Anna Dabaldo: President
Anna is a senior studying Marketing with a minor in Sports Business Management. This summer she worked as a Gatorade Road Warrior for Paragon Marketing Group. In the past she was a Sponsorship Activation Intern for Dietz Sports & Entertainment, as well as working with for the Atlanta Sports Council within the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
This is Anna’s second year as President. She previously was on E-Board as Professional Development Chair.
Her favorite moment as a Spartan was attending her first home football game in the fall of her freshman year.
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Madison Genord: Vice President External – Marketing and Media
Madison is an aspiring Marketing major and Sports Business Management minor. This past summer, she worked with the Detroit Lions as a Training Camp Assistant. Previously, she has worked with Oakland University and Michigan State University Athletics as a Marketing Intern, as well as Game Day USA as a Tournament Operations Intern.
This will be Madison’s second year on the E-Board for FLISE, and she was previously the group’s Marketing Chair.
Her favorite memory as a Spartan was attending the East Regional NCAA tournament game and watching Michigan State beat Duke in Washington D.C.
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Christion Embury: Vice President Internal – Professional Development / Member Engagement
Christion is a senior marketing student from Jackson, Michigan. He joined FLISE his freshman year and happily accepted the Professional Development position on the E-Board the next semester. Christion recently finished up an 8 month sales internship at a software company in Okemos, where he managed 300+ accounts and closed over $220,000 in trackable sales. He has earned the Sport’s Industry Essentials certification through Columbia University, and also works as a bartender at Klavon’s Pizzeria and Pub in Mason, MI. In his free time, Christion enjoys listening to music, playing basketball, and hanging out with his friends.
His favorite memory as a Spartan was beating Duke last year in the Elite Eight and the electricity of campus that followed.
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Julie Hopp: Co-Recruitment Chair
Julie is a rising Senior majoring in Kinesiology with a Sports Business Management minor. Her first internship this past summer with the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, and she is currently interning for Michigan State Athletics Facilities, Events, and Sports Management Department. Julie enjoys networking and utilizes her connections to learn more about the sports industry at the collegiate and professional levels.
This is Julie’s first year on the E-Board for FLISE and is excited for the upcoming school year!
Her favorite Spartan memory was this past year when she traveled to Minneapolis to attend the 2019 Men’s Basketball Final Four game against Texas Tech.
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Blair Bryant: Co-Recruitment Chair
Blair is a senior studying Communication with a concentration in intercultural communication and a minor in Public Relations. This summer she studied abroad in Rome, Italy and worked as an intern at the University of Maryland in Football Operations and Marketing. Blair is currently going into her third year as a Sales and Marketing Intern with Michigan State Athletics.
This is Blair’s first year on the FLISE E-Board and she is excited for the upcoming year!
Her favorite Spartan memory is winning a national medal with the MSU Synchronized Skating Team!
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Natalie Jones: Co-Membership Chair
Natalie is a senior studying Advertising Management. This past summer, she was a Development and Alumni Relations intern for MSU University Advancement. Previously, Natalie worked for Lansing United as a Marketing intern.
This is Natalie’s first year on the FLISE E-Board and she is ready for a great year!
Her favorite Spartan memory is watching Miles Bridges score the game-winning shot vs. Purdue in the front row of the Izzone last year!
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Gerik Niewierowski: Co-Membership Chair
Gerik is a sophomore studying Finance with a minor in Sports Business Management. He is currently a Professorial Assistant for Dr. Conlon, the Chairperson of Management in the Broad College of Business. Gerik is also a Resident Assistant in Akers Hall.
His favorite Spartan moment was watching MSU beat Duke in the Elite 8 last year while on the ice of Munn Ice Arena.
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Dawson Nichols: Finance Chair
Dawson is a senior studying Kinesiology with a minor in Sports Business Management. This past summer he studied abroad in the sports down under program in Australia and worked with the Detroit Red Wings for the Street Hockey Tour. He will be interning this upcoming year with Michigan State Athletics in Event Management. His prior experience includes being a marketing and sponsorship activation intern for Dietz Sports and Entertainment as well as a sports intern for the Greater Lansing Sports Authority. Dawson enjoys hanging out with friends, being active, and watching movies.
This is Dawson’s first year on FLISE E-Board and is super pumped for his senior year at MSU!
Favorite Memory as a Spartan: When Michigan State University beat Duke in the 2019 Elite 8.
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Desireé Melfi: Advisor
Desireé serves as the Faculty Advisor for FLISE. She is also the Communications Manager for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, overseeing the overarching strategy and execution of the program’s communications, including social, digital and print media. An impassioned student advocate, Desireé promotes undergraduate student academic achievements and career successes. Her marketing, sales, digital design and photography skills have been honed by her work in higher education as well as the sports and entertainment industries. A proud Spartan to the core, Desireé earned both her degrees from Michigan State: A Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design and Photography, in 2006, and, most recently, her Master of Arts in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education.
She has had many favorite Spartan moments over the years from incredible MSU wins in football to deep runs in the Big Dance in March. The moment that continues to stand out is watching the clock tick down in Pasadena and her Spartans winning the 100th Rose Bowl.
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