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Pharmacy Freshman Mentoring List

First Year Pharmacy Student Mentors
This mentor program matches a small group 3-4 first year students with a more experienced pharmacy student.  Your mentorship group will group will meet a couple of times each month to do various activities and get to know each other better. 
The goal of this program is to help provide you with connections to aid in adjusting to academic and social aspects of life in the pharmacy program.
Kickoff event will be Tuesday August 25th from 11-11:45 AM in McIntosh Ballroom.  Please mark that on your calendar! 
Any questions can be directed to Dr. Shields ( in the Dean’s office.


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Hello incoming Polar Bears!  My name is Kenneth Barga, and I am currently a P2.  In addition to my PharmD, I will be getting my Chemistry Minor and Business Administration Minor.  I was born and raised in Burkettsville, Ohio – a small town of 250 people in Northwestern Ohio.  Back home, I was employed by a local meat processing plant and a factory throughout high school and participated in religious, nursing home, and extracurricular programs.  While at Ohio Northern, I have had the privilege of joining pharmacy programs such as National Community Pharmacists Association, Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, Pharmacy Council, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc.  In my spare time, I enjoy watching and playing various sports, although I am good at none of them!  By becoming a Pharmacy Mentor, I look forward to helping all of the new P1s in order to ensure a spectacular first semester!


My name is Nick Bileck. I am a P3 from Pittsburgh, PA. I am involved in several organizations on campus, including Orientation Leaders, Interfraternal Council, APhA-ASP, Phi Mu Delta Fraternity, and ONU Club Lacrosse. I am the oldest child and have two younger sisters. Some of my hobbies include lacrosse, listening to music (especially rock and hip hop), video games, martial arts, and hanging out with my friends. I have many interests including sports (especially lacrosse and hockey), gaming, music, TV shows, and movies.

I decided to study pharmacy because I wanted to help people and solve problems using the fascinating sciences of drug therapy.  The journey to be a pharmacist is not easy, and I want incoming P1s to understand this and help make their transition into college smoother. When I first came here, I felt lost and alone and didn’t really know where to turn. I don’t want future P1s to go what I went through; I want them to know that there is always someone to go to for any kind of help. I want to be that person for them: to be a mentor to guide them and be a friend for them even when they feel they have nowhere else to turn for guidance.


Hello incoming P1’s! My name is Michael Biltz and I am going to be a P2 at Northern this fall. I am from Berlin Heights, Ohio which is a small town located 10 minutes east of Sandusky and Cedar Point.  At Ohio Northern I am actively involved in SNPhA as well as intermural basketball. When I am not studying I enjoy working out in the gym, playing basketball, listening to music (hip hop especially Drake, as well as country), playing video games, and watching Netflix. My freshman year of college at Ohio Northern was definitely a transition for me, and there were several moments where I struggled along the way. My hope is that as a Pharmacy Student Mentor, I can help incoming pharmacy students transition into college be as smooth as possible as well as be a person in which you can turn to for help if needed. Welcome to the Polar Bear family, and I look forward to meeting you next fall!


Hello! My name is Meagan Brandt, and I will be a P3 this coming fall.  I am from New Bremen, Ohio, a small town in west central Ohio.  On campus, I am a member of Kappa Epsilon, a profession pharmacy fraternity, and many pharmacy organizations including ASP, NCPA, and SSHP.  I am also involved in the Ada Friends mentorship program.  Currently, I am a pharmacy intern at an independently owned community pharmacy.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outside, swimming, playing volleyball, vacationing to the beach, being a lifeguard, and watching Grey’s Anatomy.  Welcome to ONU and I look forward to meeting you!!


My name is Paul D’Alessio and I’m going to be a P3 next semester. I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, so I’m a bit of a ways from home, but this summer I moved to Ada and plan on living here until I graduate. I have done very well here at ONU academically (ONU Dean’s List every semester) so I hope I’ll be able to help you all with that aspect of college life as well as the other things that come with being a college student. I would really like to get more involved in things outside of academics however. Currently, I’m in Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and I’ve been a chemistry TA. Next semester I plan on joining more Pharmacy organizations. In my spare time I like to watch movies, draw (ink and graphite), waste my time reading Wiki pages, play video games, exercise, cook, know everything there is to know about Marvel, etc. I hope I can help make your transition to Pharmacy a smooth one!


