O-Team (Orientation) Leaders

Each first-year seminar also has an upper-class student mentor called an O-Team Leader to work with you as well. This student focuses on your out-of-class experience and connecting you to others and resources across campus. Throughout the summer and during Orientation, your O-Team Leader will be in contact and will be happy to answer your questions.


Akshi Agarwal

Hello, class of 2025! I’m Akshi Agarwal, and I’m a rising senior at Hollins. I am double majoring in mathematics with a concentration in data science and economics. At Hollins, I’ve been a quantitative reasoning tutor for about two years now, and I’ve also served as the secretary of the Model United Nations club in the past. I have three great passions: caffeine (I’ve accumulated three different kinds of coffee machines at home, all from different parts of the globe), music (jazz, in particular), and—dare I reveal it—math! Please free to reach out with absolutely any questions you have for me. I can be reached at agarwala@hollins.edu. See you in the fall!


Megan Brown

Hello everyone! My name is Megan Brown and I will be one of your Orientation Team Leaders for the upcoming school year. I am a rising junior with a chemistry major and physics minor. I am currently the senator of Chess Club, and will be the upcoming senator for the class of 2023. I am an international student from the Bahamas. Being so far from my home, Hollins has become a second home to me. From its beautiful surrounding mountains to its freezing cold winters, Roanoke has been nothing like my country, but I have fallen in love the differences, and couldn’t be happier. When I’m not in class, you can catch me enjoying a good book, spending time with my friends, or most likely doing homework. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at brownmk@hollins.edu! I can’t wait to meet everyone and give y’all a big Hollins welcome!


Emily Bulifant

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Bulifant, and I’ll be your O-Team leader for this upcoming year! I’m a rising senior from Virginia Beach who’s majoring in environmental science with a minor in philosophy and a concentration in ethics. On campus, I’m the vice president of Students for Environmental Action (SEA). In my free time, I like to paint, watch movies, order-in food, go for walks, and hang out with my friends. I hope you all have a safe and fun summer! Please feel free to email me at bulifantem@hollins.edu if you have any questions or want to talk!


Elizabeth Dion

Hey class of 2025! My name is Elizabeth Dion and I’m a senior theatre and international studies double major from Woodbridge, VA. When I’m not in rehearsal, you can find me biking the loop, thrifting with my friends, or giving tours to prospective students. I’m so excited to meet you and help make Hollins your home! See you soon!


Tara Dutton

Heya everyone in the class of 2025, and welcome to Hollins! I’m Tara Dutton, and I’m going to be a transfer student O-Team Leader for this year. I transferred from Rowan College of South Jersey with spring 2021 being my first semester here at Hollins. I am a rising sophomore and a psychology major with a minor in creative writing. After I graduate, I plan to attend mortuary school in hopes of becoming a mortician/funeral director. I’m also a member of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance club. I’m from New Jersey and I found my heart for Hollins when I attended Hollinsummer in 2017 for the creative writing camp. Outside of academics, I enjoy acrylic painting, writing poetry, and hanging out with my friends. I am super excited to meet you all in the fall! If you have any questions or would just like to reach out to me, please feel free to email me at duttonht@hollins.edu! I can’t wait for you to experience all that Hollins University has to offer! Let’s go Hollie Collies!


Christine Emeric

Hello class 2025! My is Christine Emeric and I’ll be one of your Orientation-Team Leaders. I’m a rising senior double majoring in international studies and political science and pursuing the Batten Leadership Certificate. I’m from Aguadilla, Puerto, did the last two years of high school in Tampa, and finally ended up at Hollins! I love to meet new people, and I’m very excited to get to know all of you! If you have any questions about anything at all, feel free to shoot me an email at emericcm@hollins.edu! I can’t wait to meet you!


Isabel Estrada Lugo

Hi! My name is Isabel Estrada-Lugo and I am from South Carolina. I am a senior English and Spanish double major and this year will be my second year as an O-Team Leader! I am president of La Casa Hispánica and an editor for Cargoes. In my free time I like to read and find new places to chill and eat around Roanoke. I also love to hike to Carvins Cove. I can’t wait to meet you all on campus in the fall and look forward to helping you find your place at Hollins.


Sara Ficke

Hi everyone! My name is Sara Ficke, and I’m a rising junior art history major. I’m from Panama City Beach, FL. When I’m not in class, you can find me in the library, walking the loop around campus, or buying cookies from the RAT. I also love to go off campus to hike with my friends or explore the Roanoke area. I’m so excited to meet everyone and welcome you to campus!


Maggie Gildersleeve

Hello class of 2025! My name is Maggie Gildersleeve, and I am going to be an O-Team Leader for this upcoming year. I am from Woodbridge, VA, and I am pursuing a double major in Communication studies and English with a concentration in creative writing here at Hollins. If everything goes well, I will be graduating in the spring of 2023. I enjoy reading, writing, crafting, sewing, thrifting, watching Rom Coms, eating tomato sandwiches, and giving back to our community. When I am not in class, I am working in the business office or doing something for one of the clubs I am involved in. I am a cochair for S.H.A.R.E and motivational leader for Sandusky service house. I am very excited for y’all to be here and cannot wait to get to know you all better! Let me know if you have any questions or anything. My email is gildersleevemb@hollins.edu.


