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Casandra David

Jump Start Peer Mentor

Casie attended Greencastle-Antrim High School in nearby Greencastle, Pennsylvania. A commuter, Casie enjoys ice skating, playing guitar, drawing, and creating art in her free time. Casie says, “College is what you make it! Starting out on the right foot is the most important part. It can be scary coming to a new place with so many new people; however, I believe that having one person to count on that first day can make a difference.”  Casie is excited to be the person to help students with this transition.

Renee Grove Jump Start Peer Mentor

Renee Grove

Jump Start Peer Mentor

Renee is a third-year student pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. When not on campus, Renee may be found helping out on her family farm or spending time with her fiancé. She enjoys being with friends, watching movies, going to the beach, and playing card games. As a previous Jump Start student, Renee knows the value of the program and is an enthusiastic member of the Jump Start Peer Mentor team. She wants to share her experiences with her mentees and actively support them through their first year of college.




Haley Hicks Jump Start Peer Mentor

Haley Hicks

Jump Start Peer Mentor

A third-semester student pursing her degree in Law and Society, Haley hopes to one day enroll in law school. When not studying, Haley is employed at her dream job as a professional figure skating coach. She is an avid reader and a first-generation vegetarian. Haley became a mentor because she “thought that it would be a great way to meet new freshman and introduce them to our campus.” Creating a campus connection for Jump Start students is very important to her. 

Renee Dodson Jump Start Peer Mentor

Michon Joseph

Jump Start Peer Mentor

A Business Marketing and Management major at Penn State Mont Alto, Michon is from Boston, Massachusetts. She is entering her final year at Mont Alto and will be receiving her degree May 2015. Michon enjoys reading and doing arts and crafts when she has free time. She is interested in being a "go to" person for the first-year Jump Start students.

Joe Garrish, Jump Start Peer Mentor

Emily Leister

FYE Peer Mentor

Emily is a second-year student at Penn State Mont Alto majoring in Kinesiology. She comes from Maryland, where she attended Urbana High School. She is active on campus as a member of the Honors Program, the Lion Ambassadors, and Dance Marathon. As an FYE Peer Mentor, she is excited to support first-year students during their transition to Penn State.



Sam Morrison Jump Start Peer Mentor

Kayla Lowe

Jump Start Peer Mentor

Kayla is graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism and is in her second year at Penn State Mont Alto. During her free time, Kayla likes to sing, write songs and poems, try new things, and spend time with friends. She is excited to meet and support the incoming Jump Start students with the valuable information she learned as a first-year student.


David Nguyen, FYE Peer Mentor

Emani Tarver

Jump Start Peer Mentor

Originally from Bronx, New York, Emani moved to Columbia, Maryland, when she was in the ninth grade. She is a Human Development and Family Studies major. Emani is involved in dancing and Project Team at Penn State Mont Alto. She enjoys reading and traveling. Emani is interested in advising all incoming students about the resources at Penn State Mont Alto. She says she wants to “help people be able to make the best out of their college experiences.” 

Andrew Railing Jump Start Peer Mentor

Shari Wise

Jump Start Peer Mentor

Shari is pursuing her bachelor's degree in Psychology. Her future plans include attending medical school and becoming a child psychologist. A graduate from Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland, Shari says "helping others with their education is a perfect way to make a positive change in someone's life." She is prepared to help Jump Start students make the transition to Penn State Mont Alto and guide them through their first year of college.

Emonie Thorne Jump Start Peer Mentor

Carlie Vaughn

Jump Start Peer Mentor

A second-year student, Carlie is pursuing a degree in Athletic Training and Kinesiology. She is from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Littlestown High School. Carlie plays softball for the Penn State Mont Alto softball team and enjoys sports and spending time with her friends. Her advice to incoming students: “While you’re here, make the best of it, have fun, and do your work!”