Student Leaders

Updated 8/20/2022

The NSO Leader Team

Group Leaders

Group Leaders will work closely with a group of about 20 new students. Group leaders assist students with their NSO activities by showing them around campus including academic advising, the common reading, sexual health and consent training, and more!  New students are encouraged to ask questions and maintain contact with their Group Leader even after NSO!




Meet the Fall 2022 Team!!!!

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Vaani Aryaki (She/Her)

Group Leader: Rockweed

Hi everyone! My name is Vaani and I am from Delhi, India. I am a senior majoring in Economics. Apart from school, I enjoy being involved in various student-led clubs such as PSN(Pio Support Network) and the ISLC(International Students at Lewis and Clark) board. I also took part in the women’s crew team for one year which was super fun.
My current favorite hobbies include painting, working out, watching exciting TV shows and reading. I am extremely devoted to caffeine and taking long naps. My recent obsession for this summer has been learning more about cryptocurrency and stock trading. If any of the aforementioned things interest you then definitely let me know! It would be a great common ground for us to connect and bond.
I hope to be a useful resource to help you assimilate into this new environment with as much ease and comfort. So please make the best use of it and feel free to ask any question/seek help. I also hope I can be a good friend to you all and continue to extend my support outside of this role. :)

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Christian Saavedra (He/Him)

Group Leader: Christmas Anenome 

I’m Christian and I am a World Languages and Education major here at LC. I’m from Arizona and Fort Collins, CO and am a third year student athlete with the LC rugby team. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome y’all to campus and get to know you this semester and I hope y’all are just as ready as I am to get going!!

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Judith Segovia (She/They) 

Group Leader: Orca

Hi everyone! My name is Judith and I’m happy to be one of your NSO leaders! I’m a rising sophomore and a Hispanic studies major. I’m Mexican and am involved with the Great Expectations Mentorship and I am a Gente Latina Unida Leader. I’m from Houston, Texas, enjoy live music and finding good spots to eat. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have, happy to answer them!

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Maryam Al-Ghezi (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Pacific Gray Whale  

Hey y’all! My name is Maryam and I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry and molecular biology and possibly minoring in French studies. I am originally from Baghdad, Iraq and went to a boarding school in Bosnia and Herzegovina ( UWC Mostar). On campus, I love spending a lot of time with my friends, hanging out at Watzek or the bon. I was the French club president for the past two years so if you got any questions about it, don’t hesitate to ask!!!:)) I also work at the Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center (SQRC) which offers academic help related to any STEM class that you might be taken. I am beyond happy to be a NSO leader this year and can’t wait to meet y’alll very sooon!!!

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Ethan Sanders (He/Him)

Group Leader: Purple Sea Urchin   

Majoring in Rhetoric & Media Studies and Theater. I’m also the team manager for our Women’s Volleyball team, acting in main stage productions, and involved in College Outdoors. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have!

Marta R.

Marta Ružić (She/Her)

Group Leader: Sun Sea Star

Whats poppin’ new students?! I am Marta and my job is to help you feel welcome in this school and to make you love it as much as I do. I am an international student 5,814 miles away from home out here livin’ - singing, dancing, reading, underlining, drawing, calculating, creating, and looking cool while doing it! I am so happy I get to introduce you to this school of ours and all of the opportunities it provides.
If you need me, I will be in the Dovecote sipping on my lil hazelnut lattes defending my choice of major to my friends. You can even find me in the Co-op blasting some grooves and making specialty coffee. I can’t wait to meet you all and tell you about the most niche things at Lewis & Clark, and we can even start a band together, perhaps? No pressure, just bring your wonderful minds and get ready to start living it up here up in Portland. Stay curious! Stay free.


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Kayla Peer (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Pigeon Guillemot   

Hi y’all! I’m Kayla and I’m from a small town on the Southern Oregon coast called Sixes (with a whopping population of under 300 people). I’m a rising sophomore majoring in sociology & anthropology with a very likely gender studies minor. Outside of classes you can almost always bet on finding me around campus with my camera and enjoying the outdoors in any and all forms rain or shine! I absolutely love art (photography holds a very special place in my heart) and finding funky books at thrift stores to collage with is one of my favorite things! I was also a band kid in high school and love nerding out about any and all forms of music (playing or listening) so that’s a really easy way to get me off topic :)


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Emma Krall (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Sand Dollar

Hey friends! My name is Emma, I am a rising sophomore and history major here at LC! I’m from Bozeman, Montana so I love skiing, hiking, and exploring the beautiful places this world has to offer:). On campus, I work at the Watzek Library circulation desk (come say hi!!!) and spend much of my time at the Coop doing homework, writing poetry, and spending time with cool people. I am so stoked to meet the class of 2026, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or just to say hello! .

