Meet the Honors Ambassadors

2022-2023 Ambassadors

Honors College Ambassadors at UNCW are student leaders active in recruitment and campus events.  Ambassadors serve as representatives of the Honors College to current and prospective students and families, alumni of the college, and key university administrators. Ambassadors provide an personalized view of the Honors College at UNCW by highlighting the benefits of an Honors education in academic and co-curricular settings.

Questions for one of our Ambassadors? Reach out to the emails provided below! 

Table with ambassador pictures, emails, and bios


Honors Ambassador Coordinator

Major: Nursing

Pronouns: He/him


Kris transferred to UNCW in Fall 2020 after earning his advanced EMT licenses at Lenoir Community College. He previously attended Stockton University and the Savannah College of Art and Design in pursuit of a filmmaking degree before shifting careers into medicine, allowing him to see and live a wide variety of college experiences both good and bad. He is more than happy to help anyone who asks whether it's help finding time to juggle your schedule or simply just wanting to make a new friend!

Erin Tinerella


Majors: Environmental Science and Political Science

Minors: Sustainability and International Affairs

Pronouns: They/Them


Erin Tinerella is a sophomore at UNCW, from Tinley Park, Illinois. Erin is double majoring in environmental science with a conservation concentration and political science, while double minoring in sustainability and international affairs. On campus, they give campus tours, mentor incoming first-year Honors students, and are part of UNCW's Student Government Association. During their free time, they enjoy going to the beach, learning about American war history, listening to true crime podcasts, and spending time hiking in local Wilmington areas. Erin loves UNCW Honors is excited to be an Ambassador!



Major: Public Health with a Concentration in Pre-Clinical Studies


Honors College. She is fluent in English and Spanish, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and grew up in Winston Salem, NC. On campus, she is involved with UNCW MI CASA where she mentors first generation college students. Additionally, Miriam is part of the We Are UNCW program, is involved with Centro Hispano, works in the UNCW Admissions Office, and is on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Over the summer, Miriam did undergraduate research at Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Center and worked alongside doctors formulating a research study. After graduation, Miriam hopes to attend Physician Assistant (PA) School and work in Pediatrics. Miriam is passionate about working with people, embracing her Hispanic culture, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones. In her free time, she loves to exercise, go to the beach, paint, or go to a local coffee shop! Miriam is excited to meet students and help them to discover their future at UNCW!

Madeleine Goldthorpe


Major: Marine Biology

Minor: Environmental Science

Pronouns: She/her


Madeleine Goldthorpe is an out-of-state student at UNCW pursuing a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Chemistry. She has been in the honors college since she was a freshman and loves the opportunities and connections it provides. Madeleine is involved in Greek life on campus and is also an officer in WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering.) She has completed undergraduate research at UNCW through FYRE (First Year Research Experience) and is participating in a DIS (Directed Independent Study) during the Fall 2022 semester. She is an ambassador and a mentor for the honors college and is happy to answer any questions from current or prospective students!

Makenna Castor


Major: International Studies

Pronouns: She/her

Minors: Women's and Gender Studies and Spanish


Makenna Castor is a sophomore who grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish as well as Women’s and Gender Studies. This is her second year as a part of the Honors College and she has loved every moment of it. In her free time, she loves to run on the Cross-City Trail on campus or find a spot in the sunshine to read.

Eden Briley


Major: Psychology and Criminology

Minor: Forensic Science

Pronouns: She/her


Eden Briley is from Holly Springs, NC. Since beginning school at UNCW, she has become involved in undergraduate research through the First Year Research Experience program and plans to complete a DIS in Dr. Myers forensic psychology lab in Spring 2022. She studied abroad at the University of Sterling in Scotland in Fall 2021. She is a member of two honor societies on campus, is a Wilmington Fellow, and the Chairperson of the Social Organizations Committee. Her long-term goal is to go to law school and either become an attorney or go on to work for the FBI. During her free time, she likes to hike, listen to podcasts, visit new places, and watch Gilmore Girls. She is looking forward to encouraging other students in their scholastic achievement!



Major: Biology

Minor: Creative Writing and Classical Studies

Pronouns: she/her


Madison Summerville is a Junior at UNCW, raised in Jacksonville, NC. She is majoring in Biology with double minors in creative writing and classical studies. Madison has been published multiple times in literary journals and enjoys writing creatively in her free time. She also enjoys going to the beach, learning new things, reading about world mythology, and spending time with her cat Oliver. Madison is incredibly excited to be an honors ambassador and looks forward to encouraging students to make the most of their college experience!