2016-2017 Seed Class

    Will DeVito

    Will DeVito, 2020 – Marketing Chair

    Year:

    Sophomore

    Hometown:

    Greenlawn, New York

    Major:

    Television, Radio, and Film

    Interests:

    Guitar, Skiing, Acting, Movies, Fireworks, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pixar, Family Parties, Montauk, Chilling with Friends, Buying things I don’t actually need on Amazon, Good Uncle

    Organizations:

    OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, Ottonomous Productions, Newhouse Peer Mentor

    Favorite Quote:

    “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

    OrangeSeeds is truly a one-of-a-kind program that I am so happy to be a part of. It allows for students to truly make whatever they want out of their experience. Seeds has not only allowed for me to meet a group of amazing people and gain new experiences, but it has also helped me learn more about myself and the kind of person I aim to be.

     

        Tianna Sellers

        Hometown:

        West Hills, California

        Major:

        Chemistry

        Fun Fact:

        My birthday is the 100th day of the year

         

            Taylor Williams

            Taylor Williams, 2020 – Mentorship and Membership Chair

            Year:

            Sophomore

            Hometown:

            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

            Major:

            Television, Radio, and Film

            Interests:

            Dancing, pretending like I can sing, watching Netflix, trying out recipes from Facebook, and SYRACUSE SPORTS

            Organizations:

            OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, CitrusTV, Mixtape Magazine

            Favorite Quote:

            “Keep on keeping on.” (I love it so much I have it tattooed on my back)

            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

            I have never been surrounded by such a genuine group of people before. Everybody cares about each other’s well-being and taking care of the community. OrangeSeeds truly becomes a family the moment that you join.

                Michael DiNardo

                Michael DiNardo, 2020 – Finance Chair

                Year:

                Sophomore

                Hometown:

                Thornwood, New York

                Major:

                Accounting and Finance

                Interests:

                Community service, baseball (Mets), basketball, (Knicks), and football (Giants)

                Organizations:

                OrangeSeeds, Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, Student Association, ottoTHON, Whitman Peer Mentor, Honors Peer Mentor, and LIE Learning Community Peer Mentor

                Favorite Quote:

                “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.” – Derek Jeter

                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                I believe OrangeSeeds is an amazing opportunity that students must take advantage of. I look forward to working with each and every one of my fellow Seeds every week and I think it is great how we have already seemed to come together as a family so far. I cannot wait to see all of the memories we create down the road.

                    McKinley Vrees

                    Hometown:

                    Holliston, Massachusetts

                    Major:

                    Spanish, Pre-Med Track

                    Fun Fact:

                    I learned how to do stitches on a raw chicken wing

                        Marielle Brunelle

                        Hometown:

                        Auburn, New Hampshire

                        Major:

                        Public Relations

                        Fun Fact:

                        I eat an entire box of macarons on my birthday every year instead of birthday cake

                            Maddie Peck

                            Maddie Peck, 2020 – Marketing Chair

                            Year:

                            Sophomore

                            Hometown:

                            Beverly, Massachusetts

                            Major:

                            Nutrition

                            Interests:

                            Running, art, reading, coffee

                            Organizations:

                            OrangeSeeds

                            Favorite Quote:

                            “Two roads diverged in the wood and I, took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

                            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                            I am thrilled to be part of such an eclectic group of leaders who share a common passion for making our world a better place!

                             

                                Kyle Rosenblum

                                Kyle Rosenblum, 2020 – Programming Chair

                                Year:

                                Sophomore

                                Hometown:

                                Limerick, Pennsylvania

                                Major:

                                Psychology

                                Interests:

                                Soccer, The Office, The Killers, Wawa, going on adventures, and Cheeseburgers

                                Organizations:

                                OrangeSeeds, Ottonomous Productions, Pre-Health Society

                                Favorite Quote:

                                “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope

                                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                OrangeSeeds is an amazing first-year leadership and community service program which allows the rare opportunity for a small group of first-year students to build incredible bonds by helping the community. OrangeSeeds strives to make Syracuse University and the greater Syracuse area into a better place by working together to affect meaningful change.

