2020-2021 Executive Board Members

2020-2021 group photo

Top Row (L to R): Bernie Fay, Haylee Rathbone, Julianna Hernandez, Nicole Whitlock, John Mobley IV, Laurie Law
Bottom Row (L to R): Kat Sterk, Nathan Erickson, Joy Westercamp, Sophia Pike, Drew Daly, Linsey Kitt
Not pictured: Taras Butrie


Laurie Law

Administrative Director

Hi! My name is Laurie Smith Law, and I joined the staff of the University Honors Program as the Administrative Director in 2007. I served on the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council from 2011 through 2014, and am currently co-chair of the organization’s Professional Development Committee. My primary responsibilities as the administrative director are to work in conjunction with the Honors staff and Honors Student Board to provide members of the Honors Program with an enriched academic experience.

Kat Sterk

Katherine Sterk

Staff Advisor

Howdy! I graduated with my B.S. in Child, Adult, and Family Services and Psychology from Iowa State University, and am now pursuing a M.Ed in Student Affairs in Higher Education. I am the Graduate Assistant for the University Honors Program. In this position, I serve as the adviser for the Honors Student Board. Additionally, I process and review grant applications. I also engage in advisement sessions with students, so if you have any questions about your fulfillment of Honors requirements, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment! In my free time, I enjoy writing poems, reading, thrift shopping, singing, and watching Grey’s Anatomy! I also love tailgating with my family and partner during football season!


John Mobley IV


Hello everyone! My name is John Mobley IV, and I’m a senior majoring in both Physics and Mathematics with Applications with a minor in Nuclear Engineering. I am originally from Jefferson, Iowa; however, Ames has always felt like a second hometown to me growing up. I am so excited to be your President of the Honors Student Board again this year! Beyond serving on the HSB Executive Board, I am involved in the Society of Women in Physics and the ISU Physics and Astronomy Club here on campus. I look forward to seeing the Honors community grow and prosper this year through the many opportunities Iowa State has to offer — especially HSB events!


Drew Daly

Vice President

Hey y’all! I am Drew Daly, and I am a Junior in Industrial Design. I am from Peosta, Iowa and greatly miss the hills and bluffs it offers. I am the Vice President this year, and I am enthused to be a part of the team!! I enjoy anything art and design-related as well as biking, running, lifting, playing golf, talking to my pet fish Philipé, and listening to music. Plus, I LOVE to dance and am always ready for a dance party!! I look forward to being with an amazing group and making a great year for the honors community!


Nathan Erickson

Secretary and Treasurer

Hey, everyone! My name is Nathan Erickson, and I’m excited to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer for Honors Student Board for the 2020-2021 school year. As of this fall, I will be a junior, with a major in meteorology and minors in GIS and economics. Last year, I was the Upper Division Outreach Chair for HSB, and I enjoyed having this opportunity to serve the Honors community. As a result, I wanted to continue to be involved with HSB in this upcoming year. I hope to have the chance to meet and interact with many of you, all while helping to grow and enliven our Honors community!


Linsey Kitt


Hello! I’m Linsey, and I’m a sophomore majoring in Physics and Computer Science. I grew up on a small farm in Jefferson, Iowa, where I developed a love for cats and the outdoors. I’m very excited to be Webmaster this year and help grow the website! Outside of HSB, I am a tutor for Calculus and will be the Vice President of the Society of Women in Physics and Astronomy this year. I’m looking forward to getting to know more of you and getting to be more involved!


Taras Butrie

FHP Chair

Hello! I’m Taras-Michael (Taras) Butrie and I’m a sophomore in Aerospace Engineering. My hometown is Grand Blanc, Michigan. Besides being the FHP Committee Chair, I’m also the President of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, a clarinet in the Cyclone Hockey Pep Band, and a member of the Iowa Statesmen. My hobbies include playing my clarinet, studying, singing, having fun with friends, and watching ISU sports.


Bernie Fay

UHP Chair

Hey everyone! My name is Bernie Fay and I’m looking forward to serving as the Upper Division Outreach Chair for the 2020-2021 school year. I’m a junior majoring in Software Engineering and Data Science with a minor in Economics. I’ve served as the Harwood House Representative for the previous three semesters and enjoyed the opportunity it gave me to serve Harwood and the Honors community as a whole. I enjoyed HSB so much I wanted to stay involved and continue serving the Honors community. I look forward to meeting many of you throughout the year and helping the Honors community grow. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about UHP or Honors in general!


Joy Westercamp

Events Co-Chair

Hi everyone! I’m Joy Westercamp and I am extremely excited to continue serving as a co-chair of the Events Committee for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am a junior studying Biology in the College of Agriculture & Life sciences and I am originally from Farmington, Iowa. During my first year at Iowa State, I served on the Events and UHP Committees which was a phenomenal experience and gave me the opportunity to initially pursue this position. I can’t wait to continue planning events for students in the Honors Program to help enrich their college experience and build community between Honors students. Please reach out to me if you have questions about the Events Committee or the Honors Program as a whole and I wish you a wonderful school year!


Sophia Pike

Events Co-Chair

Greetings! My name is Sophia Pike, and I am proud to say that I will be serving as one of the Event co-chairs! I am a sophomore Vocal Music Education major, from Bettendorf, Iowa in the Quad Cities area. I am very excited to help plan events I hope you all will enjoy this coming year, and am definitely open to feedback about activities you’d like to participate in! As my major suggests, I love singing, but I also play percussion, trombone, and violin. I listen to all kinds of music as well, but lately have really gotten into groovy tunes from the 60s and 70s, so if you have any suggestions of artists or albums I’d love to check it out! Quarantine has allowed me to develop several new hobbies including reading books I choose, and binge watching Downton Abbey while working on a quilt I’ve started, an odd combination I know, but it’s been a blast!


Julianna Hernandez

Philanthropy Co-Chair

Hi, guys! My name is Julianna Hernandez. I will be serving as one of the Philanthropy Co-Chairs for HSB and I’m delighted I get a chance to be more involved with the Honors community this year. I’m currently a junior majoring in Animal Ecology with a minor in Microbiology and I’m greatly interested in wildlife, conservation, protecting the environment, and research. Additionally, I’m involved in other student organizations such as the Microbiology Club and the Pre-Vet Club, where I also serve as the Equine Interest Chair. I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and, besides school, I enjoy baking, reading, going to the movies, and trying new things.


Nicole Whitlock

Philanthropy Co-Chair

My name is Nicole Whitlock. I am a senior in Elementary Education, with endorsements in mathematics and reading and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Outside of Honors, I am the Vice President of the College Democrats at Iowa State and serve as the Ex-Officio Ames City Council Liaison for Student Government. I also love spending time with my cat, Marco, baking, yoga, and painting.

Amelia Huebsch

Amelia Huebsch

Anders House Chair

Hi everyone! I'm Amelia Huebsch and I'm very excited to be this year's Anders house representative. I'm a freshman majoring in biochemistry and minoring in microbiology. I come from a suburb of Minneapolis called Golden Valley. My hobbies include hanging out with my horse Jax (in the photo above), having fun with friends, and cooking. 

joe zuber

Joe Zuber

Starbuck House Chair

Hello! I'm Joe Zuber, a sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering. I grew up in a small town in Eastern Iowa, where I grew to love competition. In high school, I competed at state track, and started my own international esports team which I still run today. I also currently manage and play for Iowa State's Overwatch esports teams. I'm looking forward to helping out as House Representative for Starbuck this year, and I can't wait to get to know more of you!