Meet the Staff

 

Carrie Grogan Abbott

Carrie Grogan Abbott

Director

Email: cgabbott@syr.edu

Carrie Grogan Abbott is the director of First-Year and Transfer Programs. In this role, Carrie directs the work of University units associated with welcoming, orienting, and supporting first-year and transfer students from entry into the University and throughout their first year. Bringing nearly 20 years’ experience in higher education, Carrie has served roles in study abroad, student activities, fraternity and sorority affairs, and facilities management. Originally from Bedford, NH, Carrie holds a master’s degree in Higher Education from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Ithaca College.


Wei Gao

Wei Gao

Assistant Director

Email: wgao01@syr.edu

Wei Gao is the Assistant Director of First-Year and Transfer Programs.  Wei has been in the field of education for more than two decades as a high school teacher, a community school organizer, as well as an international student advisor. She has also years of experience in organizing international travel and students study trips. Wei earned a bachelor’s degree in World History from Peking University in China before she came to the U.S as an international student and earned graduate degrees in History and Public Communication.


Butch Hallmark

Butch Hallmark

Assistant Director

Email: mfhallma@syr.edu

Butch Hallmark is the Assistant Director of First-Year and Transfer Programs. In this role, Butch selects, trains, and supports the 44 Orientation Leaders at SU. He is also responsible for the planning and implementation of Syracuse Welcome and Winter Welcome. Butch earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama, where he also served as Big Al – the University’s mascot. He continued his education by receiving his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at The University of Alabama.


Jimmy Luckman

Jimmy Luckman

Program Coordinator

Jimmy Luckman is the Program Coordinator within the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs. In this role, Jimmy plans and implement pre-orientation programs, oversees the Transfer mentoring program, and supervises the Transfer Transition Leaders (TTL). In addition Jimmy also advises the OrangeSeeds student organization, which focuses on leadership development for new first-year and transfer students. Jimmy earned a bachelors degree in Sociology with a double minor in Women & Gender Studies as well as African & African American Studies from The College at Brockport SUNY. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree, Jimmy continued his education at Northern Arizona University where he studied Counseling and Student Affairs. 


Donna Edghill McLellan

Donna Edghill McLellan

Administrative Assistant

Email: dsedghil@syr.edu
Donna Edghill McLellan joins the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs as the administrative assistant. She began her career at Syracuse University in Parking and Transit Services, where she served for more than 15 years. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in hospitality management from Falk College, she joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Donna works closely with work-study students, as well as provides administrative support to the director and assistant directors in the office. Donna also enjoys reading, dancing (Classical Kathak and Bollywood), cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Breanna LeCompte

Breanna LeCompte

Graduate Assistant

Email: bmlecomp@syr.edu
Breanna LeCompte serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs, as well as for the Office of Residence Life. Prior to enrolling in the Higher Education M.S. program at Syracuse University, she attended the University of Delaware earning degrees in both Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. Breanna's work in the FYTP office will consist of implementing programs to support the First-Year Experience, and supporting students in their acclimation to Syracuse University.