Meet the Staff


Director of New Student & Transition Programs 

Emily Krechel

Emily Krechel is the Director of New Student & Transition Programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from James Madison University and her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University, Ohio. Immediately after graduate school, Emily served as the Area Director for the First-Year Experience at Earlham College. Following that, she headed west and served as the Associate Director of New Student Services at the University of California, Berkeley for five years. Outside of work she enjoys playing rugby, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and visiting family in Virginia.

Assistant Director of New Student & Transition Programs

Matt Olmsted

Matthew Olmsted is the Assistant Director of New Student & Transition Programs. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Stockton University and recently graduated with his Master of Education from James Madison University. Matthew has been involved with new student programs since he was an Orientation Leader at Stockton University and continued to live out his passion in graduate school. Matthew is excited to begin his new career at Elon University. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, running, going to the beach, hanging out with his best friends, and visiting his family in New Jersey.

Program Assistant for New Student & Transition Programs

Felicia Massey

A native of Alamance County, Felicia Fogleman Massey received her B.A. in English-Journalism and minor in Dance at Elon College. After graduating in 1985, she worked as a staff writer for the Burlington Times-News and married Mike Massey before returning to Elon College to work a brief period in the Registrar's Office. Now, Felicia is working toward her third decade with the Division of Student Life, currently as the Program Assistant for New Student & Transition Programs (NSTP). Recipient of Elon’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, Felicia has worked with many programs within Student Life, and she also served as Phi Psi Cli Yearbook Adviser for 13 years and coordinated the ODK Annual Awards Day Ceremony and Elon Lodge facility. Following their mother’s college path, Felicia’s daughter and son are also Elon University alum. When she’s not working, Felicia enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family (spoiling her grandchildren), providing Christian ministry, and making memories with photography.

Compass Counsel
The Counsel is composed of students in leadership positions in New Student & Transition Programs. Recommendations may be submitted by the Counsel for the consideration of the Director of NSTP for alteration or enhancement of current programs. Participation in the Counsel affords students a greater understanding of the Department and its place within the University as well as experience working in a committee setting.Recognizing the mission of New Student & Transition Programs, the Compass Counsel seeks to support both divisional and institutional goals by facilitating communication and evaluation among the branches of NSTP with the crucial perspective of an active, involved Elon student. The Compass Counsel’s vision is to provide a relevant and reflective commentary on programs offered in order to create the best transition possible for all incoming and current students.

Orientation Head Staff
Head Staff members are a group of 18 student leaders who were previously Orientation Leaders. Each leader has specific responsibilities and duties throughout the school year to help prepare and implement pieces of the Orientation program. They also help with the training and supervising of the Orientation Leaders to assure a smooth Orientation Weekend and transition into Elon University for all new students. Click here to meet the staff!

Head Staff supports New Student Orientation by coordinating programs that will:

  • empower Orientation Leaders to be effective leaders and resources for new students; and
  • build community among first year students during Opening Weekend.


Orientation Leaders
Approximately 100 Elon students are selected each year to serve as Orientation Leaders.  As OLs, these students participate in required spring trainings, spring Orientation weekends, as well as summer training prior to move-in day.  The Orientation Leader team works together to create a welcoming atmosphere for new students and families on Move-In Day and during Orientation Weekend.  Each OL also works closely with a group of 15-20 new students to facilitate small group activities that help new students become more connected to the Elon community.