Student Ambassadors

All Student Ambassadors

Champlain's Student Ambassadors are a diverse group of students from states across the U.S., including Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Virginia, as well as other countries, including Mexico and Palestine.

All of us are very involved in both the Champlain and Burlington communities. We participate in different activities on campus like the Dance Team, Champlain Theatre, Rugby, Improv, and the Ski and Ride club. And, we all have various other jobs on campus, including being Resident Assistants, Peer Advisors and Orientation Leaders. We've also had internships with companies in Burlington and around the country, including Fuse Marketing, Keurig Green Mountain, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, General Dynamics and IGN.

Because all of us are sophomores, juniors and seniors at Champlain, we can answer any questions you might have about living on campus, academics, Burlington or anything else regarding life as a student at Champlain. We'd love to take you on a tour of our beautiful campus and show you what makes Champlain different.

If you aren't able to visit campus, or if you are and come up with questions afterward or beforehand, feel free to email us at studentambassador@champlain.edu and one of us will be sure to get back to you right away!

To schedule a Campus Visit click here.

Meet the Ambassadors

BethBeth Abbott

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: The Skinny Pancake by the waterfront
Favorite place at Champlain: The patio outside Fireside Lounge
Favorite thing to do in Vermont:  Skiing
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Giving tours on Open Houses
Fun Fact: I can count to ten in Japanese

Everett Everett Ackerman

Major: Marketing
Hometown: Schenectady, NY
Favorite Place in Burlington: Perkins Pier
Favorite Place at Champlain: Back porch of Hill Hall
Favorite Thing to do in Vermont: Run and exercise in this amazing city
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: The people we work with are so energetic and awesome; we have a great time and love being SA's
Fun Fact: I ran a marathon this summer

LisaLisa Ashley

Major: Business Administration
Minor: Accounting
Specialization: Human Resources
Hometown: Essex, VT
Favorite place in Burlington: Breakwater Cafe down by the waterfront
Favorite place at Champlain: The giant beanbags in the lobby of the Ireland building
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Boating on Lake Champlain
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: The amazing people that I get to work with and meet
Fun Fact: I did a roundoff back handspring on the top of a mountain

LiamLiam Callaghan

Major: Computer Networking and Information Security
Specialization: Cybersecurity
Hometown: Pittsfield, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: New World Tortilla
Favorite place at Champlain: The new Res-Tri quad
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Exploring the state
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Meeting new people and bragging about my school
Fun Fact: I can do a Rubik's cube in under a minute

KarisaKarisa Desjardins

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Ware, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: City Hall Park on a sunny day
Favorite place at Champlain: Schillhammer Hall
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Snowmobiling
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: The amazing people you have the ability to work with and meet on a daily basis
Fun Fact: In high school, I was in a cover band that won first place in a Battle of the Bands

AllieAllie Hanson

Major: Marketing
Specialization: Advertising
Hometown: Nashua, NH
Favorite place in Burlington: Church Street
Favorite place at Champlain: Library
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Going snowboarding at Sugarbush 
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Getting to show my enthusiasm about Champlain
Fun Fact: In high school, I was a cheerleader and threw javelin

RheaRhea Hayes

Major: Communications
Hometown: Lyons, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Church Street
Favorite place at Champlain: The new quad in the Res-Tri project
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Explore new places to shop, eat and adventure
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Learning how to walk backwards... oh and being a member of one of the coolest teams ever
Fun Fact: I wore a dress made entirely out of duct tape to my junior prom in high school, and my senior year I went with a dress covered in LED lights

JakeJake Keohan

Major: Marketing
Specialization: Advertising
Hometown: Sagamore Beach, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: Earth Prime Comics
Favorite place at Champlain: Alumni Auditorium
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Snowboard in the winter and swim in the summer
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Meeting people from all over
Fun fact: I am a twin

MollieMollie Kerns

Major: International Business
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Broad Run, VA
Favorite place in Burlington: The pier by the lighthouse
Favorite place at Champlain: Fireside Lounge
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Walking along the waterfront.
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Being able to brag about my school to prospective students
Fun fact: I gave up a softball scholarship to transfer to Champlain

CalebCaleb King

Major: Management & Innovation
Hometown: Sheffield, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: Taking a walk around downtown
Favorite place at Champlain: Meditating on the Champlain sign on Main and Willard
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Enjoying the cold
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Being able to affect and positively influence the lives of others
Fun fact:I have biked over 1,000 miles during my two summer breaks (combined) from Champlain

MelissaMelissa Leimbach

Major: Creative Media
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Favorite place in Burlington: The waterfront
Favorite place at Champlain: The Perry Barn
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Taking long drives through the Vermont countryside with the windows down
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: The energy and passion for Champlain that radiates from all of my fellow SAs (also, snacks)
Fun fact: I have flown an airplane

JulianJulian Lopez

Double-Major: International Business and Finance
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Favorite place in Burlington: The swinging seats in front of the lake
Favorite place at Champlain: Any of the Victorian-era mansions that were turned into residence halls
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Bike for hours around Lake Champlain
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Meeting new families and connecting their stories to their possible future at Champlain College
Fun fact: I can speak English and Spanish fluently, and Mandarin Chinese semi-fluently

Caitlin LCaitlin Ludke

Major: Psychology
Minor: Communications
Hometown: Nahant, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: Crow Bookshop
Favorite place at Champlain: IDX Center
Favorite thing to do in Vermont:Look at distant mountains
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Meeting new people
Fun fact: I ate my first sandwich during my first year at Champlain

