Top Student Leaders Recognized at Daemen

By | May 11, 2018
Dr. Greg Nayor and Rachel Shaprio

Dr. Greg Nayor and Rachel Shaprio

Daemen College recognized outstanding student leaders in clubs, organizations, and departments at the college’s annual Student Leadership Awards luncheon held on May 3.

“Our student leaders at Daemen are among some of the most impressive in the nation,” said Dr. Greg Nayor, vice president for student affairs. “This celebration is one of my favorite events of the year and gives our campus community the opportunity to recognize the achievements and contributions of these exemplary students.”

Daemen’s 2018 Chris Malik Student Leader of the Year Award was presented to Rachel Shapiro of Tonawanda. The award, renamed this year in honor of the college’s long-time director of student activities, recognizes a student who has exhibited extraordinary efforts and achievements in student life at the college.

The event, which was hosted by the Office of Student Affairs, also included Daemen’s fourth annual gavel ceremony to officially transfer responsibilities from the outgoing to the newly elected president of the Daemen Student Association.

Pictured at the gavel ceremony are: (L-R) Mikayla Otero, Chris Malik, and Hugo Juarez

Pictured at the gavel ceremony are:
(L-R) Mikayla Otero, Chris Malik, and Hugo Juarez


  • Margaret Fitzpatrick of Fairport
  • Rachel Shapiro of Tonawanda
  • Colleen Zuniga of Penfield

Alumni Relations/Student Alumni Ambassadors

  • Maria Ahmed of Amherst
  • Stephanie Schenkel of Williamsville
  • Jesse Thorsen of Cold Brook
  • Rebecca Volmy of Lockport
  • Leslie Webster of Brooklyn

Arthur O. Eve HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program)

  • Yecenia Bravo of Bronx
  • Idania Ramirez of Bronx


  • Giambattista Davis of Cheektowaga
  • Andrea D’sa of North Bellmore
  • Monique Green of Williamsville
  • Rachel Roberson of Tonawanda

Eaglettes SOS Award for Outstanding Female Leadership

  • Kelly Ferreira of Warsaw
  • Brianna Zichettella of Newfield

Global Programs

  • Madison Keogan of Dansville
  • Elizabeth Renner of Cheektowaga

Housing and Residence Life

  • Emily Buzzard of Ransomville
  • Colin Dudley of Bolivar
  • Kelly Ferreira of Warsaw
  • Idania Ramirez of Bronx
  • Rachel Zine of Horseheads

Lambda Chi Lota

  • Destiny Mighty-Johnson of Jamaica
  • Melissa Kearns of Clifton Park

LEADS (Leadership and Empowerment for the Active Development of Students)

  • Nouf Alanazi of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Amal Alsuliman of Qatif, Saudi Arabia
  • Maab Basha of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Rebecca Volmy of Lockport

SMART Squad (Students Mentored to Assist With Resources in Technology) 

  • Andrew Bojanowski of Hamburg

Student Activities

  • Kelly Ferreira of Warsaw
  • Taqiyah Gibbons of Yonkers
  • Hugo Juarez of Ridgewood
  • Rachel Shapiro of Tonawanda
  • Rebecca Volmy of Lockport

Student Physical Therapy Association

  • Alexandrea Artise of North East, Pa.
  • Lindsey Krempa of Buffalo

Student Success Center/Peer Mentor Program

  • Krishanti Trivedi of Monmouth Junction, N.J.

Vision for Success

  • Taqiyah Williams of Brooklyn

For the gavel ceremony, outgoing president Hugo Juarez of Ridgewood, passed the gavel to Mikayla Otero of Newark, who has been elected to serve as the 2018-19 Student Association president.

Other newly elected officers for the Student Association Executive Board are Ricardo Marquez of Los Angeles, vice president; Telena Smith of Brooklyn, treasurer; and Tori Newman Campbell of Brooklyn, secretary.