Orientation Leaders

2014 Orientation Coordinators 


Orientation Intern

Lauren Shackleford

Lauren Shackleford is currently a graduate student from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Lauren is currently studying Higher Education Student Affairs and is thrilled for the opportunity to come out to Gunnison as a National Orientation Director’s Association (NODA) intern working with Western’s Orientation program . She has multiple years of orientation experience and is excited to contribute to Western’s program. She selected Western because of its beautiful outdoors and felt that it would provide her with a summer full of adventure and an unforgettable experience!                                                                                     

2014 Orientation Leaders


Amber Derocher
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Accounting
  • 2nd MAJOR: Business
  • MINOR: Exercise Sports Science
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Slacklining
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park
  • LIFE MOTTO: Embrace Life
  • FUN FACT: Enjoy meeting new people and building friendships. 

Amy Davis
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Psychology
  • 2nd MAJOR: Fine Arts - Ceramics Focus
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Word Horde’s Poetry Slams
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Ceramic Studio in Quigley
  • LIFE MOTTO: “Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
  • FUN FACT: I compete in the Junior Olympics in Alpine Ski Racing.​

Asher Holloman
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore​
  • MAJOR: Mathematics 
  • 2nd MAJOR: Chemistry ​
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Mountain Biking/Climbing
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman's Rocks 
  • LIFE MOTTO: “If a man's wit be wandering, let him study mathematics".  Francis Bacon
  • FUN FACT: My hair is longer than my sisters. 

Brenda Suarez
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Art – Graphic Design Focus
  • 2nd MAJOR: Computer Science
  • MINOR: Business
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Too many to pick from!
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Too many to pick from!
  • LIFE MOTTO:  When nothing gets right, get left. Everything happens for a reason.
  • FUN FACT: I can speak three languages.

Chase Hojnoski
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Geology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Wilderness Pursuits Trips
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park/Crested Butte Slopes
  • LIFE MOTTO: “You’re either first or last”. – Ricky Bobby
  • FUN FACT: I’ve worked at Coors Field and Sports Authority Field. 

 


Courtney Kauffman
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Politics/Government
  • 2nd MAJOR: Sociology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The Secret Stash
  • FUN FACT: Colorado Native

 


Dan Garcia
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Business
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Rail Jam or Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Sell this pen.
  • FUN FACT: I’m a Jersey boy.

Ellie Watson
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: English -  Secondary Education
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Rail Jam, Breakfast for a Buck
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO:  One breath at a time.
  • FUN FACT: I went to four different schools in my four years in high school.

 


Esmeralda Alejandre
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Sociology – Criminal Justice Focus
  • MINOR: Spanish
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Carnival/Amigos
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: El Paraiso/ The River
  • LIFE MOTTO: Don’t be scared to say “no”.
  • FUN FACT: Came from Mexican, I am bilingual and am a first generation college student!

Estra Garcia
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Business – Entrepreneurship Focus
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Carnival – Hypnotist – Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: El Paraiso
  • LIFE MOTTO: To survive life you need 3 bones. A wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.
  • FUN FACT: I was President of Amigos.

 


Frances Iver
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Business Administration
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Home sports games or Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Lil’s Sushi Bar
  • LIFE MOTTO: "If you’re not first, your last." - Ricky Bobby
  • FUN FACT: I have lived in four different states.

 


Hannah Braden
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Biology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Winter Fest and Rail Jam
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park
  • LIFE MOTTO:  You gotta risk it to get the biscuit.
  • FUN FACT: I have super cute dimples on my shoulders.

 


Jared Mendicino
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Business Administration
  • 2nd MAJOR: Sociology - Criminal Justice Focus
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Homecoming and Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Mario’s and Ol’ Miner
  • LIFE MOTTO:  What is today but yesterday’s tomorrow.
  • FUN FACT: I can do the splits.

John Pruitt
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Entrepreneurship
  • MINOR: Environmental Science
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Eating the Garden Goodness
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The Bean
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Life’s a garden, DIG IT!

 


Joseph Ramos
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Sociology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Carnival and Spring Fest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Powerstop, Blue Mesa
  • LIFE MOTTO:  "I’d rather live a life of 'oh wells' that 'what ifs'"
  • FUN FACT: I rock at calisthenics.

 


Josh Holmes-Sullivan 

  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior​​
  • MAJOR: Outdoor Recreation
  • 2nd MAJOR: Education​
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: White Water Club​
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park​
  • LIFE MOTTO: Embrace each experience to its fullest.
  • FUN FACT: I have lived in both Africa and China for 6 months. 