Sophia Khan

Hello everyone! My name is Sophia Khan, and I’m so excited to be one of your O-Team Leaders. I’m a rising senior from Pakistan majoring in English with concentrations in creative writing and literature and performance along with a minor in theatre. At Hollins, I love being involved with the Asian Student Alliance (ASA), Students for Environmental Action (SEA), and serving as an editor for Cargoes! In my free time I love having picnics in the Beale Garden, reading, going on walks around the loop, dancing, studying in Swannanoa Hall, and hanging out with my friends. I hope you enjoy your summer break and I can’t wait to see you all very soon! Please feel free to reach out to me at khans@hollins.edu if you have any questions or would like to learn more about campus life!


Ally Majano

Hi my name is Ally Majano and I’m a senior this year! I’ve been a part of O-Team for the last three years and this year concludes my Hollins ride. I’m from Los Angeles, CA, double majoring in Spanish and political science. I’m president of Unión de Estudiantes Latinx and vice president of La Casa Hispánica. For fun I like to hang out with my housemates and go on taco dates, or drive up to the Roanoke Star. I’m really excited to meet you all soon; if you have any questions, email me at majanoag@hollins.edu.


Alea Rodriguez

Hi everyone! My name is Alea Rodriguez, and I am so excited to be an O-Team Leader this year! I am a rising junior majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I am from Santa Clarita, CA, which is right by Los Angeles. On my free time I love going on food adventures and exploring places I have never been before. Besides being an O-Team Leader, I am also the performance arts chair of the Hollins Activity Board and a member of the Sandusky community service house. If you have any questions or would simply like to chat, feel free to send an email my way at rodriguezar@hollins.edu! I can’t wait to meet you all this fall, class of 2025!


Seiya Sessoms

Hello! My name is Seiya Sessoms! I am a sophomore here at Hollins set to graduate with the class of 2024! I plan to double major in theatre and psychology, with my ultimate goal being to become a voice actor and/or clinical psychologist! I very much love to perform on stage and in film, and with a slight green thumb, I am also acting president of the gardening club! My end goal of becoming an O-Team Leader is to make your transition to Hollins as smooth and as gentle as it can get in these stressfully turbulent times! Please do not hesitate to come up and say hello, because I aim to make your days here as welcoming as they can be! I look forward to meeting you soon!


Lacey Shelton

Hello, first years! My name is Lacey Shelton, class of 2022. I’m an English major with a concentration in creative writing and I like to call myself a romance writer. I’m a writing tutor here on campus in our Center for Learning Excellence. I also love music and have been a member of our Appalachian Music Ensemble, The Mountain Laurels, since my first year, singing and playing my fiddle. You’ll probably catch me around campus walking my cat, Ruth, so feel free to stop and say hi. When I’m not cleaning up after my messy cat, I enjoy baking, reading, playing Skyrim, and going on hikes. This will be my third and final year as an O-Team Leader and I’m super excited to get to know y’all! Feel free to reach out to me at any time at my university email: sheltonlk@hollins.edu or at any of my other social media platforms (Twitter, IG, Facebook). I can’t wait to meet everyone in the fall!


Zoe Thornhill

Welcome Class of 2025! My name is Zoë Thornhill and I’m from Montgomery County, MD. I am a senior double majoring in international studies and French and also working toward my Batten Leadership Certificate. On campus you can often find me at HAB (Hollins Activity Board) events or hanging out with my friends on the French House porch. My experiences as a student here have truly made Hollins a home and I’m super passionate about helping everyone find a place here. If you have any questions about campus life or just want to say hello, please email me at thornhillzm@hollins.edu. Have a wonderful summer and see you soon!


Ambrielle Viney

Hello everyone! My name is Ambrielle Viney, and I am looking forward to being an O-Team Leader in the fall. I’m majoring in business with a minor in French. I’m a rising junior and I’m from Roanoke, VA. When I’m not in class, I love to partake in all things crafty, from knitting to embroidery; I love it all. In addition to crafting I enjoy cooking and baking goodies for my friends. I’m so excited to meet all of our new students and introduce you to the Hollins community. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to talk at vineyae@hollins.edu. Welcome to Hollins, and see you in the fall!


Leah Wilkins

Hi, my name is Leah Wilkins and I am a rising junior political science major and social justice minor on the pre-law track. I do many things around campus including being Honor Court chair, Hollins Activity Board social media coordinator, Sandusky service house VP, and being a dance instructor in the Kpop+ Club. Being from Texas, I am always open to talking about anything or eating some amazing food together. They say everything is bigger in Texas and my personality showcases just that. I am a very energetic and bubbly person who loves to move around on campus and on the dance floor. I am always on my phone, so feel free to reach out to me, I am guaranteed to answer right away. You can usually find me hanging out with friends or taking too many naps in my room. I am so excited to meet y’all this upcoming year! My email is wilkinslf@hollins.edu if you have any questions.