Hannah Crites, Editor-in-Chief, is a senior communications arts major (with a concentration in journalism) and theology minor from Denver, Colorado. She worked as The Troubadour’s assistant editor during the 2015-2016 school year, Austria Correspondent fall 2014, and a staff writer for The Troubadour her freshman year where she earned the award Writer of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year.
She is also currently working as an engagement assistant for the Steubenville Conferences and as an in-house blogger for Franciscan University’s Marketing and Communications Department.
She has been published on numerous blogs including The Chastity Project, Franciscan University Student Blogs, YDisciple, and Missionaries of Purity. In the spring of 2015, she spent the semester in Washington D.C. to attend the Washington Journalism Center and work as an intern for The Washington Times.
After graduation, she hopes to continue her work with social media, marketing, and/or public relations with a Catholic or Christian based organization.
Follow her on Twitter: @Hannah_Crites
Margaret Boylan, Assistant Editor, is a junior communication arts major with a concentration in journalism. She is from the backwoods of Western Pennsylvania, growing up on a goat farm in a late-19th century farmhouse. She has been working for the Troubadour since her spring Freshman year, and won the award “Staff Writer of the Semester” her sophomore year for the Fall 2015 semester.
She also works in Christ the King Chapel office on Liturgy Committee where she currently holds the position of Co-head of Readers. She likes talking to people and loves being able to help out wherever she can.
She originally wanted to go to school for music, but found that God had another plan in mind when she began to discover her love for writing in high school and again for proofreading and editing friends papers in college.
Aside from writing and music, she enjoys reading, hiking, farming, coffee and country music.
She is ecstatic to be a part of the Troubadour staff now, and get a chance to pursue her dreams of ending up in the Journalism field after college, preferably with a Catholic organization.
Michelle Fortunato, Business Manager, is a sophomore math and economics major from northern Virginia. She was a staff writer for The Troubadour throughout her freshman year and was awarded Writer of the Semester in the spring of 2016. Michelle is excited to cultivate relationships with local businesses, to and use advertising to encourage connections between Franciscan students and the surrounding Steubenville community. Michelle is passionate about drinking locally-roasted coffee, supporting small business, bringing people together, and living ambitiously.
James Kuepper, Photo Editor, is a senior from Dayton, Ohio. He is in the sociology program, and this is his third year working for The Troubadour. He has a passion for photography and loves to constantly expand his photographic skill. When not doing school, his time is spent playing sports, and hanging out with friends.
James is considering going into a career in Law Enforcement, or the Air Force Reserves after graduation.
Rebecca Vodola, Copy Editor, is a senior English major with a writing concentration from southwestern Connecticut. She joined the Troubadour late in the spring of 2016. Her first print piece, a student reflection, was published in the Fairfield County Catholic (FCC) newspaper in July 2014. Rebecca returned to the FCC to complete an internship there in the summer of 2016.
She currently works as a Marketing and Communications student writer for Franciscan Universtiy. When she is not writing or editing, Rebecca can be found hiking (especially on the Appalachian Trail), hanging out with her household sisters in Totus Tuus Maria, reading, or sipping tea with friends.
Rachael Whitman, Web Editor, is a senior journalism major. She contributed as a staff writer last year after transferring to Franciscan as a junior. In addition to writing news and feature stories, she enjoys expressing her opinions on her blog as time permits. She is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to writing, and enjoys writing short works of fiction. She acts as co-editor of the Tarpeian Rock a small Catholic literary magazine based in New Jersey and has published two short stories with them. In addition to writing, she enjoys being creative on social media and using various computer programs to create flyers, videos, and other projects.
As president of the Saint Vitus Social Dance Club, Rachael enjoys swing dancing and spending time with friends. She also likes to hike, climb trees, scale mountains, and wade across streams. So far she has been successful in avoiding death.
Elisha Valladares-Cormier, Social Media Manager, is a freshman communications arts major (concentrating on journalism) and a political science minor. He comes from the West Coast, most recently from Silverton, Oregon. As a senior in high school, he began his school’s use of social media and served as the social media manager for the year. He writes on a national and regional basis for the Order of the Arrow and has also been featured in the Archdiocese of Portland’s newspaper, the Catholic Sentinel.
In his spare time, Elisha enjoys reading, writing, and breathing baseball – specifically the New York Yankees. An Eagle Scout, he remains active in Scouting as much as he can and plans on staffing the 2017 National Jamboree as a member of the communications team. His Spotify consists mostly of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Michael Buble.
John Gallagher, Sports Editor, is a junior English and theology major from Carlsbad, California. He has worked for the Troubadour since the spring semester 2015. He also serves as a broadcast anchor for the pilot Baron Broadcast, Franciscan University’s sports network and a content creator for the university’s chapter of social platform The Odyssey.
In his spare time, John enjoys writing, acceptable levels of mischief, and being confused for his eccentric cousin Joseph Duran. He is never without his red pen and enjoys editing his friends’ essays. He has a passion for both composition and for athletics and is a member of the current AMCC Champion Franciscan Men’s Tennis Team. John intends again to trade his trademark early bedtime for another shot at the AMCC trophy during this upcoming spring athletics season. He is proud of the fact that he screamed like an idiot after his Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50.
After graduation, John intends to pursue a career as an author or speaker.
Molly Babcock, Layout Editor, is a junior Communications major with double minors in Latin and German. She hails from the home of the Blue Crabs, also known as Maryland, and loves playing guitar and reading books. She is currently the Co-coordinator of the Servants of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Household. (Shout out to her sisters!)
Her personality type is ENFJ and her love language is Acts of Service. She is so excited to grow graphically this semester working on the Troubadour.
Hunter Freas, Layout Editor, is a senior from Cumming, Georgia. He is a communications arts major with a concentration in multimedia and a minor in marketing. He has interests in videography, photography, and game design, and loves to constantly expand his media skills.
When not working on his school work, his time is spent playing video games, and hanging out with friends. Hunter is looking forward to seeing where the world of media takes him after college.
Gracie Williams, Distribution Manager, is a Senior English major from South Bend, Indiana. She has been working at the Troubadour for three years now and is looking forward to another year as Distribution Manager. She likes chocolate, loves the Chicago Cubs, and enjoys traveling whenever she can. After she graduates, she will most likely be found writing for a local non-profit.