Staff

Meet your 2023 Orientation "Red Shirts" - the student leaders who will help you have an amazing orientation experience!

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Michael Zocco

Student Coordinator ‘20

Hometown: Lansdowne, PA

Major: Marketing

Minor: Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Sustainability

One Word to Describe You: Rambunctious

Advice to Freshmen: Use your DB wisely 

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Vilma Fermin

Student Coordinator ‘20 

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Major: Communications

Minor: Sports Marketing

One Word to Describe You: Fierce

Advice to Freshmen: You will change who you are 934759 times in college, embrace it

Favorite part of Orientation: Talking to freshmen after the BLD

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Dante Galletta

Orientation 2023 Captain '20

Hometown: Hammonton, NJ

Major: Risk Management and Insurance/ International Business

One Word to Describe You: Spicy

Advice to Freshmen: Just breathe. Everything always seems to work itself out if you let it!

Favorite Part of Orientation: The walk to the train station

Sydney Nyles

Orientation 2023 Captain '20

Hometown: Reading, PA

Major: Food Marketing

One Word to Describe You: Lively

Advice to Freshmen: There can be 100 people in a room and 99 of them don’t believe in you, but all it takes is one and it just changes your whole life

Favorite Part of Orientation: The freshman's reactions to our behavior on the train

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Mark Bernstiel

Orientation 2023 Captain '20

Hometown: Conshohocken, PA

Major: Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability/ Business Intelligence and Analytics

One Word to Describe You: Present

Advice to Freshmen: Everything you do in your free time should make you happy. Besides school work, all other activities you are involved with should do nothing but challenge you to grow and bring you happiness.

Favorite part of Orientation: Hanging out on Villiger Lawn after the BLD

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Deladem Adadevoh

2020

Hometown: Edison, NJ

Major: Finance, Accounting

One Word to Describe You: Energetic

Advice to Freshmen: Never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, because you never know what opportunities may come from it

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Elisa Grommisch

2020

Hometown: Norwood, NJ

Major: Food Marketing

One Word to Describe You: Authentic

Advice to Freshmen: Be yourself to the utmost extent and everything happens FOR A REASON !!!!

Favorite part of Orientation: Igniting a love for my university, making lifelong friends, and of course the BLD.

Jeff Hunt

2020

Hometown: Parsippany, NJ

Major: Leadership, Ethics and Organisational Sustainability & Business Intelligence/Analytics

One Word to Describe You: Mushroom-lover!

Advice for Freshmen: Accept uncomfortable situations! Lean on friends and leaders for the support!

Favorite part of Orientation: Bus ride back from the Art Museum

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Lorenzo Kenan

2020

Hometown: 

Major: Communication

Minor: Marketing

One Word to Describe You: Dashing

Advice to Freshmen: College is the best time to leave your comfort zone and meet new people because almost everyone will want to do the same thing.

Favorite part of Orientation:

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James Kinzer

2020

Hometown: Parsippany, NJ

Major: Food Marketing

Minor: Communications

One Word to Describe You: Witty

Advice to Freshmen: Say “Hi” to everyone!

Favorite part of Orientation: All of it

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Jeremiah Milligan

2020

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major: Theology

One Word to Describe You: Genuine

Advice to Freshmen: Enjoy each moment

Favorite part of Orientation: Hanging out on Villiger Lawn after BLD

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Adam Mullin

2020

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Major: History and Theology

Minor: Business Administration and Faith-Justice

One Word to Describe You: Personable

Advice to Freshmen: Take time to get your feet on the ground when you begin your freshman year. This is the least busy you will ever be during your college career, so enjoy the freedom.

Favorite part of Orientation: Eating at Reading Terminal Market

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Malcolm Odum

2020

Hometown: Lansdowne, PA

Major: Food Marketing

Minor: Sociology

One Word to Describe You: Avant-garde

Advice to Freshmen: Take a first-year seminar in something that you actually care about, not just something in your major.

Favorite part of Orientation: Talking in line at Ms. Tootsies

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Jess Panek

2020

Hometown: Brick, NJ

Major: Elementary Childhood Education

Minor: Special Education and Autism Studies

One Word to Describe You: Sunshine

Advice to Freshmen: High school goes in the blink of an eye and in college you miss the blink. Take in every moment

Favorite part of Orientation: Bassett’s ice cream

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Tatum Pappas

2020

Hometown: Roseland, NJ

Major: Leadership, Ethics & Organizational Sustainability and Finance

One Word to Describe You: Blunt

Advice to Freshmen: Not all those who wander are lost

Favorite part of Orientation: There is no greater feeling than looking out at Philadelphia from the top Rocky Steps with our fresh community members knowing they have made it to a city of love.

