Meet the SOULs

Orientation Student Coordinators

Orientation Student Coordinators, also known as SOUL Advisors/Mentors (SAMs) are former Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders who work year-round with the staff in Orientation and Transition Programs to support the recruitment, selection, training, and mentorship of newly selected SOULs. Orientation Student Coordinators also support orientation programs through introducing sessions and providing customer service for students and families. Expand each section to learn more about the Orientation Student Coordinators.

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Elle Boyle

she/her

Major: Accountancy

Year: Junior

Hometown: Lewis Center, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Chi Omega social sorority
  • Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity
  • Miami Management and Leadership

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Emily Brace

she/her

Major: AYA Integrated English/Language Arts Education

Year: Junior

Hometown: Westerville, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity
  • Admission Tour Guide
  • Education, Health and Society Ambassador

Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs)

Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) are informed, resourceful guides who assist incoming students and their families throughout the fall semester orientation process. During on-campus orientation programs in June, SOULs will promote campus knowledge and community, and mentor members of the class of 2026. Expand each section to learn more about the SOULs.

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Alyssa Aey

she/her

Major: Finance

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Wadsworth, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Miami University Equestrian Team
  • Students with Disabilities Advisory Council

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Olivia Balakos

they/she

Major: Public Administration

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Steubenville, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Bridges Scholars
  • Civic Scholars

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Abby Baumann

she/her

Major: AYA Integrated English Language Arts Education

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Hilliard, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Community Leadership Team
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Paws for a Cause

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Nick Bertrand

he/him

Majors: Kinesiology, Psychology

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Campus Involvement:

  • Honors College
  • Bridges Scholars
  • Miami University Fashion & Design
  • Intern, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

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Zoe Blank

she/her

Majors: Emerging Technology in Business + Design, Data Analytics

Year: Junior

Hometown: Mansfield, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Miami Pep Band
  • Honors College
  • Resident Assistant

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Ashleigh Brelage

she/her

Major: Communication Design

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Muncie, IN

Campus Involvement:

  • College of Creative Arts Ambassador
  • College of Creative Arts Student Advisory Board
  • The Miami Student newspaper

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Oscar Campos Ortiz

he/him

Majors: Nutrition, Kinesiology

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Campus Involvement:

  • Alpha Psi Lambda fraternity
  • Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
  • UNIDOS

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Aaron Chavez

he/they

Major: Middle Childhood Education - Language Arts and Mathematics

Year: Junior

Hometown: Fremont, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Soul2Soul a capella 
  • Education, Health and Society Ambassadors
  • oSTEM@Miami
  • Urban Cohort

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Briana Collins

she/her

Majors: Psychology, Individualized Studies

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: South Webster, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Young Democratic Socialists of America
  • Civic Scholars

Simon DeBruin

Simon DeBruin

he/him

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Junior

Hometown: Bloomingburg, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Men's Glee Club
  • Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
  • Theta Tau engineering fraternity
  • Wilks Institute Fellow
  • Undergraduate research
  • First-year experience undergraduate associate

Jack DeLaet

Jack DeLaet

he/him

Major: Business Economics

Year: Junior

Hometown: Larchmont, NY

Campus Involvement:

  • Beta Theta Pi social fraternity
  • Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity

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Mia Dietz

she/her

Majors: Medical Laboratory Science, Biology

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Marine Biology club
  • Wish Upon a Star
  • Paws for a Cause

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Valerie Do

she/her

Major: Marketing

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Campus Involvement:

  • Asian American Association
  • Pi Sigma Epsilon business fraternity

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Chris Gray

they/them

Major: Social Work

Year: Junior

Hometown: Lucasville, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Phi Alpha Social Work National Honor Society
  • Urban Cohort
  • Education, Health and Society Ambassador
  • Miami Firsts
  • Queer Social Work Lab

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Melissa Melone

she/her

Majors: Zoology, Environmental Science

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

Campus Involvement:

  • Miami Equestrian Team
  • Marine Biology Club
  • Community Leadership Team

Bradley Mraz

Bradley Mraz

he/him

Major: Music Education

Year: Junior

Hometown: Centerville, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Soul2Soul a capella
  • Men's Glee Club

Debra Olabode

Debra Olabode

she/her

Majors: Social Work, International Studies

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • Associated Student Government
  • Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
  • Scholar Leader
  • Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society
  • Urban Cohort

Abby Sokol

Abby Sokol

she/her

Majors: Psychology, Theatre

Year: Junior

Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL

Campus Involvement:

  • Stage Left

Grace Stewart

Grace Stewart

she/her

Major: Sociology

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Ashburn, VA

Campus Involvement:

  • Humanities and Social Science Scholars (HASS)
  • Delight

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Jersie Thomas

they/them

Major: Information Systems

Year: Junior

Hometown: Warren, OH

Campus Involvement:

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Rafaela Torres

she/her

Majors: Strategic Communication, Film Studies

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: La Paz, Bolivia

Campus Involvement:

  • Resident Assistant
  • Summer Scholars Counselor
  • Global Ambassador
  • Newman Center

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Jesse Wheelock

she/her

Major: AYA Integrated English Language Arts Education

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Campus Involvement:

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Striders Running Club