Hello P1’s my name is Tyler Davis and I am a P3. I am a golfer here at ONU, and I would argue that it is the greatest sport ever. I really enjoy spending my time getting involved whether it be on campus or hanging out with friends. I am one of the College of Pharmacy Representatives serving on Student Senate, an Orientation Leader, and am a brother of Phi Mu Delta. I can’t wait to get this year started right and sharing it with you!


Hi! My name is Maggie Dempster and I am a P2. I am from Akron, Ohio. I am on the swim/dive team at Ohio Northern and have played soccer almost my whole life. I am also a part of Kappa Epsilon, a professional pharmacy sorority here on campus. Outside of school, I am very interested in Interior Design and different kinds of art, and possibly would like to go into psychiatric pharmacy someday. 


Hello! My name is Mackenzie DeVine and I am a P4 from Lebanon, Ohio. I have a Spanish minor and am involved in American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, College of Psychiatric and Neuropathic Pharmacy, Kappa Epsilon, and Student Planning Committee. When I’m not studying, I enjoy listening to records and spending time with friends. My favorite restaurant in Ada is 3 Brothers and my favorite class so far has been Organic Chemistry. Welcome to Ohio Northern!


My name is Amber Etzel. I'm a P4 from Cincinnati, Ohio. I love reading and binge watching Netflix. My favorite movies are The Shawshank Redemption and The Sandlot. On campus, I am involved with Kappa Epsilon (Pharmacy Sorority), Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, and Presidents Club. I was a mentor last year and look forward to being one again!


Hello P1s my name is Scott Gerdes and I am a P2 from Conneaut, Ohio, which is in the most northeastern point of Ohio. On campus I am a member of APhA-ASP, Newman Club, and Habitat for Humanity. In my free time, when I need to relieve stress, I like to play tennis. I actually love winter because one of my favorite things to do is ski. I am also an avid sports fan with my favorite teams being the Browns, Indians, Cavs, and Buckeyes.


My name is Trevor Guisinger and I am a P2 from Kalida, Ohio.  I am currently a member of SSHP, SNPhA, and plan on getting more involved with Habitat for Humanity this following year.  Some of my hobbies include playing sports, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and studying.  The area of pharmacy I am most interested in pursuing is something in clinical pharmacy, like critical care or neonatal which will require me to do residencies.  I was just a P1 last year, so I know exactly how you guys are going to be feeling and I look forward to helping some of you get acquainted to the pharmacy student lifestyle.  


Hannah Gustafson is a fourth year pharmacy major from Belvidere, Illinois. She is actively involved in various organizations on campus including President’s Club, Pharmacy Council, and Student Senate. She serves as president of both Student Planning Committee and Leaders’ Council. Additionally, Hannah is a Senior Resident Assistant in 5UP and enjoys spending time with her residents. When she is not busy with organizations and schoolwork, Hannah likes to hang out with friends and indulge in Buckeye ice cream from Three Brothers Pizza.


          My name is Tyler Hurt and I am a P4 at Ohio Northern University.  Springboro, Ohio, which is a little south of Dayton, is where I call home. I am involved in various pharmacy organizations such as College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists as well as non-pharmacy organizations like Student Senate and Society of Medical Professionals. I have had experience working as an intern at CVS Pharmacy and at The Medicine Shoppe, which is where I currently serve as an intern. Whenever I’m not studying for school, hanging out with my friends, or working at The Medicine Shoppe, I enjoy listening to music and playing guitar. Also, I enjoy restoring classic cars and tinkering with pretty much anything with wheels. On occasion, I also do some fishing and hunting. I am very excited to work with the upcoming freshman class and I look forward to making the transition to Ohio Northern University a fun and welcoming experience!


My name is Katerina Jordan and I will be a P4 this year.  I am from Woodbine Maryland and have a younger brother named Jeff who will be a freshman in college. In the past three years at ONU I have joined multiple organizations and am a part of Presidents Club and Kappa Psi.  I just started working at CVS this past year as an intern and will be doing hospital IPPES this summer. I would like to get into more hospital type pharmacy specifically pediatrics.  My hobbies include: running, photography, listening to music and reading. 


My name is Jess Keller and I am a P4 from Mentor, Ohio. On campus I am involved in Kappa Alpha Theta, Order of Omega, Kappa Epsilon, SSHP, APhA/ASP & intramural volleyball. My favorite class at ONU so far was chemical dependency. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, boating, cheering on Cleveland sports, going to concerts with friends and watching Law & Order SVU marathons.  My future career goal is to become a clinical pediatric pharmacist. I'm looking forward to working with you this coming year and helping you dive into life as a Polar Bear!


