Welcome Team | Kent State Stark | Kent State University

The Kent State Stark Welcome Team is a dynamic group of student leaders dedicated to making the transition to college a smooth one.

They regularly participate in the planning and facilitation of all first year programs. Welcome Team members participate in First Step, Summer Service Projects, Smart Start Orientation, the Success Series, and help out with the DKS: FYE course. Students meet on a monthly basis to share ideas and help manage events/projects. If you see them around campus, be sure to say hello!

If you are interested in being involved with this program, contact Kristi Yerian at kyerian1@kent.edu or 330-244-3278.


Zachary CinoZachary Cino
Technical & Applied Studies // Application Development 

I am so excited to be a part of the Welcome Team here at Kent State Stark. I love meeting new people! Helping students have the best first year of college possible is a huge privilege! When I’m not busy with work, class or homework I am probably playing basketball or a video game. If you see me around campus, feel free to say hey or ask anything you may have on your mind. I look forward to meeting you! 

Williemina HarmonWilliemina Harmon

I am a creative person. I am always drawing or writing and I spend most of my free time with family. I am inquisitive and love to learn new things and figure out how things function. I’m very excited to be joining The Welcome Team. I believe it will provide me with the opportunity to build both skills and relationships.

Breana McCartneyBreanna McCartney
Middle Childhood Education

Since I was young I have always known two things, I want to be a teacher and I want to attend Kent State University. I currently am enrolled in the middle childhood education program with focuses in science and social studies. I loved to be involved in school and in my community. When I am not on campus, I am at home or active participating in Fine Arts events. I enjoy music, theater, and dance, which I’ve done since I was in fifth grade. I graduated from Manchester High School in 2016 and have a younger sister who is currently attending MHS. I currently assist with the choreography for my high school’s drama department, which I have done since my sophomore year. After graduating from college, I plan to become a middle school teacher and be an active member in my school district’s theater department. 

David CopenDavid Copen
Business Management

I have been attending Kent State at Stark since Fall of 2015. My hobbies include playing video games, watching movies, reading and debating comics with friends. If it is anything geeky, count me in. Aside from being a member of the Welcome Team, I work in the Student Services office. If you need help with the FASFA, I’ll be more than happy to help with questions you might have. If you need help or just need someone to nerd out with, feel free to come talk to me.

Rose MontesanoRose Montesano
Moderate to Intensive Special Education

I had a great first impression when I came to Kent State Stark and would love to help people have the same experience as I did. I enjoy golfing and going to Cleveland Indians games. GO TRIBE! I also love taking care of my two cats, Tinkerbell, and Cheeko, and my goats, Ian and Ivy. I have a very soft spot in my heart for children with any type of special needs and I have been to the Special Olympics as a coach for the past two years. I graduated from Marlington High school, where I lettered in golf for three years and was a part of Drama Dukes for four years. I also went to Alliance High School as a career tech student studying sports medicine. There I was a student athletic trainer and that just happens to be my Plan B if teaching isn't for me. I am an only child and I enjoy my alone time. I am extremely excited to start working and meeting so many great people. 


Kristi Yerian
Assistant Director for FYE
Office of Student Services
132 Main Hall