Meet the Peer Mentor Coordinators
Cary Banner - Graduate Assistant
Hi! I’m Cary, one of the GAs with the Peer Mentoring program. I’m currently enrolled in CalU’s School Counseling program, and will receive my Master’s in Education from the program in May 2014. In my future, I am not sure what grades I will be working with, but I am also considering working in higher education. I got my Bachelor of Arts degree from CalU in 2012 in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Before working as a GA with the program, I worked as a Community Assistant on campus for 3 years, and have also worked part-time at both OfficeMax and Cracker Barrel (where I’m a cashier). In what little free time I have, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, reading, doing crosswords, hanging out with friends and family, attempting to learn how to cook, and cross-stitching.
Krista Wineland - Graduate Assistant
Hey, I’m Krista. I’m the other graduate assistant with the Peer Mentoring program. Like Cary, I am also in the Master’s in Education – School Counseling program. I plan to graduate in December 2014. In my undergraduate work, I earned a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education – Social Studies at Cal U. I received my teaching certificate and am working as a substitute in a few local school districts. In my future, I plan to apply for both full-time teaching and counseling jobs, hopefully in a high school setting. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my two cats (Cheshire and Iris), shopping, eating, watching movies, reading, and singing.
Hey guys! My name is Katrina Andreyo and this is my second semester as a Peer Mentor Coordinator! I am a junior majoring in Accounting and I’m part of the Honors Program. I live in Pittsburgh and I graduated from Serra Catholic High School. Here at Cal, I participate in the Accounting Club and I am a member of SABUG. In my free time I enjoy working out, watching movies, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends. I can’t wait to build friendships and help out new students as a PMC!
Hi! My name is Jennifer Babiak. I am a senior majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and I am minoring in Tourism Studies. I'm from North Huntingdon, PA and I graduated from Norwin High School. I am a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Travel Club, PRSSA, Vice President of Sigma Alpha Pi and a mentor here on campus. I would love to pursue a career in the Fashion PR and/or Editorial PR industries after I graduate. This is my first year as a Peer Mentor Coordinator and I am very excited about it!
Hello! My name is Kelly Collins. I am a junior majoring in Early Childhood Education. I am from Connellsville, PA. I am a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and The National Society of Leadership and Success. This is my second semester as a PMC and my third semester as a peer mentor. I’m looking forward to being able to work with our mentoring program here at Cal U.
Hi there! My name is Andrea Davis, but you can call me Andi. I am a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations. I'm from Easton, PA. I also participate in Alpha Lambda Delta, PRSSA, Alpha Phi Omega, and Colleges Against Cancer. This is my first year as a Peer Mentor as well as a Peer Mentor Coordinator, but I've very exciting to to be part of this program!
Hey everyone! My name is Josh and this is my first year as a PMC with the mentoring office. I am from Pittsburgh and am currently studying technology education as a junior here at Cal U. I participate in Habitat for Humanity on-campus and in my free time enjoy reading, playing guitar, going to concerts, and eating.
Hello! My name is Hillary Drumheller and this is my third year working in the Mentoring Office as a Peer Mentor Coordinator. I am a senior majoring in Early Childhood Education. I grew up in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from Bloomsburg High School. Aside from the Mentoring Program, I am also involved in National Society of Leadership and Success, Kappa Delta Pi, and PSEA. In my spare time I enjoy playing field hockey, running, and hanging out with friends. I am very excited for this year and to be working with the other PMCs, Mentors, and Protégés.
Hello, my name is Anastasia Jaynes but most people call me Ana. I am a senior here at Cal U and I’m majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-medicine. I am from Lancaster, PA, a.k.a. home of the Amish: voted best place to live in multiple newspapers. I plan to graduate and go on to grad school in which I will eventually become a transplant surgeon. Alongside being a peer mentor coordinator as well as an actual peer mentor, I am also an active member in the Habitat for Humanity Club, Biology Club, and Phi Sigma Pi.
