Sarah Nelson-Balonis

Board Member & Communications Director
Class of 2005 | College of Visual & Performing Arts

When she was growing up, she wanted to be tall. However, Sarah’s stature is in no way representative of the big ideas she brings to the table.

Born and raised in Rochester, only 65 miles from Syracuse, Sarah earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communication Design. She was a member of the goon squad helping to move Freshmen into the dorms, and was also a tour guide for the School of Art & Design.

Since moving to Baltimore in 2005, Sarah has worked at numerous different creative firms and agencies in the area. Currently, she is an Art Director and Project Manager at Novak Birch just south of Federal Hill in Baltimore. Sarah has been working with the alumni club as the Communications Director sending out eNewsletters, eMail blasts, as well as building and maintaining the website.

Katie Brennan

Board Member & Community Outreach Director
Class of 2009 | College of Arts & Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Born and raised in Baltimore, Kaitlin ventured up I-83 without a clue as to what “lake effect” meant. She quickly learned. While at Syracuse, Kaitlin earned a dual Policy Studies and History degree from the Maxwell School.

After moving back to Baltimore in 2009, Kaitlin has worked in research and the non-profit sector. She recently started working for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative as a Community Outreach and Education Coordinator. Kaitlin is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.

After meeting fellow Alumni living in Baltimore, Kaitlin started working with the Club and has been a dedicated B’more Orange ever since. She’s helped to organize many of the service/charitable events in her role as Community Outreach Director.


Ryan Brook
Class of 2003 | Whitman School of Management