School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Meet SIS Student Envoys

Envoys are students who have enjoyed their courses and major so much that they volunteer for various events and have offered to share their experience with prospective students and families. If you are interested in being contacted by an envoy, please email us at sisinfo@gmu.edu.

Shley DiLoreta

Ashley DiLoreta

Hi! My name is Ashley DiLoreta and I am the President of the SIS Envoys. I am a senior here at George Mason, pursuing a degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education K-6 with a dual minor in Consciousness and Transformation as well as Mild Disabilities. I am part of the Bachelors & Accelerated Masters program in Special Education and work for the Mason LIFE program. I live off campus with friends in Fairfax and visit my hometown Ashburn often, seeing as I am big into my family. As the president of the SIS Envoys, as well as a sister of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, I strive to help those around me in becoming the best all around person they can be at GMU. My advice to any new students here at Mason would be to branch out and get involved in all that you can in your next years and know that the people around you will soon become your very best friends. As a student of the SIS community, I love the interactive nature of the classroom and the familiar faces I get to know along the way. 

Taryn McElhenny

Taryn McElhenny

Hi! My name is Taryn McElhenny and I am a transfer student here at Mason. I previously attended a small liberal arts school in Maryland, though I am from Alexandria, Virginia. My major is Integrative Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. I am hoping to declare a minor in Childhood Studies. I am very excited to continue pursuing my degree here, as well as helping other students in the SIS community!

Miranda Briseno

Miranda Briseño

Hi my name is Miranda Briseño and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Government and International Politics and Sociology. I am originally from Los Angeles, California and in my first year at Mason I was a part of the Cornerstones program, which helped solidify my decision to move across the country. I am actively involved on campus through Club Ultimate Frisbee, the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Envoys, and the CHSS Student Ambassador Team. To any new Cornerstones students, I encourage you to dig deep into the conversations you have in your classes and to learn more about the different viewpoints on issues that are important to you. The program also gave me the chance to interact with amazing faculty members who have supported me during my time at Mason and even helped me land my first internship on Capitol Hill this past summer. The Cornerstones program is a great way to engage in dialogue with your fellow students and develop your critical thinking and writing skills while learning about some pretty amazing topics.

Amanda Carter

Amanda Carter

I'm Amanda, I'm a 4th year at Mason studying to receive a B.A. degree in integrative studies with a concentration in legal studies. I also have two minors in Social Justice and Childhood Studies, and am hopefully going to pursue a master's in special education with a special interest in human rights. I am a member of the Epsilon Pi chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, as well as a lead support in the MasonLIFE program on campus. I love to work with children, food, and music! Even though summer is my favorite season, I am looking forward to a successful and exciting final fall semester! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments about SIS, Integrative studies, or anything SAIL related! I would love to help!

Ashley Fortner

Ashley Fortner

Hi there! My name is Ashley Fortner and I am a junior here at George Mason University. I am an Integrative Studies major with a Concentration in Applied Global Conservation and a double minor in Biology and Sustainability Studies. I am from Virginia Beach, Virginia so the hustle and bustle of northern Virginia is still very new to me! Although I was on the Fairfax Campus for my freshman and sophomore year, I am currently working on my degree at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia. At Mason I am a third-year member of the Envoys as well as the Amazon Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) Project, a team that builds water filters for indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon that do not have access to clean water. My advise to college students is to always go for every opportunity that inspires you, especially in a school as small as SIS. The people you meet here and the opportunities that are presented to you can change your life in ways you’d never imagine!

Tiffany Crespo

Tiffany Crespo

Hi, my name is Tiffany Crespo and I am a junior at George Mason University. I’m 19 years old and I am from Richmond Virginia. Currently I am participating in the 3+3 admissions program with George Mason's Law School. However, I am majoring in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Legal Studies and a minor in Childhood Studies. My goal is ultimately to become a Guardian Ad Litem in the family courts. I am a part of many different organizations on campus like Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Women's Club Rugby, and am affiliated with greek life. Being a part of the School of Integrative Studies has really made my college experience great. Being in discussion based classes and reading and writing intensive classes has not only prepared me for law school but has also helped me excel in ways I never believed I could. I absolutely love everything that SIS has done for me and I have never regretted my decision to be a part of such a great program.

