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Tisha McCoy-Ntiamoah
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Tisha is responsible for creating and implementing the vision for orientation programs that successfully transition new students to JMU. Much of her work involves fostering collaborative working relationships across campus, advocating for the needs of new students, and creating a positive work environment for current JMU students who help the department implement its programs and services. Additionally, Tisha oversees the program assessment efforts for the department. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas. Her major was Business Administration. Tisha graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Master of Art in College Student Personnel Services. She enjoys gardening, baking, and traveling with her family. Tisha loves watching both professional and college football, as well as college basketball in her spare time.

Associate Director

Sarah Sunde
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As the Associate Director, Sarah oversees the Orientation publication process which includes The One Book, The Transfer One Book, folders, and the mappy and compass. She also manages the planning and implementation of Transfer Summer Springboard, First Year Summer Springboard, and 1787 August Orientation and all of the staff associated with those programs. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She graduated from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio, with a Master of Art degree in College Student Personnel.  Sarah loves yoga, reading, traveling, cooking, and running.

Assistant Director of Orientation Systems

Denise Cooper
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Denise supervises the Operations Manager and acts as the One Book web team coordinator. She oversees departmental operations from development to implementation and troubleshooting of the systems the office uses. Denise also facilitates internal and external trainings of the Orientation technical systems. She received her Associate in Computer Science and Associate in Business Administration degrees from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. Denise is currently taking classes at JMU for her Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree. She likes taking walks with her family, reading, baking, swimming, and drawing. Denise also enjoys beach vacations and photography.

Assistant Director of Programming

Matt Skirven
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Matt is responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising the Orientation Peer Advisers (OPAs) and Assisting New Transfers (ANTs), the student leaders that staff our Summer Springboard and 1787 August Orientation programs. He also assists in the planning and logistics of the Summer Springboard programs to make sure each Springboard day runs smoothly and students and families leave feeling satisfied with their decision to come to JMU. Matt also supervises the Summer Springboard Programming and Student Staff Graduate Assistant. He received his Bachelor of Science in Technical and Scientific Communication degree from JMU. Matt graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Master of Science in College Student Personnel degree. A lover of culture, he enjoys all things music, art, food, and sports. Matt also enjoys spending time at home with his beautiful wife, Lynn, and taking their dog Dukie for skateboard rides around the neighborhood. Having grown up in Virginia Beach, Matt also loves the water and will take any chance he can to get near it! 

Fiscal and Fixed Assets Coordinator

Debbie Pine
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Debbie makes sure the bills are paid according to university policy. She manages equipment purchases, their maintenance involved and orders supplies. Debbie also serves as contract administrator for all of Orientation’s publications. Debbie graduated from Madison College (what is now JMU) with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She enjoys reading and gardening in her spare time.

Marketing and Web Coordinator

Mollie Zenz
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Mollie handles revisions for The One Books and Orientation's website. She is developing a new social media presence to engage incoming students during their transition to JMU. Mollie also assists in the programming for the Madison Collaborative. She graduated from Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Family Studies.  Mollie received her Master's degree from The University of Toledo, with a major in Higher Education. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Rosie. She volunteers as a dog walker at the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA in her free time. Mollie also likes photography and watching a variety of television shows, including following her alma maters' sporting events.

Orientation Operations Manager

Casey Ouren
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Casey serves as the key agent for customer service, communication, and day-to-day operation functions for Orientation. She acts as a liaison to the Event Management Team to secure facility reservations, monitors Orientation reservations for incoming transfer students, and assists with first-year student reservations. In addition, Casey supervises the operations student staff, coordinates the operations logistics during Orientation programming. She graduated from The University of Alabama Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. Casey received her Master's degree in Sports Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. She enjoys photography and being outdoors. Casey likes to travel and spend time with her family.