Nomani Satuala (He, Him, His) -Director
Nomani serves as the Director of Orientation & Transition. He has worked across both the Division of Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs to help programs, policies, and new initiatives to better serve students and their families. Before starting in our office, he worked for Utah College Advising Corps and Granite Peaks Adult Education in assisting students with their transition to higher education. At the University of Utah, Nomani has also worked for TRiO and Housing Residentail & Education departments. Nomani has a strong passion for access to higher education and social justice. Nomani completed his master's degree in the Educational Leadership & Policy program as well as his bachelor's degree at the University of Utah.
Erin Sine (She, Her, Hers) - Associate Director
Erin works with Parent Programs. She considers it a privilege to assist the new students of the university. Erin also oversees office marketing. She is a master's student in the Education Leadership & Policy program at the University of Utah. Erin completed a master's of art from Savannah College of Art and Design, but more importantly is an alumna of the University of Utah where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Photography. Erin was born in Salt Lake City where she was raised a Utah fan all her life.
Madaline Bird (She, Her, Hers) - Assistant Director
Madaline is an Assistant Director in the Office of Orientation & Transition. Madaline works with First-Year Programs like Campus Life Mentor and Swoop Camp. She also works with Parent & Family Programs. During her undergraduate career at the University of Utah, she discovered her passion for assisting students and their families in their pursuit of and transition to higher education. This led Madaline to pursue her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Utah. She is passionate about student success, empowerment, and advocacy. When she’s not working with students, you can find Madaline with a book in her hand, listening to her vinyl collection, or up on a mountain with her constant companion: her dog, Stella.
Mike Carpenter (He, Him, His) - Assistant Director
Mike works with Transfer Student Programs, including Crimson Mentors, Swoop Camp Crimson, and the Crimson Transfer Honor Society. A native Oklahoman, Mike graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Chemistry Education and earned his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Utah. He is passionate about empowering students to achieve success, and has experience helping students thrive at the high school, community college, and university level. When Mike is not at the U he can be found spending time with his family or strapped to a snowboard in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Sydney Magana (She, Her, Hers) - Assistant Director
Sydney serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Orientation & Transition. She works on various projects and initiatives within the office, including First-Year New Student Orientation, Welcome Week, and Second Year Programs (i.e. Sophomore Rise). Sydney grew up in Mountain View, CA but has lived in Salt Lake City, UT for about seven years. During her undergraduate career at the University of Utah, Sydney discovered her passion for pursuing a career in higher education and recently graduated with her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs. As a professional, Sydney strives to positively impact the college student experience - including issues of student access, retention and success. Sydney looks forward to welcoming incoming students to the U and being a part of their college journey.
Erika Toscano (She, Her, Hers) - Accountant
Erika works in Accounting, helps with budgeting, projections, audits and professional development. She has an accounting degree, and Master degree in Skin Science. For 9 years run her own Skin practice, and esthetics institution. My mission in life is helping others develop new skills, and showing the path of learning. Always promoting spending time in nature, living a healthy life style, and to never give up I feel is my core. I don’t know everything. It's what keeps me going.
Miranda Klausmeier (She, Her, Hers) - Administrative Assistant
Miranda is Orientation and Transitions, Administrative Assistant and Office Manager; whether running reports, ordering supplies, or managing the office's student assistants, she does it all! She recently graduated from the University of Utah with her BFA in Art Education focusing on Community and teen engagement, and looks forward to returning for her masters at some point. When not at work you might find her hanging around downtown; walking with her dog, out for gallery stroll, or playing Dungeons and Dragons with her partner. Pop in and say hey!
