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Meet Your Orientation Staff

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Ira Mayo

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

Christine Mehlhorn

Director, Transition Programs

Welcome to Rider! I hope you are excited about orientation as 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!

Kel Gilbert

Kel Gilbert

Orientation Coordinator

Hometown: Howard, Ohio

Hello and welcome to Rider. I’m so excited to meet each and every one of you during orientation. Rider is an amazing place with even amazing people. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and we would be happy to help. Welcome to the Rider family!

Olivia Battinelli

Olivia Battinelli

Hometown: Yorktown Heights, New York
Class Year: Senior 
Major: Communication Studies
Campus Involvement: Senior Class President, Membership Vice President and Sister of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Student for a Day Coordinator, Leadership Development Program, Full Member of Lambda Pi Eta, Peer Mentor Freshman Seminar, Rider Dance Ensemble.

Hey everyone! Welcome to Rider, incoming Broncs! I can’t wait for you to make yourself at home here...get involved on our campus and make amazing friendships along the way. You are about to embark on a new journey! It's natural to be both excited and overwhelmed but I am here to help you in any way I can.

Goanio Chavarria Jr.

Goanio Chavarria Jr.

Hometown: Glassboro, New Jersey
Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Management & Sport Management
Minor: Business Analytics
Campus Involvement: Brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Student Entertainment Council(SEC) Traditions Chair, Intramural sports participant, Student Worker: Tour Guide, Poyda Hall Office Manager, BLC Information Desk, Rider PUB employee.

To all you new Broncs, this is a very exciting time in your life. Your orientation is your first college experience and I can assure you, with an open mind and little courage you will find yourselves meeting tons of new faces who will be a part of your Rider family for the next four years. Rider is an environment filled with endless opportunities and really is what you make it. So beginning at orientation, I hope each and every one of you look to have an unforgettable time here and just know you have your Rider family to support you through it all. I can’t wait to meet you all, welcome you to your new home, and show you what it’s like to be a Bronc. Welcome to Rider.

Brenna Damminger

Brenna Damminger

Hometown: Mullica Hill, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Education & Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Mathematics
Minor: Special Education & Middle School Mathematics
Campus Involvement: President of Rider Dance Ensemble, Member of Rider Dance Team, Sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, Academic Success Center Supplemental Instruction Mentor and Praxis Tutor, Tour Guide, Student for a Day Ambassador, Member of Student Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and Council for Exceptional Children.

Welcome to Rider! I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you. I am truly thrilled to be a part of your transition into college. Get excited to make tons of memories this summer at Orientation. Go Broncs!

Rhea Fryer

Rhea Fryer

Hometown: Long Branch, New Jersey
Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: Women’s Club Volleyball, Student For a Day Ambassador, Brother of Alpha Phi Omega, Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor.

Hi everyone! Welcome to Rider University one of the best places to be! I can’t wait to meet you all at orientation and I hope you grow to love Rider as much as I do and make some of the best memories at orientation. See you there!

Doug Martinson

Doug Martinson

Hometown: Iselin, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: History
Campus Involvement: Junior Fellow Tour Guide, Secretary of Club Ultimate Frisbee, Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor, Student for a Day Ambassador, Drummer for Arts Admin Band, Drummer for various Musical Theatre Productions.

Hey, future Broncs! I’m thrilled to meet all of you this summer during orientation, and I can’t wait to help make Rider your new home! You’re all going to get involved on campus and make a ton of new friends, giving you some of the best years of your life. I hope you’re all excited about your summer orientation and to start the next chapter in your lives!

Lauren Mee

Lauren Mee

Hometown: Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Healthcare Management
Campus Involvement: Member of Rider Dance Ensemble, Member of Rider Dance Team, Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor, Bart Luedeke Center Information Desk Manager.

First off, you made the right decision in coming to Rider. I can assure you that I, as well as the rest of the orientation team, will prove it to you this summer, and beyond! I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you at orientation. I am so excited to help you start your college career and be there for you every step of the way. Finally, welcome to Rider! I hope you’re ready to make countless memories as a Bronc!

Sandra Misseri

Sandra Misseri

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Class Year: Senior
Major: Elementary Education and Dance
Minor: Early Childhood Education
Campus Involvement: Community Assistant, President of Alpha Phi Omega, Tour Guide, Member of Rider Dance Ensemble, Member of Kinetic Dance Company, Member of Rho Alpha Sigma.

Welcome to Rider! I am so excited that you all have chosen to come to Rider and join our community. I can’t wait to meet all of you and kick off your college experiences. Rider has become my home away from home and I hope it will become yours too!

Koyin Okulaja

Koyin Okulaja

Hometown: West Windsor, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Global Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Minor: Chinese
Campus Involvement: Club Soccer Treasurer, Multicultural Student Leadership Institute, Minding our Business, Peer leader for Academic Success Center, Member of Student Support Services, Student worker for food services, Supply Chain Club.

Welcome future Broncs! I'm excited to meet you guys and show you all that Rider has to offer, from food to sports and different clubs. I know that you guys will be very successful and enjoy your time here. I can't wait to meet you all, I hope you're excited about this new ride, it's gonna be a fun one!

Yohanny Rodrίguez

Yohanny Rodrίguez

Hometown: Hamilton, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior
Major: TV, Film & Radio / Spanish
Campus Involvement: Track and field athlete at Rider. Spanish Tutor at the Academic Success Center.

Welcome new students, I am eager to meet you all! I am here to make sure you all feel welcomed at Rider and have an unforgettable start to your college experience. I know we will have so much fun! Oh, y hablo Español!

Stephanie Turner

Stephanie Turner

Hometown: Hamilton, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
Campus Involvement: Senior Class Vice President, Treasurer and Sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, Community Assistant, DECA, Member of Accounting Society, Business of Sports, and Club Soccer.

Congratulations on making a great decision by coming to Rider! I am extremely excited to welcome you into our Rider family this summer at Orientation and throughout Welcome Week! At these events we will make incredible memories and friendships that are only the start of your journey as a Bronc. The staff and I are here to help ease your transition every step of the way. We will see you soon, and remember, it’s always a great day to be a Bronc!