BSU Council

Sierra Browning, President

Hey hey! I am a Senior Health and Exercise Science major with a minor in religion. I am a "townie," living in Winston-Salem my whole life, graduating from West Forsyth High School and cheering for the Demon Deacons since I was in the womb. (I'm a second-generation Deac and BSUer.) I have also attended Ardmore Baptist Church, learning, growing, making friends, preaching, and doing missions with such a wonderful body of believers. Along with being involved in BSU, I am a student athletic trainer for the football team and am treasurer of the Anthony Aston Players, the theatre club on campus. I enjoy reading, playing basketball, and cheering on the US Women's National Team. I am also a HUGE Harry Potter fan, reading the entire series over 20 times. This past year in BSU, I have engaged in fruitful religious discourse, spent way too much time in the lounge, and made some of my best friends. I am excited to see where God leads the BSU and myself in this final year!

Go Deacs!

Alyssa Soltren, Missions

Hello, everyone! I'm Alyssa, a sophomore from Fayetteville, NC. I'm currently planning on majoring in Psychology while double minoring in Neuroscience and Creative Writing. Evidently, I'm really interested in working in the medical field. However, I also love to enjoy and create good stories. I'm always down to have conversations about Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Harry Potter, and many other stories. Other things I do to entertain myself are playing video games, practicing my flute, observing nature, vibing to music, doting on my three cats, and discussing scientific theories. I like to think of myself as a well-rounded nerd. I can't wait to see my friends and meet new people in BSU this year!

Mary Brown, Secretary Treasurer

Hey everyone! I'm Mary. I am a junior from the small town of Cleveland, NC. I am an English Major with a double minor in Writing and Creative Writing. Alongside BSU, I work part-time at the Copy Center in the Benson University Center. In my free time, I love to read (some of my favorite authors include Rick Riordan, Fredrik Backman, and Barbara Kingsolver), listen to music, watch crime TV shows, and play with Theo, my little Yorkie. During my time in the BSU, I have found a group of wonderful people where I can relax and explore my faith and I am ready to see what this year brings!

Kara Kump, Worship Coordinator

Hello everybody! My name is Kara Kump and I am so excited to be a part of BSU for my third year. I am a junior from Hickory, NC (about an hour and a half heading west on I-40) and I am a double major in Psychology and Communication. In addition to BSU, I am the president of Woof Forest, a Magnolia and Poteat scholar, and a Student Adviser. I love to read - though Wake doesn't offer much free time for it - and I am EXTREMELY passionate about dogs. If it weren't for BSU, I am not sure how I would have made it through my first year at Wake. I was immediately welcomed as someone who belonged, something that a lot of students crave for themselves. I am so thankful that I get to be a part of shaping this organization and helping students like me find a place of support, friendship, and faith.

Keira Perry, PR Coordinator

Hey, everybody. My name is Keira, and I use she/they pronouns. I am a junior here at Wake this year. I am from Greencastle, PA which is a small town on the PA/MD border. I am a Politics and International Affairs major with minors in Psychology and Sociology. My ultimate plan, as of right now, is to attend law school and become a lawyer (maybe civil, environmental, criminal or more). Outside of BSU, I am an RA in Babcock Residence Hall and a member of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a service fraternity on campus, in which I am a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. During my free time, you can catch me listening to music across all genres, especially 70s jams, binging crime shows and documentaries, sipping coffee, or quoting TikToks. This is my second year being BSU's PR Coordinator, and I am very excited to be part of BSU leadership this year and look forward to developing my relationship with God while being surrounded by amazing people. I strive to create a welcome and accepting environment within BSU. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I especially want to cultivate a positive religious experience for fellow members. I'm always looking for new pals, so please feel free to contact me.

Abigail Cole, Pastoral Care

Hi, I'm Abigail. I am a Senior from Rockwell NC. I am a biology major, minoring in neuroscience. I'm trying my best to pursue a career in the medical field, we'll see how that goes. But in the mean time, I love to listen to true crime podcasts, and watch criminal minds. I love BSU, it is honestly my favorite thing about Wake, and I hope to make it a home to many other people.

Olivia Blake, Covenant Family Coordinator

Howdie everyone! I'm Olivia. I am a Junior from Kernersville, NC (GO EAST, sorry Sierra), but I proudly call myself a "townie". Here at Wake, I am a majoring in Spanish, with a concentration in medical Spanish, and a minor in bioethics. Along with BSU, I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), Wake Saturdays, and Campus Gardens/the Cultivation Leadership Team. In my free time, you can find me drinking TOO much iced coffee, listening to music/dramatically lip syncing to my "fans", and trying to convince my friends to go off campus and explore Winston with me (because after 19+ years of living here, there is still so much I haven't seen). During the past year at BSU, not only have I grown in my faith and understanding, but I have found a family. I am BEYOND grateful for the role BSU has played in my time here at Wake Forest and I cannot wait to see what the next year brings! (p.s. if you were wondering, yes, I did paint the cute smiley face beside me!)

Aleia Rose, Fellowship Coordinator

Hi everyone, I'm Aleia!! I am a junior from Morganton, NC. I am majoring in Health and Exercise Science, and I am minoring in Chemistry and Biology. I played volleyball and track in high school. Some things I enjoy are watching criminal minds on Netflix, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends in family. I am also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. I am very grateful for the family I have found in BSU!!

Megan Gerber, Outreach Coordinator

Hello! My name is Megan Gerber and I'm from New Bern, NC, a small town on the eastern side of NC. I am a current senior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Mathematics. I'm also currently doing research at Wake Downtown on plant hormones in the Muday Lab.

Aside from BSU I am involved in APO (service fraternity) and I work in Campus Gardens a lot because of my lab. I am also a two time freshman RA and this year I will be living in Collins. If you have any RA questions feel free to ask!

Outside of Wake life, I'm a HUGE NERD, so please talk to me about Star Wars, Marvel, TWD, Star Trek, Criminal Minds, or just about anything else!!!

If you are on the fence about BSU know that you aren't alone. My freshman year I wasn't sure about joining, but looking back now, I'm so happy that I did. I've made great friends, had great food, and grown closer to God while in school. It doesn't matter where you are in your spiritual journey, BSU is a great place to start!

Audrey Knaack, New Student Representative

Hey everyone, I'm Audrey!! I'm so excited to be the new student representative for my fellow freshmen, as well as transfer students!

I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Charlotte, NC, and I am an aspiring Studio Art and Business double major. Along with being in BSU, I am a Gallery Assistant at the stArt Gallery, Wake Forest's student art gallery over in Reynolda Village. I am also honored to represent Charlotte Martial Arts Academy back home as a black belt in Shotokan Karate and Bruce Lee's style of Jeet Kune Do.

Some of my favorite things include *drum roll please* martial arts, drawing and painting, running, singing, hiking and exploring nature, going to art museums, cozying up to a good book, watching my favorite movies, and spending time with my friends and family! Also, I am always excited to talk about anything art, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Stranger Things, and/or Marvel related!

Being in BSU at Wake is quite possibly the best decision I've ever made: unashamedly they piqued my interest with homemade ice cream back at the start of the semester, and then I was welcomed and embraced into an incredibly loving and God fearing community. On top of that, our events are amazing (think mountain retreats, game nights, participating in Hit the Bricks, and more), and I could not advocate enough the amount of pure joy that comes with being a part of the BSU family. If you are looking for strong fellowship and spending time with people that totally rock, BSU is simply the best place to do so.

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