Meet the Buddies
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
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My name is Elaine and I am a freshman at Ball State. I have always loved working with students who have special needs at my school, church and in the community. I am very excited to be able to continue doing what I love at Ball State!
"I am a junior and second year BFA Acting Major at Ball State University in the department of Theatre and Dance. As an artist and person I am very passionate about accessibility in theatre and providing a space to explore art that is open to all people, regardless of ability. In my spare time I work as a nanny with neurodiverse children and love being able to connect with others."
Joshua Hourigan has been an original Prism performer since 2009 and is blessed to be a buddy for this program. Since he gained his theatre experience, he transferred those skills onto doing youth productions at Muncie Civic. He wants to prove that the arts are crucial for students of all abilities and they are able to express themselves through it.
Outside of that, he is currently a pastry arts student at Ivy Tech’s hospitality program and plans to open up an online company and seek an internship prior to graduation in May.
Hi my name is Addison and this is my first year with the Prism Project! It is currently my second year here at BSU and I'm an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy major with a minor in sociology and Technical Theatre. I am also a second year member in the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band in the Mellophone Section. Along with being in the Pride I am also part of the public relations team where I am one of the two social media managers, the outreach team head and the activities committee head. I am so excited to be joining the Prism Project this spring!
Emily Rose Olsson (she/her) is a sophomore Acting major with a minor in American Sign Language. She is so excited to get involved with Prism, and is so grateful for Veronica Santoyo for introducing it to her to the organization!
I am a sophomore Special Education: Mild Interventions major here at Ball State from Laporte, IN. I'm involved on campus with activities like the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band Color Guard and the Vice President of Public Relations for North West Hall! As a pre-service and future special education educator, I am passionate about being able to help students with exceptionalities feel welcomed, included, comfortable and confident in expressing themselves and incorporating music into the classroom! I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with staff and students on the Prism Project!
My name is Anna Scott, and I am a senior Elementary Education Major at Ball State. I felt drawn to the PRISM Project because of my background and love in music, and because of my passion for working with students who have special needs. I am also actively involved in BSU College Mentors for Kids, where I serve as both VP of Marketing and Activity Planning.
Oksana Komarenko is a doctoral student in the Music Program at Ball State University with an emphasis on Music Education. Oksana graduated with MM in Music Education degree from Ball State University in the Summer of 2022. Additionally, Oksana holds MM in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Ukrainian National Academy of Music in Kyiv and a Licentiate Diploma from the London College of Music; she is also a Certified Yamaha Junior Music Course Teacher. Oksana has extensive teaching experience that includes K-4 general music, Yamaha Junior Music, high school music theory, and private lessons both in voice and piano.Pursuing her DA degree, Oksana serves as a graduate teaching assistant, teaching the course Basic Music for Classroom Teachers, and as the university supervisor for student teachers.
Hello, my name is Skylar Klapman and I am majoring in Special Education-Intense Interventions at Ball State University! I love working with kiddos of all ages and can't wait to have tons of fun working with the Prism Project this semester!
Emily Koontz is a junior majoring in elementary education with minors in Gifted & Talented and Multicultural Education. Outside of Prism Project, Emily is involved in BSU Dance Marathon, Outlet Hip Hop Troupe, Kappa Delta Pi, Vox Anima, volunteers with Refugee Alliance of Delaware County (RADC), and is a Resident Assistant at DeHority Complex! Emily is beyond excited for the opportunity to be a buddy at Prism Project!
Hello, my name is Reagan Perry! I am from East Peoria, IL. I am a freshman here at Ball State studying Applied Behavior Analysis with a minor in American Sign Language. I love coffee and my favorite Broadway show is Newsies:)
My name is Morgan, and I am a sophomore at Ball State University with a dual major in elementary and special education. I am very excited to be able to provide my help and talent with the Prism Project this year. I am very active on campus, especially with Kappa Delta Sorority, the Pride of Mid America Marching Band, and Hall Council. I am from Fort Wayne, Indiana and have been active in the performing arts since the third grade.
I am a junior at Ball State. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education. I have always worked with children either with babysitting, or at work. Back home in Indy, I work as a teacher assistant for young toddlers. I love drawing, painting. In my free time I like to hang with friends and family
Victoria Smith is a graduate of Washburn University, where she received her Bachelors in Music with a Double Emphasis in Violin and Voice. During her time there, she was heavily involved with the orchestras and choirs, being a member of the private Fetter String Quartet, as well as serving as co-concertmaster. Since being a Master's student at Ball State, she has participated in different vocal competitions, and was a semi-finalist in the Great Lakes Regional NATS competition.
In her time at Ball State, she has been the recipient of a private Graduate Assistantship with Project SEAC, working for the community to bring resources for children with Autism. Working as the former assistantship for Prism Project, as well as the Camp Achieve summer program, she has developed a love for anyone with any type of special need.
Ollie Marshall is a 1st year at Ball State University and is majoring in Theatre Education. Ollie is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been performing since they were 3 years old. Whether it’s through dance, theater, or community performances, they love to inspire others through performance, as well as advocate for unheard voices through their art! In their free time, Ollie likes to watch movies, hang out with loved ones, and cuddle with their dogs.