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President's Call to Conversation


Dr. Joseph E. Nyre’s Call to Conversation Initiative aims to reconnect alumni to the College and enhance the development of Iona. We will act as ambassadors to the school and aim to forge connections between alumni and Iona College, through meaningful conversations that highlight individual alumni experiences and the College’s bright future.

Program Purpose

  • We aim to build relationships, generate pride in the College and promote stakeholder awareness of Iona College’s mission.
We will promote student engagement with alumni and alumni related activities, preserving Gael traditions, and encouraging a spirit of philanthropy. Ambassadors will interact one-on-one and in small groups with alumni, donors and top university volunteers.

Student Ambassador Bios

Gisela Barreiro Gisela Barreiro '17
My name is Gisela Barreiro, I was born and raised in Portugal. I am currently a senior at Iona College. I am majoring in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcasting and a minor in Theater. I am a member of the Iona Players, a production group on campus and the Iona International Club. In addition to these two clubs, I am also a supervisor for Residential Life and a student supervisor for the Iona College Phonathon. In my spare time, I like to watch Indie movies. My biggest passion is film, and I want to be able to inspire people through it. I truly believe Iona is making a difference in my life and future career in this field. After graduation, I want to be able to work and grow in the film industry.  
Olivia Carbonette Olivia Carbonette '17
My name is Olivia Carbonette, and I am a senior from Miller Place, N.Y. I am majoring in Speech/Language Pathology and minoring in Psychology. I am the secretary of the Iona Psychology Club, a general member of the Speech and Hearing Club, a student supervisor for the Office of Residential Life, a student supervisor at Phonathon and a co-chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee 2017. I hope to continue my education by receiving my master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology. In the future, I look forward to working with individuals to improve their communication skills while also increasing their confidence.
Amani Gill Amani Gill '17
My name is Amani Gill, and I am currently a senior at Iona College. I am from Connecticut and majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I am the vice president of the Psychology Club, a member of Gael Pride - the LGBTQ+ club, a member of Gaelic Society, a student supervisor at the Iona Phonathon and an active member of the Gospel Choir. I am also a residential assistant. I have always been interested in helping people in any way I can. During my undergraduate studies, I shifted my focus to specifically helping children with mental health issues. I plan to pursue a clinical psychology degree in my post-graduate studies.  
Karisma Rivera Karisma Rivera '18
My name is Karisma Rivera, and I am currently a senior at Iona College. I am from New York, N.Y. I am a Psychology major hoping to pursue a nursing degree one day. It was a long process to decide on a major, however, Iona guided me in the right direction. Nursing will empower me to leave an impact on every patient. I want a career that will help and forge strong bonds with various people, every day. I believe nursing will fulfill that goal. In addition to my academic studies and aspirations, I am the lead student supervisor at the Iona College Phonathon. I also love sight-seeing and occasionally like to attend operas. After I complete my degrees, I want travel and learn about the different cultures.  
Juliet Walsh Juliet Walsh '19
My name is Juliet Walsh, from Nanuet, N.Y., and I am currently a junior at Iona College. I recently declared as a Psychology major. Additionally, I am a member of the Psychology Club on campus. I work as a student supervisor at the Iona College Phonathon. Over the next two years, I hope to take full advantage of all the great things Iona has to offer to further my education and skills I will need later in my field of work. Once I leave Iona, I hope to pursue family and marriage counseling.  

Interested in participating?

  • Alumni will get the opportunity to meet current students and learn more about the Gaels of tomorrow.
    • Our alumni and students are able learn about their mutual path to Iona, their interests, their backgrounds, and future plans. These conversations will help improve communications between the College and alumni, bringing out unique Iona stories.
  • Become an Iona Insider!
    • You will gain access to the latest and greatest Iona information, updates, events, and opportunities!
  • Be an Iona Mentor!
    • Give back to your alma mater by lending valuable advice and professional, academic guidance to current Iona students.
  • Recruit Iona students for internships!
    • Recruit talented Iona students for internships within your organization.

What's in it for me?

  • Ambassadors will have the opportunity to receive training and experience in the following areas:
    • Interview and professional skills
    • Philanthropy
    • Communication skills
    • Leadership
    • Iona College institutional knowledge
  • Ambassadors will have exclusive opportunity to network with distinguished alumni, College leaders, employers, donors and other people in the Iona community.
  • Ambassadors will have the prestigious opportunity to represent the diverse experiences of students to alumni.
  • Ambassadors will be provided with branded Iona attire when representing Iona.