Meet Our Ambassadors

The Willamette Ambassadors lead campus tours and staff our office — you may meet some of them when you visit campus!

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    Elliott Alongi

    Major: Theatre and Women and Gender Studies
    Sacramento, CA

    Campus Involvement: Theatre Student Advisor Board, Theatre Scholarship
    Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette because I loved the environment of the theatre department and campus in general.
    Fun Fact: I am learning how to knit and am making a hat for one of my friends!

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    Emma Bass-Kendall

    Major: Environmental Science and Public Health
    Lake Elsinore, CA

    Campus Involvement
    : Alpha Phi, PHC, RA, Student Athletic Trainer
    Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette for the community that has been built on campus and the opportunities that are provided to students.
    Fun Fact: I ride motorcycles!

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    Adele Benny

    Major: Psychology, Minor: Sociology and Public Health
    Austin, TX

    Campus Involvement
    : Softball, Opening Days, Chemawa Indian School Tutor
    Why did you choose WU: The welcoming and supportive community.
    Fun Fact: I have a dog named Mojo!

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    Addy Bohag

    Major: Economics, Minor: History
    Seattle, WA

    Campus Involvement
    : Alpha Phi, Server at Basil & Board
    Why did you choose WU: The people made it feel like home and I fell in love with the campus!
    Fun Fact: I’m a big theater kid at heart!

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    Robbie Daugherty ‘22

    Studio Art & Chemistry majors
    Reno, NV

    Campus Involvement: Varsity Swim Team Captain, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Sculpture Studio Assistant
    Bistro order: Iced quad shot vanilla latte
    Favorite song: "I Am Here" by P!nk
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? The community I felt while visiting.

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    Lauren Eisele-Yocum

    Major: Study Art and Biology
    Tucson, AZ

    Campus Involvement
    : Swim Team, Zena Farm Club
    Why did you choose WU: I wanted a kind and welcoming community that allowed me to pursue my passions for art and swimming.
    Fun Fact: I took two gap years between high-school and college to do service work and Wildland firefighting!

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    Celeste Gutentag

    Major: Art History & English
    Grand Junction, CO

    Campus Involvement
    : Dance company, Theater Dance Showcase
    Why did you choose WU: I felt at home in my surroundings, and I felt like I had a place I could grow into myself.
    Fun Fact: I like to eat my pizza with honey on top and ranch on the side!

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    Marykate DeLuca ‘23

    Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics & Spanish majors, Psychology minor
    San Diego, CA

    Campus Involvement: Softball
    Bistro order: Iced caramel latte (with oat milk)
    Favorite song: “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? WU offered me the opportunity to continue my athletic career in unison with top-tier academics.

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    Pierce Gallaway ‘23

    Exercise and Health Science major, Economics minor
    Carmel, CA

    Campus Involvement: Men's Soccer, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    Bistro order: Iced latte
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? The extremely welcoming culture and the small school feel I felt on the visits I took in high school.
    Fun fact: I have been to Africa and Europe in the same day.

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    Oliver Hamilton

    Major: Politics, Policy, Law, and Ethics, Minor: Business and Economics
    Seattle, WA

    Campus Involvement
    : Headband, Chamber choir
    Why did you choose WU: Small school, good people, pretty campus!
    Fun Fact: I realllyyy like cheesecake!

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    Taylor Hamura ‘23

    Biology major, Psychology minor
    Hilo, HI

    Campus Involvement: RA, Hawaii Club, Dance Co. Co-president, Cheer Team
    Bistro order: Whatever cookie I’m in the mood for!
    Favorite song: "No Other Love" by Common Kings
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? The people and the sense of community.

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    Jack Hanscom '22

    Civic Communication & Media major, Spanish minor
    Kent, WA

    Intern for Operations

    Campus Involvement: Intramural basketball, Opening Days Lead Team
    Favorite song: "BOY BYE" by Brockhampton
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? I loved the idea of having a small campus community where I could lean on my professors and peers for help or comfort!

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    Kaitlin Jenson ‘24

    Public Health
    Portland, OR

    Campus Involvement: Pi Beta Phi, PHEAL Department Intern
    Favorite song: "The Graduate" by Arcadian Wild
    Fun fact: I have two family members named after soda!

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    Jordyn Johsnon

    Major: Psychology
    Winslow, AZ

    Campus Involvement
    : Alpha Phi, Softball
    Why did you choose WU: Softball and because of the ability to have a tight knit community.
    Fun Fact: I lost 3 hydroflasks in 2021.

