, IN. After graduating from Taylor, he plans to go into the field of strength and conditioning at the collegiate level. At Taylor, he has served as a captain of the football team and a member of Decision Point, an evangelism outreach club for local middle and high school kids. He has also been a strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School as well as worked with middle school to high school-aged student-athletes in Grant County. HoJun seeks to continue in his holistic development so that he may serve those that he works with in the future. In his free time, HoJun enjoys working out, reading, and listening to seminars and podcasts.
Isabelle Armour ’23
Hometown: Mason, OH Major: Politics and Law Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office of the Vice President for University Advancement
Isabelle Armour, though she considers herself an Ohio native, was originally adopted from Almaty, Kazakhstan. She is the oldest of four adopted children, and her family’s adoption story has been significant in helping her to discover her calling. After graduating from Taylor this spring, she plans to attend law school and become a family lawyer. Her hope is to specialize in adoption law or to pursue a recently discovered interest in survivor law, to which she was introduced during her internship with QuadW in Tampa. At Taylor, she has served as a Personnel Assistant for Third West Olson and as a Cabinet Member for the Asian Society for Intercultural Awareness Organization. She, along with several other adoptees, founded Taylor University’s first adoption support group for students on campus. Isabelle is passionate about learning and is continuously seeking new opportunities outside of her comfort zone that aid in her development as a disciple of Christ. In her free time, Isabelle loves to read, hike, and hunt for the perfect coffee shop.
Evan Lawrence Kitt ’23
Hometown: Bluffton, IN Major: Finance Emailevan_kitt@taylor.edu Office of the President
Evan Kitt, son of Tyler and Brittany Kitt, is a Hoosier native, and has three siblings, including a younger sister, Elayna Kitt, Taylor Class of 2025. Evan has been fortunate to continue education and his football career here at Taylor University with his final season coming up in the fall of ’22, and graduation in the spring of ’23. He is ecstatic to include the Presidential Fellows program in his campus involvement for his final year. Outside of Taylor Evan is passionate about building relationships and connecting with all people. He has been blessed to do this through another passion of his which is being on the water. Evan is a part of the ProWake Watersports sales team located in North Webster Indiana and has been for the past 4 years. After Taylor, Evan is hopeful to further his career in the boating industry and add multi-family real estate investing to his resume as another way to connect and disciple to all types of people.
Addison Perry ’23
Hometown: Sylvania, OH Major: Accounting Email:email@example.com Office of Vice President for Finance
Addison comes from a family of six and is the oldest of four siblings. Being an oldest has developed in her a desire to achieve and pave the way for others and she hopes to do this as a member of the inaugural fellows program. Through her family upbringing and involvement in lacrosse at both the high school and college level, Addison has developed tenacity and perseverance, and is committed to finishing what she has started. At Taylor, Addison was the founder of Investing Excellence, a student finance club, has served on the Taylor Student Organization Leadership Programming Cabinet, and served in residence life as a Personnel Assistant. For the pasts two years, she has been the Executive Assistant of the CFA Society of Indianapolis which has allowed her to be featured on the podcast, Hoosier Money. Through these experiences, Addison has developed a sense of adaptability and coachability which has been exemplified in her multiple recognitions from coaches and teachers over the years.
Sierra Twigg ’23
Hometown: New Wilmington, PA Majors: Orphans and Vulnerable Children & Global Studies Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Office of Intercultural Leadership and Church Relations
Sierra is from the small town of New Wilmington, PA. At the age of 16 she felt the Lord tug on her heart for marginalized communities and victims of human trafficking. In 2021, she studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand to complete classes related to the wellbeing of children and to pursue an internship with an anti-trafficking organization. Upon graduating from Taylor, she plans to work with an anti-trafficking organization or with refugee populations. Sierra has served as a Personnel Assistant for Third East Olson and is a member of the Latino Student Union and the Ateam, a group working to promote diversity across Taylor’s campus. Sierra is passionate about learning about the world, cultures, and people, and she continuously seeks out opportunities to challenge herself in this way.
Hometown: Nicholasville, KY Major: Computer Science Email:email@example.com Office of the Chief Information Officer
Tessa grew up in Kentucky after her family moved to the United States from Mozambique and the UK. She is engaged with multicultural students and faculty across campus and has served as the Office of Intercultural Programming’s Academic Liaison, where she curated opportunities for faculty to engage with the challenges facing minority and cross-cultural students at Taylor. Through Taylor’s Computer Science: Cybersecurity program and her summer internships, she has had opportunities to research malware, build satellites, create software that combats food waste, and automate cybersecurity for defense contractors. Tessa has a passion to create and use technology for the glory of God and the peace of His people, particularly through the lenses of counter-terrorism and anti-trafficking work.
