MEET THE FALL 2016 ELP PEER MENTORS, PROGRAM ADVISORS, AND PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

The ELP is a collaborative effort, including the contributions of faculty, administrative professional staff and students who make up the Leadership Team.  Read below for more information about the team members.

ELP Mentors  |  Faculty Program Advisors  |  Staff Program Advisors  |  Program Assistants

 

     

ELP MENTORS


Brianna
Name: Brianna Cea
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Political Science
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: East Setauket, NY
What do you like most about Binghamton University: My favorite thing about Binghamton University is the friendly, welcoming and supportive staff and faculty throughout campus. When I was an incoming Freshman, I was nervous to voice my opinions in the larger lectures and did not know where to turn to for the necessary support in order to launch several new projects on campus. However, through programs like ELP, Harp 101 and my wonderful major department, I have met with supportive staff all throughout Binghamton University who are eager to help students make a difference in both their classrooms and local community.
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I am working with the Emerging Leaders Program because I can confidently say that if it wasn't for ELP, I would not be the student and community leader that I am today in Broome County. The ELP program provides students with endless amounts of opportunities to create meaningful connections with your fellow student leaders, Binghamton faculty and community members. Through ELP, I have created a network of friends and professionals on and off campus that I will cherish for years to come. Thus, I hope new students take advantage of all of the events and workshops that ELP provides. It is an empowering experience to be given all of the right tools at such a young age, and to know that you can truly make a difference as soon as you set foot onto a whole new campus.

 

 StevenName: Steven Lazickas
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Political Science & History
Class Standing: Senior
Hometown: East Aurora, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: My favorite thing about Binghamton is the people. So many people at Binghamton are friendly and welcoming and it really has made my experience here very enjoyable. The different kinds of people who actively seek out to understand the world around them has created an atmosphere of diversity and respect that inspires others to improve the community around them. 
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I'm working with the ELP because I want to pass on the experience and advice I received from the program when I was a new student. I want to pass along the knowledge and advice which allowed me to become a dedicated student leader to anyone who will listen. I hope the new students will learn to create opportunities for themselves and grow from their experiences at the University.

                                                                                                                    

alison
Name: Allison Sullivan
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Business Administration, Marketing
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: Dryden, NY
What do you like most about Binghamton University: My favorite part about Binghamton University is their sincere desire to see the students achieve. They provide powerful resources and activities to allow students to succeed both academically and personally. There is always a person available to help you with anything you need, and the faculty is both interesting and knowledgeable. Not to mention, the students are great and the campus is beautiful!
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I wanted to continue working with ELP because it was such a perfect stepping stone into the Binghamton community. Early in my first semester, I became familiar with the campus, and we had the opportunity to explore everything the city of Binghamton has to offer. Having mentors who could answer our questions and help us to discover all the opportunities at Binghamton was an important part of me finding out who I am as a student. I hope ELP provides new students with the resources to become comfortable, professional, and active members of Binghamton University, while also allowing them to find themselves and build their strengths.

 

jon
Name:  Jonathan Link
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): PPL
Class Standing: Sophomore
Hometown: North Babylon, NY
What do you like most about Binghamton University: Binghamton University feels like home. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming. You can always find something to do and somewhere that you feel you fit in.
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I am working with ELP because my mentor last year had a great impact on me and formulating the leader that I am today. I hope to have a similar impact on my students.

   

 

                                     

Cindi
Name: Cynthia DeFranco
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s):Human Development
Class Standing: Sophomore 
Hometown: Levittown, NY
What do you like most about Binghamton University: I like the abundance of opportunities to impact the university as well as the local community. Numerous clubs on campus allow students to reach out and make a difference.
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience?  I am working with the ELP because I want to be a positive influence for those who want to become leaders themselves. As a freshman, college life can seem stressful and intimidating.. I hope that freshman will learn through ELP that anyone can be a leader and make a difference.

                           

Kyle
Name: Kyle Steck
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Biochemistry and Economics
Class Standing: Sophomore
Hometown: Sayville, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: The people here and the atmosphere
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience?  Because ELP helped me get involved with so much and taught me how much of a difference I can make and I hope I can do the same for the incoming freshman next semester. I hope to further progress my leadship skills in a different way as a mentor.

