Meet Our Ambassadors

Please email any of our Graduate Student Ambassadors to ask them questions about graduate student life or to set up a time to chat with them on the phone or in person during their office hours.  To schedule a tour of Main Campus or the Ballston location, please call (703) 284-5901 or reserve a time to visit with a coordinator and Graduate Ambassador here.

If you are an admitted or current graduate student and you would like to apply to be a Graduate Student Ambassador (GSA), please submit an application here. To learn more about the responsibilities and benefits of being a GSA, click here.

Graduate Ambassadors

Shatha Abulohom

Shatha-Resize-(2).jpgHello! My name is Shatha Abulohom and I am originally from Yemen. I graduated from Marymount University in 2017 with a BA in Fashion Design and I am currently enrolled in the MBA program. I chose Marymount for its small class size and the opportunity of having a one-on-one relationship with the professors. Marymount also has a strong sense of community. After Graduation I hope to work in the business side of the fashion industry. I really enjoy traveling and exploring hidden wonders. Contact me via email.

Nathan Reza

John-resized.jpg Hello! My name is Nathan Reza and I am a first year graduate student in Marymount University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology. I was drawm to Marymount University because the courses offered through the program are very applicable to the actual counseling profession. Additionally, I chose Marymount for the small class sizes, faculty with diverse academic interests, and for the proximity of the University to D.C. and all of the opportunities provided by living in the area. After graduating, I plan to work with adults dealing with depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other various mental and emotional issues. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking, and playing music. Please feel free to reach out to me via email.

Ally Freeland

John-resized.jpg Hello! My name is Ally Freeland and I am a graduate student in Marymount University’s English and Humanities program and Community College Teaching Certificate Program. I graduated from William and Mary in 2015 with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. After working professionally in the legal field I chose to return to school to further my writing ability. I chose Marymount for its flexibility, many opportunities, and small class sizes. After graduating, I plan to teach composition to ESL students in community college. When spare time presents itself I enjoy hiking, traveling, writing, and cooking. Please feel free to reach out to me via email.

Nicole Lefman

John-resized.jpg Hi everyone! My name is Nicole Lefman and I’m in my second year of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program here at Marymount. I’m originally from Illinois, about an hour outside of Chicago, and graduated with a Masters degree in sociology from Illinois State a University in 2004. I spent many years working as an independent contractor for the government and traveling overseas with my spouse and three kids. As an older student, the thought of changing careers was intimidating at first but Marymount has been an excellent place to start my new journey! I love the coursework and the skills I’m learning will be directly applicable to what I will do as a counselor in the future, but it’s the faculty and tight-knit student community that make Marymount so special! Please email me if you have any questions! 

Karina Garcia

John-resized.jpgHi! My name is Karina Garcia and I am originally from Connecticut. I'm a first-year graduate student in Marymount’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I graduated from Marymount in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. I chose to attend Marymount to obtain a Master’s degree because of the small class size, since it makes it more likely for students to develop meaningful relationships with professors. Students are also required to complete an internship, allowing them to gain experience based on their career goals. The great location of the school is also an advantage. My goal is to learn more about mental health stigmas among minority groups and how they can improve their mental health. One of my goals is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor with a focus on multiculturalism. I am confident that Marymount’s counseling program will help me facilitate a positive change in the lives of many individuals. I enjoy watching movies (especially scary ones), reading, and taking nature walks. Please email me if you have any questions! 

Elias Ibrahim

John-resized.jpg Hello! My name is Elias Ibrahim and I am a graduate student in the Cybersecurity program here at Marymount. I am originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I graduated from Manchester University, a small College in North Manchester, IN, with a degree in Computer Science in 2018. I chose Marymount for the small class sizes and how close it is to Washington D.C. which is an area very interesting for Cybersecurity. In the future, I would like to be doing something that helps me find the middle ground between both Computer Science and Cybersecurity.  During my spare time, I like playing and watching soccer, basketball, and also hanging out with my friends. Please feel free to reach out to me via email.

Dagmawi Tadesse

John-resized.jpg Hey everyone! My name is Dagmawi Tadesse and I am from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I came to the states five years ago for my undergrad studies. I started my undergrad as an engineering major but after taking a programming class I wanted to go with computer science so I finished my undergrad degree in Computer science from Manchester University in 2017. After about a year of working I decided to go back to school to study cybersecurity at Marymount. I chose Marymount because MU has a schedule that makes it possible for people who work during the day to take classes at night.  That has been really helpful for me to study and keep my work schedule. It also has a variety of graduate assistantship opportunities that help students gain experience and connections while earning tuition support. In my spare time I like working out, and playing board games with friends. Please email me if you want to chat about studying at MU.