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Maggie Anglehart is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in creative arts. She is originally from Binghamton, NY. After her parents divorced when Maggie was four years old, her time was evenly divided between both households. She is an only child, but later had step-sisters after both her parents remarried.
Taylor Barnes is a sophomore majoring in management and earning a minor in health care administration. She is originally from Delmar, New York, only fifteen minutes from Siena, and therefore able to remain close to her family while in college. Several members of her family attended private Catholic high schools, as Taylor did, and where her parents first met each other. She is also active in the women’s center on campus and passionate about empowering women and children globally through education. She will be going to the Dominican Republic in February to teach English with a program sponsored by the women’s center.
Deanna Boden is a psychology major currently in her senior year. She grew up on Long Island, New York, close to the large, diverse NYC, yet still in the context of a suburban life. On her father’s side, her grandfather was Irish and her grandmother was Lebanese and Syrian. Her mother is Sicilian and was able to put herself through college for an accounting degree, which resulted in many great job opportunities in Manhattan. Because of this, later on, Deanna’s father stayed at home with the children, an uncommon role in the 1990s. Later, her mother stayed home with the children, but her parents eventually divorced. Deanna was interested in joining the military before college, but after discussing options with her mother, decided to first attend college.
Elizabeth Brady is a twenty-one year senior majoring in marketing. She grew up in Tarrytown, NY, outside of NYC and her ethnicity is of Catholic, Irish and German descent. Her family hosts a reunion each year in the Adirondacks, where extended family from across the country gather, including her six older cousins, two of whom are adopted. Elizabeth grew up playing sports, including softball, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse.
Maggie Fletcher is a psychology major and a health studies minor in her senior year of college. She intends to earn a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy after her BA graduation. She is on the women’s swimming and diving team, a sport in which she has participated most of her life. Maggie has eight members of her immediate family: five biological and three adopted siblings. Her parents became foster parents for ten years and took in children in their town of Syracuse. Several of her adopted siblings are also special needs children, which has bonded her family and been a learning experience.
Luke Gallo is a senior majoring in marketing and a member of the rugby team. Luke grew up playing sports, including golf, skiing, and even surfing. Luke grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, less than an hour outside of New York City. His father is a software engineer and co-founded a company in the field. His father’s side of the family is also Italian, as his great-grandfather was an immigrant to the US from Italy.
Brittney Geracitano is a psychology major in her senior year at Siena. She is from a small town called Castleton, in Schodack, New York, not far from Loudonville, and therefore is a commuter student. Brittney has a fraternal twin sister who is currently a student at SUNY Purchase. As a child, her father stayed home to take care of Brittney and her sister, while her mother worked, which reversed later on as she and her sister were older. Her mother’s side of the family migrated to the US from Germany in the 1940s, and had a family bakery in Queens, NY.
Ryan Grande is a graduating senior majoring in marketing. He grew up in Bridgewater, MA, outside of Boston. His mother takes care of the family while his father is the head of sales at a healthcare company. Both his grandparents immigrated to the US from Southern Italy, and his Italian heritage is a big part of family life. This led to Ryan studying abroad in Siena, Italy, where he was able to gain insight into being an American abroad. His father was the youngest of ten children, while his mother is the oldest of six children and even with such a large family, essentially everyone attended college.
Sara Haddon is a senior majoring in political science and earning a certificate in pre-law. Sara grew up on a farm in West Glenville, New York, and when a senior in high school, she moved to Burnt Hills, NY. Her mom’s parents were Polish and Italian and they lived on a small dairy farm in Glenville. Sara is the youngest of four children and her parents are still married. Sara spent summers at her aunt’s goat farm, where she had many good childhood experiences. Her parents did not graduate college, her siblings earned AA degrees and Sara is the first in her family to attend a private school and earn a BA degree. She would like to work in healthcare administration and eventually have a small rescue farm, like the one on which she was raised.
Meghan Hodson is a senior biology and Spanish major. She was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and her family has a long history in the area, spanning back to her grandparents, who migrated from Ireland as teenagers. She has two sisters, and all of the children attend liberal arts colleges. Her parents raised the family as Catholic, and her father is now in formation to deacon a deacon of his church, affecting his post-retirement life. She recently completed a volunteer trip to Kolkata, India where she worked in an orphanage for six weeks.
Emily Hovey is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in educational studies. She intends on getting her Masters degree in school counseling after graduating from Siena. She was born and raised in Newburgh, NY and spends most summers at Canadarago Lake, in Richfield Springs, NY, where she and her family enjoy water sports such as water skiing and wakeboarding. This has lead her to her place on the swimming and diving team at Siena. Her father has been a police officer for 39 hears and became Chief of Police in her hometown. Her mother is 100% Irish and was one of ten children, which means Emily has 26 first cousins on her mother’s side of the family.
Bobbi-Lin Kalama is a senior marketing major and a member of the women’s volleyball team. She is born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, the second largest Hawaiian island with 729 square miles. Her parents have been married for 27 years and she has an older brother and a sister, all of whom graduated high school, but Bobbi-Lin is the one to attend college out of her siblings. Both sides of her family are from Hawaii and they all come together during their large annual family reunion. In Hawaii, people are close knit, and “everyone is family.” Bobbi-Lin grew up with many people around her whom she considered aunties, uncles, and cousins, whether they were biologically related or not. She attended the Kamehameha Schools, where students were able to study Hawaiian language, history, and genealogy.