                           

 

Shai
Name: Shai Lev
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Nursing
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: Ghent, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: The people, the atmosphere, the multiple opportunities, and the awesome faculty and staff
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I am working with the ELP because I am excited to help new students with their transition to Binghamton, and to introduce them to the many different options that are available. I hope new students feel more confident after their ELP experience, and form a close knit group of friends for both fun events and for a support system.
Nick
Name: Nicholas Russo                                   
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Accounting      
Class Standing: Sophomore
Hometown: Mahopac, NY
What do you like most about Binghamton University: It's size and value. Binghamton is a great mid-sized university, it's small enough where I can see familiar faces walking to class, but big enough that I can avoid certain people if I need to. Also, at Binghamton, you get an ivy league education at a public school price.
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience?  I really enjoyed my time in the arts and humanities KC last year and I want to be a resource for incoming freshman, so they too can get the great experience I did, get to know all the resources available on campus, as well as have a chance to get involved in the local area.
 
nicole
Name: Shirli Samara  
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Biochemistry        
Class Standing: Sophomore 
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
What do you like most about Binghamton University: Binghamton University provides countless opportunities for it’s students. I never feel out of place in this University and everyone can find a home here. I found multiple homes and have never regretted attending this University.
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience?  I was a new student last year and ELP helped introduce me to this campus. It gave me the right connections and mentored me throughout my freshman year. I’m working as a Mentor now because I want to give back to the new incoming freshman and transfer students and help them get a head start.
 

Sherry

Name: Sherry Yung                   
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Accounting
Class Standing: Sophomore 
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
What do you like most about Binghamton University: I like how Binghamton University inspires me to become the best that I can be and constantly challenges me. Although there will be some tough times, the wonderful people that you meet here will help you get through them!
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience?  I think ELP is a great program for new students to get involved with and I learned so much from my ELP experience so I want to give back to the program. I hope new students learn more about themselves through the program but most importantly, have fun!

 

Dyana
Name: Dyana Beretz
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Psychology & Minor in Education and Studio Art
Class Standing: Senior
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University:  The different people I have met, the relationships I have cultivated and the amazing opportunities that are there for you if you just look around!
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I believe that being an ELP mentor with allow me to implement the skills I have acquired throughout my three years at Binghamton, as well as develop them further by working closely with new students and faculty. I believe strongly in the need for students to have skill building opportunities during their time in college, developing their leadership skills, and working with the local community. For the past three years I heard wonderful things about the ELP program and the mentor experience, and I am excited to be a part of it. I want participants to broaden their skills and learn to go out of their comfort zone. Binghamton University is full of amazing resources that I wish I knew right when I walked in the door. I want participants to be comfortable with reaching out to new teachers, exploring offices, or taking part in internships and/or community service on and off campus. 

 

Name: Daniel Guzman
Major(s)/Anticipated Major(s): Business Administration
Class Standing: Sophomore
Hometown: Washingtonville, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: The different opportunities on campus to get involved with the community and meet new people.
Why are you working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I'm working with ELP because when I went through the program I learned a lot about campus and developed some strong friendships so I want to give back to the program and make sure other students get the same experience that I had.

 

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  FACULTY PROGRAM ADVISORS

Sarah
Name: Sarah Young                                                             
Title and Department: Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work (CCPA)
Hometown: McGraw, NY
Research/Professional Interests:  My primary research interest is on increasing family acceptance for LGBTQ+ youth within the context of their family. I also research HIV/AIDS (particularly people living with HIV/AIDS who also experience chronic pain), youth organizing and youth leadership, and safe schools policy (particularly in conservative states and conservative communities).
What you like most about Binghamton University:  I am a brand new faculty member, so have yet to see all the wonderful things BU has to offer. However, one of reasons why I was so excited to accept the position was the Universities commitment to undergraduate excellence. Growing up in central NY, BU always had a reputation for strong undergraduate academics.
Best advice for incoming students: BU may be an adjustment for many reasons (new community, adjusting to college coursework. financial stresses, etc.) and my best advice is to reach out for support if you need it. I know there are many student support services on campus that can assist. I also hope that incoming students challenge themselves. I think college works best when we are growing and learning. 
                                                                                                                                         
