Meet the Staff

The First Year Experience Program (FYEP) Office is responsible for facilitating an exemplary program of new student orientation and year-long transition programs designed to integrate students into Gonzaga's Jesuit Catholic university community, promote retention, and facilitate academic success. In addition, the Director and Program Coordinator of FYEP will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Office of Parent & Family Programs to involve and educate parents regarding how they may serve as a resource to their college student and support his/her retention and success.

Kelly Alvarado-Young is the Director of the First Year Experience Programs. She is a first generation, Latina college graduate from Seattle University with a Master’s in Student Development Administration and a Bachelor’s from The Evergreen State College in Community and Organizational Development. Kelly is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education from Oregon State University.

Kelly’s passion is helping decrease barriers for students to engage to their fullest potential in and out of the classroom. Her research interests include Latino/a student engagement, ethnic identity and leadership development. When she is not cheering on our Bulldogs at basketball games, she is out walking her little dog, Sebastian.

Justin Gambone is the Program Coordinator for First Year Experience Programs. Justin is a graduate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Master's in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs and a Bachelor's from DeSales University in Marketing.

Justin's passion is helping students through their collegiate transition into becoming positive members of both the university and outside communities. In his free time, Justin loves to workout at Orangetheory Fitness, try new restaurants, and spend time with his family and friends. He is excited to #BeAZag and cheer on the Gonzaga athletic teams!