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.

Joanna Cardarelli, Senior Leader


Joanna Cardarelli will be starting her senior year at the University of Akron in Fall 2018. She is studying Middle Childhood Education, specializing in social studies and language arts. She has worked in the Office of New Student Orientation for three years, serving as an Orientation Leader, a Team Leader and currently as one of our Senior Leaders. In addition to working orientation, she is involved in the Fraternity and Sorority community, the Department of Student Life, Zips for Akron Hope, and Zips for Haiti. A couple of her favorite memories while attending the University include, back-to-back flag football intramural championships, the white water rafting Akron Adventure, and her trip to Oanaminthe, Haiti. After graduating, Joanna hopes to move to Chicago and work in the Chicago city school district. 

Shelly Dile, Senior Leader


Shelly Dile will be starting her senior year at UA this fall. She is majoring in early childhood and special education. Shelly has been with the NSO office for three years serving as an Orientation Leader, Team Leader, and now one of the Senior Leaders. She enjoys working with new students and helping Akron feel like home. Besides working orientation, Shelly has served as a New Roo Weekend leader and is also a barista at Starbucks. She’s a member of Zips for Akron Hope, National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and the Akron Council of Education Students. Her favorite memories at UA include: being an emerging leader, participating in Make A Difference Day, and exploring downtown Akron! After graduation Shelly plans to stay in the Akron area and teach in a local elementary school.

Student Assistants

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

Chris Reed (September 2014)

Major: Engineering