Name: Robert Cline                                                                                                                
BobTitle:  Adjunct Lecturer, School of Management
Research/Professional Interests: Community Not-For-Profit groups, school foundations, and community foundations. Management & Change Management
Favorite thing about Binghamton University: Openness to new thinking
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? To help students be all they want to be

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Dylan Horvath                                                                                                                      
DylanTitle and Department: Steward of Natural Area, Environmental Studies
Hometown: Marcellus, NY
Research/Professional Interests: Wildlife/Field Biology, Land Management, Environmental Education
What do you like most about Binghamton University: I like meeting, working with, advising, and just conversing with so many great students/volunteers.
Best advice for incoming students: Don't hesitate to get involved in student groups, volunteering, and talking with faculty and staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Sarah Thompson                                                                                                               Sarah 
Title and Department:  Lecturer of Health and Wellness Studies, Decker School of Nursing
Hometown: Atwood, KS
Research/Professional Interests: Nutrition, Exercise, Obesity and Eating Disorders
What you like most about Binghamton University: I love the diversity and intellectual capital at Binghamton University. It is a wonderful place for students, faculty and professional staff to develop new technologies, share ideas and build skills to better ourselves and our world.
Best advice for incoming students: Get involved with things you are interested in and remember to take care of what is most important in the process, your health. It is important to maintain healthy eating, sleeping and exercise habits to make the most of your time at Binghamton University. You don't want to get yourself so run down that you aren't able to enjoy all the opportunity that BU has to offer! Be good to yourself!

 

Name: Patricia Alikakos                                                                                                                    
Title and Department: Lecturer, ESL Program
PatyHometown:   Binghamton, NY
Research/Professional Interests: Cultural differences in academic writing & speaking, integrating American culture in second language writing and speaking courses, benefits of community engagement for second language learners.
Favorite thing about Binghamton University: There's something at BU for everybody! No matter what you like to do or are interested in, chances are you'll find people, a club, event, activity, or workshop that will match your interests. I also like that the internationalization of the campus gives us the opportunity to get to know and interact with people from different cultures while promoting cultural awareness in today's global community.

Best advice for incoming students: In between studying and being involved in different programs and clubs, don't forget to take time out for yourself and release stress. Take a walk around the brain, go to the gym, or take a yoga class.

 

Name: Kristen Gallant
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STAFF PROGRAM ADVISORS

Name: Katie Collette
Title and Department: Undergraduate Advisor, School of Managemen
katieHometown: Buffalo, NY
Research/Professional interests: Student success with a special interest in freshmen and transfer transition issues
What you like most about Binghamton University: Binghamton offers its students countless ways to take on leadership roles and gives students real power to make meaningful lasting change in the school and community. I am always amazed at what Binghamton students can accomplish in a short amount of time.

Best advice for incoming students: Take every (legal) opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone.

 

 

Name: Terry Creeden                                                                                                                       Terry
Title and Department: International Health Insurance Coordinator, International Student and Scholar Services
Hometown: Originally Long Beach, New York; now Binghamton, New York
Research/Professional Interests: Reaching across the perceived barriers that separate people with kindness, compassion and service.
Favorite thing about Binghamton University: The wide variety of activities and support services available to students to enhance their education and become successful.
Best advice for incoming students: Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone! Open yourself to new ideas, new ways of doing things, and getting to know people that you would otherwise never meet. Remember to be safe, look out for others and yourself.

 

Name: Tyler Lenga    
tylerTitle and Department: Program Coordinator, Office of New Student Programs
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Research/Professional Interests: First Year Experience/Student Transition, Leadership Studies, Communication Studies, Public Service, Local Government
What do you like most about Binghamton University: Without a doubt, the students! I enjoy every day that I get to interact with students and learn about all the amazing things that they do here at Binghamton.
Best advice for incoming students: Get involved! Take full advantage of all the resources Binghamton University has to offer you. Trust me, you'll be glad that you did!

