Get to Know the 2014-2015 International Officers

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We invite you to get to know your 2014-2015 International Officers, elected during NerdNation 2014 in Orlando, Florida, April 24-26.

The 2014-2015 International Officer Team: Megan Giles, Division I Vice President; Jesus Tovar, Division II Vice President; Ebonee Carpenter, International President; Trevor Mileur, Division III Vice President; and Ivette Piña, Division IV Vice President

These officers are serving in Phi Theta Kappa’s highest level of leadership available for students. They will serve one-year terms, and one officer will be elected to a one-year term as the Student Representative to the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors.

The International Officer team will meet at the Center for Excellence this week, May 19-23, for orientation, and they will next preside at the 2014 Honors Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the team will represent the Society during regional meetings and educational conferences.

Ebonee Carpenter
International President

Ebonee is a member of the Alpha Lambda Alpha Chapter at Hillsborough Community College in Florida. She is a past president of the chapter and is currently serving as executive vice president. She is also a former member of the Florida Regional Executive Team.

Ebonee was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. Her parents were members of the United States Air Force, so the family moved around a lot before finally settling in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Ebonee is a non-traditional student majoring in Paralegal Studies. She plans to transfer to either Northwestern University or the University of Chicago to earn a bachelor’s degree in Sociology before attending law school and ultimately working as an attorney.

One of Ebonee’s favorite hobbies is singing — she began when she was just 3 years old. She enjoys watching television crime dramas, and she is interested in electronics. She volunteers with Keep Tampa Beautiful and as a guest teacher with Junior Achievement.

Megan Giles
International Vice President, Division I

Megan is a member of the Alpha Nu Omega Chapter at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania. She has formerly served as executive vice president of the chapter and as Middle States Regional President.

Megan is majoring in Humanities, Languages and the Arts with a focus on Communications. She plans to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania. She hopes to work in International or Intercultural Communications and enjoys all aspects of the Communications field, from writing to broadcasting and public speaking. She also enjoys listening to others and can often be found in deep conversation with the quietest person in the room.

When she is not in school or working, Megan is usually hiking in the Pennsylvania mountains with her father. She also volunteers with Isaiah 61, an organization that feeds the homeless and those in need in Harrisburg.

Jesus Manuel Tovar
International Vice President, Division II

Jesus is a member of the Omega Gamma Chapter at El Paso Community College in Texas. He has served as Vice President for District I of the Texas Region, and he created his chapter’s first website and collaborated on the Honors in Action and College Projects.

Jesus is studying Computer Science and dreams of being a software engineer at Google. He plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin to obtain his bachelor’s degree, and he hopes to one day earn a master’s and doctorate.

Jesus lives in El Paso with his parents and two sisters. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also likes to watch movies — Marvel movies are his favorites — and read books. He also volunteers his time as a tutor.

Trevor Mileur
International Vice President, Division III

Trevor is a member of the Upsilon Mu Chapter from Illinois Central College in Illinois. He has served as the vice president of his chapter and as the Illinois Regional President.

Trevor is an industrial engineering major and would like to specialize in project management and financial engineering. He is planning to go to Northwestern University and hopes to work in both the public and private sectors: at the Caterpillar, Inc. Headquarters in Peoria, Illinois, and as a business consultant for non-profit start-ups.

Trevor has served as a Student Trustee on the Illinois Central College Board for two years and was recently elected for a third term. He has been named the college’s Student of the Year, and upon graduation will begin an internship at Caterpillar, Inc.

Outside the classroom, he volunteers as a youth wrestling coach and works as a math tutor. His hobbies include breakdancing, running, studying and frequenting local coffee spots.

Ivette Piña
International Vice President, Division IV

Ivette is a member of the Alpha Eta Delta Chapter at South Mountain Community College in Arizona.

Ivette is a Criminal Justice major. She hopes to become an FBI dispatcher or investigator and is currently unsure of where she will transfer following her graduation from South Mountain.

Ivette was born in California and changed schools often before moving to Arizona, where she finished high school. She is a friendly and outgoing person who is sure to give you a “Hi!” when she passes by on the sidewalk.

She can often be found doing her homework in the library or at her part-time job at Sam’s Club. Ivette is also a hands-on person, whether she’s helping a former soccer coach or changing the oil in someone’s car. 

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