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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!


Lauren Mee

Lauren Mee

Graduate Assistant, Transition Programs

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!


Allison Anderson

Allison Anderson

Hometown: Sicklerville, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Political Science
Minor: Political Communication and Multicultural Studies
Campus Involvement: Bonner Community Scholar, SGA, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Unashamed Gospel Choir, Involvement Ambassador, Freshman Peer Mentor, Political Science Honor Society.

Welcome Message: Welcome to your new home for the next four (or maybe more) years! Take as many opportunities that you can because who knows where they can take you. Be ready to be exposed to people and ideas that you’ve never experienced before because the person you’d least expect could be your best friend. I can’t wait to be apart of your experience and show you all the greatness that Rider has to offer!


Goanio Chavarria

Goanio Chavarria

Hometown: Glassboro, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior
Major: Business Management & Leadership and Sports Management
Minor: Business Analytics
Campus Involvement: President of the Student Entertainment Council, Brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor.

Welcome Message: 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. 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: Senior
Major: Elementary Education & Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Mathematics
Minor: Special Education & Middle School Mathematics
Campus Involvement: Rider Dance Ensemble, Member of Rider Dance Team, Secretary of Generation Action, Sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, Academic Success Center Supplemental Instruction Mentor and Praxis Tutor, Tour Guide, Student for a Day Ambassador, Involvement Ambassador, SGA Senator, Member of Student Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and Council for Exceptional Children.

Welcome Message: 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!


Sadie Disbrow

Sadie Disbrow

Hometown: Flemington New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Elementary Education and Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in English
Minor: Special Education and early childhood education.
Campus Involvement: Sister of Alpha Xi Delta, Vice President of Council For Exceptional Children, Member of Student Education Association, Student for a Day Ambassador.  

Welcome Message: Congrats Broncs!! I am so excited to be able to help welcome you into our Rider University community. Orientation is your first college experience and one you will never forget. I can't wait to meet you all!


Juli Ezzo

Juli Ezzo

Hometown: South Brunswick, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Secondary Education and History
Minor: Concentration in ESL and Bilingual Education
Campus Involvement: Community Assistant, Senior Admissions Fellow and Tour Guide, Member of the 2019 President’s Award Selection Committee, President of the History Club, Member of Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi, Rho Alpha Sigma, and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Welcome Message: Congratulations on your commitment to Rider University!  Right now, you might be feeling a bit anxious about this new chapter of your life, but I promise, the staff and I are here to help!  Rider is an exciting and vibrant community, and I look forward to helping you find your place at your new home.  I can’t wait to meet you!


Austin Ferguson

Austin Ferguson

Hometown: Piscataway, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior
Major: Sports Media and Political Science
Minor: Political Communication
Campus Involvement: Sergeant at Arms at Alpha Phi Omega, Broncvision, Sports Editor at The Rider News.

Welcome Message: Welcome and congratulations to all the new students coming to Rider! Can’t wait for you to see all of the exciting things our campus has to offer!


Rhea Fryer

Rhea Fryer

Hometown: Long Branch, NJ
Class Year: Junior
Major: Political Science 
Campus Involvement: Sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Women’s Club Volleyball, Brother of Alpha Phi Omega, American Sign Language Club, Political Science Club, Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor. 

Welcome Message: 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!


Andrew Ghali

Andrew Ghali

Hometown: Washington Township, New Jersey
Class Year: Senior
Major: Psychology 
Campus Involvement: Brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Information Desk Manager, Student for a Day Ambassador.

Welcome Message: Congratulations to everyone and welcome to Rider University. I am super excited to meet all of you. Rider is a welcoming environment where you can be yourself and make the most out of your college experience. Remember just be yourself and have a good time. Go Broncs!


Maddy Kunkowski

Maddy Kunkowski

Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Class Year: Junior
Major: B.A. Musical Theatre & Communications with a concentration in Public Relations
Campus Involvement: Rider Dance Ensemble, Me Too Monologues, Broncway Princess Party, Alpha Psi Omega, ‘Til Further Notes, Vox Blue

Welcome Message: Congratulations Broncs! I am ecstatic to meet you and welcome all of you into our Rider community. Orientation will be one of the most memorable experiences from your college career so have fun! This summer is going to be awesome!


Jack Neiswenter

Jack Neiswenter

Hometown: Westfield, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior
Major: Business Analytics and Management 
Campus Involvement: Brother of Theta Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Philosophy Honors Society, Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor

Welcome Message: Welcome to Rider University! I'm excited to meet you all and give your first Rider experience. There are limitless opportunities that you can have here. I hope you open up and enjoy your Orientation, it will help make your time at Rider fun.


Peter Strippoli

Peter Strippoli

Hometown: Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Analytics and Sport Management
Campus Involvement: Ultimate Frisbee Team, Business Honors Program, Baccalaureate Honors Program, Student for a Day Ambassador, Leadership Development Program, Emerging Leaders Club, Tour Guide, Intramurals Participant.

Welcome Message: Welcome new Broncs and families! I am SO excited to meet you all and be a campus resource for your entire time at Rider. A year ago at my Orientation, I had so many questions answered and made some of my closest friends, so please arrive with an open mind and do not hesitate to ask questions!


Sami Wheeler

Sami Wheeler

Hometown: Frenchtown, New Jersey
Class Year: Junior
Major: Secondary Education and Math
Campus Involvement: Sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Lambda Delta, Kappa Delta Pi, Student Education Association, Math Club, GLASS Mentor, Career Development and Success office worker, STEM Ambassador/STEM Scholar, Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor.

Welcome Message: Welcome to Rider University! I feel so lucky that I get to be one of your orientation leaders and that I get to help bring you all into Rider’s community! I cannot wait to meet you all this summer, it’s going to be a blast!