Carly DeBord, Sr. 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 coordinates the Akron Adventures program and is responsible for the office's social media efforts. He enjoys the opportunity to both work with and serve as a leader for so many enthusiastic students who are proud to be a Zip.

Andrew Payne, Graduate Assistant


Andrew Payne graduated from The University of Akron in Spring 2013 with a degree in 7-12th grade Social Studies Education. While an undergraduate, he worked for intramurals as a sports official and a student supervisor. He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta and started the The University of Akron’s Club Baseball team. After graduation, he worked for almost two years at a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and will now be pursuing a master’s degree in Special Education. As well as being a high school volleyball and basketball official, he coaches varsity baseball at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Andrew enjoys teaching and making an impact on students’ lives and hopes to make an impression on the NSO staff and influence them to be the best person they can be.

Adam Smith, Graduate Assistant


Adam Smith was an orientation leader in the summer of 2015 while pursuing a degree as an Integrated Social Studies teacher. During his time as an undergraduate at The University of Akron he served as the Recruitment Chair and President of Theta Chi Fraternity. Also during his experience he had the pleasure of coaching baseball at Alliance and Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Adam enjoys being a part of the NSO staff and seeing both new students and orientation leaders as they pursue their degrees.

Student Assistants

Joanna Cardarelli (August 2017)

Major: Middle Level Language Arts/Social Studies

Lucas Colantoni (May 2017)

Major: Psychology

Faith Goforth (October 2016)

Major: Accounting

Tyler Gunter (March 2016)

Major: Communications

Matt Hogan (August 2017)

Major: Public Relations

Clay Martin (March 2017)

Major: Political Science

Ariel Schrage (September 2015)

Major: Nursing