Meet the Orientation Leaders

Senior Orientation Coordinator

Lindsay Weaver is going into her final semester as a Mountaineer and will be graduating in December with a degree in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Strategic Communication and a Minor in Business and Psychology. This is her second year as an Orientation Coordinator but her fourth year being involved in the Orientation Program... She LOVES Orientation :) Outside of school, Lindsay has a wide range of hobbies from playing volleyball, to hiking fourteeners and camping (or anything outdoors), to singing and dancing in the rain. Her favorite restaurant in the valley is Ryce in Crested Butte or the Gunnisack. Lindsay lives by the words "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."

Orientation Coordinators

 Emily Schwartz is a senior at Western pursuing a major in English an emphasis in Education and a minor in Psychology! She has been involved in Western States choir for four years and loves in with all of her heart and thinks everyone should join! Emily has been a part of Orientation for two years now. She also works at Western State's L.E.A.D Office and thinks it's great because she gets to meet so many awesome people. Emily loves to read and is obsessed with chocolate and Gunnisack Cookies. Crested Butte is her favorite place in the whole world, but she has only been skiing once and is unsure if she will go again. Gunnison is the perfect place for her because she enjoys being freezing cold and complaining about it. She also enjoys long hugs from her mom and sunflowers. Her favorite quote at the moment is "Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody"


 Flynn Guerrieri is a senior at Western in the pursuit of earning her Elementary Education degree with an emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education with a minor in Politics and Government. Flynn grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This is her second year being involved with the orientation team! She is going into her fourth year competing on the NCAA Swimming and Dive Team and she is the current Student Government Association President. She obviously loves swimming and eating a lot of food. Her favorite restaurant in Gunnison is the Twisted Fork. She enjoys a good adventure! Especially skiing, hiking, and swimming in Blue Mesa. Flynn thinks that Western is her Hogwarts. She strongly believes that Western can become the home away from home for every incoming freshman.

 

Orientation Leaders

Alex Alejandre

Major: Psychology

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Fishing, hiking, and hanging out with friends

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Mom's Kitchen and Agave

Fun Fact: I'm related to Donald Trump... Did I say Trump? I meant Donald Duck. Ha! I bet that quacked you up!

Words to live by: Win the day, practice greatness, be strong and courageous. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Amanda Campbell

Major: Environment and Sustainability 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: pet horses on Van Tuyl Trail, or walk dogs at the Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League, or hike at the Castles

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Secret Stash

Fun Fact: I love international travel. I've been to eleven countries outside of the United States.

Words to live by: The world is yours to explore. Also. Be kind to each other. 

 

 


 

Anthony Gray 

Major: Computer Science

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Go to the river

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Pitas in Paradise

Fun Fact: I can solve a rubik's cube in less than 2 minutes

Words to live by: Gangster rap made me do it

 

 

 


 

Ariel Fitch 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: get a sonic shake and drive up to Taylor Canyon and go star gazing with friends

Favorite restaurant in the valley: The Gunnisack

Fun Fact: I'm allergic to nerds (the candy). 

Words to live by: Do what makes you happy always because you are not truly living unless you do what brings you joy.

 

 


 

 

Ben Beauchamp 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Go to the river

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Garlic Mike's

Fun Fact: I am on the Western NCAA Basketball Team

Words to live by: Go big or go home!

 

 

 


 

Brenda Suarez 

Major: Graphic Design and Computer Science 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Go out to eat! Whether it's at Ol' Miner, Gunnisack, Powerstop or anywhere else!

Favorite restaurant in the valley: they are all amazing!

Fun Fact: I learned to speak English by watching SpongeBob SquarePants

Words to live by: Everything happens for a reason. When nothing goes right, go left!

 

 

 


 

Brooke Christopherson 

Major: Cell Biology and Psychology 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Skiing and hanging out with Julian

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Third Bowl Ice Cream

Fun Fact: I am the runner up master of awkward dancing, behind Flynn.

