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2020-2021 Student Leadership Board

Maddy Alder

Maddie Alder, Economics & International Studies

Cohort Leader

Maddie has been an Aggie fan since birth and has loved being involved at USU. She is currently working on a research project about sustainability and has also enjoyed working as a Business Ambassador. She loves exploring new places, and spent last summer as an intern in Washington D.C. When she isn’t spending time in the library, you will find Maddie up Logan Canyon on a hike or having a picnic with friends.

Lizzy Bickmore

Lizzy Bickmore, Finance & International Business


Lizzy has a passion for education and plans to get a PhD in finance. She is a research fellow for The Center for Growth and Opportunity, where she is pursuing research in immigration policy. In her free time, Lizzy enjoys playing board games, running, and trying new foods.

Addison Chandler

Addison Chandler, Marketing

Cohort Leader

Addison is a first-generation Aggie and has a passion for small business ownership. While he himself has no musical talent (at least according to him), he is very active on Spotify.

Isaac Dixon

Isaac Dixon, Business Administration & International Business

Cohort Leader

Isaac started his career as a Pre-Med major at BYU, but saw the light and made the switch to the Huntsman School. He loves to explore and interact with different cultures, and he has spent time living in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. After graduating from Utah State, Isaac plans to study Organizational Theory, ideally at Stanford. His passions include skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing—and he hopes to add surfing to that list soon.

Madelyn Gardner

Maddy Gardner, Management Information Systems & Finance


Maddy had an internship this Summer with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a web developer, and she hopes to carve out a career in that field. Maddy loves movies and goes to $5 Tuesday almost every week. In her free time, she loves to cook, clean, and spend time outside with friends.

Michael Hatfeild

Michael Hatfield, Finance

Cohort Leader

Michael loves to have fun! He transferred from BYU-Hawaii to USU during his sophomore year, and now he bleeds Aggie blue. Michael is currently interning with Northrop Grumman as a finance and business systems analyst, and wants to pursue a career in the aerospace and defense industry.

Arianna Keller

Arianna Keller, Accounting

Cohort Leader

Arianna grew up in San Diego, and her favorite things to do are go to the beach and eat tacos! She spent the summer of 2020 doing an internship for Strata Fund Solutions and looks forward to starting her MAcc next year at USU. In her free time, Arianna enjoys teaching flute lessons, waterskiing, and defying the accountant stereotype by laughing at bad jokes and good memes.

Emilee Matheson

Emilee Matheson, International Business & Political Science

Cohort Leader

Emilee is studying International Business and Political Science with minors in Anticipatory Intelligence and Arabic Studies. She loves studying at Utah State University and the Huntsman Scholar Program. She also loves all things international and worked as an Administrative NGO intern for Ghana Make a Difference. She enjoys studying foreign languages and cultures and was selected as a State Department Critical Language Scholar for summer 2020. After graduation, she hopes to work in international relations or non-profit management.

Kadia Nelson

Kadia Nelson, Accounting

Cohort Leader

Kadia is a Cache Valley local who loves Utah State. She will be interning with PWC and KPMG in Salt Lake in 2021. After these internships, she plans to return to USU to complete her Master’s degree. Kadia loves Dr. Pepper, spending time with her family and friends, and being outside.

Jimmy Pearson

Jimmy Pearson, Accounting


Jimmy spent the Summer interning with Goldman Sachs, and spent the previous Summer interning with the City of Salt Lake, where he helped to host the United Nations Civil Society Conference. During the year, he worked as an analyst with the Sorenson Impact Center, reviewing startups for financial and social value. Jimmy plans to pursue a graduate degree in accounting. When not at work or school, Jimmy is in the mountains or at the lake skiing.

Meredith Richards

Meredith Richards, Marketing

Cohort Leader

Meredith is from Upstate New York and chose to come to USU because of the outside-the-classroom involvement opportunity, competitive advantage, and overall value the Huntsman School offers. In addition to Huntsman Scholars, Meredith has been involved with USUSA, Business Ambassadors, Huntsman ProSales, and the SEED program. She spent the summer of 2020 in Philadelphia as a General Mills intern and is excited for her senior year as an Aggie!

Sami Trane

Sami Trane, Marketing & Business Administration


Sami plans to pursue a graduate degree in Human Resources and would love to end up working in the airline industry. She recently returned from participating in the SEED Program in the Philippines. Sami is involved as a research fellow for The Center for Growth and Opportunity and is an active member of Business Council. Because the Scholar Program has given her so many opportunities, she is excited to give back!

Noah Turner

Noah Turner, International Business

Cohort Leader

Noah started working as a child in the family lumber business and has never stopped. Hard work has been ground into his bones. He just finished an HR internship with USU, and plans to get a graduate degree in HR. Outside of school, Noah practices gymnastics, enjoys any type of game, and loves to spend time with his wife.

Courtney Tyacke

Courtney Tyacke, Marketing

Cohort Leader

Courtney has a deep love for sports and basketball. She interned with the SEED Program in Peru, is currently interning with the USU Athletics marketing department and spent the summer interning for the Hutchings Institute as a marketing specialist. Her goal is to work for the Utah Jazz upon graduation. She was offered an internship with the Jazz before COVID-19 hit. When not in school (or interning with someone) she enjoys playing basketball, watching basketball and riding horses.

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