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Program Board

Programming by students for students . . .

A subcommittee of the Student Life Council at Shepherd, Program Board (PB) is made up of student leaders who create a community on campus by sponsoring diverse, inclusive programming to educate, entertain, and engage students. Program Board Executive Leadership Team members develop strong leadership skills and learn how to plan, market, and assess diverse cultural, recreational, educational, and community-building programs. Program Board’s efforts support the core values of the University and the Division of Student Affairs: student learning; engagement; integrity; accessibility; community; social justice/diversity; and retention.

To contact us, email Rachael Meads, Advisor for Student Activities and Leadership ( or Jim Ramey, Student Activities Assistant (, or check us out on Facebook, Instagram, or RamPulse.

Meet the Staff!

Oli Pierce, Programmer (They/Them/Theirs)

Oli is a Junior Psychology major at Shepherd and is the Community Service Chair for Program Board. Oli loves planning events and doing crafting events with fellow students. “I like being a part of Program Board because our events engage students and make the campus a brighter place.”


Magnus is a yellow lab and a service dog. He loves saying hi to his friends on campus and he thinks there should be an event on campus that includes a ball pit filled with chuck-it balls.

Chelsea Wells, Programmer, (She/Her/Hers)

Chelsea is in her Junior year at Shepherd studying Political Science. She joined Program Board in the spring semester of 2021. Besides Program Board, Chelsea is also a member of the Honors Program. She is excited to help students and give them some of the best college experiences they can have! In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and basketball games.

Leah Owens, Social Media Chair (She/Her/Hers)

Leah is the Social Media Director for Program Board. She is currently a junior at Shepherd and majoring in business administration. She wanted to be a part of Program Board, because she wanted to help with campus events and become more involved. She loves being a part of such a wonderful group!

Mary Adeline Bicksler, Programmer (She/Her/Hers)

Mary Adeline Bicksler is currently a senior studying sport and recreation with a concentration in sport and event management. “This is my first year on program board and I’m looking forward to creating fun programs for students to enjoy. In my free time, I enjoy crafting and hanging out with friends!”

Bryce Kirk, Programmer (he/Him/His)

This is Bryce he is majoring in Business Administration and currently a sophomore. This is my first year being on Program Board. “I enjoy being on Program Board because I get to connect with fellow students and help with coordinate events that bring students together.”

Russell McClanahan, Programmer (he/Him/His)

Russell is a sophomore Political Science major. This is his first semester in Program Board. “I joined Program Board because I wanted to get more involved on campus by getting others involved. College is a great time to enjoy yourself and the Program Board brings fun all across campus!”

Jill Bowman, Programmer (She/Her/Hers)

Jill is an Elementary Education Major who started working with Program Board in the Fall of 2022. She’s particularly interested in events that allow students to destress and take a break from the grind of college life. Jill reaches for the microphone at every event, and actively works toward getting students involved. She loves baking, crafting, and sewing, and spends far too much money on RedBull.

Paul Teter, Programmer (He/Him/His)

Paul is a sophomore Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing. He joined Program Board in the Spring 2023 semester. He joined Program Board because he felt it was good opportunity to plan and assist with activities for students on campus. He also loves being in involved! Beside Program Board, Paul is a brother of Delta Sigma Pi, and serves as its Senior Vice President and Webmaster. He is also the Sophomore Class President, a Student Ambassador, a member of TRIO Student Support Services, and a member of the Student Life Council.

Mikhaela Barnes, Graphic Designer (She/Her/Hers)

Mikhaela is a graduate student majoring in Appalachian Studies with a concentration in history, cultural, and global perspective. She recently completed her undergraduate degree where she majored in History and minored in Appalachian Studies. In addition to Program Board, Mikhaela is an alumnae of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. She is also involved with Jefferson County Relay for Life and Mineral County 4-H. Though it is her first semester, Mikhaela is excited to gain new skills and foster positivity in the Shepherd community. “I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to stay involved with the campus after finishing my undergraduate degree. Jim and Rachel work hard to provide fun, education, and serviceable events to the student of Shepherd University and it’s amazing to be a part of.”  

Samantha Fridley, Programmer (She/Her/Hers)

Meet Samantha, she is a Freshman Social Work major. This semester is her first at Shepherd and her first semester on Program Board.”I joined Program Board because I wanted to reach out to current and incoming students about student activities and involvement. As a freshman, it was hard for me to find things to get involved until I met the people at Program Board!”

Asa Thurman, Program Assistant (He/Him/His)

This is Asa Thurman, he is a first semester junior history major. “I just joined Program Board. I joined to help make the events that make the Shepherd experience unique the best that they can be.”

Anika wirt, Program Assistant (Any Pronouns)

Anika is currently a sophomore studying Environmental Geomatics here at Shepherd. They joined Program Board to get more involved in campus activities and to fulfill their deep-seated need to decorate for events. Anika is always happy to help create a place where people can engage in and with our campus community.

Jim Ramey, Student Activities Assistant (He/Him/His)

Jim is a recent Shepherd graduate that helps supervise Program Board. He has a B.S. in Recreation and Sport Studies with a concentration in Public Recreation and Park Administration. When he was an undergraduate he was the boards Intramural Chair for 3 years. Jim enjoys hiking, fishing, and playing disc golf in his free time. “I was lucky to get a job back with PB after I graduated. It gives me another chance to bring fun activities back to the campus for the students to enjoy.”

Rachael Meads, Director of Student Activities & Leadership (She/Her/Hers)

Rachael directs the office of Student Activities and Leadership & Fraternity and Sorority Life.  She advises Program Board, works to support clubs and organizations, and engineers leadership and learning opportunities for students.  “I am so fortunate to have a job that allows me to work with outstanding student leaders who help make both our campus and our community a better place.”

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