                                 

                                    Justin Boone

                                    Justin Boone, 2020 – Internal Development Chair

                                    Year:

                                    Sophomore

                                    Hometown:

                                    Fort Washington, Maryland

                                    Major:

                                    Undecided in Whitman & Policy Studies

                                    Interests:

                                    Current events, soccer (Manchester United), basketball (Wizards), music, fashion, food, business, dancing, singing, diversity, The Office, Game of Thrones, positivity, people, dogs, penguins, Facebook, LinkedIn, photos, team bonding exercises, service, the color blue, the number 2, Disney Pixar, and Obama

                                    Organizations:

                                    OrangeSeeds, Orientation Leader, University 100, Phi Sigma Pi, OttoThon

                                    Favorite Quote:

                                    “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

                                    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                    OrangeSeeds is an amazing organization!  It allows you to create a mini family within the University while you get out and help the broader Syracuse community.

                                        Jackson Barnes

                                         

                                        Hometown:

                                        Montclair, New Jersey

                                        Major:

                                        Exercise Science

                                        Fun Fact:

                                        I broke my jaw tubing behind a motorboat

                                            Isabella Falcione

                                            Isabella Falcione, 2020 – Internal Development Chair

                                            Year:

                                            Sophomore

                                            Hometown:

                                            Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

                                            Major:

                                            Communication and Rhetorical Studies

                                            Interests:

                                            Cooking, doing crafty things, watching The Office, fashion, The Food Network, Pittsburgh Penguins

                                            Organizations:

                                            OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, University 100

                                            Favorite Quote:

                                            “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.”

                                            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                            OrangeSeeds is such an incredible family on the SU campus, and I am forever grateful to be a member of this organization.  It is a place that allowed me to grow professionally, as well as opened me up to other organizations on campus. OrangeSeeds gave me the opportunity to meet the BEST people. I love being able to go out into the community each week, doing various tasks to help better the city of Syracuse! I am thrilled to see what this school year brings! YAY SEEDS

                                                Greg Mytelka

                                                Greg Mytelka, 2020 – Community Relations Chair

                                                Year:

                                                Sophomore

                                                Hometown:

                                                Gloversville, NY

                                                Major:

                                                Theatre Management (Minors in Nutrition & Policy Studies)

                                                Interests:

                                                Food, musical theatre, hiking, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, yoga, traveling, watching Chopped, Humans of New York, Rachael Ray, and a quality Instagram picture

                                                Organizations:

                                                OrangeSeeds, First Year Players, University 100, Get FRUVED

                                                Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                I am genuinely unable to imagine my college experience thus far without OrangeSeeds. Yes, OrangeSeeds allowed me to get off campus, do some community service, and grow as a leader, but the program has truly done so much more for me than that. OrangeSeeds gave me my best friends, my family, and my home-away-from-home. OrangeSeeds has opened countless doors for me on this campus and has provided me with opportunities that I never dreamed possible. I’m truly ecstatic to be able to serve the organization that has done so much for me and to welcome a new seed class to our family.

                                                 

                                                    Gillian Pelkonen

                                                    Hometown:

                                                    Northport, New York

                                                    Major:

                                                    Television, Radio, Film and Creative Writing

                                                    Fun Fact:

                                                    I was on America’s Funniest Home Videos and it became a meme

                                                        Gabriella Hughes

                                                        Gabriella Hughes, 2020 – Marketing Chair

                                                        Year:

                                                        Sophomore

                                                        Hometown:

                                                        Tampa, Florida

                                                        Major:

                                                        Film

                                                        Interests:

                                                        Going to music festivals/concerts, taking long road trips, Spotify playlists, canoeing, instagramming everything, camping, movie nights, collecting denim jackets, and obsessing over free two-day shipping

                                                        Organizations:

                                                        Loud and Clear, WERW Radio, OrangeSeeds

                                                        Favorite Quote:

                                                        “Listen, if you’re not going to be a nun or something, you might as well laugh.” – J.D. Salinger

                                                        Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                        To be given the opportunity to be surrounded by a wonderful group of individuals that share the same passion for leadership and service that I do simply sounds like the perfect home away from home to me. I truly cannot wait to spend this next year with my new family as we take on our first year at Syracuse University together!

