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: sapostel@bellarmine.edu • @apostels • website

Kristi Apostel Kristi Apostel, Editor, Online Educator

When Kristi isn’t working online or supporting the TEDx Core Team, she’s usually in the kitchen layering flavors and trying not to stumble over two inquisitive pups. Professionally, she’s an editor, mentor, tutor, and technical communicator. She's also the resident chef and caterer for the Core Team, which she secretly admits is her favorite role for TEDx.

Contact: apostels@gmail.com

Abigail Bullock

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

This is Abby’s second year on the Core Team, and she is so excited to be able to integrate all that she learned in her first year, learning from her other talented core team members, as well as to gain more experience in so many different fields. 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 involved in the Bellarmine Leadership Institute, Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Honors Society), and Bellarmine Theatre.

Contact: abullock3@bellarmine.edu

Abigail Bullock

Daniel Hutchins, Junior, Major in Communication, Minor in Marketing and Digital Media

Daniel is one of the newest members of the Core Team. Currently, he coordinates TEDxBellarmineU’s social media, stemming from an ongoing interest in social media marketing and digital media. In his personal life, he enjoys gaming, reading, music production, and consuming various forms of online media.

Contact: dhutchins@bellarmine.edu

Gisela Martinez HeadshotGisela Martinez, Sophomore, Double Major in Economics and Business Administration, Minor in International Studies

Gisela is an international student from Merida, Mexico. She has always been an avid fan of TED Talks and is excited to participate in the TEDx events while at Bellarmine. Currently, Gisela is a Student Ambassador, member of the Honors Program, and Peer Coach for first-year students. Looking ahead, she plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Management as well as study the economics of immigration.

Contact: gmartinezacosta@bellarmine.edu

Angela Miller HeadshotAngela Miller, Adjunct Design, Arts, and Technology Faculty

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.

Contact: amiller@bellarmine.edu

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.

Contact: cbhagwandin01@bellarmine.edu • crystalbhagwandin@gmail.com


Jacob Gagel, Majored in Communication, Minored in Digital Media; First Year Master of Arts in Communication

Passionate about storytelling and film, Jacob started working with TEDxBellarmineU in 2020 as a videographer. In 2021, Jacob stepped into
the roles of director, producer, and video editor for TEDxBellarmineU events, eventually joining the Core Team. He is currently earning his Master of Arts in Communication and hopes to begin his goal to create films.

Contact: jgagel@bellarmine.edu • Instagram


John Klapheke, Double Majored 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. John now attends the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law pursuing a JD/MBA. In his spare time, John enjoys kayaking, photography, working out, and hiking through nature.



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.

Contact: sqnelson1@gmail.com 

Lucas Rogers

Lucas Rogers, Double Majored in Design, Arts and Technology and Communication; First Year Master of Business, Analytics Concentration

Lucas has been on the TEDxBellarmineU Core Team for four years. He is passionate about visual and performing art, especially filmmaking, and began experimenting with video at the age of 14. Having worked on six short films and a docu-series currently in post-production, Lucas is now a full-time video editor/production assistant for Evy Media. His goal in life is to be a famous movie director. Always busy, Lucas has been playing the trumpet since he was 10 and, as a student, was in Bellarmine’s pep band. He has also acted in four plays and been the stage manager for two musicals.

Contact: lrogers@bellarmine.edu • Instagram • YouTube


Jacob Schuhmann, Majored in Communication

Jacob is passionate about humanity and believes strongly in the power of kindness. A few years ago when Jacob was previously an emcee for TEDxBellarmineU, he had never held a long-term job or worked with people on a professional level. Jacob claims he was just a kid, passionate for people and education. While that passion continues, kindness has driven Jacob to realize the same applies to humanity. His personal philosophy is like a snowball: the kinder we are to other people, the more kindness we receive, and the more our passion grows for humanity. 

Alumni TEDx Core Team Members

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.

Contact: hmelcher@bellarmine.edu

Grace PottsGrace Potts, Master of Science in Digital Media ‘22

Grace coordinates TEDxBellarmineU’s social media and was emcee for TEDxBellarmineU 2021. She is passionate about social media management and marketing and is now working in the Bellarmine University Office of Development while she completes her Masters.

Contact: gpotts@bellarmine.edu

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.

Contact: rvacapuente@bellarmine.edu • rominavacapuente@gmail.com


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.

Contact: grayson.rohrig@gmail.com 

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.

Contact: gurbaniak01@bellarmine.edu