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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, Adjunct Communication Faculty

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.



John Klapheke, Junior, Double Major in Design, Arts and Technology and Communication, Minor in Photography

John has been on the TEDxBellarmineU core team since February 2018. Being a part of TEDx eventually led John to fulfill a lifetime goal, giving his own TEDx talk in early 2020. When he isn’t helping to plan a TEDxBellarmineU event, he’s either working as lacrosse manager or photography club president, lifting, constructing a CAD model, or enjoying nature by hiking.  

Contact: jklapheke@bellarmine.edu

Angela Miller, Adjunct Theatre Faculty Angela 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 second TEDx conference event.


Grace Potts, Junior, Major in CommunicationGrace Potts

Grace is involved with TedxBellarmineU’s social media and promotion. She is passionate about social media management and marketing. This summer, she will be interning with LiveNation as a Brand Ambassador and hopes to continue her work in new media marketing. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to join the Core Team this year and join in their organized, productive chaos.

Contact: • @_greyspots_ • @_greyspots_


Lucas Rogers, Senior, Double Major 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 is currently working on a short film. His goal in life is to be a famous movie director. He started playing the trumpet when he was 10 and is currently in Bellarmine’s pep band. He has also acted in four plays and been the stage manager for two musicals.


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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Graduated TEDx Core Members


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.



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.