Class of 2014

Mollie Elizabeth Bellows

Mollie graduated from ETSU with a Foreign Languages (concentration in Spanish) and a minor in Special Education.  At ETSU, Mollie worked in the Language and Culture Resource Center, teaching English as a Second Language; held multiple leadership positions with the Climbing team; and was a member of Sigma Delta Pi honor society.  In the community, she served as a youth minister at Cherokee United Methodist Church, worked extensively with juvenile delinquents in Sullivan County, and held a supervisory role at a residential summer camp for youth with special needs.  Beginning in fall 2014, she will begin the Master of Education in Special Education program at ETSU and serve as a Graduate Assistant.

Chelsea Hopkins Booher

Chelsea is a graduate of Sullivan South High School and majored in Mathematics at ETSU, graduatingSumma Cum Laude in December 2013.  A member of both Golden Key Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi, she spent the majority of her time outside the classroom working with youth at Tri-Cities Baptist Church.  As Program Director for the middle school ministry, Chelsea led student groups on multiple out-of-state trips and served as logistics coordinator for a weekend conference attended by over 500 students.  During the summer of 2014, she and her husband moved to Portland, Oregon, where she’s coaching gymnastics and closely involved with a new church plant initiative.

Erika Wild Herrera

Erika is a 2010 graduate of Cocke County High School.  A Health Sciences major (concentration in Human Health) with a minor in Chemistry, she served her senior year as president of Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society, and vice president of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.  Erika was also active in the College of Public Health Student Council, serving as Vice President and representing the Health Sciences Department; with the Association of Interprofessional Healthcare Students as an Executive Board Member and Historian; and with the Public Health Student Association, where served as President, Vice President and Secretary. An Executive Board Member for Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she was awarded the 2013 Ruth Pretty Palmer Panhellenic Award – a national level honor which recognizes the top six sorority members in the Nation for their commitment and leadership to the Panhellenic community.  The recipient of numerous awards for excellence at ETSU, this past year Erika was named the Outstanding Student in the Department of Health Sciences, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA.  Beginning fall 2014, Erika will be attending Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus.

Lucas Christopher Hitechew

Lucas Hitechew is a graduate of Cloudland High School in Roan Mountain. During his time at ETSU, he served as a SGA Senator and as a part of the SGA President’s Cabinet as the Secretary of Allocations. He was a part of the National Residence Hall Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta, Residence Hall Association Hall Councils, ETSU Communication Studies Association, and Sigma Alpha Pi.  Lucas also volunteered in the community by waiting tables at Feast of Joy to raise money for a local domestic violence shelter, singing at local nursing homes, and serving as an adult leader at Carter County’s 4-H Camp.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in International Affairs and Communication Studies, and currently works with the Niswonger Foundation, as a College Access Advisor within the Carter County school system.  Lucas also continues to assist with Carter County’s Youth Leadership Program, serving as an assistant to the director and as an occasional presenter.

Matthew Thomas Pencarinha

Matt graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (concentration in Logistics/Supply Chain Management) and a minor in Leadership Studies. He began his business career in Pal’s Owner/Operator training following graduation before moving into a management position with a facility management company.  In April 2015, Matt assumed responsibility for the commercial cleaning part of that business, and now operates it full-time.  He seeks to hone his business skills with this opportunity and move toward becoming a successful serial entrepreneur.