Hey P1’s! My name is Logan Kissell and I will be a P2 this fall. I come from a small town about twenty minutes away from Ada called Columbus Grove. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with my friends, and taking trips to Jalapeños. Along with Pharmacy, I am pursuing a minor in Psychology, with a possible concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. My dream job would be working as a pharmacist in a psychiatric hospital. I learned a great deal from my mentor during my first year, and I hope to share with the class of 2021 what she taught me!


Hello! My name is Elizabeth Kramer and I am a P4 here at ONU. I am from Dodge Center, Minnesota, which is a very small town in the southeast part of the state. Minnesota also happens to be very cold, this is why I came to Ohio for school (not really, but it’s a plus). I am very passionate about pharmacy and am actively involved in AphA-ASP, SSHP, and Kappa Psi. I also have been a part of the ONU Women’s Club Volleyball Team, Northern Without Borders (a medical missions group), and Habitat for Humanity. I am currently an inpatient pharmacy intern for The Cleveland Clinic and hope to someday work in a hospital as a clinical pharmacist. In my spare time I enjoy being active. I love playing volleyball, basketball, softball, skiing, almost anything that doesn’t require me to be skilled with my feet. I also have a passion for traveling. I keep a running list of all the places I want to see in my lifetime, and I enjoy taking road trips on the weekends with friends. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you get through your first year of pharmacy school!


Hello, my name is Shannon Leik, and I am from Dayton, Ohio. I am going to be a P2 this coming fall at ONU with a minor in Statistics. At ONU I am involved in CPFI (Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International), the Newman Club, and PAWS (Professional Association of Women in Science). My hobbies include being with my friends, playing board games, binge watching Netflix, tossing the football or a Frisbee, but most of all napping. I love music, especially country but I will listen to almost anything. I am happy to welcome you to our Polar Bear family. Good luck on your freshman year!


Hi my name is Zack Leonatti and I am a P4 from Akron, Ohio.  I am a brother of Kappa Psi, I’m on the ONU baseball team, and am a member of SNPhA and SSHP.  I love sports (especially the Buckeyes and the Steelers), music, quoting movies, travel, and food.


Hey guys! My name is Jacob Lomax and I am a P2 from Hamilton, OH, which is a town just outside the Cincinnati area.   I have a lot of nicknames, but most people either call me Jake or J-Lo.  I am a huge sports fan (avid Red’s fan) and enjoy playing many sports like tennis, volleyball, swimming, baseball, or football.  One of my favorite philanthropies I do is helping out with the Special Olympic sporting events. I am a brother in the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, which is a co-ed professional pharmacy fraternity.  Kappa Psi works hard to advance our profession and gets involved in many activities at ONU and the Ada community.  I am also the public relations executive for the Indian Student Association.  I also have a job as a pharmacy technician at CVS Health and work once a week at the CVS in Lima and on school breaks at the CVS in Hamilton.  In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends, which usually consists of playing Euchre and Super Smash Bro’s or going to eat at Jalapeno’s.   


Hello. My name is Sam Martin. I am a fourth year pharmacy major, among other things. I like to keep an active role in several areas of campus, as my life outside the pharmacy college is very important to me. Beyond my time spent studying and my involvement with NCPA within the pharmacy college, I can be found singing with the choirs, promoting American music with my fraternity, working at the campus radio station, and lifting weights with my bro Jacob. (Side note: We bros. Not brothers.) I am excited to help you adjust to college life in any way I can. Remember: Pharmacy school is only as scary as you perceive it to be!


Hello! I'm John Mostowy, an upcoming P4 (with a completed Spanish minor) from Mason, Ohio. During my first three years of school, I've been involved in Pharmacy Council, Student Senate, and other organizations! Next year, I will also be the captain of the varsity tennis team in addition to serving as a Senior Resident Assistant in Maglott Hall. Whenever I've got some downtime, (or whenever I feel the need), I like listening to music, (anything but country), lifting weights, and spending time with friends either on the basketball court or on the futon playing Super Smash Bros. 


Hi y’all! My name is Kasey Mucher and I am a P2 from Arlington, Texas. I have a different insight into the winter months and moving further from home while transitioning into the college life. I have been swimming for 12 years and currently swim for our Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. I am also part of the Honors College on campus. I am a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Academy of Student Pharmacists, Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International, and Habitat for Humanity. Academically, I am minoring in applied statistics. Looking to the future, I am really interested in drug trial research and/or working in the hospital setting. I really enjoyed P1 year and all the amazing people I met. I would love to share all my insights into surviving pharmacy school and the transition to college!