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Aubrey Roché (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Bottlenose Dolphin 

Aubrey is an incoming senior at Lewis & Clark and is from Beaverton, OR. This is her second year as an NSO leader and she is thrilled to be back! Aubrey is majoring in English and minoring in French Studies, and outside of academics she is a senior editor for The Pioneer Log, LC’s student run newspaper, and she works as a tour guide.

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Peter Smith (He/Him) 

Group Leader: Killdeer

My name is Peter and I am a junior history major. I am originally from Palouse/Pullman Washington. I came to Lewis & Clark College wanting to be an English major, but after taking a few history classes, I quickly realized that I would much rather pursue a history degree. I am active in the jazz program at Lewis & Clark, where I play guitar. I also take jazz guitar lessons with Dan Balmer. In my free time, I enjoy riding my bike to Sellwood, practicing guitar, going on adventures with friends, and trying out new restaurants in Portland. You can usually find me in the upstairs silent section of Watzek Library studying or at the Dovecote getting a coffee.

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Sophia Whyte (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Humpback Whale  

Hi! My name is Sophia, I am a rising junior at L&C. I am a Psychology Major, minoring in Rhetoric and Media Studies. At Lewis & Clark, I enjoy spending time with friends in the library, catching up on people’s lives at the Bon and riding the Pio as far as I can to avoid my schoolwork. If I could describe myself in one word it would be “entertaining”. Excited to meet y’all!

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Juliet Howard (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Sea Otter

Hi new pios! My name is Juliet, I am a sophomore biochemistry major from Chicago, Illinois, and also love to explore and work out, thrift shop, and go to concerts and shows in Portland. I am so excited to meet you all, and make your NSO experience memorable and a great introduction to Lewis & Clark! 


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Katrina Kuzmina (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Sea Lion  

I will be a senior student at Lewis & Clark. I am originally from Moscow, Russia. I also spent a significant part of my life studying in an international high school in Armenia. Now, it’s my fourth year in Portland where I found my new community and sense of home. I love skiing, dancing, knitting, sewing, playing water polo, and literally anything else if I do it with my friends. I am majoring in Rhetoric and Media Studies and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Dance. My favorite aspect about Lewis & Clark is how small and cozy our community is. And I am incredibly excited about the incoming class becoming a part of our Lewis & Clark Community!

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Dylan Blanchard (He/Him) 

Group Leader: Black Oystercatcher 

My name is Dylan. I am a rising junior studying Theatre and English. In my free time, I love to adventure in the wilderness, go on hikes, and explore the natural world. Along with my passion for theater, I absolutely love music. All types — but folk, R&B, and classic rock dominate the genres. I am an avid connoisseur of all things pop culture - Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and any/all comic book media. But, my favorite moments are when I get to know people better, leaning about them, and connecting with them! Looking forward to what this school year holds (as I hope you all are too)!


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Paige Cabral (They/Them) 

Group Leader: Coast Mole

Hi! My name is Paige, I’m a junior this year, I’m from a small town in Northern California, and I’m double majoring in International Affairs and Theater Performance! In my free time I love to go thrifting with friends or get walk the waterfront at Willamette Park but most of the time you can find me on campus studying in Dovecote, playing Frisbee on the Great Lawns (when the weather allows) or somewhere in the Fir Acres Theater. This is my second year as an NSO leader and I’m so excited for another amazing NSO week and semester!

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Alex Wally (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Red Octopus 

Hey Y’all! My name is Alex and I am a senior Psychology major at Lewis & Clark. I am originally from Seattle, Washington. On campus, I am involved in the acapella group Cowboy Breakfast, intramural sports, and I barista at the COOP. I also work as a tour guide and admissions fellow. I love the song “Love Me” by Lil Wayne and will probably play it for you at some point during NSO. I love thrifting and finding new restaurants/bars around Portland. I am studying abroad in London this semester but am so excited to be here for NSO! :)))

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Lizzy Young (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Winged Kelp 

Hello, my name is Lizzy and I’m a sophomore from Davis, CA. I’m so happy that I get to be part of your welcome to LC and can’t wait to meet everyone. I don’t know what I will major in yet, there are so many so-called fields with equal importance in solving today’s greatest transnational issues (I don’t know which to focus on as majoring in all the subjects I’m equally interested in is unrealistic). I am your student government’s Student Resources Committee Chair (SRC) and one of our college’s Asian Student Union leaders (ASU). 


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Abigail Peters (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Tufted Puffin  

Hi guys! My name is Abigail, I’m a senior art history major here at Lewis & Clark, and I’m originally from Walla Walla, Washington! On campus I’m a member of the acapella group Cowboy Breakfast, and off campus I love cycling, baking, art, architecture, and design and I work at a winery which I’m very passionate about. Some fun facts about me are that I’m a Gemini, my favorite foods are pancakes and cereal, and I have a hamster named Parsley.