Julie Iacino
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Psychology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Intramural sports
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO: When lives give you lemons, you paint stuff gold.
  • FUN FACT: I’m a world class improvisation star.

Justin Hebert
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Business
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Wilderness Pursuits Trips/Shredding at Crested Butte
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park and Crested Butte Mountain
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Don’t be afraid to break an egg to make an omelet
  • FUN FACT: I crochet on my own crocheting company Hebe Headwear.

Katie Weber
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Communications – Strategic Communication Focus
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Running Track/Field
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Van Tuyl, going on runs or seeing how pretty it is during fall.
  • LIFE MOTTO: Live life to the fullest and always smile.
  • FUN FACT: I can do an aerial (cartwheel with no hands).

 


Kylie Sheen
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Psychology
  • 2nd MAJOR: Art
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Skiing
  • FAVORITE PLACE: White Water Park
  • LIFE MOTTO:  "Not all those who wander are lost". - J. R. R Tolkien
  • FUN FACT: I have a pit bull named Charlie Sheen.

Lily Newell
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Geology
  • Minor: Mathematics
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: BFAB (Breakfast for a Buck) Dueling Piano Extravaganza
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The Bean
  • LIFE MOTTO: Go with the flow and where the flows flowing, flow with.
  • FUN FACT: I’ve torn both my ACL’s.

Lindsay Weaver ​
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Communication Arts
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Other than athletics, the Rail Jam and Harlem Shake video were a ton of fun!! 
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/ CRESTED BUTTE: Mario's 
  • LIFE MOTTO: Never frown, even if you are sad because you never know who is falling in love with your smile. 
  • FUN FACT: I love to sing and play the piano! I have broken 18 bones! Backpacking/hiking 14ers is my favorite hobby! 

Mary Cooperman
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR:  Interdisciplinary Studies/Liberal Arts - Elementary Education
  • MINOR: Sociology
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Homecoming Parade
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: 5 B’s BBQ
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Never have regrets because at one point everything you did in live was exactly what you wanted.
  • FUN FACT: I can do 38 cartwheels in a row.

Morgan Hartley
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Business Administration – Management Focus
  • MINOR: Theatre
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Frisbee
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Taylor Quad
  • LIFE MOTTO:  “Live life to the fullest, love endlessly and laugh often”.
  • FUN FACT: I am certified DJ.

Morgan Valentish
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Business Management
  • 2nd MAJOR: Exercise and Sports Science
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY:  Going to the river (White Water Park)
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The River/Ski Mountain
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Do life before life does you!
  • FUN FACT: I love to draw.

Ryan Chipman 

  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Business Administration
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Doing the Harlem Shake at the Rail Jam this year. 
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Powerstop
  • LIFE MOTTO:  "Dream as if you'll live forever, live like you'll die today".  
  • FUN FACT: I play lacrosse and love the outdoors. 

 


Sam Wheeler
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Communication Arts (film Emphasis)
  • 2nd MAJOR: Business Administration
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY:  SpringFest
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: 5 B's BBQ
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Get Excited and Do Stuff, Everything Happens for a Reason.
  • FUN FACT: My goal is to act in films.

Sarah Kem
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Secondary Education
  • 2nd MAJOR: History
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Slip 'n slide on the Green Monster
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: White Water Park
  • LIFE MOTTO: "To be safe we lose our change of finding out what’s around the river bend." – Pocahontas
  • FUN FACT: I am a State and National Marbles Champion.

Saren Yater-Wallace
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Senior
  • MAJOR: Sociology
  • MINOR: Environmental Science
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Attending different events on campus.
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: The Gunnisack, outskirts of Crested Butte
  • LIFE MOTTO: Utilize every second of time to the fullest.
  • FUN FACT: I went to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Sierra  (Sisi) Sawyer
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Sophomore
  • MAJOR: Elementary Education
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Skiing
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Hartman Rocks
  • LIFE MOTTO:  Happiness is only real when shaved.
  • FUN FACT: I love to surf.

 


   Tyler McKay
  • YEAR IN SCHOOL: Junior
  • MAJOR: Business Administration
  • FAVORITE WESTERN ACTIVITY: Homecoming
  • FAVORITE PLACE IN GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE: Last Steep  
  • LIFE MOTTO: “When you want to success as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”. - Eric Thomas