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Maddy Pontarelli

2020

Hometown: Holland, PA

Major: Business Intelligence & Analytics

Minor: Marketing

One Word to Describe You: Unapologetic

Advice to Freshmen: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Favorite part of Orientation: Neon Tutus at the BLD

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Christian Ramirez

2020

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Marketing

One Word to Describe You: Merry 

Advice to Freshmen: Remember, you're free for a good time, not a long time.

Favorite part of Orientation: Guess we'll just have to find out.

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Jen Rees

2020

Hometown: Collegeville, PA

Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services

Minor: Health Care Ethics, Animal Studies

One Word to Describe You: Humble

Advice to Freshmen: Push yourself out of your comfort zone, it will be worth it

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Charley Rekstis

2020

Hometown: Centreville, MD

Major: English

Minor: Journalism

One Word to Describe You: Effervescent

Advice to Freshmen: Be confident in yourself

Favorite part of Orientation: Going into the City

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Mike Tenney

2020

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: Food Marketing

Minor: Leadership, Ethics, and Organizational Behavior

One Word to Describe You: Vine

Advice to Freshmen: Get Involved on campus! There is so much to do and so many great people to meet, so don't waste any time!

Favorite Part of Orientation: Meeting the Freshmen

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Sydney Bennett

2021

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major: Biology

One Word to Describe You: Passionate

Advice to Freshmen: Remember to live in the present because it can be easy to get caught up in what is upcoming. "True happiness is when you enjoy the present without anxious dependence on the future".

Favorite part of Orientation: My favorite part of orientation is greeting and talking with the new students and their parents when they arrive early in the morning.

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Alex Bewley

2021

Hometown: Moorestown, NJ

Major: Food Marketing and LEO

One Word to Describe You: Green

Advice to Freshmen: Don’t be too nervous....everyone is in the same boat! 

Favorite part of Orientation: Post BLD chats on Villiger Lawn

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PJ Catalano

2021

Hometown: Somerset, NJ

Major: Accounting and Business Intelligence and Analytics

One Word to Describe You: Joyful

Advice to Freshmen: Be the you that you know you are when nobody else is there!

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Emmly Cherival

2021

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major: Biology

Minor: Political Science and Behavioral Neuroscience

One Word to Describe You: Quirky

Advice to Freshmen: Everyone is nervous to meet new people, don’t rush and #trusttheprocess. Friendships should come organically and not forced.

Favorite Part of Orientation: The Rocky steps looking out at Philly.

Elena Christen

2021

Hometown: Glenside, PA

Major: IHS

Minor: Psychology

One Word to Describe You: Quirky

Advice to Freshmen: Enjoy every second of your time here, because before you know it, you'll be halfway through!

Favorite part of Orientation: Reading Terminal Market

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Gerardo Rivera-Colon

2021

Hometown: Jackson, NJ

Major: Chemical Biology

Minor: Psychology

One Word to Describe You: Determined

Advice to Freshmen: The faster you step out of your comfort zone, the faster this experience will be yours.

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Chelsea Costa

2021

Hometown: Southampton, PA

Major: Psychology

Minor: Clinical Concentration

One Word to Describe You: Energized

Advice to Freshmen: The faster you step out of your comfort zone, the faster this experience will be yours.

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Nico Dennis

2021

Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ

Major: Marketing

One Word to Describe You: High-energy

Advice to Freshmen: Stay true to who you are, and find the good in any and all things that you do on SJU campus. Make your new home a place you want to be!

Favorite part of Orientation: Meeting my freshman for the first time and growing a strong bond with them.

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Patrick Ferraiolo

2021

Hometown: 

Major: Accounting, Business Intelligence

One Word to Describe You: Different (thanks mom)

Advice to Freshmen: Fall in love, stay in love, and everything will take care of itself

Favorite part of Orientation: Chanting with everyone on the train and outside the Art Museum

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Taylor Marinelli

2021

Hometown: Jamison, PA

Major: Actuarial Science

One Word to Describe You: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Advice to Freshmen: Do your homework. You are really not missing out on much.

