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

Olivia Eliasson-Parrott - Training and Marketing

Olivia.jpgHi! My name is Olivia Eliasson-Parrott and I am in the Forensic and Legal Psychology program at Marymount. I graduated with a degree in Criminology and Psychology from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA in 2016, but I am originally from Massachusetts. I chose to pursue my Master’s degree at Marymount University because I shared many of the values of the University, I enjoy the small class sizes, the professors are committed to their students and their programs, and it is excellently located. After graduation I hope to work for the government, with a long term goal of working in counterterrorism. I enjoy hiking, reading, baking, traveling and exploring! Contact me via email.

Lily Takahashi - Communications Coordinator

Lily.jpgHello! My name is Lily Takahashi and I am a second year Graduate student in Marymount’s Forensic and Legal Psychology program. I graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a BS in Psychology. I have a passion for people, the criminal justice system, food and cooking, and for long road trips. I recently took a cross-country road trip and it was everything I could have wanted and more! I could travel for the rest of my life and be happy. I chose Marymount University because the Forensic and Legal Psychology program is a perfect fit for my future career and life aspirations. The graduate programs here are designed to give students all the resources they need to succeed in life and the ideal location to do so. Marymount’s location being so close to D.C. makes it easily accessible for internships, careers and exploring the exciting culture that the nation’s capital has to offer. Contact me via email.

Mary Umstead

Mary-(1).jpgHello! My name is Mary Umstead and I am originally from a small town in southern Virginia. I graduated in 2014 from Davis and Elkins College with a degree in Psychology and minors in Criminology and Business. I am currently in the Forensic and Legal Psychology program with a goal of working in the government. I chose Marymount for its wonderful location, small class sizes, and opportunities it offers. I am an avid runner and a lover of the outdoors and Carolina Panthers football. Contact me via email.

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.

John Pitsenbarger

John-resized.jpgHello! My name is John Pitsenbarger and my hometown is Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am a second-year graduate student in the Forensic and Legal Psychology program at Marymount University. I graduated from The University of Denver in 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. I chose to attend Marymount University because of the diversity of courses the program offers. As a current graduate student, I have found the graduate faculty helps students succeed in academics and in building a professional career. After graduation, I want to achieve my goal of entering the trial consulting field or continuing my education at the doctorate level. In my spare time I play coed soccer, work out, spar at boxing gym, and cheer for the Minnesota Wild hockey team! Contact me via email.

Eric Jefferson

HI! My name is Eric Jefferson and I am in the School Counseling program at Marymount. I graduated with a degree in Psychology from Marymount in 2013 and I'm originally from Lynchburg, VA. I chose Marymount because I really enjoyed the community and support that I built during my undergraduate career and wanted a similar experience pursuing my graduate degree. After graduation I hope to work with elementary or middle school aged students in a school setting. In my spare time, I'm probably out and about taking pictures of anything and everything! 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.