A native of Katonah, N.Y., Stephanie had great spirit and strength and took joy in the simple things in life. She has been described as sincere, honest and no-nonsense, but fun to be around and quick-witted. She cherished others for who they were.
Stephanie, the vice president of Students For The Poor, had a real passion for serving others. Dr. Marsha Glines, dean of the Institute for Achievement and Learning, described Stephanie as “a social activist in the making.” Upon returning home from the Journey of Hope trip to Jamaica in January 2009, she wasted no time collecting sneakers and sports equipment to send to the boys living in an orphanage she visited, after having played soccer with them without any equipment.
At 19 years old, she had already made a difference in the lives of those orphans and ultimately her own. Upon returning from the 2009 trip, she promptly changed her major from Education to Human Services, saying the trip “changed her whole future.”