• Orientation Team 2022
First Year Experience

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Jamie Gutierrez

Assistant Director, Residence Life and First Year Experience
Davis Community Center
714-997-6961
I was born and raised in Lomita, CA. I began my undergraduate studies at Chapman in the fall of 2008. As a first-generation college student, my transition to Chapman was not easy. I think back on my experience and I credit the work done by Student Affairs professionals that allowed me to develop holistically. I was fortunate as an undergraduate to serve as an Orientation Leader and Orientation Coordinator. I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies and in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Leadership Development. Prior to serving as the Assistant Director of Residence Life and First Year Experience, I supported the Office of Orientation and First Year Programs as the Graduate Assistant and Program Coordinator. I love Chapman University and I can't wait to share that with incoming students!
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Breil Bonaguro

Program Coordinator, First Year Experience
Davis Community Center
714-997-6512
Breil Bonaguro serves as the Program Coordinator of First Year Experience. Her responsibilities include the implementation of Family and Student Orientation and First Year Programs, supervising student staff, and aiding students in their transition into the Chapman community. Breil has her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies and is finishing her Master of Arts in Leadership Development from Chapman University. Breil is passionate about working with college students because of her own undergraduate experience at Chapman. She is a first-generation college graduate and is delighted to continue serving the Chapman community. During her free time, Breil loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, listening to music, reading, and exploring outdoors.
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Marina Logue

Graduate Assistant, First Year Experience
Davis Community Center
Marina Logue serves as the Graduate Assistant for Orientation and First Year Programs. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing early transition and first-year programs, planning and executing all aspects of New Student and Transfer Orientation, and mentoring the four undergraduate student orientation coordinators. Originally from San Jose, California, Marina has Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science and Philosophy and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Business Administration in Chapman's Accelerated Program. During her free time, Marina loves reading, spending time with friends and family, and creating new recipes.
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Alondra Alvarez

Orientation Coordinator
Davis Community Center
Hello friends! My name is Alondra Alvarez and I am the Orientation Coordinator for Academics and Special Events. I am going into my senior year at Chapman as a Political Science and Sociology double major. I am currently working in Residence Life and First Year Experience as a Fenestra Community Coordinator, and I am also in Kappa Alpha Pi which is the Pre Law Co Ed fraternity on campus. After two years of being an orientation leader, I am excited to be stepping into the behind the scenes. As an Orientation Coordinator, I work with a great team of people to put on events like Spring Kickoff, Chapman after Dark and the Affinity Socials. I am also in charge of We Are Chapman, a fantastic celebration of what makes our student body extraordinary, which in my opinion is the heart and soul of orientation. If I could give some advice for incoming students, it would be to fully immerse yourself into the college environment! Don’t be afraid to say hello to people, odds are they want to make new friends as much as you do (and take advantage of the Leatherby Library study rooms)!
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Brendon Ada

Orientation Coordinator
Davis Community Center
Hello! My name is Brendon Ada, I am serving as the Orientation Coordinator for Family & Transfers for Fall 2022 Orientation. I’m a rising senior, pursuing Screenwriting at Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. This will be my second Orientation Week as a part of the team and I could not be more excited to meet y’all. A little about me, I was born in Guam (a small island in the south Pacific) but grew up in Irvine, so Chapman has always been in my backyard. My dad went to Chapman way back when and my sister is a current student. Pete the Panther is officially a member of our family. I transferred to Chapman from a local community college in fall of 2020 and have been enjoying it ever since. I will be working to create an enjoyable orientation experience for families and transfer students. One event I am super excited about is the Candle Lighting Ceremony, it’s a heart-warming event for families and their students. If I could offer a piece of advice: enjoy Orientation, step out of your comfort zone; who knows, maybe you’ll make a friend or two. I met some of my closest friends at Orientation. Whether you are a first year, transfer student, commuter, or continuing student, it is my hope that you find a home here at Chapman. We are here to support you, acclimate you to your university, and connect you with the community. If you have any questions, please reach out to us! Again, I could not be more excited to welcome the incoming class of Panthers this fall! Rawr!
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Katlyn Barbaccia

Orientation Coordinator
Davis Community Center
Hello incoming students and families! My name is Katlyn, and I am the Orientation Coordinator for Operations and Logistics for 2022. My position is focused on the behind-the-scenes aspects of Orientation, which includes collaborating with campus partners and organizing event logistics to ensure that Orientation is a success on all fronts! I am an upcoming Senior Political Science and Sociology double-major with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I am currently working as an Office Assistant for RLFYE, and I am involved as an Active Member of Kappa Alpha Theta and as a Committee Member for University Program Board. In my spare time I enjoy getting coffee with friends, going hiking, and taking care of my houseplants. I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to be part of the process that welcomes new students to the Chapman community. The one key piece of advice I have for incoming students is to take in every second of your experience. You only get one Orientation, so make it count: make memories, meet new people, and step out of your comfort zone!
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Kyle Tanimura

