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Orientation Leaders

Who are the Orientation Leaders?

Orientation Leaders are carefully selected from some of Fitchburg State University's best students. They are there to answer any question you may have and to aid you through the orientation process. The students range from sophomores to seniors. Some are new to the program this year, while others are returning for their second and third years. These students have gone through rigorous training since February and are excited to welcome you into the Fitchburg State University community.

Staff Assistants

Alyssa Annese
I’m a junior, Psychological Science major from Peabody, MA. On campus I am involved in Dance Club and I teach Hip Hop 1. I have been dancing since I was 2! I also work in the Career Services office on campus and this is my second year as an Orientation Leader, and I am one of the two staff assistants this year! Fun fact about me is that I am a summer camp counselor!

Alli Carroll
I am a Senior Exercise and Sports Science major with a Concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I am from Boxord, MA and live on campus. I am a Building Manager for the Campus Center, a Tour Guide for Admissions, am on the Exercise and Sports Science Curriculum Committee, and am a Thrower on the Fitchburg State’s Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Team. This is my second year as an Orientation Leader, and am one of the two Staff Assistants! In my free time, I love to hangout with friends, read, and listen to music. 

Orientation Leaders

Angela Adutwumwaa
I am a sophomore, who is majoring in Business Management. On campus I am involved in dance, Black Student Union and also work as a Community Desk Assistant. I love fashion, hair, and new experiences. This is my first year as an Orientation Leader and I plan to make the best of it! Lastly, it might be hard for some people but remember I am Angela not Angeles.

Angeles Adutwumwaa
 I am a sophomore, majoring in Psychological Science.  On campus I am involved in Black Student Union and I am a tour guide. I love basketball, it is my favorite sport I played for a few years. I just recently  took a break from it. My favorite two players are Kawhi Leonard and Dwayne Wade. I also enjoy reading, I’m sort of a bookworm so if you know any good books let me know. 

Evynand Akombi
Hi there! My name is Evynand Akombi. I am a nursing major here at Fitchburg State and originally from Melrose,MA. I am part of Greek life on campus and starting a new position as a lead tour guide in the admissions office this fall! I love participating in anything I can on campus and I am a performer at heart.

Jackie Bertrand
I’m a junior nursing major from Oakham MA. I’m a tour guide and a tutor. I also volunteer for the Special Olympics. Fun fact about me: I used to show cows. 

Lily Bolton
I am a Sophomore Nursing major. I am from Upton, MA which is only an hour away. I went down to Alabama on Alternative Spring Break this past year. I am involved in Sigma Sigma Sigma as the sorority’s Treasurer, and I am also Secretary of Greek Council. I love to sing, write, go to FSU hockey games, and hangout with my friends in my free time.

Rebecca Bombard
I am a Junior Mathematics major with a concentration in Secondary Education. I'm from Chelmsford, MA which is about 40 minutes from campus. I’m part of the honors program on campus, as well as being a member of a number of organizations on campus. I hold executive board positions in the Harry Potter club and quidditch team on campus, I've been a student and a teacher in the school’s dance club, I'm a member of the improv club, the concert band, and I'll be choreographing the Musical theater club’s next production. I'm a resident student on campus, and in my free time I like to sing, hike, and play board games. 

Starr Brosseau
I am a Senior Exercise and Sports Science major with a Concentration in Fitness Management. I’m from Gardner, MA but I grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. I am the President of the Exercise and Sports Science Club, the Treasurer of the Gay Straight Alliance, the Latin teacher for the Dance Club, the Special Events Chair of the Fitchburg Activities Board, and a senator for the Student Government Association. I am also a tour guide for FSU. In my free time you can usually find me doing tarot readings, filming workouts for my fitness Instagram account, or exploring new places!

