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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 love any and all types of crackers and cereal. They are my two main food groups.

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


Katie Jones

Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Academic Standing: Senior

Major: Psychology and Theology

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

Most memorable BU moment:  This was the first year I didn’t participate in Freshmen Orientation as an OL, but I was in town during orientation and thought I would pop in before role 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 will study abroad in London and Paris.

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.



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


IMG_8365Stephanie Wall

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky

Academic Standing: Junior

Major: Secondary Education, Emphasis in English

BU Clubs/Organizations: Student Ambassador, Student Government Association Secretary, New Student Orientation Leader, Peer Educator, Kentucky Education Association Secretary.

Most memorable BU moment:  Bonding with my fellow Orientation Leaders during Orientation Leader training.

Why did you choose BU? I chose Brescia because of all of the welcoming people that work/attend here.  If I had any questions about anything, the people in the offices were eager to help me.  The student ambassador that gave me my first tour of campus was also a big reason I decided to come to school at Brescia.  Everyone feels like family.

How has Brescia made a difference in your life? I know that the Education program at Brescia is completely preparing me for the future.

Random fact about myself: I won a free trip to Los Angeles when I was 15 and was on a TV show.

Favorite Local Hangout/Restaurant: Real Hacienda

Favorite movie/book/TV show: Frozen