Honors College Connects Student Leadership

Lead Executive Officers

Sammy Moore

Sammy is a senior in the Honors College majoring in Government & International Politics, with minors in Political Communication and Nonprofit Studies. Sammy has been an active member of Honors College Connects since her freshman semester and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the program. As an out-of-state student, Sammy joined Honors College Connects to connect with the local community and build relationships with students who share her passion for service. The passion, creativity, and commitment of HCC students motivates Sammy to stay involved and watch the long-term impact of Honors College Connects.

Julia Hakeem

Julia is a junior pursuing a Biology major and Spanish minor at George Mason University’s Honors College. Julia has been dedicated to the HCC program since her freshman year and now serves as the External Partner Experience Officer and a student peer mentor. Julia was drawn to HCC as a way to connect with the Honors College community and to make an impact together with students who are just as passionate about service as she is. Her positive experience and desire to share her knowledge with the future HCC students inspired Julia to continue to develop the program HCC as a student leader.

Elise Mertz

Elise is a sophomore English major who first joined Honors College Connects to find new friends and contribute to the local community, Elise stepped up as a leader in the program's transition from an extracurricular to a for-credit HNRS 261. Through this process, Elise got to see the behind-the-scenes aspects of HCC and the impact the program makes on the community. In her role as the Student Experience Officer, Elise is dedicated to building the sense of community between the students, mentors, and E-Board members to maintain the engagement that encouraged her to stay with the program. She continues to be inspired by the motivation and innovation of the HCC students as they navigate the challenges and deliver valuable products to the local community.


Board Members


Isabella is a junior in the Honors College completing a major in Biology and a minor in Nonprofit Studies. Isabella has been involved in Honors College Connects since her freshman year having served in the program as a student, a mentor, and now an E-Board member. Isabella joined Honors College Connects to learn more about the services nonprofits provide to our community and to connect with students that are outside of her major. This program inspired Isabella to add her minor in Nonprofit Studies as a way to continue acting on her love for service and her desire to create impactful change in her community.


Naumi is a junior majoring in Computer Science who has been with Honors College Connects since her freshman year. Currently, Naumi serves on the E-Board and as a Student Mentor. Naumi wanted to continue giving back to the community she grew up in after high school and meet like-minded, service-oriented individuals in the Honors College. The amazing hard work and dedication of her fellow peers and the nonprofit partners continues to encourage Naumi to maintain her involvement in HCC.


Jeffrey is a junior in the Honors College pursuing a BS in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science. Jeffrey has been a member of Honors College Connects since his sophomore year and now serves as an E-Board member. Jeffrey joined Honors College Connects to learn more about the different nonprofit organizations around the area, meet new people, and gain service experience. As a member his sophomore year, he and his team worked to raise awareness for Bridle Paths, a non-profit that is focused on providing equine-assisted therapeutic services. He learned firsthand the struggles nonprofits face and acquired professional skills through working and communicating with a nonprofit in a professional environment. That experience led him to pursue an E-Board position to see how far he and Honors College Connects could grow.


Brandon is a sophomore in the Honors College majoring in Government & International Politics, with minors in Data Analysis and Global Affairs. Brandon participated in the inaugural Honors College Connects class and now serves on the E-Board. As a result, Brandon saw the impact HCC can create by building a sense of community within the Honors College and developing meaningful professional relationships with nonprofits and peers. The opportunity to network with nonprofit leaders and give back directly motivated Brandon to foster the same passion service in future the students and nonprofit partners of HCC.


Adrianna is a sophomore in the Honors College, majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. Adrianna has been involved in Honors College Connects since her first semester freshman year, and is now a Student Mentor and an E-Board Member. Adrianna joined Honors College Connect to become more involved in the community around Mason and meet other students with a similar interest in serving the community. The connections formed with the non-profit partners and fellow students keep Adrianna motivated and passionate to continue her involvement with HCC.


Anna is a Sophomore in the Honors College majoring in Biology. Anna first participated in the program fall semester of her sophomore year, and she now serves as part of the E-Board. As a student with diverse volunteer experience and a passion for helping others, Anna joined Honors College Connects to give back to the local community while building relationships with others who share the same joy. The community, care, and passion of the HCC students and staff have inspired Anna to continue to be involved and give back to the community.


HNRS 261 Mentors


Ryan is a Sophomore in the Honors College majoring in Government & International Politics, with a minor in Arabic. Ryan has been a member of the Honors College Connects program since Fall 2020, and is currently a Student Mentor for the Spring 2021 semester. Ryan joined Honors College Connects because he wanted to be involved in a project that had real-world impact and responsibilities. Seeing the outcome of his own project, Ryan chose to stay in the program because he wanted to continue to contribute to the success of the program and develop new relationships along the way. He looks forward to working with future students to help them succeed in their goals and better the community


Reagan is a sophomore in the Honors College majoring in Communication. She joined HCC in Fall of 2020 and is now a Student Mentor for the program. The transition to online education, Reagan was motivated to join HCC as an opportunity to forge meaningful relationships with her peers and local organizations despite the digital platform.


Doria is a sophomore in the Honors College majoring in Economics with a concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Doria started working with Honors College Connects in the fall of her sophomore year and is now serving as a Student Mentor. She joined HCC to connect with the Fairfax community, build relationships with other students in the Honors College, and to learn more about how nonprofits function. Hoping to work with nonprofits in her professional journey, Doria is thankful for her wonderful experience building her skills with HCC. Stepping into her role as a Student Mentor, Doria is excited to guide other students as they get experience communicating, problem solving, and building in this service-learning experience!


Payton is a sophomore in the Honors College majoring in Global Affairs. She has been a part of HCC since August 2020 as a student in the inaugural class and now serves as a Student Mentor to new students in the program. Interested in a career in nonprofit work, Payton joined this class to help guide her career goals and give real-life experiences. After her experience in HCC, Payton wanted to continue with the program because of the fantastic work that is being done for the community beyond the boundaries of George Mason’s campus.


Elisa is a sophomore in the Honors College majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. Elisa first participated in Honors College Connects in Fall 2020 because she wanted to make a difference in her community and see how working with nonprofits would make a real impact. After seeing how appreciative the nonprofit organization was for the student teams’ help, Elisa realized how students can help solve problems in the community. This inspired Elisa to continue her journey with HCC and become a Student Mentor so she can support other Honors students while they help their community.