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Kyle Balis

My name is Kyle Balis and I am a senior Communication and Film Studies double major from Dedham, Massachusetts. My two absolute favorite things to do are go to the movies or concerts. This will be my first year as a peer advisor and I am very excited to meet and work with all of you! My office hours are every Tuesday 9-11:30am.

Hannah Ellison

My name is Hannah Ellison and I am a senior at UMass Amherst majoring in communication. In addition to comm I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish. With the uncertainty during these times I will be here to help answer any questions you may have and will be holding office hours on Mondays from 1-3 PM! I hope to see you there!

Gabby Grondalski

Hi everyone, my name is Gabby Grondalski. I am a senior Communication Major and am also pursuing an Education Minor and the Media Literacy Certificate. A fun fact about me is that I am also the tuba section leader in the UMMB.  If you have any questions or want to say hi, feel free to pop in during my office hours on Thursdays between 11:30am- 1:30pm.

Elizabeth Jacobs

My name is Elizabeth Jacobs and I am a Junior at UMass Amherst. I am a Communication, Marketing, and BDIC Film Studies triple major in the Commonwealth Honors College. I am from Lexington, Massachusetts, and I photography, soccer, and binging every show on Netflix. This is my first year being a communication peer advisor and I am eager and excited to help navigate your experience here at UMass! I’ll be available 3-4pm on Mondays and 1:30-2:30 on Thursdays during my office hours.

Grace Keller

My name is Grace Keller, and I am a Junior Communication major and IT minor here at UMass! Along with my interests in communication and technology, I am also interested in business and merchandising. For the past year I have been involved in various clubs on campus such as Women in Business, Social Entrepreneurship, and Campus Crusade. I'm so excited about the opportunity to be a Peer Advisor, and I am looking forward to meeting you in my office hours on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Aaliyah QuintalEstela Suarez-Hernandez

My name is Estela Suarez and I will be your peer advisor in the Communication department. I am excited to work with you and help you get settled into our department. I am a junior double major in Communication and Journalism. I will be available for digital office hours every Monday from 11am to 1pm.


Emaan Tariq

My name is Emaan and I’m a junior. My major is Communication and I’m pursuing a business minor as well as working towards the Civic Engagement and Public Service certificate through the community scholars program! I’m excited to be a peer advisor this year! My office hours are 9:30-11:30am on Thursdays.