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Student Ambassadors

When visiting Brescia University, you will most likely meet one or more of our Student Ambassadors. They are here to show you around campus, answer questions you might have about classes and tell you what it is like to be a part of the Brescia community.

Have a question you would like to ask a current Brescia student? Contact our ambassadors via email at [email protected]!


Patricia CrespoPatricia Crespo

Hometown: Henderson, KY

Academic Standing: Senior

Major: Spanish and Business with an Emphasis in Finance and Economics

BU Clubs/Organizations: Spanish Club, Student Government Association, Sophomore Class Council- Secretary, Habitat for Humanity, Sigma Alpha Pi, Band, and served as Freshman Class Council President 2012-2013

Most memorable BU moment: Orientation. Although it was tiresome, that’s where I met some of my closest friends to this day.

Why did you choose BU? I was a little intimidated by the thought of a large school; here at Brescia your professors, peers and the staff will get to know you on a first name basis, which makes for better relationships.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? Brescia has impacted my life in two ways: It has provided me with the opportunity to build and establish life long friendships, and it is providing me the education I need for a brighter future.

Random fact about myself: I was born in Quito, Ecuador

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: The Crème

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Grey’s Anatomy


Cynthia LeonardoCynthia Leonardo

Hometown: Originally- Houston, TX  Currently- White House, TN

Academic Standing: Senior

Major: Business- Emphasis in Management

BU Clubs/Organizations: FYE Peer Educator, SAPB Member

Most memorable BU moment: All the help I have received from the Financial Aid office during the two years I have been here.

Why did you choose BU? I fell in love with the small community environment and we have a great business program.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? It has taught me that it is important to take different courses in college and not just your major.

Random fact about myself: Friends know me for being that girl that will make Walmart runs past midnight.

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: Walmart!!

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Movie – The Lion King; Book – Green Eggs and Ham; TV show – CSI: Miami


Tom RoidlTom Roidl

Hometown: Düsseldorf, Germany

Academic Standing: Senior

Major: Business and Psychology

BU Clubs/Organizations: Tennis, International Club

Most memorable BU moment: Representing Germany at Convocation during BU Orientation.

Why did you choose BU? BU offered my major and I am a part of the tennis team

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? Well, I live far away from home and I have learned to be responsible.

Random fact about myself: I’m from Germany

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: B-Dubs

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Movie – Friday the 13th; TV Show – The Mentalist and Burn Notice



Victoria Shaffer

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Academic Standing: Junior

Major: Pre-Law, Political Science with an emphasis on international affairs, and Spanish

BU Clubs/Organizations: Freshman Class Council, Sophomore Class Council, Vice President (2013) and President (2014) of the Spanish Club, Events Coordinator for International Club (2014) and Moore Presidential Scholar

Most memorable BU moment: Any day in one of Bart’s classes.

Why did you choose BU? I chose Brescia University because it was close to home and I could get to know my professors on a more personal level due to the small class sizes at the college.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? Brescia has made a difference in my life because my professors encourage me and help me succeed every step of the way. Without the support they have given me, I doubt I would have been able to accomplish as much as I have so far.

Random fact about myself: I like the smell of dry dog food (doesn’t mean I’ll eat it though…ew)

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: Brescia’s library or Smothers Park.

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Movie – Lilo & Stitch; Book – Night by Elie Wiesel; TV show – Friends



William Johnson

Hometown: Owensboro, KY

Academic Standing: Junior

Major: Biology with Minor in Business

BU Clubs/Organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Moore Presidential Scholar

Most memorable BU moment: Attending  the 20th anniversary of the Pitino Shelter as a Moore Presidential Scholar.

Why did you choose BU? I came from a small Catholic high school and liked the family atmosphere, along with the one on one interaction you get with the professors.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? I have made numerous contacts with alumni in my field, opening a multitude of opportunities for after I graduate both locally in Owensboro and around the country.

Random fact about myself: I’m an Eagle Scout.

