Staff Bios

Nick Lennon, Director
Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom  
Favorite Quote: 
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
Favorite Movie: 
Good Will Hunting
Favorite Place to Visit: 
Strengths Finder Talents: Empathy, Connectedness, Learner, Developer, and Relato


Lisa Snyder, Associate Director
Favorite Book: Hunger Games, My Sister’s Keeper, Goodnight Moon, and Guess How Much I Love You
Favorite Quote: 
“Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe” when it seems the entire world is shouting “no!” 
Favorite Movie: 
Moana, Coco, and The Greatest Showman 
Favorite Place to Visit: 
the beach
Strengths Finder Talents: Developer, Positivity, Empathy, Relator, and Responsibility


Phil Rippa, Office Manager
Favorite Book: coming soon..
Favorite Quote: 
coming soon..
Favorite Movie: 
coming soon..
Favorite Place to Visit: 
coming soon..
Strengths Finder Talents: coming soon…


Emma Schmelzer, Graduate Assistant|
Favorite Book: The Two Towers (J.R.R. Tolkien), Notes from No Man’s Land (Eula Biss), The Giver (Lois Lowry)
Favorite Quote: “So hope for a great sea-change on the far side of revenge. Believe that a further shore is reachable from here. Believe in miracles and cures and healing wells. Call miracle self-healing: the utter, self-revealing, double-take of feeling.” ~Seamus Heaney
Favorite Movie: Dan in Real Life; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; How to Train Your Dragon
Favorite Place to Visit: any waterside
Strengths Finder Talents: Input, Connectedness, Includer, Strategic, Learner



Al-Batool Ibrahim, Leadership Consultant
Favorite movie: Catch Me If You Can
Favorite book: Perks of Being a Wallflower
Favorite Quote: “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart” -the little prince
Favorite place to visit: Dubai



Gia Ha, Leadership Consultant
Favorite Book: Outliers: 
The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite Quote: 
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight”
Favorite Movie: 
How to Train Your Dragon 
Favorite Place to Visit: 
Seattle, Washington 
Strengths Finder Talents:
Harmony, Developer, Restorative, Discipline, Connectedness



Hannah Licea, Student Office Assistant
Favorite Book:  Fahrenheit 451
Favorite Quote:  Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Favorite Movie:  Mamma Mia
Favorite Place to Visit: Houston, TX
Strengths Finder Talents:  Developer, Achiever, Relator, Belief, Responsibility



Jazyerra Pittman, Leadership Consultant 
Favorite Book:
The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakphour
Favorite Quote: 
Seek Discomfort, you never know how many things you turn down by saying no.
Favorite Movie: 
Strengths Finder Talents: 
Woo, Relator, Input, Context, and Achiever


Menahil Rauf, Student Office Assistant
Favorite Book:  The Great Gatsby
Favorite Quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Movie: Gone Girl, Spirited Away, The Incredibles, Inception
Favorite Place to Visit: Muscat, Oman
Strengths Finder Talents:  1. Restorative 2. Positivity 3. Harmony 4. Empathy 5. Developer




Liwei Xu, Leadership Consultant
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice, The Da Vinci Code, The Odyssey
Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  ~ Winston Churchill
Favorite Movie: Inception; I, Robot; How to train your dragon
Favorite Place to Visit: Europe
Strengths Finder Talents: Focus, Empathy, Deliverer, Responsibility, Harmony