Hi! My name is Kayla Nagy and I am going to be staring my P2 year this fall. I am from Taylor, Michigan, about ten minutes west of Detroit. At ONU I am involved in SSHP and Kappa Epsilon. I love all things performing arts and spend my free time singing and dancing. I also love reading, cooking/baking, and having a good time with my friends. The area of pharmacy I am most interested in is palliative care/pain management.


Hey Y’all! My name is Niki Patel and I am a second year student from Houston, Texas. At ONU I have joined many organizations such as SSHP and SMP. I will also be the president of Indian Student Association this coming fall. Outside of school I like to sing, dance, and play soccer. Back in Houston I work as a barista at Starbucks as well as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens. I am interested in working as a pediatric pharmacist once I graduate. 


Hello! My name is Leah Philipp, and I will be a P2 this year. I am from Columbus, Ohio. On campus, I am involved in Kappa Epsilon and SSHP. I also danced in the Holiday Spectacular and the Dance Showcase last year. I look forward to participating in them again this year! I enjoy watching movies, dancing, singing, playing card games, going out to eat, and watching football, especially the Buckeyes! I look forward to meeting you all and answering any questions you may have!


Hello!  My name is Celine Raible, and I will be a P3 student this upcoming school year.  I reside in Lorain, Ohio when not living in Ada for classes.  I enjoy playing volleyball, taking walks, and hanging out with my friends and family.  While at ONU, I love taking trips to NOM, participating in SPC and other campus events, and going to social and service events with my Kappa Epsilon sisters.  I really enjoy the closeness of the ONU community and everyone’s willingness to help one another, especially in the College of Pharmacy.  Last year, I had the pleasure of mentoring four P1s, while having fun and learning a lot throughout the process!  As I learned my P1 year, it is very nice to know a few older pharmacy students in order to answer your questions along the way.  I hope to pass along what I learned and my experiences with the pharmacy class of 2021!


Hello! My name is Marisa Rinehart. I am a P2 here at Ohio Northern. I’m from Ohio, a small city up north near Cleveland called Fairview Park. I play club volleyball and softball for the University. I am a big fan of the outdoors and working out. I also love cats and have 3 at home. I am a member of Kappa Epsilon, a pharmacy fraternity at this university. Some other fun facts about me are I cannot go a day without coffee and chocolate. The beach is my favorite place to be in the summer, I collect beach glass. Looking forward to meeting all of you!


My name is Hailee Sautter and I am a P2 from Lexington, Ohio. I am part of the honors program and I am also minoring in Spanish. On campus, I am a member of the ONU swim team, Kappa Epsilon—a professional pharmacy fraternity, and ASP. Outside of school, my interests include swimming, running, hiking, playing volleyball, and listening to music. I also enjoy spending time at the lake, waterskiing and wakeboarding. I am excited to meet the incoming class of freshman and would be happy to answer any questions you may have to help ease the transition from high school to college, it wasn’t too long ago that I was a freshman just like you!


My name is Jena Schlabach and I will be a P3 this upcoming fall! I’m from Dalton, Ohio which is a small town near Wooster. I spend a lot of my time on campus with the different organizations I’m involved in.  The pharmacy organizations that I am actively involved in are the professional pharmacy fraternity Kappa Epsilon, American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). I am also on the club volleyball team, participate in Northern Christian Fellowship, and am involved with Ada Friends. In my free time I enjoy working out, being outdoors, watching movies, crafting or cooking with inspiration from Pinterest, and spending time with my friends. I’m also a diehard Cleveland sports fan! I hope to help make your transition as smooth as possible to ONU and answer any questions you may have!


Hello my name is DJ (Donald Schroeder) and I am going to be a P2. There are a couple things that you should know about me. I am from a suburb of Cincinnati called Sharonville. I am on the rugby team here at Ohio Northern University. Other than sports I am a member of a social fraternity, Theta Chi. I am also part of many pharmacy organizations. The organizations that I am part of are Personalized Medicine Coalition, Student Society of Health System Pharmacy, and College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists. The area of pharmacy that interests me the most is pediatric medicine in a hospital setting.