 

 

Name: Natona Davi                                                                                                                 Natona
Title and Department: Resident Director, Residential Life
Hometown: Medford, OR
Research/Professional Interests:  First-year Programs Campus Activities Residential Life
What do you like most about Binghamton University: The students are the most wonderful part of Binghamton University - they make everyday an adventure.
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I want to help new students to make the most of their time at Binghamton and the Emerging Leaders Program is just one way for students to do just that. This program can really set the tone for what the coming years could hold for students who are looking for ways to get involved on campus and make an impact.
Best advice for incoming students: Be yourself and always be on the lookout for opportunity.

  

Name: Sean Sherwood                                                                                                                    
SeanTitle and Department: Student Services Coordinator, Office of Financial Aid and Student Records
Hometown: Johnson City, NY
Research/Professional Interests: Student leadership, financial aid impact on enrollment/retention, career preparedness
What do you like most about Binghamton University: The students! (of course) - they have amazing energy and determination. It is truly amazing to be in their lives.
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I work with ELP because the students involved in the program gain such an insight into Binghamton University and the greater Binghamton area. They get to connect to their college and town via the service learning project, and learn to work together to accomplish a common goal.
Best advice for incoming students: GET INVOLVED! Clubs, organizations, hall government, intramurals, and many more opportunities are out there - meet people - network - gain interpersonal skills.

 

 

Name: Emily Love                                                                                                     Emily   
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  Program Assistants     

Graduate Assistant

ChelseyName: Chelsey Pitcher
Master of  Science in Student Affairs Administration (MSAA)
Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: My favorite aspect of Binghamton University is the large school environment that offers a variety of experiences and networking opportunities blended with a strong feeling of community.
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I have chosen to work with the Emerging Leaders Program because of its influence on Binghamton's campus. I appreciate that it impacts the students within the program and the others associated with it, giving each role a unique experience. My hope is that students will develop as substantial young leaders by discovering their own style as well as obtaining a new perspective on leadership. It is imperative that the emerging leaders become strong contributing members of the community and make a difference in the world.
Best advice for incoming students: Take advantage of every opportunity as it comes. You never know what each experience can teach you; not only about life but about yourself. It is essential to maintain a balance between academics and extracurricular opportunities to obtain an enriched college experience and a more well rounded education.

 

Graduate Intern

taylorName: Taylor Groo
Master in Public Administration  (MPA)                                              
Hometown: Monroe, NY
What you like most about Binghamton UniversityThe atmosphere of having a close community while still having opportunities to meet new people all of the time
What you enjoyed best about the ELP in the past:  Having worked with ELP for the past three years, I just cannot get enough. The most amazing experience has been and will be having an impact on the lives of the new students entering Binghamton for the first time.
Best advice for incoming students: The most typical response to this question is "go out of your comfort zone" or "try something new". But my response is to stay true to yourself and grow at your own pace and in your own way. Try not to conform to the "norm"

 

Senior Undergraduate Assistant

RyanName: Ryan Mirchin
Major(s)/Minor(s): Integrative Neuroscience
Class Standing: Senior
Hometown: Putnam Valley, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: The best thing about Binghamton University is that it has all the resources of a large university while still being small enough to be able to take advantage of all it as to offer.
What you enjoyed best about the ELP in the past: One of the best things about ELP is the way the program introduces you to campus and all it has to offer within your first few days of being here. Immediately, you see all that campus has while making friends and making connections with faculty and staff that will be able to help you throughout your college career.
Best advice for incoming students: Take advantage of every opportunity you encounter here. You never know where it can take you.

 

Undergraduate Program Assistants


Caroline

Name: Caroline Irwin
Major(s)/Minor(s): Chemistry and Neuroscience
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: The various opportunities to get involved on and off campus.
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I am working with ELP because it gives new students the opportunity to get leadership experience their first semester here on campus. I hope that by the end of ELP the students have a new definition of leadership and have discovered new strengths they did not know that have previously possessed.
Best advice for incoming students: My best advice would be to keep you mind open to new opportunities. You never know what may take you down an amazing path that changes who you are entirely. College is about exploring and self growth, don’t let personal doubt hold you back from trying new things and discovering new passions!
 
