Cory Beadle- President
Cory Beadle graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Business Administration. Cory is a dedicated individual who puts his heart into everything he does. Cory has a knack for event planning, fund raising, and non-profit business. In addition to being a small business owner, he has an intensive background in the non-profit world. Beginning when he was 7 years old in cub scouts he continued through the ranks to achieve the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout (highest honor in scouting) at the age of 17. Throughout those 10 years he participated, organized, and led countless community service events. At the age of 18 he joined Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at EMU and continued to learn, lead, and during his final years, teach others everything he had learned. Upon graduation he felt something missing in his life. It was at that moment, “Pennies for Pencils” was born.
Emilie Hannon- Public Relations
Emilie Hannon graduated from Eastern Michigan University in December of 2010. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is endorsed in Reading and Early Childhood Education. Emilie is currently teaching in Washtenaw County. She believes that education is a very important field because it affects the children and families closest to us, those who are a part of our community. Teachers have the privilege of working directly with children and helping them to learn and become successful. While attending Eastern, Emilie joined Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority where she served as the Education Chair. Through the many community service events that she participated in with her sorority, she saw the increasing need for funds and community support of the schools.
Anthony DeNardis takes pride in philanthropic endeavors while maintaining a high quality of standards in life. “Every day is a new adventure” says Anthony as he wakes up each morning. This motto is shown within his quality of work. Anthony graduated from Eastern Michigan University in April 2010 with a degree in visual art education. Throughout his life, he has witnessed firsthand the opportunities being taken away from many public schools. Currently Anthony is teaching in the Detroit area at a publicly funded school. Here he has been working with at risk students hoping to make a difference in the community.
Anthony is also a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. With his time spent at EMU, he has participated in many leadership activities and roles, as well as volunteering at local schools to help educate the youth. Anthony takes pride in education because as he says, “education is a key to success.”
Leslie Hillebrand- Event Coordinator
Leslie Hillebrand received her bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University in April 2010. She returned to EMU in the fall 2010 to start her master’s program in Speech Pathology. Leslie will have the ability to work in a variety of locations including schools, she knows the importance of having adequate materials and supplies to better assist children in reaching their goals.
While attending Eastern, Leslie has made strong ties to the local community by volunteering in various events as well as working in local businesses and substitute teaching in the Washtenaw county school systems.
When presented with the opportunity to join the Pennies for Pencils team she was excited to be a part of an organization that is geared towards making a better tomorrow for Michigan and the local community that she has grown to love.