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TEDx Bellarmine Core Team

Current TEDx Core Members


Dr. Shawn Apostel, Faculty Advisor, Associate Professor of Communication, Design, Arts and Technology Director

A former high-school dropout, musician and artist, Shawn is a dyslexic who found his questions about graphic design and photography couldn’t be answered without going to college, a decision that would eventually propel him to obtain a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

Contact: • @apostels • website

Kristi Apostel Kristi Apostel, Online Educator, Occasional Adjunct Instructor

When Kristi isn’t working online or supporting the TEDx Core Team, she’s usually in the kitchen layering flavors for the next family meal or preparing to host a gathering of friends. Professionally, she’s an editor, mentor, tutor and technical communicator. At home, she endeavors as a wife, mother and dog owner.


Abigail Bullock

Abby Bullock, Freshman, Double Major in Design, Arts and Technology and Communication, Minor in Theatre

A first year TEDxBellarmineU core team member, Abby is ecstatic and grateful to be able to learn from her other hardworking, talented core members. She has a passion for theatre, writing and film production and hopes to pursue one of these areas in the near future. At Bellarmine University, she is currently an assistant stage manager in their theatre program's production of A Doll's House.



John Klapheke, Senior, Double Major in Design, Arts and Technology and Communication

John has been on the TEDxBellarmineU core team since February 2018. This journey with TEDx eventually led John to fulfill a lifetime goal of giving his own TEDx talk in January 2020. Post-graduation, John will attend law school at the University of Louisville. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, taking pictures, lifting and hiking through nature.

Contact: jklapheke@bellarmine.eduwebsite

Hannah Melcher

Hannah Melcher, Sophomore, Double Major in Design, Arts and Technology and Communication, Minor in Digital Media

While sports have always been a big part of Hannah's life, after having to step away from competitive play, she has found a passion and joy in storytelling and journalism. This passion is growing in her plans to pursue a career in sports broadcasting and journalism. Her strongest abilities are seen in her organization and time management skills. Outside of these pursuits, she also enjoys watching sports, baking, working out and reading.


Angela Miller, Adjunct Theatre FacultyAngela Miller Headshot

Angela has worked at Bellarmine since 2009 and has experienced the good fortune of serving as both faculty and staff over the years. She holds three masters degrees, spanning from Digital Media to Theatrical Directing. She is humbled and honored to be welcomed into this amazing group of students who are coordinating Bellarmine’s annual TEDx conference event.


Grace PottsGrace Potts, Senior, Major in Communication, Early Entry Master of Arts Digital Media

Grace is involved with TedxBellarmineU’s social media and promotion. She is passionate about social media management and marketing and recently completed two internships: one at LiveNation Entertainment and one with the nonprofit I’m Changing the Narrative. She is now working in the Bellarmine University Registrar's Office and interns at the Bellarmine University Development Office. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to join the Core Team last year and assist with their organized, productive chaos.


Graduated TEDx Core Members

Crystal Bhagwandin

Crystal Bhagwandin, Double Majored in Health Services Administration and Communication, Minor in Business Administration

Crystal’s last name is pronounced BAg- wahn - din. She is from Brooklyn and is passionate about breaking down and then eliminating injustices in the health system, particularly by making an impact in the day-to-day delivery of patient care.

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Quincy Nelson, TEDx Team Founder

Although Quincy graduated from Bellarmine in 2016, he will always be a student. His interests include art, culture and various forms of social media and technology. He travels, works and thrives when he’s around amazing people like those on the TEDx Core Team.


Lucas Rogers

Lucas Rogers, Double Majored in Design, Arts and Technology and Communication

Lucas is passionate about visual and performing art, especially film. He’s been experimenting with video since he was 14 and has worked on short films. His goal in life is to be a famous movie director. He started playing the trumpet when he was 10 and was, as a student, in Bellarmine’s pep band. He has also acted in four plays and been the stage manager for two musicals.

Contact: • Instagram • YouTube


Grayson Rohrig, Majored in Communication

Grayson, who graduated in 2018, is heavily interested in radio, podcasting and event planning in his professional life. In his personal life, he likes climbing, stand-up comedy, traveling and camping.


Alumni TEDx Core Team Members

Jacob Schumann, Majored in Communication

Before graduating in 2017, Jacob worked to build a TEDx team that he believed would be ideal for planning and pulling off a fantastic TEDx event.


Gillian Urbaniak, Majored in Pre-Law

From Chicago, Gillian’s passions are educating youth on activism and using communication, politics and law to help those who feel left behind. She was a legal intern for the American Civil Liberties Union and is a fan of coffee and petting dogs.


RominaRomina Vaca Puente, Exchange Student from Ecuador

Romina organized multiple events for the communication faculty at her home university, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where she coordinated a Hair Donation Campaign to provide wigs to children with leukemia. She has won multiple track meets, played soccer since she was five and practiced karate for multiple years. Romina’s goal is to work with refugees and immigrants in the non-profit sector.

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