Waldron College Student Ambassadors 2017

Kelly Baker OT

Kelly Baker, Department of Occupational Therapy

Kelly Baker is a first year Master of Occupational Therapy student. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Radford University in Health & Human Performance. She is a first time Student Ambassador. She has an interest in working with the geriatric population, stroke rehabilitation and becoming certified in Lymphedema Therapy and Hand Therapy.  She is a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA), and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Kelly has been married to her husband for three years and lives on a cattle farm in Floyd County. She loves playing with her dog, spending time on the farm, hiking, crafting and creating flower arrangements.

Jessica Berry COSD

Jessica Berry, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Jessica Berry is a third year student at Radford University, but a senior in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program with minors in both American Sign Language and psychology. She is currently serving as the vice president of the National Speech Language Hearing Association, as well as an active member of the American Sign Language Club. She also serves as a University 100 Peer Instructor, co-teaching a University 100 class to freshmen students who have chosen majors in Waldron College. She was born and raised in Galax, Virginia and loves all things crafting, decorating, and camping with her family. She looks forward to serving as a Waldron College Ambassador and representing the COSD department this school year! 

Hannah Brooks OT

Hannah Brooks, Department of Occupational Therapy

Hannah Brooks is the second year MOT Waldron College Student Ambassador. She is a member of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association and is the co-president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association club on campus. She will graduate in December 2018 and hopes to work with older adults while serving as an advocate for individuals addressing challenges with mental health.  This is her second year serving as a Student Ambassador.

Vanessa Calevro NURS

Vanessa Calevro, School of Nursing

Vanessa is a level 3 senior at Radford University who is currently enrolled in the School of Nursing working towards her bachelor's degree in Nursing. She is the treasurer of the Student Nurses Organization. This past summer, she had a wonderful opportunity to work in the Operating Room at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and hopes to become the nurse that patient remember for quality of care, compassion, and kindness. Vanessa is passionate about nursing and is excited to see where her nursing career will take her. This is her first year as a student ambassador, and she is looking forward to representing the college on behalf of the School of Nursing.

Eden Durnil NURS

Eden Durnil, School of Nursing

Eden is a senior level III nursing student at Radford University. She is involved in the student nursing association and serves as a team leader for the AASIS group on campus. Over this past summer, she worked in the Emergency Department at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center for an amazing six weeks. Through this experience, she fell in love with Emergency Medicine and plans to begin her career in the Emergency Department after graduation. 

Megan Frederick NURS

Megan Frederick, School of Nursing

Megan Frederick is a senior in the School of Nursing. She spent her summer as an extern in the oncology unit at Mary Washington Hospital. She will graduate in May 2018 and hopes to work in either pediatrics or labor and delivery.  This is Megan’s second year serving as a Student Ambassador.

Kayley King COSD

Kayley King, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kayley King is a senior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) as well as Radford’s Honors Academy. Currently, she is conducting research for her capstone project. For the past two years, she has been a Resident Assistant on campus. Last summer, she also served as a volunteer with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual summer camp. 

Hannah Mowery SOWK

Hannah Mowery, School of Social Work

This is Hannah’s third year serving as a Student Ambassador for WCHHS; however, it is her first year as a graduate student. She graduated from RU in May of 2017 with her BSW and is currently an MSW student in the Advanced Standing Program. She has learned that it is difficult to choose a "favorite" population with whom to work, which makes her even more thankful for the opportunities the field of social work offers! She is also excited to be graduating in May 2018 and joining the "real world".

Jessica Priehs PT

Jessica Priehs, Department of Physical Therapy

Jessica Priehs is a first-year doctoral student in the physical therapy program.  She holds a M.Ed. in Sport Administration and a B.S. in Dance Education. Miss. Priehs has a background in academia, teaching dance and physical education courses, as well as advising at-risk, first-generation college students.  In addition to her studies, she is looking forward to the leadership opportunities that ambassadorship offers, as well as exploring the many hiking options in the area, in her (very rare) spare time!

Erin Shelton-Despain PT

Erin Shelton-Despain, Department of Physical Therapy

Erin Shelton-Despain was born in Bassett, Virginia. She attended Virginia Tech and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in 2014.  She is currently in her second year in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She loves being involved in the community and volunteering.   She works as a water aerobics instructor at the YMCA in Roanoke and volunteers at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a youth leader. This is Erin’s second year serving as a Student Ambassador.

Shane Smith SOWK

Shane Smith, School of Social Work

Shane is from Wythe County, Virginia.  He is an undergraduate student working toward a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  He is also a 2017-2018 recipient of the Child Welfare Stipend Program; as part of this stipend program, Shane plans to work for the Virginia Department of Social Services in the Foster Care unit upon graduation.