Favorite part of Orientation: Train ride to Reading Terminal Market

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Nikki Pejavara

2021

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

Major: Biology

One Word to Describe You: Goofy

Advice to Freshmen: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. You will attract the right energy that way.

Favorite part of Orientation: My favorite part of Orientation is seeing how the freshmen really open up throughout the course of the session.

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Chloe Ramirez

2021

Hometown: Rahway, NJ

Major: IHS

One Word to Describe You: Playful

Advice to Freshmen: Give it time!! If you aren't totally in love right off the bat or after first semester, hang in there. SJU is such a happy, fun, and great place to be but sometimes it takes some time to realize! Don't be too quick to judge 🙂

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Aidyn Rogers

2021

Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Major: Biology

One Word to Describe You: Energetic

Advice to Freshmen: Don't be afraid to take advantage of all the opportunities that are presented while you are here.

Favorite part of Orientation: Field Games

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Suz Stepek

2021

Hometown: West Grove, PA

Major: Accounting

One Word to Describe You: Spunky

Advice to Freshmen: Do everything possible ~clubs, sports, volunteer~ you never know where you are going to meet your next BFF

Favorite part of Orientation: The BLD

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Gabby Stevenson

2021

Hometown: Fort Washington, MD

Major: Early Childhood and Special Education

Minor: Faith Justice and TESOL

One Word to Describe You: Kindhearted

Advice to Freshmen: try things outside of your comfort zone. When you do this you are more likely to meet new people who may just turn out to be your best friends.

Favorite part of Orientation: LINES

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Mike Szewczak

2021

Hometown: Montgomery County, PA

Major: Risk Management and Insurance

One Word to Describe You: Confused

Advice to Freshmen: Be involved in anything that interests you will not only make you a happier person but will also help you meet new people with similar interests

Favorite part of Orientation: Post-BLD

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Khalil Thames

2021

Hometown: Bel Air, MD

Major: Communications 

Minor: Marketing and Film

One Word to Describe You: Woke

Advice to Freshmen: Open your mind to endless possibilities, and explore as many different perspectives as possible

Favorite part of Orientation: Walking through center city gives me chills every single time

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Angel Velazquez

2020

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services

One Word to Describe You: Straight-wildin

Advice to Freshmen: Time is going to fly, enjoy all the little things

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Alex Weitman

2021

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services

One Word to Describe You: Caring

Advice to Freshmen: Get involved on campus as soon as possible. It will lead to genuine relationships and give you a break from coursework!

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Michael Abruzzo

2022

Hometown: Hershey, PA

Major: Finance

One Word to Describe You: Indescribable

Advice to Freshmen: Do not stress over the small things. Enjoy the moment, and be open-minded to try new things.

Favorite part of Orientation: Reading Terminal Market

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Alyvia Benson

2022

Hometown: Allentown, PA

Major: Criminal Justice

One Word to Describe You: Loud

Advice to Freshmen: Be open to ALL opportunities.

Favorite part of Orientation: LINES

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Lauren Bush

2022

Hometown: Pottstown, PA

Major: Marketing

One Word to Describe You: Tasteful

Advice to Freshmen: Don't bring too many t-shirts. When you're packing you will want to bring all your t-shirts. You will wear the same 5 in rotation and have the rest in an overflowing drawer.

Favorite Part of Orientation: The train ride into the city

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Cipi Christodoulou

2022

Hometown: Branchburg, NJ

Major: International Business

Minor: Economics

One Word to Describe You: Spontaneous

Advice to Freshmen: Get involved! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and make a difference, whether it be in your life or someone else's.

Favorite part of Orientation: Running up the Rocky Steps

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Jordon Constantino

2022

Hometown: Bala Cynwyd, PA

Major: Psychology

One Word to Describe You: Dad Friend

Advice to Freshmen: Take care of yourself - you can't do well in class if you're not doing well

Favorite part of Orientation: The bus ride back from Philly

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CJ Donofry

2022

Hometown: Newtown, PA

Major: Sports Marketing

Minor: Communications

One Word to Describe You: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Advice to Freshmen: any pizza can be a personal pizza if you believe in yourself

Favorite part of Orientation: Reading Terminal Market

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Anna Kalafatis

2022

Hometown: Cranford, NJ

Major: Communications

One Word to Describe You: Spontaneous

Advice to Freshmen: Sign up for everything. Even if you think you won’t like it or if you’ve never tried it, because you never know what you might like and who you might meet.