Hello! My name is Amanda Kahwajy. I'm in my junior year here at CalU, majoring in Psychology. I am from a little town called Dallastown, Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg). In my spare time I like to run, read and hang out with my friends. I'm a member of the Lions Club and the Psychology Club. This is my first year in the mentoring office both as a PMC and a mentor, but I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Hello my name is Deanna Laughlin and my majors are Secondary Education-Biology and Biology-Pre/Med. I'm from Ashtabula, Ohio living right next to Lake Erie. I'm part of Biology Club, CAC Club, and IRHC. My hobbies include softball, reading, movies, and cooking. My biggest goal is to be certified in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at the high school level.
Hi! My name is Casey Myers. I am a sophomore studying Criminal Justice. I am from Canonsburg PA and graduated from Canon McMillan High School. This will be my first year as a PMC. I am currently serving in the Army Reserves as a Medical Logistics Specialist and work for a traveling petting zoo. On campus I am the President and co-instructor of the Ballroom and Latin Dance club and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors. I am looking forward to another great year here at Cal!
Hello! My name is Michaela Shaffer. I'm in my junior year hear at Cal, majoring in Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8) with a concentration in Social Studies. I'm from a blink-and-you'll-miss-it-town named Shanksville. Depending on how interested you are in history and current events, you may have heard of it. This is my first year in the Mentoring Office and I'm really excited about it. I'm a part of the Honors Program, the History Club, Americorps, and intramurals. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, reading, and cooking. Good luck to everyone in the upcoming school year!
Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Strosnider. I am from Uniontown Pennsylvania. I graduated from Laurel Highlands High School. I am currently a sophomore here at CAL U with a major of Secondary Education Biology. In my spare time I love watching baseball, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing and coaching rec. softball, reading, playing with my dogs,listening to music, playing my guitar, playing board games, watching scary movies, fixing and showing classic cars and mostly spending quality time with my friends and family. I am so excited to work for the mentoring program as a Peer Mentor Coordinator because I had such a fabulous experience with the mentoring program! My mentor was such a tremendous help on getting me settled into my first year of college that I wanted to give back to the program the best way I can! I'm looking forward to a productive and fun year!
Hey everyone!!! My name is Ce'Asia Thorpe and I'm currently a junior majoring in Communications/Public Relations and minoring in both Leadership and Marketing. I am also working on my Spanish for Business Certificate. I am from Atglen, PA and a graduate of Octorara Area High School. As a student at Cal U, I love being active on campus. I currently serve as Secretary of Black Student Union and Vice President of the Young & Gifted Gospel Choir. In addition, I am also a University Choir member, an Open House Tour Guide, and also a member of Sigma Alpha Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success). I'm a huge Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers fan! This will be my second year as a Peer Mentor Coordinator and it brings me so much joy that I will be able to lend a helping hand to new and returning students at Cal U!
Hello! My name is Ressa Throckmorton. I'm from the small town of Baden, Pennsylvania and I graduated high school from the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. I am currently a sophomore at CAL U majoring in Forensic Anthropology, and am working towards a minor in Biology. I am an active member of STAND Campus Ministry, and am also involved in the Anthropology Club. In my free time, I enjoy reading, gaming, hiking, and practicing origami. I'm also extraordinarily passionate about rabbits! This will be my first year as both a Peer Mentor and a Peer Mentor Coordinator, but as a protégé myself I believe strongly in the program, and I cannot wait to begin this journey of growth alongside everyone!
Hello! I am Justine Wronowski. I am from Barto, PA and graduated from Brandywine Heights High School. I am a Justice Studies major with a minor in Public Relations. I try to stay involved on campus and am currently the Co-Chair Relay for Life at CalU. Even though I am from a small town near Philadelphia, I am a huge Pittsburgh sports fan! In my free time I like being with friends and learning about new things. I'm so excited to meet and get to know everyone in the mentoring program.