2017 MU Sue Shear Leadership Academy Fellows

Nicole Crespi

Nicole Crespi is a graduate student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, pursuing a Masters in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs Leadership through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. After graduating from Mizzou in 2015 and heavy involvement in local, Columbia non-profit organizations including Centro Latino, she returned to study and fill a graduate assistantship as Outreach Coordinator for SHAPE (Sexual Health Advocate Peer Education) & Health Promotion at the MU Student Health Center. Nicole’s passion lies in supporting students through their journeys in education and ensuring that all students receive the sexual health and healthy relationship education they need to live their lives free of violence.

Jamie Crockett (Alternate)

Jamie Crockett was raised by her loving mother, Phyllis Crockett, in East St. Louis, IL and received her undergraduate degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. She earned a certificate in non-profit management from the MU Truman School of Public Affairs and is simultaneously pursuing her master’s in journalism and an MPA from Truman School. She currently serves as the Missouri Women’s Business Center’s communications specialist and also volunteers as a Communications co-chair of the Mizzou Black Alumni Network Board of Directors and as a Columbia Access Television board member. Prior to her transition to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. She also works as an independent consultant through her own project Shining Light Media, and wants nothing more than to pay it forward by encouraging others to shine the light they’ve been given.

Tricia Swartz

Tricia Swartz is a sophomore at the University of Missouri, where she is studying Political Science, with a minor in American Constitutional Democracy. She developed an interest in public service while attending Missouri Girls State during high school, and later in July, 2016, she traveled to Beijing, China as part of a youth leadership exchange organized by the Midwest-US China Association and Missouri Boys and Girls State Programs. On campus, Tricia is deeply involved in the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, and she is a contributing writer and editor for the Institute’s undergraduate Journal on Constitutional Democracy. Tricia was also selected for the 2017 Kinder Scholars in D.C. program, and this summer, she will intern for U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. The mentors she has acquired in the last two years have helped her to explore and understand natural law philosophy. Tricia is primarily concerned about legislation and its role in preserving the morals that are grounded in the natural law. Following her undergraduate studies, she intends to pursue a graduate coursework of study centered on the relationship between early American political thought and public law. One day, she hopes to have a career in public service, where she can conduct research and advise legislators on issues concerning Constitutional rights and natural law principles.

Jordan Young

Jordan Young is a sophomore at the University of Missouri. She is pursuing bachelor degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Political Science with plans to attend law school.

She was born in St. Louis, MO and lived there until she was nine. Her family then relocated to Southlake, TX where she would spend most of her academic life. Jordan graduated from Carroll Senior High as a National Merit Scholar, math Honors Society member, Spanish Honors Society member and captain of the dance team.

Jordan has always had a passion for law and government. By the time she was in middle school, she knew she wanted to be a practicing attorney. Her passion for law grew when she participated in an internship over her freshman year summer. Jordan interned for Judge Barberis, an appellate court judge at Madison County Courthouse. During this internship, she had the privilege of sitting in on trials, conducting research, and doing administrative tasks around the courthouse.

Jordan is currently partaking in the Civic Leadership Internship Program through the University of Missouri. She is an intern for Representative Lynch and Representative Messenger. Throughout this internship, Jordan is able to sit in on committee, budget, and house floor meetings, write press releases, do administrative tasks, and gain a first-hand perspective on the different processes that occur at the state Capitol. This summer Jordan will be in Washington, D.C. interning for Senator Roy Blunt. She is able to partake in this amazing opportunity through the Congressional Scholars program.

Julie Youngers

Julie Youngers is a sophomore at the University of Missouri double majoring in music and psychology with minors in Spanish and leadership and public service. Throughout her time at Mizzou, Julie has been actively involved in music ensembles, research and service organizations. Julie is a two-year member of Marching Mizzou and the University Wind Ensemble, as sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Secretary of the Missouri Flute Society. She has also been an Honors College Discovery Fellow for the past two years, conducting independent research in the Infant Cognition Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Yuyan Luo. A Kansas City native, Julie spent the summer of 2016 volunteering as an intern with Harmony Project Kansas City, a non-profit organization providing free music education and instruments to low-income students. She has also served communities across the country and around the world through Mizzou Alternative Breaks and looks forward to completing her Spanish minor in Oviedo, Spain this summer. Following graduation, Julie plans to pursue a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and hopes to divide her time between non-profit arts administration and research at the intersection of music and child development.