|Left to right: President Jackie Saideh, Vice President Cassie Dunne, Treasurer Lucy Yeatman|
The Penn State Lady Ice Lions, following a successful 2014-15 campaign that saw a move up to ACHA Division 1, historic team and individual accomplishments and a trip to the ACHA National Tournament at the end, have elected their 2015-16 executive board.
President: Jackie Saideh
Vice President: Cassie Dunne
Treasurer: Lucy Yeatman
THON Chair: Hannah Dier
Saideh will ascend to the presidency through a team rule dictating that the vice president (her 2014-15 role) be a non-senior and become president during the following school year. On the ice, the alternate captain is well established as a team leader and noted for selflessness (the senior has played both defense and wing during her career), productive goal scoring (seven in 2014-15) and outstanding defensive ability. She succeeds the graduating Mary Kate Tonetti, who was president in 2012-13 in addition to this past season.
Dunne, a speedy, puck mover with an underrated physical edge, will move into Saideh's old spot and therefore will take the helm of the organization in 2016-17. She posted nine points this past season, including a career high-equaling three against Northeastern on January 31st, to rank second among the team's blueliners, and is also noted for an outgoing and enthusiastic personality.
As a high-achieving actuarial science major, Yeatman is well suited to take care of the Lady Ice Lions' dollars and cents in the role of treasurer, an office filled by Ashton Schaffer in 2014-15. She was also a lineup fixture, skating in 24 games and collecting an assist against Delaware on October 4th.
Formally, Dier also succeeds Tonetti as THON Chair, although she's already been integral to the Lady Ice Lions' contributions to the world's largest student-run philanthropy, which raised $13,026,653.23 to combat pediatric cancer this past February. In 2014-15, the New Jersey native was the chief liaison to the squad's THON family and also coordinated with both Yeatman and Dunne on fundraising efforts, work that helped the team take home the ACHA's monthly Gongshow Stars in the Community award in January.
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