About Us 

We know that advising encompasses more than just checking boxes, and our 26 First-Year Advising Mentors (FAMs) are ready to launch first-year students with turbo-charged mentoring.

FAMs introduce new students to the many resources available at F&M, talk about the deep questions of life, and provide tips on where to shop for dorm rooms. FAMs help new students navigate the academic culture at F&M, explaining how to add or drop a class, use CANVAS, and choose that perfect schedule. Perhaps most importantly, FAMs listen to your story and help you craft an academic path perfectly tailored to suit you. The FAMs can't wait to get you started on your journey at F&M!  

Meet the FAMs 

The First-Year Advising Mentors for the 2021-2022 academic year represent a wide array of cultures, interests, talents and backgrounds. Read more below to learn about the unique contributions and activities of each member for a sample of the amazing students that the Franklin and Marshall Community is composed of. 


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hi everyone, my name is Hermela Assefa! I am originally from Ethiopia, and I call Northern Virginia my hometown. I am a first-generation college student majoring in Public Health on the Sociology track. On-campus I was a previous housing advisor and a current peer health educator with the Office of Student Wellness Education & Violence Prevention. I have served as a co-president of the African Caribbean Association, a club that I have called home during my time at F&M. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching random YouTube videos, or finding ways to develop my public health skills. I look forward to working with you and supporting you as you transition into the F&M community!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hi! My name is Tegan Baldini, and I am a junior from Philadelphia, PA with a double major in English Literature and Anthropology. On campus, I am the co-president of Spoon University, and I am a member of the Harbaugh Club, Phi Sigma Pi, and the Writers House Commune. I also serve on the Common Hour Committee, and I will be working as a Writing Center tutor! In my free time I love to read and cook new recipes. I am looking forward to a fantastic year back on campus, and I am so excited to meet everyone! 


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hi everyone! My name is Julia Bernstein and I am from Old Tappan, NJ. I am a senior, majoring in Sociology and Psychology and minoring in Hebrew. I am currently serving my second term as the president of F&M Hillel. I am also a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and work as a mentor to a local high school student in Lancaster. I am so excited to meet the class of 2025 and welcome all of you to our amazing community! 


  • Carly Bozzo '22


My name is Carly Bozzo and I am a senior from Saxonburg, PA. I am a Business, Organizations, and Society major with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I am a member of the Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team, a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the Vice President of the French Club and a First-Year Advising Mentor. When I have free time I like to watch Netflix, read books that are also movies, and hang out with my friends!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hello! My name is Justin Carrasquillo and I am from the Bronx, New York. I am a rising junior and I am pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. On campus, I am involved with I.M.P.A.C.T and I am a Tour Guide for the school (amongst other things). Outside of academics, I love animals, music, and just hanging out with my friends. My favorite artists are Drake and The Weeknd. I look forward to meeting you guys! 


  • Diplomart Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hey y'all! My name is Ben. I am from Batesville, Arkansas, and I am joint-majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies.

When I am away from college, I enjoy all things outdoors, including hunting, fishing, camping, and working around our farm. On campus, I am a member of the fishing and outdoors club, and when I am not passing hours in the library, I like to attempt to play the guitar. When I came to F&M, it was a new and exciting adventure, and I look forward to helping new students blaze their own trail. Roll dips!


  • Abigale Comp-Lewis


Hello! My name is Abigale Comp-Lewis! I am from Lancaster, PA, making me a local. I am a senior and double major in history and sociology. I am a mentor for Squash ACES and the president of the campus senior honors society, Black Pyramid Society. I work at Mean Cup, a coffee shop near campus. In my free time, I really enjoy running and bingeing the Australian sitcom, Kath & Kim. I cannot wait to be on campus with everyone!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hello FAMs! My name is Melanie Dios, a Public Health (Biology) and Government double major at F&M. In addition to being an advising mentor, I am also a House Advisor and part of the African Drumming Ensemble. I am a senior with intentions of graduating in the Fall. Being my last semester, I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences that I have acquired these last few years. As a first-generation student, I relied on many campus resources to navigate college successfully, and I hope now I can be a resource to you! 


