Hannah Butler

Mentor for Leadership and Recruitment

Hannah is a senior in Ceramic Engineering. This is her third year being a part of Miner Challenge. Last year, she was a trip leader and led a group to Jackson, Tennessee focusing on the flooding issues that arise from erosion of the soil/sand in and around streams and rivers. Two years ago she went on a trip to Bastrop, Texas helping with conservation efforts in Bastrop state park after a forest fire and flood destroyed over 95% of the park. Outside of Miner Challenge, Hannah enjoys reading, hiking, watching too much Netflix, and traveling.

Zeshan Hyder

Mentor for Marketing and Fundraising

Dr. Zeshan Hyder holds a PhD in mining engineering from Virginia Tech. He also holds master degrees in mining engineering and engineering management, and graduate certificates in project management and GIS technology. Currently, he is pursuing an MBA from Missouri S&T with emphasis on Data Science and Business Analytics. Dr. Hyder loves learning and acquiring new skills. He enjoys helping others and spending time in various volunteering activities. In his free time, he plays cricket, badminton, and reads books.

Danielle Blackard

Trip Leader

Dani is a sophomore studying Environmental Engineering. She was a participant on the 2018 trip to Managua Nicaragua. Outside of Miner Challenge, Dani is involved in her sorority and National Panhellenic Council. She hopes to bring lasting connections and impact to her team and the community she she works with this year.

Victoria Chan

Trip Leader

Victoria is a senior majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Studies. She is from Jefferson City, MO and spent the last two summers attempting to visit every state park in Missouri. She enjoys spending time with her friends, watching Youtube videos on bullet journaling, and taking mini road trips anywhere she has not been. She has participated in two grand Miner Challenge adventures in her earlier years to Bastrop, Texas and Hammond, Louisiana, and she is excited to make her last trip the best one yet!

Abdullah Felemban

Trip Leader

Abdullah is a senior in Petroleum Engineering, he joined S&T in Fall 2014. He joined Miner challenge his sophomore year, when he went to Harlan KY to help with environment and animal rescue. On this trip, he got to learn about the local community and see how they live their life.  Also, he got to bond with his team and learn more about their lives and how everyone is going through school, which he found to be very rewarding, since it is one of the few college trips that he gets to spend outside of school. Abdullah did Miner Challenge for a second time, traveling to Biloxi, MS, and he found it to be very rewarding as well. He really enjoyed the long ride talks with other members, as well as the close bonding that he got to achieve with them. He got to learn about the local community in MS, just like he did in KY.  Abdullah is very excited to be a trip leader this year, and he hopes to apply the knowledge he gained from previous years to make an even better trip, and to help future participants feel how Miner Challenge has broadened his experience in volunteering.

Katlyn Maas

Trip Leader

Katlyn is a junior from Morrisville, MO studying Engineering Management and minoring in Global Studies. She has been a part of Miner Challenge since she was a freshman, participating in two trips: Bastrop, TX (aka Team Forest People), focusing on environmental issues, and Managua, Nicaragua focusing on rural education. She is also involved with Lambda Sigma Pi and ASEM on campus. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, cooking, hiking, or any other activity that involves being outside. Katlyn hopes to bring a warm and welcoming home to those who join Miner Challenge, and is ready to make new friends over this coming school year.

Shelby Stoner

Trip Leader

Shelby is a junior in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy. She worked at Bayer this past summer as a Process Safety Intern and loved it! In the future, she hopes to stay with Bayer or a similar company. She loves her new chocolate lab puppy, Rigby, along with travelling, being creative, helping others, taking pictures, laughing, and getting things accomplished. She has been on two Miner Challenge trips before. Her first trip was her freshman year to Biloxi, MS focusing on Hunger and Homelessness. Her second trip was last year to Nicaragua focusing on Rural Education. She fell in love with the program her freshman year and is committed to helping other people fall in love with it as well!

Jessica Haywood

Program Administrator

Student Involvement

Jessica is originally from the mountains of North Carolina and graduated with a B.S. in Spanish Education from Appalachian State University. She taught Spanish in NC public schools for three years and worked with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Jessica then moved to Oregon where she completed her Master's degree in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University.  She has been working with the Miner Challenge program since 2015. She has always had a passion for alternative break programs and went on her first trip as a freshman in college.  She enjoys creative pursuits such as crafting and photography, and loves international travel.