Meet the Mentors

Michaela Everett (Lead Student Mentor)

Hello, my name is Michaela Everett. I was born and raised in Fayetteville, Georgia. When I arrived at Mercer as a freshman, I was quite nervous because I didn't know what to expect living away from my home and family. Participating in the Minority Mentor Program helped me overcome my fears because I had people to help me adjust and answer any questions that I had. I am now a senior at Mercer University and continue to love this amazing school because it has so much to offer. I am a Psychology major and Global Health Studies minor. I enjoy connecting with people and am always looking for ways to serve. Because I am passionate about helping others, I look forward to someday becoming a clinical psychologist. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Society of Leadership and Success, Mercer University's Psychology Club, and I have been actively involved in many areas of campus life. In my spare time, I like to listen to music, dance, read books, watch YouTube, and make lasting memories with my friends. I am outgoing, kind, truthful and somewhat quirky. I am very excited to be a part of the Minority Mentor Program this school year and I look forward to meeting everyone soon!

Adelana Adesuyi

adesuyiHi! My name is Adelana Adesuyi, and I am from Peachtree Corners, GA! I have two siblings, an older sister and a younger brother. I am currently a junior studying biomedical engineering with a French minor. I am also involved in All God's Anointed People Evangelizing  (a Christian ministry on campus). At AGAPE, I am also in charge of the step team that performs at our monthly Showtime at AGAPE events and in the community. I've been stepping for a total of 7 years now, and I love it! I am also a dance team member for the African Student Association, as I am Nigerian and proud! I look forward to meeting you all and having a great year!


Ashley Batten

Batten3Hi, my name is Ashley Batten. I was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, but I was raised in Riverdale, Georgia my entire life. So, I guess you can say the only home I know is Riverdale. I am a junior Public Health Major, Spanish minor, and I am on the Pre-Nursing Track. My ultimate career goal is to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with my own practice, as well as utilize my public health background, and work in Chronic Illness Epidemiology. I am currently the Vice President the Omega Mu chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I am also the historian for the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and a member of Mercer's Rural Health Association and Public Health Association. I enjoy playing volleyball, working out, singing, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. I am so excited to be a mentor, and can't wait to welcome this year's incoming freshman and mentees. I know the transition from high school to college can be a difficult one, and I hope to help make that transition easier in one way or another.


Kapsa Bengyella

BengyellaHello everyone! My name is Kapsa (cap-suh) Bengyella (bin-yella). I have been a Georgia girl my entire life, but my roots stem from a country in West Africa, Cameroon, where my parents and entire family are from. I am a sophomore on the pre-med track, majoring in Neuroscience. I hope to make a significant impact on this world and effect change. I am a loving, trustworthy, social, fun, easy-going, yet driven individual. On Mercer's campus, I am involved in ASA (African Student Association), SNMA-MAPS (a pre-health organization for minority students), as well as APO (Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity). I try to stay involved and connected on campus while achieving a good academic standing. Note that I said "try" lol. I have yet to find the perfect balance. My freshman year at Mercer was the most enjoyable educational experience I have ever had. There are definitely things I wish I could've done better; but it was a good learning experience. My minority mentor from freshman year would often tell me that I mentored him at times. This program will be a partnership. I am so excited to share what I have learned in the previous year to help you find your balance and to also learn things from you as well. It'll be a great year. Welcome to Mercer.


Sa'Haara Bryant

BryantHey everybody! My name is Sa’Haara Bryant and I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, but I moved to Albany, GA when I was five. I’m currently a sophomore Global Health Studies major and a Communications minor on the Pre-Med track. After college I would like to pursue a Masters of Public Health and then go on to medical school and become an OB/GYN. I am a member of the Mercer University Collegiate Section of the National Council of Negro Women and Organization of Black Students. As a freshman in the Minority Mentors program last year, I had a lot of fun and got to meet new people that helped make the transition to college easier for me. As a mentor this year, I hope to do the same for all of you and promise I will do everything I can to make your transition to college as fun and insightful as mine was! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in August and I can’t wait to welcome you to the Mercer family! GO BEARS!!


Christopher Elizondo

ElizondoHello i am Christopher Elizondo, and Iwas born in San Antonio, Texas. I was raised in Warner Robins, Georgia where I attended Northside High School. I am a sophmore Business Management major with an undecided minor. I am involved in a variety of clubs and organizations such us LASO, ROTC, AGAPE, and trying out POINT BLANK. In my free time I like to lift weights, play basketball, or read. The MMP helped me through my first year and I'm pretty sure it would not have gone the way it did had I not been a mentee myself. I am looking forward to meeting each and everyone of you this upcoming year! Hopefully I will teach you something and you will help me learn something as well.




