Our Team

Students with passion to make something great for the Phoenix Community.


We are entirely

Student planned. Student run

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dominic pachuillo

License Holder

& Head organizer

Paul Waterman

Director of events

Julia Sena

Director of Marketing

Elijah Kattke

Director of PR

Jedidiah Woods

director of design

emma harris

director of operations

Marco Burgarello

Director of rules

Brandon Orozco

director of finance

Joshua mcGuire

director of speaker acquisition

justin mclean

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the 2018 Stage

Suzana Flores

Jim Kellner

Jody Mcphearson


Rachael Mann

Jeff Orr

Jeff Golner

Brett Pyle


A completely student planned, organized and executed TEDx. This event is run and led by students, all leaders in a specific field, to coordinate a large-scale event. This provides the students with an opportunity to gain real life experience, hone skills while discovering where their passions lie, and to build something great. An opportunity to not only bring the GCU student population together, but also to bring the community of Phoenix together. We will also provide a platform for individuals in Phoenix to finally have a place to express their ideas. Each year we will pursue a more pristine and effective impact, always innovating, always learning, and always moving.

What is TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxGrandCanyonUniversity, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxGrandCanyonUniversity event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


Who are we?

Our team is made up of students with a passion to learn, create, and execute. None of us are experts in our fields yet we work together to learn the high level skills necessary and then have the opportunity to execute on those skills. Every year our student team builds an experience that is considered excellent on a professional standard. Join us on our journey as we fail fast, pivot faster, and in the process, build something great.


Qualities of our team members

  • Humility
  • Passion
  • Teamwork
  • Persistence