Tamara Merdach

Tamara Merdach

Hey guys! I am Tamara Merdach and I attended George Mason University in the Fall of 2013. I am a Sophomore majoring in Integrative Studies with a concentration of Legal Studies. I was born in Lebanon but I have lived in Richmond, Virginia since I was three. I have four siblings (two sisters and two brothers) and no pets. I am a full-time student, as well as member of P.A.D. which is the world's largest co-ed pre-law fraternity and GMU's only student run pre-law organization. Currently, I am running an internship with Senator Paul Strauss at his law office located in DC. After college I hope to pursue my career in law. My love for SIS is incredible. I believe SIS has sharpened my critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, leadership as well as teamwork skills.

Kelsey Heath

Kelsey Heath

Hello all. My name is Kelsey Heath and I am currently a sophomore at George Mason University. I am an Integrative Studies major with a concentration in Elementary Education, and will be receiving a Master's in teaching. I am also minoring in Childhood Studies and Minor disabilities. I currently live on campus, but next year I will be commuting from my home town, Ashburn VA. On campus I take part in attending many events, but I am currently an envoy and volunteer at the green house on top of Exploratory Hall. My advice to incoming freshman/transfer students is to take advantage of the events on campus. Many different organizations host fun activities, and it's a good way to relax. Lastly, my favorite part about Cornerstones was the more hands-on/discussion style of the classes compared to other lectures.

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Corinne McMichael

Hi guys! My name is Corinne McMichael and I’m a senior here at GMU! I am 22 years old and from Mechanicsville, Virginia. My major is Integrative Studies with a Concentration of Pre-Occupational Therapy and double minoring in Childhood Studies and Psychology. I love working with people one-on-one everyday and making a difference in people’s lives in many different ways. Communication and compassion come naturally to me and it’s something I pride myself in. The School of Integrative Studies has welcomed me with open arms and I’ve made a home away from home at George Mason!

Georgia Metcalfe

Georgia Metcalfe

Hi! My name is Georgia Metcalfe and I am a freshman here at Mason. I am originally from Yorkshire, England yet moved to Ashburn, Virginia in 2012 and I currently live on campus. I am pursuing a degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education and am hoping to declare a minor in Psychology. I babysit and am a member of the Teachers for Tomorrow club on campus.  am very excited to continue pursuing my degree here, as well as helping other students in the SIS community!

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Shannon Nachreiner

Hello, my name is Shannon Nachreiner. I am a freshman, and I’m super excited to be here! My major is Integrative Studies with a concentration in Social Science for Education. I love learning about history; I’m very patriotic. I have lived in Fairfax all my life, but GMU is like my home away from home. Though I commute to school, I’m also involved in the GMU Young Life club. I love working with people in the Integrative Studies program. Everyone is so welcoming and awesome in helping me plan for my future as a teacher. The main reason I love the Integrative Studies program is that it allows me to experience hands-on learning where I can easily connect with my professors and peers. The Integrative Studies program has definitely made me thankful for the opportunities I have at George Mason University.

Grace Oh

Grace Oh

Hi I'm Grace Oh! I'm currently a freshman majoring in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education. Hopefully I will be taking on a minor in Severe Disabilities and a masters in Special Education. I participate in Best Buddies as well as a sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. I love food, Grey's Anatomy, and I'm obsessed with manatees.

Sally Widmann

Sally Widmann

Hello, my name is Sally Widmann and I’m a sophomore at George Mason! I was born and raised in Brigantine, New Jersey but have found a new home here at GMU. I’m currently studying Integrative Studies with a concentration in Life Science, with a goal of becoming an Occupational Therapist. I’m also on the Women’s Rowing Team here at Mason. I love talking to new people every chance I get! The School of Integrative Studies has been a blessing; they’ve been so helpful to me in planning for the future and have provided me with so many great opportunities to achieve success!

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