The START Team!

We are here to help you as you transition to Oregon State University and orient you to Beaver Nation.

Professional Staff

Melissa Morgan - she/her

Director

Melissa has been a student affairs professional for 15 years, the last five of which have been at Oregon State.  While she has worked in housing, crisis, care response, and various types of student programming, she has had the opportunity to lead this awesome orientation team for the two years!  Melissa lives in Corvallis and in her free time, enjoys reading a good sci-fi book, gardening, crocheting, and cooking new vegan dishes.

 

Annie Tarter - she/her

Assistant Director

Annie has worked professionally at Oregon State University since just before finishing her master’s degree here in College Student Services Administration in 2021.  Prior to that, she worked professionally at Portland State University in residential education. Annie is passionate about fostering student belonging, engaging with incoming students, and supporting student staff in the achievement of their goals while celebrating them in the process.

Rachel Polisher - she/her

Office Specialist

You'll meet Rachel by calling our office line or sending us an email.  She is in charge of all of our logistics and behind-the-scenes work that makes orientation happen!  She also works to support the advisors and work of the Exploratory Studies Program.

 

 

Nick Malendowski - he/him

Orientation Facilitator Intern

Nick is a graduate student from Bowling Green University, studying college student personnel. He is joining us this summer as an Orientation Facilitator. He will be supporting our START staff in preparing for the summer, and assist in orientation planning and facilitation throughout the summer.

Senior Start Leaders

Zoe Arinsberg - she/her

Zoe is a junior studying psychology and education. She worked as a START Leader during the summer of 2021, and transitioned to the role of Senior START Leader in October. Zoe leads staff training programs and outreach to parents and families, including the parent and family newsletter and family weekends.

 

Sarah Boser - they/them

Sarah is a sophomore studying anthropology. They worked as a START Leader during the summer of 2021, and transitioned to the role of Senior START Leader in October. Sarah led our staff recruitment and hiring process this winter, and manages our websites and webchat.

 

Madeline (Molly) Courville - she/her

Molly is a transfer student and junior studying psychology and has worked for our office as a Transfer Ambassador and a Senior START Leader since April 2020.  Molly supports our program in a variety of ways in between her time leading Supplemental Instruction Tables with the Academic Success Center.

 

Hayley Whightsil - she/her

Hayley is a sophomore majoring in liberal studies and education. She worked as a START Leader during the Summer of 2021, and transitioned to the role of Senior START Leader in October. Hayley coordinates our winter and spring term orientations and manages our social media accounts.

 

Office Assistants

Hope Lorentzen - she/her

Office Assistant

Hope is a senior studying Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership and has worked for our office as a START Leader, and now an Office Assistant, since April 2021.  Hope helps answer our phones, email, and webchat, as well as organizing our family weekend and term orientation programming.

Olivia Eiler - she/her

Office Assistant

Olivia is a junior transfer student studying English and Education and has worked in our office since September 2021.  Olivia helps answer our phones, email, and webchat, as well as organizing our family weekend and term orientation programming.

START Leaders and Administrative START Leaders

Angela Liu (she/her)

Second year doctorate student - Veterinary Medicine major

From Shanghai and Macau, China

 

Anika Phuvasate (she/her)

Second year - Biohealth Sciences major

From Portland, Oregon

 

Ashleigh Mifsud (she/her)

Second year - Kinesiology major

From Seattle, Washington

 

Emily Rice (she/her)

Third Year - Computer Science

From Hillsboro, Oregon

 

James (Yuk Chi) Chan (he/him)

Fourth Year - Anthropology major

From Hong Kong

Kaylee Laam (she/her)

First Year - Nutrition major

From Corvallis, Oregon

Maddy Bram (she/her) 

Second year - Biology major

From Kailua Kona, Hawaii

 

Olivia Eiler (she/her)

Third year - English and Education major

From Rancho Santa Margarita, California

 
Peter Kuskie (he/him)

Sixth year - Geography and Geospatial Sciences major

From Hillsboro, Oregon

Phales Milimo (she/her)

First year PhD student - Global Health major

From Lusaka, Zambia

 

Remi Robertson (she/they)

Second Year - Anthropology

From Bend, Oregon

 

Sena Pradipta (he/him)

Fourth year PhD student - Public Policy major

From Bandung, Indonesia

 

Shey Nchadze (he/him)

PhD student - Public Policy major

From Cameroon

Stephanie Bolton (she/her)

First year - Zoology major

From Reston, Virginia

 

Trisha Jaelyn Manera (she/her)

First year - Psychology and Ethnic Studies major

From Sacramento, California