Governor appoints student trustee

Julie Lynn CentofantiJulie Lynn Centofanti, a junior Biology major at Youngstown State University, has been appointed to serve as a student member of the YSU Board of Trustees. 

The appointment by Gov. Mike DeWine runs through April 2024. Centofanti replaces Galatiani Lopuchovsky, who has graduated.

A graduate of South Range High School, Centofanti is a member of the YSU Sokolov Honors College and a member of YSU’s BaccMed program that leads students to medical school and careers in medicine. 

Centofanti also is involved in the Choose Ohio First STEM Program, the STEM Leadership Society, Penguin Pen Pals and iPenPals, and she was recently elected a student vice president of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. She said she also enjoys her role as piano accompanist for the South Range Middle School Choir.
Earlier this year, Centofanti was among only two students across Ohio to receive the 2022 Charles J. Ping Student Service Legacy Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to community service. She received the award for creating and leading the YSU Transcribing Club, which has transcribed more than 20,000 historical documents through the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.

Centofanti also received the John J. Hanigan Scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council for her work in creating the transcribing project across campus.