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Allison K. Ragon

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of First-Year Experience

Allison K. Ragon is Assistant Dean of Students and Director of First-Year Experience and has been at Lehigh since 2004. Prior to her move to Pennsylvania, Allison was the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Elon University in North Carolina. Allison’s passion for higher education and transition blossomed during her undergraduate days where she spent three years as an Orientation Leader at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Post-graduation, Allison attended graduate school at Indiana University –Bloomington where she served as a hall director while earning her Master’s degree. Outside of work, Allison enjoys cycling, running,landscaping and refinishing furniture as well as spending quality time with her dog, Bailey and husband, Tim.



Kara Gensamer

Assistant Director for First-Year Experience and Orientation

Kara Gensamer is delighted to serve as the Assistant Director for First-Year Experience and Orientation. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and K-12 Education from Rowan University and her master's degree in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University. Kara’s areas of professional interest include students in transition, training and development, and working with student leaders. Her responsibilities include Coordinating Orientation, Selecting and Training the Orientation Student Staff, and Overseeing the 5 x 10 Programs. She previously worked at Rutgers University as a Residence Life Educator in a first-year residence hall. As a New Jersey native, Kara is enjoying learning about the Lehigh Valley and everything it has to offer! In her free time, Kara enjoys baking, dancing, and going on adventures.


Erin Ketz


Erin Ketz is the Coordinator for First-Year Experience. She earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Marywoood University and A.A.S. in Marketing from Northampton Community College. Her responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations in the office as well as the graphic design for, flyers, posters, t-shirts and office publications. Erin is very passionate about being vegan and is an avid Third Eye Blind fan.  She loves art projects of any kind, and spending time with her two black cats and her fiancé, Dan.




Kate Oliver

Graduate Assistant

Kate Oliver completed her undergrad at Lehigh this past May earning degrees in biology and psychology. She is remaining at Lehigh one more year to get her Master's degree in molecular biology. In addition to working towards her Master's, Kate will also spend her fifth year serving as a Graduate Assistant in the OFYE. As the GA, Kate is responsible for running Camp Hawk and training the Camp Hawk counselors, coordinating all Prelusion programs, organizing Discover Lehigh, and organizing the 5x10 Symposiums presented during Orientation. In addition to her love of biology and first-year students, Kate is an avid Mets fan and enjoys reading, traveling, sparring with Emily Shreve, and spending time with her family.



Emily Shreve

Graduate Assistant

Emily Shreve is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of First-Year Experience and a Doctoral Candidate in the English Department. She received her B.A. in English from Bowling Green State University and her M.A. in English from Lehigh. In the OFYE, Emily's main responsibilities include the Summer Reading program and the weekly email to all first-year students. When not in the office, Emily is working on her dissertation, which explores literary depictions of wrath in late-medieval England. She promises she will not make everyone read The Canterbury Tales for the 2015 summer reading--although she highly encourages you to read it anyway. She is a Green Bay Packers fan and loves the TV show Bob's Burgers.