Nomani Satuala (He, Him, His) -Director
Nomani serves as the Director of Orientation & Transition. He works 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 famlies. 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. 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.
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 from 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. Sydney works on various projects and initiatives within the office, including New Student Orientations, Welcome Week, and Second Year Programs (i.e. Sophomore Rise). She grew up in Mountain View, CA but has lived in Salt Lake City, UT for about six years. During her undergraduate career at the University of Utah, Sydney discovered her passion for pursuing a career in higher education and more specifically, for college student retention and success. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Sydney looks forward to welcoming incoming students to the U and being a part of their college journey.
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 offices 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.
Cody Clements (He, Him, His) - Graduate Assistant
Cody is in his second year as a Graduate Assistant with the Office of Orientation & Transition. His primary focus is working with Parent and Family Programming. In his undergraduate education, Cody received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Theology at Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania. Cody worked full time at Landmark College as a Resident Dean. He assisted students residentially who had learning differences such as ADHD, Dyslexia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cody is in his final semester of his master’s program with the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah. When not in the office Cody can be seen playing Ultimate Frisbee, Foosball, Disc Golf, or anything else that can be called a game.
Tammy Thuy Nguyen (She, Her, Hers) - Graduate Assistant
Tammy works with Transfer Programs for Orientation & Transition. Before starting in our office, Tammy was Director of Exercise and Sport Science Fitness within the College of Health. She also was an Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising Center (formerly University College) advising first-year students, transfer students, and general education. She is excited to be working with transfer students again, as she is also a transfer student herself. Tammy holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health and Science. She is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy here at the U.
Deepika Shah KC (She, Her, Hers) - Graduate Assistant
Deepika serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Orientation & Transition, primarily over 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 the 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.
Drake Bratton (He, Him, His) - Orientation Team Leader
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Major: English Teaching
Fun Fact: I have unique style and I make music
Kayla Stewart (They, Them, Their) - Orientation Team Leader
Hometown: Enterprise, Utah
Major: Mathematics & Biology
Fun Fact: Loves to scuba dive, and coral is my favorite animal
Kira Crowell (She, Her, Hers) - Swoop Camp Coordinator
Lauren Bautista (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: A competitive Gymnast for 10 years
Maya Correa (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Caldwell, Idaho
Major: Health Society & Policy
Fun Fact: I LOVE Sloths with all my heart! Coincidentally can fall asleep pretty much instantly if I wish.
Ryann Foster (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Millcreek, Utah
Major: Social Work
Fun Fact: I know American Sign Language.
Amy Newman (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Layton, Utah
Fun Fact: I lived in Santiago, Chile before moving to Utah.
Tina Pham (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Major: Social Work and Psychology
Fun Fact: I love potatoes, specifically tater tots.
Tymane Talanoa (She, Her, Hers) - Office Assistant
Hometown: Kahuku, Hawaii
Fun Fact: Wants to go zip lining or skydiving in Dubai one day.