Kalon Hightower

HightowerHello! I am Kalon Hightower and I am Junior majoring in public health with a minor in business to prepare myself for a career in healthcare administration. I am from Augusta, Ga, home of the Master’s which is ironic because I’ve never played a round of golf in my life. Although I have never played golf, I am a huge sports fan which is one the reasons I have participated in nearly all of the Intramural sports offered since my freshman year.  Aside from sports, I enjoy spending time with friends and engaging in the numerous activities and organizations offered at Mercer such as MerServe (community engagement organization), RHA (residence hall association), Midnight Movies and much more. I am a simple family guy who enjoys a good laugh and getting to know others. Speaking of my family, I have a very big one nearly 30 first cousins and I am the oldest child with two brothers, and a sister. I believe I have been a positive influence on my younger family and I hope that this could carry over and help me be a source of encouragement and support for others.  I really look forward to meeting all the new faces and hope that we all can have a successful year.


Christian Ingram

IngramHey y'all. My name is Christian Ingram. I was born in Washington, DC but raised in Maryland. I’m a junior majoring in Religion and minoring in Mathematics and Statistics. In addition to that, I'm an only child and a Gemini. Some of my favorite activities include hanging out with friends, eating, watching movies, listening to music, and dancing in my free time. However, my studies are my top priority. Being an out of state student definitely made me nervous about adjusting to college. I was in a new state and I did not know anyone coming in. The Minority Mentor Program quickly ended all nervousness. They made me feel welcome and at ease about making the adjustment from high school to college. My goal as a mentor is to provide that same sense of comfort to incoming freshmen. I look forward to interacting with all of the mentees and helping them ease their way into college life as well as leading them by example.


Kaylen Long

Long2Hey guys! My name is Kaylen Long. I am a sophomore double majoring in international affairs and political science with a minor in Spanish on the pre- law track. I am extremely active at Mercer, participating in intramural sports, pre – law society, club volleyball,  African student association, organization of black students all while maintaining two jobs. I am a recovering chocoholic and because of that I spend a great deal of time in the gym. I am always on the go and I honestly feel that’s the best way to fully enjoy your college experience because college is what you make of it. I’m extremely excited to be a mentor this year, and I can’t wait to help y’all in any way possible!


Alize Mitchell

MitchellHey! My name is Alize' Mitchell. I was born in Fort sills Oklahoma, but raised in Fayetteville, NC better known as Dreamville thanks to music Artist J. Cole. I am a Junior, double majoring in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and Sociology, with a minor in Criminal Justice. I aspire to be a Justice of the Supreme Court. I am currently a member of the pre- law honor society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor society,  the Vice President of the National Council of Negro Women and the President of the INIMITABLE Iota Sigma chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. I enjoy playing softball and volleyball, watching Netflix, and DIY activities. I like the idea of taking something old and making it into something new. I love the outdoors, and enjoy camping, snorkling, and a good shopping trip! I can't wait to meet a new group of Mercerians. Welcoming the new mentees into our Mercer Family is very important to me because I hope to help them feel as if Mercer is a home away from home. Because I am an out- of- state student I understand the difficult adjustments they may face entering college and hope to help them transition with ease.

Jabari Thomas

ThomasHey everyone! I’m from Lawrenceville, Ga, but most of the time I just say ATL like most people up north. I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minoring in Economics. My plan for the future is to obtain a nice government job with benefits maybe from the FDA or CDC. I love to solo and play some jazz on the saxophone and learning the guitar is my current goal. Sports are part of my past time especially some basketball, so anytime any place you can challenge me to a game. I’m very laid back and chill and I consider myself pretty funny so there won’t be any dull moments. Meeting you all will be a fun experience and don’t worry I have your back all the way. Freshman year in college only happens once and I’m glad I get to help you make that transition!


Deborah Walker

WalkerHello! My name is Deborah Walker. I was born and raised in Augusta GA. I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega (APO). I love to sing, dance, and write poems. I also enjoy volunteering and giving back to the community. My aspiration in life is to be an inspiration to young kids and teenagers in America through my future practice. Hopefully, I will be able to do so as I strive to make the transition between high school and college easier by providing the mentees with a support system and an ear to hear. I can’t wait to meet all of the mentees as they start their journey at Mercer!


Kennedy Washington

Washington2Hey there! I am Kennedy Washington. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but raised in Lawrenceville.  I am a sophomore with a major in Chemical Commerce on a pre-pharmacy track. A Chemical Commerce major is like having a double major in chemistry and business, fun stuff right? I am a proud member of the National Council of Negro Women, where I serve as financial secretary. I’m also a member of the Association of Pre-Pharmacy Students, Organization of Black students, and National society of Leadership and Success. Just this spring I was crowned Miss Kappa Alpha Psi and I ran on the platform of promoting an exciting and positive attitude towards going and staying in college.  So I am really passionate about encouraging others to stay in school even when the going gets tough. My first semester of school was not easy, but with the help of my amazing mentor I got through it, and I know you all can do the same.  I’m out going, energetic, silly, goofy, and just overall ball of fun. I can’t wait to meet you all. I hope your first year is amazing.