Orientation Team


Gwynedd Mercy University's Orientation Team are your go-to resources during Orientation Weekend. They will officially welcome you to Griffin Nation and show you what it's really like to be a GMercyU student!

Meet the Orientation Planning Team

Peter Fabiani, 2020 
Group #15

Major: Finance 
Hometown: West Chester, PA 
High School: West Chester East High School 
GMercyU Activities: Investment Club, Orientation 
Fun Fact: My hobbies include exercise and dental hygiene. 
Fun Fact: I have a pet snake named William Snakespeare. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I was a 2017 Mr. Griffin participant. 
 

Alessandra McVaugh, 2020 
Group #7

Major: Finance 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 
High School: New Foundations Charter High School 
GMercyU Activities: Orientation Planning Team, Student Activities Committee, Intramurals 
Fun Fact: I am left-handed. 
Fun Fact: I love to go shopping, so if you ever want to go I’m always down! 
GMercyU Fun Fact: Working for Intramurals is the best thing that could have happened to me because of my coworkers and my boss. 
 

Tommy Moore, 2021
Group #12

Major: Social Work with a minor in Psychology 
Hometown: Ridley, PA
High School: Ridley High School  
GMercyU Activities: Orientation Planning Team, Griffin Ambassador, PSSA club, Men’s Tennis 
Fun Fact: I used to have hair longer than my mom. 
Fun Fact: I can do a toe touch better than you. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I am Mr. Griffin 2019.
 

Lance Zartarian, 2020
Group #4

Major: History with a certification in Secondary Education w/Special Education 
Hometown: Singapore 
High School: Central Bucks High School East 
GMercyU Activities: Orientation Planning Team, Best Buddies 
Fun Fact: I am adopted. 
Fun Fact: I am a first-degree black belt.  
GMercyU Fun Fact: My favorite place to hang out is University Hall.

 

Meet the Orientation Leaders 

Chelsea Briggs, 2021 
Group #16

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Bensalem, PA 
High School: Bensalem High School 
GMercyU Activities: Softball and SNAP 
Fun Fact: I am a huge music fan. I’ve been to 41 concerts and have traveled to 7 different states to see concerts. 
Fun Fact: I have met great friends and made great memories at GMercyU.
GMercyU Fun Fact: Dunkin Donuts is the key to get through Nursing School.

 

Michaela Coppinger, 2021 
Group #9

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA (Roxborough) 
High School: Merion Mercy Academy 
GMercyU Activities: Women's Lacrosse Manager 
Fun Fact: I love dogs. 
Fun Fact: I went to Italy with my high school. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I enjoy going to the gym at GMercyU every day.
 

Kristen Dougher, 2022 
Group #5

Major: Criminal Justice 
Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA (The Poconos) 
High School: Stroudsburg High School 
GMercyU Activities: Cross Country (partly) & Lacrosse 
Fun Fact: I have seven full siblings.
Fun Fact: I love nature and doing things outside. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: When the cherry trees blossom, campus is my favorite place.
 

Natalie Fennema, 2021 
Group #10

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Cinnaminson, NJ 
High School: Cinnaminson High School  
Fun Fact: I’ve had five knee surgeries. 
Fun Fact: My favorite food is sushi. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: My favorite coffee place is in University Hall.  

 

Taylor Green, 2022 
Group #11

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 
High School: Archbishop Wood High School 
Fun Fact: I love left-handed people. 
Fun Fact: I broke my ankle 19 times. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: The tater tots are the best!!!! 

 

Logan Grego, 2022 
Group #1

Major: Occupational Therapy 
Hometown: Marlton, NJ/Levittown, PA 
High School: Cherokee High School/ Neshaminy High School 
GMercyU Activities: Orientation Leader, SAS Leader, Voices of Gwynedd 
Fun Fact: I lived in NJ for 17 years & 2 years in PA. 
Fun Fact: I was born on my Dad’s birthday and at the same hospital too!! 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I do my homework and study at the corner table in Loyola Hall. 
 

