Orientation Leaders

The 2020 Orientation Leader Team

Who are Orientation Leaders?

San Francisco State University's Orientation Leaders (OLs) are student staff who assist with the implementation of SF State's New Student Orientation Program. OLs are well-respected, academically balanced leaders on campus. OLs are chosen based on their current and potential academic, interpersonal and leadership qualities. The Orientation Leader team is selected in the spring and participates in the following summer orientation sessions.

 

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Vanessa Martin (she/her/hers)

Peer Director

Vacaville, CA

Rising 4th Year

Hello, my name is Vanessa! I am a fourth-year student (graduating this Spring 2020) and majoring in Kinesiology. My dream career is to become a dentist, so I will be applying to dental school after I obtain my post-baccalaureate at Cal State East Bay starting this Fall. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, playing with my two dogs, and taking road trips with them. I also enjoy trying new coffee shops with friends, especially around San Francisco. A few fun facts about me is I've been playing the clarinet since 5th grade. I know how to Irish dance, and I am the only person in my family who can wiggle their ears!

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James Perocho (he/him/his)

Peer Director

South San Francisco, CA

Rising 4th Year

Hello Gators! My name is James Perocho. Some of my hobbies include singing, cooking, and spending time with my close friends. Fun fact: I love to make people laugh, so don't be surprised if I say a couple jokes here and there!

 

 

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Ace Gimenez (he/him/his)

Team Leader

Davis, CA

Rising 3rd Year

I am in avid pursuit of being a bodybuilder and optimizing my personal goal of fitness and healthy lifestyle. In order to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, nutrition is equally important as the gym! I love simple dishes like turkey over basmati rice. A fun fact about me is that I am trying to double major in Kinesiology & Dietetics! A hidden talent that I possess is that I am a great character impersonator. . . I think, lol!

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Alina Swain (she/her/hers)

Team Leader

San Diego, CA

Rising 3rd Year

Hi, my name is Alina! I am a Residential Assistant (RA) in the dorms on campus and I love getting to know new students. I enjoy listening to music while I shower and eating sushi, and I wish there was some way I could do both at the same time!

 

 

 

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Damien Beltran (he/him/his)

Team Leader

San Diego, CA

Rising 3rd Year

Hey everyone! My name is Damien Beltran and I am about to be a third-year student, majoring in Business in Finance. I use He/Him/His pronouns and I come from San Diego California. I am also a Residential Assistant here on campus at SFSU. As far as my hobbies go, I love to exercise and skate. A fun fact about me is that I love buying shoes and clothes. It is where a majority of my money goes but to each their own :)

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Kathynhu Nguyen (she/her/hers)

Team Leader

Garden Grove, CA

Rising 3rd Year

Hello! My name is Kathynhu Nguyen. I also go by Kathy as well! I am an English Literature major with a minor in Asian American Studies. One of my favorite things to do is going to watch the sunrise/sunset. I find it to be very therapeutic. I believe self-care is important because it allows you to reset and have time for yourself.

Max DeNembo (he/him/his)

Team Leader

Orange County, CA

Rising 4th Year

My name is Max DeNembo and I love art,and exploring the city. Cereal is a great breakfast and all, but have y’all ever thought of having boba instead? Game changer.

Wayne Kue (he/him/his)

Team Leader

Fresno, CA

Rising 3rd Year

Hi there, my name is Wayne and I am a libra. I like to spend all my money on food and then wonder what happened to my checkings. I enjoy listening to other people talk and could carry a conversation for a long time. I enjoy being a Gator because the environment allows me to explore my own identity while getting my degree in higher education.

 

 

 

Interested in Becoming An Orientation Leader? 

Orientation Leaders are essential for the success of the Summer Orientation program and new student transition. Orientation is the process of engaging, informing, and assisting all new students and their guests (parents, family, friends, and other supporting figures) through the essential transition to a successful college experience. SFSU Orientation Leaders aid the facilitation of this process by providing new students, parents, and guests with an engaging introduction to campus and all its resources.

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Orientation Leaders: 25-40 spots available annually!

Any questions can be directed to New Student Programs at nsp@sfsu.edu