O-Team (Orientation) Leaders

Each first-year seminar also has an upper-class student mentor called an O-Team Leader to work with you as well. This student focuses on your out-of-class experience and connecting you to others and resources across campus. Throughout the summer and during Orientation, your O-Team Leader will be in contact and will be happy to answer your questions.


Monika Artiga-Mora

Hi! My name is Monika Artiga-Mora and I am very excited to be an O-Team Leader! I am a rising senior from Fredericksburg, VA. I am majoring in English. Currently I am the senator for the club, We Who Appreciate Anime (WA^2), but will take over presidency in the fall. I also like to participate as a general member in the Union de Estudiantes Latines (UEL) and The Young Writers Initiative at Hollins (TYWI). In my free time I enjoy taking late-night walks around the campus loop and playing bingo on Monday evenings. I am excited to meet all of you! If you have any questions, please email at artigamorams@hollins.edu.


Mikaela Durch

Hello! My name is Mikaela Durch and I am very excited to get to know you! I am a sophomore considering a creative writing major. I’m from Hilo, Hawai’i, and am usually found buying grapes from the HUB or on the shuttle to go shopping. I am a part of the Hollins Activity Board, specifically the formals committee, and am a member of the Sandusky Service House. I like to watch rom-coms and sci-fi movies as well as listen to music. If you have any questions about Hollins, please feel free to email me at durchm@hollins.edu!


Carol Ennis

Hello! My name is Carol Ennis and I use she/they pronouns. I am a rising junior studio art major, and I am very excited to be an O-Team Leader this year! Currently on campus I live in the specialty house Near East Fine Arts and am president of the Arts Association club.
I am from Raleigh, North Carolina, but love the Virginia mountains. Next spring, I will be studying abroad in Limerick, Ireland, with a focus on studio art classes. I enjoy reading, making art, and being in nature. You can usually find me working in the library or running around the Wetherill Visual Arts Center. I am happy to answer any questions about myself, Hollins, or whatever else you may need. You can email me at ennisac@hollins.edu.


Sara Ficke

Hello everyone! My name is Sara Ficke and I’m from Panama City Beach, Florida. I’m a rising senior majoring in art history. This will be my second year as an O-Team Leader. In the fall, I’ll be returning to Hollins after a semester abroad in Paris, and I can’t wait to see old friends and meet the new students! I am involved on campus as a member of the Hollins Activity Board (HAB), the French House, and the Hollins Student Theatre Association (HSTA). Outside of class, I love to listen to music, spend time with friends, and craft. You can typically find me walking the loop or enjoying the weather on the porch of the French House. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me by email at fickesa@hollins.edu. I can’t wait to welcome you to Hollins!


Jillianne Junio

Hello everyone! My name is Jillianne Junio and I’m from Upstate New York. I’m a rising sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I am part of many organizations around campus and you’ll most likely see me everywhere. I am the 2025 Class President, a member of the POC Subcommittee, and a member of Sandusky Service House. In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, drink Boba, or go on a mini trip somewhere. I also enjoy listening to all kinds of music and learning K-Pop dances. If you just want to chat or if you have any questions, feel free to email me at junioj@hollins.edu. I’m excited to meet you all


Chloe Kimpton

Hello, incoming class of 2026! My name is Chloe Samuel and I am very excited to be your Orientation Team Leader! I am a public health major and a potential economic minor. During my free time, I love to be outside. I do everything from hiking to kayaking and enjoy it all! You usually can find me sitting outside studying in the garden. I also play the cello in the Valley Chamber Orchestra and participate in the public health club. I have also taken riding lessons up at the barn to experience jumping as I come from a western background. I love the Hollins community and I am excited to share it with you! If you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to email me at samuelcj@hollins.edu.


Elizabeth Klein

Hi everyone, my name is Elizabeth Klein and I’m so excited to be one of your O-Team Leaders this year! I’m a rising senior from Wake Forest, North Carolina, double majoring in history and Spanish. My hobbies include cooking, reading, writing, and crafting. When I’m not in class, I can usually be found writing papers in the library, looking for new places to eat in Roanoke, driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or watching movies with my friends. I’m so excited to meet all of you in the fall. Feel free to reach out to me at kleinel@hollins.edu if you have any questions!


Sandipa Lamichhane

Hi, I am Sandipa Lamichhane. I am a rising senior international student from Nepal majoring in public health and double minoring in theatre and data science, and also, looking forward to my Arts Management Certificate. Apart from the work I love traveling, making new friends, and just exploring and learning new things. I am more than delighted to welcome you all to Hollins and I assure you that you all will have so much fun and grab so many opportunities here. I am ready to meet you all and be a part of your college experience already. Please feel free to shoot me an email at lamichhanes@hollins.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk about something. Congratulations and WELCOME my dear Hollie-Collies. <3


Joey Mathis

Hi, everyone! I’m Joey Mathis, a rising senior with double majors in communication studies and Spanish. I’m from Saint Cloud, Florida, so Hollins is a little bit like my home-away-from-home. This year I will be head editor of Hollins’ oldest literary magazine, Cargoes, and I will be involved with Black Student Alliance, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, and living in Near East Fine Arts (NEFA) dorm building. I love listening to music, watching movies, and writing poetry. You can usually find me in the library or the NEFA common room, but I also like to explore the downtown Roanoke area. I spent Spring 2022 studying abroad in Seville, Spain, so this fall we can (re)orient ourselves in Roanoke together! In the meantime, feel free to email me at mathisja@hollins.edu if you have any questions about Hollins or me!


