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. Carly recruits, hires, and trains the Orientation Leader staff and coordinates the overall planning of the Orientation programs throughout the year.

Mary Cassidy, Departmental Records Specialist


Mary Cassidy 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.

Nino Colla, Graduate Assistant


Nino Colla spent three years working in the Office of New Student Orientation as an Orientation Leader, Team Leader, and the Daily Event Coordinator while earning dual degrees in the field of Communications. While completing his undergraduate degrees, he interned at a local newspaper in Green, Ohio, The Suburbanite, covering local sports. Nino also worked in the Career Center at UA as a Peer Advisor, gaining experience in a professional setting. Now pursuing his master’s degree in Higher Education-Administration, Nino started serving as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of New Student Orientation in May of 2012. He enjoys helping supervise the Orientation Leaders and being a good influence in their work and academic career and is excited to continue serving the office.

Emily Ziesenheim, Graduate Assistant


Emily Ziesenheim graduated from Mount Union College (now The University of Mount Union) in May of 2008 with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. Upon graduating, she journeyed down south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she thoroughly enjoyed teaching 8th grade Language Arts for three years. With a desire to enhance her education and explore other facets of the educational system in the United States, she enrolled as a graduate student at The University of Akron in the fall of 2012 to pursue a master's degree in Higher Education Administration. She joined the Office of New Student Orientation as a graduate assistant in the fall of 2012 and is excited to be involved in the transitional processes for incoming freshman and also contributing to the programs and services involved with orientation.