Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment

220 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5602

  • Mark J. Seamon, Ph.D.

    Program Director

    Education: B.A., Communication and Theatre, University of Notre Dame; M.A., Theatre, Miami University (Ohio); Ph.D., Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism, The Ohio State University

    A native of Grand Rapids, MI, and proud alumnus of Notre Dame, where he graduated summa cum laude and as a Valedictorian candidate, Mark directs all OER program activities. He especially enjoys using his theatre background to assist in the production of NDignite Connection broadcasts and working with students to enhance their performance and communication skills. Prior to joining OER, he served as the director of merit scholarship enrollment for the Enrollment Division at Notre Dame. Mark is a concurrent faculty member in the First Year of Studies, where he teaches the Moreau First Year Experience seminar. Mark and his wife, Lauren, have two beautiful children and a loving Bernese Mountain Dog, Snowbird.

  • Jessica Lacay

    Assistant Director

    Education: B.A., Youth Ministry and Adolescent Studies, Bethel College; M.S., Organizational Leadership, Trine University

    Jessie oversees the Notre Dame Virtual Community for 9th- and 10th-grade students. She also assists in development of the communication stream for OER. Jessie has always enjoyed working in higher education, helping students reach their goals and live out their passions. Jessie has a goldendoodle, Macy, whom she absolutely adores. Macy has appeared in previous NDignite Connection broadcasts.

  • Jennifer Pittman

    Assistant Director

    Education: B.S., Public Affairs, Indiana University; M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University

    Jennifer oversees the Online Learning Center for 7th- and 8th-grade students. She also leads the optional summer programming. Prior to assuming this role, she served as an advisor for the Notre Dame Talent Search program and as a family liaison in the South Bend Community School Corporation. As a South Bend native, Jennifer has a passion for providing access to resources for students and families in the local community. Jennifer is a mother of three amazing daughters, loves music, classic movies and television, board games, good food, and any chance to laugh.

Student Team

A diverse and energetic team of Notre Dame students serve as virtual mentors. They provide feedback on assignments, guide discussion groups in our online platforms, and work both on- and off-camera to bring NDignite Connection broadcasts to life. In sharing their perspectives on college life and their experiences as students at Notre Dame, our students are essential to the success of the NDignite Connection program!

  • Joe Andrews, 2021

    Management Consulting

    Wood Dale, IL

  • Julian Bonds, 2021

    History and English, Education Schooling and Society minor

    Pittsburgh, PA

  • Jehdah Burton, 2021

    Biochemistry and Music

    Simi Valley, CA

  • Michael Chamberlain, 2020

    Accountancy and Economics

    Laguna Hills, CA

  • Nicole Cheng, 2021

    Science-Business Sociology

    Taipei, Taiwan

  • Samantha Cook, 2023

    Civil Engineering

    Virginia Beach, VA

  • Megan Decker, 2020

    Neuroscience & Behavior

    Hillsborough, NJ

  • Monika Fanous, 2020

    Finance and Sociology

    Alexandria, Egypt

  • Jordan Felicia, 2021


    Redwood, NY

  • Jacquelyn Folts, 2020

    Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics Chemical Engineering

    Glen Ellyn, IL

  • Bridget Garrity, 2021

    Environmental Science, Film Television and Theatre

    San Marino, OH

  • Marina Golub, 2020

    Business Analytics and Economics

    Chicago, IL

  • Jahlecia Gregory, 2020

    Neuroscience & Behavior

    Boynton Beach, FL

  • Leah Harmon, 2021

    Applied Computational Mathematics and Statistics Neuroscience and Behavior

    Ipswich, MA

  • J'adore Hatcher, 2020

    Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

    Indianapolis, IN

  • Sophia Henn, 2021

    Economics, Music, Peace Studies, Music Theory

    Syosset, NY

  • Donna Hoang, 2020

    Political Science

    Horsham, PA

  • Olivia Jaenicke, 2020

    Mechanical Engineering

    Staten Island, NY

  • Ellie Konfrst, 2022

    Political Science, Global Affairs

    Des Moines, IA

  • Kaya Lawrence, 2021

    Political Science, Gender Studies

    New Orleans, LA

  • Madeline Link, 2020

    History, Actuary and Medieval Studies minors

    Allentown, PA

  • Cameron Lucas, 2021

    Chemical Engineering

    Deltona, FL

  • Briana Maund, 2020

    Theology Studies

    Boston, MA

  • Maggie McMahon, 2022

    Business Analytics

    St. Paul, MN

  • Lyric Medeiros, 2023


    Honolulu, HI

  • Tess Ngochi, 2021

    Environmental Engineering

    Mishawaka, IN

  • Cait O'Connell, 2020

    Political Science & Hesburgh Public Service

    Huntington Beach, CA

  • Jake Ottone, 2022

    History and Psychology

    Salinas, CA

  • Julia Pesola, 2021


    New York, NY

  • Dayonni Phillips, 2020

    Biological Anthropology

    South Bend, IN

  • Gabe Ramos, 2022

    Anthropology, Pre-health

    Scranton, PA

  • Nate Robards, 2022


    Hingham, MA

  • Zoe Sanchez, 2023

    Political Science and Psychology

    San Diego, CA

  • Rasika Sant, 2020

    Economics, Finance

    St. Louis, MO

  • Marinella Stollenwerk Cavallaro, 2022

    Political Science

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Honoka Suzuki, 2020

    Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

    Chapel Hill, NC

  • Kate Thel, 2022

    Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics

    Chattanooga, TN

  • Maria Vetter, 2019


    Cincinnati, OH

  • Ashton Weber, 2022

    Economics Global Affairs

    Mason, OH

  • Lynnette Wukie, 2021

    Film Television and Theatre

    Elyria, OH

  • Sherry Zheng, 2021

    Economics, Finance, Chinese minor

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Christina Zoldak, 2020

    Civil Engineering

    Peabody, MA