Words to live by: "When love is a habit, joy is a reflex." -Bob Goff

 

 


 

Colton Salsbury 

Major: Biology and Chemistry 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Ski

Favorite Restaurant in the valley: Blackstock Bistro

Fun Fact: I am a tennis nerd

Words to live by: If you fail, try again, fail better.

 

 

 


 

Daisy Rivera-Ramirez 

Major: Sociology and Psychology

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Swimming

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Agave

Fun Fact: I have three brothers

Words to live by: Fake it till you make it or ride with the wave.

 

 

 

 


Delaney Pitman

Major: 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Go to restaurants to chow their delicious food, and go camping out at Hartmans or Blue Mesa.

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Mom's Kitchen because it's cute and my whole friend group goes there a lot so it's kind of a tradition

Fun Fact: I have a lot of plants and am mildly obsessed with cacti and succulents. But it's not a problem... I can stop any time I want :) 

Words to live by: "Be who you are and let everyone love that person." -Wiz Kalifa

 

 

 


 

Denton Williams 

Major: Music with an emphasis in K-12 Education

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Going for walks and hikes and going to CB

Favorite Restaurant in the valley: W Cafe

Fun Fact: When I was 8, I tried my first beer when I accidentally picked up a family friend's thinking it was root beer.

Words to live by: "You may be training for a mission your mind has not yet conceived of. Continue therefore." -Israel Avraham, founder of the Holy Language Institute

 

 

 


 

Dillon Quitugua 

Major: Psychology 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Hike

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Lil's Sushi

Fun Fact: I live in Hawaii

Words to live by: No hurry, beef curry! 

 

 

 

 


 

Dominic Compoz

Major: Mathematics 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Fish at the river

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Double Dragon

Fun fact about you: "Sorry" by J Biebs is my favorite song

Words to live by: "If you ain't first, you're last." -Ricky Bobby

 

 

 

 


 

 

Emma Sellen

Major: Biology

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Hike

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Pitas in Paradise in CB

Fun fact: I can rap all of J. Cole's "No Role Modelz"

​Words to live by: Namaste

 

 

 

 


 

 

Frances Ivers

Major: Business Administration and Professional Land and Resource Management 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Go to the river

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Twisted Fork 

Fun fact: Awkward dancing is my favorite hobby

Words to live by: If you're not first, you're last

 

 


 

 

Hannah Braden

Major: Biology 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Fishing at Blue Mesa

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Double Dragon

Fun Fact: I have dimples on my shoulders

Words to live by: Have courage to touch the butt!

 

 

 

 


 

 

Hannah Montoya 

Major: Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Hike! 

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Organic Deli

Fun fact: I've swam with sharks in Mexico

Words to live by: "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do." -Steve Jobs

 

 

 


 

 

Jodie Howard

Major: Sociology 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Rafting or anything outside

Favorite restaurant in the valley: My kitchen! (Go hard and go home!)

Fun fact: My dog, Henry, is better than the average person

Words to live by: "The unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates. Also... Nature is neat

 

 

 


 

 

Johnny Droege

​Major: Computer Science 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Snowboard, run, and ride bikes at hartmans

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Mikeys

​Fun fact: I've never broken a bone

Words to live by: "Suh dude"

 

 

 


 

 

Jordan Freeburn 

Major: Environment and Sustainability

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Climb, ski, and bike

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Powerstop

Fun fact: I am just SO AWESOME! ;) 

Words to live by: Hard core parkour

 

 

 

 


 

 

Julian Cullumber

Major: Biology- Pre-med

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: running and hanging out with Brooke

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Lil's Sushi! Yaaaaaaas!

Fun fact: Flynn says I'm the greatest human on the planet!

Words to live by: Be like Beyonce! 