Andrew Harbaugh, 2021 
Group #16

Major: English and Secondary Education 
Hometown: Willow Grove, PA 
High School: Upper Moreland High School (GO BEARS!) 
GMercyU Activities: Best Buddies Charter President, Student Government Vice President (SGA) 
Fun Fact: I am passionate about language and love grammar. 
Fun Fact: I am often found talking loudly in a quiet room or watching my favorite show, Gilmore Girls! 
GMercyU Fun Fact: While in SGA, I helped with the collection of over 300 ink & toner cartridges. Go programs with a cause!!! We love the Earth!!!  

Nick Heiler, 2021
Group #8

Major: Education
Hometown: Lansdale, PA
High School: Lansdale Catholic High School 
GMercyU Activities: Men's Lacrosse
Fun Fact: I have two brothers. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I have played in two championships in my two years here at GMercyU. 

 

Kalei Helmetag, 2022 
Group #3

Major: Radiation Therapy 
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ 
High School: Cherry Hill High School East 
GMercyU Activities: Griffin Ambassador 
Fun Fact: I'm a dog lover. 
Fun Fact: I'm a caffeine addict. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I only use my flex dollars for iced tea. 
 

Andrea Jurado Hernandez, 2021/2022
Group #14

Major: Accounting with 4+1 MBA  
Hometown: Coatesville, PA 
High School: Coatesville Senior Area High School 
GMercyU Activities: Tennis Team, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association 
Fun Fact: I'm fluent in Spanish. 
Fun Fact: I was born in Arizona. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I love the running trails.
 

Carly Jensen, 2022 
Group #6

Major: Sport Management 
Hometown: Broomall, PA 
High School: Marple Newtown High School 
GMercyU Activities: Residence Hall Association (V.P.), Softball, Griffin Student Leadership Institute, Take Back the Night, Student Athletic Activities Committee 
Fun Fact: I have four dogs. 
Fun Fact: I have two tattoos (and counting)! 
GMercyU Fun Fact: My grandmother graduated from GMercyU in 1983. 
 

Jill Kane, 2021 
Group #11

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Springfield, PA 
High School: Academy of Notre Dame de Namur 
GMercyU Activities: Women’s’ Basketball, Women's Lacrosse, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member 
Fun Fact: My family calls me Beans. 
Fun Fact: I’ve traveled out of the country. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I get a chicken cheesesteak and cheese fries every day at St. B’s. 
 

Ashley McVaugh, 2021 
Group #14

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 
High School: New Foundations Charter High School 
GMercyU Activities: Intramurals, Student Activities Committee 
Fun Fact: I am a twin. 
Fun Fact: I broke my ankle three times. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I made all my best friends at GMercyU.
 

Molly Mohan, 2022 
Group #8

Major: Marketing 
Hometown: Willow Grove, PA 
High School: Archbishop Wood High School 
GMercyU Activities: Residence Hall Association, Student Accessibility Services, Campus Ministry, 0 Waste and Sustainability Club, Voices of Gwynedd, Take Back the Night
Fun Fact: My favorite food is mashed potatoes. 
Fun Fact: I sang for Pope Francis when he came to Philadelphia.
GMercyU Fun Fact: I'm President of the Residence Hall Association. 
 

Kelsie Munion, 2022 
Group #9

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 
High School: New Foundations Charter High School 
GMercyU Activities: Catherine’s Cupboard 
Fun Fact: I love the beach and worked at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. 
Fun Fact: I have four siblings, two cats and one dog. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: St. B’s has the best food - shout out to Kyle! 
 

Katie Noss, 2021 
Group #13

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Shickshinny, PA 
High School: Northwest Area High School 
GMercyU Activities: Residence Hall Association general board member 
Fun Fact: I have two black cats. 
Fun Fact: I have traveled to Italy and Greece.  
GMercyU Fun Fact: St. B’s is the best place to get breakfast.
 