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Marzi Ghaderi (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Sandpiper

Sometimes it’s Marzi, sometimes it’s marzipan but my actual name is Marzieh and its got roots in the Persian language, my native language. I love arts and crafts, dancing, reading poetry, rollerblading, and cooking (everything aforementioned is ten times better with people, so join when you catch me doing them :p) I am so stoked to share moments with you all and get to know every one of you.

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Hanna Wright (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Rainbow Leaf Seaweed  

Hey! My name is Hanna, I’m a senior Psychology major and Neuroscience minor. I’m from the Los Angeles area, more specifically Montrose for you locals, but I am very happy to be nestled in the pacific northwest! On campus, you’ll probably find me in the Manor House, as I work as an Admissions Fellow (and hey, maybe I helped with your application process!), or wandering around with my film camera and can of yerba mate. This summer and into the fall I will be working on research in the neuro/psychology department, which I’m quite excited about. Outside of school, I love to get out and hike, aimlessly drive in search of dark skies for astrophotography, and further my attempts to find the best chai lattes in Portland (so far, Fairlane is in the lead). I’m stoked to meet you all!

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Gabi Kuglen-Alvarez (She/Her) 

Group Leader : Sea Lemon

I’m a rising junior studying Biology and Earth System Science. I’m from San Diego, CA so I love to be outside whenever it’s sunny, especially to go hiking. My favorite thing to do around Portland is try new coffee shops and walk around the city. Here at LC I’m a part of the Student Philanthropy Council, our club Rugby team, and College Outdoors.

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Beau Staun-List (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Surfgrass 

Hi!! My name is Beau (“Bo”) and I’m a rising sophomore here at LC. I plan on majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in French Studies!! I’m from a town in SoCal called Topanga Canyon and I love cooking, being outside and crafting with friends (lately I’ve been crocheting and knitting)! I’m so excited to be leading you all through orientation!

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Anna Kuronen (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Red Necked Phalarope 

Hi, I’m Anna. I’m a second year psych and pre nursing major. I love yoga, karaoke, and spending time outside in the sun with my friends. I’m obsessed with dogs, but I also think hairless cats are the cutest ever. I live in Duluth, Minnesota but I’m adopted from Colombia. My favorite food is popcorn, but not microwave popcorn. The Emperor’s New Groove is my favorite movie of all time. My favorite spot on campus is the last tier of grass below the reflecting pool.

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Ezra Hart (He/Him) 

Group Leader: Elephant Seal  

Hello! My name is Ezra! I am a sophomore from Corvallis, Oregon. I work in the Office of Student Engagement at LC and will also be chairing Campus Activities Board (CAB) this coming year. I am planning on pursuing a Mathematics and Computer Science Major with a minor in Chinese. I have been lucky enough to work with many of the clubs and groups on campus so if have any questions about them, student life, or just anything in general, don’t be afraid to ask!

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Jade Weihz (She/Her)

Group Leader: Giant Green Anenome 

Hello! My name is Jade. I’m from New Jersey (proudly). I’m majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Middle East and North African studies at LC. In my free time, I am involved in the theater department, am in the fire arts club, and work at the mailroom. My favorite movies are Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Clueless. My spirit animal is the pigeon. I’m a friendly person so if there’s anything you need feel free to reach out!

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Lila Khammash 

Group Leader: Sea Palm   

Hello <3 My name is Lila & I’m a senior International Affairs major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I am Palestinian but I live in Amman, Jordan. This is going to be my third and last year being a New Student Orientation Leader, and I cannot wait to meet all of you! NSO is my favourite time of the year, and I am so excited for you to come to this beautiful campus and slowly (but surely) find your groove here. Trust me, you’re going to love it!

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Abri Boyd (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Feather Boa Kelp  

Hi friends! I am Abri. I’m from Colorado Springs, CO and I am a sociology/anthropology (SOAN) major and a potential French minor. On campus I am involved with choir, garden club, college outdoors, French club, and am one of our admissions fellows. This year will be my third time being an NSO leader and I am STOKED!!!!
Fun facts about me: I play the banjo, I love rivers, thrifting, and going to get coffee or tea. I have been collecting beads for a few years/love making jewelry.
Looking forward to chatting with you all! Please don’t hesitate to ask questions about LC or just reach out to me if you want to get to know more about me and my LC experience.

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Julia Einaudi (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Bull Kelp  

Hello! My name is Julia and I am a sophomore environmental studies major at LC. I love listening to music, making art, and spending time with my friends. I joined the LC student government my freshman year, and will be the co-chair of the ASB Health & Wellness committee this fall. I am so excited to come back to Portland in August and meet everyone!!