 

 

 


 

Kate Hewson

Major: Business Administration and Professional Land and Resource Management 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Go out and adventure at Hartmans

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Garlic Mike's

Fun fact: I played the drums for five years and was on a drum line

Words to live by: If you're going to do something, don't do it half-assed

 

 

 


 

 

Lauren Hopp

Major:  Mathematics

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Camping! I go any chance I can just to look at the beautiful stars that are hard to come by anywhere else.

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Double Dragon... The classic.

Fun fact: I am named after a check-out girl at Target 

Words to live by: Be your impeccable self

 

 

 


 

 

Lily Newell 

Major: Geology 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Fishing

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Powerstop

Fun fact: I have been to the largest underground crypt in the world

Words to live by: Go with the flow and wherever the flow is flowing, flow with it

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Lozen Miller 

Major: Political Science with an emphasis in Global Studies, and Biology 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Be outdoors with my puppy

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Mikeys

Fun fact: I have one dog and two cats

Words to live by: Tomorrow is a new day

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Lydia Schneider 

Major: Sociology 

Favorite thing to do: Hammocking 

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Sherpa Cafe

Fun fact: I cry every time I watch "My Girl"

Words to live by: Jesus's love! 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Makayla McGlochlin

Major: Exercise and Sports Science 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Play catch or frisbee... Just being outside when it's nice and warm

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Ol' Miner

Fun fact: I love to cook and I want to open up my own gym

Words to live by: Big things often have small beginnings 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Preston Cates

Major: Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, and accounting

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Run the awesome trails

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Double Dragon

Fun fact: I was a premature baby

Words to live by: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" Muhammad Ali 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Ross Husch

Major: Exercise and Sports Science 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Run 

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Double Dragon

Fun fact: I played ice hockey for twelve years

Words to live by: You do you.

 

 

 


 

 

Ryan Lumba

Major: Psychology and Business 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: eat, hike, and enjoy the view

Favorite restaurant in the valley: El Paraiso 

Fun fact: I am the President of Asian Pacific Islanders Club (come find us in the Multicultural Center)

Words to live by: Never go back on your word

 

 

 


 

 

Sara Coblentz

Major: Exercise and Sport Science 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Wake up super early and enjoy the sunrise, or ride horses, or kiss Bo (my dog)

Favorite restaurant in the valley: It would be wrong if I didn't say Ol' Miner... go eat there!

Fun fact: I can back up a truck to a trailer on point every time

Words to live by: "If something is worth having, it is worth fighting for."

 

 

 


 

 

Skylar Marsh

Major:  Wildlife Biology 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Pet my cat, listen to classical music, grab a beer with friends, hike and camp outdoors

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Powerstop

Fun fact: I'm going gray early. I've lost 50 lbs. since October (50 more to go!)

Words to live by: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. 

 

 


 

 

Taja'Mir Butler

Major: Environment and Sustainability 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Overdose on Powerstop's chicken wings and regret it later... or hiking at Hartmans

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Gunnisack or the Last Steep

Fun fact: I can quote O'ren Ishii's monologue from Kill Bill Vol. 1

Words to live by: "When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow." -Shauna Niequist

 

 

 

 


 

Tyler McKay

Major: Business Administration and Politics and Government

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Go adventuring or playing intramural basketball

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Blackstock Bistro

Fun fact: Drake is my cousin

Words to live by: Live in the moment 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sustainability Specialists

 

Cara Leapley 

Major: Environment and Sustainability 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Mountain bike at Hartmans and ski

Favorite restaurant in the valley: The Secret Stash

Fun fact: I lived in Germany for 6.5 years

Words to live by: Do what you love, love what you do.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Taylor Paulson

Major: Business Administration and Environment and Sustainability 

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Mountain bike at Hartmans

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Marios

Fun fact: I've been stung by a jellyfish

Words to live by: "Safety says send it!"

 

 

 

 


 

WP Specialist

 

Josh Holmes-Sullivan

Major: Recreation and Outdoor Education

Favorite thing to do in Gunnison: Ski at CB

Favorite restaurant in the valley: Powerstop

Fun fact about you: I am a bionic man

Words to live by: Go with the flow