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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.

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.

If you are interested in participating in the Call to Conversation Initiative, please contact David Berkner at (914) 633-2004 or

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.

If you are interested in participating in the Call to Conversation Initiative, please contact David Berkner at (914) 633-2004 or

Student Ambassador Bios

Brenna Crockwell Brenna Crockwell ’20
My name is Brenna Crockwell and I am currently a sophomore from Connecticut at Iona College. I am majoring in Speech/Language Pathology and hope to add a minor in Social Work. In my free time, I am the secretary of Gaelic Society, a general member of the Speech Club, a member of Best Buddies, and I work at Phonathon. I cannot wait to explore and see what else Iona has to offer over the next two years! Once my journey at Iona ends, I hope to pursue a career as a speech pathologist in the elementary-level setting.  
Allyx Fabiano Allyx Fabiano ’18
My name is Allyx Fabiano and I am a senior from Braintree, Mass. I am a history major with a minor in English, specifically writing. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school to become a high school teacher. I am a student supervisor at Iona College Phonathon. You can always find me either in Ryan Library or the East Hall hill with my friends. I have also been on a mission trip to a summer camp for foster children and underprivileged children, and I look forward to hopefully returning in the near future.
Arthur Nasinbene Arthur Nasinbene ’19
My name is Arthur Nasinbene. I am an international student from São Paulo, Brazil, and I am currently a junior at Iona College. I am an international studies major and I am currently interning for Edmund Rice International at the United Nations, an opportunity I was able to achieve with the guidance of Iona’s professors and advisers. In my spare time, I love listening to music, playing the bass and traveling. In fact, I participated in Iona’s Passport Western Europe program where I studied abroad in Dublin, Barcelona and Rome! Furthermore, I am very passionate about international relations and human rights and hope to study international law after graduating from Iona.
Julia O’Regan Julia O’Regan ’19
My name is Julia O’Regan, and I am a junior from Mansfield, Mass. I am a double major in English and Mass Communication with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in International Studies. I am the Features and Lifestyle editor for The Ionian, on the Executive Board for the WICR, and I am a member Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honors Society. I am also a general member of the Iona College Players. I work as a caller at the Iona College Phonathon. I love being involved on campus, and try to take full advantage of everything offered at Iona. I hope to attend law school after graduation and pursue international relations and media law in the future.
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 to 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 to travel and learn about different cultures.
Eddie Rose Edward Rose ’20
My name is Eddie Rose and I am a sophomore from Little Falls, N.Y. My major is Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. I am a member of the student-run theatre group on campus, the Iona College Players, and the Iona College Honors Program. My hobbies include musical theatre, tennis and writing. I plan on utilizing all of the resources Iona provides to pursue a graduate degree and hopefully become successful in the workforce, assisting organizations with internal conflict management.
Hannah Schultz Hannah Schultz ’19
My name is Hannah Schultz and I am currently a junior. I am an Environmental Studies major and from Glastonbury, Conn. I also am Service and Risk Management chair for the Council for Greek Governance; Risk Management chair for my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma; a member of Colleges Against Cancer; and a member of IC Green. In my free time, I try to spend as much time as I can with my friends.
Anne Sementilli Anne Sementilli ’19
My name is Anne Sementilli, from Bayside, N.Y. I am currently a junior Accounting major at Iona College. On campus, I am a general member of WICR (Iona College Radio), the treasurer of Gaelic Society, and the Stage Crew representative of the Iona College Players – the student-run theatre group. Outside of academics, I enjoy reading and finding new music to listen to. Iona has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and develop my interests. Once I complete my degree, I hope to use my business expertise to help others and grow in my field of work.
Alexa Taliercio Alexa Taliercio ’19
My name is Alexa Taliercio and I am a current junior at Iona College majoring in Psychology! I am from Staten Island, N.Y. I am a sister and the Sergeant At Arms of Gamma Lambda Rho sorority. I have been a student caller at Phonathon since my freshman year, where I am now a student supervisor. One of my favorite things to do is reading and I love helping people more than anything. With the help of my degree, I will be able to continue to do so. I plan on going to graduate school and becoming a mental health counselor. 
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 provide me with the skills I will need later in my field of work. Once I leave Iona, I hope to pursue family and marriage counseling.