Buffy Cautela
I am a Junior Communications Major with a Double Concentration in Film/Video and Theatre with a Minor in Deaf Studies. I am a member of the Fitchburg State Honors Program and the Communications Honors Society Lambda Pi Eta. I am also the President of the Improv Club, President of the newly established Co-ed Ice Hockey club, and a Veteran DJ on the Fitchburg State Radio Station WXPL. 

Gabby Chartrand
I’m a senior Elementary Education major with a minor in Disability Studies. I am from Leominster, Massachusetts and I am a commuter. I am the President of Gay-Straight Alliance. I have been a general member in Fitchburg Activities Board (FAB) for the past 2 years. I have been in the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma for 3 years, and have been on its Eboard twice. This will be my 3rd year as an Orientation Leader!

Liam Coyne
I'm a junior Criminal Justice Major from Norwood, MA. I am the treasurer for the Sigma Pi fraternity on campus. I also am the president of the Inter Fraternity Council and a member of the outdoors activity club. My favorite past times are hiking, kayaking, and video games.

Jax Deary
Hello! My name is Jax. I am a Sophomore Computer Science Major. I’m from Gloucester, MA, by the cape. I’m a brother of Alpha Phi Delta, a fraternity here on campus, and the future Vice President of the Spirituality club. I’m also a member of GSA. My favorite things to do are hiking, swimming, drawing, video games and listening to music.

Ashley DeLuca
I am a junior majoring in Human services with a minor in psychological science. I am from Douglas MA. I am involved with the Dance Club, EMS Rescue squad, Bio/Chem club on campus. I am starting  a new position as a tour guide in the Admissions Office and I enjoy spending my free time hanging out with friends, dancing, listening to music, watching Netflix and working out.     

Samantha Downing
Hello! My name is Sammy and I am a part of the class of 2023. This upcoming year will be my sophomore year in the nursing program and I am so excited. Some of the clubs that I am involved in are the student government and MASSPIRG but I am always looking to join more. Some of my favorite past times are hanging out with friends and family, crafts, coaching cheerleading and watching netflix tv show series. 

Nicole Epstein 
Hi Friends! My name is Nicole Epstein and I am double majoring in Severe Special Education and Elementary Education. I am from a small town in New Hampshire called Bow. Fun fact though during the summer I live on a boat on lake Winnipisakuee and I love being outdoors! When at Fitchburg I am on the University’s Cheerleading Team and work at many places on and off campus! In the very little free time I have I love to be with my friends, get coffee, take a hike, watch netflix or read a book! 

Michael Esty
I am a Senior Theater Major. I’m from Foxborough, MA right near the stadium. I am the current treasurer of our on campus radio station, WXPL and I enjoy spending my free time listening to music, playing video games, and DnD

Liam Foley
Hello my name is Liam Foley. My major is industrial technology with a concentration in construction management and I am from Yarmouth MA on Cape Cod. A few things I am involved in on campus are, I am a brother of Alpha Phi Delta one of the three fraternities on campus, in the fall I will be a building manager in the campus center. I am also the parliamentarian of Greek Council and Historian for Alpha Phi Delta and I am the secretary of IFC or Inter-Fraternal Council. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, working on my jeep and longboarding. 

Megan Foxx
Hello!! My name is Megan Foxx and I am a Sophomore majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, Behavior, Cognition minor. I am from Easton, MA just thirty minutes south of Boston. I am involved with Dance Club and Phi Sigma Sigma which is a sorority here at FSU! In my free time I enjoy dancing, singing and painting. 

Laurie Furtado
I am a junior Special Education for Moderate Disabilities Pre-K to 8 major with a Deaf Studies minor and a member of the Honors Program. Even though I am one of the least athletic people you will ever meet, I am president of the Fitchburg Finches Quidditch team, and a member of the Dance Club. I have also been a tour guide for the past three years, a member of the Education Club, and a recently hired peer mentor through the Academic Coaching office.