MattMatt Lyon

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Brownington, VT
Favorite place in Burlington: Halvorsons, really classy food for a decent price 
Favorite place at Champlain: Student Ambassador office
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Helping students and families make the tough decisions regarding college
Fun Fact: I am a Tae Kwon Do black belt; I have been studying the martial art for over 11 years

MaddyMaddy McLean

Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Longmeadow, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: The farmers market
Favorite place at Champlain: The beanbags in the Ireland building
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Go on day trips with friends
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Getting to know so many new, interesting people
Fun Fact: I traveled cross-country in an RV and read a new novel each time I entered a new state

MaggieMaggie McNamara

Major: Environmental Policy
Minor: Global Studies
Hometown: Johnstown, PA 
Favorite place in Burlington: North Beach
Favorite place at Champlain: Lost in the lower stacks section of the Miller Information Commons
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Connect with the weirdness and seek out amazing coincidences
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: The community / teamwork
Fun Fact: I can't deal with cheese that is less solid than mozzarella, and opaque sauces kinda freak me out too

JoshJosh Miller

Major: Management of Creative Media
Specialization: Game Production
Hometown: Lewiston, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Banana Republic
Favorite place at Champlain: Aiken Hall
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Hang out with my friends —doesn't matter where or what
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Out of all the schools I applied to, Champlain College is the only school that accepted me. Champlain wasn't my first choice but it was the only one that gave me a chance when I didn't have the best transcript, and now I can't imagine being anywhere else in the world.

JonJon Lyga

Major: Management & Innovation
Minor: Accounting
Hometown: Cazenovia, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: Redrocks Park
Favorite place at Champlain: The new amphitheater
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Snowboard, long board, bike, hike, and being outdoors
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Giving tours and getting to brag about my school
Fun Fact: I won a staring contest that lasted 13 minutes

CaitlinCaitlin Mundy

Major: Social Work
Hometown: Milford, CT
Favorite place in Burlington: Oakledge waterfront
Favorite place at Champlain: Vista room on the 3rd floor of the library
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Skiing at Sugarbush Resort
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: When you tour students who end up coming to Champlain
Fun Fact: I went to Nepal with the Center for Service for two and a half weeks last May

EmmaleeEmmalee Osborne

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Northfield, VT
Favorite place in Burlington: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Favorite place at Champlain: Anywhere, as long as I'm surrounded by good company. That's the beauty of Champlain, you are always surrounded by good company.
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Running through the woods, especially during Fall
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: The spontaneity of the job. I look forward to meeting new people, facing new events, and learning from these experiences. It is never boring.
Fun Fact: I ran 10 miles under 2 hours

SamSam Pollock

Major: Broadcast and Streaming Media
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Orange, CT
Favorite Place in Burlington: The Other Place
Favorite Place at Champlain: Perry Hall Balcony
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Mountain biking
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Having an impact on what Champlain can become in the future
Fun Fact: I was able to travel to Cuba during Spring Break in 2014 with 12 other students in the Human Rights section of Core for seven days

EmilyEmily Rice

Major: Management & Innovation
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
Favorite place in Burlington: Dobra Tea
Favorite place at Champlain: The outdoor terrace by Fireside Lounge
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Enjoy the beautiful view around me
Best thing about being an SA: I get to talk about my passion for Champlain everyday! Nothing beats that.
Fun Fact: I get hiccups every time I eat soft pretzels without a drink

MeghanMeghan Richards

Major: Marketing
Minor: Public Relations
Hometown: Milton, VT
Favorite place in Burlington: Oakledge Park
Favorite place at Champlain: The view from the library
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Boating on Lake Champlain
Best thing about being an SA: Meeting so many great people and building relationships with them
Fun Fact: I do not have wisdom teeth. My dentists says that I'm "genetically advanced."

DanDan Salerno

Major: Graphic Design & Digital Media
Hometown: Oradell, NJ
Favorite place in Burlington: City Hall Park on Saturday mornings for the Farmers Market
Favorite place at Champlain: The Barn
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Going hiking
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Seeing prospective students I met last year
Fun Fact: I try to never match my socks — keeps life interesting

PaigePaige Schmittlein

Major: Management of Creative Media
Specialization: Publishing
Hometown: Easthampton, MA
Favorite place in Burlington: Church Street Marketplace
Favorite place at Champlain: Perry Hall
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Attend shows at the Flynn Theatre
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: The amazing people you have the ability to work with and meet on a daily basis
Fun Fact: My first year of high school, I won a contest and was flown across the country to Hollywood to meet the Jonas Brothers

PaigeMegan Sullivan

Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Favorite place in Burlington: The Red Onion
Favorite place at Champlain: Halfway Cafe
Favorite thing to do in Vermont: Go to concerts at Higher Ground
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Showing prospective students the true passion and determination students have at Champlain
Fun Fact: I've been to Disney World fifteen times so far in my life

JulienJulien Tremblay

Major: Communications
Focus: Audio Production
Hometown: St. Albans, VT
Favorite Place in Burlington: Higher Ground
Favorite Place at Champlain: Student life center/IDX
Favorite thing do in Vermont: Go to Stowe in the fall/winter and to go to the waterfront
Best thing about being a Student Ambassador: Being able to share the experience that I've had at Champlain with prospective students and hope they can have the same college opportunities
Fun Fact: I speak fluent French and am the only American citizen in my family