St. Bonaventure University

Orientation Leaders

The Orientation Team is here to help you learn what it means to be a Bonnie — before, during, and after the summer orientation program. You’ll get to learn more at your orientation session, but here’s a quick look at the O Team and what they love about St. Bonaventure. We can’t wait to see you in July!

Orientation Coordinators

Ryan Surmay cropRyan Surmay, '24
Cranford, NJ

Major: Strategic Communication
Fun fact: I am a huge Jets fan.
Favorite SBU Experience: Coming in first place in the Spring Weekend kickball tournament


Meg Hartsell cropMegan Hartsell, '24
Ellicottville, NY

Major: Health Science
Fun Fact: I can ski backwards. 
Favorite SBU experience: Visiting my best friend, who I met at SBU, in Portland


Graduate Assistant

Zanre Oberholzer cropZanre Oberholzer, '22
Windhoek, Namibia

Major: Public Health (master's)
Fun fact: I am from Africa.
Favorite SBU Experience: Meeting lifelong friends at Candlelight



Parent Leaders

Molly Gipson cropMolly Gipson, '26
Toronto, Canada

Major: Biology
Fun fact: I'm on the cross country and track teams.
Favorite SBU Experience: Preseason camp week   


James Birney cropJames Birney, '23
Waverly, NY

Major: Political Science
Fun fact: I met Kobe Bryant as a kid and didn't know who he was.
Favorite SBU Experience: Going to Junior Prom



Orientation Leaders

Maddie Gilbert cropMaddie Gilbert, '24
Ringwood, NJ

Major: Inclusive Childhood Education
Fun fact: I have a hamster named Feta.
Favorite SBU Experience: Meeting up with my parents in NYC to watch the Bonnies play in the A10 tournament
Ang LaGrou cropAng LaGrou, '24
Marilla, NY

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Fun fact: I love going camping.
Favorite SBU Experience: Spring Weekend kickball

Noush Chilakala cropAnoushka Chilakala, '23
Portland, OR

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Fun fact: I have an elf ear.
Favorite SBU Experience: Moving into a townhouse with my best friend
Keyara Wingate cropKeke Wingate, '25
Henrietta, NY

Major: Psychology
Fun fact: I am a black belt in tae kwon do.
Favorite SBU Experience: Hanging out at the pavilion with my friends

Carter Black cropCarter Black, '25
Rochester, NY

Major: Adolescence Education and Spanish
Fun fact: I can cross one eye.
Favorite SBU Experience: Doing a halftime pushup contest at a basketball game
Hayden Watt cropHayden Watt, '26
Brockport, NY

Major: Sports Management
Fun fact: I went to Vietnam in May.
Favorite SBU Experience: Placing third in Spring Weekend kickball

Cal Reddington crop 2Cal Reddington, '26
Rochester, NY

Major: Strategic Communication
Fun fact: I love to sail.
Favorite SBU Experience: Going to the whiteout game against Dayton
Ben Vitale cropBen Vitale, '26
Rochester, NY

Major: Public Health
Fun fact: My favorite movie is "The Dark Knight."
Favorite SBU Experience: Going to regionals for club soccer 

Mary Trost cropMary Trost, '26
Rochester, NY

Major: Marketing
Fun fact: I am a twin.
Favorite SBU Experience: Going to track meets with my team
Molly Edgington cropMolly Edgington, '26
Glastonbury, CT

Major: Early Childhood Education
Fun fact: I am the biggest 49ers fan you will ever meet.
Favorite SBU Experience: Club softball games