Golden Guides 2023


Alvernia's Golden Guide Student Ambassadors are a part of the Admissions Team. These student representatives share the university's history, traditions and expansions while actively participating in campus events, generating student involvement and facilitating a network for campus activities and organizations.


Golden Guides offer tours of campus to prospective students and their families, alumni and faculty/staff candidates. These dedicated Alvernia ambassadors can also be found working in the Undergraduate Admissions office, scheduling events and reaching out to families and alumni. The Guides continually support Alvernia’s mission to foster inclusive learning communities that are committed to academic excellence and cultivating ethical leaders with moral courage.
 

We invite you to learn more about each Golden Guide ambassador and how to interact with them, by scrolling down to read their profiles. Founded in 1998, the Golden Guides program has evolved and grown with the university. The organization continues to thrive with 30 members, selected for their embodiment of Alvernia University’s core values and Golden Wolf pride.


We proclaim Alvernia University’s visions and atmosphere,

Enhance University outreach,

And spread “knowledge joined with love”

In current and future students, families, alumni, and donors.

  

Contact: golden.guides@alvernia.edu

Connect on Instagram: @au_goldenguides

In This Section

Undergraduate Visits

Advisors

Arielle Phillips
Arielle Phillips-Law
Golden Guides Advisor,
Assistant Director for Transfer Students,
Undergraduate Admissions
P: 610-796-8207
Kaleigh Pelko 2022
Kaleigh Pelko
Assistant Director of Campus Programs,
Undergraduate Admissions
Catelyn Ballard 2022
Catelyn Ballard
Admissions Counselor,
Undergraduate Admissions
P: 610-796-8221

Graduate Assistant

Taylor Wolf

Taylor Wolf

Graduate Assistant, 
Undergraduate Admissions

Email Taylor

 

Head Ambassadors

Catherine DiPerna

Catherine

Hometown: Medford, NJ 
Year in School: Senior 
Major: Social Work 
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Friends of Animals, Golden Guide 
Movie I would star in: Star Wars 
Favorite Place on Campus: Freshens

Taylor Mancini

Taylor

Hometown: Souderton, PA 
Year in School: Senior 
Major: Occupational Therapy 
Clubs/Activities/Sports: SOTA, COTAD, Active Minds, Honors Program, Golden Guide 
Movie I would star in: The Notebook 
Favorite Place on Campus: Patio overlooking the Turf Field

Jacqueline Gentile

Jacqueline Gentile

Hometown: Highland Mills, NY 
Year in School: Fifth-year senior 
Major: Occupational Therapy 
Minor: Psychology 
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Circle K; Active Minds; SOTA recording secretary; COTAD, Orientation Weekend Leader; PSI CHI; Golden Guide 
Movie I would star in: Parent Trap 
Favorite Place on Campus: Gym

Alettya Zalapa-Alonso

Alettya Zalapa-Alonso

Hometown: Reading, PA 
Year in School: Senior 
Major: Psychology 
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Friends of Animals; Psychology Club; Lambda Sigma; Orientation Team; Peer Mentor; Golden Guides 
Movie I would star in: Raya And The Last Dragon 
Favorite Place on Campus: Bernardine Hall lounge

Teresa Keithley

Teresa Keithley

Hometown: Berwyn, PA   
Year in School: Junior   
Major: Finance and Economics   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Honors Program, Treasurer of Lambda Sigma Honor Society   
Movie I would star in: Catch Me If You Can   
Favorite Place on Campus: Francis Hall Upper Level Outdoor Patio

Student Center in the evening
Undergraduate Visits
We are excited for you and your family to come experience Alvernia's campus. We are happy to help you and arrange your preferred way to get to know Alvernia.

 

Ambassadors

 

Akilah Hoxter

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Hometown: Dover, DE   
Year in School: Fifth-year senior   
Major: Athletic Training/Pre-Physician Associate   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Track and Field, Athletic Training Student Association, Black Students Union, Orientation Weekend Leader   
Movie I would star in: National Treasures (1&2)   
Favorite Place on Campus: The Plex

Brianna Pascal

Colin Payne

Hometown: Reading, PA   
Year in School: Sophomore   
Major: Biology/Pre-Dental   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Disciple Makers, Honors Program, Women in STEAM 
Movie I would star in: The Wedding Planner
Favorite Place on Campus: O'Pake Science Center Balcony

Carissa Foster

Carissa Foster

Hometown: Downingtown, PA   
Year in School: Senior   
Major: Nursing   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Allied; ASNA   
Movie I would star in: Howl's Moving Castle   
Favorite Place on Campus: the Library