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: Old Hickory BBQ and Fetta Specialty Pizza

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Harry Potter


KatieKatie Jones

Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Academic Standing: Senior

Major: Psychology and Theology

BU Clubs/Organizations: President of Habitat for Humanity, New Student Orientation Leader, and FYE Peer Educator

Most memorable BU moment:  This was the first year I didn’t participate in Freshmen Orientation as an Orientation Leader, but I was in town during orientation and thought I would pop in before roll call to say hi to everybody. I don’t remember ever getting so many happy hugs and squeals. It was the best feeling in the world! I’ve never felt so at home here at Brescia University!

Why did you choose BU? I chose Brescia for a lot of reasons, but to me, they don’t matter anymore. What matters is why I stayed. I stayed for the people, the friends that I’ve made and hold close to my heart.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? I truly believe some of the very best people in the universe are at Brescia University. I came to Owensboro, Kentucky not knowing a single person here, and I’ll be graduating from, not only my school, but my home. Throughout college, this campus has felt more like home than my hometown. These people are my friends, my brothers and sisters, and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything the world.

Random fact about myself: I hate crumbs. I hate the sensation of having crumbs or sauces on my fingers, like Cheeto or Dorito dust, salt from fries or chips, ketchup, mud, charcoal/pastels, paint, etc. I don’t know why, but I hate the way that feels.

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: My kitchen. I love to cook and I make great coffee. And if you’re nice enough to me, I’ll give you homemade cookies!

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Supernatural. This is a recent obsession. It makes me wonder how many hours in a week I spend watching Netflix.


Bright1-277x300C.J. Bright

Hometown: Gilbertsville, KY

Academic Standing: Senior

Major: Political Science

BU Clubs/Organizations: President of the Student Government Association, Political Science Club, New Student Orientation Leader, and FYE Peer Educator

Most memorable BU moment:  That’s tough! It would have to be between the friendships I’ve made during orientation, or the amazing trips I’ve gone on, including going to Chicago and Europe.

Why did you choose BU? I chose to come to BU because it wasn’t too far from home, but close enough to go home if I wanted to. I chose to stay at BU because it was home. It’s amazing the family you gain just by simply deciding to say yes to Brescia.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? Brescia has taught me to grow as a person. It has forced me out of a comfort zone I had created for myself both socially and academically. I have been challenged to be more than average, but rather to be myself. I didn’t really know my full potential until I attended Brescia.

Random fact about myself: I’m a Hufflepuff!

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: Depends on who’s asking and the kind of mood I am in. If I am hungry, I love Mexican…so catch me at El Toribo. If I’m feeling nostalgic or romantic (yes, they can be classified together), catch me in a swing at the riverfront.

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Harry Potter/She’s The Man/ A Cinderella Story/ Pitch Perfect/ Meg Cabbot books/ Friends/ Gossip Girl (I don’t like choosing favorites they’re all equally loved.)



Brent Crawford

Hometown: Clarkson, KY

Academic Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biology

BU Clubs/Organizations: Cross Country/Track & Field

Most memorable BU moment:  Placing in the 400m hurdles at conference

Why did you choose BU? I chose Brescia University because of its small atmosphere, friendly community, and the opportunity to join Cross Country/Track & Field.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? Brescia has allowed me to find out who I really am as a person, as a Christian, and as an athlete.

Random fact about myself: I love spaghetti!

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: Downtown Riverfront

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Shawshank Redemption and Burn Notice



LoganLogan Cecil

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Academic Standing: Senior

Major: Biology

Most memorable BU moment:  Being an Orientation Leader in the Fall of 2013

Why did you choose BU? I grew up in Owensboro and went to Catholic Schools all my life, so the Catholic aspect definitely jumped out initially, but the small class sizes, a faculty and staff that genuinely cares about your personal well being, and the relationships that are able to be made here, which are all truly staples of Brescia University, also appealed to me greatly.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? Apart from my education, I have made multiple valuable relationships, connections, and great friendships here that have truly made a difference in my life.

Random fact about myself: College student by day, Batman by night…

Favorite Local Hangout or Restaurant: Fetta Specialty Pizza

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Field of Dreams, Harry Potter Series, and How I Met Your Mother or The Walking Dead