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Orientation Leaders

Meet the 2020 Orientation Leaders

Paolo Balladares

Paolo Balladares

Student Team Leader

Year: Senior
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Cary, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I performed CPR while in the Emergency Room
Favorite Quote"Treat yo' self" - Parks & Rec

Emily Bates

Emily Bates

Orientation Counselor

Year: Sophomore
Major: Integrated Health Sciences - Management
Hometown: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I LOVE kiwi and giraffes.
Favorite Quote: "The best is yet to come."

Katie Butler

Katie Butler

Orientation Counselor

Year: Sophomore
Major: International Studies & Political Science
Hometown: Havelock, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I have a Welsh-Pembroke Corgi
Favorite Quote: "Smile even through the hard times, it will make someone else's day."

Jada Da Rosa

Jada Da Rosa

Orientation Leader

Year: Sophomore
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina
Fun Fact: Beyonce enthusiast!
Favorite Quote: "You Matter!"

Jimmy Davidow

Jimmy Davidow

Orientation Leader

Year: Senior
Major: Middle Grades Math
Hometown: Cary, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I've been stung by a yellow jacket on my tongue.
Favorite Quote: "Don't find fault, find a remedy."

Caleb Dial

Caleb Dial

Orientation Counselor

Year: Freshman
Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Laurinburg, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I am Native American
Favorite Quote: "White teeth teens are out!"

Tiahna Dublin

Tiahna Dublin

Orientation Counselor

Year: Freshman
Major: Integrated Health Sciences with a Pre-professional concentration
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I have never seen Spongebob
Favorite Quote: "If you stay ready you don't have to get ready"

Oliva Ensalaco

Olivia Ensalaco

Orientation Counselor

Year: Freshman
Major: Pre-Nursing
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Fun Fact: I have an Epicardial Pacemaker; I am a triplet
Favorite Quote: "Go chase your dreams, you won't regret it. Anything can happen if you let it."

Christine Ewart

Christine Ewart

Orientation Counselor

Year: Freshman
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Stanley, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I have a website where I talk about & review movies
Favorite Quote: "Sometimes you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot."

Aniyah Henderson

Aniyah Henderson

Orientation Leader

Year: Junior
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I would like to live in Spain one day.
Favorite Quote: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -MLK

Laura Hubler

Laura Hubler

Orientation Counselor

Year: Sophomore
Major: Forensic Science & Chemistry
Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Fun Fact: I have over 30 snow globes!
Favorite Quote: "Walk with purpose."

A portrait of Mo Joyner

Mo Joyner

Orientation Leader

Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I am terrified of ladybugs and moths.
Favorite Quote: "It ain't nothing but a thang."

Portrait of Connor

Connor Larmore

Orientation Coordinator

Year: Senior
Major: Biology & Chemistry
Hometown: Morganton, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I have 3 snakes and a tarantula
Favorite Quote: "The best way not to feel hopeless is to get up and do something." -Barack Obama

Portrait of Kristina Mallare

Kristina Mallare

Orientation Leader

Year: Junior
Major: IHS: Health Management
Hometown: Cary, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I have been a Cat Camp Coordinator for two years!
Favorite Quote: "Everything happens for a reason."

Portrait of Magy Martinez

Magy Martinez

Orientation Leader

Year: Sophomore
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina
Fun Fact: My dream is to travel to India.
Favorite Quote: "Hoy me levante contenta hoy me levante feliz."


Portrait of Chase McNary

Chase McNary

Orientation Counselor

Year: Junior
Major: Music
Hometown: Matthews, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I got my first concussion hitting my head getting off the cat-tran.
Favorite Quote: "I have to Laugh"

Portrait of Kasson Mitchell

Kasson Mitchell

Orientation Counselor

Year: Freshman
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Fun Fact: I was born on Halloween
Favorite Quote: "I'm going to retire and live off my savings, what I'll do the second day, I have no idea."

Portrait of Eileen Nguyen

Eileen Phi Nguyen

Orientation Counselor

Year: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Nursing
Hometown: China Grove, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Choir.
Favorite Quote: "You are so loved and grace made!"

Portrait of Kyra Rhyne

Kyra Rhyne

Orientation Counselor

Year: Freshman
Major: Integrated Health Sciences, Parks and Recreation Management
Hometown: Stanley, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I love traveling and have been to over 43 states!
Favorite Quote: "Nothing can stop a woman on a mission."

Portrait of James Pointer II

James Pointer II

Orientation Office Assistant

Year: Junior
Major: Integrated Health Sciences
Hometown: Milton, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I love to go explore new places
Favorite Quote: "Vive tu vida al maximo (live your life to the fullest)"

Portrait of Racheal Raming

Racheal Raming

Guest Team Leader

Year: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Mt. Gilead, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I have a 27lb. Cat!
Favorite Quote: "The axe forgets, but the tree doesn't."

Portrait of Jordan Rasheed

Jordan Rasheed

Orientation Office Assistant

Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I am a huge hockey fan! (specifically the Carolina Hurricanes & Colorado Avalance)
Favorite Quote: "Gotta do more, gotta be more."

Portrait of Morgan Robinson

Morgan Robinson

Orientation Counselor

Year: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I was a volunteer firefighter for 4 years.
Favorite Quote: "Sometimes the best we can do is start over." - Peggy Carter (Marvel)

Portrait of Chelsey Scruggs

Chelsey Scruggs

Orientation Counselor

Year: Sophomore
Major: Recreational Therapy
Hometown: Franklin, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I played softball for 13 years.
Favorite Quote: "The sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it's here is up to us. Journey wisely."

Portrait of Erica Stockton

Erica Stockton

Orientation Counselor

Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Dallas, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I collect snowmen.
Favorite Quote: "Choose kindness. It will allow you to be the sunshine in someone else's rain."

Portrait of McKenzie Twine

McKenzie Twine

Orientation Counselor

Year: Junior
Major: English
Hometown: Belvidere, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I danced ballet for 16 years.
Favorite Quote: "Life is not a race. Just relax and enjoy all the ups and downs"

Portrait of Carter Unger

Carter Unger

Orientation Leader

Year: Sophomore
Major: Forensic Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Hometown: Chapin, South Carolina
Fun Fact: I am on the Track & Field team at WCU!
Favorite Quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Portrait of Joseph Vann

Joseph Vann

Orientation Counselor

Year: Junior
Major: Engineering Technology
Hometown: Star, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I enjoy collecting and listening to vinyl records. I have every Twenty One Pilots album on vinyl & CD!
Favorite Quote: "Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face always." - 1 Chronicles 16:11

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