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, FYEP is 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 is a first generation, Latina college graduate from New York and has been at Gonzaga since April 2014. Kelly has a Master's degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University 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 is a first generation college graduate from Pennsylvania and has been at Gonzaga since June 2018. Justin has a Master's degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from DeSales University. In the future, Justin hopes to receive a Doctoral degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs Administration.

Justin's passion is helping students through their collegiate transition into becoming positive members of society while being advocates for themselves and all those around them. In his free time, Justin loves to workout at Orangetheory Fitness, try new restaurants, travel, and spend time with his family and friends. He is excited to #BeAZag and cheer on the Gonzaga athletic teams!


Amanda Oliver - Program GUide for Saturday/Monday
Grandview, WA; Public Relations Major, May 2020

Miguel Robledo - Program GUide for Friday/Sunday 
Brownsville, TX; Political Science Major, May 2020

Sean Kimball - Operations GUide
Eugene, OR; Business Administration Major, May 2019

Jack O'Neil - Student Leader GUide
Sammamish, WA; Human Physiology Major, May 2019

Ethan Gruis - Marketing GUide
Kaysville, UT; Business Administration Major, May 2020


Ava Smith
Boise, ID; English Writing Major; May 2020

Salvador Gutierrez Barcenas
San Jose, CA; Sociology Major, May 2019

Alexandra "Lexi" Horton
Spokane, WA; Sport Management Major, May 2022

Nodia Rogers
Tacoma WA; Sociology and Criminology, May 2019