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Early Success Program Leaders

Abigail DePace '16

My name is Abigail DePace I live in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. I am a commuter to RMU and am a senior in elementary education and special education major. I am currently working at Eat N' Park in Wexford. I have an older sister who recently got married. I am outgoing and love to volunteer. I have been with ESP since my sophomore year of college. 

 Cory Desimone '16

Cory Desimone
I love being involved around campus in many different organizations. I also enjoy being active, playing hockey and most importantly having a good time.

Eileen Toribio '16

My name is Eileen Toribio and I am from Philadelphia. This will be my final year at Robert Morris University.  I will be graduating in May with a bachelors in Clinical Psychology. I am pretty active on campus as a Zumba instructor, Early Success Program Leader, Work Study in the Center for Student Success, and Community Advisor. I enjoy helping others and all of these jobs on campus allow me to do just that. After RMU I am hoping to pursue my masters in the field of Dance Movement Therapy. During my free time I enjoy relaxing with friends, dancing, or being creative. This year will be my third time being hired as an ESP leader and every year I look forward to the eager and nervous students as well as all the events that are lined up and planned. This job allows me to meet so many new and interesting people. I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer.  

 Emily Engle-Young '17

Hello, my name is Emily Engle-Young. I am an upcoming junior nursing student at RMU. Over the summer I have been working with PennDOT as a flagger, taking a pharmacology class one day a week, and spending time with my very large family. I really enjoy sports and outdoor adventures, but also being lazy and watching movies. I think what I am most passionate about though is volunteering and nonprofit work. This year will be my third year involved with the Nonprofit Leadership Association at RMU. Last year I was the secretary and this year I will serve as the president. I hope to involve it in my nursing career. 

Kelsey Porter '15

I am Kelsey Porter, a senior at Robert Morris University. I was raised in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania about an hour and a half from Robert Morris. I found my way to Robert Morris through their speedskating club. I have had an exceptionally amazing experience at Robert Morris so far. I love meeting new people, it is fascinating to me, I feel that we learn so much from each other. Family is a huge part of my life, they are with me every step of the way. Coming to Robert Morris also presented me with the opportunity to walk on to the women's rowing team, once the speedskating program ended. Rowing is demanding and hard work but it has created structure in my schedule, as well as improved my time management skill. I am grateful to have gotten this opportunity as it teaches me many valuable life skills. I love that Robert Morris is f a smaller school where you run into friends on the way to class. My future plans include getting a masters in education and starting a career as an elementary school teacher. I also plan to travel as much as possible after school. 

Kendell Lavella '18

My name is Kendell Lavella. I am an incoming sophomore majoring in communications with a focus in public relations. I live on campus as well and am a part of the Voci Italiane club, outdoor adventure club,  public relations society and the student philanthropy association as well as leading as an ESP mentor. 

Ky'Jahna Gerard '18

My name Ky’Jahna Gerard.  I am from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  I am a nineteen year old sophomore majoring in Cyber Forensics and Information Security.  I’ll be living in Yorktown this semester. I am the president of our diversity organization Carpe Mundum, a member of Residence Hall Association, Black Student Union, and RMU Dance Team and part of the University honors program .  I enjoy reading, dancing, and playing the steel pan (a Caribbean instrument).  Some words I word would use to describe myself are hardworking, determined and sincere.  My future aspirations include becoming an Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force. 

 Phil Kemp '18
I am a marketing major.  I like to play football and baseball.  I am funny and love to be interactive with everyone that I meet. I am looking forward to this year and meeting new people.

Rebekah Noorlag '18

I am a finance major and on the RMU rowing team. I love going out and creating new experiences with my friends. Also, I always want to set goals and challenge myself.

 Ryan Brown '16

My name is Ryan Brown and I'm a senior accounting student at RMU. I am from a small town in central PA (the actual center). I enjoy long runs on the beach, attending sporting events, trying new things, and witty humor. I wanted to become and ESP leader because I want to be more involved on campus and I believe I have a lot to offer new college students because of my experiences at RMU.