The Office of Student Success is led by a dynamic and vibrant team of professional, paraprofessional, and student staff members. The truth is we love Rollins and we loved our years at college, and we want you to have an incredible experience like we did!
Hello! Welcome to the Student Success team. I am Meghan Harte, Executive Director for Student Success, and I am incredibly excited to get to know you this fall. A little bit about me…I grew up just outside of Ann Arbor, MI in Hell, MI. Yes, that’s right: Hell. I can’t make this stuff up. I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2004 with a B.S. in psychology and minors in human growth and development and political theory. I earned my Masters' in education from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. I loved living so close to Lake Michigan for three years. Those of you who have been to the Great Lakes can understand my love for them those of you who have not need to vacation on the Lakes! I moved to Winter Park, Fla. in June 2007 (just in time for the Florida summer) to serve as the assistant director of Multicultural Affairs here at Rollins College. I have a passion for multiculturalism, identity development, and the concept of unbuntu , “I am who I am because you are who you are.” I joined the Explorations team in 2008! Other things you should know about me…I love my family more than anything in the world. They are the smartest and funniest people in my life, and I am lucky they like me! I have an adorable niece who I love to visit, and I have a puppy named Lola who rocks! I am lucky because I have so many amazing friends all across the country. I... talk a lot, am quite sarcastic, don't take much to seriously, require a sense of humor to be around, am brutally honest. I am extremely realistic and yet a hopeless romantic at heart(but don't tell anyone that). I love... animals and little kids, expensive chocolate, all types of shoes, wearing skirts in the summer, blue jeans and t-shirts, toe nail polish, getting my hair washed, reading huge books for fun, sailing, the feeling of new socks, the smell of fresh bread, Greek food, traveling, laying on the beach, sunshine, huge snowflakes, rainbows, full coolers in the summertime, the smell of suntan lotion, and then the smell of aloe vera, getting sand in my shoes, flip flops, the color brown, candy, popcorn at the movies, road trips, fountain pop, calendars, office supplies, building snowmen, stargazing, swimming, hot tubs, traveling, expensive hotels, geckos, needing a passport, popsicles, small towns, outdoor malls at Christmas, candy canes, peanut butter, the mall in the middle of the week, driving when its sunny, conference calls, sleeping in, the food network, finger painting, fudge, the sand dunes, golfing, laughing, target, the zoo, stationary, mascara, post cards, fresh flowers, the smell of fresh cut grass, waffles.... I don't know what else there is to say...
Hi! I’m Tricia Zelaya, the Director of Student Transitions. I’m here to make sure that each year you spend with us here at Rollins is just as awesome as the year before, if not better!
I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but everyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am happy to be where it is warm, most of the time at least. I started my academic journey at Ohio University in picturesque Athens, Ohio where, in 2003, I received my B.S. in Spanish Education. During that time, I was a Resident Assistant and found out that I could make a legitimate career out of working with college students. So, I stayed at OU and, in 2005, got my M.A. in Higher Education while I continued to work there as a Graduate Hall Director. After that, I went on to serve as a full-time Hall Director at Ohio State University (yes, I am a die-hard Buckeyes fan, and proud of it!). After two years of doing that, I decided that I missed being a student, so I entered a Doctoral program. Four years later (in 2011), I earned my Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. In 2011, I began a stint as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University, but working with students outside of the classroom is really my passion, so the following year, I made the move and served as the Assistant Director of Student Development and Assessment in Recreational Sports at Purdue University in Indiana.
One cold Indiana day in 2013, I happened upon a job opening at Rollins College where they were looking for someone to serve in the Student Transitions role; this was exactly the job I had been hoping for since I got my Ph.D.! Once I set foot on this beautiful campus, I knew I had to be here; thankfully, that’s what Rollins thought, too, so here I am!
When I’m not helping students, I love shopping, traveling (I want to get to all 7 continents), working out (I love gyms), scrapbooking (mostly of my traveling adventures), catching up on Netflix shows and movies (Game of Thrones is next on the list), swimming (thank goodness for Florida weather and outdoor pools that are open all the time!), and watching sports or going to games (especially college football).
Nothing makes me happier than working with students, getting to know them, finding what makes them tick, and helping them be successful in every area of their lives. I feel so lucky to work with amazing students, faculty, and staff every day. I can’t wait to work with YOU!
Hi! I’m Gabe Anderson, Explorations’ Assistant Director. I grew up outside Orlando in the world famous Oviedo, famed for the chickens who hang out downtown (strangely, their spot is right next to Popeyes—I don’t think anyone ever told them what goes on in there) and for the fact that in some halcyon past we were known as “The Celery Capital of the World.” Yep, and my first high school used to have the “Celery Feds” as its mascot. I don’t know what that means, because the twin pillars of internet research, Google and Wikipedia, are strangely silent on the matter.
Despite my inability to handle cold weather, I decided to brave the fierce winters in the farthest, chilliest, most northern reaches of our great country, aka Richmond, VA to attend the University of Richmond. (Don’t let me fool you—Richmond is actually a lovely place.)While I was there I studied economics and math; went abroad for a semester to Khon Kaen, Thailand; played with our varsity and club soccer teams; and went on two volunteer trips to New Orleans to help rebuild in the aftermath of Katrina.