My name is Katie Seeco and I am a going to be a P2 in the fall. I am from Youngstown, Ohio. At home I enjoy visiting Mill Creek Park and going on hikes. As an ONU student, I am involved with Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and APhA-ASP. When I am not tied up with schoolwork or studying, I enjoy going on runs on the Green Monster, attending football and baseball games, feeding the ducks, and drinking coffee with my friends at NOM. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you adjust to your new life as a Polar Bear!


Hello!! My name is Jessica Shelley and I am a P2.  I am from Canfield, Ohio, which is small rural town about one hour northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I stay busy being involved with the Northern Stars Dance Team, the co-ed pharmacy fraternity Kappa Psi, and SSHP.  I love being active whether hiking, swimming, running, lifting, or playing sports with friends.  You can usually find me in the pharmacy lounge because studying is my top priority.  So, if you need a study buddy, you know where to find me.  I would also be happy to answer any questions you may have about Ohio Northern, and I look forward to meeting you soon! 


Hello! My name is Clay Small and I am a P4 from Fishers, IN. I am on the baseball team at ONU and love to participate in outdoor activities. I am also the New Member Educator for Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity which is a professional pharmacy fraternity on campus. The opportunity to help other students with the adjustment to college and pharmacy school was what really drew me to mentoring. I understand the struggles and concerns all too well and look forward to helping in any way I can.


My name is Brandon Smith.  I am a P2 from Londonderry, Ohio.  I have been volunteered at ACE Day and the food pantry in Ada while at ONU.  I plan on participating in Ada Friends this upcoming year.  I am the oldest of three boys.  Some of my hobbies include basketball, disc golf, listening to music (I like a little bit of everything) and hanging out with friends.  Along with working towards my Pharmacy Degree, I have also picked up a Chemistry minor and a Stats minor.  I have also participated in both intramural basketball and volleyball.  Also, my fellow P1’s won the Pharmacy Week Basketball Tournament.


Hello fellow students, I am a fourth-year pharmacy student (Jacob Soppe) from Lewis Center, OH, and I have a minor in entrepreneurship. Organizations that I am involved in are National Community PharmacistsAssociation, President’s Club, and Residence Life. I am employed by Kroger Pharmacy as an Intern, and some hobbies I enjoy are playing video games, lifting, drumming, and watching Spongebob Squarepants. My future career goals includes owning an independent retail/long-term care specialty pharmacy enable to test potentially better ways to assist patients in managing their medications and personal health.


My name is Carley Strzalka. I will be a P2 this coming year with a minor in Public Health. I also work at CVS as a Pharmacy Technician in my home town.  I am from a small town called Bellefontaine, Ohio which is only about 30 minutes south of Ada. I am the oldest of two with one younger brother. I also have two dogs and three cats. In high school I enjoyed playing volleyball and softball for my school, and travel softball in the summer. I am now on the Club Softball team here at ONU. I am also a part of SSHP, Kappa Epsilon, and Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. I am excited to get to meet the newest members of our pharmacy program!  

Hello!  My name is Caleb VonStein and I am going to be a P4 this fall at Ohio Northern.  I am from Shelby, Ohio, which is near Mansfield and this is halfway between Columbus and Cleveland.  I live at home in the summers where I work at a local pharmacy and also help out on my family’s farm.  Inside the college of pharmacy, I have a vast knowledge of the classes and can help anyone needing assistance.  Outside of the college of pharmacy, I enjoy being outside and being active as a member of the baseball team.  I am the professional meetings coordinator for the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter and I am an alumnus of Phi Delta Chi.  I would be more than glad to help anyone interested in Greek Life and other pharmacy organizations on campus as they are a crucial part of garnering the full college experience.


Hello! I am a P2 from Kalida, Ohio, which is just 30 miles from Ada. I enjoy all sports and I am a huge Cleveland Sports fan. I am currently in two pharmacy groups on campus, SSHP and SNPhA. I am still exploring the different possibilities of pharmacy, but I am drawn to either community/retail or hospital pharmacy. The pediatric side of pharmacy is also very appealing to me. I like to spend time with friends and playing sports in my spare time. I did commute my first year of college, but it did not restrict my involvement at ONU. I look forward to being a mentor and making the transition for new students as smoothly as possible.


Hello! My name is Molly Zimmerman and I am going to be a P3 this fall at ONU. I am from Youngstown, Ohio. I’m involved in APhA-ASP, Honors Program, Pharmacy Council, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, International Polar Pal, CPFI, and Habitat for Humanity. In my free time I like to play intramural volleyball and basketball, bake cookies and feed the ducks.