Kalehua Katagiri is in her senior year majoring in psychology and also a member of the volleyball team. After her BA, she plans to earn a doctorate in physical therapy. Kalehua grew up in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where a large percentage of the population is mixed race. Kalehua has ethnic roots that include Hawaiian, English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Polish. She comes from a family of six people, but her extended family, including many who are not blood related, make her family even larger. Her siblings also are into sports. She attended the Kamehameha Kapalama High School, which was founded by Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop to educate children about Native Hawaiian ancestry.
Colleen McDonough is a major in actuarial science in her senior year. She is originally from Staten Island, New York and of Irish-American ancestry. Her parent’s grandparents were Irish Catholic immigrants. Colleen’s mother had a swimming career and therefore she enrolled her daughters into the swim team. Colleen and her sister Maureen both were active on their swim teams in college; Colleen is currently co-captain of the women’s swimming and diving team.
Brendan Montagne is a commuter student and senior majoring in economics. He grew up in Loudonville, where Siena is located, and thus the reason for an easy commute to school. Both of his parents are college graduates and his grandfather fought for the French Army in WWII. His grandparents and parents arranged their family in the breadwinner-homemaker family model, in which Brendan was raised with three siblings.
Brandy Mutsheler is a senior transfer majoring in psychology with a minor in health studies. Her hometown is Wappinger’s Falls, NY, where she completed her first hear at Dutchess Community College very close to her home. Last year she was able to study abroad in Greece, where she was able to explore different cities, but also see the hardships of the Greek economy as well as the refugee crisis. Her family heritage includes: Polish, Czechoslovakian, German, and Sicilian.
Andrea Pereira is a senior earning a major in marketing and double minor in entrepreneurship and writing and communication. She is a member of the women’s soccer team and a tutor. Last school year she was able to study abroad in London and travel to ten European countries. Her mom is a elementary school teacher while her father works for a bank on Wall Street. Her family heritage is mostly Italian, with some Portuguese and Spanish. Everyone in her immediately family has attended college.
Alyssa Prendergast is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in educational studies. She is on the women’s club soccer team and has also been involved with other sports, which was an important part of her family life growing up. She was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Her father’s family is from Ireland and is 100% Irish while her mother’s family is 100% Italian, from Naples and Sicily. Her father has been a police officer for 21 years and while Alyssa was growing up, her mother stayed at home for thirteen years, and later, began work at a church.
Shantraie Rodriguez is a senior majoring in creative arts, and also earning two minors in business and management. She intends to work in the film/television industry and is currently applying to graduate programs in this field. She is also a former member of the volleyball team, as she completed her senior season in fall of 2016, and her sister joined the team as well, allowing them to play together. Shantraie’s mom was in the US army for eleven years and therefore the family moved around frequently, exposing her to different people and places, and bonding with other army families.
Tara Sobierajski is a marketing major in her senior year and a member of the women’s soccer team, a game she has played for 16 years. She also works in the Engagement Office where she is a Partnering Leaders and Youth (PLAY) fellow, which connects athletes to youth. She is also an intern at Healthy Hart Fitness in Ballston Lake, NY. She grew up in northern New Jersey, in a small town called Rockaway Borough. She attended a private Catholic high school. Her mother is 100% Irish and her father has a mixed heritage of Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Canadian ancestry. Her father works in finance and her mother worked in a pharmaceutical company.
Robert Thomas Stickney is a senior transfer and commuter student majoring in accounting, and he would like to earn an MS in accounting after graduating, pursuing his dream of becoming a CPA. Robert grew up in a blended family where he would spend time in his mother and father’s separate households, where he had step-siblings. While his parents did not attend college, Robert was encouraged to follow this path.
Osmaning Ventura is a junior psychology major and former physics major. He is originally from Washington Heights, in New York City, and is of Dominican heritage. His mother is also currently a student working on a Masters degree in education, and she is a first generation college student, inspiring Osmaning in his own studies. One of his favorite hobbies is watching films, and his favorite genre is horror.
Keegan Walsh is a senior marking major at Siena. He is originally from Centerport, a small town on Long Island, New York. Growing up, he played a variety of sports competitively in high school including lacrosse, football and swimming. He is the eleventh person from his family to attend Siena College. His heritage is mostly Irish, with some German, Lithuanian, and Native American ancestry. Both his parents were one of five siblings. His father was a professor at NYU.
Mattie Whitman is a sociology major in her senior year at Siena. She is from Petersburgh, New York, and her parents both moved there from the small towns in which they were raised. Both of her parents had many siblings, and on her mother’s side, the family lived in a close-knit, intergenerational household. Her father was raised by Roman Catholic parents and her father even pursued becoming a priest and going into seminary for two years, before taking a different direction as a mechanic and farmer. Her mother is an elementary school teacher. Mattie works in a pediatrician’s office and a Resident Assistant in Hennepin Hall.