Meet the Staff

Kristin Austin Headshot

Senior Director of New Student Programs

Areas of responsibility: Provide strategic leadership and direction to the Office of New Student Programs and guide all orientation programming. Work with campus partners to support the  Mission, Vision, Values and Goals of the University, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of New Student Programs. Represent NSP on key campus committees. Supervise NSP staff members and foster their professional development. Oversee budget for New Student Programs and Orientation.

Devan (Kowalek) Zgleszewski Headshot

Associate Director of New Student Programs

Areas of responsibility: Logistical planning for all orientation and Welcome Weekend programs including program schedules, space reservations, presenters, technology, catering, etc.  Hiring, supervision and training of graduate staff and NODA interns. First-generation student initiatives.

 Ellen DiSanti's Headshot

Assistant Director of New Student Programs

Areas of responsibility: Orientation communications including mailings, orientation booklets and email communications. Orientation registration and attendance for all orientation programs and attendance for required welcome weekend programs. Administration of online pre-orientation program and D2L orientation modules. New Student Programs website.

 Ann (Lenora) Mitchell Headshot

Assistant Director of New Student Programs

Areas of responsibility: Undergraduate orientation leader team including recruitment, hiring, training, staff development and supervision. Supervision and mentoring of orientation leadership team and returning orientation leaders. Administration of D2L Orientation Leader Experience course.

 Maria Turner's Headshot

Staff Assistant for the Office of New Student Programs

Areas of responsibility: New Student Programs reception and clerical support. Administering general orientation email inbox. Budget reporting, purchase orders and procurement card reconciliations. Orientation leader hiring paperwork, background clearances and payroll.



Summer 2021 Graduate Internship Opportunities

NSP is now accepting applications for our summer graduate staff . If you're looking for an internship experience that will help you grow as a future professional, watch this video to hear from former grad staff members about their NSP experience. We're accepting applications through January 31, 2021, so apply soon!

Spring 2021 Graduate Staff

MaryClare Rae

Maryclare rae
Graduate Assistant

MaryClare is a first year Master's degree candidate in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs at West Chester University.  She graduated from Susquehanna University in 2019 with a degree in Communication Studies and Spanish.  MaryClare is also a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, where she held multiple leadership positions and now volunteers as an advisor.  MaryClare is most proud of her work with the first Communications Department Pre-College Summer Program, #GOMedia, at Susquehanna University, assisting in the planning and execution of a week-long program designed to help students discover their talents in communications.  MaryClare is excited to continue her education with West Chester and work with New Student Programs for a successful school year!

Elissa Wingfield

elissa wingfield
Graduate Intern

Elissa is a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs master's program. She is a West Chester University alum and graduated with her bachelor's degree in English. This is Elissa’s first time working in the office of New Student Programs, and her second year working as a graduate assistant in the office of Residence Life and Housing Services. In her free time Elissa enjoys exercising, reading, traveling (pre-COVID), and baking. While the unexpected and unfortunate global pandemic has changed her graduate experience, she is looking forward to this opportunity and the knowledge it will provide!



2020 Orientation Leader Team

Orientation Leaders

OL Group

Holly Bostwick ● Des Brock ● Calia Burger ●  Bonnie Calhoun ● Haley Clark ● Will Claudio ● Kara DeWeese ● Shadow Deyo ● Maeve Dowd ● Adrienne Duesberry ● Gwen Eckert ● Nebiyou Elias ● Josie Ferlick ● Sydney Galtere ● Blake Gault ● Matt Giannella ● Caroline Helms ● Tre Howard ● Elaina Maahs ● Sean McGroary ● Jay Ni ● Princess Ogujiofor ● Fanny Ortiz ● Deena Pappas ● Taylor Pawloski ● Quinaysia Payne ● Audra Polsky ● Riley Pontician ● Sharon Regland ● Padraic Richardson ● Brielle Ridgeway ● Lope Rojas ● Molly Scollo ● Emma Sevick ● Kayla Smith ● Nia Stevens ● Sydney Stockmal ● Cheryl Wiltshire ● Robert Wylie ● Catherine Young​

Meet the 2020 OL Team

New Student Programs Partners with D-Cap

OWL Group

New Student Programs, in partnership with the DUB-C Autism Program (D-CAP), is extremely excited to introduce Emma and Mel, two orientation leaders who will be part of our inaugural Orientation/D-Cap collaboration at West Chester University! This new position provides employment opportunities for autistic students at WCU who display an abundance of Ram Pride and are eager to welcome new students and parents to the Ram community. This partnership was created to assist in areas of need for the orientation team while also meeting the needs of employees with autism. Mel and Emma are looking forward to assisting new students and their families while also spreading their passion for Autism acceptance and an inclusive campus environment.





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