Worcester State University Athlete Mentor Program


Our mission is to provide extra support for first-year student-athletes to make a connection with upperclassmen in athletics. The Athlete Mentor program plays a critical function in the academic and social acclimation of first-year student-athletes.


The program focuses on four specific areas including:

Acting As A Knowledgable Resource To Peers - An Athlete Mentor should be someone who teammates can talk with if they have a problem with any area of their lives, not restricted to team issues. Should an issue arise, student-athletes are not obligated to inform any member of the athletic department, but are urged to direct their peers to the appropriate resources on campus or in the community.

The Athlete Mentor also serves as an academic resource, offering learning strategies, study skills and time management techniques for academic success.

Hold Regular Meetings With Teams Freshman - The team Athlete Mentor will split the freshman among them and each of those Athlete Mentors will meet with their assigned freshman at least once a month.

Support And Uphold The Ideals of the Athletic Department, In And Out Of The Athletic Arena - Athlete Mentors hold a position of leadership and responsibility in the college community and need to act accordingly whether they are in academic, athletic or social settings.

The Student/Athlete Mentor relationship is built on trust, gained through frequent interaction and working together.


For more information about the Athlete Mentor Program, please contact Kelly Downs at kdowns@worcester.edu.


2017-18 Athlete Mentor Roster



Alexa Harvey

Women’s Lacrosse and Field Hockey

Alexander Pommerville

Men’s Ice Hockey

Bradleigh Saltsman


Carlos Nieves

Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field

Daniel Orlando


Devin Luce

Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field

Edmond Peladeau

Men’s Golf

Emily Carens

Women’s Volleyball and Basketball

Hunter Paupaw


Jessica Wilding

Field Hockey

Jolane Thibault

Field Hockey

Justine Butler

Women’s Soccer

Kaleigh Flagg

Women’s Cross Country

Megan Rouillard

Women’s Track and Field

Michael Kadlick


Michael Reed


Nathalie Khafaga

Women’s Tennis

Stephanie McFadries

Women’s Track and Field

Stephen Smialek


Sydney Despres


William Whearty

Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field

Aaron Maday

Men’s Basketball

Beth Spinazzola

Women’s Soccer

Kelly Austin

Women’s Lacrosse

Joshua Reinstein

Men’s Ice Hockey

Nick Patullo

Men’s Ice Hockey

Ryan Almeida

Men’s Soccer

Stephanie Chapin

Women’s Volleyball

Kaitlyn Berkel

Women’s Basketball


President: Nathalie Khafaga

Vice President: Emily Carens



Athlete Mentor Program Invites May Street School over for Field Day

Athlete Mentor Program Invites May Street School over for Field Day

WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester State University’s Athlete Mentor Program (AMP) invited their May Street School pen-pal friends over for a meet-and-greet last week to wrap up the 2016-17 school year with a field day inside the Wellness Center.


Back in the fall, Worcester State’s AMP setup a pen-pal exchange with the students of the May Street School, and it wasn’t until last week that the pen-pals were able to meet each other and interact.

To read more please click on this link.


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