Scott Harris
Hey friends! My name is Scott Harris and I am a senior with a double major in Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in management. I am from Medford, MA and my favorite hobby is to work on cars. I am a third time returner to Orientation staff, I work in the gameroom on campus, and I am the Vice President of Alpha Phi Delta. I am an open book so if any questions come up please ask, and furthermore welcome to our campus! 

Juan Hoggins
Hello everyone, my name is Juan Hoggins, I am a senior Psychological Sciences majors and I am from Lawrence, MA. Being a second year returner to Orientation has been one of the best decisions I have made in my time at Fitchburg State. I love meeting new people and I enjoy guiding incoming students through their first days and the university. Besides being an Orientation Leader, I am also the President of the Alpha Phi Delta fraternity and I am in the Dance Club. I cannot wait to meet everyone and be part of this amazing experience once again.

Heather Holmes
I am a Senior Early Childhood Education Major with a Disabilities Studies Minor. I am from Groton, MA. I am the president of the Residential Housing Association here on campus. I am also involved in the Fitchburg Activities Board, as well as a few other clubs/organizations. This is also my 3rd year being an Orientation Leader! 

Kimberly Kovac & Nova
I am a Sophomore majoring in English Studies with the goal to get a teaching degree to be able to become a English Teacher for both Middle School and High School. I am from Lancaster, MA and have a Service Dog who assists me. I love to play video games, and write in various formats like short stories, poems and/or scripts. Nova loves people and always has a smile on her face when we are out and about. She is a sweet and gentle golden retriever. 

Kerry McManus
Hello friends! My name is Kerry McManus and I am Junior History Major with minors in Secondary Education and Political Science! I am from Lynn, Massachusetts and this is my third year living on campus! Currently, I am the Student Government Association President, Vice President of the Education Club, a general member of the Fitchburg Activities Board and Assistant Manager of the Falcon Hub! If you ever need to find me, check Hammond Hall or Dunkin Donuts!  

Nico Pagana
Hi everyone my name is Nico Pagana I am an upcoming sophomore in the nursing program.  I am from Newton Massachusetts and this will be my second year living on campus.  I will be in Herlihy hall for the second time in a row.  I am part of the quidditch club and the rugby club, two super fun clubs that I would highly recommend joining.

Neve Palmieri
Hello! My name is Neve Palmieri and I’m a senior Professional Communications Major with a minor in Business Administration. I am from Uxbridge, Massachusetts. I am involved in a lot throughout campus such as a member and on e-board as treasurer of Phi Sigma Sigma and Dance Club. I am also a member of the Student Government Association which I sit as a senator, FinCom member, and Co-Chair of the Senior Committee. I am also a Peer Mentor for the TRiO Student Support Services (formally known as Expanding Horizons). In my free time, you can find me at concerts or hiking. 

Kimmy Patterson
Hello! I’m Kimmy Patterson - I grew up in a small town called Amesbury, Massachusetts and I am entering my Senior, and final year at Fitchburg State University! I am a Mass Media & Communications major with a dual concentration in Professional Communications and Photography. On campus I am a sister of the sorority Alpha Sigma Tau, a former Resident Assistant, a former study abroad student, and a first year Orientation Leader. You’ll most likely catch me on campus with a camera, enjoying the outdoors, or working on graphic design work - I look forward to meeting new faces and sharing all that FSU has to offer!

Andrew Pelzer
I’m Andrew Pelzer, a 6th year Biology Major with a Deaf Studies minor. I’m from Plymouth, Massachusetts, and involved in Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity, a Dance Club teacher, and currently Lead Building Manager for the Hammond Campus Center! I like physical medium art and digital, as well as card and computer games!

Kendrix Ramos
What’s up guys?! I’m Kendrix Ramos (Kenny) and I am in my sophomore year studying Criminal Justice and I am also in the Police Academy. I’m from Lawrence, MA, and this is my first year as an Orientation Leader (I’m loving it). I’m not really involved in clubs but I am a part of the football team. I love hanging out with friends and cracking jokes left and right. I love to get a workout in and will always be down to play video games or any kind of games. And I love, like with a hard passion, R&B music; The Weeknd, PartyNextDoor, etc. I have a serious face but I’m really open and friendly so don’t be afraid to say “Hey”. 