                                                            Erin King

                                                            Hometown:

                                                            Avon, Ohio

                                                            Major:

                                                            Biomedical Engineering

                                                            Fun Fact:

                                                            I’m 25% Chinese and have two red-headed brothers who are also 25% Chinese. I also have the coolest Seed Sibling in all of the land – the handsome and talented Will DeVito

                                                                Corinne Baker

                                                                Hometown:

                                                                Cleveland, Ohio

                                                                Major:

                                                                Undecided in Newhouse

                                                                Fun Fact:

                                                                I see different shades of color with each eye

                                                                    Brianna Yates

                                                                    Year:

                                                                    Freshman

                                                                    Hometown:

                                                                    Woodstock, Georgia

                                                                    Major:

                                                                    Broadcast and Digital Journalism

                                                                    Interests:

                                                                    Traveling, Disney, cooking, eating, The Office, reading, writing, Chipotle, lacrosse, Frank Sinatra, family, friends, coffee, Netflix, community service, the news, shopping

                                                                    Organizations:

                                                                    OttoTHON, Honors Learning Community Advisory Board

                                                                    Favorite Quote:

                                                                    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

                                                                    Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                    OrangeSeeds has provided me with an amazing community, where I’m surrounded by students who share similar interests in service and leadership. I feel extremely honored and excited about the opportunity to gain lifelong friends, serve my local community, and have a family and support system at SU.

                                                                        Andrew Regalado

                                                                        Hometown:

                                                                        Chino Hills, California

                                                                        Major:

                                                                        Political Science

                                                                        Fun Fact:

                                                                        I am not fun

                                                                            Andrea Garberding

                                                                            Hometown:

                                                                            Detroit, Michigan

                                                                            Major:

                                                                            Biology (Pre-Med Track)

                                                                            Fun Fact:

                                                                            I lived in Italy for two years during high school

                                                                                Alyson Weber

                                                                                Hometown: 

                                                                                Glencoe, Illinois

                                                                                Major: 

                                                                                Advertising and Marketing

                                                                                Fun Fact:

                                                                                I twisted my ankle playing twister

                                                                                 

                                                                                    Kevin O’Donnell

                                                                                    Hometown:

                                                                                    Stevens Point, Wisconsin

                                                                                    Major:

                                                                                    Advertising and Marketing

                                                                                    Fun Fact:

                                                                                    I eat a bowl of raw spinach with dinner every night

                                                                                        Tyler Smith

                                                                                        Hometown:

                                                                                        Greenwood Village, Colorado

                                                                                        Major:

                                                                                        Human Development and Family Science

                                                                                        Fun Fact:

                                                                                        I have fun tattooed on my wrist

                                                                                            Angelika Zelko

                                                                                            Year:

                                                                                            Freshman

                                                                                            Hometown:

                                                                                            Chapel Hill, North Carolina

                                                                                            Major:

                                                                                            Management

                                                                                            Interests:

                                                                                            Event planning, organizing, reading, writing, comedy, acting, baking, eating, cooking (as soon as I learn how to cook), pinterest, making new friends, being positive

                                                                                            Organizations:

                                                                                            OrangeSeeds, Entrepreneurship Club

                                                                                            Favorite Quote:

                                                                                            “Sometimes you just have to put on lipgloss and pretend to be psyched.” –Mindy Kaling

                                                                                            Thoughts on OrangeSeeds:

                                                                                            OrangeSeeds seems to attract the most unique, kind, motivated, and intelligent people on campus. I always feel so good after spending time with these people.

                                                                                             

                                                                                                Courtney Heritage

                                                                                                Hometown:

                                                                                                Saratoga Springs, New York

                                                                                                Major:

                                                                                                English Education

                                                                                                Fun Fact:

                                                                                                My favorite fruit is mangos

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