What is a Transition Mentor?

Transition Mentors are current students leaders who have taken various roles to help support incoming first-year students. These folks are the students giving you campus tours, connecting with you at Griffon Showcase events, and serving as peer mentors for our Griffon Orientation and Griffon Edge programs. They are excited to meet you and help you in your first year on campus – don’t hesitate to reach out to them!

One Word: What does Missouri Western mean to you?

Abbi Lueders

Abbi Lueders
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Major: Speech Communication
Favorite Movie: Baby Driver
Favorite Show: Lucifer

Alex LaPointe

Abby White
Hometown:
Platte City, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: Napoleon Dynamite
Favorite Show: The Office

Alli Lorton

Alli Lorton
Hometown: Higbee, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: Anything Disney
Favorite Show: Criminal Minds

Aneshea Quarles

Aneshea “Neesh” Quarles
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Communication
Favorite Show: 
Love and Basketball
Favorite Show: 
All American

Austin Hoverder

Austin Hoverder
Hometown: Smithville, MO
Major: Strategic Communication
Favorite Movie: The Parent Trap
Favorite Show: How I Met Your Mother

Baileigh Castanedo

Baileigh Castanedo
Hometown: St Joseph, MO
Major: Biology – Health Science
Favorite Movie: Tangled or The Princess Diaries
Favorite Show: Dance Moms

Bailey Gilbert

Bailey Gilbert
Hometown: Faucett, MO
Major: Exercise Science
Favorite Movie: Lion King
Favorite Show: Friends

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Bailey Harris
Hometown: 
St. Joseph, MO
Major: Nursing – Biology
Favorite Movie: Twister
Favorite Show: The Office

Annaka Kellogg

Bri Wieberg
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Major: Creative Writing and Publishing
Favorite Movie: The Green Book
Show: The Outer Banks

Brittany Addison

Brittany Addison
Hometown: Lathrop, MO
Major: Psychology
Favorite Movie: Love, Rosie
Favorite Show: Jane the Virgin

Caitlyn Cregan

Caitlyn Cregan
Hometown: Platte City, MO
Major: Biology – Health Science
Favorite Movie: Set It Up
Favorite Show: 
Criminal Minds

Antanette Ray

Caitlyn Thompson

Cam Edmonson

Cam Edmonson
Hometown: Highlandville, MO
Major: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies
Favorite Movie: Greater
Favorite Show: Parks and Recreation

Caroline Langley

Caroline Langley
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Major: Biology – Health Sciences
Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans or Secondhand Lions
Favorite Show: 
Grey’s Anatomy

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Claire Lenz
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: Mamma Mia
Favorite Show: Outer Banks

Davion Lopez

Davion Lopez
Hometown: Independence, MO
Major: Business Management
Favorite Movie: The Lion King
Favorite Show: The Office

Dawson Schmutzler

Dawson Schmutzler
Hometown: Raytown, MO
Major: Biology
Favorite Movie: The Heat
Favorite Show: The Office

Demetrius Pittman

Demetrius “Meech” Pittman
Hometown: St Louis, MO
Major: Strategic Communication
Favorite Movie: Love, Simon
Favorite Show: Riverdale

Delaney Voltmer

Diamond Carroll
Hometown: 
Kansas City
Major: Strategic Communication
Favorite Movie: Avatar
Favorite Show: Sense 8

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Elijah Luna
Hometown: Cameron, MO
Major: Communication (Journalism)
Favorite Movie: Baby Driver
Favorite Show: Currently The Midnight Gospel, but overall That 70’s Show

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Izzy Barlos

Erika Sandridge

Emily Walkup
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Major: Art Education

Erika Sandridge

Erika Sandridge
Hometown: Lathrop, MO
Major: Psychology
Favorite Movie: The Dirt
Favorite Show: The 100

Demetrius Pittman

Ethan Martin
Hometown: Garden City, KS
Major: Digital Animation
Favorite Movie: Treasure Planet
Favorite Show: Smallville

Demetrius Pittman

Gabriel Relaford
Hometown: Raytown, MO
Major: Studio Art/Art Therapy
Favorite Movie: Ladybird
Favorite Show: Brooklyn 99

Demetrius Pittman

Gabriella Rustici
Hometown: Smithville, MO
Major: Elementary Education
Favorite Movie: She’s the Man
Favorite Show: Psych

Demetrius Pittman

Gracy Greener
Hometown: Chillicothe, MO
Major: Elementary Education
Favorite Movie: Hercules
Favorite Show: Friends