Kiaralis Rivera
Hi! I am Kiaralis Rivera and I am a Sophomore Early Childhood Education major. I am from Pepperell, MA. I am involved with a few clubs at FSU including Dance Club, LASO, and Falcon Friends. I love to travel, hangout with friends, listen to music constantly and I teach Zumba!

Sara Rogers
Hello! I am a Senior Biology major with a minor in Chemistry. I’m from Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and this is my second year being an orientation leader! On campus, I am the secretary of both the EMS Rescue Squad and Biology and Chemistry Club. I also work in the Admissions Office as a Tour Guide, and in the Academic Counseling and Tutoring Center as a Peer Tutor! 

Ben Sacramone
Hey! My name is Ben Sacramone and I am an incoming sophomore at FSU. I study Strength and Conditioning in the Exercise Science Department (formerly Communications). I hail from a small town in Central Massachusetts named Hubbardston. I am a member of the FSU Cross Country and Track and Field Team, and I love my teams! (track and OL’s that is). I play the drums, I love working out, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I am always excited to meet new people, which is the best perk about being an OL. If you see me around, don’t be afraid to say “Hi!”

Isabelle Sargent 
Hi! My name is Isabelle Sargent, a Sophomore Nursing Major. My dream is to go to medical school after graduation to focus on women’s health!  I live in Webster, MA but I am from the sunny state of California. I am President of the Volleyball club on campus, but I am hoping to join more clubs/sororities throughout college! During my freetime, I love to write poetry and read in the quad, cook for my friends, practice yoga and jump in the car to go travel around the city! 

Kevin Sommala
I am a senior Engineering Technology student (formerly Industrial Tech). I am originally from Greenville, NH and moved to Fitchburg in 2015. I am a part of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and serve as the Director of Member and Community Engagement. I also serve as the treasurer for Greek Council. I like to travel and have been to 3 different countries, my favorite being Germany. 

Christopher Sutcliffe
Hi I am Christopher Sutcliffe I will be going into my sophomore year as a Film / Video and Photography major at Fitchburg State. I'm originally from Rhode Island but have quickly grown to love Massachusetts, and now consider Fitchburg my second home! I am the newest member of my fraternity on campus, the treasurer of the Fitchburg Activities Board, as well as a senator in the Student Government Association. I also work in the Office of Student Development as the newest Office Manager, so don't be afraid to pop your head in and say hello! 

Wylder Tallman
Hello there! My name is Wylder Tallman and I am a Senior Film Major! I’m from Wales, MA, a small town near Sturbridge that I would be surprised if anyone has heard of. I love writing of all variety, these days being short Science Fiction stories. I also sing, and am a member of Fitchburg’s Choir and A Capella group! I also love all things Star Wars, Marvel, Theme Parks, and am currently getting caught up on animated shows that I’ve missed out on. 

Mairead Weagle
Hello my name is Mairead Weagle and I’m starting my Junior year as a Human Services major. I’m a small town gal from Hudson, MA, I love pineapples, babies and the beach! I’m in a sorority on campus, I currently serve as Greek Council President, Panhelllenic Treasurer and I will be Recruitment Counselor this Fall. I am also the Vice President of the Student Government Association, a Chair for the Fitchburg Activities Board and a member of Dance Club. I also work at the Information Desk in Hammond Hall so feel free to stop by and say hi! 

Lauren Walker
Hi! My name is Lauren Walker. I am a junior Elementary Education major with a minor in Disability Studies from Framingham, MA. I will be President of the Education Club and a member of Dance Club in the fall! I am also a tour guide and public announcer on campus. I love to sing, play my ukulele, hike, watch Netflix, and read in my free time!