Jehron
Name: Jehron Pura-Bryant
Major(s)/Minor(s): Integrative Neuroscience
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: Valley Stream, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: I appreciate the warm and friendly environment that Binghamton has to offer. Everywhere I walk, I always bump into a friend, or classmate - and it adds to the college experience. Coming into college without many friends from high school, it's assuring to know that everyone is in the same boat; and everyone is friendly.
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? The ELP has tremendously influenced my college experience. Through Freshman year, it has encouraged me to be involved not just on-campus; but in the community as well. To show my appreciation for the program I always find myself coming back, whether it was as a mentor this past year, or as a current Program Assistant. I'm always learning about how to better my leadership skills in a way that I can apply outside of school. I hope that students can take the things that I've learned from the program as well. I hope to encourage students to remain active and return to help the program grow.
Best advice for incoming students: If there is an opportunity, big or small - take it. As new students on this campus, it's never a bad idea to try something different. If it doesn't work out, at least you know now - instead of wonder "what if". I've done it, and I've met my closest friends and truly found my home away from home. Dare to be different.
 

PAty

Name: Patricia Acipreste
Major(s)/Minor(s): Financial Economics, Spanish, and Latin American Caribbean Area Studies
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: Carle Place, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: What I love about this university is that there are endless opportunities to get involved. The campus and people create a great environment for you to grow as a student and as a person. The people I've met and get to work with are so focused and inspire me to do my best every day!
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I never want to leave ELP, it has grown on me! Each year I have taken on a different role and have gained a new perspective. I learned a lot about myself through this program. Joining ELP in the fist place was a great way to get a jump start on my college career. It's such a great program that helps you develop leadership roles and gives you the chance to meet amazing people!
Best advice for incoming students: You'll hear this plenty of times, because it's true; get involved early. Put yourself out there and step out of your comfort zone, you might discover a new passion. Have a positive outlook on life, college isn't easy at times, but these will be some of the best years of your life. Always remember to stay true to yourself!
 
Anthony
Name: Anthony Dorsa
Major(s)/Minor(s): Electrical Engineering
Class Standing: Junior
Hometown: Eastchester, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: All of the opportunities to be involved in and around campus.
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I've learned a lot about what it means to be a leader and about myself thanks to my previous experiences with the ELP and would like to continue learning. I hope that new students get a chance to learn what it means to be a leader, while also getting an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Binghamton area and some of the people here.
Best advice for incoming students: Just relax. Coming to a new school where you may not know a lot of people can seem scary, but everyone finds their place sooner or later. There are a lot of great people, both students and faculty, who want to help you succeed. You'll be fine.
 
Shanna
Name: Shanna Thomas
Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science with a concentration in International Relations
Class Standing: Senior
Hometown: Nanuet, NY
What you like most about Binghamton University: My favorite part about Binghamton University is the great amount of diverse opportunities there seems to be at every turn. I love being able to be active in virtually anything I am interested in while still being really involved in the community.
Why are you are working with the ELP? What do you hope new students take from their ELP experience? I loved the way students interacted in the Binghamton community when I was a mentor. Many learned how to address problems in the community while creating projects that related to their interests. I want to continue with ELP, as a Program Assistant, and help facilitate that kind of growth for more students. I hope our incoming students will come to Binghamton and appreciate it as a community that is for all of us. My hope is that our students will be able to impact the community in a positive way and continue that impact throughout their collegiate career.
Best advice for incoming students: My best advice for incoming students would be along the lines of not being afraid of taking risks. Taking risks is a great way to develop yourself and find yourself. Being a university student means you pick and choose what responsibilities you want to take on and your experience is dependent on your choices. However; the people who have been the most successful in my opinion are people who have taken the opportunity to explore outside of their comfort zone. I think ELP is a great start in that journey
 

ELP PROFESSIONAL STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION

 

 

 

 ELP Program Director:  Debora Clinton Callaghan, Senior  Associate Director, New Student Programs (Emerging  Leaders Program, First Year Experience and Public Speaking  Lab)  dclinton@binghamton.edu

 

 

 

 

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  ELP Program Coordinator:  Tyler Lenga, Program      Coordinator, New Student Programs (Emerging Leaders  Program, First Year Experience and Public Speaking Lab)  tlenga@binghamton.edu

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 7/21/16