Lauren Ashton (She, Her, Hers) - Graduate Assistant
Lauren is a Graduate Assistant at the Office of Orientation & Transition. She works with the Crimson Mentors and Swoop Camp. Lauren received a B.S. in Communication with an Emphasis in Public Relations at Utah Valley University. During her undergraduate education she was a student leader in the UVU Student Association and the UVU Student Alumni Association. While serving on the student body executive council Lauren worked with and advocated for students, planned and executed events, met with administration, and conducted student fee hearings. Lauren is currently working on her master’s degree in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah. When Lauren is not at the U she enjoys running, camping, hiking, and snowboarding.
Deepika Shah KC (She, Her, Hers) - Graduate Assistant
Deepika serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Orientation & Transition, primarily over the first year program, Campus Life Mentors (CLM). She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in International Studies and Ethnic Studies. During her undergraduate years, she worked with underrepresented students as the Outreach Mentor for Gear UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) and Peer Mentor for Diversity Scholars Program to help them navigate through higher education. Additionally, she was involved as a leader on campus for Asian American Student Association (AASA), International Student Orientation and NASPA(National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). Deepika is in her first year of her master's program with the Education Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah. She is excited to continue working with students through orientation and looks forward to the various possibilities in student affairs.
Jessi Gerowitz (She, Her, Hers) - Graduate Assistant
Jessi serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Orientation & Transition,
primarily over SWOOP camp programming. She graduated from the University of Delaware
in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and minors in Advertising and Interactive
media. As a Blue Hen, she served as a Student Alumni Ambassador and as a member of
the Student Programming Board. Additionally, she was a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi
Sorority and sat on the Cabinet of the Student Leaders. After graduation, Jessi worked
in advertising for three years and served as the Young Alumni chair on the Northern
Jersey Alumni Club Board for Delaware. Jessi is currently earning her master’s degree
in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah. She is
excited to jump back into higher education and start a new path in student affairs.
Feliz Luna (She, Her, Hers) - Graduate Assistant
Feliz serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Orientation & Transition working with New Student Orientation (NSO) and Assessment. In her undergraduate career at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Feliz completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Criminal Justice and Student Affairs in Higher Education. Additionally, Feliz worked as a Student Ambassador, Head Orientation Leader, and served as the student representative on the Internal Review Committee for Student Success. After graduation, Feliz continued her passion for assessment, student success, retention, and transition as a Success Coach/Facilitator at Pikes Peak Community College. Feliz is currently working on her master’s degree in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah. She is thrilled to continue her journey in higher education at the U.
Rubie Barrigar (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Major: Business Marketing
Classification: 2nd Year
What I Love Most About the U: I love the U because the professors are great, eager to help students succeed, and are very accommodating.
Lauren Bautista (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: Business Administration
Classification: 3rd Year
What I Love Most About the U: I love the U because of the amazing people, the beautiful scenery, & the infectious school spirit! All faculty and students have always been welcoming and inclusive which has allowed me to feel at home since the moment I first walked on to campus!
Krystal Bustamante (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Classification: 3rd Year
What I Love Most About the U: I love the U because of the amazing opportunities and resources they have on campus. I have been able to be involved with Diversity Scholars, become an Orientation Leader, started research with the School of Medicine, and received support with scholarships. I have gained leaderships skills and have been involved in many clubs like the Union Programming Council because of the Freshman Ambassador Board. Now I am involved with the Associated Students of the University of Utah were I am the Associate Director of the Diversity Board. I love the U because of all these amazing opportunities it has provided me.
Maya Correa (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Caldwell, Idaho
Major: Health Society & Policy
Classification: 4th Year
What I Love Most About the U: I love that the U has so many opportunities to make a very large campus small. I have been able to connect and be a part of many smaller communities within the larger campus community whether those communities and groups are identity based, academic based, hobby based, etc. My college experience has been enriched and my self-growth has been impacted greatly by these opportunities to build on my own passions and struggles.
Amy Newman (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Layton, Utah
Classification: 4th Year
What I Love Most About the U: I love the University because of the sense of belonging and family I found here. I have been able to join so many organizations and have met so many people from different backgrounds and have been able to bond with all of them which is incredible on such a large campus.