After I graduated, I came back to Florida where I saved up enough money working construction and landscaping to move to Raleigh, where I survived another winter, started mountain biking, and saved up enough money to travel the world for 5 months. I ended up spending 2 months in sunny London, and 3 months split between Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Burma. I then proceeded posthaste back to Winter Park, where I spent the next year as Rollins’ AmeriCorps volunteer (think Peace Corps, in the U.S.). My term ended in July, and now I’m excited to be with Explorations!
I loved my time in college because of all the opportunities I had to try out new experiences (like living in rural Thailand, doing nuclear physics research while living with a crew of 5 Bulgarians, being president of my residence hall), meet new people from all over the world, and learn new skills (like speaking Thai, rock climbing, calculating the marginal benefit and cost for any activity, and writing impossible-to-diagram run-on sentences with entirely too many clauses). I hope you will similarly love your time at Rollins, and will do whatever I can to make sure you do!
Hi, I’m Alexa Gordon and I’m a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Success. My primary role is the First Year Experience coordinator, which means I work closely with the Peer Mentors and Student Coordinators to ensure incoming students learn to love Rollins as much as I did. I graduated from Rollins in 2013 with a BA in Theatre Arts. Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Central Florida in the Higher Education and Policy Studies program. I absolutely loved my time as a Rollins student. I spent many happy hours working in the Annie Russell Theatre. I even met my husband there! Rollins truly is the perfect place to grow, learn, and play. Go Tars!
Hi! My name is Renee and I am a Student Success Coach. I graduated from Rollins with a degree in Anthropology. During my time at Rollins, I was very active in the campus community by participating in Rollins Improv Players, Student Government Association, Pinehurst and the Peer Mentor program. I am currently enrolled in the Crummer Graduate School of Business and will be graduating with my MBA this May. I love getting to work one on one with such incredible students. After being here for almost 6 years, Rollins has truly become my home, and I hope to help make your time here just as impactful.
Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Rosete and I am a Student Success Coach. I am currently earning my M.A. at Rollins in Mental Health Counseling. I am an avid volunteer for IDignity and the Girl Scouts. When I am not coaching students or studying for class, I enjoy learning new things and trying new foods.
Hi all! My name is Anita Cox and I am a Student Success Coach and the Office Athletics Coordinator. My primary role is to work as a liaison between athletics and the Office of Student Success as well as advising students through their academic journey. During my time at Rollins, I was a three-year letter winner for the varsity soccer team after transferring from Murray State University. During my senior year I served as team captain as well as co- president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. It has been my pleasure to spend my Undergraduate years as a Rollins College Tar, so much so, that I am currently continuing my education at the Crummer Graduate School of Business. I look forward to meeting you and can not wait for you to gain a great experience, like I have!
Hi everyone! My name is Tyler and I am majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Communications. I am a student-athlete on the women's lacrosse team here at Rollins. In my free time I enjoy coaching lacrosse. I was born and raised here, in Winter Park, and could not be more excited to be here at Rollins! I have loved every minute being here thus far, and hopefully I can help to provide you with the same positive experience I have had.
Hello! My name is Ben Van der Werf and I am a Student Coordinator for the Office of Student Success here at Rollins. I grew up in the small town of Estes Park, Colorado before coming to Rollins. When I first came to Rollins I joined the Men’s Varsity Rowing Team which has come to define my collegiate experience. I am also a Brother the X-Club Fraternity here at Rollins. I am currently a double major in Economics and History. Outside of school I teach swim and fitness lessons. I also enjoy camping and watching the Denver Broncos!
Hello! My name is Emma-Lee Clinger, and I am a Student Coordinator here in the Office of Student Success. I am a double major in Music, with a Vocal Performance concentration, and International Relations. After graduation, I hope to go to law school and study International Human Rights Law. I have a real passion for travel, culture, food, and music. This past fall semester I actually studied abroad in Rome, Italy. (If you need some convincing or are thinking of studying abroad come find me, I am a walking advertisement.) Later this spring, I am also traveling to the Dominican Republic with a group of girls from Rollins to cultivate relationships for the social enterprise we created with the Office of Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative. I am so thankful for the opportunities Rollins have given me to travel the world and become a global citizen.
Back in beautiful Winter Park, I am a member of Amnesty International, in the Rollins Choir, a Spanish peer tutor in TJs, ritual chair in Kappa Delta Sorority, a former peer mentor, and co-founder of the social enterprise 4Girls. Rollins has given me ample opportunities to explore leadership, grow as an active global citizen, and succeed in both my academic and social life. It has become my home away from home, and I hope it can be the same for you. I can’t wait to get to know you!
Hello! I am Susanna Richstein, one the four student coordinators who work with the Office of Student Success. Operating as a Student Coordinator means that I currently work with the team in designing and implementing various programs that Rollins has to offer, such as Summer Orientation. In the fall, I will work with a group of peer mentors and ensure that any incoming student comes to love and enjoy Rollins College as much as I do.
I am currently a junior, here at Rollins, and am majoring in Psychology with a minor in International Business. While I am busy with school work and extracurricular activities I am always willing to give a helping hand to those who need it.