Favorite part of Orientation: Coming up with the little routine with your group to perform at the very end of orientation. They’re so fun to come up with and watch other groups.

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Abisola Ladipo

2022

Hometown: Blue Bell, PA

Major: Undecided Natural Science

One Word to Describe You: Genuine

Advice to Freshmen: Make sure you put in the effort, Professors will notice it or lack thereof

Favorite part of Orientation: The train ride to reading terminal

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Keegan Lassiter

2022

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Major: Accounting

One Word to Describe You: Friendly

Advice to Freshmen: Get involved! Whatever club or organization that might be, it is a great way to meet new people.

Favorite Part of Orientation: The BLD

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Jack McCaul

2022

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Major: Education and Special Education

Minor: Art

One Word to Describe You: Talkative

Advice to Freshmen: Have fun, enjoy it and don't be too cool for school 

Favorite part of Orientation: Hanging out with the people involved with orientation

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Victoria Myers

2022

Hometown: Westampton, NJ

Major: International Relations

Minor: Linguistics

One Word to Describe You: Dreamer

Advice to Freshmen: Learn how to budget well

Favorite part of Orientation: Feasting and dancing to the cupid shuffle at Reading Terminal with my group

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Eamonn O'Toole

2022

Hometown: South Riding, Virginia

Major: Finance

One Word to Describe You: Sticey

Advice to Freshmen: Dont be afraid to put yourself out there

Favorite part of Orientation: Going to Reading Terminal Market

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Chris Palmieri

2022

Hometown: Newtown Square, PA

Major: Business Administration

One Word to Describe You: Adventurous

Advice to Freshmen: Try to get out of your comfort zone, push yourself to do the things that scare you.

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Shane Patil

2022

Hometown: Frederick, MD

Major: Biology

One Word to Describe You: Outgoing

Advice to Freshmen: MEET NEW PEOPLE!! Every freshman feels the same way you do. Smile, say hi, and introduce yourself!

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Anabel Pena

2022

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major: Linguistics

One Word to Describe You: Considerate

Advice to Freshmen: Just be yourself and the right people will come along 🙂

Favorite part of Orientation: Field Games

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Cole Peters

2022

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Major: Finance

One Word to Describe You: Relentless

Advice to Freshmen: Be yourself and be outgoing

Favorite part of Orientation: Going to the Rocky steps

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Patrick Polizzi

2022

Hometown: Bloomfield, NJ

Major: Finance

Minor: Italian

One Word to Describe You: Open

Advice to Freshmen: Be open-minded to the experiences that SJU has to offer.

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Kevin Riddick

2022

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major: Risk Management and Insurance

One Word to Describe You: Compassionate

Advice to Freshmen: Find a plan that works for you. Find a balance between your work and social life that works for you.

Favorite part of Orientation: Meeting the new freshman and Molding their first experience of Sju and of course, the BLD

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Taylor Stokes

2022

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major: Criminal Justice

One Word to Describe You: Genuine

Advice to Freshmen: Love yourself, be yourself and find your voice

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Olivia Tilton

2022

Hometown: Harvey Cedrars, NJ

Major: Early Childhood Education

One Word to Describe You: Persistent

Advice to Freshmen: Always be open to trying new things. You will like and not like some things, and that's okay! Don't regret not trying something that could potentially make you happy 🙂

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Nayo Walters

2022

Hometown: 

Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services

One Word to Describe You: Elevated

Advice to Freshmen: You actually don't have all the time in the world to figure your life out.

Favorite part of Orientation: Field Games

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Zoe Welsh

2022

Hometown: Washington D.C.

Major: Undecided Social Science

One Word to Describe You: Fun-loving

Advice to Freshmen: There are so many resources on campus at your disposal! Don't be afraid to reach you and use them 🙂

Favorite part of Orientation: BLD

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Elise Welsh

2022

Hometown: Falls Church, Virginia

Major: Musical Theatre and Criminal Justice

One Word to Describe You: Bold

Advice to Freshmen: Whenever you’re walking around campus, always smile and wave at people you recognize, even if you’ve barely met them. It’s a great way to make friends.

Favorite part of Orientation: Being able to be one of the first people incoming freshman interact with and setting the tone for their time here at Saint Joe's.