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    Maddy Kaplan '22

    Psychology major, Religious Studies minor
    Palo Alto, CA

    Campus Involvement: Jewish Student Union, Theatre Department, Pi Beta Phi
    Bistro order: Dirty chai with a bagel and cream cheese
    Favorite song: "Waterloo" by ABBA
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? The engaged and caring student body.

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    Mira Karthik

    Major: Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Minor: Spanish and Data Science
    San Jose, CA

    Campus Involvement
    : CAFES, RA, Research Assistant, GPSS Tutor
    Why did you choose WU: The small community, amazing program and ducks!
    Fun Fact: I am a certified plant mom and have 20+ plant children in my dorm!

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    Natalie Klett

    Major: Art
    Beaverton, OR

    Campus Involvement
    : CSL, Mill writing club
    Why did you choose WU: I chose Willamette because it was the place I could see the most of myself reflected in.
    Fun Fact: I wrote my college essay about a clay chicken!

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    Grace Kline

    Major: Undecided
    Sacramento, CA

    Campus Involvement
    : Co-President of Fabric, Yarn and Textiles CLub
    Why did you choose WU: I love the small school atmosphere and many study abroad options
    Fun Fact: I have a cat named Sherlock Holmes!

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    Amaya Latuszek

    Major: Undecided
    San Diego, CA

    Campus Involvement
    : Collegian
    Why did you choose WU: Close knit community
    Fun Fact: I love to sing musical theater and choral songs

  • Image of Linnea Lovtang ‘24

    Linnea Lovtang ‘24

    Psychology major, Women’s and Gender Studies minor
    Corvallis, OR

    Campus Involvement: Chamber Choir, Voice Lessons, Goudy Staff
    Favorite song: "Castle on the Hill" by Ed Sheeran
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? When Covid hit, everyone came together to support each other.
    Fun fact: My favorite socks say “kinda pissed about not being a mermaid”.

  • Image of Gianna Marchese '22

    Gianna Marchese '22

    Economics major, MBA 3+1
    Seattle, WA

    Intern for Operations

    On-Campus Extracurriculars: Softball, Alpha Phi 
    Bistro order: Always the biggest cookie I can see in the case!
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? Softball, and it's gorgeous (duh).
    Fun fact: I've been to Disneyland over 100 times.

  • Image of Brady McDevitt ‘22

    Brady McDevitt ‘22

    Biochemistry major
    West Linn, OR

    Campus Involvement: UpTop President, Dramatic Vocal Arts Board, Peer Academic Coach, TA for O-Chem, Chemawa Indian School Volunteer
    Bistro order: Iced vanilla latte
    Favorite song: "Evergreen" by Yebba
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? I loved the atmosphere of campus and the availability of the professors!

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    Ben Royer

    Major: Public Health, Minor: History
    Montesano, WA

    Campus Involvement
    : Opening Days Lead Team
    Why did you choose WU: The sense of community
    Fun Fact: I got lost on my first day of college.

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    Rachel Schmitt

    Major: Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Minor: Religious Studies
    Port Townsend, WA

    Campus Involvement
    : Rugby, TA, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life
    Why did you choose WU: The professors
    Fun Fact: I built a wooden teardrop camper from scratch last year. Her name is Donatella.

  • Image of Casey Swinkels '23

    Casey Swinkels '23

    Spanish and Psychology major
    Austin, TX

    Campus Involvement: Housing (RA in Cascadia), Alpha Phi
    Bistro order: Iced latte (with oat milk, two extra shots, and hazelnut)!
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? I visited and fell in love.
    Fun fact: I played competitive kickball for eleven years and won three All-Star State Championships.

  • Image of Irene Vera

    Irene Vera

    Major: Psychology and Spanish
    San Diego, CA

    Campus Involvement
    : Willamette Academy, Cheer Team
    Why did you choose WU: I wanted to experience a different environment from what I’m used to Fun Fact: I rescued my dog from the Mexican border!

  • Image of Kali Woodward '23

    Kali Woodward '23

    Public Health major
    Gig Harbor, WA

    Intern for Operations & Communications

    Campus Involvement: Opening Days, Alpha Phi, Investment Club
    Bistro order: Iced chai (with almond milk)!
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? I loved the community, and it just felt like home when I visited.
    Fun fact: I used to live abroad when I was younger.

  • Image of Sally Wooster ‘24

    Sally Wooster ‘24

    Hermiston, OR

    Campus Involvement: Debate Team, Sexual Assault Response Advocate
    Bistro order: A latte and a chocolate chip cookie.
    Favorite song: "Save Your Tears" by The Weeknd
    Why did you choose WU -- in one sentence or less? It felt like the right fit, and I was excited to be on the debate team!

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