Angela Poleck, 2022 
Group #1

Major: Radiologic Technology 
Hometown: Chichester, PA  
High School: Chichester High School
GMercyU Activities: I sing in Voices of Gwynedd & Voice Box Acapella and currently hold the choir officer position. 
Fun Fact: I’m a vegetarian. 
Fun Fact: I’m a percussionist and play the ukulele. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I try to nap in the hammocks put out around campus in the spring! 
 

Sam Rowland, 2022 
Group #10

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, PA 
High School: Lower Moreland High School 
GMercyU Activities: Dance Team 
Fun Fact: I love singing and I’ve played the viola since third grade. 
Fun Fact: I have a pitbull/Dalmatian and love her!!! 
GMercyU Fun Fact: Buffalo chicken wraps from the Dining Hall and mozzarella sticks from St. B’s are the best. 
 

Kohler Setley, 2021 
Group #3

Major: Nursing  
Hometown: Collegeville, PA  
High School: La Salle College High School 
GMercyU Activities: Men's Lacrosse, Intramural Referee  
Fun Fact: I have been on three pilgrimages. 
Fun Fact: I can juggle. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: Loyola Hall is haunted despite what Michelle Murray says! 

 

Hunter Wenger, 2021 
Group #5

Major: Business Management  
Hometown: Hatboro, PA  
High School: Hatboro-Horsham High School 
GMercyU Activities: Previous OL, GSLI (I, II) Griffin Ambassador, Men's Lacrosse Manager, Traditions Committee  
Fun Fact: I'm a manager at McDonald's, I've been working there since I was 16.
Fun Fact: I am a two-time Taco Tuesday champion.
GMercyU Fun Fact: Students are more than a number at Gwynedd. Teachers, coaches, and faculty are all good guides to better yourself and help you succeed.

Jenna Yerger, 2021 
Group #2

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Pottsgrove, PA 
High School: Pottsgrove High School 
GMercyU Activities: Intramurals and Athletics work study 
Fun Fact: I’m a Sixers fan. 
Fun Fact: I hit myself in the head with a shovel when I was younger. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: Make yourself a peanut butter and banana sandwich in the dining hall - trust me!  

Cross Zavada, 2021
Group #6

Major: Management
Hometown: Washington Township, NJ
High School: Washington Township High School
GMercyU Activities: Men's Lacrosse, Investment Club, Griffin Ambassador 
Fun Fact: I am extremely outgoing!
Fun Fact: I am family-oriented. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: You are close to everyone because it's a smaller school. 

Anneliese Zazyczny, 2022 
Group #4

Major: Nursing 
Hometown: Buckingham, PA 
High School: Central Bucks East High School
GMercyU Activities: Voices of Gwynedd & Voice Box (officer), SNAP, Campus Ministry 
Fun Fact: I am gluten intolerant. 
Fun Fact: I love country music! 
GMercyU Fun Fact: I play the piano and write music in the Griffinaerie.
 

Camryn Zeller, 2022 
Group #13

Major: Social Work 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 
High School: Abington Senior High 
GMercyU Activities: Griffin Ambassador 
Fun Fact: I traveled to Mexico over the summer. 
Fun Fact: I love coffee. 
GMercyU Fun Fact: Get the mozzarella sticks from St. B’s!! 

 

In addition to the Griffins below, we would like to give a special thank you to the staff members of the Gwynedd Mercy University Orientation Planning Team. The following staff members were instrumental in the planning and implementation of orientation programming:
 

Betsy Plummer, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Community Service

Meredith Hoch-Oescher, Dean of Student Success

Michele Diehl, Director Undergraduate Admissions

Kimberly Logan, Academic Advisor and Academic Coach/FYE Coordinator

Michelle Murray, Associate Director for Residence Life

Alicia Scott, Student Activities Coordinator

Danielle Davis, Assistant Director for New Student Orientation and Activities

Ali Jabara Johnson, Associate Director for Leadership Programs

Rouseline Emmanuel-Frenel, Ed.D., Director Student Activities & Leadership Programs

Joshua Stern, Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students