Gray Meyer

Hello everyone! My name is Gray Meyer, and I am one of the O-Team Leaders for the fall of 2022. I am a rising sophomore and am planning on double majoring in history and Spanish. In my free time, I love watching trashy reality TV shows, such as Jersey Shore and Love is Blind, as well as reading on the porch of La Casa Hispánica. I you have any questions about move in, orientation, or anything else feel free to reach out; my email is meyergc@hollins.edu.


Sofia Olivares

Hello everyone! My name is Sofia Olivares and I’m a rising sophomore majoring in classics. I’m from Arlington, Virginia, and I love to spend time with my cat (and my friends). I’m serving as president for La Casa Hispánica and am also a member of our YA Book Club, Model UN, and the Hollins Activity Board. When I’m not drowning in homework, I love to go on drives, shop, try new foods, and explore nature. I love the second home I’ve forged here at Hollins, and I’m ecstatic to help you during your transition to college. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at sosaolivaresss@hollins.edu. I can’t wait to meet you all!


Claire Ross

Hi everyone! My name is Claire Ross, and I’m a rising senior English and political science major on the pre-law track. Outside of being an O-Team Leader, I am the novelty chair for the Hollins Activity Board (HAB) and am a member of HCA. In my free time, I love to watch TV, read in the library or other spots on campus, and go for drives around Roanoke. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at rossce@hollins.edu. I can’t wait to meet all of you and welcome you to Hollins!


Vivian Urda

Hi class of 2026! My name is Vivian Urda and I’m from Metro Detroit, Michigan. I’m a rising junior majoring in international studies with a French minor. I spend most of my time with my friends in the Francophone House or sunbathing with a book somewhere on campus. As someone from a flat lake state, the mountains around campus are my favorite and miss them when I am not in Virginia. I look forward to sharing the Hollins campus and Roanoke Valley with you soon! Feel free to reach out to chat or ask questions through my email: urdav@hollins.edu, or my Instagram: @urda_vi. Best of luck!


Nina Valdisimo

Hello class of 2026! My name is Niña Valdisimo, and I look forward to being one of your O-Team Leaders this year! I am a rising junior majoring in business with a concentration in finance along with a minor in economics. I am from the beautiful island of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Being so far away from home, the Hollins community has truly become a second home to me and I can’t wait to share it with you all. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, watching movies, enjoying good food, and going out for walks around campus. Feel free to reach out to me at valdisimonf@hollins.edu if you have any questions! I am so excited to meet you all and welcome you to campus!


Ambrielle Viney

Hello everyone! My name is Ambrielle Viney, and I am looking forward to being an O-Team Leader in the fall. I’m majoring in business with a minor in French. I’m a rising senior and I’m from Roanoke, Virginia. When I’m not in class, I love to partake in all things crafty, from knitting to embroidery; I love it all. In addition to crafting I enjoy cooking and baking goodies for my friends. I’m so excited to meet all of our new students and introduce you to the Hollins community. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to talk at vineyae@hollins.edu. Welcome to Hollins, and see you in the fall!


Caylin Wigger

Hello class of 2026! My name is Caylin Wigger, and I’m a rising senior English major with a minor in studio art! I’m from Chandler, Indiana, and my pronouns are she/they. Besides being a part of O-Team, I am also a writing tutor in the CLE here on campus. If I’m not running to class, work, or the studio, you can probably find me studying in the library, catching a meal in Moody, watching movies and TV, or taking a well-deserved nap. I also enjoy embroidery, crocheting, writing, and painting. My favorite food is ice cream, and I can never decide between Bruster’s, which is right down the road, or Blue Cow downtown. I look forward to meeting you all, and my email is wiggercm@hollins.edu. Let’s have a great year!


Leah Wilkins

Hi, my name is Leah Wilkins and I am a rising senior political science major with a double minor in social justice and gender and women’s studies. I do many things around campus including being Honor Court chair, a member of POC Support subcommittee, and a dance instructor in the Kpop+ Club. Being from Texas, I am always open to talking about anything or eating some amazing food together. They say everything is bigger in Texas and my personality showcases just that. I am a very energetic and bubbly person who loves to move around on campus and on the dance floor. I am always on my phone, so feel free to reach out to me; I am guaranteed to answer right away. You can usually find me hanging out with friends or taking too many naps in my room. I am so excited to meet y’all this upcoming year! My email is wilkinslf@hollins.edu if you have any questions.