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Andrea Cornel, Co-founder


Andrea Cornel is the President and Co-founder of Dig for Duke. Andrea is a Morehead-Cain Scholar at The University of North Carolina studying biology and math. She is the Co-president of the nonprofit, Heels for the Homeless, and an avid curler. Andrea enjoys traveling, baking, spending time outdoors, and playing volleyball. 

When Andrea was 17 years old, she was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer. She was a healthy, active person prior to her diagnosis, and little did she know that after 6 years of supporting Duke Children's Hospital, she would need them as well. Now, Andrea is cancer-free and her journey created an even deeper purpose for Dig for Duke. 

Kennedy Goodwin, Co-founder


Kennedy Goodwin is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Dig for Duke. She is a student at West Virginia University studying forensic chemistry. At school, she is a member of the recruitment for MountaineerTHON and is involved in greek life. Kennedy enjoys spending time traveling, at the lake, and exploring the mountains. 


Kennedy was born with Goldenhar Syndrome which affects facial features, the skeleton, and organs. She has had 24 surgeries, many of which were at Duke Children's Hospital. With this lifelong journey, she has seen the impact that Duke Children's Hospital has had on every kid that walks through the doors. 

Ainsley Mesnard, Chief Communications Officer


Ainsley Mesnard is the Chief Communications Officer of Dig for Duke. Ainsley is a student at The University of North Carolina studying neuroscience and Spanish. She served as the National Honors Society for Dance Arts president and on the Executive Leadership team for dance at her high school. Ainsley enjoys spending time with family, going down to the beach, and is always up for a game of volleyball. 

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