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Sage Quandt-Deto (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Moon Jellyfish  

Hi all! My name is Sage and I am from Santa Cruz, CA. I am a psychology major and a senior this year. I am currently on the track team and I enjoy going on hikes, going to the beach and traveling!

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Leah Huffington (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Ochre Sea Star  

Hiya, everyone! My name is Leah and I’m ecstatic to be part of the NSO team for Lewis & Clark College. I am a Sophomore from Long Beach, California who is majoring in Economics and double minoring in Hispanic Studies and SOAN. Outside of academics, I am an active member of Poetry Club, Gente Latina Unida, and the acapella group Nocturne. Additionally, I am involved with the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME), and I work for the Center for Social Change and Community Involvement (CSCCI) as a student leader.

During the weekends, you can usually find me browsing Powells in downtown Portland, hanging out in Tea Chai Te, or exploring local parks and forests. I’m a sucker for that book and tea vibe, even though my aesthetic is “Muppetcore” (I’d google it if I were you). My hobbies include dancing, sketching, reading, anime-ing, creative writing, hiking, and taking buzzfeed quizzes to discover what kind of potato I am.

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Alix Abrahams (She/Her) 

Group Leader: Brandt’s Cormorant  

Hello! I am a sophomore BCMB (biochemistry and molecular biology) major from Berkeley, CA. Aside from academics, I play on Artemis, the women’s ultimate frisbee team, which I will be recruiting for so watch out. On campus when not studying you can usually find me on the Howard steps thirsting for any sunlight that peeks out, or the academic quad throwing a disc. I also like to garden, bike, read, mosh, and just hang out and appreciate my time with the people around me.

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Zoë Smith (They/She) 

Group Leader: Helmet Crab  

Hi! I’m Zoë and I’m a sophomore at Lewis and Clark studying psychology and gender studies. In my free time I love to read, hang out with my friends, and foster kittens. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and having a fun NSO!

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Grace Marchant (She/Her)

Group Leader: Studded Sea Balloon 

Hi! I’m Grace. I’m planning on majoring in either English or Philosophy and I want to be a writer or a teacher. In my free time, I enjoy music, writing, and studying astrology!

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George Steene (He/Him) 

Group Leader: Brown Pelican 

Hello, y’all! My name is George and I am a sophomore from Springfield, Virginia. I plan to double-major in Hispanic Studies and Environmental Studies and have enjoyed taking many amazing courses and meeting all sorts of wonderful people at LC. I am here at LC as a member of the first Posse cohort, and I am looking forward to continuing to grow the Posse program and community on campus.

I love going for walks and hikes around Tryon and the city, getting sushi or Thai tea with friends, and exploring the Portland area by foot, bus, and train. On campus, I love to catch the occasional rays of the sun which Portland gets by taking a picnic blanket to Scampus and watching the sunset while reading or listening to music (some of my favorites include The Cranberries, Selena Quintanilla, and The Chicks).

I am super excited to meet the class of ’26 this August and hope that y’all are equally excited to start this next chapter of your lives on Palatine Hill :)

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Sophia Fileto-Villanueva (She/Her)

Group Leader: Pickleweed 

Hello all! My name is Sophia and I am a second year student at L&C. I am a Classical Civilizations major and the next Vice President of our student government, the Associated Student Body. I am also involved with the Feminist Student Union and Gente Latina Unida! Super excited to see what the new school year brings!


Management Team

Management Team Leaders will work more behind-the-scenes in order to prepare all the details of NSO.  These student leaders are super organized and enthusiastic. When orientation begins, the Management Team will act as the support structure for orientation events, attending to all needs that may arise and serve as friendly, helpful faces for parents and new students.



 Meet the Fall 2022 Team!!!!

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Jacques Parker (He/Him) 

Management Team 

Hi :) my name is Jacques. I am a senior history and religious studies double major, and I am a Management Leader for NSO this year!

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Lux Blazek (Any Pronouns) 

Management Team

Hi! My name is Lux and I am a Sophomore at Lewis & Clark. I’m from Denver, Colorado and I’ll be majoring in psychology and art history. I love all things in the arts including music, film, and literature. I like all kinds of music but some of my favorite artists include Machine Girl, Slowdive, The Garden, and Fiona Apple. Around campus, I like to get involved with our theater productions, our music department, and all of the wonderful community spaces LC has to offer. I’m so happy you’re joining us this year at Lewis & Clark and I can’t wait to see you around campus!


Egly Amador Fuentes (She/Her)

Hi my name is Egly and I am a Sophomore. I am majoring in Political Science and History. I am a first generation college student, who was born in Cuba and moved to the United States when I was 5. I have lived in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 years and know a lot of spots in town. On campus you can usually find me in Watzek or the dovecote doing homework. I would love to get to know each and everyone one of you.