Hailie Lewis

Hailie Lewis
Hometown: Independence, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: Girls Trip
Favorite Show: Jane the Virgin

Demetrius Pittman

Hallie Wilcoxson
Hometown: Liberty, MO
Major: Biochemistry
Favorite Movie: Just Wright
Favorite Show: Dexter

Hannah Murphy

Hannah Murphy
Hometown: Lawrence, KS

Jacob Hudanick

Jacob Hudanick
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Major: Criminal Justice
Favorite Movie: Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Favorite Show: The Witcher

Jacob Hudanick

Jakob Grimm
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Major: Business Management, Marketing
Favorite Movie: Better Off Dead
Favorite Show: Game of Thrones

Jacob Hudanick

Jennifer Dorris
Hometown: 
O’Fallon, MO
Major: Psychology, Chemistry
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite Show: Parks and Recreation

Jocelyn Sands

Jocelyn Sands
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
Major: Graphic Design
Favorite Movie: Mulan
Favorite Show: Brooklyn-99

Jocelyn Sands

Jordan Heard
Hometown: Tarkio, MO
Major: Cinema
Favorite Movie: Anything with Tom Cruise
Favorite Show: Criminal Minds

Kairstin Snyder

Kairstin Snyder
Hometown: Atchison, KS
Major: Social Work
Favorite Movie: Princess and the Frog
Favorite Show: Criminal Minds

Kairstin Snyder

Kaitlyn Whaley
Hometown: New London, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: The Phantom of the Opera
Favorite Show: The Walking Dead

Kalie Massman

Kalie Massman
Hometown: Eldon, MO

Kairstin Snyder

Kelsey McCluskey
Hometown: Rolla, MO
Major: Physical Therapist Assistant, Health and Exercise Science
Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park
Favorite Show: Parks and Recreation

Kairstin Snyder

Kennedie Meadows
Hometown: Kearney, MO
Major: Social Work
Favorite Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Favorite Show: All American

Kairstin Snyder

Kristian DuVall
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favorite Show: The Last Kingdom

Lexis Talato

Lexis Talato
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Population Health Management
Favorite Movie: Lilo and Stitch
Favorite Show: Stranger Things

Lexis Talato

Madison Frakes

Maelea Coulson

Maelea Coulson
Hometown: Gallatin, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: Any Marvel Movie
Favorite Show: The Office

Maggie Copenhaver

Maggie Copenhaver
Hometown: Shelbina, MO
Major: Biology – Zoology
Favorite Movie: A League of their Own
Favorite Show: The Politician

Maggie Copenhaver

Maija Farmer
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Biology
Favorite Movie: Mulan
Favorite Show: Naruto

Maggie Copenhaver

Malia Johnson
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: The Breakfast Club
Favorite Show: Criminal Minds

Maggie Copenhaver

Manique Shannon-Burnett
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Social Work
Favorite Movie: Anything Horror
Favorite Show: Supernatural

Maggie Copenhaver

Marissa Garza

Maggie Copenhaver

Mehreen Tai
Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Major: Biology – Health Sciences
Favorite Movie: Jumanji
Favorite Show: Criminal Minds

Maggie Copenhaver

Michael Huynh Le
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Major: Computer Science
Favorite Movie: Source Code
Favorite Show: How I Met Your Mother

Maggie Copenhaver

Molly Harmon
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: Monsters Inc.
Favorite Show: Law an Order SVU

Maggie Copenhaver

Nic Schultz

Riley Rasche

Riley Rasche
Hometown: Chillicothe, MO
Major: Early Childhood Education
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Show: Friends

Riley Rasche

Riley Schneider

Riley Rasche

Riley Zimmerman
Hometown: Beaver Lake, NE
Major: Nursing
Favorite Movie: The Hunger Games – because of the book!
Favorite Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Riley Rasche

Sarah Newcomb

Riley Rasche

Scott Le

Sean Peters

Sean Peters
Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Shawn Boss

Shawn Boss
Hometown: St Joseph, MO
Major: Biology – Health Sciences
Favorite Movie: Star Wars Episode 3
Favorite Show: Scrubs

Tamara Booker

Tamara Booker
Hometown: St.Louis, MO
Major: Social Work

Tyra Booker

Taylor Ripley
Hometown: St.Louis, MO
Major: Social Work
Favorite Movie: Blue Crush
Favorite Show: Gilmore Girls

Tia Booker

Tia Booker
Hometown: St.Louis, MO

Tyra Booker

Tyra Booker
Hometown: St.Louis, MO
Major: Social Work
Favorite Movie: The Chronicles of Narnia
Favorite Show: The Originals