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year advising mentor


Hey y'all! My name is Kat Gunther and I'm a Junior from Tampa, Florida. I am majoring in Neuroscience on the Pre-Med track. I am on the softball team here at F&M, and I am involved in SALC, ROTARACT, and neuroscience summer research. Last year, I was a Brooks College House Advisor, so I am very excited that I get to continue with this mentoring role. When I am home, I love spending time with friends and family at the beach. In my free time at school, I enjoy going on walks around Lancaster, hanging out on Hartman, or watching movies with my friends. I can't wait to meet everyone!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year advising mentor


Hi! My name is Shanay Jones, I am a Junior and a Public Health (Sociology) Major here at Franklin and Marshall College. I am a member of the First Generation Diplomats organization and the Badminton club. When I am not engaging in my studies, you can find me at the ASFC gym or going for a morning run on the track. I am a Certified Personal Trainer as well as a CrossFit athlete. I am passionate about all things fitness and nutrition. If you are looking to get started with a fitness routine but don’t know where to start, feel free to reach out and I would love to speak with you! I look forward to meeting you all! Welcome to F&M!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hi! My name is Aryana Kavuri and I am a senior Neuro major and Economics minor on the pre-med track. I am a former chemistry lab assistant and have been involved in Ben Rush, TEACH F&M, and Phi Sigma Pi. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, going on walks, cooking/baking, and finding new restaurants to try around town. I'm so excited to get to know you all and I'm here for anything you may need as you start your journey at F&M! 


  • Colin Lavigne '22


Hello all, my name is Colin, I am from Asbury, New Jersey and will be a senior at F&M this coming year. At Franklin & Marshall, I am a biology major on the Pre-Med track with the hope of attending PA school after my undergraduate years. However, you will not only find me sweating in the classroom as a Diplomat, but also across the street, at Shadek Stadium, as I am also a member of the football team. In my free time, you can often find me in LSP chatting with our awesome Sodexo employees, Kim and Angie, throwing frisbee on Hartman green, or at the Wendy’s on Race Avenue when campus food gets a bit stale. Once nose blind to the faint smell of manure on the way in, you will soon realize Lancaster county, along with F&M, contains numerous places of interest waiting to be discovered. I look forward to facilitating your first-year experience at F&M, and exploration of the Red Rose City. Welcome!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hey everyone! My name is Hidy Li, a junior from Beijing, China, and a Psychology & Anthropology double-major. On campus, I am a peer mentor at F&M's International Center, a member of Active Minds Club, and the Harbaugh Club. I love good food, books, movies, traveling, playing on my guitar... I am so excited to welcome you to the F&Mily! As a peer mentor, I am here to answer any questions you have regarding life on campus, and hopefully, a source of continual help throughout your first year. Can't wait to meet you soon!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hi everyone! My name is Kyra Lisse and I am somehow a senior at F&M. Outside of being a FAM, I am a creative writing major with a minor in classics, and I busy myself with ventures such as Hillel, Writers House, boy-band Magazine, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, and Harbaugh Club. This fall, you can also find me in the classroom precepting for Professor Kabi’s CNX1 seminar. I can’t wait to get to know you all; if/when you need me, I will be here!


  • Maia Lockhart '22


Hi! I’m Maia Lockhart, a senior, and a Math major. I am on the Women’s Basketball team while also involved in many other clubs and organizations such as the Black Student Union (BSU), the Student Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) and other faculty committees. I currently work at the Admission Office and the Athletics Department here at F&M. When I’m not practicing with my team, I am usually finding the next show to binge on Netflix. I can’t wait to meet everyone!


  • Diplomart Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hi! My name is Malachi Longmore and I am a junior from New Jersey. I am super excited to join the FAMs team as a mentor this year. I am currently pursuing a joint major in Government and Africana Studies because I am passionate about social justice, urban planning, college access, and paving the way for students to come to F&M after me. On campus, I serve on the executive board of the Black Student Union as Event Coordinator and I am also a member of I.M.P.A.C.T. Outside of academics, I am an avid music listener, fashion enthusiast, and I love to take pictures. I look forward to meeting you all soon! 


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hi! I'm Chris!

