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.

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 and Team Leader. He then had the pleasure of serving as a Graduate Assistant while earning his master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Since May 2014, Nino continues to serve the office as the Assistant Director, helping supervise the Orientation Leader and Student Assistant staff.

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.

Beau Gannon, Graduate Assistant


Beau Gannon Bio

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, Student Assistant (January 2013)

Major: Communication: Public Relations (Spring 2016)

Jake Colantoni, Student Assistant (January 2014)

Major: Communication: Media Production (Spring 2017)

Jay Jackman, Student Assistant (January 2013)

Major: Communication: Radio/TV & Media Production (Spring 2015)

Whitney Jackson, Student Assistant (May 2014)

Major: Education - Intervention Specialist (Fall 2016)

Alison Smeltzer, Student Assistant (May 2014)

Major: Marketing Management (Spring 2016)

Jonah Spoerndle, Student Assistant (January 2013)

Major: Athletic Training (Spring 2015)

Taylor Swfit, Student Assistant (May 2014)

Major: Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2017)