Meet the 2020 Student Orientation Directors


The Center for Student Engagement at Saint Francis University has chosen the team of students who will assist with leading the efforts with welcoming the Class of 2024 into our FlashFam! The first-year transition process is a critical element of a student’s success at Saint Francis University. This is why our institution relies heavily on our team of Orientation Directors to manage Summer Orientation & Academic Registration (SOAR). These individuals volunteer their final weeks of summer, for no compensation or reward, in order to ensure that the first-year students have an exceptional transition into the FlashFam!

Throughout the first-year orientation program, the Orientation Directors are our student leaders who coordinate 40 other student volunteer Orientation Counselors in order to support the mission of our institution and provide a first-class experience for their new classmates.

Meet our team of Orientation Directors

  • Madison Abriatis, Senior Co-Director / Physician Assistant / Cabot, PA
  • Alexandrea (Lexie) Gochnaur, Senior Co-Director / Nursing / Altoona, PA
  • Olivia (Liv) Ford, Associate Director / Occupational Therapy / St. Petersburg, FL
  • Eva Schall, Associate Director / Aquarium & Zoo Sciences / Apollo, PA
  • Mattie Bossler, Assistant Director / Exercise Physiology/Physical Therapy/ Lilly, PA
  • Julia Bradford, Assistant Director / Exercise Physiology/ Edinboro, PA 
  • Alyssa Martyak, Assistant Director/ Physician Assistant/ Asheville, PA
  • David Sullivan, Assistant Director/ Nursing/ Pittsburgh, PA


Directors assume administrator type roles such as creating presentations, coordinating events, problem-solving logistical issues, and assist our professional staff with making decisions when faced with various obstacles that present themselves during an event such as first-year orientation. Prior to move-in day, Directors also facilitate a 3-day training program to ensure that the Orientation Counselors are prepared to offer a transformational experience for the incoming students and their families.

These individuals who have been selected as Orientation Directors are some of the best examples of student leadership and pride here at Saint Francis University. They are responsible for leading the very first student organization that our incoming students are exposed to when they arrive on campus for move-in day, and set the example for what our incoming students can expect their experience to be like as part of the FlashFam here amongst the pines.