The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Peer Advising Interns

The SBS Pathways Center is home to Exploratory Track Advising, major exploration for all SBS students, SBS Global Education Requirement advising, Academic Dean’s actions/support, and Career and Professional Development. In their work with students, all staff in the Pathways Center consider how to best develop a unique and holistic college experience, ultimately assisting in the development of key competencies for college and beyond. In addition to the advising students receive from the professional staff in the Pathways Center, Peer Advising Interns are SBS students who can provide useful insight into the Pathways framework, which includes academic planning, experiential opportunities, and career and professional development.

Meet SBS Peer Advisors


Ariana AmeliAriana Ameli is a Sociology and B.D.I.C. double-major focusing on Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In addition, she has completed a certificate in Social Work. During her time at UMass Amherst, Ari has been an active member of the RSO Protect our Breasts and has worked at the Sylvan Snack Bar, which is a student business. She was also an intern at the Ocean House Relais & Chateaux in Watch Hill, RI focusing on guest relations. She loves coffee, is addicted to movies, creates collages, and reads poetry. She’s excited to be a peer intern because she wants to provide other students with helpful advice so don’t hesitate to ask her questions!

Nicole Boulanger

Nicole Boulanger is a senior Communication major pursuing a minor in Psychology. Nicole transferred to UMass Amherst following her first year. Since then, she has spent her time taking part in several on-campus extracurriculars and academic programs. This past spring, Nicole was a participant in the first-ever SBS in Boston spring internship program. As an inaugural member of the program, she spent her spring semester interning with State Street Corp in their Global Marketing department as a Public Relations intern. Aside from being a Peer Intern, Nicole works in the Cashin RSD as a Customer Service Associate and is an active member of the UMass Theatre Guild, the university’s only student-run theatre program organization. She also previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for First-Year Seminar where she helped students navigate the UMass campus, learn about valuable resources, and encourage active engagement in the UMass community. She loves animals, movies, theatre, yoga, and writing. She enjoys spending her free time taking photos, reading, playing with her pets, and drinking bubble tea over at LimeRed.

Katie Buroni

Katherine Buroni is a Communication major pursuing minors in Psychology and Art. She completed an internship with TripAdvisor and she is active in the Student Alumni Association serving as the Event Coordinator for Philanthropy.  She enjoys photography and she’d be happy to share how she combines her love of pictures with her major in Communication.  Katie wants to help others navigate college and would love to talk with her peers about her academics, as well as her internship and her leadership position in the Student Alumni Association.


Kimiko Daniele

Kimiko Daniele is a double-major in Economics and Political Science. As a rising junior, Kimiko is involved on-campus via her House Council Programming Board. She really enjoys listening to music and following Boston Sports, especially the Celtics!  She has a lot of favorite places at UMass Amherst, but she particularly enjoys spending time at the top of the hill in Orchard Hill.  Kimiko is excited to meet new people in her role as peer intern and would love to share her knowledge of campus with others.


Denim DiazDenim Diaz is a double-major in Political Science and Legal Studies and she is pursuing a certificate in Criminal Justice. In summer 2019, she was a participant in the SBS in D.C. program, completing an internship at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies. At UMass Amherst she is involved in several organizations including: UMass Students for Reproductive Justice, the UMass Annual Fund, It’s On Us, and the SBS Academic Fellows Program. In her free time, Denim enjoys following current events and reading. Demin is looking forward to building community within our College and hopes to be a resource for other students looking to get involved on and off-campus.

Virginia LewsVirginia Lewis is a double-major in Communication and Psychology pursuing a certificate in Film Studies.  She completed an internship in public relations at Meryl Moss Media and she’s involved with two campus organizations – Active Minds and the Film Club. Her academic interests align with her personal interests as she enjoys watching movies and tv, as well as writing scripts and short stories. Additionally, she enjoys running and playing soccer. Ginny received help from peer advisors when she started at UMass Amherst and hopes she can be helpful to others in a similar way.

Stephanie Mullin

Stephanie Mullin is an Economics major and pursuing a minor in History. She is also completing a certificate in Public Policy and Applied Economic Research on Cooperative Enterprises. She was once a member of House Council and served as the President of Washington Residence Hall, but more recently she worked in the Off-Campus Student Center and she spent her summer working as an Economics Peer Advisor during NSO. Stephanie loves cats and enjoys playing tennis. She is looking forward to meeting more people this year and helping students in her new role in the SBS Pathways Center.


Olivia Tremblay

Olivia Tremblay is a Resource Economics major minoring in Spanish. She holds a leadership position in the Resource Economics Society and she is a member of Active Minds. She hopes to Study Abroad in Spain before she graduates and loves learning new languages. In her spare time, she enjoys lacrosse. Olivia is looking forward to getting involved in the SBS community and getting to know other SBS students.



Pat Varhue

Patrick Varhue is a Political Science major pursuing minors in Economics and Spanish. He is also completing a certificate in Public Policy. Pat has completed an internship at Regional Economic Models in Amherst, MA and he is a member of the Mock Trial Club here on campus. Pat enjoys watching sports and hangings out with friends and his interests include politics, television, and sports. Pat is looking forward to learning more about SBS this year and all the opportunities available and he hopes he can help other students make the most of their time here.


Veronica Walsh

Veronica Walsh is a double-major in Legal Studies and Political Science major and is pursuing a minor in Philosophy. Veronica has been busy building her resume completing internships in the offices of Senator Warren and State Representative Ken Gordon, as well as with the Massachusetts Bar Association. She also worked with the Massachusetts Democratic Campaign coordination. On campus, Veronica is involved with Model UN and CHAARG. She looks forward to helping others consider internship opportunities, as well as other ways to gain experience.

Kimoyia Walters

Kimoyia Walters is a double-major is Communication and Political Science. She’s a rising sophomore at UMass Amherst and she served as a Research Assistant in her first year. She’s a member of the Black Student Union and plans to continue exploring ways to gain leadership experience in her sophomore year.  Kimoyia is looking forward to meeting new people this year and helping students find community within SBS.