Hailey Miller

Hailey Miller

Hometown: Wilmington, DE   
Year in School: Junior   
Major: Nursing   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Woman's Field Hockey, Women's Lacrosse, Lambda Sigma   
Movie I would star in: The Little Mermaid   
Favorite Place on Campus: Holleran Patio            

Julia Lawson

Julia Lawson

Hometown: Chalfont, PA   
Year in School: Junior   
Major: Occupational Therapy   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: SOTA   
Movie I would star in: A Walk to Remember   
Favorite Place on Campus: Turf Field

Julia Martorano

Julia Martorano

Hometown: Sewell, NJ   
Year in School: Fifth-year senior   
Major: Occupational Therapy   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Women's Lacrosse Team, SOTA, Lambda Sigma Community Service Chapter, Active Minds, Golden Guide   
Movie I would star in: Elf   
Favorite Place on Campus: Patio overlooking the Turf Field

Karissa Morgan

Karissa Morgan

Hometown: Pine Grove, PA   
Year in School: Sophomore   
Major: Nursing   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Alvernia Student Nursing Association, Outdoor Adventure Club   
Movie I would star in: Dirty Dancing   
Favorite Place on Campus: PEC

Kayla Renode

Kayla Renode

Hometown: Jim Thorpe, PA   
Year in School: Senior   
Major: Criminal Justice and Political Science   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Spirit Team   
Movie I would star in: Mamma Mia   
Favorite Place on Campus: Holleran Patio

Kellyanne Hayes

Kellyanne Rickert

Hometown: Toms River, NJ   
Year in School: Junior   
Major: Occupational Therapy   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Golden Guides   
Movie I would star in: Elf   
Favorite Place on Campus: Quad

Kyra Connolly

Kyra Connolly

Hometown: Marlton, NJ   
Year in School: Fifth-year senior   
Major: Occupational Therapy   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Honors Program, SOTA, Pre-Health Club, Circle K, Active Minds, Peer Mentor, Orientation Weekend Leader, Golden Guide   
Movie I would star in: Cheaper By the Dozen   
Favorite Place on Campus: Gym

Mackenzie St. Pierre

MacKenzie St. Pierre

Hometown: Feasterville, PA   
Year in School: Junior   
Major: Occupational Therapy   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: OWL, SOTA, COTAD, Track, Cross Country   
Movie I would star in: Grease   
Favorite Place on Campus: The Quad

Madison Miskar

Madison Miskar

Hometown: Williamstown, NJ   
Year in School: Senior   
Major: Political Science   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Women's Basketball, Golden Guide   
Movie I would star in: High School Musical   
Favorite Place on Campus: Quad

Madison Pertl

Madison Pertl

Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA   
Year in School: Senior   
Major: Digital Media Marketing   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: College of Business, Communication, and Leadership Coordinator for Communication and Marketing, Student Government Association Treasurer, Campus Activities Board Social Media Coordinator   
Movie I would star in: The Parent Trap   
Favorite Place on Campus: Collegetowne Starbucks

Mandy Kaminsky

Mandy Kaminsky

Hometown: Harleysville, Pa.   
Year in School: Junior   
Major: Early Childhood Education & Special Education   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: South Reading Youth Initiative, Education Club, Women's Ice Hockey   
Movie I would star in: Miss Congeniality   
Favorite Place on Campus: The Quad

Megan DiMaria

Megan DiMaria

Hometown: Warminster,  PA   
Year in School: Senior   
Major: Nursing   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Alvernia Student Nursing Association Executive Board, Orientation Weekend Leader, Best Buddies   
Movie I would star in: High School Musical   
Favorite Place on Campus: Francis Hall

Owen Weiss

Owen Weiss

Hometown: Pottstown, PA   
Year in School: Sophomore   
Major: Biology
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Circle K, Honors Program, Chorus   
Movie I would star in: Spider-Man   
Favorite Place on Campus: The Library

Savannah MaGee

Savannah MaGee

Hometown: Reading, PA   
Year in School: Junior   
Major: Occupational Therapy   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Student Occupational Therapy Association   
Movie I would star in: The Princess Diaries   
Favorite Place on Campus: The Commuter Lounge/Starbucks            

Sean Thomas

Sean Thomas

Hometown: Douglassville, PA   
Year in School: Senior   
Major: Accounting and Finance   
Clubs/Activities/Sports:  Delta Mu Delta   
Movie I would star in: Bad Boys   
Favorite Place on Campus: Quad

Sophia Ruocco

Sophia Ruocco

Hometown: Forest Hill, MD   
Year in School: Junior   
Major: Early Childhood Education and Special Education   
Clubs/Activities/Sports: Womens Lacrosse, Education Association VP, SAAC Secretary   
Movie I would star in: The Hannah Montana Movie   
Favorite Place on Campus: The Stadium