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Meet the 2021 Orientation Team

Orientation Leaders (OLs) assist the Orientation Transition & Retention (OTR) staff in facilitating orientation programs all summer for new American University students and their families. In addition to working with new students and families, OLs work as a team throughout the spring semester in weekly trainings. 

Rediet Alemu

Rediet Alemu 
Year: First Year
Hometown: Washington, DC
Major: International Studies
Fun Fact: she is a huge Mariah Carey fan

Jada Barrett

Jada Barrett
Year: First Year
Hometown: The Bronx, NY
Major: Public Health
Fun Fact: she loves skateboarding and practicing Taekwondo

Sofia Brockman

Sofia Brockman 
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Harrington Park, NJ 
Major: International Studies
Fun Fact: she loves going to concerts

Bryana Dyson

Bryana Dyson
Year: First Year
Hometown: Northern New Jersey
Major: Public Health
Fun Fact: on campus she is a part of Public Health Scholars, SisterSisterAU, and HerCampusAU

Amelia Fenn

Amelia Fenn
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC 
Major: CLEG
Fun Fact: she has an inflatible pet dog named Joe

Isaac Fifelski

Isaac Fifelski 
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fennville, MI 
Major: International Studies
Fun Fact: hobbies include sleeping, taking care of his 5 dogs, and reading about Fordism

Molly French

Molly French
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Braintree, MA
Major: Public Relations, with two minors in Women & Gender Studies and Marketing
Campus Involvement: She’s the First

Olivia Geveden

Olivia Geveden
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Major: International Relations and French Studies
Fun Fact: she is a Program Leader for Complex Problems

RayJon Grayson

RayJon Grayson  
Year: First Year
Hometown: New York City, NY 
Major: Political Science
Fun Fact: he can tell the difference between commercial airliners by looking at them 

Saylor Hill

Saylor Hill - Orientation Chair
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Beaver, PA
Major: History and Secondary Education
Campus Involvement: Library Employment, SPA Leadership

Aria Irani

Aria Irani 
Year: First Year
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Major: Biology 
Fun Fact: she is excited to participate in theater tech once on campus

Ames Jewart

Ames Jewart
Year: Junior
Hometown: Austin, TX
Major: Literature and French
Fun Fact: she runs a nonprofil out of AU called Students Against Child Marriage

Trisha Kapur

Trisha Kapur
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Major: Business, Language & Culture
Fun Fact: she spent her entire junior year of high school in Zaragoza, Spain

Elizabeth Kravis

Isabelle Kravis
Year: First Year
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Major: Journalism
Fun fact: her favorite show is Schitt's Creek

Alex Materia

Alex Materia 
Year: Junior
Hometown: Upton, MA
Major: Legal Studies
Fun Fact: she loves to jump rope and was on a competitive team

Paulina Mendoza

Paulina Mendoza
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Nogales, AZ
Major: CLEG
Fun Fact: she is Mexican-American and native language is Spanish

Chloe Moss

Chloe Moss 
Year: First Year
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Major: International Studies and Spanish
Fun Fact: she has lived in 5 states

Maanasi Natarajan

Maanasi Natarajan 
Year: Sophmore
Hometown: Voorhees, NJ
Major: CLEG
Fun Fact: she loves favorite show is Parks and Rec 

Sophia

Sophia Nayyar 
Year: First Year
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN 
Major: CLEG
Fun Fact: she loves photography and is a member of AU's Photo Collective

Tobey Noble

Tobey Noble
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: A Cappella, Complex Problems Peer Facilitator, ReJEWvenate

Colton Pikovsky

Colton Pikovsky
Year: Junior
Hometown: Greensburg, PA
Major: Political Science
Fun Fact: he is into rowing, boats, ghosts, and skiing

Joi Poole

Joi Poole
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major: Accounting, with a minor in Entrepreneurship
Campus Involvement: SisterSisterAU, UWIB, and STEP 2019 Graduate

Evan Rein

Evan Rein
Year: First-Year
Hometown: Minocqua, WI
Major: International Studies
Fun Fact: he is a student pilot

Candace Roy

Candace Roy 
Year: Sophmore
Hometown: Rumson, NJ
Major: CLEG
Fun Fact: she will be leading an environmental justice alternative break this spring! 

McClaren Skains

McClaren Skains 
Year: First Year
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Major: International Studies
Fun Fact: she speaks spanish

Pedrag Sutanovac

Predrag Sutanovac
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia 
Major: International Studies & Psychology
Fun Fact: he trains mixed martials arts

Chaitanya Venkateswaran

Chaitanya Venkateswaran
Year: First-Year
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Major: International Studies and Economics
Fun Fact: she is a bibliophile and loves dancing

Dan Ward

Daniel Ward - Orientation Chair
Year: Junior
Hometown: Sharon, MA
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: AU Ambassador, Aux Peer Facilitator

Emily Warshaw

Emily Warshaw 
Year: Junior
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ 
Major: Elementary Education
Fun Fact: she rows on AU's Club Crew Team and sings with A Capella group Tenli Tunes 

Grace Zhang

Grace Zhang 
Year: Sophmore
Hometown: New York City, NY 
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: she speaks 2 Chinese dialects, 3 languages and studied ASL at AU