In 2016, Central Michigan University students identified the financial burdens faced by families due to the recent economic downturns, and the underfunding of the Michigan public education system. Pack Your Back was created by those CMU students to help supply younger students living in underprivileged locations with the proper resources to succeed in the classroom.
Galen Miller currently serves as Pack Your Back's President. He is currently attending Central Michigan University and will graduate in May 2019 with a degree in Recreation and Event Management. He is pursuing a major in Commercial Event Management and a minor in both Hospitality Administration and Leadership. In addition to working with Pack Your Back, Galen is also very involved on campus with the Office of Student Activities and Involvement.
Josie Born currently serves as the Treasurer of Pack Your Back. She presently attends Saginaw Valley State University to complete a teaching degree. She is pursuing a major in Music Education and a minor in Secondary Mathematics Education. In addition to working with Pack Your Back, Josie is also involved in multiple music-related activities on campus and is a co-owner of her family business.
Amani Johnson currently serves as Vice President for Pack Your Back. He is a junior at Central Michigan University studying Public & Nonprofit Administration. Amani has been involved in many organizations at CMU and has experience with event planning as well as fundraising.
Josh Belcher serves as the Director of Outreach, Expansion, & Development. He is currently a student at Central Michigan University studying mathematics and history. Outside of PYB, Josh is a Resident Assistant, Peer Involvement Adviser, Academic Orientation Mentor, and an Office Assistant at an on-campus Student Success Center.
Madison Mariles is currently the Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Pack Your Back. She is a Leader Advancement Scholar at Central Michigan University and is expected to graduate in May 2020. She is pursuing a major in Integrative Public Relations with minors in Marketing and Leadership. Aside from working with Pack Your Back, Madison is also very involved on campus, serving as a deskie for her residence hall and an active member of Program Board and PRSSA.
Kaitlyn Reed has served as Pack Your Back's secretary since its inception. She is currently an honors student at Central Michigan University and will graduate in May 2018 with a business degree. She is pursuing a major in General Management and a minor in Hospitality Services & Administration. In addition to working with Pack Your Back, Kaitlyn is also involved on campus, especially with the Volunteer Center where she works as an On-Campus Service Student Coordinator.
Cabrina Felton currently serves as a Fundraiser Director for Pack Your Back. She is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Apparel Merchandising and Design. She is expected to graduate in December 2017. Cabrina has been involved in multiple organizations at school.
Katie Heller currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for Pack Your Back. She is a freshman at Central Michigan University expected to graduate in May of 2020. She is studying Human Resource Management with minors in Business Information Systems and Leadership. Katie is a Leader Advancement Scholar and is also involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, Co-ed Professional Business Fraternity serving as the current Event Planning Chair.