Gage Holder ’23
Hometown: Kokomo, IN Majors: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) & History Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Office of the Vice President for Student Development and Intercollegiate Athletics
Gage is a senior double major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) and History. He is a defensive back on the football team, where he serves as a member of the Servant-Leadership Council and leads the study tables program. On campus, Gage is a member of the Executive Council for the campus’s AEI chapter, is the AEC student representative for the Enrollment and Athletics Committee, is on cabinet for Gospel Choir, and spent two years as the chair of the Academics and Athletics subcommittee for Student Senate. Mr. Holder has interned on Capitol Hill for Taylor graduate Jackie Walorski in addition to a summer spent in a project management internship with Howard County Government. Gage grew up in Kokomo, Indiana with his parents Marcy and Barkley, his siblings Spencer and Tate, and his dog Reagan. Gage spends his mornings drinking coffee, his days outdoors, and his evenings cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
Andrew Bruner ’24
Hometown: Upland, IN Major: Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics with Information Systems and Analytics Email:email@example.com Office of the President
Andrew is a rising Junior at Taylor University, where he plans to graduate with a BS in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics with Information Systems and Analytics. A native of Upland, Indiana, Andrew has spent his life involved in the Taylor campus and community. As a result, he is thrilled to join President Lindsay in advancing the university’s mission. Andrew has previously served at Taylor as a cabinet member for the Ockenga Honors Guild, a Student Senator, and a Personnel Assistant in Breuninger Hall. In addition to school, Andrew’s passions include problem-solving, networking, advocacy, and global development through public and private sectors. His interests outside of school include daydreaming, playing strategy games, traveling, listening to indie rock music, spending time with friends and family, and using the Oxford comma. After graduating from Taylor, Andrew plans to pursue a master’s program or fellowship oriented around leadership development, public policy, or business entrepreneurship.
Hometown: Wheaton, IL Major: Communication Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing
Elizabeth is a midwestern native from the town of Wheaton, Illinois. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in psychology and hopes to enjoy a career that combines her passion for communication excellence, meaningful relationships, and her commitment to the word of God. Elizabeth has served as both Discipleship Assistant and Personnel Assistant for her home wing of Third West Olson over the past two years. Her experience in Residence Life has allowed her to learn from the wisdom of her residents and the Taylor University faculty and staff. During her Sophomore year, Elizabeth also worked as a member of the Admissions CREW. Through guiding tours and interacting with families, the job kindled her passion for the admissions process and the vital part it plays in the role of a prospective student’s decision. Elizabeth is deeply passionate about the influence of Christian education and the impact it can have on a student’s personal relationship with Christ. She is committed to grow deeper in her love for the Lord and to find ways to build His kingdom daily.
Liam Hesting ’23
Hometown: Columbia City, IN Major: Philosophy Email:email@example.com Office of the Vice President for University Advancement
Liam Hesting is a senior Philosophy major with a minor in History. He currently serves on the football and track and field teams at Taylor, where he has received All-Conference and All-American recognition both on the field and in the throwing ring. Hesting has served as a Discipleship Assistant on First Bergwall where he has lived in the same room for the entirety of his time at Taylor. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend law school, and hopes to continue to fulfill his call to share the love of Christ through hard work and love for people and their stories.
As an avid communicator, Ela Alvarado believes there is always a story waiting to be told. As she transitioned to college, she knew that her calling lay in sharing those untold, yet very needed stories. Having professionally spoken before audiences of more than 500 people, managed social media accounts for her academic department, and created a YouTube cooking channel with a growing audience, she has a driven mindset for whatever she pursues. She has always loved to use social media as a medium of communication, but as her desire to tell good stories grew, she saw the need to use it more intentionally. As a senior public relations student, her greatest passion is to creatively, professionally, and strategically use social media to show the power of God’s glory at work in every single entity. With a growing passion for media management and God’s Kingdom alike, she seeks to broaden her expertise in putting them together to tell a story as it has never been told before.
Mariah Hurst is a Graphic Design student with a double minor in Multimedia Journalism and Honors. She was raised in La Paz, Bolivia, where she gained a deep appreciation for God’s beauty heard and seen through the stories of different cultures and people. Her passion for written and visual communication came alive her junior and senior year of high school, while interning as a marketing assistant at Word Made Flesh, an organization that helps those affected by sexual exploitation find abundant life in Christ. Moving from the mountains of La Paz to the cornfields of Indiana, Mariah sank her roots in the Taylor community. She has served as co-president of the International Student Society and is now the co-president of the Multicultural Student Association. As she looks to her remaining time at Taylor and beyond, Mariah's mission is to reflect God's beauty and to proclaim His Truth in her life and labor.
Noah Huseman is a senior English Education major. He currently plays on the Taylor baseball team and has served in multiple leadership capacities at Taylor as a Personnel Assistant in Samuel Morris Hall, an intern in the Calling and Career Office, and a cabinet member in MainStage--Taylor's student organization dedicated to creating spaces for Christian fellowship through music and dance. Huseman grew up in northern Kentucky just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, in a Christ-centered household with his parents, Willie and Sherry, and his closest sister of six, Logan. Following the conclusion of his degree, Huseman plans to pursue a career coaching baseball and teaching high school English.
Sawyer is the firstborn in a family of four kids and grew up in the small town of Parma, Michigan. He is a junior studying Human Physiology and Preventive Medicine at Taylor with aspirations to continue to dental school after graduation. After transferring to Taylor for his sophomore year, Sawyer is now a captain for the men’s soccer team. He has fallen in love with the community, events, and culture of Taylor’s distinctive campus. Sawyer is also a small business co-owner. He has recently assumed responsibilities in a community swim lesson business including marketing, accounting, and website development in addition to teaching swim lessons to young children. This experience has solidified Sawyer’s driving purpose to bring out the best in others. Whether through running a private dental practice or potentially leading another community-based organization, he hopes to assist and equip those around him to live life abundantly. In his free time, Sawyer loves to read, spend time with his family, and cheer on Michigan’s football and basketball teams.