MEET OUR AMBASSADORS
Our Graduate Student Ambassadors are a group of energetic, enthusiastic and supportive students that have been chosen to represent their programs, the College of Graduate Studies, and Bridgewater State University in a positive and professional manner.
Our ambassadors are a resource for prospective students who are looking to learn more about student life, academic programs and how to make the most of their graduate career at BSU. The ambassadors assist at graduate events, lead campus tours, interact with prospective students through a variety of channels and serve as liaisons between their departments and the College of Graduate Studies.
Do you have questions about your program of interest or wondering what it’s like to be a bear? Contact one of our ambassadors below or register for one of our information sessions. See Upcoming Events!
Olena Byckovska | Business Administration
"Hi everyone! My name is Olena. I was born and raised in Ukraine. I got my bachelor’s degree in Philology from Kyiv National Linguistic University. Now, I am a proud MBA student at Bridgewater State University. I am a Graduate Assistant for International Student and Scholar Services office. In addition, I have joined student-managed investment fund, marketing club, and other organizations and events.
As a student, my main goals are: expand my knowledge and skills, make friends from all over the world, try new things and have fun. I must say I have been quite successful with these tasks so far. I will be happy to help anyone on their way to becoming a graduate student at Bridgewater State University.
Adrian Halpin | Criminal Justice
My names Adrian Halpin. I graduated in May of 2019 with my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. I am a first year graduate student studying Criminal Justice as well as being the Graduate Assistant for the Criminal Justice Department. I am interested in pursuing a career within the federal government such as Homeland Security or the ATF. In the minuscule amount of free time i have i enjoy going to the gym, watching the Patriots and Bruins, and playing basketball.
Elizabeth Brady | English
My name is Elizabeth Brady and I am a first-year graduate student in the English MA program. I am currently a graduate assistant in the department of English. I attended BSU as an undergraduate as well, earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in English in Spring 2019. As an undergraduate at BSU, my work was published in The Undergraduate Review and two volumes of The Bridge. I was also chosen to present at both the Intercollegiate Undergraduate Literature Conference and StARS in 2019. Outside of school, I enjoy listening to music, baking, and watching Game of Thrones!
Allison Fay | School Counseling
I have been a student of Bridgewater State University since 2013. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2017, and I am currently enrolled in the School Counseling Graduate Program here, and I am on track to get my Professional License to become a School Counselor at the middle/high school level. It was an easy decision for me to enroll here for my undergraduate degree, and an even easier decision to stay for my graduate degree. In addition to my graduate studies, I have presented at a number of conferences, I have been involved with the hiring process of new faculty members, and I also became the President Elect of the School Counseling Honors Society, Chi Sigma Iota. Bridgewater has become a second home to me and I have made a second family here as well. I feel a sense of pride and community whenever I say I am a student here.
Kylie Munise | Mental Health Counseling
I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education at BSU and am currently enrolled in the Mental Health Counseling master’s program. I am also a Graduate Assistant in the Outreach Education Department. When I graduate, I plan to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and work with first responders and crisis response. When I am not in class or working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, exercising, and watching the Patriots.
Rachel Lyons | Speech Language Pathology
My name is Rachel Lyons and I am currently a first year graduate student in the Speech Language Pathology program. I also work as a Graduate Assistant in the College of Education and Allied Studies Dean's Office. I received my Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from BSU in May 2018. When I graduate, I plan to work as a speech-language pathologist in an adult rehab setting. When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy spending time with friends, exercising, and exploring the outdoors.
Amanda Eagles | Speech Language Pathology
My name is Amanda Eagles and I am currently a first-year graduate student in the Speech Language Pathology program. I also work as a graduate assistant in the Physical Education: Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies department. I received my undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire. There, I was involved in extracurricular activities including the Red Cross Club, Seacoast Reads, Autism Speaks and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. When I have free time, I love to run, spend time with friends and family, and bake.
Anna Mammedova | Business Administration
My name is Anna Mammedova and I’m a second-year graduate student in MBA program. I also work as a Graduate Assistant for College of Graduate Studies and serve as a VP of Marketing/Outreach for Graduate Student Professional Association. Upon graduation I plan to work in consultancy industry with the focus on financial services. During my free time I enjoy sketching with pencil and taking fitness classes with my friends.
Abby Townson | School Counseling
My name is Abby Townson and I am entering my third year in the School Counseling program here at BSU. In addition to taking courses, I am the Graduate Writing Fellow for the Counselor Education program. I have my Bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education, and am currently teaching 10th and 11th grade English on the cape. In my very few moments of free time, I enjoy reading, writing, singing, and hanging out with my cat.
Emily Houston Portela | Counselor Education
Emily is a graduate assistant in the Graduate Student Services Office. Emily previously went to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she earned her Masters in experimental psychology. After a two-year hiatus from academia working as a behavior management therapist, Emily decided to go back to school and further her education. She is currently enrolled in the Counselor Education Dual License program where she hopes to get her license in school adjustment counseling and adolescent outpatient therapy. As the graduate assistant for the Graduate Student Services office she is facilitating the Graduate Professional Student Association. She is eager to work with both new and current members of the association to develop exciting events and foster a strong sense of community within the College of Graduate Studies.
Leah Cayer | School Counseling
My name is Leah Cayer and I am a first-year graduate student here at Bridgewater State University. I received my Bachelors Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology at Assumption College in May of 2019. During my senior year at Assumption College I participated in a 400-hour internship in St. Peter-Marian High School’s Counseling Department in Worcester, Massachusetts. I am pursuing a Master’s degree in School Counseling for licensure in grades 5-12. I am currently the graduate assistant for the Department of Counselor Education. In my free time I like to go to the beach, spend time with my friends and family, and re-watch Netflix seasons that I have already seen.
Lacey Ryder| Speech Language Pathology
My name is Lacey Ryder and I am a first-year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program. I am also a Graduate Assistant for the office of graduate admissions. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May 2017 with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Women’s Studies, and I spent the past two years working abroad as an English teaching assistant. During my free time I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Stephen Reddington | Physical Education
My name is Stephen Reddington and I am currently a first year graduate student in the Physical Education, Professional Tennis Management & Coach Con-MS. I also work as a Graduate Assistant for the Prof Tennis Management Program. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History and Physical Education from BSU in May 2019. When I graduate, I plan to work as a physical education teacher and coach. When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy playing basketball or tennis, coaching, and spending time with family and friends.