I'm a rising Senior from Queens, New York City! I am a Government major interested in pursuing law school. I was a Spring Admit in 2017, hence I studied abroad in London for my first semester at F&M in Fall 2017. I took a year off in 2019 to intern at my local district attorney's office and teach English in Peru! I am a new member of mock trial, a member of the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society, and if you're reading this, probably your FAM! I ran cross country and track for four years, but have since given up my passion for running for my newfound passions for Settlers of Catan, Call of Duty, and reading!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


My name is Zoey Pham and I am a senior from Hanoi, Vietnam. I am a Psychology major and a Japanese Language & Culture minor. On campus, I am very involved in student government. I have served in the Diplomatic Congress for 2 years as a Treasurer and will be continuing as the Student Body Vice President this year. I have also served in Club Council as an Assistant Chair and sat on various faculty committees. In my free time, I like exploring downtown Lancaster either by myself or with my friends. I look forward to meeting you all!


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Hi! My name is Sarah Regan, and I'm a Government major, Latin American Studies minor from New Jersey. I enjoy listening to music, drinking coffee, and hiking! On campus I love to sit outside and do my homework.





  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Welcome to our F&Mily! My name is Raluca, and although I am from Bucharest, Romania, I've also lived in Germany, Belgium, and VA. I am majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science, and I’ve volunteered with three labs: the Bilingualism Lab, F&M CARES, and the Developing Moral Values Lab. I am a Photography Intern for F&M's Office of Communications, and while I absolutely love attending events to capture the excitement of campus, my passion lies in shooting photos film. Some of my favorite ways to spend my free time on campus include podcasting in the WFNM booth as part of my beloved Blue Chair Group, reading a great book on Hartman Green, and enjoying the notorious desserts that D-Hall has to offer.


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


Welcome to F&M! My name is Mackenzie and I cannot wait to work with the class of 2025. I am double majoring in Spanish and English and want to be a high school teacher after I graduate. I am from Lancaster and love to show off my home to anyone who loves food, nature, and adventure. If I'm not riding my bike all over Lancaster with ice cream in hand, you can find me in the Dance Studio or in my college house working as a House Advisor and planning events for the Weis house government. I'm also part of Define American and currently working on getting my Doula certification. I love spending time outside and enjoying nature so if you see me around Hartman green please stop and say hi! I look forward to seeing you all around campus! 


  • Matilda Stolte '22


Hi I’m Matilda. I am a member of the graduating class of 2022. I am an English Creative-Writing major and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies minor. On campus, I am a weekly radio host and secretary of WFNM 89.1, F&M’s student-led radio station. I write for boy-band, the F&M magazine written and published by students. You will usually find me at Blueline, the campus’s coffee shop, drinking my third iced matcha latte of the day. I am so excited to come back to campus and meet all of you! Welcome to F&M!! 


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


My name is Nicholas Tewell and I am a Junior from Mechanicsburg, PA. I am on the Pre-Med track, with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish. I am a member of the school's Division 1 varsity wrestling team. I am also involved in numerous on-campus organizations including the Student-Athlete Leadership Committee, Student-Athlete Conduct Committee, Diplomat Christian Fellowship, and a tutoring program for local elementary school students. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, whether that is hiking or hammocking. I also enjoy playing video games with friends. 


  • First-Year Advising Mentors


My name is Julia Weber and I am a junior from Westchester, NY. I am a Psychology major with a minor in Spanish. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi, Hillel, and a First-Year Advising Mentor. In my free time I love to go on walks with my dog, listen to music, and hang out with my friends! My favorite thing to do on campus, in the spring in particular, is sit on Hartman Green with my friends. 


  • Diplomat Headstart, First-Year Advising Mentor


My name is Emma Wright and I am a senior! I am from Princeton, New Jersey. I am a Government major and an English minor! I was involved with the Bonchek congress, and am a member of Alpha Phi. I spend my free time reading, listening to music or going on walks with my friends! I am so excited to meet my mentees! 



  • Xiaoyi Zhang '22


Hi! My name is Xiaoyi Zhang, and I am a Senior from China. I major in Sociology and Economics. I am a member of the International Students Advisory Board (ISAB), and I am working at the Joseph International Center as a Peer Mentor for international students. In my spare time, I like watching TV shows and hanging out with my friends. I enjoy traveling and trying new food as well. Looking forward to meeting all of you!