Orientation Staff

Carly DeBord, Associate Director


While earning a degree in Secondary Education Language Arts, Carly DeBord worked as an Orientation Leader for two years and a Team Leader for one in the Office of New Student Orientation. While pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, she served as a Graduate Assistant in the office. In March 2008, Carly was promoted to the position of Assistant Director for the office, overseeing various aspects of both our Orientation and First-Year Experience programs. Now as the Associate Director, Carly recruits, hires, and trains the Orientation Leader staff and coordinates the overall planning of the Orientation programs throughout the year.

Nino Colla, Assistant Director


During his time earning dual degrees in Communications, Nino Colla spent three years in the Office of New Student Orientation as an Orientation Leader, Team Leader, and the Daily Event Coordinator. As he earned his master's degree in Higher Education Administration he had the opportunity to continue serving the office as a Graduate Assistant. In October 2014, Nino was promoted to Assistant Director, assisting in the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervising of the Orientation Leader staff and supervising the office's student assistant staff. Nino also assists in the planning of other First-Year Experience programs such as the Common Reading Program and has a lot of enthusiasm for the students he gets to work with on a daily basis.

Mary Marcin, Departmental Records Specialist


Mary Marcin joined the New Student Orientation team in March of 2009. Mary graduated from The Ohio State University in June of 1999 with a degree in Communications. Although Mary is a Summit County native, she has lived and worked across the state of Ohio. Most recently she worked for The University of Akron’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The mother of two young children, Mary recognizes the difficulties students face in balancing school and family time.

Beau Gannon, Graduate Assistant


Beau Gannon was an orientation leader back in Spring 2010 and has rejoined our staff as a graduate assistant while he persues his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Beau graduated from The University of Akron in spring 2014 and was a very involved student during his undergraduate career, serving on both the USG and IFC boards as well as being the 2013 president of Lambda Chi Alpha. Beau loves being a part of the NSO staff and is honored to be part of this exciting experience for the incoming students here at The University of Akron.

Brandon Crites, Graduate Assistant


Brandon Crites has worked with the office of New Student Orientation since he was an undergraduate student in 2012. He graduated in spring 2014 with a degree in English and 7-12th grade English Education. Brandon is a member of several nationally recognized organizations, including NSLS, NSCS, Golden Key Invitational, Pi Lambda Theta, and Sigma Alpha Lambda. Since 2011, he has also been the president of The University of Akron’s all-male a cappella group, Nuance, where he spends most of his time out of the office. Brandon greatly enjoys working with the NSO office to provide the most for incoming students and to be a positive influence on the orientation staff.

Student Assistants

Sami Christy (January 2013)

Major: Communication - Public Relations (Spring 2016)

Alexandra Ferrara (August 2014)

Major: Child Life Specialist (Spring 2016)

Chris Reed (January 2015)

Major: Engineering (Spring 2018)

Jonah Spoerndle (January 2013)

Major: Athletic Training (Summer 2015)

Josh Cox (March 2015)

Major: (Fall 2015)

Sarah Davis (March 2015)

Major: Communications (Fall 2016)

Jay Dukes (March 2015)

Major: Communications - Public Relations (Spring 2015)