Waldron College Student Ambassadors 2018


Nikki Bahr, School of Nursing

Nikki Bahr is currently a senior Level IV nursing student at Radford University. She is involved in the Student Nurses Organization, currently serving as the Historian, Scholar Citizen Initiative, National Collegiate Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society, and the Lifehouse Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM). Nikki served as the Outreach and Missions executive leader at the BCM for two wonderful years. This past summer, she also worked in the Vascular ICU at CRMH for eight weeks where she got to learn and do so much! This winter, Nikki will be traveling with Radford University and VCOM to Tegucigalpa, Honduras for a week long medical mission trip. She is passionate about critical care and pediatric oncology, and hopes to work in one of these areas after graduation in May 2019.


Kelly Baker, Department of Occupational Therapy

Kelly Baker is a second 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. This is Kelly’s second year serving as a Student Ambassador.


Kristen Bishop, School of Nursing

Kristen Bishop is a Level I nursing student who is from Big Stone Gap, VA. She is a member of the Student Nurses Organization and serves as a Radford University tour guide with the Office of Admissions. This is her first year as a Waldron College Student Ambassador. She is also a member of the Honors College and is “super excited” about her future in Nursing. She looks forward to making a difference in her community.


Damaris Dailey, Department of Occupational Therapy

Damaris Dailey was born in Colorado and holds citizenships in America and Switzerland. She is a first year Masters of Occupational Therapy Student. She received her undergraduate degree at Radford University in Music Therapy.  She is interested in working with children in a medical/ hospital setting in both inpatient and outpatient, and Pediatric and Neonatal intensive care units. She is a member of AOTA, VOTA, SOTA, WFOT and AMTA. Damaris is actively involved in volunteer work and outreach in her rural Virginia community, volunteering in local missions’ weeks, public libraries, nursing homes, and children’s centers. She has been a student ambassador before and is very excited to be a student ambassador for the Waldron College.


Melissa Gibson, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Melissa Gibson is a second year graduate student at Radford University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Radford University and will graduate this May with her Master’s degree in COSD.  Currently, Melissa is working on research for her Scottish Rite Fellowship and is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. Melissa was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and loves the beauty this area offers. She looks forward to serving as a Waldron College Ambassador and representing the COSD department this school year!


Olivia Heller, Department of Occupational Therapy 

Olivia Heller is a first year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She earned a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology and sports medicine from the University of Miami in 2014. Olivia is a recipient of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation's Victor and Ruth N. Goodman Scholarship and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She also works at McConnell Library and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. In her free time she enjoys hiking, swimming, playing with her three dogs, and baking. 


Catie McCoy, School of Social Work 

Catie McCoy is a graduate student in the School of Social Work. She will be graduating in May 2019 with her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW). She has had a great collegiate experience that she feels has prepared her for a lifelong career because of the Social Work Program in Waldron College!  Catie plans to utilize her degree to work with the elderly and veteran communities. 


Anne O’Hara, School of Social Work 

Anne O'Hara is from Burke, VA and is a senior working on her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. As a transfer student, she has recently been admitted into the program and is currently in her first of two senior years before graduating. She is also working on an Interdisciplinary Minor in Health and Aging and would like to work with the senior and geriatric populations; she is open to all different fields of work. When she is not in class, she acts as a mentor in the Eye to Eye program working with children with learning disabilities and ADHD, serves as a volunteer for the Ride a Rescue Program at Winterfrost Farms in Radford where she helps neglected, senior, and/or abandoned horses in rehabilitation, writes freelance pieces on ADHD and learning disability advocacy and body positivity, is a member of the Social Work Club, and is the Social Media Coordinator for the Yes & Improv Club on campus. In her spare time, she loves to cook and to document her culinary creations on social media platforms. 

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 third and final 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 third year serving as a Student Ambassador.


Hannah Sidebottom, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Hannah Sidebottom is a junior in the COSD program. She is also minoring in Special Education and Psychology. Hannah serves as a committee leader within the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association as well as a University 100 Peer Instructor. She is a proud member of Project Sprout, which is a prevention and awareness organization that supports families with young children who are experiencing homelessness and/or living below the poverty line in the New River Valley. Hannah is from a small town in central New York; when she is home, she works as a substitute teacher at a child care center in her town. She aspires to be a Speech Language Pathologist and would love to work with children!