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Meet Your Orientation Staff

Ira Mayo
Associate Dean of Freshmen
Hello and welcome to Rider. We have a great two day program planned for you that we know you will find informative, educational and fun. Orientation is a time to meet other new students and to get all of your remaining questions answered. I look forward to meeting all of you this summer.
Christine Mehlhorn
Associate Director, Office of First & Second Year Programs
Welcome to Rider! I hope you are excited for orientation; we have a great program prepared for you. The Orientation Leaders are here to help you, so please feel free to ask us about anything you want to know about Rider. I'm looking forward to meeting you this summer!
Chris Botti
Assistant Dean of Students, Westminster Choir College
Hello new students, and welcome to Rider University.  We look forward to showing you what Rider is all about and helping you transition to this community.  You will soon see that every day is a great day to be a Bronc.
Naquasia Ramsey-Sheppard
Graduate Intern, Office of First & Second Year Programs
Welcome, Broncs! I am so excited to meet you during our action packed and fun-filled orientation program! As a recent graduate of Rider, I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone, branch out and meet new people during your time here at orientation and beyond! There will be plenty of helpful faces and resources around, so make sure you get all your questions answered while you’re here! See you soon!
Alison Alfano
Hometown: Middletown, NJ
Class Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Education, Integrated Science and Math with a focus in Life Science
Minor: Special Education
Campus Involvement: Rider Bonner Community Scholar, sister and Panhellenic Delegate of Alpha Xi Delta, Tour Guide, member of Student Education Association and the Council for Exceptional Children

Hey everyone! Welcome to Rider University. I am so excited to meet you all and welcome you to the Bronc family! Get ready for a great orientation and the beginning of an amazing college experience.
Emilio Chase
Hometown: Quakertown, PA
Class Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Campus Involvement: Westminster Student Government Association, Student Activities Committee, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity – Fraternity Education Officer

Hi everyone and welcome to Rider! I’m really looking forward to getting to know as many of you as possible. Have a great time at orientation and enjoy your next few years at Rider University and Westminster Choir College!
Handy De La Cruz
Hometown: Union City, NJ
Class Year: Junior
Majors: Finance and Economics
Minor: Psychology
Campus Involvement: RA in Conover Hall, Student Entertainment Council Stage Chair, Junior
Class President, Freshmen Seminar Peer Mentor

Hello! Welcome to Rider University. I am excited to help you make the transition into college! We are a very welcoming bunch, come on over and say hello during Orientation and throughout the year! Remember, it’s always a great day to be a Bronc!
Matthew Esposito
Hometown: Hamilton, NJ
Class Year: Junior
Major: Global Supply Chain Management & Popular Music Studies
Campus Involvement: Member of DAARSTOC, Vice President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Tour Guide, Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor, and Member of Global Supply Chain Club

Welcome to Rider! I really look forward to meeting all of you and having an awesome time at orientation. I can’t wait to welcome you into the Rider family and make your transition into Rider as smooth and as fun as possible.
Samantha Giallanza
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Class Year: Senior
Majors: Management, Sports Management, and International Business
Minor: Event Planning
Campus Involvement: Rider Dance Ensemble, Delta Sigma Pi, Rider Service Leaders, Global Ambassador, and Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor

Hey everybody, welcome to Rider!  I can't wait to meet all of you and show you around your new home. Get ready for a great orientation and the best four years of your life.  It's a great day to be a Bronc!
Dalin Hackley
Hometown: Washington Township, NJ
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Political Science and Global Studies
Minor: Multicultural studies
Campus Involvement: Track and Field, Tour Guide, and Political Science club

Hey everybody, welcome to Rider! I’m so happy about all of you becoming a part of our family here as Broncs! I am so anxious to get to meet all of you awesome people and have some laughs and make some awesome memories! It really is a great day to be a Bronc!
Will Harmonay
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Class Year: Junior
Majors: Secondary Education and English Creative Writing
Minor: Special Education
Campus Involvement: Tour Guide, Greek Life, Rider University Greek Council V.P. of IFC Recruitment, House Manager, and the Community Standards Board

Hey everyone! Welcome to Rider! I am so excited that you all are getting ready to start your college career at Rider, and we are all here to make that transition as fun and exciting as possible! Take in everything you experience here as you start to become part of our family. It’s a great day to be a Bronc!
Julia Henry
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Class Year: Junior
Major: Music Education
Campus Involvement: Sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, Senator on Student Government Association, and an Agent at the Westminster Box Office

Hey everyone, welcome to Rider! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you as you experience what it means to be a Bronc. Your time spent at Rider and Westminster will be filled with exciting memories that will last a lifetime! See you soon, Go Broncs!
Demiera Lockhart
Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ
Class Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Mandarin Chinese
Campus Involvement: Bonner Community Scholars, Sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, University Affairs Team Leader of Student Government Association, and Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor

Hey Future Broncs! I can't wait to meet you all and create some unforgettable memories. So get excited for orientation and the next 4yrs of your life here at Rider. Welcome to the Bronc Nation!
John Modica
Hometown: West Babylon, NY
Class Year: Junior
Major: English Literature
Minors: American Studies and Finance
Campus Involvement: Vice President of Student Government Association, Sergeant-at-Arms of Alpha Phi Omega, Petey Greene Program Tutor, Rider Service Leader, and Freshman Seminar Leader

Welcome Broncs! I can’t wait to start the next stage of your journey with you. I hope you’ll come to love Rider as much as we do. Can't wait to see you this summer!
Ben Norkus
Hometown: Point Pleasant, NJ
Class year: Junior
Major: Music Education (Voice)/ Masters of Arts in Teaching
Campus Involvement: Vice President of Westminster SGA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Westminster Players, Westminster Williamson Voices, and an Admissions Ambassador

Hello future Rider Students! I’m so excited to meet all of you and help you find your place here. Starting college can be an exciting and overwhelming experience, but I hope that I can help you keep cool and realize how amazing your choice to come here is! Let’s have a great time!
Gabriella Pasquini
Hometown: Marlton, NJ
Class Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations
Minors: Event Planning and Production
Campus Involvement: Student Government Team Leader, Relay For Life Team Leader, Residents Hall Association, and Peer Assistant for the Rider Jumpstart Program

Hello future Broncs! Welcome to Rider University, I am very excited to meet each of you. I cannot wait to help you in your transition to college while creating new and exciting memories. See you soon! Go Broncs!
Allison Williams
Hometown: West Berlin, NJ
Class Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Campus Involvement: Student for a Day Coordinator, Alpha Phi Omega, Psychology Ambassador, Unified Sports, and Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor

Hey! Welcome to Rider University! I’m really looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Bronc community! I can’t wait to help you begin your Rider journey with fun memories you will never forget! It’s a great day to be a Bronc!