Orientation Coordinator
Davis Community Center
Hello Everyone! My name is Kyle Tanimura and I am your Orientation Coordinator for Communication & Promotion! I am a rising Senior from Palos Verdes, California (about an hour west of Chapman University) and I am a Strategic and Corporate Communication & Political Science double major with a minor in Dance. Some involvement I have on campus is President of Chapman Kapamilya, the Filipino Club, President of the School of Communication Trailblazer Program, and a member of Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Coed Professional Fraternity. Orientation has been a life changing experience for me since my own orientation so now I am excited to be in my third year as part of Orientation! Some of the things I do include managing the Orientation marketing campaign, designing all the merch for new students, families, and OLs, managing the Summer Orientation blog, and facilitating OL training! If I could give some advice for incoming students, it would be to take every opportunity you can! There are so many avenues you can take here so explore all of them. It is okay to not like something! This is the perfect time to try new things and see if something is right for you (or not). Also, connect with your professors! I have made strong connections with mine and they have been such a big support system for me while navigating my undergraduate studies. The Chapman community is here to support you through all of your endeavors!
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Alexa Ortega

Fenestra Community Coordinator
Davis Community Center
Hello everyone! I am the Fenestra Community Coordinator for the colleges Schmid, Crean, and Fowler. Currently, I am a junior studying Health Science with a minor in Sociology and Psychology. I grew up in Santa Ana and have been a consistent visitor to the university for its amazing photographic scenery, collegiate soccer games, and science programs. I had always wanted to attend Chapman University as a first generation student; I was thrilled to be accepted and continue down the Physical Therapy tract. I am involved in undergraduate research in Dr. Lindsay Waldrop’s lab on Canine Morphometrics, Tri Beta Biology Fraternity, 1G, and Latinx club on campus. As a FCC, I am delighted to share my experience in navigating college life and aid in student culture to the university. I understand the obstacles with being first generation, a commuter student, and POC, but truly Chapman and RFYLE supported my sense of community grealty. I am here to support you in that same manner and more, don’t be shy to reach out!
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Desirae Jeffers

Fenestra Community Coordinator
Davis Community Center
Desirae Jeffers is one of the Fenestra Community Coordinators apart of Resident Life and First Year Experience. She will be in located in Morlan Hall for her Weekly Presences that will be fun and stress-free programs for first-year students to stop by and take part of. Along with the team of FCCs, she will be planning and hosting many exciting events and activities throughout the school year on main campus as well as near the freshman dorms. Desirae is from Honolulu, Hawaii and currently a sophomore working on her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting with a minor in Japanese Studies. In her free time, Desirae enjoys going to Disneyland, hanging out with her friends, trying all the restaurants that she can go to, and baking desserts for whoever can eat them.
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Jeff Pai

Fenestra Community Coordinator
Davis Community Center
Hi everyone! My name is Jeff Pai and I grew up in Walnut/Diamond Bar, right here in Southern California! I’m currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Integrated Masters in Accounting and a Minor in Virtual Reality. I’m thrilled to serve as a Fenestra Community Coordinator this year! As an FCC, I help ensure each incoming student gets the most out of their college experience! I help them settle in, enjoy their time at Chapman, and do well in their classes! I’m available to answer questions about their academics, campus resources, clubs, and college life in general! Throughout the school year, I host fun academic and social programs to encourage community connection and student involvement! I became an FCC because I wanted to be a mentor and carry forward all the comforting, knowledgeable, and encouraging help I personally received during my time here at Chapman. I also participate in many clubs on campus clubs including as President of Accounting Society and General Meeting Manager of Taiwanese American Student Association. My biggest advice to incoming students is to get out of your comfort zone, enjoy every moment, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help! University is really the time to develop yourself and meet a bunch of different people; you just have to take the first step! I can’t wait to meet everyone and be a valuable resource throughout the school year!
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Lily Lerner

Fenestra Community Coordinator
Davis Community Center
Hi everyone! My name is Lily and I am a Fenestra Community Coordinator for the 2022-23 school year. A little bit about me: I am a junior Television Writing & Production major with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I love all things comedy and spend a lot of my time doing comedy writing. In my free time I also love reading, doing yoga, going to the beach, and getting coffee with friends. I am so excited to have the opportunity to get to know all of you this year! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have, or even if you just want to geek out on movies, I'm always here to chat.