ABOUT THE TEAM
Welcome to our organization, Pair2Share. We are the founders: Juliana, Mekayla, and Meriah. We are all graduates of Footnotes Dance and Acrobatics Vibe Performance Company of Roswell, GA. and are now students at the University of Georgia. You can find more about each of us individually below!
JULIANA- THE FOUNDER
My name is Juliana Abel and I am a Junior at the University of Georgia double majoring in Biology and Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. I came up with the idea for Pair2Share about 4 and a half years ago when my passion for staying involved in community service became a need to do something more. I wanted to do something important for the dance community, which has been one of the biggest parts of my life for 13 years. Since beginning Pair2Share, Meriah, Mekayla, and I spent two years as a part of the Giving Point Institute where we learned the ins-and-outs of non-profit work, networking, fundraising, and much more. As a result, in 2014 I received one of 21st Century Leaders’ Georgia Youth Leadership “20 under 20” awards. Since graduating high school, I have made an effort to stay in the dance world as well as involve myself in community service and leadership opportunities. I was a member of the Georgette Dance Line for my first two years and continue to dance at Dance FX in Athens. I have also been a member of UGA Miracle, a student-run organization supporting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, since 2015. This year, I was chosen to be a Color Group Captain to lead the underclassmen committees and promote a passion for the organization.
I started this organization with a desire to take my dedication to community service one step farther. It has been an amazing experience that I have learned from every step of the way. I am so happy to see the success that has come to this organization thus far and hope to see it grow even more in the coming years. Thank you for showing interest in Pair2Share!
Hello there! My name is Mekayla Murphy and I’m a senior at the University of Georgia, majoring in Exercise and Sports Science and on the pre-Physician’s Assistant track. Playing a role in the creation of Pair2Share allowed me to combine my passion for dance, helping others, and making a difference in my community all into one. My entire life I have felt the need to give back to my community, and being a part of Pair2Share has enabled me to do just that. Since coming to college, I have continued to immerse myself into my community and be involved in a number of campus organizations. For the past three years, I have been a proud member of the Georgettes dance line, and couldn’t imagine my time at UGA without this incredible experience. Additionally, I have served on the executive board for the Rho Tau Pre-Physical Therapy Club, led my sorority’s team in UGA’s annual Greek Grind philanthropy event, been a Student Ambassador for the College of Education, and also worked as an undergraduate research assistant on a study within the Department of Kinesiology. The chance to serve in these leadership positions throughout my college career has reinforced my love for helping and guiding others, which is why building Pair2Share and working to make it better every day continues to be one of my primary concerns.
MERIAH GROVE- COFOUNDER
Hi there, I’m Meriah Grove and I am a sophomore at the University of Georgia. I am an Advertising major with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. It was in co-founding Pair2Share nearly three years ago that my love for the nonprofit sector and the startup world in general began. Thus, I decided to jump in here at UGA and became very involved with the Society of Entrepreneurs and the Entrepreneurship program in general. I am now the VP of operations and the youngest person in the certificate program. Around Athens I also am a member of the Concert Company at DanceFX and on the service and philanthropy committee of my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. I am also working as the Youth Ministry Intern for the whole Diocese of Atlanta, which combines my passions for graphics, banding and social media work with my love for giving back to my communities! During the summers I work as a sleep-away camp Staffer at Camp Mikell, this summer job also reinforces my passion for giving back and especially giving back to children and creating a positive place for them to grow and thrive.